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Ahead on the 12/19 Maddow Show

12/19/11 06:37PM

Tonight's guests:Dave Weigel, political reporter for Slate.comCongressman Barney Frank, Democrat from MassachusettsJosh Rogin, staff writer for "Foreign Policy" magazine and author of the blog "The Cable."Here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at today's stories:  read more

The Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang contains a mysterious, hidden fifth floor, a kind of bunker or meeting place. Calvin and his cohort found colorful propaganda posters, including this one. Calvin writes: 'Translation on the left side: "military first...

North Korea: A rare behind-the-scenes, inside-secret-corridors look

12/19/11 05:10PM

Calvin Sun took a trip to North Korea this past summer - one of the few Americans who have ever had the chance. He blogged about some fascinating (and seriously creepy) things he saw and experienced while there - even from inside his hotel.When we noticed that elevator buttons skipped the 5th floor of our hotel in Pyongyang, or that if you... read more

The Right to Work for less, or more, or something, in Indiana

The Right to Work for less, or more, or something, in Indiana

12/19/11 03:57PM

Coordinating with the American Legislative Exchange Council, Indiana Republicans are again pushing a Right to Work law. Right to Work is often called "Right to Work for Less" by labor, because it effectively bans union shops and thus weakens unions' positions in collective bargaining.Republican State Senator Joe Buck had a barrel... read more

By the PowerPoint vested in me

By the PowerPoint vested in me

12/19/11 02:11PM

Here at MaddowBlog, we don't spend a lot of time on the wedding page, but this one gave me pause.Fast-lane New Yorkers David Friedlander and Jacqueline Schmidt were married recently. Any resemblance to a traditional wedding was purely accidental. Their nuptials were meant to instruct. According to the New York Times:"The wedding was... read more

Waiting for work in Governor Haley's South Carolina

Waiting for work in Governor Haley's South Carolina

12/19/11 01:03PM

From my new favorite newspaper, the Charleston, South Carolina, Post and Courier:The pecans Felisa Rice collected off the side of a country road lined with tall trees and open fields will buy her what her college degree hasn't: food, soap, electricity.She quickly inspected the shells for cracks, tossed the damaged ones aside and slipped... read more

Protesting Alabama's "Papers, please" law Saturday in Montgomery.

Freedom Riders return to Alabama

12/19/11 10:30AM

A couple of Freedom Riders made the trip back to Alabama this weekend to protest the state's anti-immigration law. The Reverend C.T. Vivian told the Alabama press:"White America has never seen anybody as fully human except other white people."Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and the legislature say they'll work to change the... read more

Theory A: John Boehner is bad at his job (payroll tax cut edition)

12/19/11 09:34AM

If you're the Speaker of the House, it's your job to set your party's agenda and get your caucus on board for it. How then did we go from a supposed deal for a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut for working families to another race against the clock in Washington? Speaker John Boehner told Meet the Press yesterday: It... read more

Morning Maddow: December 19

12/19/11 07:46AM

The fight over the payroll tax cut extension is so not over.Romney is still a Bain man.Can't read enough about Callista Gingrich? Here's one for you.Rick Perry: beard tugger.Occupy Obama HQ.The AP takes a look at the impact of new EPA regulations on coal-fired power plants.The Koch brothers are hiring.North Korea reportedly conducts a... read more

Kim Jong-Il

North Korea says Kim Jong-Il is dead

12/18/11 11:01PM

North Korean television reports that Kim Jong-Il is dead at the age of 69.  According to NBC's Jo Ling Kent the announcer on state TV was dressed in all black which "never happens."  As we continue to learn more regarding the circumstances of the North Korean dictator's death, a few things to know:1. In 2009 Kim Jong-Il... read more

Links for the 12/16 TRMS

Links for the 12/16 TRMS

12/16/11 11:39PM

Links to material cited on the show: New Capitol access policy enactedOWS Nevada County Responds to Local Eviction - Eviction PostponedTake Back The Land NRA criticizes Delaware private sale legislation Point, click, fire: an undercover investigation of illegal online gun sales Making gun safety politically safe read more

The Whiskey Skin

12/16/11 09:31PM

The Whiskey Skin is a variation on a hot toddy. This recipe from David Wondrich's great book, "Imbibe!"Ingredients:WaterSugar (White sugar, demerara sugar -- depending on what you like)A lemonScotch (Good, scotchy scotch; a single malt, a good peaty one if you can get it, like Ardbeg from Islay)Preparation:Start by setting the... read more

Toys Are Us

Toys Are Us

12/16/11 09:13PM

As end of the year roundups go, cheers to L.A. Weekly for re-creating 2011's most compelling stories (like this Occupy Wall Street tableaux) using Lego people.You can feel the class tension right down to TraderMan's tiny plastic briefcase. read more

Ahead on the 12/16 Maddow Show

12/16/11 07:57PM

Tonight's guests:Kristen Welker, NBC news White House correspondentWayne Slater, senior political writer for the Dallas Morning NewsMax Rameau, founder of the "Take Back the Land" protest movementNow here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a story preview and here is the musical accompaniment:  read more


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