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Standing up for Democracy in Denver

Standing up for Democracy in Denver

10/04/11 08:00PM

Debra Johnson, election clerk and recorder for Denver, Colorado, explains her fight to continue mailing ballots to Denver voters who haven't voted since the 2008 election, including military members. watch

Where were you at 1pm today?

Where were you at 1pm today?

10/04/11 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announces that he will not add his name to the list of presidential candidates this year - so where does that leave the rest of... watch

What to read when you finally catch up with Game of Thrones (or whatever dead tree item you leave on your chest when you fall asleep during non-screen time)

What to read when you finally catch up with Game of Thrones (or whatever dead tree item you leave on your chest when you fall asleep during non-screen time)

10/04/11 07:23PM

First a quick catch-up because I arrived at this a little late. This summer NPR asked its audience for the top 100 science fiction and fantasy novels. The audience dutifully responded.Not long thereafter, SFSignal offered a massive flowchart to help the overwhelmed sort out which of the 100 would be right for them. "There are (obviously) 100 end points and over 325 decision points." So much for aiding the overwhelmed.But that brings us to today (or actually yesterday, but I clicked it today): An Interactive Guide to NPR's List of Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books. read more

Ahead on the 10/4 Maddow show

10/04/11 06:34PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Schmidt, former McCain 2008 campaign senior strategist   Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO   Debra Johnson, election clerk and recorder for Denver, COSenior show producer Cory Gnazzo shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Maurice Sendak and please don't call him a children's illustrator

The Tao of Maurice Sendak: 'So there was that. And there still is that.'

10/04/11 04:35PM

The old adage "never meet your heroes" does not apply here. You should meet Maurice Sendak-- author, illustrator, freaker-out-of-children.  And you can do it here.  Sendak has given a moving and memorable interview to the Guardian in which he explains how the grotesqueness of his characters came from his childhood.Sendak shakes his head beneath the low-beamed ceiling, in this room full of art and old rugs. "I can't believe I've turned into a typical old man. I can't believe it." He smiles and his face transforms. read more

No. No, no, no, no, no. No.

'No' Theater

10/04/11 03:21PM

Do we get it now? Chris Christie is not running for president. Not. As in, the opposite of is. Still, the heartbroken fanboys in the Republican Party who dreamed of a glorious Christie administration are finding it hard to let go. read more

After Alabama immigration law, vacant houses, empty desks

10/04/11 01:05PM

Yet another state got the green light to profile its residents when last Wednesday, a federal district court judge in Birmingham upheld the lion's share of the new Alabama immigration law, H.B. 56, signed in June. Get this: the judge actually cut out some of the harshest stuff: according to the New York Times, the judge blocked a provision that outlawed the harboring or transporting of illegal immigrants and another that barred illegal immigrants from enrolling in or attending public universities.What was left? read more

American Crossroads dogs Obama

10/04/11 11:20AM

Karl Rove's American Crossroads has a new ad that goes after President Obama for wanting to raise taxes. What the ad doesn't say is that President Obama wants to raise taxes on wealthy Americans while preserving the payroll tax cut for middle- and working-class families. Republicans, generally, want to keep the tax cuts for the rich -- the so-called job creators -- and lose them for ordinary Americans.American Crossroads plans to air the ads in markets where the president travels to pitch his economic plan. read more

Bureau of Labor Statistics table by way of the New York Times' Economix blog.

Charts: Regulation, taxes not to blame

10/04/11 10:25AM

Republicans have been making two main arguments about the economy -- that taxes are killing business, and that regulation is killing business. With regard to regulation, former Reagan and elder Bush adviser Bruce Bartlett runs the data today from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and finds companies blaming lack of demand, not surfeit of regulation, for layoffs. He writes:In my opinion, regulatory uncertainty is a canard invented by Republicans that allows them to use current economic problems to pursue an agenda supported by the business community year in and year out. read more

'Is this Occupy Wall Street thing a big deal?'

10/04/11 09:21AM

Andrew Ross Sorkin, chronicler of Wall Street, pays a visit to the occupation:“Is this Occupy Wall Street thing a big deal?” the C.E.O. asked me. I didn’t have an answer. “We’re trying to figure out how much we should be worried about all of this,” he continued, clearly concerned. “Is this going to turn into a personal safety problem?”As I wandered around the park, it was clear to me that most bankers probably don’t have to worry about being in imminent personal danger. read more

Morning Maddow: October 4

10/04/11 08:09AM

Perry down, Cain up.Foreign aid set to take a huge hit in budget cuts.The spy games of the U.N. General Assembly.Report: Fannie Mae knew about foreclosure abuses like robosigning as early as 2003.Michele Bachmann loses campaign staff.Nobel prize in Physics. One of the winners is on twitter. read more

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