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Afghanistan war ends. Next, more war...

Afghanistan war ends. Next, more war...

12/08/14 09:33PM

Rachel Maddow reports that after more than 13 years, combat operations in Afghanistan are being declared officially over, even though the U.S. will maintain a sizeable military presence there for many more years to come. watch

Reform sought to restore faith in justice

Reform sought to restore public faith in justice

12/08/14 09:21PM

Eric Adams, Brooklyn, NY borough president and former NYPD captain, talks with Rachel Maddow about the outrage over the Eric Garner case as a vehicle to reform the justice system with the assignment of a disinterested prosecutor in some police cases. watch

Ahead on the 12/8/14 Maddow show

12/08/14 06:58PM

Tonight's guests:

  • Eric Adams, Brooklyn, NY Borough President and former NYPD captain
  • Jonathan Landay, McClatchy national security correspondent 

And here's executive producer Cory Gnazzo with a look at what we're working on tonight...

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Monday's Mini-Report, 12.8.14

12/08/14 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:
* Yemen: "United States commandos stormed a village in southern Yemen early Saturday in an effort to free an American photojournalist held hostage by Al Qaeda, but the raid ended in tragedy, with the kidnappers killing the American and a South African held with him, United States officials said."
* Potential trouble: "The release of the 'cromnibus' has been delayed as lawmakers across the Capitol continue to work out a number of issues on the spending bill."
* Iraq: "Allied warplanes and Iraqi ground troops are increasingly isolating Islamic State militants in the captured city of Mosul, prompting Iraqi officials to push for a winter offensive to wrest control of the area months ahead of the previous schedule -- and over American warnings."
* Tomorrow: "A highly anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee report expected to condemn the CIA for using torture following the 9/11 terrorist attacks is set to be released Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed."
* Profiling: "The Justice Department on Monday announced revisions to rules for racial profiling by federal law enforcement amid lingering protests across the nation in response to grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers for the killings of unarmed black men."
* A job well done: "With the Ebola crisis seemingly in hand, Ron Klain, the veteran political operative the White House plucked from a venture capital gig to coordinate the government's response, is planning a late-winter return to the private sector."
* In related news, the emergency room physician in Dallas who missed the first domestic Ebola case is discussing the incident for the first time. "I was unaware of a 103-degree fever," Dr. Joseph Howard Meier explained. "It appears in the chart, but I did not see it."
US President Barack Obama speaks on immigration reform at the Copernicus Community Center on Nov. 25, 2014 in Chicago. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty)

When the U.S. economy is the envy of the world

12/08/14 04:58PM

Last week, before the new job numbers came out, Catherine Rampell made a very good point: "Unhappy with the economic recovery in the United States? Could be worse. Specifically, we could be literally any other country in the world that also just went through a major financial crisis."
Right. In the public discourse, there's often a temptation to compare the current economic recovery to other recoveries that followed modern downturns. There's one glaring problem with this: the global crash in 2008 was the worst crisis the world has seen since the Great Depression. Comparing it to more routine, cyclical downturns is like comparing a twisted ankle to getting hit by a bus -- they both hurt, but the scope and scale of the damage is qualitatively different.
It's smarter, then, to compare our economic recovery against other countries who dealt with similar circumstances. And on this front, as President Obama was eager to remind Americans in his weekly address, we're the envy of the world:
"America, we still have a lot of work to do together. But we do have real, tangible evidence of our progress. 10.9 million new jobs. 10 million more Americans with health insurance. Manufacturing has grown. Our deficits have shrunk. Our dependence on foreign oil is down. Clean energy is up. More young Americans are graduating from high school and earning college degrees than ever before. Over the last four years, this country has put more people back to work than Europe, Japan, and every advanced economy combined."
That last point is no small detail. In the aftermath of the crash, advanced economies around the globe rushed to respond, with many adopting competing solutions. Many chose the kind of austerity measures Republicans hoped to impose on Americans.
Fortunately for those who want to see the U.S. succeed, Republicans weren't in a position of power in 2009.
As a result, as Rachel noted on the show on Friday, American growth is "outperforming other economies." Indeed, one of the more striking aspects of the recent upswing in the domestic economy is that "the U.S. remains a standout as the rest of the world struggles."