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Standard and Poor's view of the world

Earth, through the eyes of credit agencies

08/11/11 04:09PM

Wondering how the U.S. now rates economically among the rest of the world, in the eyes of Standard and Poor's? Wonder no more! (Click the picture for link to full interactive map at the awesome ChartsBin.)Turns out the great country of New Zealand shares our newly implemented AA+ status. (Shout out to all you Lord of the Rings fans!)h/t Charts Bin via BoingBoing read more

Pausing for a minute to understand that Nate Silver chart on Democratic momentum against Scott Walker in Wisconsin

Pausing for a minute to understand that Nate Silver chart on Democratic momentum against Scott Walker in Wisconsin

08/11/11 11:19AM

In last night's follow-up segment to Tuesday's recall election in Wisconsin, Rachel explained why the results in those six districts suggest that a recall effort against Governor Scott Walker might be more feasible than Walker is comfortable with. Rachel's explanation was clear enough, with red circles and all of that, but sometimes I just need to sit and stare at a chart like this in order to get it.What we're looking at is a comparison of the election results in those six districts from when Scott Walker was running for governor in November, and Tuesday's recall elections. read more

Morning Maddow: August 11

08/11/11 08:01AM

Scott Walker thinks Wisconsinites don't have enthusiasm for another recall.Mitt Romney has some explaining to do about the whole taxes thing. A sneaker company distances itself from a Romney donation over his gay-marriage stance.Hey, Republicans trying to break out of the pack in Iowa--here comes Sarah Palin!Rep. Peter King seeks an investigation of a movie that might make Pres. Obama look good before election day.The Statue of Liberty will close for a year.Wait, what year is this? read more

An abbreviated "They're Not Embarrassed" Hall of Fame

08/10/11 09:01PM

TRMS video: Inhoffe, still hypocrite, not aloneMichele Bachmann Repeatedly Sought Stimulus, EPA, Other Government FundsStimulating hypocrisy: Scores of Recovery Act opponents sought money out of public viewREPORT: After Voting To Kill Recovery, 110 GOP Lawmakers Tout Its Success, Ask For More Money read more

Verizon workers picketing outside a Verizon Wireless store  in Manhattan

STRIKE!

08/10/11 08:57PM

Members of the Communications Workers of America union who work for Verizon were picketing today outside a Verizon Wireless store in Manhattan. They are joined by about 45,000 other Verizon workers who are on strike over a new contract agreement."They're taking away 60 years of negotiation. They're dictating to us what they want to do, instead of negotiating," said Patrick Cristo, one of the New York picketers. "If we lose this battle, who is next? read more

Shout it out

Shout it out

08/10/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - a thesis on a possible solution to call out legislators for... watch

Ahead on the 8/10 Maddow show

08/10/11 07:30PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Benen, contributing writer to Washington Monthly   Forrest Wilder, staff writer for the Texas ObserverExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

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