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Romney son serves Dad, America with birther joke

12/30/11 01:18PM

When I clicked on the headline "Mitt Romney's Sons Meet Concord Seniors," I wasn't expecting one of those sons to go Trump-ing for a laugh, especially since the joke's fodder is so routine: the release of a presidential candidate's tax returns.By law, they don't have to release them -- but it has become standard practice for candidates to do so, and there isn't usually much hubbub over it. But yesterday, candidate Romney said this:"I can tell you we follow the tax laws, and if there's an opportunity to save taxes, we like anybody else in this country will follow that opportunity. read more

Comedian Matt Romney is second from the far right.

Romney son serves Dad, America with birther joke

12/30/11 01:18PM

When I clicked on the headline "Mitt Romney's Sons Meet Concord Seniors," I wasn't expecting one of those sons to go Trump-ing for a laugh, especially since the joke's fodder is so routine: the release of a presidential candidate's tax returns.By law, they don't have to release them -- but it has become standard practice for candidates to do so, and there isn't usually much hubbub over it. But yesterday, candidate Romney said this:"I can tell you we follow the tax laws, and if there's an opportunity to save taxes, we like anybody else in this country will follow that opportunity. read more

I think I'll try the back door...

I think I'll try the back door...

12/30/11 12:55PM

In case you didn't quite understand what Bill was talking about in yesterday's preview video about the crowds outside, I happened to have also been impressed with how difficult it was to just reach the door the other day and took a couple of photos. This is what he's talking about:  read more

The Week in Geek, special toast edition

12/30/11 12:00PM

Comet Lovejoy's beautiful appearance this holiday season for those in the southern hemisphere.My new favorite website: beautiful pictures inspired by mathematics.How scientists track the drift of Earth's magnetic south pole.Your best bet for a hangover cure this new year's day is brought to you by the letters K, Na, and Cl (among others).Myths about the brain that just won't die but should. Do your part to help set the record straight!Geologists have discovered the source for the inner bluestones at Stonehenge, 160 miles away! read more

Hulk, en fuego!

Hulk, en fuego!

12/30/11 11:05AM

How's this for a New Year's cleansing ritual? In Ecuador, residents build massive dummies called años viejos (old years) and then… burn them.Goodbye 2011! And take your rage-filled Hulk-ified baggage with you!Which makes me wonder…what are you, the Rachel Maddow Show viewers, doing for New Year's?And do you have any special rituals for ending the old year and ushering in the new? 2012 awaits in the comments. read more

Morning Maddow: December 30

12/30/11 07:52AM

What does it take to get Bank of America to close on a mortgage? A shaming music video.New Iowa poll numbers: Romney and Paul are neck and neck.The New York Times asks the GOP presidential candidates about how much executive power a president should wield.VA Gov. read more

Iran's platinum revolution?

Iran's platinum revolution?

12/30/11 01:18AM

I'm not sure this is what Richard Engel had in mind when he advised reading up on Iran for 2012, but my non-Hormuz Iran ready so far has been "Ahmadinejad steps into Iran's dress-code debate" followed by a bit of a trip down the rabbit hole of Iranian urban fashion.In a nutshell, hard-line Muslims in Iran want women to dress a certain way (and they have the power to arrest women they deem in violation of the legal standard), but some Iranian women, particularly young, urban women, don't appreciate being told how to dress and have their own interpretation of the legal standard. read more

Ahead on the 12/29 Maddow show

12/29/11 06:36PM

Tonight's guests include:Dave Weigel, political reporter for Slate and msnbc contributorKaren Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington PostEzra Klein, columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg and msnbc contributorSpencer Ackerman, senior reporter for Wired.com's Danger Room Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:While you watch the preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. read more

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