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Is that all there is to the circus?

12/14/11 12:17PM

For those of you in the pitiable position of not having enough Peggy Lee in your mental music catalog to have picked up on Rachel's joke with Gene Robinson in last night's opening segment about the meager choices for Republican voters, here's what you're missing (and for those of you know already got the joke, here's that song that's been stuck in your head since Rachel mentioned it last night):  read more

Payroll tax cut explained by guy who is not Ezra Klein

12/14/11 10:25AM

OK, so he's not Austan Goolsbee, but White House economic adviser Brian Deese makes a decent sell of the payroll tax cut. Mr. Deese even holds up a smaller "Wonk Board" -- by that point, I was already thinking he might be Wonkblog Ezra Klein's brother from another mother.This one's five minutes of technical that won't hurt:When you give a typical family tax relief, it's not likely to just sit in their bank account. In fact, most of that tax relief gets spent on anything from groceries to a family going out and having their car repaired. read more

The de facto poll tax of 2011

12/14/11 09:24AM

When you talk about government overreach, sometimes the effect matters more than the intent. Consider Michigan, for instance, where the new emergency manager law has put more than half the African-American population is at risk of having no meaningful local democracy. You can't say that Republicans wanted that law so they could disenfranchise those voters. You can say that's becoming the effect of the law.Likewise, in Wisconsin, a new law that requires you to show photo ID at the polls is having the effect of disenfranchising the poor, minorities, students and seniors like Ruthelle Frank. read more

Fort Calhoun nuclear plant on June 16, 2011.

Morning Maddow: December 14

12/14/11 07:39AM

The once flooded Fort Calhoun nuclear plant has so many design and installation flaws it won't reopen until next yearWhat does it say about the Tea Party that Christine O'Donnell endorsed Mitt Romney for President?If that's bad news for the Tea Party, so is this: the Tea Party candidate in a bid for a Senate leadership position lost yesterdayWhile MItt Romney has fundraisers in the NY metro area, the DNC will fly a plane overhead taunting him for his $10k betKashering the White House: the rabbis do the super cleaningAnother nail in the F-22's coffinSomali terror group with links to al Qaeda jo read more

Ahead on the 12/13 Maddow Show

12/13/11 07:04PM

Tonight's guests:Vice President Joe BidenEugene Robinson, columnist for the Washington Post and msnbc political analystAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a preview of tonight's topics: read more

On tonight's show

On tonight's show

12/13/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - Rachel's exclusive interview with Vice President Joe Biden;... watch