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07/19/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the debt ceiling debate gets more interesting, Rupert Murdoch... watch

Just ask the axis

Just ask the axis

07/19/11 07:48PM

If you're the kind of person who loves info-rich, graphical representations of massive quantities of information, take a look at this. The Clear Congress Project, created by Thomas Gibes as part of his master's thesis project at Georgia Tech, charts the partisanship of members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives in relation to their degree of leadership. read more

Ahead on the 7/19 Maddow show

07/19/11 06:54PM

Tonight's guests include:Jack Balkin, professor at Yale Law School, author of the blog BalkinizationRobert Moore, correspondent for Britain's ITV News   Heather O'Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Ali Krieger and Lori Lindsey, members of the World Cup runner-up U.S. women's soccer teamBill Wolff, executive producer of The Rachel Maddow Show, tells us a little bit about tonight's show: read more

Give Em Enough Rupe

Give Em Enough Rupe

07/19/11 05:47PM

One day before their boss, Rupert Murdoch, had to face the music in Parliament about the furiously growing phone hacking scandal, his loyal underlings at The Wall Street Journal fired off an incensed editorial against the slings and arrows of outrageous criticism.“We also trust that readers can see through the commercial and ideological motives of our competitor-critics. The Schadenfreude is so thick you can't cut it with a chainsaw.”Harrumph, sir and again, a hearty harrumph!! The gall! read more

From Public Policy Polling

Chart: Another Republican litmus test

07/19/11 04:07PM

In a new survey from Public Policy Polling, two-thirds of Republican primary voters say they wouldn't vote for anyone who supported the individual mandate in federal health reform. This can't be great news for Jon Huntsman, who backed an individual mandate in Utah, and who comes in at 2 percent. But Mitt Romney, who put an individual mandate at the heart of health reform in Massachusetts, comes in second at 20 percent. read more

Watch Rick Perry run...

Watch Rick Perry run...

07/19/11 03:01PM

TX Gov. Rick Perry may be preparing to run for President but if that doesn't work out, he has another new gig--as a virtual football player in the latest edition of Electronic Arts' NCAA football video game.  The virtual Rick Perry plays QB for his real life alma mater, Texas A&M (where he was not a football player, but a "yell leader"). read more

Photoshop alert! Click for original image, minus the cigarette.

#Iowa, your politics are way out there

07/19/11 01:22PM

The head of Iowa's anti-gay FAMiLY LEADER goes right along with a gay joke about cigarettes and slurs, in video posted today by Think Progress:ATTENDEE: You know what my wife says? She says: Iowa, the state where you can’t smoke a fag, but you can marry one.BOB VANDER PLAATS: Oh shoot, that’s pretty good, that’s pretty good. Oh shoot.Before taking over the FAMiLY LEADER and its Iowa Family Policy Center, Mr. Vander Plaats led the campaign to throw out state Supreme Court judges who ruled in favor of marriage equality. read more

'We got  this agency by fighting, we stood it up by fighting, and if it takes more  fighting to keep it strong and independent, then we can do it.'

'We got this agency by fighting, we stood it up by fighting, and if it takes more fighting to keep it strong and independent, then we can do it.'

07/19/11 12:37PM

- Elizabeth Warren, assistant to the President and special advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau   In her interview with Rachel last night, Warren pulled no punches about who the opposition is when it comes to fighting to protect Americans from predatory greed:Two years ago, right about now, looked out and said the consumer agency, that's what I want to put in financial regulatory reform.  Over the next year, while everybody fought back and forth over the regular reform bill, there were a lot of offers on the table to get something else if you'd read more

Best noon thing

07/19/11 11:10AM

 Via my very plugged-into-the-arts friend Norman Frisch, this piece of doggone awesomeness will be at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis this Thursday. What better way to celebrate the lack of a functioning Minnesota state government than by attending a dog-friendly opera starring an all-dog cast? (OK, the singers are human but you CAN bring your dog!). Also, the Machine Project sounds AWESOME!!!! read more

Boehner's Mission Impossible gets promo video (mission still impossible)

07/19/11 10:04AM

In practical terms, House Speaker John Boehner is still caught between Republicans who want the McConnell non-deal for raising the debt ceiling and the burn-it-down House caucus who are now pushing a grand deal of their own.In quixotic terms, Mr. Boehner is spending the day on a symbolic measure to pass a balanced budget amendment. The constitutional amendment's requirements are so austere that House Republicans rejected the budget that would have met them. read more

A "humble" Rupert Murdoch answers questions

07/19/11 09:08AM

Update: the hearing has resumed.Update: the hearing has been halted for ten minutes after a man in a checked shirt apparently tried to attack Rupert Murdoch. The alleged attacker has been taken away in handcuffs.Right now News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch is being questioned by a committee in the UK's House of Commons. He has called it "the most humble day" of his life. It's riveting. Watch along with us:  read more

Morning Maddow: July 19

07/19/11 07:44AM

 The RNC says President Obama broke the law with this video.One Wisconsin Senate Republican Democrat could get the boot today. (my apologies! I messed that up big time!)House Republicans wage a campaign to keep the McConnell plan for the debt ceiling off the House floor.Former President Bill Clinton talks tough to Republicans.Meanwhile the Gang of Six Five has its own plan.Need a cheat sheet for the whole Rupert Murdoch mess in the UK? Here's a good place to start.What Space Shuttle science has brought to us on Earth. read more