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Happy 15th birthday, MSNBC!

Happy 15th birthday, MSNBC!

07/15/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - President Obama addresses the media on the debt ceiling... watch

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An unexpected debt ceiling compromise -- straight from your grocer's freezer!

07/15/11 07:29PM

On Monday, President Obama compared the painful decisions to be made in the debt nogiation process to "eating our peas."The USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council took a somewhat literal reading of the president's remark, agreeing with him and recommending eating more lentils as well. House Speaker Boehner returned the matter to the metaphorical with his accusation that dealing with the White House has been like dealing with Jell-O.And all of this culminated yesterday with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney proposing a sort of compromise recipe:I love Jell-O personally. read more

Ahead on the 7/15 Maddow show

07/15/11 07:07PM

Tonight's guests include:Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition   E.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution   Melissa Harris-Perry, professor of politics at Tulane University and msnbc contributorHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at what's on our radar tonight:  read more

The Friday Awesome

The Friday Awesome

07/15/11 04:35PM

Welcome to the Friday Awesome: the excitement is mounting inexorably before Sunday's U.S. v. Japan match for the Women's World Cup. It promises to be an epic clash but I feel the U.S. may have an advantage for this reason alone: Their coach sings to them. If music be the food of wicked headers to the back of the net, play on! Sarah Palin and the Deathly Silence Part IAttention Befuddled Potter newbies: A concise HP history in 6 minutes without Dobby who was, despite his ultimate heroism and sacrifice, an annoying little git.Bienvenue au Friday Awesome! Revolution! Gaga! read more

Running is a racket (Christine O'Donnell edition)

Running is a racket (Christine O'Donnell edition)

07/15/11 03:30PM

Just when I was wondering what Christine O'Donnell would do about the debt ceiling, she sent me this nice letter along with an ad for her new book. Full text:Dear Laura,Many people have been asking me if I were in Congress, would I vote to raise the debt ceiling? So I figured I'd jot down some quick informal thoughts on this issue and share them with you. No, I would not vote to raise the debt ceiling.     Continuing to raise the debt ceiling will only undermine the status of our country as a whole by the weakening of the US dollar. read more

Congressman DeFazio at a Populist Caucus presser in May.

"McConnell is a very clever guy. He set up an intricate, multi-tiered trap to deliver on his promise to get Obama out of office and devastate the Democrats..."

07/15/11 01:27PM

"We see it as a trap....If you're going to do something like that you shouldn't have to and all this B.S."- That quote's from Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) pushing back on the McConnell non-deal deal for the debt ceiling. Not that it matters if Democrats push back, any more than it matters that Speaker John Boehner wants to vote on balanced-budget amendment first.What does matter is that Senate Minority Leader McConnell's plan to let President Obama raise the debt ceiling is that involves a major review of and a vote on entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. read more

Economic populism, FTW! (#Wisconsin)

07/15/11 10:42AM

Democrats have a wide-open field on economic populism, if they want it. At the national level, Steve Benen notes that Republicans are standing behind big-money tax subsidies they don't agree with and against breaks they like, including the payroll tax credit for ordinary workers. Instead, the Obama White House seems determined to offer up more spending cuts, despite the advice of economists and the anger of their own base.At the state level, nearly two-thirds of people polled in Wisconsin say the state's government is run for a few special interests and not for them. read more

Hmmm... Debt ceiling or Best New Thing?

07/15/11 10:03AM

If you want to know about the debt ceiling, the news is that Congress seems to be sort of crawling toward Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's non-deal of a deal. And that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor might be the "too many people" involved in the negotiations, which Speaker John Boehner has identified as a stumbling block. Everyone's having press conferences today, and then there'll be some more news.Personally, and maybe this is just because it's Friday, I want to watch yesterday's Best New Thing Again. read more

Links for the 7/14 TRMS (last night's links)

Links for the 7/14 TRMS (last night's links)

07/15/11 08:26AM

Finishing up yesterday's business here. If you start your day with Tricia, that's one post below. Treasury Bond Auction Demand Defies Warning Bernanke warns spending cuts could derail recovery  Giuliani warns against rushed News Corp. judgment  Haley Barbour: I don't remember the civil rights era being that bad  Haley Barbour's Praise For Racist Group Gets Noticed  Haley Barbour's exit frees Mitch Daniels, big-money GOP donors for 2012  Indiana Gov. read more

Morning Maddow: July 15

07/15/11 07:52AM

Not surprising, but still shocking: Osama bin Laden reportedly planned another 9/11 attack.Minnesota reaches a budget deal.Missouri's Democratic Governor lets an abortion ban pass without his signature.Marcus Bachmann says his clinic only does ex-gay reparative therapy at a client's request.Newt Gingrich endorses Ohio's union-busting bill.Awww, you can't bring guns to Rick Perry's prayer meeting next month.The mystery of what happened to Alaska's missing moon rocks is solved.A happy story from Afghanistan. read more