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The Week in Geek

01/06/12 09:19AM

See if you can figure this out before the big reveal at the end.What does your brain know that your mind doesn't? Kepler astronomers are now LISTENING to the stars, and I don't mean in the astrological sense.Scientists invent a cloaking device for time. Don't say the future isn't here.The photographer and the photos that helped secure Yosemite's future as a national park.Ever want to have a drink with Ernest Shackleton? read more

Morning Maddow: January 6

01/06/12 07:50AM

Iowa GOP responds to an allegation of a caucus vote miscount.Jon Huntsman gets a big New Hampshire endorsement. But he's still way down in the polls.The military is probing a possible leak of details of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden.The IRS audits more millionaires.Washington state lawmakers may require private insurers to pay for abortion.Man arrested, charged in Pensacola abortion clinic fire.Chopper pilot used coffee cups to warn campers of a killer on the loose. read more

Bush-era nation building loses favor at...

Bush-era nation building loses favor at Pentagon

01/05/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on new military priorities announced by President Obama and the message contained in those priorities that Bush-era counterinsurgency and nation building, having lost all credibility, has been demoted within the list of military... watch

'Ignoramus conservatism' a legacy of 2010...

'Ignoramus conservatism' a legacy of 2010 surge

01/05/12 07:00PM

Steve Kornacki, news editor of Salon, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the Republican surge of 2010 swept in a wave of foolish and frankly ignorant legislators, as evidenced by some of the absurd legislative proposals in New Hampshire. watch

Lean times under President Paul

Lean times under President Paul

01/05/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow plays a quip by a reporter caught on an open mic in the Pentagon briefing room, that drastic military cuts under a Ron Paul as president would also mean heavy job losses among Pentagon reporters. watch

To be Frank...

To be Frank...

01/05/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show – a look at the New Hampshire politics scene as the Republican presidential candidates gear up for the next primary there, plus we’ve got author Thomas Frank... watch

Ahead on the 1/5 Maddow show

01/05/12 05:32PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Kornacki, news editor of SalonThomas Frank, author of “Pity the Billionaire” and writer for Harper’s magazineRep. Barney Frank, (D) MassachusettsTake a listen to tonight's soundtrack while watching the video below. (Just wait a few seconds for the advertisement to play out first)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Paging Dr. Disco...

01/05/12 05:18PM

I have a new appreciation for Bill's zeal for disco.Just imagine the medical miracles he could work with some Peaches & Herb! read more

Mitt Parade

Mitt Parade

01/05/12 03:26PM

Perhaps sensing he could use a boost after his squeaker victory in Iowa Tuesday, Fox News praised Mitt Romney for actually asking permission from Kid Rock before using his hit "Born Free" on the campaign trail. This is a departure from the usual Republican strategy, which is to just steal any and all music they think would jack up the crowd. Michelle Bachmann, John McCain, Charlie Crist, we're looking at you.Still, Fox smells a double standard here. read more

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What's the deal with Right to Work?

01/05/12 03:19PM

Tonight on the show, we're going to look at the showdown in Indiana over an anti-union bill now in the state legislature. Indiana Republicans are pushing a law that would effectively ban union shops. This type of legislation is known as a Right to Work bill.Gordon Lafer at the Economic Policy Institute writes that the Right to Work name is deceptive:Despite the name, right-to-work laws do not confer any sort of right to a job. Rather, they dilute union bargaining strength by making it harder for workers’ organizations to sustain themselves financially. read more