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Ahead on the 7/29 Maddow show

07/29/11 07:18PM

Tonight's guests include:Luke Russert, NBC News correspondent  Rep. Barbara Lee, (D) California  Howard Fineman, senior editor for The Huffington Post and msnbc political analyst  Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for The Washington Post and msnbc contributorHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a preview of tonight's show: read more

Sidewalk talk

Of sidewalks, sprains and society

07/29/11 05:02PM

My lug nut mishap yesterday (update: upon 2nd diagnosis, my ankle is not broken after all! Just a bad sprain!) gave rise to a lively discussion about what sidewalks (and the lack thereof) mean for our communities. Mary in Portland, Oregon:To walk to my bus stop, whenever it rains (which it does often here in Portland), there is a choice between walking through a block-long ankle-deep mud puddle and stepping out onto a 40 MPH street. read more

The voice and the power belong to you. Just ask Horton, who heard a Who

The voice and the power belong to you. Just ask Horton, who heard a Who

07/29/11 03:57PM

By Melissa Harris-PerryWatching the current debt ceiling crisis reminds me of one of my 9-year-old daughter's favorite books: Horton Hears a Who, by Dr. Seuss. The book tells the story of Horton the Elephant who hears a small speck of dust talking to him from the end of a flower. It turns out the speck of dust is actually a community of Whos. read more

The Friday Awesome

07/29/11 03:00PM

Given the week we've just had, I think I speak for the room when I say, bring on the dancing baby hippo. And while you're at it, throw in some cartoon dancing hippos as well. Ahhhh, the flabby genius....Pitiless march of time alert: MTV turns 30 years old MondayFun fact---MTV actually stands for Music Television and often featured short clips of popular performers known as "videos." (Got a favorite? Post it in comments. Same as it ever was, same as it ever was…)I like this one too. read more

The blue line is where we thought we were. The red line is where we are.

Chart: Toward a Greater Great Recession

07/29/11 02:41PM

Washington, D.C., has been wrestling for weeks now with how to cut government spending -- a key sector of the economy.Meanwhile, as you know from living in the rest of the world, the real problem is the economy. New government figures show that the Great Recession was greater than we thought. The recovery is nowhere. And good luck finding meaningful talk about a public stimulus to get the economy moving again. read more

These people own the Green Bay Packers

These people own the Green Bay Packers

07/29/11 01:05PM

The publicly owned Green Bay Packers hosted their annual shareholders meeting yesterday. Jennifer Meyer of Green Bay sends these pictures and writes:In addition to the usual presentation of financial reports, earnings statements, expansion plans, etc., a Packer shareholder is entertained with pep talks, displaying of the Super Bowl ring, and a performance by Dan Lauria as Vince Lombardi!  You've never seen a shareholder's meeting like this... read more

From Adam Jentleson, an aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Maybe the Tea Party's happy now

07/29/11 12:36PM

We're back to the Balanced Budget Amendment, the same one Senator John McCain told his fellow Republicans cannot pass. In an effort to get his debt-ceiling bill through the House, at least, Speaker John Boehner is now adding stipulations for a second increase in the debt ceiling.NBC News reports that those stipulations include that new spending cuts be greater than $1.6 trillion, and that the Balanced Budget Amendment has already gone to the states. read more

Brands with the best "Buzz"

You are what you buy (or maybe you buy what you are)

07/29/11 10:25AM

Twice a year, the brand tracking group YouGov BrandIndex publishes its "list of the US brands with the most Buzz." To calculate a brand's Buzz score, the group asks survey subjects, "If you've heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative?"Subway, Ford and Lowe's had the three highest Buzz scores this year.YouGov BrandIndex (not a fan of spaces?) also breaks down the results by several demographic categories, including political party affiliation.Soooo, some obvious differences here, huh-- where Democrats and Re read more