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Best noon thing

01/23/12 12:09PM

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords hugs a very nice young man who once visited us here in our office. Oh, yeah, he's also the guy with the skills and the courage needed to keep her alive. read more

Curious counting in Wisconsin

Curious counting in Wisconsin

01/23/12 10:45AM

Michelle Reed of Menomonie says she came home to this flier from the Wisconsin Republican Party the other day. She writes,"So THAT'S what's happening to the jobs. They're shattering the state as they flee."During his 2010 campaign, Governor Scott Walker promised to add 250,000 jobs private-sector jobs in four years. With a sixth straight month of job loss in December -- including 3,900 non-government gigs -- Mr. Walker finished 2011 up by 13,500. On the other hand, the unemployment rate, calculated from a different survey, fell last month. Up? Down? read more

Newt Gingrich going north, south

Newt Gingrich going north, south

01/23/12 09:43AM

Tonight is debate night around TRMS HQ, with the 2012 Republican field attempting to woo sunny Florida. As the New York Times puts it, Florida's patchwork quilt presents a challenge for candidates:the immigrant-rich Miami region, the more conservative north or the retirees sprinkled around the state who carry with them the political loyalties bred elsewhere.Even in states that might seem more homogenous, political wins come down to rolling up support in some combination of constituencies. read more

Morning Maddow: January 23

01/23/12 07:39AM

  What's next for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and for the congressional seat she's giving up.Newtmentum continues as he takes the lead in a Florida poll. Another one has them "neck and neck."Romney's response to losing South Carolina? He's releasing his tax returns.You know who else had a bad Saturday? She did.Colbert and Cain didn't do so well either.Roe v. Wade turns 39.The Arab League comes up with a plan to end the Syrian uprising. Syria rejects it.  read more

Before South Carolina, a ukulele break

01/21/12 05:10PM

Rachel is anchoring our rolling coverage tonight of the South Carolina Republican primary. She's live starting at 6 p.m.Meanwhile Julia Nutter, hero of the last night's Millionaire Cocktail Moment, has kept us entertained with her ukulele practice.We'll see you tonight on the television thing. read more

How to make a Millionaire

01/20/12 11:10PM

This recipe makes two drinks, so set your glassware accordingly.Ingredients:-- 4 oz of bourbon-- 1.5 oz Grand Marnier-- 1 oz grenadine -- get the good stuff or you can make it yourself with pomegranate juice and sugar-- 1 oz lemon juice-- 0.5 oz pastis-- egg white (!)One egg white is enough for two drinks, which is why this is a two-drink recipe.When you’re making an egg white drink, it’s helpful to first shake everything without ice (it’s called a dry shake) so you get enough egg white agitation to get a good foam.Then add ice and shake again.Pour. read more

How to make a Millionaire

01/20/12 11:10PM

This recipe makes two drinks, so set your glassware accordingly.Ingredients:-- 4 oz of bourbon-- 1.5 oz Grand Marnier-- 1 oz grenadine -- get the good stuff or you can make it yourself with pomegranate juice and sugar-- 1 oz lemon juice-- 0.5 oz pastis-- egg white (!)One egg white is enough for two drinks, which is why this is a two-drink recipe.When you’re making an egg white drink, it’s helpful to first shake everything without ice (it’s called a dry shake) so you get enough egg white agitation to get a good foam.Then add ice and shake again.Pour. read more

Links for the 1/20 TRMS

Links for the 1/20 TRMS

01/20/12 10:54PM

 Mitt Romney on The Laura Ingraham Show Clemson Palmetto Poll finds Gingrich leading, 20% of S.C. voters still uncommittedGallup tracking pollGallup chief: Romney support 'collapsing'Joel Sawyer tweets as @joeldavidsawyerCasino magnate Sheldon Adelson donates $5 million to pro-Gingrich committeeRomney Draws Small, Sleepy CrowdDoes Ron Paul Have An Airport Hangar Problem?Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined read more

Etta James, 1938-2012

01/20/12 08:00PM

Soul music is not background music. It is not music to shop to. It is not music to eat dinner to. Soul music is not something that plays while a service representative gets back to you.Soul music is Etta James. It gives and gives and gives--- and it also demands.And afterwards, everybody's richer, better, whole.Thank you, Ms. James. read more

Ahead on the 1/20 Maddow Show

01/20/12 07:44PM

Tonight's guests:Steve Schmidt, msnbc political analyst, former McCain campaign senior strategist, and the only campaign strategist to have ever beaten Mitt Romney in a presidential campaign Gail Collins, columnist, New York TimesJoel Sawyer, former Executive director of the Republican Party in South Carolina, updates @joeldavidsawyerAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff with tonight's preview (enhanced by tonight's musical selection from Chuck Berry):   read more

The Week in Geek

01/20/12 04:44PM

Daniel Starr-Tambor has set the Solar System to music in a palindrome as an homage to Bach. Music of the spheres indeed.Whales once lived in the deserts of Africa.Google trends might serve as an early warning system for flu outbreaks.The government taps phones, but these scientists are tapping the ocean.NASA releases amazing archive of high-res images from Gemini missions.Does your gravitational lens have a cataract? read more

Wisconsin loses jobs again, gains a honey badger

Wisconsin loses jobs again, gains a honey badger

01/20/12 02:35PM

The unemployment rate fell in Wisconsin last month, but so did the number of jobs. Wisconsin lost 3,900 jobs in the private sector -- the sixth month of job loss in a row since his budget took effect, says the Wisconsin State Journal.But there are a few positions open in Wisconsin, namely doing the thankless task of scanning the 1.9 million signatures to recall Governor Walker and his second-in-command. read more

POTUS + Green = 74

01/20/12 01:28PM

By now we've all seen the clip of the President singing a couple of bars of Al Green's classic "Let's Stay Together" at a fundraiser Thursday night. But just in case you haven't, here it is: And that got us to thinking, did the President's short foray into show business prove lucrative for Al Green, or more specifically whatever company owns the rights to Mr. Green's song, by causing an uptick in downloads? read more

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