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About that labor mural: Maine governor paints a different picture now

About that labor mural: Maine governor paints a different picture now

09/28/11 01:52PM

Maine Governor Paul LePage has given a couple of reasons for why he removed a mural depicting the state's labor history from a Department of Labor building in March.In arguing for his right to do it, lawyers for Governor LePage said it was a matter of free speech -- that he was saying something by taking the picture down. Dirigo Blue today posts a local news report from the time in which Mr. read more

Health reform is not a solved problem

Health reform is not a solved problem

09/28/11 11:43AM

The average cost of family health insurance went up by 9 percent last year, the Kaiser Family Foundation reports. The New York Times says some of the increase might be from companies rushing to raise rates now before health reform imposes limits on how much they can charge. Kaiser says a couple of the percentage points might come from new requirements for preventive care or for letting young adults stay on their parents' plans.At $15,073 per family, insurance is taking a bigger chunk out of employer budgets and employee paychecks. read more

I haven't seen the "party pack" contents but this is the shaker Rachel used to make drinks for DiggNation, so I'm guessing it's the same.

As long as you're not watching alone...

09/28/11 10:40AM

Hey, here's something some of you may be interested in: is part coupon site like Groupon and part meet-up site like Evite. From what I can tell, the way it works is that you plug in your information and they hook you up to host theme parties. The sponsor of the theme sends you coupons and stuff to help you host the party. So the msnbc marketing folks are trying a twist on the idea and are sponsoring Rachel Maddow Show parties. If you join and apply and then you're chosen to be a party host, msnbc sends you a bunch of pretty cool TRMS stuff. read more

The left, the right, Sarah Palin and 'cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs'

09/28/11 09:49AM

Last night, in the middle of the craziness that is producing live television, we all stopped for this exchange with Nicolle Wallace. She served as White House communications director under President George Bush and worked as a senior adviser to the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008. She also recently published a political novel called  It's Classified -- featuring a candidate for vice president whom Rachel described as "cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs."Midway through the interview, Rachel asked if she had any advice for Ms. Palin about getting into the 2012 Republican race. read more

Morning Maddow: September 28

09/28/11 07:51AM

Economists like Obama's jobs plan.Health insurers push their premiums way up.There's a war going on over Pakistan.Hey, Chris Christie fans? No means no. Seriously, Politico, stop it!Florida's Supreme Court dismisses a challenge to lethal injection with pentobarbitol.House Republicans investigate Planned Parenthood's books.NC Gov. Bev Perdue thinks outside the box.Wisconsin homeowners fight factory farms.NASA figures out when and where that dead satellite crashed. read more

Links for the 9/27 TRMS

Links for the 9/27 TRMS

09/28/11 04:31AM

Coalition releases list of Republicans using same-day registration Secretary of State Scott Gessler files lawsuit against Denver County over inactive voters Secretary of state sues Denver over mail ballots Obama campaign wades into Ohio elections law fight Key E.U. Members Resist Letting Some Liquids Onto Airplanes International Fugitive Captured After More Than 40 Years Fugitive caught 41 years after escaping NJ prison Running? Chris Christie's many 'no's read more

Ahead on the 9/27 Maddow show

09/27/11 07:00PM

Tonight's guests include:Nicolle Wallace, communications director under President George W. Bush and senior advisor to the McCain-Palin campaign, author of "Eighteen Acres" and its sequel, "It's Classified"   Steve Schmidt, former campaign strategist and advisor to the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCainSen. Sherrod Brown, (D) Ohio, former Secretary of State of OhioExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

The Sputnikfest poster this year was awesome

The Sputnikfest poster this year was awesome

09/27/11 06:16PM

Rachel's re-mention of the crash-down of the UARS satellite last night is just enough of a hook for me to take advantage of the missed opportunity Friday to share this year's Sputnikfest poster:Via @Triumph68, who adds, "When we're not protesting over union rights, Wisconsinites polka around space debris..." read more