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Having a ball in Funcie

Having a ball in Funcie

12/02/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for The Rachel Maddow Show checks in from Ball State University, where Rachel is participating in a talk hosted by David... watch

Frank Luntz

Verbal Essence

12/02/11 05:55PM

"I'm so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I'm frightened to death. They're having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism."The "I" in that sentence is Frank Luntz, Republican strategist and notorious spin meister. The "They" is the Occupy movement. Which scares him. A lot.In fact, Frank Luntz is so spooked that he gave the Republican Governors Association 11 helpful tips for talking about the Occupy movement. Just to clarify, these are real: 1. Don't say 'capitalism.' 2. read more

The art of Occupy

The art of Occupy

12/02/11 03:15PM

I don't know if you noticed, but the image I posted the other night comes from a new site called OccuPrint that is cataloging posters from Occupy sites around the world. So far I wouldn't say the collection is comprehensive, but it does seem to be growing, and it's nice that they offer the pdf downloads. read more

Troy Davis' sister dies at 44

Troy Davis' sister dies at 44

12/02/11 02:05PM

A former Army flight nurse who'd served in the Gulf War, Martina Davis Correia had most recently been fighting two very different battles at once.She was a champion for her brother, Troy Davis, for just about half her life. Mr. Davis was the Georgia death-row convict whose fight for clemency in the face of shaky evidence sparked protests, and brought worldwide attention to his case. read more

Rachel tries her hand at glassblowing

Hot poker, anyone?

12/02/11 01:22PM

We're coming to you live from Ball State University tonight, where we are learning new motivation techniques for our producers. Here's Rachel Maddow herself, handling a hot poker. read more

'Women for Herman Cain' also women for cell phones, laptops, balloons, etc.

'Women for Herman Cain' also women for cell phones, laptops, balloons, etc.

12/02/11 12:24PM

Herman Cain has found a way to revive Herman Cain's campaign:"Women For Cain" is an online national fellowship of women dedicated to helping elect Herman Cain as the next President of the United States."Women for Cain" is also a stock photo festival of the highest order, and we can't resist playing along. Below, you'll find those same four "women for Cain" looking at a cell phone -- love the keywords on the right.This is yet more proof that Herman Cain is the Koch brothers' brother from another mother, because despite having enough money for their own photo shoots, Mr. read more

Democrats see the future from here

Democrats see the future from here

12/02/11 09:41AM

Unemployment in November fell to its lowest level since March 2009, dropping from 9 percent to 8.6 percent. We continued added private sector jobs at more or less the same pace, with 140,000 new ones in the private sector offset by 20,000 jobs lost in the public sector. In a normal month, that would just about enough gain overall to keep up with population growth. But if we're adding jobs at a steady rate rather than an amazing one, why did the unemployment rate drop at such an impressive amount? It's so many people quit looking for work. read more

Morning Maddow: December 2

12/02/11 07:49AM

Gingrich's own campaign staff strained by Newtmentum.Gingrich doubles down on why poor kids should be child laborers.Will President Obama make good on his threat to veto the Defense authorization bill?Democrats say they're organizing to protect voting rights.How Republicans are being taught to talk about Occupy Wall Street.U.S. officials say Pakistan gave NATO approval for the airstrikes that killed their own troops.Ugh. read more

Links for the 12/1 TRMS

Links for the 12/1 TRMS

12/02/11 01:32AM

POLITICO eBook excerpts: Newt Gingrich opens up Back to the Murdoch Primary The Up-Close-and-Personal Candidate? A Thing of the Past George Will On Newt Gingrich: "He's The Classic Rental Politician" Rush Rails Against Newt Gingrich: A gold medal in hypocrisy The Fox Primary By the Numbers, November 21 - 27 Fox's temptation: Newt Roger's Reality Show Footage of Scott Olsen being shot by Police at Occupy Oakland read more

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