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Morning Maddow: July 12

07/12/11 07:58AM

Hamid Karzai's powerful half-brother is assassinated in Afghanistan.Rep. Darrell Issa is investigating the White House for illegal political activity.The Justice Department requires gun shops near the Mexican border to alert them when people buy too many high-powered rifles. Cue the NRA outrage.Recalled Wisconsin Democratic Senators outraise their Republican challengers.The Miami Herald looks at Michele Bachmann's many police reports.The CIA analyst known as "John" who helped nab Osama bin Laden is now going under cover for his own protection. read more

Whipping up a trachea in 2008 (pdf)

Breathing new life

07/12/11 04:12AM

 Speaking of the coming wonders, did you catch the headline on Friday that the first synthetically grown transplant was performed? Actually, from what I gather, the procedure was performed on June 9 and the patient was released from the hospital on Friday.Scientists used a synthetic lattice coated in the recipient's own stem cells to grow him a new trachea which they then successfully implanted, replacing his cancerous one, without the fear of rejection that comes with transplants that come from organ donors.The funny thing is that this almost isn't even news. read more

Just the highlights!

Just the highlights!

07/11/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the debt ceiling showdown unfolds in Congress, plus another... watch

'Human beings must always be on the watch for the coming of wonders.'

07/11/11 07:46PM

-- E.B. White, Charlotte's WebWonder-watchers the web wide are noting some variation of the above quotation in honor of E.B. White's birthday.Also, this brief item from the New Yorker in which White, thinking back on his past on his birthday, expresses his belief that everyone has a tolerance and respect for their younger selves. Is this true? I've never really thought about my regard for my younger self. I'm not sure "tolerance and respect" is how I'd describe it.  read more

Ahead on the 7/11 Maddow show

07/11/11 06:54PM

Tonight's guests include:John Stanton, Washington reporter for Roll CallNicolle Wallace, former White House communications director, senior advisor to McCain-Palin campaign, and author of "Eighteen Acres"  Mayor Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia, vice-president of the U.S. Conference of MayorsExecutive producer Bill Wolff returns, with a preview of tonight's show: read more

Yes, they have special NASA M&M's. But that is not all I learned at #NASAtweetup.

What I learned at #NASAtweetup

07/11/11 04:53PM

The thing you're not prepared for, I was warned, is how loud it is. The sonic boom-like sound during the ascent is much different in person than on TV, he said. Another told me I'd literally be able to smell the shuttle lifting off. One more advised me to wear sunglasses, since the flames could be brighter than the sun. (I didn't, but I was OK.)But most of all, I and my fellow #NASAtweetup attendees were told this weekend to resist the urge to make media of the moment. Don't take photos of it. Don't be on the phone, or watch it through the viewfinder of your handheld camera. read more

USA beats Brazil

07/11/11 04:30PM

You may have heard that some of the world's best players had a little soccer match this weekend, otherwise known as one of the best games ever. More on the show tonight. For now, the happiest day since Landon Donovan. read more

Chart: A single scary jobs number

Chart: A single scary jobs number

07/11/11 12:48PM

In June, 44.4 percent of the unemployed had been that way for at least 27 weeks -- historic territory we've been stuck in for a while now. If you've got 4.6 unemployed people for every job opening in the country, then you can't rationally expect most of those unemployed people to find a job. You can, apparently, expect them to do without:In Arizona, where there are 10 job seekers for every opening, 45,000 people could lose benefits by the end of the year, according to estimates from the state Department of Economic Security. read more

One of four photos Exxon Mobil has posted since the cleanup began.

Wondering in #Montana: Where are the critters?

07/11/11 10:33AM

Remember when BP dumped all that dispersant into the Gulf of Mexico to make the Deepwater Horizon oil go away? In Montana, where an Exxon Mobil pipeline spilled oil into the Yellowstone River, high waters have scattered the oil. The International Bird Rescue folks write:Massive snowmelt has made the river a rapid and violent body of water that has wiped out the quiet inlets and slack water areas that waterfowl enjoy. read more

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