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I think it's measuring the hug...

I think it's measuring the hug...

08/01/11 08:10PM

Even though the official caption on this AP photo says the zookeeper is weighing this newborn giraffe at the Virginia Zoo, I'm pretty sure that device is measuring the hug and can be used for more precisely expressing sentiments like "I love you this much." read more

Ahead on the 8/1 Maddow Show

08/01/11 07:39PM

Tonight's guests:Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, The Washington PostEzra Klein, columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg, and also an msnbc policy analystCongresswoman Jan Schakowsky, IllinoisWayne Slater, senior political writer for The Dallas Morning News   Here's senior producer Cory Gnazzo with what's coming:  read more

A hero story for our times

A hero story for our times

08/01/11 04:52PM

The Advocate last week reported about a gay couple, two women, who saved 40 people at the Utoya summer camp in Norway during the attacks last month. From Band of Thebes, the story as you might re-tell it in a bar:Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen were eating at their campsite when they heard shots and screams across the water. Did they run and hide? No, they're lesbians, so they jumped in their boat and sped toward the slaughter. The women pulled terrified teens from the water and the rocky coast as the insane far-right gunman shot through their vessel. read more

No new taxes. Ever. Period. Also never. Period.

No new taxes. Ever. Period. Also never. Period.

08/01/11 03:32PM

In theory, President Obama preserved the possibility of new revenue in the future through raising taxes on the wealthy and closing loopholes. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is on the Twitters saying Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's claim that it could happen "is absolutely false. House Republicans will not agree to tax increases. Period."Careful watchers of Congress -- and this show -- will remember that in March, Republicans on the Joint Economic Committee proposed lowering the deficit with a magic elixir of 85 percent spending cuts and 15 percent new revenue. read more

Probably not the angry left

Probably not the angry left

08/01/11 01:57PM

Rebecca McQuigg sends this from Canal Winchester, Ohio. She says she's been seeing it around town for almost a year, so it's probably not someone from President Obama's liberal base protesting the debt-ceiling compromise.For what it's worth at this point, show pal Nate Silver says he counts the deal as failing in the House by 212-219. UPDATE: Nate just changed his projection to "Pass."(If you've got stuff to send...) read more

This lesson brought to you by the American Egg Board

08/01/11 11:05AM

First things -- public school teachers in this country are known for using their own small salaries to buy classroom materials. I remember them organizing drives for soup labels and cereal box tops that we could send the companies in exchange for help with playground equipment. These measures are ordinary parts of funding schools in our country, and they come with a cost.Now a leading publisher of textbooks has decided to back off on some of the material it has been giving classrooms for free, like the handouts from the coal industry about the virtues of coal. read more

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Chart: One small win for America

08/01/11 09:46AM

If you're a progressive, it might be hard to stomach the final tally of the debt-ceiling fight. "he fine print of the agreement makes clear that Republicans received more of what they demanded than did Mr. Obama," the New York Times reports. Say what you want about both sides taking a beating here. If you're a progressive, your side got less.Greg Sargent offers a mature and generous response, leaving open the question of whether President Obama caved or did the best he could. read more

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