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Morning Maddow: January 16

Morning Maddow: January 16

01/16/12 07:45AM

MLK 2.0.Look who got VIP treatment from a controversial mortgage lender.Jon Huntsman bows to the inevitable.Remember that emergency meeting of social conservatives looking to coalesce around a not-Romney? Guess who they're backing.Ron Paul has an optics problem.The Obama Administration responds to SOPA.Wisconsin activists get ready to turn in all those Walker recall signatures.  read more

Ships that pass in the pixels

01/14/12 03:29AM

 Way at the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City is the riverfront neighborhood of Battery Park City. Battery Park City is served by a tiny, hyperlocal newspaper called The Battery Park City Broadsheet - an extra large, four-page fold out that looks like this. (pdf)There isn't a lot of space on those pages, but every edition includes a "Riverwatch" photo of a ship on the Hudson River or in New York Harbor, as well as the "Arrivals & Departures" schedule (scroll down to the top of page 4 of the pdf above) for the cruise ships that dock up in midtown. read more

Ahead on the 1/13 Maddow show

01/13/12 07:05PM

Ezra Klein, columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg and msnbc polictical analystFrank Phillips, State House bureau chief for the Boston GlobeExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:(While watching the preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack.) read more

Put your pants on, Shreveport

Put your pants on, Shreveport

01/13/12 04:07PM

A commissioner in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, has about had it with people wearing their pajamas around town. Commissioner Michael Williams is pushing for an ordinance that would ban PJs in public, after he saw unexpected parts of someone wearing low-slung pajamas at the Walmart."Pajamas are designed to be worn in the bedroom at night," Mr. Williams tells the local Shreveport Times.The people of Shreveport, some of them anyway, see it differently. One man tells the Times he's an American who pays his bills, so he doesn't see what the issue should be with PJs in public. read more

Chart: You're missing $9,000

Chart: You're missing $9,000

01/13/12 01:54PM

The next time you look around and wonder why your wages seem so stuck, consider this from White House economic adviser Alan Krueger's talk about income inequality yesterday:"If in the first decade of the 2000s the income of the median household had grown at the same rate as it did in the 1990s, middle class households would have an extra $8,900 a year to spend on their mortgages, rent, cars, food, and clothing, or to add to their savings."We're living in an era when wages have tended to fall. read more

The Week in Geek, viscous syrup miracle edition

01/13/12 12:32PM

What happens to syrup when you pour it on an ever-decreasing moving belt? Fluid dynamics, FTW! I dare you not to think about this next time you have pancakes.If you liked that, you'll really love this tumblr (only the title is NSFW).You may know why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears, but do you know how they fly in the rain?What happens when you take a mathematician to dinner at an Italian restaurant? Bonus: match the equation to the pasta.Still have your appendix? Prof. Bill Parker has a theory that it could save your life.Astronomers predict what a sunset might look like on planet HD209458b. read more

Animals doing people things

01/13/12 11:41AM

Crows are evil.  You will never convince me otherwise.  They are portents of the end times and I wouldn't be surprised if they and not Cerberus guard the gates to the underworld.  That said, this is pretty awesome. read more

Letter: Labor GOP, Occupiers have different goals, same motive

01/13/12 11:00AM

In Indiana, a new PAC called the Indiana Lunchpail Republicans intends to run against anti-union Republicans. Commenter John writes:After reading the linked announcement, I have to say I can sympathize/empathize with the message/idea of the Lunchpail Republicans. Which essentially comes down to, the republican establishment has abandoned traditional republican/conservative ideals and positions. They feel disenfranchised by the pro-corporation/anti-worker bias in their elected officials.They are not alone, I've been trying to figure out exactly when I began to feel that the Rep. read more

This is not a shoeshine, but it still doesn't look so great

This is not a shoeshine, but it still doesn't look so great

01/13/12 09:43AM

Mitt Romney has an empathy problem. Regardless of whether he's actually an empathetic guy, Mr. Romney remains the son of a wealthy man who then went out and made another fortune buying companies and firing people. He's still the guy who says that questions about income inequality amount to the sin of envy, he's still the guy who manages to say the words "I like to be able to fire people," he's still the guy who offers up a $10,000 bet to prove his point. read more

Morning Maddow: January 13

01/13/12 07:47AM

Romney's new South Carolina ad defending his time at Bain Capital.Meanwhile, see who's raising money for Romney so he can pay for ads like this.Third-party group has cash but no candidate.President Obama seeks to merge government agencies.Justice Department unveils the legal justification for Pres. Obama's recess appointments.Kansas Gov. Brownback wants to end tax deductions for mortgage interest and charitable giving.That failed Russian rocket may crash back to Earth this weekend.An interspecies video game? read more

Links for the 1/12 TRMS

Links for the 1/12 TRMS

01/13/12 01:57AM

 @brianstelter - Brian Stelter - On tonight's show, Stephen Colbert transfers his super PAC to Jon Stewart, then forms "exploratory committee" for president.Stephen Colbert transfers super PAC to Jon Stewart, teases entry to Republican primary in SCCriteria announced for Southern GOP presidential debate  CNN: Rick Perry Does Qualify For Our Debate — Here's How CNN Apparently Waives Its Own Debate Rules To Let Rick Perry In South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary polling data Rick Perry 'vulture' attack on Romney costs him influential S.C. supporter Sustaining U.S. read more

We're all one button away from schlimazel

01/12/12 07:21PM

These are the dulcet tones of Gustav Mahler's 9th Symphony.Dulcet, indeed. Mahler's 9th Symphony is about a 90-minute piece of music, and it was being performed by the New York Philharmonic last night at Avery Fisher Hall here in New York. read more

Ahead on the 1/12 Maddow show

01/12/12 07:04PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Kornacki, news editor for SalonFelicia Sonmez, congressional reporter for The Washington PostMichael Hastings, contributing editor for Rolling Stone and author of “The Operators”Here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at what's to come on the show tonight (with some help from The Marshall Tucker Band):   read more