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Beats us

12/08/11 05:15PM

Andy Dallos went out for lunch and came back with this picture. Anyone know what this thing is? read more

Elizabeth Warren and the charm offensive

12/08/11 03:44PM

After an ad saying Elizabeth Warren is too cozy with Occupy Wall Street, Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS is now going after the Senate hopeful for being too friendly with Wall Street. "Warren went on a charm offensive with some of the same banks who got bailed out," the ad says.Thanks to the on-screen annotation, we can look back at the original report and see how that "charm offensive" went over:"I can tell you that I'm anxious, and I'm somewhat angry," said Alabama Rep. read more

President Obama and Secretary Sebelius talking health coverage last year in Maryland.

Obama on Plan B: 'Apply some common sense'

12/08/11 02:09PM

Yesterday, the FDA approved the emergency contraception Plan B for over-the-counter sales -- meaning no prescription needed, no identification necessary, no restrictions of any kind -- because "the drug could be used safely by women of all ages." Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius disagreed, and used her office's power to override the FDA for the first time in HHS history.This did not go over well. "Left blogs fume over Plan B decision" was Politico's headline. read more

Obama 2012 is all about tax fairness

12/08/11 11:20AM

From a super PAC that backs President Obama, a new ad about tax fairness featuring President Ronald Reagan, radical lefty:"They've sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary, and that's crazy."Two main strands of the Democratic strategy so far: Help Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich battle longer, and pound the GOP on class fairness.(H/t Greg Sargent) read more

Newt Gingrich sibling tells some, not all

12/08/11 10:22AM

Candace Gingrich-Jones knows things about her brother Newt. For one thing, she knows that their shared last name is supposed be pronounced with a "K" at the end, and not with the "CH" sound he took on.She knows what he eats at holiday meals. And she knows what the anti-gay Mr. Gingrich and his wife, Callista Gingrich, sent as a present for her very gay wedding. read more

New weekly claims for unemployment insurance.

Chart: Creeping toward normal

12/08/11 09:30AM

If you're into good news, here's some:The number of people filing for state unemployment benefits for the first time fell 23,000 to the lowest level since late February, the government said Thursday.The Labor Department said claims fell to a seasonally adjusted 381,000 last week.Steve Benen today starts posting a chart of weekly new claims, and you can see that things are getting better. We're a world removed from the economic freefall that marked the end of the Bush administration. read more

Morning Maddow: December 8

12/08/11 07:45AM

AP finds one of the CIA's "black sites".Today's political theatre: Act one, Senate Republicans get to vote against Richard Cordray. Act two: House Republicans get to yell at AG Eric Holder.Elizabeth Warren leads Scott Brown in another poll.Protesters crash a Gingrich fundraiser on K street.Gingrich puts Romney on his VP list and pledges to name John Bolton his Secretary of State.Remember the fetuses that "testified" in the debate over Ohio's fetal heartbeat bill? One of them makes her debut in the Ohio Senate.The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi tries to get Florida Gov. read more

If we had another hour...

If we had another hour...

12/07/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on other top news stories of the day, including the sentencing of Rod Blagojevich, the HHS Secretary overturning the FDA on the morning... watch

Ahead on the 12/7 Maddow Show

12/07/11 06:54PM

Tonight's guests:Karen Finney, Former DNC communications director, columnist for The Hill and msnbc political analystGene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic PolicyCandace Gingrich-Jones, Newt Gingrich's half-sister, gay rights advocate, and Associate Director of Youth and Campus Outreach for the Human Rights Campaign FoundationAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a preview of what will be covered:  read more