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A new space race

09/29/11 11:39AM

China today took one giant leap into space with the launch of its TianGong1 (aka "Heavenly Palace") module. It's an unmanned mini space station about the size of a boxcar, to which future missions will be able to dock. A launch countdown sounds different in Chinese, but watching a rocket go up is fun in any language. If you want to see the whole thing in Chinese, click here. read more

Women vs. women's rights in Mississippi

09/29/11 11:00AM

 In Mississippi, the Personhood Amendment campaign cranks on. It seeks to change the state constitution to define personhood as beginning at the moment of fertilization. The idea comes with interesting legal questions -- like, does a pregnant woman count as two people under occupancy laws?The speaker the clip here is Dr. Freda Bush, an OB/GYN and evangelical activist. When I was growing up in Mississippi, Dr. Bush was just another doctor who might deliver a baby for someone you knew. Now she's the one standing up and saying that the Personhood Amendment is somehow not about Roe v. read more

Best fundraising pitch maybe ever: Send me to Washington where I will get meaner and dumber

Best fundraising pitch maybe ever: Send me to Washington where I will get meaner and dumber

09/29/11 09:46AM

Straight out of the Florida GOP primary for Senate, Colonel Mike McCalister sends this request for your support:I live in Florida. It's sunny and warm here every day.  And, I'm a businessman and retired Army Colonel nearing my pension. I don't need another job.  But, I've decided to run for the United States Senate because I want to continue serving our country. I know what it's going to cost me personally to do this job. And I'll tell you, I'm not overly excited about the way they do things in Washington. read more

Morning Maddow: September 29

09/29/11 07:49AM

The Obama administration asks the Supreme Court to decide on health reform.Newt Gingrich rolls out his new "Contract with America" today.Are meetings with Donald Trump costly for candidates?Man charged in plot to blow up the Pentagon and the Capitol with remote-controlled airplanes.U.S. Ambassador to Syria was reportedly pelted with tomatoes.Saudi King spares a woman who dared to drive the sentence of 10 lashes.China launches its first space station today.Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. read more

Problems with the justice system are our problems

09/29/11 01:55AM

In tonight's opening segment about the flaws in our criminal justice system, Rachel explained why insisting on justice is a matter of more principled politics. It takes the will of human values and accountability to history to counter the accusation that opponents of injustice are siding with criminals and monsters.This is politics, but it's politics of a different kind. This is values politics -- about who we are as a country. ...Because it's not about whether or not you like the person who the guy in the uniform is beating up. read more

Brought to you by pixels

Brought to you by pixels

09/28/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - a look at the flaws in the criminal justice system, recently... watch

One for the chipper

One for the chipper

09/28/11 07:15PM

Here's a perky little item from the New York Times:Gov. Nikki R. Haley is ordering state workers to cheerfully answer phones with the phrase "It's a great day in South Carolina." At a meeting of her cabinet on Tuesday, Ms. Haley said the phrase would put workers in a better mood and remind them that they work for the public. Ms. Haley, a Republican, said the public would feel better, too.Neat! read more

Rachel pays up

Rachel pays up

09/28/11 06:45PM

Rachel promised she'd buy us all tacos if New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said in his Reagan Library speech last night that he was definitely not running for president. Governor Christie's no-no-no, or at least the one he told everyone to see, is here. The tacos are on the shelf. Tricia and Bill say the potato(e) ones are hiding a killer pepper. read more

Ahead on the 9/28 Maddow show

09/28/11 05:52PM

Tonight's guests include:Joe Sonka, founder and owner of the blog Barefoot and Progressive and staff writer at LEO weeklyCarl Hiaasen, award-winning novelist and columnist at The Miami Herald  read more