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A trifecta of excellence

A trifecta of excellence

11/16/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the latest on the 2012 presidential campaign, the recall... watch

Ahead on the 11/16 Maddow show

11/16/11 06:59PM

Tonight's guests include:Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the "Washington Post" and msnbc political analyst   Rev. Al Sharpton, host of msnbc's Politics Nation   John Hodgman, "deranged millionaire"Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

History 1, Confederate flag 0

11/16/11 04:41PM

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles last week voted down the idea of Confederate Sons of America license plate. It would have shown the Confederate flag. The Texas Observer notes this testimony, from the Reverend George V. read more

No wonder Obama went to Harvard

11/16/11 03:25PM

"Obama's socialist policies are bankrupting America," Rick Perry says in his new Iowa ad. Also, socialist Obama thinks you're lazy. There's a lot of this kind of thing going on.(h/t Jamil Smith) read more

Water catching on fire makes a comeback

11/16/11 02:08PM

Rachel spoke to Abrahm Lustgarten of ProPublica last night about something you may not have heard much about recently: hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," an environmentally questionable (and I'm being kind) method of drilling for natural gas. (To learn all about it, just read the coloring book!)There's a national EPA standard for "fracking" forthcoming -- but until then, we have findings like the one Mr. Lustgarten reported on earlier this week:  read more

Update: The People's Library not so "safely stored"

Update: The People's Library not so "safely stored"

11/16/11 11:21AM

Librarian Mandy Henk, one of the volunteers at the Occupy Wall Street People's Library, called in this morning to tip us off to the news that six volunteers went to the Sanitation Department as directed to pick up the thousands of books and other materials that were seized when Zuccotti Park was raided. And... that tweet from NYC Mayor Bloomberg's office notwithstanding, here's what they found:“There are only about 25 boxes of books; many of the books are destroyed. Laptops here but destroyed. Can’t find tent or shelves....Many books destroyed. Most equipment -and structures missing. . read more

Hang in there, historians.

Liberal arts majors, take note

11/16/11 11:02AM

I used to know this guy in college who was majoring in history, and every time someone asked what he planned to do with his degree, he'd say:I'm going to open a history store.Dude was onto something. read more

Occupy is here to stay, everywhere

Occupy is here to stay, everywhere

11/16/11 09:52AM

Yesterday, while Occupy Wall Street worked to get back into its park, the movement as whole wrestled with which way forward. Is Occupy about occupying? Yes, to a certain extent, because as people told us yesterday in Zuccotti Park, you can't do everything on the Internet. You need a place where people can gather and exchange information. It matters that you have a kitchen and a library. It matters that you have a physical hub.Occupy Cleveland this week picked up and moved part of its camp to the yard of a single mother who's at risk of being evicted from her house. read more

Morning Maddow: November 16

11/16/11 07:53AM

Occupy Cal protesters defy authorities and pitch tents. The White House responds to the raid on Zuccotti Park, and Occupy DC takes over the corporate HQ of the park's owners.The latest on the efforts to restore the People's Library at Occupy Wall Street.New study: America increasingly divided into rich and poor.President Obama announces our permanent military presence in Australia.A new poll shows a majority of Wisconsin voters want to recall Gov. Scott Walker.Mark Kelly accuses Speaker Boehner of bad manners for not visiting Rep. Gabby Giffords. read more