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Heat, don't fail me now

07/21/11 06:34PM

Since it’s hot pretty much everywhere in the U.S —really nasty, sticky, is-that-smell-me? hot--- renowned meteorologist Rush Limbaugh helpfully asserts that the triple digit heat index is a liberal conspiracy designed to make everyone feel extra squishy. And really, how can anyone argue with that?Nodding in sweaty concurrence, the shadowy authorities at the Message Control Center issued further instructions in this secret, fake directive to their conservative minions.  read more

Ahead on the 7/21 Maddow Show

07/21/11 06:31PM

Tonight's guests include:Rep. Barney Frank, (D) Massachusetts, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee   Eugene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc political analyst   State Rep. Armond Budish, (D) Ohio, Democratic minority leaderHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at what to expect tonight:   read more

Challenge: Fun with the Nixon archives

Challenge: Fun with the Nixon archives

07/21/11 04:31PM

The Nixon Library has released a new treasure trove of documents from the Nixon White House online. We here at TRMS spent a bit of time digging through them to see what nuggets we could find. One that stood out for me: Someone please tell me that song exists.Barring that, have at the documents and let us know in the comments what you find. read more

Deal or no deal?

Deal or no deal?

07/21/11 01:30PM

About an hour ago, the New York Times tweeted the news that President Obama and House Speaker Boehner might have a deal on saving America from economic calamity. And regardless of whether that report pans out, far be it for Speaker Boehner to give up seeming like a guy you can make a deal with. No! Pass the unpassable balanced budget amendment!We don't know whether this is true, either, but Reuters says a source says that ratings agency Standard & Poors is meeting with House freshmen Republican at 3 P.M. today. Maybe S&P can convince them that letting the U.S. read more

Lauren Hodge with her Lego trophy.

I'll take my grilled chicken with a side of phenylmethylimidazopyridine inhibitor, please

07/21/11 12:25PM

A random factoid that exists in my brain is that the yummy burnt char on grilled meat is carcinogenic. I don't have a link to cite for that fact, I know it because my cube neighbor is a health editor for (She's also a vegetarian and has pointed out that yummy burnt char on grilled vegetables is not carcinogenic.) Today I added to that factoid the detail that the grilling causes proteins and sugars in chicken to form heterocyclic amines, which is what is cancerous. read more

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood signs a deal for $178.6 million in SunRail funding. Congressman Mica is at right in the yellow tie.

Congressman Mica happy to spend at home

07/21/11 10:57AM

Congressman John Mica (R-Florida) has decided its time to pull the plug on federal assistance for rural air service. What House Republicans really want is for Congress to make it harder for air and train workers to unionize, in exchange for extending the life of the Federal Aviation Administration.Failing that, Mr. Mica, the transportation chair, wants an end to government support of more than $1,000 a ticket in far-flung airports. "I want to see folks come down here and vote to continue subsidies for more than $1,000," he told reporters yesterday. read more

'We will not let the country get wrecked by this.'

07/21/11 10:11AM

How bad is this debt ceiling thing? Bad enough that Ezra Klein traces President Obama's fumbling of the negotiations back to the cat food commission. Bad enough that House Republicans cannot reach agreement even among their own caucus. Bad enough that Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne told us last night:I have rarely been this depressed, I think, and I've been here awhile, about the way Washington is working.This is a totally politician-induced crisis. read more

Morning Maddow: July 21

07/21/11 08:06AM

Atlantis has landed.Michele Bachmann gets a doctor's note.Anybody got a clue what's going to happen with the debt ceiling mishegoss?Rick Perry supporters say they're being shut out of the Iowa straw poll.Where are the pipelines that transport hazardous materials all around our country? Good question.Nuclear regulators aren't getting along with each other.A skull has been discovered at Pearl Harbor. read more

The trees at Toomer's Corner in Auburn, Ala., are adorned with thousands of rolls of toilet paper Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 following a 56-17 win over South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference Championship NCAA college football game.

But what about the tree poisoner?

07/21/11 02:06AM

Several people responded to tonight's Moment of Geek segment on the tree-rescue efforts in Alabama with questions about whether the poisoner was ever caught and brought to justice. The phone call to the radio show happened on January 27. By February 17, police had arrested a 62-year-old man named Harvey Almorn Updyke, Jr.At the time, the investigation included the FBI because the EPA plays a role in the regulation of the Spike 80DF herbicide, but so far Updyke faces only state charges. read more

Links for the 7/20 TRMS

Links for the 7/20 TRMS

07/20/11 11:59PM

How do you say "stock market crash due to sex with Sun Goddess" in Spanish? Ely, Nevada Parties trade blame as FAA shutdown looms Partial FAA shutdown looms over debate Auburn University determines next steps for Toomer's oaks; asks fans not to roll the trees Toomer's Corner webcam. Toomer's Corner trees: Auburn creates library collection of items placed after poisoning Activated Charcoal Application to the Plaza (pdf) Congressional Progressive Caucus resurrects Reagan letter on debt ceiling (pdf) read more

How do you say "stock market crash due to sex with Sun Goddess" in Spanish?

How do you say "stock market crash due to sex with Sun Goddess" in Spanish?

07/20/11 09:00PM

As TRMS blog overlord Laura Conaway says, no one ever scrubs the internet well.  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is no exception.Next month the governor is hosting a stadium prayer rally.  He's invited his fellow 49 governors from all over the country to pray and fast and so far only one has accepted.  But it's Gov. Perry's endorsers who've really piqued our interest. read more