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Morning Maddow: October 3

10/03/11 07:38AM

A new study counts the cost to minority and poor voters of the Republican-led voting law changes.Rick Perry, a hunting camp and a rock. And the response.AP takes on Rick Perry's luring of subprime lenders to Texas with tax breaks.Bloomberg News investigates the Koch Brothers.Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested.Cheney wants an apology.The CIA contractor who shot 2 men in Pakistan is in trouble again... over a parking spot.It's Nobel prize week! First up: medicine. And don't forget the Ig Nobel prizes. read more

The French 75

09/30/11 09:56PM

Recipe:1/2 oz. lemon juice1/2 oz. simple syrup (sugar* and water mixed in equal parts)1 1/2 oz. booze (Some people make it with gin, other people make it with cognac. It's traditional and therefore more correct to make it with gin, but certain cable television news hosts prefer it with cognac.)Shake that up with ice.Strain into a champagne glassTop with champagne.Lemon twist.Fin.*Rachel explained that her simple syrup was brown because it's Demerara syrup. Demerara sugar is raw sugar that hasn't had the molasses refined out of it. read more

Ahead on the 9/30 Maddow show

09/30/11 06:17PM

Tonight's guests include:Spencer Ackerman, senior reporter for's Danger Room     Frank Schaeffer, author of "Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics -- and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway"Executive producer Bill Wolff tells you what's coming up:  read more

The Friday Awesome

09/30/11 04:18PM

It's a great day here at the Friday Awesome! When life gets you down, just remember what the dance floor tiger lady says: "I was already wearing tight pants…I just did not activate them."The crazy music the kids are into these days—feh!No coach, you don't have to break dance, please don't… aw geez…I predict this guy will make fewer predictions.Mirrored shades? Check. Skynyrd on the 8 track? Check. An engine-load of prime American Muscle? Triple check…Memo to self: Build gigantic enigmatic sculptureLike my rock hard abs? read more

Politics goes to the movies: Contagion

09/30/11 03:28PM

 So I saw "Contagion" recently, and I can't get it out of my head -- and not just in terms of the increased frequency of my hand sanitizer usage. If you haven't seen it (and if you haven't, you should -- it's a taut thriller that moves as quickly and efficiently as its viral subject), here's the main thing I keep circling back to: basically, it's about how the federal government saves the day. Faced with "MEV-1," a hyper-contagious virus that becomes a global pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control isolate the bug, study it, and develop a vaccine. read more

The Week in Geek

09/30/11 01:15PM

I like to imagine this is how our robot overlords will announce their presence.Maybe we should be more worried about fish though. Especially this one that is practically using a tool to open a clam shell!How does a slinky fall? You might not believe your eyes.Ever wondered how big that thing really was? Now you can find out.Sesame Street is now brought to you by SCIENCE.Black hole defends itself by shooting cold gas bullets.Goldie Hawn talks about neuroscience. read more

Best noon thing

09/30/11 12:00PM

An artist says goodbye to America's favorite particle accelerator, Fermilab's Tevatron, which shuts down today after 28 years of smashing tiny things to see even tinier things come out of them. read more