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Texas is another word for 'taxes'

Texas is another word for 'taxes'

10/05/11 03:10PM

Governor Rick Perry likes to say Texas is experiencing an economic miracle because of small government and low taxes. Another take:mall government still doesn't mean scant government in Texas. It means lots and lots of small government and accompanying taxes. Sure, a new Texan might relish the paycheck bump owed to the state's lack of income tax. read more

Herman Cain ringtone waits to happen

10/05/11 01:54PM

Herman Cain says the Occupy Wall Street crowd have only themselves to blame for not being rich. By way of Think Progress:CAIN: I don't have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself! It is not someone's fault if they succeeded, it is someone's fault if they failed.Tricia says she wants this part -- "I don't have facts to back this up" -- for a ringtone. read more

Don't. Look. Down.

10/05/11 01:29PM

For the past week, engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates has been assigned the task of surveying the Washington Monument's exterior, in search of damage in the wake of the August 23rd earthquake.  One of these civil engineers was Emma Cardini, of Melrose, Massachusetts. Hanging approximately 550 feet above ground, she was nothing but smiles. "'I was so excited. read more

George Junius Stinney, Jr.

George Stinney, Jr., was 14 years old

10/05/11 11:12AM

George Stinney, Jr., was 14 years old when he was accused of murdering two young white girls. He was 5 feet, 1 inch and weighed all of 95 pounds. But he was black, and this was South Carolina in 1944.George was sentenced to die in the electric chair -- the youngest ever executed in America during the 20th century -- after a confession that may have been elicited by a promise of ice cream. My friend Zerlina Maxwell wrote about this incredible story in theGrio:George Junius Stinney was even part of the search crew and told a bystander simply that he had seen the girls earlier that day. read more

Elizabeth Warren and some other people

Elizabeth Warren and some other people

10/05/11 10:34AM

This is probably not the headline the rest of the candidates were hoping for:While Elizabeth Warren shines, other Democratic Senate contenders also glimmerBut that's apparently the way it went last night in Massachusetts, when the Democratic Senate hopefuls had their first debate. read more

GOP guy on 2012: Freedomworks 'impotent' to stop Romney, Palin 'third-tier'

10/05/11 09:23AM

The last time Republicans tried to win the White House, Steve Schmidt served as senior campaign strategist for the McCain/Palin ticket. Last night, he surveyed the field -- starting with Mitt Romney and Dick Armey's FreedomWorks, which would like to end the Romney bid. Schmidt had this to say about whether FreedomWorks could derail Mr. Romney:No. Look, I think at the end of the day, it's a pay-for-play organization that is good about sending out press releases about itself. read more

Morning Maddow: October 5

Morning Maddow: October 5

10/05/11 07:55AM

Elizabeth Warren's first Senate campaign debate.Eric Cantor for Vice President?Big Labor joins Occupy Wall Street today.Bernanke to Congress: "no way to run a railroad."Senior Haqqani network leader killed in Afghanistan today.One-third of veterans call the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan a waste.I wonder what the scientists who kicked him off their research team think of the Nobel-winning chemist today. read more

Links for the 10/4 TRMS

Links for the 10/4 TRMS

10/05/11 02:07AM

Voter ID Bill Again Proposed Pained Ortiz to comply with Gessler order: No ballots for the troops RE: Order regarding mailing of ballots for the 2011 Coordinated Election (pdf) Denver "inactive" precincts (pdf) 2010 Census block data - race/ethnic plurality (pdf) Clerk and Recorder Johnson responds to desist order from Secretary of State Gessler sues Denver clerk BadLipReading.com read more

Where were you at 1pm today?

Where were you at 1pm today?

10/04/11 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announces that he will not add... watch

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