Here's a perky little item from the New York Times:Gov. Nikki R. Haley is ordering state workers to cheerfully answer phones with the phrase "It's a great day in South Carolina." At a meeting of her cabinet on Tuesday, Ms. Haley said the phrase would put workers in a better mood and remind them that they work for the public. Ms. Haley, a Republican, said the public would feel better, too.Neat! read more
Rachel promised she'd buy us all tacos if New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said in his Reagan Library speech last night that he was definitely not running for president.
Governor Christie's no-no-no, or at least the one he told everyone to see, is here. The tacos are on the shelf. Tricia and Bill say the potato(e) ones are hiding a killer pepper.
Tonight's guests include:Joe Sonka, founder and owner of the blog Barefoot and Progressive and staff writer at LEO weeklyCarl Hiaasen, award-winning novelist and columnist at The Miami Herald read more
(I couldn't find a free version of the actual paper and I'm not sure I'd understand it if I did, but there's more here, including an interesting related TED talk video.)There is only one answer. Find Sarah Connor. read more
Just the other day, Rachel was saying that Texas is a great state because people will stop to dig a puppy out of a hole. In California last week, people stopped to save a baby great white shark. The critter had gotten hooked by someone fishing from the pier at Venice Beach.(H/T The Daily What) read more
Maine Governor Paul LePage has given a couple of reasons for why he removed a mural depicting the state's labor history from a Department of Labor building in March.In arguing for his right to do it, lawyers for Governor LePage said it was a matter of free speech -- that he was saying something by taking the picture down. Dirigo Blue today posts a local news report from the time in which Mr. read more
The average cost of family health insurance went up by 9 percent last year, the Kaiser Family Foundation reports. The New York Times says some of the increase might be from companies rushing to raise rates now before health reform imposes limits on how much they can charge. Kaiser says a couple of the percentage points might come from new requirements for preventive care or for letting young adults stay on their parents' plans.At $15,073 per family, insurance is taking a bigger chunk out of employer budgets and employee paychecks. read more
Hey, here's something some of you may be interested in: HouseParty.com is part coupon site like Groupon and part meet-up site like Evite. From what I can tell, the way it works is that you plug in your information and they hook you up to host theme parties. The sponsor of the theme sends you coupons and stuff to help you host the party. So the msnbc marketing folks are trying a twist on the idea and are sponsoring Rachel Maddow Show parties. If you join HouseParty.com and apply and then you're chosen to be a party host, msnbc sends you a bunch of pretty cool TRMS stuff. read more
Last night, in the middle of the craziness that is producing live television, we all stopped for this exchange with Nicolle Wallace. She served as White House communications director under President George Bush and worked as a senior adviser to the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008. She also recently published a political novel called It's Classified -- featuring a candidate for vice president whom Rachel described as "cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs."Midway through the interview, Rachel asked if she had any advice for Ms. Palin about getting into the 2012 Republican race. read more
Economists like Obama's jobs plan.Health insurers push their premiums way up.There's a war going on over Pakistan.Hey, Chris Christie fans? No means no. Seriously, Politico, stop it!Florida's Supreme Court dismisses a challenge to lethal injection with pentobarbitol.House Republicans investigate Planned Parenthood's books.NC Gov. Bev Perdue thinks outside the box.Wisconsin homeowners fight factory farms.NASA figures out when and where that dead satellite crashed. read more