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Best noon thing

08/22/11 12:11PM

This one will take you about an hour, so maybe just do what I'm doing and watch it in bits and pieces. A unique look at the last flight of the NASA Space Shuttle program. Enjoy. read more

Letter: 'Great flabbergasting,' meet 'right flight'

08/22/11 11:25AM

On Friday, Rachel proposed a new term to describe her favorite political meme of the Obama presidency. She proposes calling the way Republicans have rejected their own ideas "the great flabbergasting."Viewer @BrassBand suggests another new term, this one to describe what happens when President Obama negotiates from the middle:I saw a segment called "The Great Flabbergasting." I actually had a similar idea to attach a "semantic tag" to what we're seeing from the conservatives:'Right Flight'If it sounds like something familiar...that's because it's meant to. read more

The unrecognizable Scott Walker 2.0

The unrecognizable Scott Walker 2.0

08/22/11 10:35AM

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker continues the rehabilitation of his image, with a national interview about his beliefs as a moderate. From the New York Times:“My thought is, you start out with small things, you build trust, you move forward, you keep working on things and you try and pick as many things that are things that people can clearly work together on."Governor Walker's call for starting small and working together comes after he jammed through his union-stripping bill and a voter ID bill, the NYT notes. The state is about to face legal action on both. Mr. read more

Government jobs are real jobs -- just ask Texas.

Chart: Rick Perry's Texas Miracle

08/22/11 09:33AM

This bit from Texas Governor Rick Perry appears to be contradicted by what has actually happened in Texas:“The fact is, government doesn’t create jobs, otherwise the last two and a half years of stimulus would have worked,” Perry said this month in a speech to the National Conference of State Legislatures. “Government can only create the environment that allows the private sector to create jobs. read more

Morning Maddow: August 22

08/22/11 07:30AM

 What may be the last battle to topple Libya's Khaddafy is underway.President Obama calls it the "tipping point."Khaddafy's son Saif is in custody. But where is Khaddafy?Rep. Dennis Kucinich calls for an end to the NATO mission in Libya, while Senators McCain and Graham criticize the U.S. for not doing more.What the bond market wants the U.S. read more

National First Ladies' Library

Michelle Obama- the quilted version

08/20/11 12:56AM

You've probably heard of the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Vernon, and maybe even a presidential library or two. But you may not have heard of a little museum in Canton, Ohio called the National First Ladies' Library. I visited the museum today and saw many dresses worn by first ladies, ERA pins and antique furniture from Ida McKinley's (wife of the 25th president, William McKinley) old house, but I also got the chance to see this gem:It's a quilt of all of the first ladies, including Michelle Obama there in the bottom left. read more

Ahead on 8/19 Maddow show

08/19/11 06:37PM

Tonight's guests include:Jose Antonio Vargas, former Washington Post reporter and Pultizer Prize winner, author of "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant" for New York Times magazine  Chris Hayes, editor-at-large of The Nation magazine, host of upcoming msnbc weekend show beginning in SeptemberHere's executive producer Bill Woff with a look at what's coming: read more