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The Dow Jones today.

Charts: Stocks fall, fears rise

08/04/11 04:23PM

 The stock market fell today by the greatest percentage since February 2009 and by the most points since October 2008 -- the Dow dropping by more than 500. Stocks have been in funk for the past several days, a funk worthy of 2009. Partly it's that the world keeps getting bad news from Asia and Europe and the U.S. On a smaller level, the U.S. issues the jobs report for July tomorrow morning, and that's got some people nervous.In ordinary times, stocks go up and stocks go down, and you can't pay too much attention to what happens in any given day. read more

A fundraiser today from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Report: Congress makes deal on FAA

08/04/11 03:40PM

NBC News reports that Congress has reached an agreement to reopen the Federal Aviation Administration. The plan, Kelly O'Donnell writes, is for the Senate to adopt the House version of an extension for the FAA. That bill includes an end to federal subsidies for smaller airports, but Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has the power to grant them all waivers, and he will, NBC says. The effect would be the same as a clean extension.In the long run, the fight over the FAA is still fundamentally about unions. read more

Now playing, for real: 'The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker'

Now playing, for real: 'The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker'

08/04/11 01:00PM

 Talk about political theatre. Remember the tale of Billy Blythe, the Little-Opera-That-Could from Arkansas that made it all the way to NYC? If you're a theatre nerd and politics geek (and live near Madison, Wisconsin), here's another treat for you. The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker, written and directed by Doug Reed, opened last Friday night at Madison's own Broom Street Theater. If you've been following news of the hotbed of protests amid union-stripping and budget cuts during Governor Walker's tenure so far this year, this is a playbill you might want to add to your collection. read more

Best noon thing

Best noon thing

08/04/11 12:02PM

So here's a little time waster from National Geographic: an interactive feature that lets you build your own solar system. So far all of my planets have been pulled inexorably into their sun and died spectacular, fiery deaths. I'm sure you all can do better. read more

'I'm tired of dealing with the crazies'

08/04/11 11:48AM

In the days following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, you may recall that over 1,000 Arabs and Muslims were detained by the FBI and other law enforcement in an effort to root out domestic terrorism. Of course, many detainees were not lawbreakers or even material witnesses. They were just American citizens living lawfully with  the "wrong" skin tone, "wrong" religion -- even the "wrong" facial hair.Sohail Mohammed was a New Jersey immigration attorney representing some of these people, impressing many in the process -- including the future Republican governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. read more

If Democrats ever try economic populism

08/04/11 09:37AM

On Tuesday, we'll get a first test of whether Democrats can win anymore with economic populism. The ad above is for the recall race of Wisconsin State Senator Alberta Darling, a Republican. It says she voted for cuts in school funding so the rich could have tax cuts -- a classic formula that Wisconsin Democrats have been using through the campaignLast night on the show, we talked about Republicans working to make things better for corporations, which are already enjoying record profits. read more

Morning Maddow: August 4

08/04/11 07:55AM

Obama to Geithner: you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.Rick Perry wants colleges to be more like businesses.Rudy Giuliani, the face of nuclear power?The mystery of a big-dollar donation to Mitt Romney's campaign.A judge is allowing an Army vet to sue Donald Rumsfeld over torture.Rep. David Wu officially resigns.Oh, Bill O'Reilly.  read more

TRMS returns to NYC!

TRMS returns to NYC!

08/03/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the current state of policy discussion in Congress reminds us... watch

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