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An alternative to 'Buy Nothing'

11/26/11 10:40AM

Twenty years ago, Buy Nothing Day was introduced as an anti-consumerist response to Black Friday. But rather than buy nothing, supporters of Small Business Saturday argue that positive consumption can benefit the nation. read more

Harris-Perry: Don't dislike Romney because he's a Mormon

11/24/11 12:14AM

by Melissa Harris-PerryIn this election cycle, on the Republican side, just-about everyone who’s running a real campaign is getting a chance to be the front-runner for a while. Even though newspaper columnists and politicos have been using the word “inevitable” to describe Mitt Romney for weeks now, he is not leading in the polls.Given the cast of characters he’s running against, Mitt Romney probably should be the far-and-away front runner. He’s not. read more

Ahead on the 11/23 Maddow Show...

11/23/11 07:29PM

Tonight's guests include:Chris Hayes, Host of "Up with Chris Hayes" and editor-at-large at the Nation Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large, Atlantic Magazine and author of "The Washington Note" blogRinku Sen, president & executive director, Applied Research Center and publisher of Executive producer, Bill Wolff, offers a preview of tonight's show:  read more

On tonight's show

On tonight's show

11/23/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the neocons are back in action (did you see last night's debate?); Newt Gingrich weighs in on immigration and a very special Debunktion Junction. Melissa... watch

Recent scandals eroding faith in higher...

Recent scandals eroding faith in higher learning?

11/23/11 07:00PM

From a child sex abuse scandal at Penn State to pepper-spraying incidents at UC Davis, recent headlines seem to suggest that America’s institutions are experiencing challenges. Have Americans lost faith in their institutions of higher learning? MSNBC’s... watch

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Rural Wisconsin loves the recall, too

11/23/11 03:00PM

 Margaret Krome went out collecting signatures for the campaign to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. She was out in rural Wisconsin, where she didn't expect a great response. But people just kept signing:Several people expressed concern about the Walker administration’s efforts to stifle voting and fair democratic practice.Three hunters turned their truck and trailer around and pulled up to where I stood on the sidewalk. I explained that I was with the Recall Walker campaign. “It’s why we turned around,” the driver said. He had already signed, but his father wanted the chance. read more

Pardon the fowl

Pardon the fowl

11/23/11 01:37PM

The President, once again, participated in a yearly Thanksgiving tradition at the White House today, sparing two turkeys from the blade and pardoning them to a life in Mt. Vernon, Virginia.  (Which may or may not be better.)President Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha in tow, joked, “Recently I've been taking a series of executive actions that don't require congressional approval. Well, here's another one: We can't wait to pardon these turkeys. Literally.”The audience laughed, Malia smiled. read more

Chicken and rice and bright red lights

Chicken and rice and bright red lights

11/23/11 12:58PM

The other way you know it's almost Thanksgiving, which anymore means Christmas, is that the food carts start adding holiday lights. It can be so irritating when stores jump the calendar, but the vendor guys get a pass. Thanks to Andrew Dallos for the pic. read more

Best noon thing

11/23/11 12:00PM

As God is my witness, this is perhaps the greatest Turkey-related piece of entertainment of all time. Oh, the humanity! You're welcome. read more