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Ahead on the 8/18 Maddow show

08/18/11 05:44PM

Tonight's guests include:E.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post and senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and msnbc contributorEugene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc political analyst  Michael Isikoff, NBC News national investigative correspondentExecutive producer Bill Wolff (and Rachel Maddow!) share a preview of tonight's show: read more

Governor Walker declares Wisconsin is open for business in January.

What goes up comes down in #Wisconsin

08/18/11 04:10PM

After Wisconsin gained 13,000 private sector jobs in June, Governor Walker's office put out a press release in which he cautioned that jobs numbers would rise and jobs numbers would fall. But the report suggested the rising jobs numbers had something to do with his policies:Between December 2007 and December 2010, Wisconsin lost over 153,600 private sector jobs. The state has netted over 39,000 new private sector jobs since the Governor called a special session to open Wisconsin for business. read more

Up from slavery metaphors

Up from slavery metaphors

08/18/11 02:54PM

Google "Congressman Allen West slavery," and you'll find a lengthy list of misused slavery metaphors (and not just the ones he's uttered). The Florida Republican added another last night when he discussed similarly hyperbolic criticisms of President Obama leveled yesterday in Detroit by his Congressional Black Caucus colleague Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). From Politico:Rep. read more

Governor Christie at the Jersey Shore.

Pow! Thwack! Justice goes after S&P

08/18/11 11:08AM

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie keeps saying he's not running for president. If he changes his mind, it'll be interesting to watch him work with this -- news that Wall Street has downgraded the state's credit for the third time this year. From the Star-Ledger:Citing the state’s failure to make full pension payments and its sluggish economic recovery, Fitch Ratings downgraded New Jersey’s bond rating a notch, ranking it among the lowest in the nation. read more

Gov. Kasich folds in #Ohio

Gov. Kasich folds in #Ohio

08/18/11 09:57AM

The people who organized a referendum against Ohio's union-stripping bill, SB5, say that if Governor John Kasich and company want to negotiate about it now, they should start by repealing it themselves. Governor Kasich called a press conference yesterday to say that he was ready to talk, that he's open to hearing the grievances of the people.On Monday, the Columbus Dispatch reported that key staffers for Mr. Kasich had taken leaves to work for the campaign against the referendum and preserve SB5. read more

Morning Maddow: August 18 (where did the summer go?)

08/18/11 07:51AM

Budget cuts threaten health care industry's status as reliable job creator.Organized labor will stand by President Obama.Gunmen attack buses in Southern Israel.BP investigates a new oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico.The strange tale of Dr. Michele Bachmann.DARPA says: why ask for the moon when we have the stars? read more

Laocoon and His Sons, Rhodes Sculptors: 1st Century (with "situational" augmentation: 21st Century)

A-Peril

08/18/11 01:02AM

Doofus di tutti Doofi Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino has been asked by apparel chain Abercrombie & Fitch not to wear their clothes on MTV’s “The Jersey Shore.”  And they’re prepared to pay for the favor. Here’s their actual press release."We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image.  We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans. read more

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