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DIY for choice in Mississippi, billboard edition

DIY for choice in Mississippi, billboard edition

10/21/11 11:54AM

 On November 8, Mississippi voters will decide on a constitutional amendment that would grant personhood to every fertilized egg. As we've been reporting on the show, Initiative 26 would outlaw abortion along with popular kinds of birth control and likely fertility treatments, too.Without money for much more, the pro-choice side has relied on homemade signs and videos. Now, the last and only clinic that provides abortion in all of Mississippi has managed to buy some billboards -- one funny-scary, one scary-scary. read more

The Week in Geek: How to tell your polar bears apart

10/21/11 10:45AM

Quantum levitation! We are living in the future! Jet packs for everyone! More details here.Did a fragmenting comet nearly hit the Earth in 1883? Um, probably not.NASA and Japan release the most complete digital topographic map of Earth to date. Bonus: Hawaii fly-over with slack-key guitar soundtrack. I think I need a Mai-Tai.Check out this list of spin-off technologies from NASA's space program to see how space exploration has shaped the world around you.What do polar bears and constellations have in common? read more

And sometimes the gentleman drops off his hat

10/21/11 09:15AM

 When Rachel excused the ladypeople from the room last night so she could explain a few things to Mitt Romney in the man cave, ladyperson Alex Alvarez hung around. And that's really so good, because her description of the lesson Mitt Romney in the man cave got should go on its own poster:Maddow ... read more

Morning Maddow: October 21

10/21/11 07:13AM

Secret burial for Muammar Khaddafy?Before leaving for a long weekend, Senate Republicans found time last night to filibuster a jobs plan for teachers, cops, and firefighters64 sailors in the Navy started out the year burying Osama bin Laden at sea; ending the year getting kicked out for smoking fake potIn San Antonio courthouse break in, they weren't terrorists; they were just FrenchIf you want to show someone you're serious about something, send the Secretary of State, the head of the CIA and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to deliver the messageIn an interview with NBC, Secretary Clinton sa read more

The man cave guide to lady parts - Romney edition

The man cave guide to lady parts - Romney edition

10/20/11 09:36PM

Ok, hopefully this isn't too upsetting. I made it look a little like a football play diagram. Sorry about all the pink.See also The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists FAQs on birth control pills and the intrauterine device (IUD).What we're talking about with both the pill and the IUD are two hormones either individually or in combination, estrogen and progestin (and also, in the case of some IUDs, copper, which I just learned tonight - see the FAQ link above). read more

Why a flat tax fails

Why a flat tax fails

10/20/11 08:00PM

Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about why flat tax proposals are a poor solution... watch

Ahead on the 10/20 Maddow show

10/20/11 07:57PM

Tonight's guests:Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondentPaul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, columnist for the New York TimesAnd here's senior producer Cory Gnazzo with a brief preview of the stories: read more

The death of ...

The death of ...

10/20/11 06:18PM

TRMS has long been fascinated by the various ways that you can spell the anglicized name of the now-deceased "Brotherly Leader" and "Guide of the Revolution" (as he liked to refer to himself).Even his death today failed to yield a consensus on exactly who was killed in Sirte, LibyaTo NBC News? He was Moammar Khaddafy.  To the Associated Press? Moammar Gadhafi. To the BBC? Muammar Gaddafi.And in Washington...House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), called him Muammar Qadhafi.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), called him Moammar Qaddafi.Sen. read more

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