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Happy 3rd birthday to us!

Happy 3rd birthday to us!

09/08/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - analysis after President Obama's primetime speech tonight... watch

Ahead on the 9/8 Maddow show

09/08/11 06:04PM

Tonight's guests:Valerie Jarrett, White House senior advisor   Jared 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 contributor   Rep. John Mica, (R) Florida, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure   Rep. Steve Israel, (D) New York, chairman of the DCCCHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look ahead:  read more

The TRMS 3rd Birthday Playlist

09/08/11 05:13PM

The Rachel Maddow Show turns three today. We spent a little time today talking about segments we've loved working on -- below and after the jump, a few favorites as picked by the producers who worked on them.Happy birthday, us and you. You're a big part of what makes this so much fun. Bill Wolff: The football election metaphor.  Tricia McKinney: 3D TV. read more

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Chart: Next stop, recession

09/08/11 03:20PM

Are you feeling a recession coming on -- or the same old Great Recession dragging on? Check out David Leonhardt in the NYT today:Over the last 50 years, every time that job growth has been as meager as it has been over the last four months, the economy has been headed toward recession, in a recession or in the immediate aftermath of one. read more

Federal court upholds health reform, tells Virginia it's still in the Union

09/08/11 01:18PM

This just in:A federal appeals court turned back a challenge by Virginia to the 2010 health-care law Thursday, ruling that the state lacks standing to challenge the law’s mandate that virtually all Americans obtain health insurance or pay a fine.The court also turned back a challenge from Virginia's Liberty University, giving health reform two wins in one day. We're still reading through the decisions. The Liberty one's here (pdf) and the one filed by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's here (pdf).Mr. read more

Jim DeMint RSVP's no for POTUS speech, but he's got this video

09/08/11 12:40PM

Republican lawmakers who are skipping the president's jobs speech tonight include Representatives Joe Walsh of Illinois and Paul Broun of Georgia. Senator David Vitter of Louisiana says he's hosting a party to watch the New Orleans Saints tonight.* And then there's Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who filed his pre-sponse in YouTube form and has now presumably gone on with the rest of his day. read more

Best noon thing

09/08/11 12:00PM

Ben and Jerry's is dipping back into 1998 to bring us a delicious dish based on Pete Schweddy's amazing balls. You can get your mouth around a pint of Schweddy Balls for a limited time only. Good times. read more

Staff pick: 'Mountains Beyond Mountains'

09/08/11 11:00AM

File this under "things I wish I had read while we were covering the earthquake in Haiti." Over the holiday weekend I read "Mountains Beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder. Published in 2003. It's the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, visionary/anthropologist/humble servant who founded Partners In Health, which began its amazing work in Haiti's central plateau before branching out all over the world. I can't tell you now why I picked it up. I am not normally drawn to a subject so likely to make me feel depressed and hopeless. read more