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Happy Indigenous People's Day!

Happy Indigenous People's Day!

10/10/11 11:15AM

Today, a lot of workers -- not us! -- have the day off in celebration of the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and his "discovery" of America. While we all probably agree on the pleasures of a three-day weekend, some Americans have opted out of the national veneration of Columbus.If you're looking for signs that anyone is willing to talk about Columbus and genocide in the Caribbean, the enslaving of indigenous people and the "discovery" of an already inhabited land, you're in luck. You can find "Anti-Columbus Day" (and week) at Smith College in Massachusetts. read more

Koch brothers' 2012 goal: $200 million plus

10/10/11 10:25AM

We've known that Karl Rove intends to raise and spend Monopoly money in the 2012 elections, with a $240 million goal, double the war chest from 2010. We've seen that Mr. Rove can pull in that money for his American Crossroads with help from a very few members of a very select club.We haven't known the intentions of the billionaire Koch brothers, who coordinated with Mr. Rove last time out but who now show signs of going their own way. read more

Maine guide Randy Spencer.

Another American, another voter, another vote

10/10/11 09:38AM

Add to the voting travails of Dorothy Cooper in Tennessee this story about Randy Spencer, a Maine guide who lives way up back and beyond. Mr. Spencer has twice seen his right to vote preserved by the state's law permitting same-day registration. The Republican legislation got rid of that law this year. From the WaPo:When he moved his primary residence to Holden in 2006, "I promptly registered to vote," Spencer said. read more

Morning Maddow: October 10

10/10/11 07:54AM

24 killed as Egyptian troops fire on Coptic Christian protesters. NY Times: Secret legal memo made the case to kill a U.S. citizen.Rove vs. Kochs on campaign finance.Senate Republicans vow to be even more obstructionist.U.S. drone program is infected by a computer virus.Macroeconomists win the Nobel prize in Economics.Meet the Icelandic beauty queen who turned in Whitey Bulger.North Korea suspected in poisoned-needle attacks.Venezuela uses mimes to fight traffic chaos.Siberian government officials say the Yeti is real. read more

Time to celebrate

Time to celebrate

10/07/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - a look at Mitt Romney's foreign policy and economic teams and... watch

More news than fits

More news than fits

10/07/11 07:45PM

You know it's going to be a full show when even the Friday night Chinese food is telling you you're trying to pack too much in. read more

Ahead on the 10/7 Maddow show

10/07/11 06:26PM

Tonight's guests include:Ali Soufan, former FBI agent and author of "The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda"   Lawrence Lessig, professor at Harvard Law School and author of the brand-new book, "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress -- and a Plan to Stop It."Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Herman Cain hits jackpot with '9-9-9'

10/07/11 05:45PM

The winning numbers in my native Ohio's "Pick 3 Midday" lottery were just released. Want to guess what they were?Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is riding a wave of momentum in the polls of late, and along the way he's been trying to make those winning lottery numbers "9-9-9" as ubiquitous as "five-dollar footlong" and "seven-up." It's his brand.That "9-9-9" plan that Mr. Cain is hawking breaks down very simply: a 9 percent flat business tax, a 9 percent flat individual income tax, and a 9 percent national sales tax. read more