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Private sales ease gun law violations

Private sales ease gun law violations

12/16/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow reviews New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg's "Point, click, fire" report in which it is demonstrated that out-of-state laws against private gun sales to people who admit they wouldn't pass a background check are not being enforced. watch

Democracy: Some assembly required

Democracy: Some assembly required

12/16/11 07:00PM

Max Rameau, founder of the "Take Back the Land" protest movement, talks with Rachel Maddow about the effectiveness of the 'Occupy' movement and its application to the housing rights movement. watch

On tonight's show

On tonight's show

12/16/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - Italy is doing a major infrastructure overhaul, Bloomberg cracks down on guns in NYC and Rachel makes a mean drink for tonight's Cocktail Moment! Don't miss... watch

Etta James got a hold on us

12/16/11 01:57PM

Rachel, who we assumed was off reading about the nine-bill spending omnibus, just sent us this email:AP story says today that etta james is terminally ill and her doctor is asking for prayers.if you are not familiar with the miraculous force of nature that is etta james, watch this and just say to yourself... 1962.  1962!  dear christ this is... read more

Ron Paul, typography nerd?

12/16/11 01:30PM

Some political observers (including Rachel at 7:30 in this clip) have interpreted the style of a recent Ron Paul ad as an allusion to the F-150 Ford truck TV commercial. I have an alternate theory: Ron Paul is a typography nerd.What I see in both the Ron Paul ad in question and the F-150 ad is the (celebrated virally at the time) 2007 kinetic... read more

Low Pressure

12/16/11 12:30PM

Gloriously rumpled Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy showed up at the WGN studios in Chicago yesterday to--what else?-- deliver the seven day weather forecast. Down side? The crossed streams of alt rock scruff and smiley local news may have ripped a hole in the space time continuum.Here's Tweedy's other day job: read more

Crosstab conjecture - Part 2 - Ahhh-loozah

Crosstab conjecture - Part 2 - Ahhh-loozah

12/16/11 11:30AM

At the end of 2008, as President Bush was on his way out, bloggers on the left made some hay of an incidental poll finding that fewer people would admit to voting for Bush than the vote total shows actually did.Since then I've seen at least one poll make a similar case about President Obama during a patch of unpopularity. read more

Who's in charge in Benton Harbor

12/16/11 10:30AM

 For anyone who cares about the story of Benton Harbor, Michigan, the new feature in New York Times Magazine is worth savoring. Benton Harbor is the first town in Michigan to have its local democracy essentially shelved under the revamped emergency manager law. read more

After long bad week, Haley endorses Romney

12/16/11 09:11AM

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley endorsed Mitt Romney for president today. She told Fox he's "someone who knows what it's like to lead and make a decision, not just to take a vote."Governor Haley has been a conservative and Tea Party favorite, but it's hard telling what that endorsement will be worth. She's... read more

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