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The Friday Awesome

08/12/11 04:01PM

Given the week we've had (yet another one —is this a summer thing? gah!), I think we can all derive a sense of mission from this video of a monster defying an uncaring world. I did, anyway. But then, I'm like that.Ex-squeeze me?New wave. Literally. We're talking Haircut 100 here.Lando, you got some 'splaining to do.That's "Mister" Monkey to you, hair-deficient primate.Magnet vs. Copper -Oh it's on, it's on!Straight Outta Boca, etc…RIP, Mr. Leon Vaughn Of course, Jodie IS a star.They're just friends. Seriously. Totally Platonic. read more

10-to-1? Not enough for the GOP

08/12/11 02:18PM

So as to escape Rick Perry's shine and keep themselves on the front page (wow, Mitt Romney), the Republican presidential field (minus a few) really showed out in last night's debate. read more

Thousands of rubber ducks are dumped into the Chicago River as part of the annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby.

Rubber ducky, you're the one

08/12/11 12:24PM

Everyone else on the internets might want to comment on the Bert and Ernie "will they or won't they?" marriage thesis. However, I know of some things much closer to Ernie's heart - and they are just so darned cute!The Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby helps raise money for the Illinois Special Olympics.More photos here.h/t WBEZ City Room via NPR Fresh Air read more

Economic crisis, thy name is jobs

Economic crisis, thy name is jobs

08/12/11 08:45AM

For as long as the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been counting these things, there has never been a worse time to be unemployed if you don't want to stay that way.  The unemployed are staying unemployed for longer than ever before.  That's why you're seeing such high rates of unemployment across the country.  High unemployment is due to persistent unemployment:What is the Congressional super-committee on the debt and deficit going to do about jobs? The answer is: nothing."  Not because the people on the committee are bad people, but because that's not the committee's job. read more

Morning Maddow: August 12

08/12/11 07:43AM

The Postal Service wants to lay off 20 percent of its workforce.MoJo on how Congress wants to keep businesses from getting taxed by states, too.Is Elizabeth Warren making her move for a Senate seat?The Wisconsin recalls aren't over yet.The Defense Department releases the names of the 30 Americans killed in a chopper crash in Afghanistan.The "Ground Zero Mosque" is back as a campaign issue. read more



08/11/11 08:35PM

In one month, on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in New York will be formally dedicated in a ceremony for victims’ families.The memorial will be then be open to the public, starting September 12th.If you want to visit, you can reserve a visitor's pass here. (The memorial is free, but passes for specific times are issued to control the crowds.) read more

Good times ahead

Good times ahead

08/11/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - updates on the GOP presidential field along with Gov. Rick... watch