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Braveheart running

12/21/11 12:30PM

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) this morning tried to bring up the Senate's bill for extending the payroll tax cut.  Republicans split the scene, leaving Congressman Hoyer at the mic. "You're walking out, you're walking away, just as so many Republicans have walked away from middle class taxpayers, the unemployed, and very frankly as well, from those who will be seeking medical assistance from their doctors," Mr. read more

Occupy the holidays

Occupy the holidays

12/21/11 11:57AM

"We're not sending a holiday card this year" -- posted by DJ Jaffe of Mental Illness Policy Org and found on Facebook.(How to send us stuff.) read more

Road worriers

Road worriers

12/21/11 10:40AM

Attention: America: New Hampshire Republicans would like everyone to know how NOT Massachusetts their state is. According to the Newburyport News, "Six GOP lawmakers want the Department of Transportation to erect signs along every unmarked road leading from New Hampshire into Massachusetts, stating: "Warning: Massachusetts Border 500 Feet."The Live Free or Die Republicans insist the signs are necessary because various laws and statutes are so different in the two states. Still, it's clear no one has passed a law curbing snotty passive-aggression.Said Sen. read more

Morning Maddow: December 21

12/21/11 07:46AM

Happy almost-solstice! Don't forget to google "let it snow."Looks like we're not the only ones to notice Boehner is bad at his job.And the Wall Street Journal editorial board calls the GOP fight over the payroll tax a "fiasco."Gary Johnson is dropping out of the GOP race and running as a Libertarian instead.California courts are redefining the meaning of "parent."Reuters on who will be running North Korea.Infrastructure!How do you say "awesome" in Yiddish? read more

Mystery solved: The Jeb Bush poll

12/20/11 04:12PM

 Last night on the show, Rachel asked who might be behind the mysterious robopolling in New Hampshire, the one Dave Weigel reported asks about former Florida Governor Jeb Bush against President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election. Since Jeb Bush has said he isn't running for anything, why is his name popping up in polls? Who would want to know the answer to that question?Thanks to the sleuthing of James Carter, we can now tell you the answer: Purple Strategies, a political communications firm. Director Doug Usher tells us that yes, it's his firm. read more