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Rick Perry sued over prayer event he insists is not political

07/14/11 11:44AM

 The Freedom from Religion Foundation suspects there might be something wrong about Texas Governor Rick Perry using his office to call the nation to prayer. Governor Perry is organizing a day of fasting and praying next month, called the Response, with the help of the some of the jaw-dropping folks you'll see in the clip above. He announced the event in an official state press release.Now Freedom from Religion has sued Governor Perry. read more

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Come for the ladies?

07/14/11 11:00AM

Even in the week of the Women's World Cup, of Team USA goalie Hope Solo's amazing save in a penalty kick shootout, of Abby Wambach's unbelievable header that tied up the game with Brazil, even in the week where women's athletic accomplishments have been received with incredible enthusiasm, women athletes still have to fight for respect. The latest example: Apparently Tennis Canada thought "the ladies" would draw in bigger audiences to watch the Rogers Cup (the Canadian Open) rather than say, intense professional tennis matches between world-class athletes. read more

Political metaphor happens: John Boehner, 'Mr. Own Goal'

07/14/11 09:51AM

The most important thing that has happened in Washington all week might be this: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke telling Congress that the economy may need another round of stimulus. All the arguing over the debt ceiling, the breakdown of talks and of deals and of leadership, amounts to a political problem. The fact that we're in the worst jobs market since World War II is an actual problem.And one of the three major political leaders in Washington right now, House Speaker John Boehner, can't get his own party to pass a message bill about light bulbs. read more

Morning Maddow: le Quatorze Juillet

07/14/11 08:03AM

Ron Paul's first campaign ad.The AARP jumps into the fight to protect social security.Voter turnout was high in Wisconsin recall primaries.House Democrats try to expose a coordinated campaign of excessive voter ID laws.House Republicans vote the NRA's way.Really? The back of the bus?.- .-- . ... --- -- . read more

Fuji-Q Highland amusement park world's steepest roller coaster "Takabisha" with a free falling angle of 121 degrees

Vicarious exhilaration for the cube-bound of the day

07/14/11 04:16AM

I had seen headlines recently about the world's new steepest roller coaster in Japan (press day was last week), but now there's rider-eye-view video that conveys the experience pretty well. The portion in the photo below starts around 1:15 in the video. Use headphones for the bonus wind-in-the-microphone natural sound.   read more

The party of no, illustrated

The party of no, illustrated

07/13/11 09:21PM

Last night's most asked-after graphic was the chart referenced in the above clip, seen below in its native format from a recent Economist/YouGov poll. I wonder how much this graph changes depending on what issue is in the news. I'm only thinking anecdotally but I remember a lot of progressives being really frustrated with compromise during the health reform debate. read more

Manatee mayhem: This aggression will not stand!

Manatee mayhem: This aggression will not stand!

07/13/11 08:18PM

Just look at him. Roaming OUR waters like he owns the place. Twelve hundred  pounds of soft, smug entitlement. Manatees. Face it, it’s us …or them.Luckily, some tea partiers in Florida are making a stand against these freeloading punks. Reports the St. Petersburg Times:“A Citrus County tea party group has announced that it's fighting new restrictions on boating and other human activities in Kings Bay that have been proposed by the U.S. read more

Burrito party

Burrito party

07/13/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the debt ceiling debacle continues, what the Tea party means... watch

Miracle on Turf

Miracle on Turf

07/13/11 05:31PM

On July 10, 1999, the fate of the Women's World Cup final came down to a shootout between China and the U.S. Everyone watched as Briana Scurry made an incredible save, blocking China's third penalty kick and giving Team USA an incredible advantage in the shootout. With the tally 4-4, Brandi Chastain stepped up to the line for the fifth and final penalty kick for the US team; the most important kick in her life. To stay focused, Chastain avoided eye contact with China's goalie. She drilled the ball into the back of the net for the win. read more