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Denaturing the shrimp God paradox

Denaturing the shrimp God paradox

01/12/12 06:39PM

While browsing British reality show contestant bikini pictures doing research at the Daily Mail I saw this funny challenge:So how on Earth do you cook THIS? The shrimp that lives in water four times hotter than boiling pointCan God create a shrimp so hardy that he himself can't boil it?(You may have read the msnbc.com version, without the silly headline, here.)Spoiler alert: As you might have guessed, this is heading for a debunking. read more

Straight out of Indiana, Lunchpail Republicans

01/12/12 03:51PM

Time will tell whether this amounts to much, but a new Indiana political action committee called the Lunchpail Republicans is pledging to run against anti-union Republican incumbents. In the PAC's opening announcement, chair David Fagan says:"A Lunchpail Republican believes in the rights to speak freely and bear arms, supports labor and business, and insists that the government should not interfere with the day-to-day operations of private sector organizations. read more

And this is what autocracy looks like

And this is what autocracy looks like

01/12/12 01:49PM

The state-appointed emergency manager of Benton Harbor, Michigan, has issued three new orders since the first of the year. The third one (pdf), screengrabbed below, removes one mayor pro tem and replaces him with another. The emergency manager has the right to make decisions like this under Michigan's expanded emergency manager law, which he spells out in the order.At first blush, you might think Mr. Harris was moving autocratically to sideline one of his critics. The now-former mayor pro tem, Marcus Muhammad, has called for an investigation into the relationship between Mr. read more

Haley Barbour meets the rule of law

Haley Barbour meets the rule of law

01/12/12 11:13AM

A judge yesterday in Mississippi put a hold on some of the nearly 200 pardons issued Tuesday by outgoing Republican Governor Haley Barbour.As was first reported by the Cottonmouth blog, the Mississippi Constitution requires convicts to publish a newspaper notice that they're applying for a pardon, 30 days ahead of time, in the county where they committed their crime. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, the state's highest-ranking Democrat, says that doesn't appear to have happened in many of the cases. read more

Wisconsin, you're voting in Africa now

Wisconsin, you're voting in Africa now

01/12/12 10:13AM

The new redistricting in Wisconsin has led to a little confusion."We're not only changing and moving districts, we're changing the system beneath it," said Julie Glancey, the Sheboygan County clerk. "We had many, many voters who showed up (on the computer map) on the coast of Africa and we had to drag them back to the state of Wisconsin and put them where they belonged."Wisconsin voters go to the polls on February 21 for primaries in the spring races. read more

It's 2008 all over again

01/12/12 08:52AM

 Working off a thesis first posited by Dave Weigel of Slate, Rachel last night explored the idea that the 2012 Republican primary is basically one giant deja-news. The metaphor extends right down to the thrice-divorced elder statesman who can't get any traction (Rudy Giuliani in 2008, Newt Gingrich in 2012).But here's the thing: If this year is just replay of the last time around, then did the supposed Tea Party revolution amount to anything?What we've got here is a test. Does the Tea Party exist? read more

Morning Maddow: January 12

01/12/12 08:50AM

Cleaning up all those lawn signs in New Hampshire"Things that are less steep than Rick Perry's drop in the polls"Congressional Republicans would like to take the Keystone XL pipeline off Obama's platePakistan's president is not in Pakistan... againNew intelligence report on Afghanistan does not contain good news for anyoneOne year after revolution, self-immolation continues in TunisiaFBI: ODB (yeah you know me) read more

Ahead on the 1/11 Maddow Show

01/11/12 08:03PM

Tonight's guests:Dave Weigel, political reporter for Slate and msnbc contributorE.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post and msnbc contributorHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at what we're talking about (with accompaniment from The Beach Boys):   read more

2012 a Republican re-run

2012 a Republican re-run

01/11/12 07:00PM

Dave Weigel, political reporter for Slate, talks with Rachel Maddow about his thesis that the 2012 Republican primary candidates are a mirror image of the... watch

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