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Morning Maddow: August 16

08/16/11 08:08AM

Wisconsin Democrats try to hold on to their Senate gains in the last 2 recall elections.Rick Perry is taking help from a lobbyist he once criticized for shady dealings.Michele Bachmann actually skipped the family reunion she claimed to have attended.Michele Bachmann as meme.Here's something Kansas does want federal money for.The oldest survivor of the Bataan Death March has died.The Mars500 mission breaks the record for the longest-ever space mission. Without leaving the ground. read more

Links for the 8/15 TRMS

Links for the 8/15 TRMS

08/16/11 01:19AM

Watchmen: An Oral History Economist Paul Krugman Endorses 'Watchmen' Alien Invasion Plan for Fiscal Recovery Perry called Pawlenty, hopes for his support Pawlenty NH campaign director signs with Huntsman campaign Secret anti-racist shirts covertly distributed to neo-Nazis Exit Deutschland read more

Subverting hate with 'Trojan t-shirts'

Subverting hate with 'Trojan t-shirts'

08/15/11 09:25PM

Via Boing Boing:Anti-racist activists snuck trick t-shirts into a music festival with a large neo-Nazi turnout; the shirts bore a crypto-racist slogan that faded on first washing to reveal a plea to reconsider "militant right-wing lifestyle." read more

A-maize-ing

A-maize-ing

08/15/11 08:25PM

Now that Michele Bachmann (!) has won (!) the Iowa straw poll, you can feel the tremors redounding through Conventional Wisdom Land.Recognizing the potential hazards Ms. Bachmann’s ascendancy might present for some of her fellow Republicans, the shadowy authorities at the Message Control Center issued this confidential, and highly fake, directive to its conservative minions:  read more

Nazis punked, washed off

Nazis punked, washed off

08/15/11 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on a clever trick played on German Nazi skinheads using t-shirts that change their printed message after they're washed. watch

Obama's challenge

Obama's challenge

08/15/11 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow notes the difficulty President Barack Obama faces in trying to preach the virtues of compromise while seeming uncompromising; attacking... watch

Ahead on the 8/16 Maddow show

08/15/11 05:52PM

Tonight's guests include:Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and chairman of the DNC   Ed Rendell, NBC News political analyst and former Pennsylvania governor Here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at tonight's show: read more

What is behind this door?

A world of pure imagination

08/15/11 05:42PM

30 Rock is a big building, full of television production magic and mysteries. Walking through the building today, I came accross this sign on a door. I have no idea what is behind this door- what is in the "Imagination Room," but I do have two guesses.It is either the Room of Requirement from Harry Potter, or the room with the chocolate waterfall from from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Your guesses?   read more

Seen in #California: 'Is there any right to the liberal "left"?'

Seen in #California: 'Is there any right to the liberal "left"?'

08/15/11 03:11PM

I saw these bumper stickers on an RV in the parking lot at a California state beach just south of Mendocino. The place was filled with families skin diving for abalone. A bunch of them were cooking their catch right in the parking lot, one over what smelled like -- but surely couldn't have been -- a fire made of cannabis. In the middle of all that grooviness, these bumper stickers from Oregon couldn't help standing out. read more

Best noon thing

08/15/11 12:17PM

This one's a little more political than my usual picks, but here it is: a woman who claims to be from Alaska confronts Todd Palin at the Iowa State Fair. Raw story transcribes it:“We’re from Alaska,” the woman told him. “We were sick when she quit.”“What would you recommend doing when you got $600,000, $700,000 of debt hanging over your head, and you still have all these people filing complaints against you?” Todd Palin asked. “What would you do?”“Well, you go for the money obviously. That’s what she did. read more

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