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America going backward (USPS edition)

12/06/11 09:57AM

At some point in the past few years, my neighborhood post office cut back its hours. It now opens on weekdays at 9 A.M. instead of 8 A.M. The way you can tell is that someone scratched off part of the "8" so it looks like a "9" -- and the post office looks like something you'd see in a developing country where they either don't have the money to replace the sticky number or don't care.I was thinking about that this morning when I went to pick up a package. The new news for the United States Postal Service is not encouraging, either for the daily mail or for infrastructure in America. read more

Morning Maddow: December 6

Morning Maddow: December 6

12/06/11 07:46AM

Big day of action: from Take Back the Capitol to Occupy Our Homes.Newt Gingrich dominates in another Iowa poll.Billionaires like Mitt Romney.Another Appeals Court nominee, another filibuster.BP accuses Halliburton of destroying evidence after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.Vermont: an infrastructure success story.Why does Ron Paul's new ad look like an ad for a Ford F-150?A suicide attack in Afghanistan that even the Taliban condemns.One thing nuclear plants are good for: raising crocodiles.Seriously, South Korea? Robot prison guards? read more

Links for the 12/5 TRMS

Links for the 12/5 TRMS

12/05/11 09:57PM

The full set of links to material cited on tonight's show will be posted here, but the one Rachel called out specifically is this Pro Publica piece:Part 1: Presidential Pardons Heavily Favor WhitesPart 2: Pardon Applicants Benefit From Friends in High PlacesOK, here's the full list of tonight's citations: read more

Ahead on the 12/5 Maddow show

12/05/11 07:18PM

Tonight's guests include:David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University and former political writer for the Des Moines Register  Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, (R) Minnesota, former presidential candidate Dafna Linzer, senior reporter for Propublica and author of exclusive report on pardon scandalExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Happy Repeal Day!

Happy Repeal Day!

12/05/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow marks the official end of Prohibition 78 years ago, and reports on town of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, home to famed anti-alcohol crusader, Carry A... watch

T-Paw joins us

T-Paw joins us

12/05/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the latest on the 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls with some... watch

Mississippi poll tax receipt, 1965.

Poll taxes make amazing comeback

12/05/11 04:08PM

In historic terms, poll taxes served to put a price on a voting and keep African Americans from getting a ballot. Poll taxes were banned from federal elections in 1964, with the ratifying of the 24th Amendment.  The next year, the Voting Rights Act made the poll tax illegal in local and state elections, too.But the poll tax -- or at least the idea of having to pay money before you can vote -- is making a comeback. In Mississippi, for instance, voters last month approved a constitutional amendment that says you have to show photo ID in order to vote. read more

Irascible ink

Irascible ink

12/05/11 01:45PM

Here’s a letter to the editor at TCPalm which covers Florida’s Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches, an area where more than a few wealthy one percenters go to sit out both winter and the rest of us.If this letter is satire (and most likely, it is) then, mazel tov, fake Floridian one percenter. Nicely played. If not, then it’s a view into the abyss. You decide:Stop whining, you 99 percent. We 1 percent have realized the American Dream: to own a home(s), a car(s), a boat(s) and a plane. (We don't like to fly commercial airlines.) . . .Paying off members of Congress is not cheap. read more

They might be giants

They might be giants

12/05/11 12:24PM

Or maybe just Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich. The latter, surging in the polls, showed up to make The Visit with the former in New York City today. Mr. Gingrich says he'll take part in a debate hosted by Mr. Trump after Christmas, making him so far the only GOP candidate to sign on. read more

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