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Wisconsin voter ads challenge, round two

Wisconsin voter ads challenge, round two

12/13/11 03:13PM

A couple more favorites from the great Wisconsin voter ad challenge. Since we started this challenge, Ruthelle Frank, above, has become the subject of an ACLU lawsuit against the state for making her spend money in order to vote. (Hey, poll tax?)Entry above from Ali Davis. Below, from Kelvin Jackson, with a pic from Jon Bowen on Flickr.More fun with voting rights on the show tonight. read more

Challenge: Name this man

Challenge: Name this man

12/13/11 02:04PM

Rachel's in Washington, D.C., today -- she's about to interview Vice President Joe Biden for the show tonight.Producer Mike Yarvitz says they're in the Eisenhower executive office building, in the Secretary of War room. Mike's challenge to you: Name the secretary of war in the picture above.Bonus points for anyone who knows anyone who knows anyone who already knows who that secretary of war is. Seriously, bonus points. read more

Helping the rich more.

The GOP dilemma, in two charts

12/13/11 12:43PM

Ezra Klein runs the numbers on the various Republican tax plans and concludes that the GOP is in a tight spot:skeptical of a temporary tax cut for the middle class that carries a price tag in the low hundreds of billions of dollars and is fully paid for but apparently enthused over permanent tax cuts for the rich that cost trillions of dollars and aren't paid for at all. That can't poll well.Below, the effect of the Bush tax cuts for the rich. We're expecting the House vote on the payroll tax cut around 5 p.m. today. read more

In which Mitt Romney says, 'My views are progressive'

12/13/11 10:38AM

In today's Video Everyone Will Be Talking About Today, my fellow Buckeye ex-pat Andrew Kaczynski, who recently YouTubed the video in which Governor Romney criticizes John Kerry for flip-flopping, has unearthed another political gotcha. The current Presidential candidate is quoted in the video above during his 2002 run for Governor of Massachusetts:I think the old standby definitions of who votes for which party have been blown away in this campaign. read more

Wisconsin voter ads challenge, round one

Wisconsin voter ads challenge, round one

12/13/11 10:25AM

Wisconsin today is supposed to get its first peek at an ad campaign to educate voters about the new law that makes voting harder. The idea is to explain to people like teacher Rita Platt, who recently got turned down for the ID she needs, why they have to pay money for documents in order to vote and which documents they need and so on.Also, you can explain to 84-year-old Ruthelle Frank, who has been voting in Wisconsin all of her adult life, why voting next year could cost her $200 or more.Thank you, one and all, for the suggested Wisconsin voter PSAs. Keep 'em coming. read more

The scene in Portland, Oregon, yesterday.

Labor guy: 'If I wanted to shut down the port, I could do it without Occupy.'

12/13/11 09:27AM

Judging from the local paper in Portland, Oregon, I'd say the Occupy movement lost a PR round yesterday. The Oregonian reports that Occupiers made a "target" of a relatively small family-owned company when it jammed the Port of Portland. One trucker told the paper, "Everybody's got their right to protest -- I just won't get paid if I can't pick up the load. I'm just a guy trying to make a living."You could kind of see this coming. read more

Morning Maddow: December 13

12/13/11 07:47AM

Bad Lip Reading joins the ever-growing list of parodies of Rick Perry's "Strong" ad.Surprise! Gingrich's tax plan is good for the rich, bad for the deficit. Armed Services committees revise the controversial "detainee" provision of the National Defense Authorization Bill.Police evict Occupy Baltimore.Canada becomes the first nation to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol.The U.S. freezes $700 million in aid to Pakistan.Remember her? read more

Links for the 12/12 TRMS

Links for the 12/12 TRMS

12/13/11 12:55AM

At debate, Republican candidates spar over Islam Longview port shuts down after Occupy protest Goldman Sachs Major Target of Occupy Protests at West Coast Port Blockades Message from Pres. McEllrath: We share Occupy's concerns about America, but EGT battle is complicated Norwegian leader operates under a cloud @jensstoltenberg read more

Ahead on the 12/12 Maddow Show

12/12/11 08:00PM

Tonight's guests:Scott Henry, news editor of the Atlanta newsweekly "Creative Loafing"Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large for The AtlanticJeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington UniversityValarie Kaur, filmmaker, writer and director of Groundswell, a multifaith movement building initiativeAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at what we're covering tonight: read more