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Chart: Lower tax rates for the rich

09/21/11 11:15AM

The New York Times today looks at who pays what in taxes:In 2009, 238,000 households filed returns with adjusted gross incomes of at least $1 million. One-quarter of them paid an effective federal income tax rate of less than 15 percent, the data shows, and 1,470 paid no federal income tax at all.And no, sadly, cutting taxes did not result in job growth. read more

Georgia turns Troy Davis down again

Georgia turns Troy Davis down again

09/21/11 10:10AM

The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles this morning rejected a request to reconsider its decision in the case of Troy Davis, who's scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. tonight.The board released a statement. In its entirety:Parole Board Denies Request to Reconsider Davis DecisionSeptember 21, 2011; Atlanta, GA - The Board has received a request from the representatives of Troy Anthony Davis, requesting the Board reconsider its decision to deny clemency to Davis. read more

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Lamar Alexander swims for daylight

09/21/11 09:51AM

Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander gets top ratings from groups like the American Conservative Union and even the John Birch Society. But he's stepping down from his leadership position because, apparently, he's not conservative enough for today's Republican Party.Back home in Tennessee, the news looks like this:But Alexander said he found the leadership role to be too limiting. He still broke with his party occasionally to support the White House or Democratic initiatives. read more

Morning Maddow: September 21

Morning Maddow: September 21

09/21/11 07:48AM

The two American hikers are really getting out of Iran. Update: they're out.President Obama to meet with Mahmoud Abbas over the issue of Palestinian statehood.Washington Post: U.S. is assembling a ring of secret drone bases.A peek at Rick Perry's stock portfolio.Michele Bachmann says there's too much regulation in the food industry.Inside Virginia's abortion crackdown.Hallmark starts selling sympathy cards for job loss. read more

End of an era

End of an era

09/20/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the military policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has come to an... watch

Congressman, doctor, hero

Congressman, doctor, hero

09/20/11 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on the happy story of Congressman Phil Roe using his medical expertise to resuscitate a stranger who had collapsed without a heartbeat. watch

Ahead on the 9/20 Maddow show

09/20/11 05:51PM

Tonight's guests include:Lt. Josh Seefried of the U.S. Air Force, founder of Outserve, revealed identity today   Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach (ret.), U.S. Air Force fighter pilot    Rep. Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader and former Speaker of the HouseExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

America minus Don't Ask, Don't Tell

America minus Don't Ask, Don't Tell

09/20/11 05:45PM

This morning, our nation's first without DADT, we asked you all to look out your windows and tell us whether the sky was in fact falling as prophet Cindy Jacobs suggested might happen. We'll begin with an AP pic from San Diego minutes after repeal.The locusts are coming? Or just this critter? From @ybs62 in Littleton, Colorado. read more

In 2008, Nebraska had one blue dot in a sea of red.

A way to make voting more fair

09/20/11 03:41PM

In Nebraska, Republicans who want to change the way the state awards its electoral votes have been pretty straightforward about why.  As the Lincoln Journal Star put it back in January, the state’s Republican Party has "mounted an all-out assault" on Nebraska’s current system, which divides some of its votes by district.Sen. read more

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