The ground shook yesterday, mostly because of the earthquake in the East, but also because Mississippi got its first African-American nominee from a major party for statewide office -- at least in modern history. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree won a runoff yesterday to become the Democratic Party's pick for governor in November.Any Democrat, him included, would face a serious uphill slog in the general election. The Democratic Party in Mississippi is so weak that it can't field a complete slate of candidates for statewide offices. read more
Michele Bachmann will release her own health care plan.Most members of Congress have no academic background in economics or business.In New Mexico, a fight over giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.Sen. Marco Rubio celebrates Ronald Reagan's America.The journalists trapped inside a Libyan hotel say conditions are deteriorating rapidly.Where are Khaddafy's deadliest weapons? read more
Barack Obama criticised by Mitt Romney for holidaying on Martha's Vineyard Romney to Campaign In Martha's Vineyard Romney plans to quadruple size of Calif. home Romney worth up to $264 million; earned up to $68,000 per speech before campaign Wall Street Execs Turn Back on Obama, Donate to Romney Improv Everywhere: Say something nice Challenge accepted: Gilligan's Island edition read more
Ok, you saw the heated debate Rachel had with Gene Robinson about how the GOP candidate field matches up with the cast of Gilligan's Island. Let's nail this down once and for all.If it's easier to list them, let's go left to right:The ProfessorMary AnneGilliganGingerMr. HowellMrs. HowellSkipperADDING: There is some concern being expressed about the lack of consideration for a Wrongway Feldman candidate as well. 8. Wrongway Feldman read more
As we watched the news of today's earthquake develop, we marveled at how far and wide the reports were coming of people having felt the motion. Boston? Really? Detroit? Chicago? Really?This animation doesn't explain why the quake could be felt so far away, but it does show the far reaching wave effect across the country. The video comes from this page from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology. Each little circle represents a seismic station location. The color is showing the station moving up (blue) or down (red). read more
Tonight's guests include:Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania and NBC News political analyst P.J. Crowley, former State Department spokesman Eugene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc political analystExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more
With props to GeekOSystem and our director, Rob Katko, a U.S. Geological Survey map of earthquakes in the United States over the past week. Blue is for anything in the last day, yellow for anything within seven days.