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Rachel returns!

Rachel returns!

08/02/11 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior producer for The Rachel Maddow Show, previews Tuesday night's show, marking the return, finally, of Rachel Maddow to the anchor chair. watch

Ahead on the 8/2 Maddow Show

08/02/11 07:18PM

Tonight's guests:Congressman Peter Welch, VermontJosh Rogin, columnist, The Cable, Foreign Policy MagazineJon Erpenbach, Wisconsin state senatorHere's senior producer Cory Gnazzo with a look at what's ahead on Rachel's first night back: read more

The dugout canoes of the Suquamish

Same-sex marriage unanimously approved!

08/02/11 04:27PM

... for the Suquamish Tribe!In March, 28-year-old Heather Purser brought up the matter in a tribal general council meeting. She proposed a council vote, which finally took place yesterday. The result? A unanimous vote in favor of same-sex marriage.Now, as long as one spouse is an enrolled member of the tribe, same-sex couples can legally marry under Suquamish tribal law.The Port Madison Indian Reservation is the Suquamish reservation in Washington State (which does not recognize same-sex marriage) and is home to over 6,500 people. read more

Chart: Debt deal subtracts 1.8 million jobs

08/02/11 01:38PM

n the coming months I'll continue also to fight for what the American people care most about: new jobs, higher wages, and faster economic growth. While Washington has been absorbed in this debate about deficits, people across the country are asking, What can we do to help the father looking for work? What are we going to do for the single mom who's seen her hours cut back at the hospital? read more

Crowd-sourced map of birth control costs

Mapping the cost of birth control

08/02/11 01:10PM

Last night, our Best New Thing in the World was the new "no-cost birth control" mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS determined that contraception is preventive care, which means that under health reform, insurance companies can no longer charge for it. Women have been shelling out co-pays for their birth control, from $10 a month for cheaper birth control pills to $1,000 for longer-term IUDs.The cost also varies depending on the pharmacy you use and where you live. read more

The race in this district happens August 9.

Today in voter suppression (#Wisconsin edition)

08/02/11 09:42AM

A man in North Hudson, Wisconsin, has filed an official complaint with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Charles Schultz got one of those applications for an absentee ballot in the mail -- you know, the ones that say the deadline for returning is after this month's recall elections. Mr. Schultz' complaint, by way of the local Patch report:If I followed their instructions, my ballot would not be legal. I think they purposely intended to discount my vote. I understand such activity to be against the law. read more

Morning Maddow: August 2

Morning Maddow: August 2

08/02/11 07:43AM

 Forget what you learned in "Trading Places," pork belly futures are a thing of the past."The group ordered Chinese food, and laughed when one fortune cookie advised: 'You may be spending too much money.'”Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) returns to vote on the debt deal. (VIDEO)Today may be a record setting bad day for the Dow, worst run in 2 years.FBI intercepts a drug sub with more cocaine than you could shake a 7.5 ton stick at.Saudi Prince signs deal to build world's tallest tower in Jeddah.  The contractor? read more

I think it's measuring the hug...

I think it's measuring the hug...

08/01/11 08:10PM

Even though the official caption on this AP photo says the zookeeper is weighing this newborn giraffe at the Virginia Zoo, I'm pretty sure that device is measuring the hug and can be used for more precisely expressing sentiments like "I love you this much." read more