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Ahead on the 10/18 Maddow Show

10/18/11 07:57PM

Tonight's guests:Ezra Klein, columnist, Washington Post and Bloomberg and msnbc ContributorJared Bernstein, former member of President Obama's economic team and former economic adviser to Vice President Biden, currently a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and msnbc contributorOhio state representative Robert Hagan, Democrat from Youngstown, author of House Bill 343 to drug test TARP recipients among othersSenior producer Cory Gnazzo with a look ahead. read more

Apoc-tober!

Apoc-tober!

10/18/11 04:50PM

Was I the only one a tiny bit bummed out when the first Apocalypse was called off back on May 21? Build up, buildup, buildup……awwwww…I've got good –really, really bad—news! Harold Camping, the evangelist who predicted the May blowout has re-scheduled the End Times for October 21—making this the Casual-est Friday ever!Here's why this end-of-the-world will be better than the last one:*The first one tested poorly with a 15-34 year old audience in Van Nuys. read more

A record year for deportations

10/18/11 04:05PM

Immigration and Customs Enforcement just finished a banner year, the agency announced today:Overall, in FY 2011 ICE's Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations removed 396,906 individuals - the largest number in the agency's history.Of these, nearly 55 percent or 216,698 of the people removed were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors - an 89 percent increase in the removal of criminals since FY 2008. read more

Los Angeles, hello! Go ahead, caller...

Los Angeles, hello! Go ahead, caller...

10/18/11 03:04PM

The Maddow meeting when Rachel is out of town assumes campfire formation. (Folks who have asked what happens to the show props may find their answer here. I do a double-take with that Mitt Romney poster daily.)This might seem weird until it's 4 in the afternoon and you're trying to remember what Rachel said two and half hours ago in the middle of an hour-long meeting. (And no, there is no guy in the 30 Rock parking lot selling hand-labeled bootleg cassette tapes of TRMS meetings.) read more

Katrina 'good' for New Orleans schools? U.S. Dept. of Education says so

Katrina 'good' for New Orleans schools? U.S. Dept. of Education says so

10/18/11 01:46PM

Much to the dismay of many (including both congressional Pauls) who openly wish for its demise, the Department of Education has managed to survive another year. Yesterday marked 32 years since President Jimmy Carter signed it into law.Last year, when it was only 30 going on 31, the DoE's boss, Arne Duncan, said this about Hurricane Katrina's effects on New Orleans schools:I spent a lot of time in New Orleans, and this is a tough thing to say, but let me be really honest. I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina. read more

DIY for choice in Mississippi, ct'd.

10/18/11 11:30AM

 The people fighting for reproductive rights in Mississippi tell us they don't have much money. They're up against Issue 26, which would assign personhood to every fertilized egg. The measure would immediately outlaw abortion in Mississippi, along with common forms of birth control and likely IVF treatments.If the national personhood movement can get this done in Mississippi next month, then they're on the table nationwide.Without much for spending on billboards or commercials, the pro-choice side has been doing this one themselves, in their own way. read more

Turning in the signatures to force a referendum on the voting bill.

Ohio cuts early voting this year, and never mind the citizens' repeal

10/18/11 10:09AM

Activists in Ohio last month thought they'd managed to put on hold a law that cuts early voting. With help from the Obama campaign, they collected 318,460 signatures -- enough to force a referendum on HB 194. The law would reduce the time for early voting by half, and absentee voting by almost that much.They thought they'd put those restrictions on the shelf until voters decide the law's fate in November 2012. read more

Barney Frank to Occupy Wall Street: Vote, darn it

10/18/11 09:41AM

Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) had this message last night for Occupy Wall Street:imply being in a public place and voicing your opinion in and of itself doesn't do anything politically. It is the prerequisite, I hope, for people getting together and voting and engaging things.And I understand some of the people on Occupy Wall Street are kind of critical of that. They think that's conventional politics.Well, you know, the most successful organization in America in getting its views adopted is the National Rifle Association. They are in many cases a minority. read more

Morning Maddow: October 18

10/18/11 07:19AM

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes a surprise visit to LibyaAnd speaking of the war in Libya, we almost tried out our new cyberwarfare muscles On his conference call with Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump bragged about not just being a birtherConsidering the hold-on-to-your-hat things Republican presidential candidates have said about foreign policy, I am really looking forward to thisI'm no Twitter historian but I think this may be the first time Africom has tweeted in ArabicGet your tinfoil hat ready! read more

Localities embrace federal help for police...

Localities embrace federal help for police hiring

10/17/11 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow shows how federal aid has been appreciated by local governments (even Republican governments) to enable them to hire police and teachers - something Senate Democrats are fighting to continue despite Republican political obstruction. watch

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