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Bill, right, with one of his new friends in St. Louis.

Letter from Bill: World Series in St. Louis totally transcendent, life-changing, incredible, more adjectives

10/31/11 03:03PM

I asked Bill Wolff this weekend about his last-minute trip to St. Louis for game seven of the World Series. The last we heard, he'd made it to his hometown but had no ticket for the game. Bill wrote:"It was tremendous, LC. The whole manic thing of getting in a cab with the clothes on my back and my TRMS messenger bag is rewarded at LaGuardia by a dozen other STL ex-pats who had done exactly the same thing."Get to STL to be greeted by this awesome and dopey welcome gate of red-and-white balloons through which all arriving passengers must pass. read more

Voting is maybe popular in Maine

10/31/11 02:31PM

The campaign in Maine to reinstate same-day registration for voters has outspent the side that wants to make it harder to vote by 17 to one: The yes campaign's biggest political action committee is Protect Maine Votes, whose major contributors include financier Donald Sussman and unions. The Maine Republican Party, some county GOP organizations and the Maine Heritage Policy Center donated to the opposing campaign. read more

Build an igloo. Occupy Winter is here

Build an igloo. Occupy Winter is here

10/31/11 11:53AM

The Occupy movement's winter strategy is beginning to take shape. Learn winter camping and take turns -- if you can only stay one night, that's fine by them. If you can only drop off hot chocolate, that's fine, too. A couple of new Facebook groups, Occupy Winter and Occupy Winter Survival, are collecting pics and advice (like Igloo Building 101).  read more

'Hill' poll: Flat tax still unpopular

'Hill' poll: Flat tax still unpopular

10/31/11 10:15AM

Two out of three Americans surveyed tell the Hill the middle class is shrinking, and they've got some ideas about what's gone wrong:Close to 7 in 10 said the income tax system is either somewhat or very unfair — a finding that was supported among most ideological groups and income levels.But voters are also far from convinced that a flat tax — like the one Texas Gov. read more

#takebackhalloween

#takebackhalloween

10/31/11 09:08AM

Racist or sexy? Which one this Halloween? Pick your costume and get your offensive stereotype on: Mexicans, Native Americans, "Arabs" and more. And did you know you can be a sexy skunk? Or a sexy Nemo? You can even be a sexy Phantom of the Opera. Can't decide? read more

I know, I know there's a typo.

Morning Maddow: October 31

10/31/11 08:24AM

Kansans protest Koch Industries.Kansas Gov. Brownback takes money meant for lowering heating bills and gives it to the biofuels industry.This appears to be the Herman Cain story of the day. But maybe this should be instead? Update: Or this.Perry won't be skipping debates after all.We might be leaving Iraq, but we're not going far.An American is identified as a Somali suicide bomber.Aid group says an airstrike in Somalia hit a refugee camp, killing and wounding mostly women and children.Seven billion! Woot?Those killjoys at Mother Jones add up the true cost of Hallowe'en (American-style). read more

Occupy Wall Street, Wisconsin would like a word with you.

Occupy Wall Street, Wisconsin would like a word with you.

10/29/11 01:32PM

As I type this in New York City, it's 33 degrees and snowing outside, with occasional thunder. Thundersnow, Octobergeddon, lousy weather, freak weather -- whatever this, it's the first real test of whether Occupy Wall Street can hang tough through the winter. New York City officials yesterday upped the difficulty factor, taking away generators and gas canisters used for heating at Zucotti Park.@grimwomyn tweets the pic above of the media tent, and also that she just saw someone helping an Occupier buy winter clothing. read more

The 10 years of 'no, no and hell, no' you've been waiting for (Paging Mr. Wolfowitz and friends)

10/29/11 01:11PM

Rachel uncorked one last night, re Paul Wolfowitz and Michael O'Hanlon publishing their new "Plan Afghanistan" in Foreign Policy:I realize this is not the most important thing in the world that guys like Paul Wolfowitz still writes articles about U.S. wars, but please, Jesus, can there be some accountability in American politics? Can there be a penalty for being wrong about the biggest things in the world to be wrong about? If you were an architect of the Iraq war, you don't ever get an opportunity to talk about what is a good idea when it comes to war ever again. Deal? read more

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