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What Rick Perry will do to get elected

10/26/11 09:30AM

If you've been watching Rick Perry toy around this week with the bait/toxin that is the birther conspiracy, you might reasonably wonder why he'd do such a thing. Last night columnist Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News, who knows from Rick Perry, said the Texas governor is a politician who will do what it takes to get elected. "He is a terrific campaigner," Mr. Slater told us.He pointed to an example from Mr. Perry's 2002 campaign for governor, in which Mr. read more

Morning Maddow: October 26

10/26/11 07:55AM

Arrests at Occupy Atlanta and more tear gas at Occupy Oakland.A federal judge strikes down part of a North Carolina anti-abortion law.The Congressional Black Caucus goes after new state voter ID laws.Guess what Rep. Joe Barton likes at least as much as Big Oil?Gun stores fight new requirements to tell the government who's buying lots of high-powered weapons.Non-shocker: Cheney thinks we should stay in Iraq.Another good thing about tsunami flotsam. (Bonus: do you know the difference between flotsam and jetsam? Now you do). read more

Links for the 10/25 TRMS

Links for the 10/25 TRMS

10/26/11 02:29AM

Photo: A mutant strain of NOM misrepresentation (Part 2) Cold war B-52s flew an icy northern route on alert for a Soviet missile strike Story of B-53 'bunker buster' is a lesson in managing nuclear weapons Scrapping the Unsafe Nuke NNSA Announces Special Tools & Processes for B53 Dismantlement Program read more

Ahead on the 10/25 Maddow show

10/25/11 07:28PM

Tonight's guests include:Wayne Slater, columnist for the Dallas Morning News   Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General   Glenn Greenwald, contributing editor for Salon and author of the new book, "With Liberty and Justice For Some"Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Broke in the American suburbs

Broke in the American suburbs

10/25/11 05:10PM

Carol Roth sends this pic, taken last year, from the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. We're used to thinking about trouble in American cities. But of the poor in metro areas, more than half now live in the suburbs. From the New York Times:"The whole political class is just getting the memo that Ozzie and Harriet don't live here anymore," said Edward Hill, dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.Democrats and Republicans have been trading off the suburbs for a couple of cycles now. The GOP won big there in 2010. read more

Before the Occupy Oakland raid

10/25/11 04:47PM

The Oakland Police Department tore down the main Occupy Oakland site overnight and a satellite camp in Snow Park, firing tear gas and bean bag rounds. The video above was taken yesterday, before all that. The poster writes:We work to mow the grass in the park while school kids jog around us for their P.E. class meanwhile a letter from the city is delivered claiming that we are restricting the use of the park for others.The teacher plans to bring his students back tomorrow so they can talk to us and learn about what we're doing here.Oakland police say they arrested 75 people last night. read more

Inspecting gadgets

Inspecting gadgets

10/25/11 03:43PM

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a Showstoppers* tech show. I've been on their mailing list since I covered one of the big CES shows a few years ago so I like to try to get to their New York City events when I can, just to see what cool things they have.Coolest of the show was the Dot from a company called Kogeto. You may already be familiar with the iPhone attachment lenses that stick on with a little magnetic circle. This is similar in that it covers your phone lens, but the whole mechanism clips onto your phone so it's a little more secure. read more

Why go birther? Rick Perry: 'It's fun'

Why go birther? Rick Perry: 'It's fun'

10/25/11 02:00PM

 Rick Perry's birther dog-whistle in Parade magazine was no accident, it seems. Rachel debunked herself last night on the notion that overt birtherism would remain a viable political tactic. Then this morning, the New York Times released an interview with Perry conducted by John Harwood (of CNBC and the New York Times) in which the Texas governor makes plain that he thinks this is a big joke:RICK PERRY: I-- it's a good issue to keep alive. Just-- you know, Donald's got to have some fun. read more

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