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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

The Friday Awesome

10/07/11 04:55PM

Friday Awesome-ists, I ask you: Am I above leading with adorable baby cheetahs? Evidently not…So: If you're struggling to explain Occupy Wall Street to skeptics, here ya go…Super Mario PlanetWell. read more

Jobs, jobs, jobs. And, uh, gay marriage

Jobs, jobs, jobs. And, uh, gay marriage

10/07/11 04:24PM

House Speaker John Boehner has run this Congress with talk of jobs, jobs, jobs. Today, after talking some more about jobs, Mr. Boehner threatened to withhold funding from the Justice Department if the Obama administration continues not defending the Defense of Marriage Act. Under Mr. Boehner, the House has tripled the fund for defending DOMA with its own attorney to $1.5 million.Meanwhile, in North Carolina, Democratic Governor Bev Perdue says you count her as a vote against that state's anti-marriage-equality amendment. Ms. read more

Fake Newt Gingrich admirers now fake Wall Street occupiers

Fake Newt Gingrich admirers now fake Wall Street occupiers

10/07/11 01:21PM

@penaetis forwards the new OccupyParty.org website, which looks for all the world like an attempt to cash in on the Occupy Wall Street movement with a few Google ads.The site was registered with a post office box from Brisbane, Australia, which maybe -- maybe -- explains why you've seen its main stock image before. This particular picture of a large group of people looking up and waving flags starred this year on Newt Gingrich's NewtExplore2012.com, which now directs to Newt.org.(Image below from Vanity Fair. Above from NPR.) read more

The Week in Geek: Dark energy wins

10/07/11 12:23PM

If the minute explanation above isn't enough, here's everything you ever wanted to know about dark energy and more. Much, much more. Maybe more than you can handle. But if it's a story you're after, this is the article for you.Amazing story of how two Nobel Prize medals were dissolved to hide them from the Nazis.All the fuss over the Nobel Prizes makes me want to highlight the Ig Nobel Awards which took place last week. The Ig Nobels are for research that makes you laugh, and then think. Like this study on whether or not yawning is contagious among tortoises. read more

Left behind by the 'rising tide'

Left behind by the 'rising tide'

10/07/11 12:12PM

This is the graph Ezra used last night to explain why the Occupy Wall Street/99% protests aren't simply a case of sour grapes and bitterness.You have to ask yourself -- how is it that the one percent is doing so great? They haven't been playing more by the rules. Or getting more educated. And -- here's the really important part if you want to understand why the other 99 percent are out protesting and why they're calling their movement Occupy Wall Street -- how come they haven't brought anyone else along with them.Look at the relationship between the one percent -- they're the red line here. read more

Jobs report: Millions of desperate Americans

Jobs report: Millions of desperate Americans

10/07/11 09:52AM

Today's new unemployment report shows that the economy added 103,000 jobs in September. Of those, about 45,000 are a statistical blip from Verizon workers striking and then returning to work. The private sector yet again added jobs -- 137,000 of them -- while government layoffs at various levels put 34,000 people out of work. Together, it adds up to 9. 1 percent unemployment for the second straight month, a shadow unemployment rate of 16.5 percent, and an average job search of 40.5 weeks. read more

Morning Maddow: October 7

10/07/11 07:47AM

Ten years ago today...McChrystal on Afghanistan: we're only halfway to our goals.Mitt Romney's big foreign-policy address.The final hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline is today.A draft of the Volcker Rule is leaked on the internet.Texas doctors threaten to drop Medicare patients.Three women share the Nobel Peace Prize.A Florida lawmaker sticks up for dwarf-tossing. read more

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