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Morning Maddow: le Quatorze Juillet

07/14/11 08:03AM

Ron Paul's first campaign ad.The AARP jumps into the fight to protect social security.Voter turnout was high in Wisconsin recall primaries.House Democrats try to expose a coordinated campaign of excessive voter ID laws.House Republicans vote the NRA's way.Really? The back of the bus?.- .-- . ... --- -- . read more

Fuji-Q Highland amusement park world's steepest roller coaster "Takabisha" with a free falling angle of 121 degrees

Vicarious exhilaration for the cube-bound of the day

07/14/11 04:16AM

I had seen headlines recently about the world's new steepest roller coaster in Japan (press day was last week), but now there's rider-eye-view video that conveys the experience pretty well. The portion in the photo below starts around 1:15 in the video. Use headphones for the bonus wind-in-the-microphone natural sound.   read more

The party of no, illustrated

The party of no, illustrated

07/13/11 09:21PM

Last night's most asked-after graphic was the chart referenced in the above clip, seen below in its native format from a recent Economist/YouGov poll. I wonder how much this graph changes depending on what issue is in the news. I'm only thinking anecdotally but I remember a lot of progressives being really frustrated with compromise during the health reform debate. read more

Manatee mayhem: This aggression will not stand!

Manatee mayhem: This aggression will not stand!

07/13/11 08:18PM

Just look at him. Roaming OUR waters like he owns the place. Twelve hundred  pounds of soft, smug entitlement. Manatees. Face it, it’s us …or them.Luckily, some tea partiers in Florida are making a stand against these freeloading punks. Reports the St. Petersburg Times:“A Citrus County tea party group has announced that it's fighting new restrictions on boating and other human activities in Kings Bay that have been proposed by the U.S. read more

Burrito party

Burrito party

07/13/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the debt ceiling debacle continues, what the Tea party means... watch

Miracle on Turf

Miracle on Turf

07/13/11 05:31PM

On July 10, 1999, the fate of the Women's World Cup final came down to a shootout between China and the U.S. Everyone watched as Briana Scurry made an incredible save, blocking China's third penalty kick and giving Team USA an incredible advantage in the shootout. With the tally 4-4, Brandi Chastain stepped up to the line for the fifth and final penalty kick for the US team; the most important kick in her life. To stay focused, Chastain avoided eye contact with China's goalie. She drilled the ball into the back of the net for the win. read more

Chart: Record number of abortion bills

Chart: Record number of abortion bills

07/13/11 03:03PM

 After Republicans made historic gains in state legislatures last year, Troy Newman of Operation Rescue said he felt like a kid at Christmas. "Which package do you open up first?" he told the New York Times.How about all of them at once? The Guttmacher Institute today reports that the states passed 162 new measures for reproductive rights in the first half of this year, including twice as many abortion restrictions as the last record number, in 2005. We'll have more on the show tonight. For now, the amazing chart.(h/t Think Progress) read more

Best noon thing*

07/13/11 01:19PM

@Joyce_Lynette tweeted us something that I haven't even watched all the way through. The first five seconds had me so hooked, I'm throwing it right up on the blog ASAP! Enjoy! *central time! read more

Herman Cain is so over that money thing

07/13/11 01:07PM

This morning, the Obama re-election campaign reported a record-setting fundraising haul of over $86 million in a three-month period, the combined total taken in both by them and by the Democratic National Committee. The Obama campaign says it brought in $47 million. That was enough to lap the entire Republican field, which has about $35 million in its collective coffers.It's hard to argue this is bad news for the Obama campaign. read more

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