When candidate Jimmy Carter ran for the presidency in 1976, it was the age of zero-dollar politics. He and President Gerald Ford, the Republican, raised zero money, none at all, in their contest against each other. What money they had came from public financing, with a $2 checkoff on the annual income tax return.That age of zero-dollar politics is long gone, of course. Now we're in the age of Citizens United, which means big-money politics and heavy influencing by outside groups. read more
It's National POW/MIA Recognition Day.President Obama won't ask for cuts to Social Security next week.Another FAA shutdown is averted.The Supreme Court halts an execution in Texas.A useful guide to what the failure of Solyndra actually means.Texas fish to be rescued from drought.A crazy-sounding story about a North Korean defector armed with poisoned needles.Now there are only 3 people on the Interational Space Station.From Spider-Man to Zippy the Pinhead, the Library of Congress gives comics their due. read more
Rachel, Eelin and I are transfixed......by fish.Unfortunately, it makes it that much harder to prep for tonight's show, so we must turn it off. (Darn you, you cute little fishies, sting rays and sharks!) But we're pullin' through - and we promise that tonight will be a show worth your while. See you at 9pm ET. read more
Tonight's guests include:Former President Jimmy Carter Chris Hayes, Host of "Up with Chris Hayes" and editor-at-large at the NationSenior producer, Cory Gnazzo, offers a preview of tonight's show: read more
We're putting together the interview with President Carter for tonight's show, and we keep coming back to this part:RACHEL MADDOW: Among the Republican candidates this year is someone who volunteered for your presidential campaign -- Michele Bachmann.PRESIDENT CARTER: I know, and I appreciate that she helped me out!We'll see you at 9 P.M. Eastern. read more
Scientists from the Kepler Mission just announced the discovery of the first circumbinary exoplanet, Kepler-16b (i.e., a planet that has two suns). No word yet on whether it's inhabited with a wretched hive of scum and villainy.The Kepler Mission is dedicated to studying the light from distant stars in the direction of the constellation Cygnus, looking for the telltale dip in their brightness that could indicate the presence of a planet. read more
First, having seen the transcript from tonight's interview with President Carter, I'd say it's notable for Mr. Carter's utter candor. A former Democratic president himself, he talks about what President Barack Obama has gotten right and what he's gotten wrong -- where he's won in Washington, where he has lost, and where he's going to win next.
Second, Rachel wanted us to post these excerpts from Mr. Carter's White House Diary, now out in paperback from Picador. She's been reading it as she prepped for the interview, and she sent these over under the heading "Unexpected moments."