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Best noon thing

10/25/11 12:12PM

Via the great Will Femia, faithful reader of Reddit, comes this gem from a bike rally in South Africa (the awesome kind, which is about navigation and endurance). A rider spots a calf in trouble and comes to its rescue. I can spot several opportunities for things to go wrong, but I won't spoil the ending. Enjoy. read more

Koch brothers' pop-up candidate: Herman Cain

10/25/11 10:45AM

The billionaire Koch brothers have said they intend to funnel at least $200 million into the 2012 presidential campaign. Their closest ties, so far, are to Herman Cain, who would appear to have not much for a campaign infrastructure, and yet who continues campaigning. The reason, Rachel argued last night, is that the Koch brothers fund Americans for Prosperity, and AFP is Mr. Cain's campaign:Herman Cain doesn't have a campaign organization. He does not really have any organization, any on the ground staff anywhere across the country, including in the early primary states. read more

Rick Perry's flat tax, all on a postcard

Rick Perry's flat tax, all on a postcard

10/25/11 09:30AM

Things didn't turn out so well for Steve Forbes, the last Republican running for president on a flat-tax platform. Economists have panned Herman Cain's version to the point of its becoming a national laughingstock. That hasn't stopped Mr. read more

Morning Maddow: October 25

10/25/11 07:57AM

Khaddafy reportedly buried at dawn.Rick Perry goes for a national flat tax.Occupy Maine may not have been the only target of a chemical bomb.The U.S. dismantles its last, most powerful nuclear bomb today.Where does all that debris that washed out to sea in the Japanese tsunami go? Here.There are cavities in space? read more

Herman Cain's Koch connection

Herman Cain's Koch connection

10/24/11 08:00PM

Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Koch brothers backing of Herman Cain, whose candidacy is oddly successful for someone without a fully formed campaign operation. watch

How does he do it?

How does he do it?

10/24/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain excels in the polls, without much staff support - how does he do it? Plus, a look at how President Obama plans to... watch

Debunktion Junction

Debunktion Junction

10/24/11 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow attempts to sort fact from fiction in the story of Michelle Bachmann's New Hampshire campaign staff quitting. watch

Ambassador Rice on what guides U.S....

Ambassador Rice on what guides U.S. foreign policy

10/24/11 08:00PM

Ambassador Susan Rice, United States ambassador to the United Nations, talks with Rachel Maddow about the many foreign policy hotspots the Obama administration is dealing with and the principles at work, particularly in deciding the role of military... watch

Ahead on the 10/24 Maddow show

10/24/11 07:09PM

Tonight's guests include:Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now   Bob Herbert, former New York Times columnist, current distinguished senior fellow at Demos and contributor to PolicyShop.net Ambassador Susan Rice, United States ambassador to the United NationsExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

How broke is America?

How broke is America?

10/24/11 03:19PM

This sign -- and commentary -- is hanging outside a food pantry in Manhattan's East Village. Maybe it's time we did something about the economy.(If you've got stuff to send from your hometown, we'd love it.)  read more

Chart: Paul Ryan on what ails you

Chart: Paul Ryan on what ails you

10/24/11 01:19PM

Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican budget guru, held a series of talks last week back home in Wisconsin. @triumph68 sends this pic from his talk in Oak Creek. Debt and deficit are not the same thing, but they're at least on a first-name basis. You can see, above, Congressman Ryan's chart about what he considers the root cause of debt. In short, it's the slate of entitlement programs Mr. Ryan wants to curb.And below, you can see the view from the Center on Policy and Budget Priorities. In short, it's the Bush tax cuts, which Congressman Ryan supports in the name of lessening uncertainty. read more

Grassroots Tea Party ad, take two

10/24/11 11:20AM

Back on October 7, the TeaParty.net posted a "30 Second made for TV add" with a call for contributions to help get the spot on air -- it's embedded above. Today, TeaParty.net sends a link to version two, below, with the same title but slicker production of the same message (in places, verbatim). The group again asks for help airing the spot."If you are tired of being called an extremist, or astroturf, or a teabagger, or racist well then now is your opportunity to proudly show your community the real Tea Party movement!" writes freedom organizer Todd Cefaratti. read more

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