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Rachel on Meet the Press this morning

02/05/12 04:58PM

Here's the clip of Rachel on this morning's Meet the Press round table with David Brooks, Alex Castellanos and Congressman Xavier Becerra. That combination of Maddow, Castellanos and Brooks on a panel reminds me of the University of Chicago panel from a couple of weeks ago. I don't think we ever shared the clip of that, and the content is still relevant, so here it is for your post-Super Bowl playlist (in my case, after catching up on Up clips). read more

Voices for the downtrodden

Voices for the downtrodden

02/03/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow describes the protest movement to help people resist foreclosure and stay in their homes, and shares video of their unique tactic of singing to... watch

Ahead on the 2/3 Maddow show

02/03/12 06:44PM

Tonight's guests include:Jon Ralston, columnist for the Las Vegas Sun and host of “Face to Face with Jon Ralston”Jared Bernstein, former member of President Obama's economic team and former economic adviser to Vice President Biden, currently a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and msnbc contributorWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad below finish playing before starting the song).Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:   read more

Friday's Mini-Report

Friday's Mini-Report

02/03/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* It begins: "Democratic New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit against Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo for deceptive and fraudulent use of a private database used to register mortgages."* Obama must be the least-effective socialist in human history: "A surge in hiring in the world's largest economy last month drove the Nasdaq to an 11-year high on Friday."* In the wake of the Komen for the Cure controversy, Planned Parenthood they've raised over $3 million in three days. read more

The Week in Geek: Giant ants, swarming nano quadrotors

02/03/12 04:15PM

I'm afraid Michael Crichton knows something we don't.Excavated giant ant colony will BLOW YOUR MIND. Who else is now afraid that ants might take over the world? (Full documentary here.)Neuroscientists can HEAR what word you're thinking of.Pythons lurking in the Everglades. Snakes gone wild indeed.Male spiders will literally give up their junk to procreate.Boy in China born with NIGHT VISON.If any/all of that scared the bleep out of you, listening to these whale songs will make it all better.What do coral reefs, crochet, and hyperbolic geometry have in common? read more

Tea Party Jesus

This Week in God

02/03/12 03:41PM

Almost exactly six years ago, inspired by "The Daily Show," I started a weekly feature called "This Week in God," covering news related to religion, politics, and government. Today, the feature moves to Friday afternoons.The God Machine has plenty to offer this week (one might say the cup runneth over). First up, while the National Prayer Breakfast is supposed to be non-partisan, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) wasn't bashful about his decision to walk out of the event yesterday in protest of President Obama. read more

Chronicling Mitt's mendacity

Chronicling Mitt's mendacity

02/03/12 02:07PM

Several weeks ago, I launched a Friday afternoon feature, highlighting the most offensive Mitt Romney falsehoods of the week. I was off last week, but let's get it started again.1. Romney claimed President Obama "went before the United Nations" and "said nothing about thousands of rockets being rained in on Israel from the Gaza Strip."True or false? The claim isn't even close to being right.2. Romney said Democrats "passed Dodd-Frank," which "has made it almost impossible for community banks."True or false? He's has said this before, and it's still completely untrue.3. read more

In Virginia, the power of one woman's story

In Virginia, the power of one woman's story

02/03/12 01:13PM

@synergy3k sends a story from Virginia, where Republicans now control both chambers of the Legislature and abortion is at the top of the agenda. Yesterday, one woman's public testimony seems to have turned back a bill that would have taken away abortion rights. Tara Schleifer told a Virginia Senate committee about the agony of deciding to end a pregnancy once tests found severe and ultimately fatal deformities."Each family has the right to follow their own conscience in making this most profoundly personal family decision," Schleifer said. read more

GOP changes its mind on debt 'trigger'

GOP changes its mind on debt 'trigger'

02/03/12 12:44PM

Remember the "triggers" in the debt-ceiling agreement? At this point, congressional Republicans would like to forget them, at least the parts they came up with.Let's take a moment to review. GOP lawmakers, in a move without precedent in American history, held the full faith and credit of the United States hostage. read more

Friday's campaign round-up

02/03/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* Going into the Nevada caucuses, Public Policy Polling shows Mitt Romney cruising to an easy win, leading Newt Gingrich by a whopping 25 points.* Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), one of Congress' higher-profile Blue Dogs, will retire at the end of the year. Shuler has also passed on the North Carolina gubernatorial race.* In Massachusetts, Sen. read more