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Breaking: World still here*

Breaking: World still here*

10/21/11 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry notes that predictions about the end of the world have not come true (again) (*though there are still a couple of hours left in the day). watch

For a flat tax, that's a pretty tall graph

For a flat tax, that's a pretty tall graph

10/21/11 04:57PM

When the detailed analysis of Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan came out earlier this week I thought for sure it would mean he'd be laughed out of the race. Just looking at that "Average Federal Tax Change" column, everyone making less than $200,000 per year gets a tax hike and the rich pay less? A 15% tax cut for people making more than a million dollars a year? How can that be a serious proposal? read more

Tennessee makes woman, 91, stand in line for voter ID

10/21/11 03:32PM

The good news is that Dorothy Cooper, 96, finally got the new ID she needed to vote in Tennessee. Ms. Cooper had been turned down at the DMV before because the name on her marriage certificate didn't match the one on her birth certificate.The bad news? Virginia Lasater, 91, couldn't wait in line long enough to get hers.Aided by a walking cane to get around, she quickly decided she couldn't stand up long enough to wait and her son could find no chairs available for her to sit. read more

The war in Iraq is ending. Really. Finally.

The war in Iraq is ending. Really. Finally.

10/21/11 01:22PM

U.S. troops in Iraq will be home for the holidays, President Obama announced today. The president said all U.S. troops will leave by year's end:fter nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over.The president ran in part against the war, and now he's ending it. Mr. Obama first announced this plan back in February 2009, when he said combat would end in August 2010 and the final troops would leave this year. NBC's Courtney Kube forwards Pentagon stats showing that the U.S. read more

DIY for choice in Mississippi, billboard edition

DIY for choice in Mississippi, billboard edition

10/21/11 11:54AM

 On November 8, Mississippi voters will decide on a constitutional amendment that would grant personhood to every fertilized egg. As we've been reporting on the show, Initiative 26 would outlaw abortion along with popular kinds of birth control and likely fertility treatments, too.Without money for much more, the pro-choice side has relied on homemade signs and videos. Now, the last and only clinic that provides abortion in all of Mississippi has managed to buy some billboards -- one funny-scary, one scary-scary. read more

The Week in Geek: How to tell your polar bears apart

10/21/11 10:45AM

Quantum levitation! We are living in the future! Jet packs for everyone! More details here.Did a fragmenting comet nearly hit the Earth in 1883? Um, probably not.NASA and Japan release the most complete digital topographic map of Earth to date. Bonus: Hawaii fly-over with slack-key guitar soundtrack. I think I need a Mai-Tai.Check out this list of spin-off technologies from NASA's space program to see how space exploration has shaped the world around you.What do polar bears and constellations have in common? read more

And sometimes the gentleman drops off his hat

10/21/11 09:15AM

 When Rachel excused the ladypeople from the room last night so she could explain a few things to Mitt Romney in the man cave, ladyperson Alex Alvarez hung around. And that's really so good, because her description of the lesson Mitt Romney in the man cave got should go on its own poster:Maddow ... read more

Morning Maddow: October 21

10/21/11 07:13AM

Secret burial for Muammar Khaddafy?Before leaving for a long weekend, Senate Republicans found time last night to filibuster a jobs plan for teachers, cops, and firefighters64 sailors in the Navy started out the year burying Osama bin Laden at sea; ending the year getting kicked out for smoking fake potIn San Antonio courthouse break in, they weren't terrorists; they were just FrenchIf you want to show someone you're serious about something, send the Secretary of State, the head of the CIA and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to deliver the messageIn an interview with NBC, Secretary Clinton sa read more

The man cave guide to lady parts - Romney edition

The man cave guide to lady parts - Romney edition

10/20/11 09:36PM

Ok, hopefully this isn't too upsetting. I made it look a little like a football play diagram. Sorry about all the pink.See also The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists FAQs on birth control pills and the intrauterine device (IUD).What we're talking about with both the pill and the IUD are two hormones either individually or in combination, estrogen and progestin (and also, in the case of some IUDs, copper, which I just learned tonight - see the FAQ link above). read more

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