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Occupy Youngstown, Ohio, at the local fracking well.

Occupy fracking, explosive water edition

01/17/12 01:52PM

Maybe this fracking thing isn't going so great. The Ohio Beacon Journal reports today on a pair of houses where fracking for natural gas started nearby and the water went seriously bad:The levels of explosivity were 34.7 and 47.4 percent at wells at the two houses, the agency said. Hazardous conditions exist when levels surpass 10 percent, the health agency said.The gas levels in and around the Mangans’ house have been so high that firefighters were called several times. read more

And Mitt Romney keeps on talking, II

01/17/12 01:09PM

What stands between Mitt Romney and him understanding that being so casual about remarkable wealth is off-putting to voters? Besides the fact of his remarkable wealth, I mean? Today in South Carolina, he revealed his tax rate and a good deal more:“It’s probably closer to the 15 percent rate than anything. Because my last 10 years, I’ve — my income comes overwhelmingly from some investments made in the past, whether ordinary income or earned annually. I got a little bit of income from my book, but I gave that all away. read more

'The receding roar of white America'

'The receding roar of white America'

01/17/12 11:02AM

Quick, who said this?I sometimes wonder if the Republican Party has become the receding roar of white America as it pines for a way of life that will never return. Answer: this conservative columnist.(Image: Normal Rockwell painting, and its source/Photo District News) read more

Rebuilding Michigan

01/17/12 10:00AM

Michigan elected a Republican governor and a Republican legislature in 2010. Just over a year later, half the state's African-American population is on the verge of having no meaningful local democracy. Michigan's expanded emergency manager law gives the state the power to install an overseer for failing towns and school districts. read more

Morning Maddow: January 17

01/17/12 07:48AM

Colbert: vote for Herman Cain.Romney: I'll show you mine if you make me yours.Romney gets a controversial endorsement.Can Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren really keep 3rd-party ads out of their campaigns?The Recall Scott Walker petitions arrive in Madison today, but he won't be there to see them.The House is back in session today. On the schedule? A symbolic smack of the President.The House will also get a lot of visitors today.As predicted: Russia thinks we might be (accidentally) responsible for the failure of Phobos-Grunt.  read more

Links for the 1/16 TRMS

Links for the 1/16 TRMS

01/16/12 10:06PM

The rest of the links cited on tonight's show will be posted here shortly, but in case you're following Rachel's direction for finding the Lunchpail Republicans' site, it's here at LunchpailRepublicans.com. (Previously: Straight out of Indiana, Lunchpail Republicans)OK, here's the full list: read more

Ahead on the 1/16 Maddow show

01/16/12 06:14PM

Tonight's guests include:Dan Rather, host of “Dan Rather Reports” on HDNetRev. David Bullock, Michigan state director of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, senior pastor at Greater St. Matthew Baptist ChurchDavid Fagan, chairman of the Lunchpail Republicans, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show. While you watch, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. read more

The Memphis sanitation workers' strike

Union rights as civil rights

01/16/12 05:00PM

People can and do argue about whether Martin Luther King, Jr., would have supported this or that contemporary political cause. One thing we can be quite sure of is that in his day, Dr. King supported union rights. He was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968, when he was in town for a labor strike by the city's sanitation workers.Arnie Alpert writes today in New Hampshire's Concord Monitor:King spoke out consistently against "right-to-work" laws like the one adopted in last year's legislative session and vetoed by Gov. John Lynch. read more

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