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Best noon thing

08/17/11 11:59AM

As a sucker for military homecomings and for dogs, I could not resist this. Also? The dog's name is Emmitt Thunderpaws. Attention must be paid. Enjoy! read more

In other words, take these bumper stickers with a grain of salt!

Don't mess with Texas: Your guide to Rick Perrylandia

08/17/11 11:57AM

We find that the best place to find the most accurate news on state politics is the local paper.Kyrie O'Connor, deputy managing editor over at the Houston Chronicle, writes "An Open Letter to the National Media. Subject: Texas," and compiles a list of rules for the national media to keep in mind when covering their great state in the wake of Governor Rick Perry's announcement of his presidential intentions. It's kinda like a study guide, so Ms. read more

Obama tries the fighting style again

08/17/11 09:40AM

President Obama ended up in Iowa this week -- how'd that happen? -- on his non-campaign swing through the Midwest. Throughout the trip, the president has been sending a clear signal about how Democrats are going to run for the 2012 elections. Mr. Obama said he's going to put forward a series of proposals next month to create jobs, from renewing the payroll tax cut, to extending tax breaks to companies that hire veterans, to a bill to fund road construction. His challenge to Congress, specifically to Republicans in Congress, is get that done: read more

The picture that charmed the Chinese.

Morning Maddow: August 17

08/17/11 07:37AM

President Obama will unveil a jobs plan soon.Wisconsin recalls total: Democrats up 2, Republicans keep the Senate.1 in 5 American children live in poverty.The Pentagon estimates $360 million taxpayer dollars went into the hands of Afghan insurgents and criminals.The new Ambassador to China wins over the Chinese with a backpack.How Sen. Scott Brown and his green truck are trying to fend off "Professor Warren."Stephen Colbert's PAC loses its treasurer to Rick Perry.Tobacco companies sue to stop those graphic warning labels. read more

Links for the 8/16 TRMS

Links for the 8/16 TRMS

08/17/11 01:29AM

Rick Perry in his own words on the Iowa Straw Poll, Palin, ethanol, etc. Republican Extremism, Bad Economics Use of Small Arms: Examining Lone Shooters and Small-Unit Tactics (pdf) August 10, 2011 - GOP holds 4 seats, Democrats win 2 in Wisconsin recall races Wisconsin votes on recall of two Democratic state senators Jul. 19, 2011 - Wisconsin Democrat Dave Hansen defeats David VanderLeest in Senate recall election read more

Anthony accepts the fried butter challenge

08/16/11 10:16PM

All joking aside, and speaking as someone who is not above trying the new fried experiments brought out for fair season every year, this is the best look at what a fried stick of butter actually is that I've seen.Generally speaking the fry-basket freakshow of the season usually tastes like itself but with fry batter on it. I mean, fried Oreos pretty much just tastes like Oreos but with fry stuff on it. It's not like frying has a significant transformative effect on the flavor. read more

A world of pure imagination... revealed!

08/16/11 07:30PM

Drum roll please!And it's... a room! The people there are taking a writing class and probably imagining things, but it's not quite the Room of Requirement, or Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, or Star Trek's holodeck like some of you folks suggested. The "Imagination Room" is in fact a room like any other... or is it?Remember the prohibition episode of the Simpsons where Moe's Tavern turns into a speakeasy? He pushes a big lever that turns the whole thing into a pet store when the cops come. Perhaps the Imagination Room is like that. read more

Ahead on the 8/16 Maddow show

08/16/11 05:44PM

Tonight's guests include:Ezra Klein, columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg and msnbc policy analyst   Eugene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc political analyst   Ed Schultz, host of "The Ed Show" on msnbcExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares the rundown of tonight's show:  read more