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Ahead on the 1/17 Maddow show

01/17/12 06:02PM

Tonight's guests include:State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, (D) WisconsinRev. Al Sharpton, host of “Politics Nation” on msnbcJonathan Cohn, senior editor of The New RepublicExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show. While watching the video, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack.  read more

Backstage scenes

Backstage scenes

01/17/12 04:08PM

Dan Rather, host of “Dan Rather Reports” on HDNet, on one side of the hall for an appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show, Ted Koppel producing a report for Rock Center on the other side of the hall, and Andy Dallos in the middle with his camera in hand. read more

Chris Christie running for something?

01/17/12 02:20PM

This is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's State of the State day. The speech comes with a preview that looks for all the world like a political ad. From the Wall Street Journal:The video, posted on YouTube with the title “Governor Chris Christie: The Jersey Comeback Has Begun,” presents a montage of Christie’s clips from the past two... read more

Occupy Youngstown, Ohio, at the local fracking well.

Occupy fracking, explosive water edition

01/17/12 01:52PM

Maybe this fracking thing isn't going so great. The Ohio Beacon Journal reports today on a pair of houses where fracking for natural gas started nearby and the water went seriously bad:The levels of explosivity were 34.7 and 47.4 percent at wells at the two houses, the agency said. Hazardous conditions exist when levels surpass 10 percent... read more

And Mitt Romney keeps on talking, II

01/17/12 01:09PM

What stands between Mitt Romney and him understanding that being so casual about remarkable wealth is off-putting to voters? Besides the fact of his remarkable wealth, I mean? Today in South Carolina, he revealed his tax rate and a good deal more:“It’s probably closer to the 15 percent rate than anything. Because my last 10 years, I’ve — my... read more

'The receding roar of white America'

'The receding roar of white America'

01/17/12 11:02AM

Quick, who said this?I sometimes wonder if the Republican Party has become the receding roar of white America as it pines for a way of life that will never return. Answer: this conservative columnist.(Image: Normal Rockwell painting, and its source/Photo District News) read more

Rebuilding Michigan

01/17/12 10:00AM

Michigan elected a Republican governor and a Republican legislature in 2010. Just over a year later, half the state's African-American population is on the verge of having no meaningful local democracy. Michigan's expanded emergency manager law gives the state the power to install an overseer for failing towns and school districts. read more

Morning Maddow: January 17

01/17/12 07:48AM

Colbert: vote for Herman Cain.Romney: I'll show you mine if you make me yours.Romney gets a controversial endorsement.Can Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren really keep 3rd-party ads out of their campaigns?The Recall Scott Walker petitions arrive in Madison today, but he won't be there to see them.The House is back in session today. On... read more

Links for the 1/16 TRMS

Links for the 1/16 TRMS

01/16/12 10:06PM

The rest of the links cited on tonight's show will be posted here shortly, but in case you're following Rachel's direction for finding the Lunchpail Republicans' site, it's here at (Previously: Straight out of Indiana, Lunchpail Republicans)OK, here's the full list: read more

Compensatory face time for Ron Paul

Compensatory face time for Ron Paul

01/16/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow explains that because Ron Paul's head was accidentally excluded from a graphic depicting the Republican field of candidates on Friday's show, his image has been kept on the screen throughout Monday's show. watch