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Judge, jury and drone attack

Judge, jury and drone attack

09/30/11 08:00PM

Spencer Ackerman, senior reporter for's Danger Room, talks with Rachel Maddow about the legality of killing al Qaeda members and suspected terrorists with remote drone without conducting a trial first. watch

2012 through an Evangelical Christian lens

2012 through an Evangelical Christian lens

09/30/11 08:00PM

Frank Schaeffer, author of "Sex, Mom, and God," talks with Rachel Maddow about the culture war being waged by American conservative Evangelical Christians and where their agenda fits and conflicts with the Republican Party. watch

Ahead on the 9/30 Maddow show

09/30/11 06:17PM

Tonight's guests include:Spencer Ackerman, senior reporter for's Danger Room     Frank Schaeffer, author of "Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics -- and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway"Executive producer Bill Wolff tells you what's coming up:  read more

The Friday Awesome

09/30/11 04:18PM

It's a great day here at the Friday Awesome! When life gets you down, just remember what the dance floor tiger lady says: "I was already wearing tight pants…I just did not activate them."The crazy music the kids are into these days—feh!No coach, you don't have to break dance, please don't… aw geez…I predict this guy will make fewer predictions.Mirrored shades? Check. Skynyrd on the 8 track? Check. An engine-load of prime American Muscle? Triple check…Memo to self: Build gigantic enigmatic sculptureLike my rock hard abs? read more

Politics goes to the movies: Contagion

09/30/11 03:28PM

 So I saw "Contagion" recently, and I can't get it out of my head -- and not just in terms of the increased frequency of my hand sanitizer usage. If you haven't seen it (and if you haven't, you should -- it's a taut thriller that moves as quickly and efficiently as its viral subject), here's the main thing I keep circling back to: basically, it's about how the federal government saves the day. Faced with "MEV-1," a hyper-contagious virus that becomes a global pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control isolate the bug, study it, and develop a vaccine. read more

The Week in Geek

09/30/11 01:15PM

I like to imagine this is how our robot overlords will announce their presence.Maybe we should be more worried about fish though. Especially this one that is practically using a tool to open a clam shell!How does a slinky fall? You might not believe your eyes.Ever wondered how big that thing really was? Now you can find out.Sesame Street is now brought to you by SCIENCE.Black hole defends itself by shooting cold gas bullets.Goldie Hawn talks about neuroscience. read more

Best noon thing

09/30/11 12:00PM

An artist says goodbye to America's favorite particle accelerator, Fermilab's Tevatron, which shuts down today after 28 years of smashing tiny things to see even tinier things come out of them. read more

Backstage at the Emmy Awards (and completely out of our element)

09/30/11 11:20AM

This past Monday, The Rachel Maddow Show was awarded an Emmy for "Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis", for our shows from Afghanistan last year, entitled "Good Morning, Landlocked Central Asia". Keep in mind, we really never thought we were going to win, as we were alongside incredible nominees -- we were just excited to go to the ceremony! read more

'It's A Great Day At MaddowBlog!'

'It's A Great Day At MaddowBlog!'

09/30/11 10:15AM

Wednesday I posted about South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley ordering state workers to answer phones with the bubbly phrase "It's a great day in South Carolina."After offering a few phone answering suggestions of my own, I tossed the topic to you guys. And the results? An embarrassment of rich, snarky goodness! Here are some of your gems from both Facebook and MaddowBlog:Ali Cole Hi, thanks for calling Missouri, if you're here, you're family...seriously, we are related.Perry Sloane Thank you for calling the State of Ohio. read more

When everything is broken

09/30/11 09:15AM

 Our guest Chris Hayes last night on Occupy Wall Street:"Even if this is a cri de coeur, even if this is inchoate or unfocused, it feels like some sort of voice in the wilderness saying, 'Look, everything is broken right now.' And I feel that way every day waking up and coming into this building to go read the Internet or talk to people as a reporter, things are not working. read more

Morning Maddow: September 30

09/30/11 07:32AM

American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is dead.Democrats don't have enough votes to pass the American Jobs Act.CEOs continue to get paid big for failing.The latest, uber-important Darrell Issa investigation.Huntsman abandons Florida.Schwarzenegger says his run for California governor started as a joke.Tiny airport blames an Obama motorcade for ruining its runway.RIP, Tevatron particle accelerator. read more