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Morning Maddow: December 23

12/23/11 07:28AM

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me... 69 unclaimed Patriot missiles.On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me... A payroll tax cut extension vote in the House today.On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me... GOP candidates who didn't make the Virginia ballot.On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me... a heckled Michele Bachmann.On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...the wooooorld's oooldest yoga teacher!On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Mitt Romney's tax returns. (oh, sorry. read more

The Empire's state

The Empire's state

12/23/11 12:28AM

TRMS staffer Andy Dallos gives us this shot of the Empire State Building in Chanukah colors. The building's official site says the colors will change to Christmas red and green on the evening of the 23rd. read more

Links for the 12/21 TRMS

Links for the 12/21 TRMS

12/23/11 12:01AM

Angry White Man - The bigoted past of Ron PaulMay 22, 1996 - Candidate's comments on blacks questioned CAMPAIGN '96/U.S. HOUSE/Newsletter excerpts offer ammunition to Paul's opponent/GOP hopeful quoted on race, crimeDr. No Can Ron Paul win Iowa? Yup. A parade for our heroes @MikeBloomberg - Mike Bloomberg - Got questions for me? Tweet #AskMike and I'll answer a few on my radio show Friday @WOR710 @PaulRieckhoff - Paul Rieckhoff - @MikeBloomberg What do you think about the idea of a welcome home ticker-tape parade for Iraq vets in #NYC? @wor710 #AskMike #IAVA read more

Holiday fun

Holiday fun

12/22/11 09:04PM

Literally as I was reading through histories and descriptions of Wonder Woman's invisible plane for a bit of last minute fact-checking of last night's "invisible boot" segment, comic book artist Dean Trippe posted the image below - a sure sign that I should re-blog it here.  read more

Meet me at the nexus of parsley and parmesan

Meet me at the nexus of parsley and parmesan

12/22/11 08:07PM

For the past couple of days I've been occupying my subway travel with working my way through this fun and fascinating paper published in Nature: Flavor Network and the Principles of Food Pairing.The beginning idea is that the way things taste comes from their molecular make-up, so flavors can be defined in terms of their component compounds. As it happens, some of the same compounds exist in different combinations in different foods. read more

Racism charge haunts Ron Paul

Racism charge haunts Ron Paul

12/22/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow reviews the long history of controversy over the racism expressed in Ron Paul newsletters and inconsistencies in how Paul has responded to questions on the matter. watch

Time for a parade for Iraq War vets

Time for a parade for Iraq War vets

12/22/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow points out the appropriateness of a ticker tape parade for returning Iraq War vets and highlights a tweet by the IAVA's Paul Rieckhoff asking New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to consider such an event. watch

Boehner buckles

Boehner buckles

12/22/11 07:00PM

John Stanton, reporter for Roll Call, talks with Rachel Maddow about how House Speaker John Boehner managed to paint Republicans into a corner on the payroll tax cut extension and the political damage he's likely to suffer as a result. watch

A little teary-eyed

A little teary-eyed

12/22/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show – we’ve got the latest on the payroll tax cut debate, plus the biggest stories on the 2012 presidential race, including the resurfacing of candidate Ron Paul... watch

Ron Paul's dubious denials dig him deeper

Ron Paul's dubious denials dig him deeper

12/22/11 07:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry, professor of politics at Tulane University, talks with Rachel Maddow about Ron Paul's evasion of responsibility for the racism in his newsletters and how he can prove to voters that he does not hold those racism beliefs. watch

Ahead on the 12/22 Maddow show

12/22/11 06:44PM

Tonight's guests include:John Stanton, reporter for Roll CallSteve Kornacki, news editor of SalonMelissa Harris-Perry, professor of politics at Tulane University and msnbc contributorExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:While watching the video preview, enjoy tonight's soundtrack in tandem.  read more

Even Rick Perry's iPad can't do that

12/22/11 04:37PM

Make Us Great Again, a super PAC that supports Rick Perry, has a new ad out that thwacks Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich with old newsreel-style footage and then brags on Governor Perry by a way of a new iPad. It's posted below.Earlier today, Rachel sent over an email asking if the black fingernail polish on the person holding the iPad signifies anything. Tricia McKinney answered that whatever it means, you can't make an iPad do what it's doing in this ad.Sing along, iPad crowd: You can't swipe the screen and change the image with one finger if another finger is already on the screen. read more

And no, @JohnBoehner is not following us.

Getting John Boehner out of the box

12/22/11 03:34PM

House Speaker John Boehner needs a way out of the corner he's boxed into with the extension of the payroll tax cut. Right now, it's Speaker Boehner on one side, and President Obama, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans, House Democrats and an unknown number of House Republicans on the other.Among them is Republican Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, who's calling for a vote on the Senate's two-month extension. read more

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