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The governor will apologize to you now

The governor will apologize to you now

11/28/11 03:19PM

Emma Sullivan of Prairie Village, Kansas, will not be apologizing to Governor Sam Brownback for tweeting on a school trip to the capital that he's not her kind of guy. Instead, Governor Sam Brownback has said he's sorry for his staff's overreaction to the high school senior's tweet. read more

Merry corporate Christmas, Cleveland

11/28/11 02:00PM

This is what the newspaper expected in Cleveland on Saturday:Community activists and corporate sponsors will come together Saturday in a random act of kindness that celebrates the true spirit of the season with an event called Winterfest.You can see what else happened in the video above.(Occupy Cleveland's Bat Signal. H/t @stonermc) read more

Barney Frank goes to the Tea Party

11/28/11 01:05PM

Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) is not running again, maybe, in part, because of redistricting. Mr. Frank has been a frequent guest on our show and a YouTube star. From a compilation of his responses to outraged Tea Party citizens:"On what planet do you spend most of your time? ... Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table."Also:"Who do you think paid for the war? Santa Claus?"Also also:"Sir, it's been 21 years since I had a secret."And so on, and so on. Barney Frank has been one of a kind. read more

Best noon thing

11/28/11 12:00PM

Not that I'm in the business of selling iPads (maybe you could borrow one from a friend?) or apps, but I have to say I'm really glad to have a way to play with this awesome Charlie Brown Christmas app. I spent more time with it than my kid did. read more

Herman Cain and those darned weasels

11/28/11 11:02AM

Herman Cain today invites you to help him slay the Tax Monster with his 9-9-9*** tax plan. In a five-minute video, the narrator tells us that government gains an advantage by taxing you in ways you don't notice. "That's how the weasels that came up with paycheck withholding have been able to deceive an entire generation into thinking it's the government's money to begin with," the speaker says.The first of those "weasels," as the Cain campaign calls them, would be President Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Congress. read more

From a Hart Research Associates strategy memo posted by Politico.

The Occupy Wall Street election

11/28/11 10:05AM

The competing visions of how to win in 2012 grew sharper over the Thanksgiving holiday. For an example of the first, outgoing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour dropped this wisdom last night on the Republican Party of Sarasota County, Florida:"This election is about policy, it's about jobs and the economy and how they are affected by taxes, and spending, deficits, debt. Are you for or against Obama's health care bill? Do you think his energy policy of driving up the cost of energy is good policy? read more

Wisconsin leads nation downhill

Wisconsin leads nation downhill

11/28/11 09:07AM

If your political platform is public austerity and stripping union rights in the name of creating jobs, then you need better numbers than these:In October, 14 states recorded statistically significant changes in employment, 13 of which were increases. The largest over-the-month statistically significant job gains occurred in Illinois (+30,000), California (+25,700), Virginia (+14,000), and Pennsylvania (+13,800). The only state with an over-the-month statistically significant decline in employment was Wisconsin (-9,700)Emphasis mine. read more

West Virginia for "Elizabeth Warren."

Elizabeth Warren's aura has an aura

11/28/11 09:05AM

Sue Thorn, an organizer for the Obama '08 campaign, wants to represent West Virginia in the U.S. Congress, from a seat won by the Republicans last year. For now, she's running for the Democratic nomination, and she's looking a lot like another rookie candidate with Obama ties. From Ms. Thorn's website:Former West Virginia Congressman Harley Staggers, Jr. is enthused about Thorn's congressional race. "I have been watching coverage of Elizabeth Warren's Senate campaign in Massachusetts and when I first talked with Sue, I saw the same traits in her that I saw in Warren. read more

Morning Maddow: November 28

11/28/11 07:51AM

The New Hampshire Union Leader editorial board endorses Newt Gingrich. Is that a big deal? Ask Nate Silver.Evidence of another Romney flip-flop. Which makes the DNC happy.Is Rick Perry's campaign coordinating with a SuperPAC?Uh, Sarah Palin fans? It's kind of too late.Showdown at Occupy L.A.Guess who's running for President in Russia?Egypt holds its first elections since Mubarak.A NATO airstrike sparks trouble between the U.S. and Pakistan. read more

Recyled Books, Records and CDs in Denton, Texas

An alternative to 'Buy Nothing'

11/26/11 10:40AM

Twenty years ago, Buy Nothing Day was introduced as an anti-consumerist response to Black Friday. But rather than buy nothing, supporters of Small Business Saturday argue that positive consumption can benefit the nation. read more

Harris-Perry: Don't dislike Romney because he's a Mormon

11/24/11 12:14AM

by Melissa Harris-PerryIn this election cycle, on the Republican side, just-about everyone who’s running a real campaign is getting a chance to be the front-runner for a while. Even though newspaper columnists and politicos have been using the word “inevitable” to describe Mitt Romney for weeks now, he is not leading in the polls.Given the cast of characters he’s running against, Mitt Romney probably should be the far-and-away front runner. He’s not. read more

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