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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

'Occupy Wall Street' library shows spine

'Occupy Wall Street' library shows spine

11/15/11 07:00PM

Jeff Sharlet, author and assistant professor at Dartmouth University, talks with Rachel Maddow about the People's Library at Occupy Wall Street and his insights on the Occupy movement having covered it for Rolling Stone. watch

Fracking loophole puts drinking water at risk

Fracking loophole puts drinking water at risk

11/15/11 07:00PM

Abrahm Lustgarten, reporter for ProPublica, talks with Rachel Maddow about the environmental dangers of "fracking" for natural gas and the EPA loopholes that allow energy corporations to disregard the safety of groundwater. watch

'Occupy' is here to stay

'Occupy' is here to stay

11/15/11 07:00PM

Robert Reich, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley and former Secretary of Labor under President Clinton talks with Rachel Maddow about the staying power of the Occupy Wall Street movement. watch

A whole lotta news

A whole lotta news

11/15/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - Occupy Wall Street protesters were evicted out of Zuccotti Park early this morning, as the movement reaches a critical point across the country, plus the... watch

Ahead on the 11/15 Maddow show

11/15/11 06:25PM

Tonight's guests include:Robert Reich, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, former secretary of labor under President Clinton and author of "Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future"   Jeff Sharlet, assistant professor at Dartmouth University, has covered the Occupy Wall Street story for Rolling StoneAbrahm Lustgarten, reporter for Propublica on frackingExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Four Score and Eleventy Something Years Ago - Your Version

Four Score and Eleventy Something Years Ago - Your Version

11/15/11 04:26PM

Yesterday in response to a story in Salon that claims an official at Ford's Theatre found historical inaccuracies in Bill O'Reilly latest novel "Killing Lincoln," we invited you, our viewers, to create some Lincoln historical fiction of your own.The response was breathtaking. Though it's impossible to choose just one, here are a few notables:Trudi Brown Lincoln had been taking a lot of flack from the media about taking his fashionable wife to the theater. read more

Dining out with Thomas and Scalia

Dining out with Thomas and Scalia

11/15/11 03:30PM

Yesterday we noted that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is married to a paid advocate against the health reform law, which raises the question of whether he'll recuse himself now the Supreme Court says it will hear the case.Today, the LA Times raises another point:The day the Supreme Court gathered behind closed doors to consider the politically divisive question of whether it would hear a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law, two of its justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, were feted at a dinner sponsored by the law firm that will argue the case before the high cou read more

New York City pulls an Oakland on Occupy

New York City pulls an Oakland on Occupy

11/15/11 01:18PM

Of all people, ?uestlove broke the news.Soon after a Twitter alert from The Roots' drummer that police in riot gear were on their way to the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, police swept in and cleared out what Mayor Mike Bloomberg deemed an "intolerable situation," arresting dozens of protesters (to the point of removing trees to which Occupiers chained themselves) (and even whatever journalists were allowed to cover the story). read more

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