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Gov Walker: Recalls rock, but not recalling me

12/05/11 10:45AM

In this ad against the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a supporter describes the recall as "sour grapes."Oh, but recalls can be so much more. John Nichols of the Madison Cap-Times writes:Back when he was a state legislator, Walker was an enthusiastic proponent of recall elections. In fact, he was one of only a handful of state legislators who aligned with — and ultimately took money from — a group that was seeking to recall U.S. Sens. read more

Democracy blinks in Michigan

Democracy blinks in Michigan

12/05/11 09:53AM

Over the past several days, Michigan has seen the imposition of financial martial law -- and preparations for it -- in a string of troubled cities. In Flint, the emergency manager took the elected mayor and city councilors off the payroll and canceled city council meetings from now until he decides to hold them again.The state began its preliminary financial review of Detroit last week. Inkster's on the way. Chris Savage of Eclectablog runs this chart, a snapshot of the towns that either already have an emergency manager or have been put on notice by the state. read more

Morning Maddow: December 5

12/05/11 08:04AM

31 protesters arrested at Occupy DC.Newt Gingrich's big day: his first Iowa ad, he takes the lead in another Iowa poll, he meets with The Donald, and he's reportedly getting the Herman Cain endorsement.What doesn't Newt have? A campaign organization.The White House pushes Richard Cordray's nomination to head the CFPB this week.Iran says it has shot down a U.S. spy drone.The U.S. starts to move out of a drone base in Pakistan.Is there a Japanese word for schadenfreude? read more

Ahead on the 12/2 Maddow Show

12/02/11 07:47PM

Tonight's guests:Andrea Mitchell, NBC News correspondentJared Bernstein, former member of President Obama's economic team and former economic adviser to Vice President Biden, currently a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and msnbc contributorBill Wolff, executive producer, checks in from Ball State: read more

Having a ball in Funcie

Having a ball in Funcie

12/02/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for The Rachel Maddow Show checks in from Ball State University, where Rachel is participating in a talk hosted by David... watch

The GOP's 1% problem

The GOP's 1% problem

12/02/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow shows how the two Republican frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, have more 1-percenter baggage than their political savvy might... watch

Frank Luntz

Verbal Essence

12/02/11 05:55PM

"I'm so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I'm frightened to death. They're having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism."The "I" in that sentence is Frank Luntz, Republican strategist and notorious spin meister. The "They" is the Occupy movement. Which scares him. A lot.In fact, Frank Luntz is so spooked that he gave the Republican Governors Association 11 helpful tips for talking about the Occupy movement. Just to clarify, these are real: 1. Don't say 'capitalism.' 2. read more

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