Rachel Maddow updates the story of the Arizona school board that intended to censor high school honors biology texts by ripping out pages that mentioned abortion, with news from a meeting addressing the matter still in session. watch
Rachel Maddow shows off some of the piles of junk and props and bottles of liquor that have accumulated in the office in the course of producing the show, as well as the virtual clutter of domain names. watch
Bernard Parks, former Los Angeles Police Chief, talks with Rachel Maddow about how to prepare for the possibility of a violent protest without exacerbating the situation with a threatening show of authoritative force. watch
Rachel Maddow reports on the deadly snow storm that had dumped feet of snow on upstate New York in a matter of hours and contrasts that emergency with the Missouri governor's pre-emptive panic over the potential for violence in St. Louis. watch
Rachel Maddow shares a photo of someone facing a daunting quantity of snow to clean up - a "state of emergency" amount of snow, and teases to and upcoming segment about another state of emergency over something less apparent. watch
Mark Collette, investigative reporter at the Houston Chronicle, talks with Rachel Maddow about a deadly leak at a DuPont chemical plant in Texas and the alarming lack of information about the nature of the leak at the time and still today. watch
Rachel Maddow points out that one thing Senate Democrats could have been doing instead of going through the empty show of holding a meaningless vote on the Keystone XL pipeline is approve Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for Attorney General, whil watch
Rachel Maddow notes that the ultimate outcome of the Keystone XL pipeline bill was foreseeable, whether by vote or veto, and was not likely to help Mary Landrieu’s campaign either way, so why did Senate Democrats waste valuable time with it? watch
Rachel Maddow notes that the newly announced House Republican committee chairs have a remarkable consistency about them, suggesting that maybe Republicans no longer feel that diversity is important to electoral success. watch
* Israel: "Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue, opening fire and using knives and axes to attack Jews praying inside, officials said Tuesday. Four rabbis were killed -- including three dual U.S.-Israeli nationals -- and six other people wounded."
* Afghanistan: "A suicide attack targeted a base for foreign contract workers in Kabul on Tuesday morning, killing at least two security guards, the authorities said. The attack involved a truck laden with gravel and explosives, which detonated near the gate of the base in the northeastern part of the capital around 6:30 a.m.... The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack."
* Not good: "Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has declared a state of emergency and activated the state national guard in anticipation of a grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson. But when asked Monday night if he was ultimately responsible for the coming response to any protests that might follow the decision, Nixon emphatically and loquaciously demurred."
* Look for a Keystone vote in the Senate in the early evening, perhaps even within the next half-hour. With Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) opposed, proponents are struggling to get to 60.
* Third time's the charm?: "A lawyer has agreed to take on House Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Barack Obama, though such a case has yet to be filed at all. George Washington University legal scholar Jonathan Turley agreed to represent Boehner and House Republicans in their possible future legal action against the president, NBC News' Mark Murray reported Tuesday afternoon. Turley is a frequent commentator on MSNBC and other news networks."
* Ebola: "The international effort to stamp out Ebola in West Africa is gaining ground, but the war is far from over. 'We are nowhere near out of the woods yet,' President Obama told reporters Tuesday at the White House as he met with national security and public health advisers, including Ebola response coordinator Ron Klain."
* Another vote to watch: "The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to consider legislation to end a once-secret National Security Agency program that systematically collects records of Americans' phone calls in bulk. But opposition to the bill has been mounting, and there remains no guarantee that it will receive the 60 votes it needs to move forward."