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Facts are facts

Facts are facts

01/26/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow corrects an error made in Wednesday night's show and offers the correction as an example to Politifact of how to properly identify true versus false. watch

Birther movement slow to die

Birther movement slow to die

01/26/12 07:00PM

Mike Berlon, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, talks with Rachel Maddow about continued efforts by "birthers" who deny President Barack Obama's American birth, including a judge in Georgia who is threatening to keep the president off the ballot... watch

Voter ID bill advances in Iowa

01/26/12 06:36PM

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has introduced a new voter I.D. bill for consideration by the Iowa legislature. Should this bill pass the Republican-controlled Iowa House, it will be the second Voter I.D. bill awaiting attention from the Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate, but Schultz expects his bill will have a better chance than the one already there.On January third, the night of this year's Iowa Caucuses, Rachel Maddow spoke with Schultz about his bill and the Republican interest in voter I.D. read more

Political metaphor waits to happen: The snoring dormouse

Political metaphor waits to happen: The snoring dormouse

01/26/12 04:38PM

The "dor" in dormouse comes from the Latin for sleeping. We're pretty sure this snoring dormouse is not dreaming of politics. We're also pretty sure this snoring dormouse could be a metaphor for something.After the jump, the targeted advertising on YouTube, on account of Googling a certain someone so often.(H/t Sam Maser) Adventures in targeted Internet advertising. read more

Name that cocktail

Name that cocktail

01/26/12 02:30PM

First correct guess wins praise and glory.UPDATE: Full credit and celebrity to commenter Hoosierville. It's a "Lemony Daniels" of course! Honorable mention to Stephanie Dunn Hightower, who was first on the Facebook thread but not faster than Hoosierville.  read more

Voting on rights, from New Jersey to Maine, day 2

01/26/12 01:41PM

 One way of reading New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's call to put marriage equality on the ballot is to say that he "avoids all the thorns in the thicket." Another, as expressed by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, is that it is plain "infuriating." Put fiscal issues up for a referendum, Mayor Booker said. Ask people to vote on a millionaires tax to create more millionaires.But dear God, we should not be putting civil rights issues to a popular vote, to be subject to the sentiments, the passions of the day. read more

Happy Feet 3 (Kentucky variation)

Happy Feet 3 (Kentucky variation)

01/26/12 12:50PM

Submitted without comment, from Kentucky:A penguin pooped Tuesday on the Senate floor near the desk of Senate President David Williams.The penguin, from Newport Aquarium, was in the chamber as Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, R-Southgate, presented Senate Resolution 92, a measure to honor the aquarium for its contributions to the "aquatic world in general through its stewardship of sea life and penguins."Williams, presiding over the chamber, interrupted Stine to inform her that the penguin "just defecated on the floor." An aquarium employee placed the penguin on the upper part of Williams read more

Ohio governor on Right to Work: Remember the sharks

01/26/12 11:42AM

Before the show last night, I got a chance to ask our guest from Indiana, State Representative Scott Pelath, what the effect will be in five or 10 years of the new Right to Work bill charging through the Indiana legislature. "Lower wages," he told me. That's because union wages lift wages for everyone -- union or not.  They force employers to compete for good workers. Once you weaken the unions, it's a race to the bottom.And it's a race to the bottom outside of Indiana, too. read more

Maddow to PolitiFact: What is wrong with you? Also, you're fired.

01/26/12 08:59AM

This post is adapted from Rachel's script last night.America, behold! An empirical statement of fact from the president of the United States.President Obama: In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly 4 million jobs. And we lost another 4 million before our policies were in full effect. Those are the facts.But so are these -- in the last 22 months, businesses have created more than 3 million jobs. read more

Morning Maddow: January 26

01/26/12 07:54AM

Another unsubstantiated claim of dead people voting.The President's lawyer is boycotting a hearing on a birther lawsuit in Georgia.Is Newtmentum slowing down?To the moon, Newt!The son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is barred from leaving Egypt.NYC Police Commissioner apologizes for participating in an anti-Muslim movie.Alaska Airlines will stop mixing religion and transportation.What is the true cost of an iPad? read more

Shine on you crazy city

01/26/12 02:32AM

It's funny that Rachel revisited her Tuesday night exchange with Chris Matthews tonight. I've been stuck on that segment as well- though not exactly the same part. Rachel caught Matthews a little off guard as she introduced him for his reaction to the GOP response to the State of the Union Address. See the video above, but her complaint in short: "The city on the hill never shined. read more

Links for the 1/25 TRMS

Links for the 1/25 TRMS

01/26/12 01:16AM

TRMS Video: Lemony Snicket on observations about Occupy Wall StreetCurrent Employment Statistics Highlights December 2012 (pdf)Original version of PolitiFact's fact-check on Obama jobs claim from State of the Union 2012 Have private-sector jobs grown by 3 million in 22 months, with the best annual totals since 2005? Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) read more

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