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Morning Maddow: December 8

12/08/11 07:45AM

AP finds one of the CIA's "black sites".Today's political theatre: Act one, Senate Republicans get to vote against Richard Cordray. Act two: House Republicans get to yell at AG Eric Holder.Elizabeth Warren leads Scott Brown in another poll.Protesters crash a Gingrich fundraiser on K street.Gingrich puts Romney on his VP list and pledges to name John Bolton his Secretary of State.Remember the fetuses that "testified" in the debate over Ohio's fetal heartbeat bill? One of them makes her debut in the Ohio Senate.The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi tries to get Florida Gov. read more

If we had another hour...

If we had another hour...

12/07/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on other top news stories of the day, including the sentencing of Rod Blagojevich, the HHS Secretary overturning the FDA on the morning... watch

Ahead on the 12/7 Maddow Show

12/07/11 06:54PM

Tonight's guests:Karen Finney, Former DNC communications director, columnist for The Hill and msnbc political analystGene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic PolicyCandace Gingrich-Jones, Newt Gingrich's half-sister, gay rights advocate, and Associate Director of Youth and Campus Outreach for the Human Rights Campaign FoundationAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a preview of what will be covered:  read more

Unexploded WWII bombs still threaten Europe, Pacific

Unexploded WWII bombs still threaten Europe, Pacific

12/07/11 06:09PM

By Rachel SimonWhen the levels of the Rhine fell to historic lows this fall, the receding water in Koblenz, Germany revealed quite a surprise. Hidden for decades beneath the surface were two enormous, un-detonated World War II-era bombs. Weighing in at 4,000 and 275 pounds respectively, the bombs were successfully defused over the weekend (whew!) – but only after 45,000 people, nearly half of the city's population, were evacuated. It was the largest German evacuation since the end of the war.Before you breathe a sigh of relief, read on. read more

You Bet Jurassic

You Bet Jurassic

12/07/11 04:04PM

So it looks like the shaggy, long-extinct woolly mammoth may be making a surprise comeback. According to this report:"Within five years, a woolly mammoth will likely be cloned, according to scientists who have just recovered well-preserved bone marrow in a mammoth thigh bone."So stuff that we thought was long gone? Maybe isn't that long gone. Can something be un-extincted? read more

Prejudice still not in the national interest

Prejudice still not in the national interest

12/07/11 03:23PM

Steve Benen does a nice job today taking apart Texas Governor Rick Perry's new anti-gay ad. Prejudice is just not in the national interest, as we can see from the cost of enforcing Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the advantages of ending it.What stands between professed social conservatives and their own professed goals? Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is on a farewell tour this week, with a series of "values" speeches about how to "Keep Mississippi Moving."Mr. read more

More Plan B over the counter? No.

More Plan B over the counter? No.

12/07/11 01:30PM

The FDA had to respond by today to a request from the manufacturer of the emergency contraceptive Plan B to make their single-pill version available to all over the counter. It has only been since 2009 that women aged 17 and older have been able to buy Plan B without a prescription.Progress has been slow, but not for medical reasons. Plan B been proven safe, many times over. No, the controversy is mostly political in nature -- and still, we've seen none of the teen sex cults that some (including a doctor with the FDA itself) said could result from the availability of emergency contraception. read more

Hillary Clinton's forgotten masterpiece

12/07/11 11:16AM

On the news of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's landmark speech yesterday about gay rights as human rights, a viewer reminds us of an early address she gave. "Beautiful!" @APitty writes, "And it mirrors her comments from Beijing the 1995 UN Conference on Women."And indeed, Ms. Clinton's 1995 speech, given when she was the First Lady, is amazing. read more

Inflatable Newt? Ron Paul reaches for a pin

12/07/11 09:41AM

Sixteen years ago this week, the U.S. House ethic panel opened an investigation into Newt Gingrich's use of tax-exempt organizations for political gain. Mr. Gingrich would go on to become the first speaker in House history to be reprimanded over ethics, with a $300,000 fine. Nearly 200 Republicans voted against him. Resigning three years later, Mr. Gingrich referred to his intraparty foes as "cannibals."Today, this week, Mr. Gingrich has emerged as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in Iowa. But what voters seem willing to forgive, his own party hasn't forgotten.E.J. read more

Morning Maddow: December 7

12/07/11 07:55AM

Police are clearing the Occupy San Francisco camp.Los Angeles city council calls for an end to corporate personhood.Newt Gingrich has a mountain of campaign debt and he might not make the Ohio primary ballot. UPDATE: the deadline for the Ohio primary ballot had been moved, so he's in better shape.Callista speaks!Romney says no to the Trump-moderated debate.The FBI is updating its definition of rape.Bashar al-Assad speaks.The War on Christmas is back.Lewis and Clark are coming to the Supreme Court. read more