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Romney welcomes Obama's 'Magical Misery' tour

08/15/11 10:36AM

 Republican candidate Mitt Romney has been going out of his way to bash organized labor, while on the other suggesting that ordinary people don't trust President Obama to run things or even to listen to them. From the press stuff for Mr. Romney's new ad:"During his Magical Misery bus tour this week, it is unlikely President Obama will speak with unemployed Americans, to near-bankrupt business owners, or to families struggling to survive in this economy. He is more interested in campaigning in swing states than working to solve the economic crisis that is crushing the middle class. read more

Morning Maddow: August 15

Morning Maddow: August 15

08/15/11 07:55AM

Tim Pawlenty drops out of the GOP race for President.Rick Perry brings a Chinese company deemed a national security risk to Texas.Ron Paul doesn't sound very libertarian on abortion.Warren Buffett: Stop coddling the super-rich.Some trade unions are skipping the Democratic National Convention in protest.Report: Pakistan let China take a close look at the helicopter that crashed during the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. read more

Say, what's Rick Perry up to this weekend?

Say, what's Rick Perry up to this weekend?

08/13/11 12:18AM

Saturday is his first day out and about as the latest big-name GOP presidential candidate to take the plate, and Rick Perry has all kinds of people following his every move. Where to next, during the first weekend of his candidacy?  Not Iowa, that's for sure! (Well, he'll get there eventually). Perry's first stop this Saturday is in Charleston, South Carolina for the RedState Gathering 2011. It's also the same day as the presidential straw poll in Ames, Iowa, so it's not a far-off assumption that his absence may distract from the task at hand. read more

Herb your enthusiasm

Herb your enthusiasm

08/12/11 10:49PM

The search for a unifying element between Rachel's periodic mixology tutorials and Farm Aid is complete. And the answer is? Fresh Mint!How was this serendipity achieved?On tonight's show, Rachel strove mightily to redeem the mojito from mass mediocrity in part by crushing a delicious helping of fresh mint leaves into a glass.Meanwhile, the organizers of Farm Aid, the annual concert to benefit American small farmers, posted an article on its website called Raise a toast to family farmers! read more

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Persistently job-searching, persistently jobless

08/12/11 08:02PM

On last night's show, Rachel made the point that the recent high rate of unemployment has a lot to do with the unemployed staying unemployed for longer. In other words, "high employment is due to persistent unemployment."The reason? There are likely many, but one noteworthy problem takes place in a very specific setting - the hiring process between employer and potential employees. read more

Watch for falling Perseids

Watch for falling Perseids

08/12/11 08:00PM

The Rachel Maddow Show in-house astrophysicist Summer Ash sits down with Bill Wolff to talk about this weekend's Perseid meteor shower and the new discovery... watch

Turn your eyes to the northeast skies

08/12/11 06:57PM

The Rachel Maddow Show in-house astrophysicist Summer Ash happened by the offices today to chat with Bill Wolff about tonight's (and tomorrow night's) Perseid meteor shower and a newly discovered, especially non-reflective explanet which, contrary to Bill's best educated guess is not called X194CXPRQ-DORK. The video, behold:  read more

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