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Tuesday night excitement

Tuesday night excitement

09/13/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the "alternate reality" of some Republican lawmakers, plus a review of last night's Republican debate on topics like the death penalty and insurance, and... watch

Ahead on the 9/13 Maddow show

09/13/11 07:44PM

Tonight's guests include:Rep. John Yarmuth, (D) Kentucky, member of the House Budget Committee   Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D) Missouri, member of the Wartime Contracting Commission and the Subcommittee on Contracting OversightAndrew Siff, reporter for WNBC in New YorkHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at tonight's show:  read more

Bridges too far

Bridges too far

09/13/11 07:18PM

Looking at the source material for the map of structurally deficient bridges (above) shown in the opening block of last night's show reminded me that we used this same database to build the Bridge Tracker a few years ago. The Bridge Tracker allows you to enter the start and end of a driving route and it shows you the bridges and ramps the route passes and the inspection data for each one.Unfortunately, the Bridge Tracker was made with information that was current at the time of the Minnesota bridge collapse in 2007, so it's a little outdated now. read more

'If you want to keep your limbs intact, let the Wookie win. And if you want to develop and deliver effective weapon systems, build droids instead of Death Stars.'

09/13/11 05:41PM

-Lt. Col. Dan Ward, USAFDon't Come to the Dark Side - Acquisition Lessons from a Galaxy Far, Far Away (pdf)It's a brief, clever paper that uses the Death Star as a metaphor for Defense Department boondoggles. It's interesting that he ultimately arrives at R2-D2 as the anti-Death Star - that is to say, he's small and efficient and proficient and manages to not get blown up so much. I wonder how Lt. Col. Ward would have viewed R2-D2 if "Reconsidering Star Wars IV" had been part of his research.(H/T Blastr) read more

As seen on the road from Tupelo to Oxford, Mississippi

'Shouting into the wind' in Mississippi

09/13/11 03:01PM

Personhood Amendments, where they've been tried, tend to fail. That's because defining personhood as beginning at fertilization comes with unintended consequences, like outlawing popular forms of birth control and making IVF a lot more complicated. Can embryos in an IVF clinic inherit property? If you crash your bike and miscarry, is that a crime?Cristen Hemmins was one of two plaintiffs who sued to stop the Personhood Amendment from going to referendum. read more

The Attica Uprising, 40 years later

The Attica Uprising, 40 years later

09/13/11 12:11PM

Forty years ago today, the Attica Uprising ended with more than three dozen deaths, prisoners, guards and civilian employees at New York's Attica Correctional Facility.The "how" of this story is well-documented. But why did the riots happen at New York State's largest (and most secure) prison? read more

Chart: America for poorer, for worse

Chart: America for poorer, for worse

09/13/11 10:40AM

The U.S. Census Bureau brings the news:Real median household income in the United States in 2010 was $49,445, a 2.3 percent decline from the 2009 median.The nation's official poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009 ─ the third consecutive annual increase in the poverty rate. read more

Yeah! Let him die!

09/13/11 09:50AM

I'm going to go way out here and say the crowd was kidding, a little, when they cheered the idea that the government should let an uninsured person die. That's what happened at last night's Republican presidential debate, as Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) suggested that making one's own choices, including whether to buy health insurance or risk your life, is "what freedom is all about." (ADDING: As commenter @Mark points out, Dr. read more

Morning Maddow: September 13

09/13/11 07:48AM

House Republicans versus the National Labor Relations Board.Meet Gov. Rick Perry's single biggest campaign contributor.Republicans hope for an upset in New York's special election.In Bachmann's district, a battle over anti-gay bullying.American hikers imprisoned in Iran granted bail, will be released in 2 days.Rick Berman's favorite sweetener, "corn sugar," heads to court today.Blackwater: the video game. read more

Links for the 9/12 TRMS

Links for the 9/12 TRMS

09/13/11 01:06AM

Bin Laden's Fatwa Excerpt: 'Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda' American Jobs Act of 2011 AP source: Major Obama jobs speech after Labor Day Obama Seeks Joint Session for Jobs Speech House Speaker John Boehner Rejects President Obama's Request for Joint Session Next Wednesday, Obama Accepts Thursday Instead Speaker letter of POTUS on Joint Session request (pdf) Obama Moves Jobs Speech After Skirmish With Boehner The Vote That Delayed Obama's Speech read more

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