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Watch for falling Perseids

Watch for falling Perseids

08/12/11 08:00PM

The Rachel Maddow Show in-house astrophysicist Summer Ash sits down with Bill Wolff to talk about this weekend's Perseid meteor shower and the new discovery... watch

Turn your eyes to the northeast skies

08/12/11 06:57PM

The Rachel Maddow Show in-house astrophysicist Summer Ash happened by the offices today to chat with Bill Wolff about tonight's (and tomorrow night's) Perseid meteor shower and a newly discovered, especially non-reflective explanet which, contrary to Bill's best educated guess is not called X194CXPRQ-DORK. The video, behold:  read more

Ahead on the 8/12 Maddow show

08/12/11 06:13PM

Tonight's guests include:Wayne Slater, senior political writer for The Dallas Morning News  Jeff Liszt,  pollster for Democratic polling firm Anzalone Liszt Research  Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

The Friday Awesome

08/12/11 04:01PM

Given the week we've had (yet another one —is this a summer thing? gah!), I think we can all derive a sense of mission from this video of a monster defying an uncaring world. I did, anyway. But then, I'm like that.Ex-squeeze me?New wave. Literally. We're talking Haircut 100 here.Lando, you got some 'splaining to do.That's "Mister" Monkey to you, hair-deficient primate.Magnet vs. Copper -Oh it's on, it's on!Straight Outta Boca, etc…RIP, Mr. Leon Vaughn Of course, Jodie IS a star.They're just friends. Seriously. Totally Platonic. read more

10-to-1? Not enough for the GOP

08/12/11 02:18PM

So as to escape Rick Perry's shine and keep themselves on the front page (wow, Mitt Romney), the Republican presidential field (minus a few) really showed out in last night's debate. read more

Thousands of rubber ducks are dumped into the Chicago River as part of the annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby.

Rubber ducky, you're the one

08/12/11 12:24PM

Everyone else on the internets might want to comment on the Bert and Ernie "will they or won't they?" marriage thesis. However, I know of some things much closer to Ernie's heart - and they are just so darned cute!The Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby helps raise money for the Illinois Special Olympics.More photos here.h/t WBEZ City Room via NPR Fresh Air read more

Economic crisis, thy name is jobs

Economic crisis, thy name is jobs

08/12/11 08:45AM

For as long as the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been counting these things, there has never been a worse time to be unemployed if you don't want to stay that way.  The unemployed are staying unemployed for longer than ever before.  That's why you're seeing such high rates of unemployment across the country.  High unemployment is due to persistent unemployment:What is the Congressional super-committee on the debt and deficit going to do about jobs? The answer is: nothing."  Not because the people on the committee are bad people, but because that's not the committee's job. read more

Morning Maddow: August 12

08/12/11 07:43AM

The Postal Service wants to lay off 20 percent of its workforce.MoJo on how Congress wants to keep businesses from getting taxed by states, too.Is Elizabeth Warren making her move for a Senate seat?The Wisconsin recalls aren't over yet.The Defense Department releases the names of the 30 Americans killed in a chopper crash in Afghanistan.The "Ground Zero Mosque" is back as a campaign issue. read more