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Ahead on the 11/30 Maddow show

11/30/11 07:21PM

Tonight's guests include:David Plouffe, White House senior advisor and campaign manager for the Obama 2008 campaign  Paul Rieckhoff, founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America, author of "Chasing Ghosts"  Rocky Anderson, former mayor of Salt Lake City who formed the Justice Party read more

Expanding our horizons

Expanding our horizons

11/30/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - White House senior advisor David Plouffe will be on the show... watch

The Occupation Party, a party, in Times Square last month.

Now running on the Occupation Party ticket...

11/30/11 06:15PM

Tonight on the show we're taking a look at the history, tortured and otherwise, of third parties in the United States. This week we've seen signs from two Republican candidates that they might be up for it (Buddy Roemer, who tells us he's going for it; and Jon Huntsman, who won't rule it out).Meanwhile, fresh off the Internets, The 99-Percenters is pitching a third party for the Occupy Movement. You might remember that the name "Occupy Party" has sort of been taken by a spammy site with a stock image formerly used by Newt Gingrich. read more

Maddow Blog Film Club: The Umbrella Man

11/30/11 05:13PM

This already made its way around the interwebs last week, but in case you missed it:To commemorate the 48th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination, Errol Morris crafted a short film about The Umbrella Man, the mysterious figure seen standing under an open umbrella in the Zapruder film, despite the fact that it was a beautiful, clear day in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The man has long been at the center of conspiracy theorizing, and in just 5 minutes Morris manages to get to the bottom of this particular American mystery.To call Morris a documentarian is selling him short. read more

Cairoglyphics

Cairoglyphics

11/30/11 03:52PM

On Monday, just before Egypt held its historic general elections, Rachel told you about how the Egyptians use (just say it, kinda goofy) symbols to represent its political parties and candidates on the ballot.Many of our Twitter followers seemed smitten with the idea.So what would your personal glyph be? And what would be an apt icon for some of our current (or even historical) political figures? (Off the top of my head, I'm thinking Romney-- yo-yo) Let's get visual, everybody. Please share in the comments. read more

What really big government looks like in Ohio

What really big government looks like in Ohio

11/30/11 12:59PM

Republicans in the Ohio State Senate say they're ready to move the so-called "heartbeat bill," which would make it illegal to end a pregnancy once a heartbeat is detectable. As the Plain Dealer puts it, the bill "outlaws abortions for women before they even know they are pregnant," and would make Ohio the most anti-choice state in the country.Ohio has seen a string of legislation recently designed to cut off women's access to this constitutionally protected right. In June, Ohio joined the states (pdf) that restrict access for public employees. read more

Occupy Voter Registration

11/30/11 11:15AM

Ray Lutz, a former Democratic candidate for Congress and Occupy San Diego organizer, was arrested this week for setting up a voter registration table in San Diego's Civic Center plaza. The police who took him away said Mr. Lutz was trespassing.From East County Magazine:“When they interrupt someone who is doing lawful voter registration, this is going too far,” Jess Durfee, chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, told ECM. read more

'Life imprisonment. Think about that for a minute.'

11/30/11 10:12AM

Unless you were watching C-Span2 Tuesday, you may not have noticed that the Senate voted to keep a controversial provision in the defense spending bill that would allow indefinite detention of any terrorism suspect, including American citizens.This would make it possible for the government to keep you locked up for the rest of your life without ever seeing the inside of a courtroom. So much for the idea that everyone deserves their day in court.Supporters of the provision argue that such extraordinary measures are necessary in the fight against terrorism. read more

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