When my colleague Andy showed me the press material he'd received about this year's fireworks dispaly in New York City, we were excited by the idea going to check out the pyrotechnicians setting up the launching barge in New York Harbor. Sadly, the logistics were such that our field trip would not come to pass.This is as good a time as any to fully disclose that msnbc.com and msnbc are partly owned by NBC, and NBC is showing the fireworks on TV this year. read more
Tonight's guests include:Dan Rather, host of Dan Rather Reports on HDNet E.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post and senior fellow at the Brookings InstitutionCynthia Freidhof and Melissa Freidhof-Rodgers, owner and manager of Ross' restaurant in Bettendorf, IowaExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more
Our special Fourth of July Weekend Friday Awesome kicks off with Fred Astaire (F.A. for F.A!) tap-dancing with a trouserful of low level explosives. Note: Don’t try this at home. Second note: Fred did NOT have a permit for those firecrackers. Third note: That’s just how Fred rolled. Going rogue. Freedom, baby!
Hey it’s also Canada Day! William Shatner does his own version….. Of….. Oh…………………………………………… Canada.
Don’t touch my robot…seriously, keep your hands to yourself, humanoid.
This week in Iowa, President Obama stopped in at Ross' Restaurant for the house specials, the Magic Mountain and the Volcano. They're sort of unbelievable food items -- somehow "delicacies" doesn't seem to fit -- including pinto beans, hamburger meat, French fries and cheese sauce. And that's just the base.Because we are so dedicated to finding the news behind the news behind that other news, we asked them to come on our show tonight and make us one. Or several. And they agreed! Their trip seems to be going well so far, except for a little trouble at the airport security screening. read more
You don't have to be a member of Red Sox Nation to be impressed by the video the team released today as part of the "It Gets Better" campaign. If you're wondering who everybody is, (who isn't Terry Francona or Jason Varitek or Kevin Youkilis) the Boston Globe has all the answers.The Red Sox join the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants in participating in the campaign.Another team offering, of sorts, this week was the equally compelling video released by Senate Democrats. read more
A project called for Sing for Hope has placed 88 pianos in public places around New York City for people to play before the instruments are auctioned off for charity. We found Eric Donnelly tuning this one not far from our office.This being New York City, someone stole one of the 88 hopeful pianos not long after it was set up in a park. This being New York City, strangers and neighbors and anonymous angels found a way to replace it. We love this town.UPDATE on the stolen piano: The mystery has been solved. read more
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) made a rare speech to the chamber yesterday in which he accused President Barack Obama of waging class warfare by calling for an end to corporate tax breaks to help bring down the deficit. Senator Rubio:"The idea that if we raise taxes as the president said on millionaires and billionaires, raise taxes on oil companies, raise taxes on owners of private jets, that that somehow is going to make a difference in America's debt in terms of having a real impact, is not only misleading. I think, quite frankly, it's disappointing. read more