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Links for the 12/30 TRMS

Links for the 12/30 TRMS

12/31/11 12:49AM

NBC News/Marist Poll - 2012 Republican Presidential Iowa Caucus (pdf) What's the Deal with Romney's Taxes? @Matt_Romney - Matt Romney - I repeated a dumb joke. My bad. RT @emilyrs Romney's son Matt made an Obama birth certificate joke on the trail in NH Michele Bachmann meets Steve King, but draws tiny crowd, in Early 30 Minute... read more

Ahead on the 12/30 Maddow Show

12/30/11 06:14PM

Tonight's guests:Gene Robinson, columnist, Washington PostJohn Rowley, a Democratic political strategist and president of the Fletcher Rowley media firmCathy Cohen, University of Chicago Professor of Political Science and Director of the University's Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture  read more

How they roll in Iowa

How they roll in Iowa

12/30/11 04:40PM

Charles Brown sends this screengrab from Laguna Beach, California. The guy on the right is Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson, who chaired Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's campaign there until he switched his support this week to Congressman Ron Paul.And right behind Mr. Sorenson, turning the corner very slowly, is a vehicle from Michele... read more

Comedian Matt Romney is second from the far right.

Romney son serves Dad, America with birther joke

12/30/11 01:18PM

When I clicked on the headline "Mitt Romney's Sons Meet Concord Seniors," I wasn't expecting one of those sons to go Trump-ing for a laugh, especially since the joke's fodder is so routine: the release of a presidential candidate's tax returns.By law, they don't have to release them -- but it has become... read more

Comedian Matt Romney is second from the far right.

Romney son serves Dad, America with birther joke

12/30/11 01:18PM

When I clicked on the headline "Mitt Romney's Sons Meet Concord Seniors," I wasn't expecting one of those sons to go Trump-ing for a laugh, especially since the joke's fodder is so routine: the release of a presidential candidate's tax returns.By law, they don't have to release them -- but it has become... read more

I think I'll try the back door...

I think I'll try the back door...

12/30/11 12:55PM

In case you didn't quite understand what Bill was talking about in yesterday's preview video about the crowds outside, I happened to have also been impressed with how difficult it was to just reach the door the other day and took a couple of photos. This is what he's talking about:  read more

The Week in Geek, special toast edition

12/30/11 12:00PM

Comet Lovejoy's beautiful appearance this holiday season for those in the southern hemisphere.My new favorite website: beautiful pictures inspired by mathematics.How scientists track the drift of Earth's magnetic south pole.Your best bet for a hangover cure this new year's day is brought to you by the letters K, Na, and Cl (among... read more

Hulk, en fuego!

Hulk, en fuego!

12/30/11 11:05AM

How's this for a New Year's cleansing ritual? In Ecuador, residents build massive dummies called años viejos (old years) and then… burn them.Goodbye 2011! And take your rage-filled Hulk-ified baggage with you!Which makes me wonder…what are you, the Rachel Maddow Show viewers, doing for New Year's?And do you have any special... read more

Morning Maddow: December 30

12/30/11 07:52AM

What does it take to get Bank of America to close on a mortgage? A shaming music video.New Iowa poll numbers: Romney and Paul are neck and neck.The New York Times asks the GOP presidential candidates about how much executive power a president should wield.VA Gov. read more

Iran's platinum revolution?

Iran's platinum revolution?

12/30/11 01:18AM

I'm not sure this is what Richard Engel had in mind when he advised reading up on Iran for 2012, but my non-Hormuz Iran ready so far has been "Ahmadinejad steps into Iran's dress-code debate" followed by a bit of a trip down the rabbit hole of Iranian urban fashion.In a nutshell, hard-line Muslims in Iran want women to dress... read more

Newt Gingrich, 'fraud enabler'

Newt Gingrich, 'fraud enabler'

12/29/11 07:00PM

Chris Hayes points out the irony of Newt Gingrich's accusations voter fraud against ACORN when he now says it was fraud by his own campaign that kept him off the Virginia ballot. watch

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