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'It's great to be back here on Earth'

08/17/11 03:10PM

Four members of NASA's final shuttle crew turned out in New York today for an event called "What's Your Favorite Space?" with Elmo, who needs no introduction. The astronauts also took a turn last night on the Colbert Report. Now, in the cramped America that President Obama warned about yesterday, NASA and the big dream of beautiful science need all the friends they can get. read more

Chart: America is so stuck

Chart: America is so stuck

08/17/11 01:30PM

The Economic Policy Institute posts another way of looking at America's jobs crisis. We're now well more than than two years into a job market that's worse than anything we saw in the two previous recessions.If you're out of work, you can expect your job search to take just over 40 weeks. And you've got company, lots of it. More than eight million Americans have been out of work for at least 15 weeks, and more than six million of those have been on the curb for at least 27 weeks.The real problem is jobs, and we're stuck with it for a while. read more

Best noon thing

08/17/11 11:59AM

As a sucker for military homecomings and for dogs, I could not resist this. Also? The dog's name is Emmitt Thunderpaws. Attention must be paid. Enjoy! read more

In other words, take these bumper stickers with a grain of salt!

Don't mess with Texas: Your guide to Rick Perrylandia

08/17/11 11:57AM

We find that the best place to find the most accurate news on state politics is the local paper.Kyrie O'Connor, deputy managing editor over at the Houston Chronicle, writes "An Open Letter to the National Media. Subject: Texas," and compiles a list of rules for the national media to keep in mind when covering their great state in the wake of Governor Rick Perry's announcement of his presidential intentions. It's kinda like a study guide, so Ms. read more

Obama tries the fighting style again

08/17/11 09:40AM

President Obama ended up in Iowa this week -- how'd that happen? -- on his non-campaign swing through the Midwest. Throughout the trip, the president has been sending a clear signal about how Democrats are going to run for the 2012 elections. Mr. Obama said he's going to put forward a series of proposals next month to create jobs, from renewing the payroll tax cut, to extending tax breaks to companies that hire veterans, to a bill to fund road construction. His challenge to Congress, specifically to Republicans in Congress, is get that done: read more

The picture that charmed the Chinese.

Morning Maddow: August 17

08/17/11 07:37AM

President Obama will unveil a jobs plan soon.Wisconsin recalls total: Democrats up 2, Republicans keep the Senate.1 in 5 American children live in poverty.The Pentagon estimates $360 million taxpayer dollars went into the hands of Afghan insurgents and criminals.The new Ambassador to China wins over the Chinese with a backpack.How Sen. Scott Brown and his green truck are trying to fend off "Professor Warren."Stephen Colbert's PAC loses its treasurer to Rick Perry.Tobacco companies sue to stop those graphic warning labels. read more

Links for the 8/16 TRMS

Links for the 8/16 TRMS

08/17/11 01:29AM

Rick Perry in his own words on the Iowa Straw Poll, Palin, ethanol, etc. Republican Extremism, Bad Economics Use of Small Arms: Examining Lone Shooters and Small-Unit Tactics (pdf) August 10, 2011 - GOP holds 4 seats, Democrats win 2 in Wisconsin recall races Wisconsin votes on recall of two Democratic state senators Jul. 19, 2011 - Wisconsin Democrat Dave Hansen defeats David VanderLeest in Senate recall election read more

Anthony accepts the fried butter challenge

08/16/11 10:16PM

All joking aside, and speaking as someone who is not above trying the new fried experiments brought out for fair season every year, this is the best look at what a fried stick of butter actually is that I've seen.Generally speaking the fry-basket freakshow of the season usually tastes like itself but with fry batter on it. I mean, fried Oreos pretty much just tastes like Oreos but with fry stuff on it. It's not like frying has a significant transformative effect on the flavor. read more