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The Friday Awesome

07/08/11 05:08PM

Kicking off our non-stop Friday Awesome rock block, here's some Bicentennial Boogie for the United States of Far Out!Gary Johnson now accepting donations of $4.20. Duuuuuuuude!When Anthropomorphic Graphics Go Bad: Paging Dr. Freud!Adolf who? He's not from here… nein, nein!Remember: If you get caught, urine trouble.Happy Birthday Beck! Raffi! Jerry Vale!Let's all go to the Snack Bar… OF DOOM!!!!!!!Now if Meryl Streep could also play Reagan…What a tool! I mean, what a thoroughly impressive technological advance…Lie back and say Ahhhhh-stralia... read more

From House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office.

Chart: The do-nothing Congress

07/08/11 03:46PM

To Ezra Klein's point about how Congress could and should do more about unemployment, a graph from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office about the number of bills that have passed the House since Republicans won the majority and she handed over the Speaker's gavel.The Senate has also stalled out. Last week, rookie Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) told the Chicago Tribune, "I thought that we would vote on a lot more bills." read more

Iowa!

Michele Bachmann signs 'Marriage Vow.' You should read it.

07/08/11 01:36PM

The FAMiLY LEADER, a right-wing group in Iowa, is offering a "Marriage Vow" pledge to candidates. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) is the first to sign on. Among the pledge's supporting data:Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President.This is really quite objectionable, and over at Jack & Jill Politics, Cheryl Contee objects. read more

The lousy boom and the paper towels, in one picture.

Montana governor breaks with Exxon Mobil response, setting up own post

07/08/11 12:40PM

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer told reporters today that he's cutting ties with the Exxon Mobil and federal government's joint response to the Yellowstone River oil spill. Governor Schweitzer tells the AP he's setting up his own command. From the Grand Forks Herald:Exxon Mobil security workers have closely guarded access to the command post on the second floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings, where the EPA and other federal agencies also are stationed. read more

Private-sector job growth, charted by Steve Benen.

Jobs report is awful. Politicians' response worse.

07/08/11 10:14AM

The June unemployment report is in, and it is bad, maybe even terrible. The unemployment rate edged upward from 9.1 percent to 9.2 percent. What's worrying is that the economy seems to have stopped adding jobs. We already know we have millions of people out of work. Now we need businesses to hire some humans so the unemployment rate can go down.Overall, the economy added just 18,000 jobs. Statistically, it almost might as well not have added any -- we need more to add 150,000 jobs or so each month just to keep even. read more

Report from a Texas execution

07/08/11 09:54AM

From the Austin Statesman, reporting that Texas executed a Mexican citizen last night for a rape and murder:In his last minutes, Humberto Leal repeatedly said he was sorry and accepted responsibility."I have hurt a lot of people. ... I take full blame for everything. I am sorry for what I did," he said in the death chamber."One more thing," he said as the drugs began taking effect. Then he shouted twice, "Viva Mexico!""Ready warden," he said. read more

Morning Maddow: July 8

07/08/11 07:55AM

Sen. Orrin Hatch wants the poor to do their share (not the "real" poor!)Will we have a debt deal by the weekend?The White House to take on gun control.Koch Industries takes umbrage when the DSCC asks for contributions.New York City's mayor will officiate at a same-sex wedding of one of his aides.The VIP list for today's Space Shuttle launch attempt includes FL Gov. Rick Scott and the guy who played Hercules. read more

Links for the 7/7 TRMS

Links for the 7/7 TRMS

07/08/11 01:32AM

StopRomney.org FreedomWorks' Goal: Stop Mitt Romney In 2012 Bachmann Demands Truth: Will Obama Administration Abandon Dollar for a Multi-National Currency? read more

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