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Wisconsin calls special session for jobs. (And rolling back sex ed)

10/19/11 12:03PM

The Wisconsin state legislature opened its special session this week with a prayer for deregulation. Republican State Representative Alvin Ott:Father, we ask your blessing today as we start a session again and as we become busy and try do things that will help the people of the state of Wisconsin, create jobs, lessen regulation and so on and so forth, dear Lord.The special session was called by Governor Scott Walker for the purpose of finding a way to create jobs. read more

Herman Cain super PAC finds superhero

10/19/11 11:15AM

Herman Cain must be for real -- a new super PAC is fighting for him. Their first ad casts him as the alternative to a host of past Republican presidential failures, even reaching back for Senator John McCain and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. read more

GOP incredibly excited about rolling back regulations

GOP incredibly excited about rolling back regulations

10/19/11 10:06AM

If you look at what businesses are saying about the economic slump, it's clear that the problem for them is lack of demand. People aren't buying stuff. But if you listen to Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, the problem is government regulation -- and the answer is to have less government.The 2012 field wants to roll financial regulations back to the days before the Enron scandal. Ezra Klein wrote about this yesterday, and last night he gave us his theory for the enthusiasm:"I take it as a generalized world view, that isn't even just about financial regulation. read more

Morning Maddow: October 19

10/19/11 07:33AM

The good news is that Social Security beneficiaries find out today that they'll probably be getting a cost of living increase.  The bad news is it's smaller than the average raise and they haven't gotten one in 2 yearsLow consumer confidence-- blame it on the al-, al- al- al-, al al, alcoho-... no. read more

Capturing Kameny

Capturing Kameny

10/18/11 09:55PM

As discussed on last night's show, Jim Ready's photo of President Obama shaking hands with Frank Kameny after signing into law an extension of benefits to same sex partners of federal employees is indeed superior to the photo used by the papers. read more

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10/18/11 08:00PM

In the course of looking into the ways in which political battles are being waged through domain names, Rachel Maddow stumbles upon a Chris Christie ad for... watch

The good old days of Enron?

The good old days of Enron?

10/18/11 08:00PM

Ezra Klein, columnist for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about Republicans struggling to their anti-regulation agenda by rewriting the history... watch

Ahead on the 10/18 Maddow Show

10/18/11 07:57PM

Tonight's guests:Ezra Klein, columnist, Washington Post and Bloomberg and msnbc ContributorJared Bernstein, former member of President Obama's economic team and former economic adviser to Vice President Biden, currently a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and msnbc contributorOhio state representative Robert Hagan, Democrat from Youngstown, author of House Bill 343 to drug test TARP recipients among othersSenior producer Cory Gnazzo with a look ahead. read more

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