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Morning Maddow: July 11

07/11/11 08:16AM

More evidence that House Speaker John Boehner can't control his caucus.The U.S. did default on its debt once before.Republicans hope to pick up a House seat tomorrow.Conservative "marriage vow" document is amended after outcry about "slavery" language.What does Casey Anthony have to do with Guantanamo Bay? Ask Sen. Mitch McConnell.The U.S. is withholding military aid from Pakistan.Happy (sort of) birthday, Neptune! read more

Betty Ford: 1918-2011

Betty Ford: 1918-2011

07/08/11 11:17PM

We went on the air tonight with the breaking news that former First Lady Betty Ford has died at the age of 93.Say the name, Betty Ford, and the first thing that comes to mind for most people is the Betty Ford Center, the substance abuse treatment center she founded near Palm Springs, California. Mrs. Ford also managed to take the stigma out of the battling breast cancer at a time when many women chose to keep that fight to themselves.Betty Ford was also involved in a lot of causes that seem to recur on TRMS on a regular basis. She publicly supported abortion rights. read more

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

07/08/11 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the pattern in the rise and fall of the economy and jobs,... watch

Ahead on the 7/8 Maddow show

07/08/11 07:06PM

Tonight's guests include:Robert Frank, professor of economics at the Johnson Graduate School Of Management at Cornell University   Rep. Peter Welch, (D) Vermont   Rep. Edward Markey, (D) Massachusetts and ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee   Senior show producer Cory Gnazzo shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

The Friday Awesome

07/08/11 05:08PM

Kicking off our non-stop Friday Awesome rock block, here's some Bicentennial Boogie for the United States of Far Out!Gary Johnson now accepting donations of $4.20. Duuuuuuuude!When Anthropomorphic Graphics Go Bad: Paging Dr. Freud!Adolf who? He's not from here… nein, nein!Remember: If you get caught, urine trouble.Happy Birthday Beck! Raffi! Jerry Vale!Let's all go to the Snack Bar… OF DOOM!!!!!!!Now if Meryl Streep could also play Reagan…What a tool! I mean, what a thoroughly impressive technological advance…Lie back and say Ahhhhh-stralia... read more

From House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office.

Chart: The do-nothing Congress

07/08/11 03:46PM

To Ezra Klein's point about how Congress could and should do more about unemployment, a graph from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office about the number of bills that have passed the House since Republicans won the majority and she handed over the Speaker's gavel.The Senate has also stalled out. Last week, rookie Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) told the Chicago Tribune, "I thought that we would vote on a lot more bills." read more


Michele Bachmann signs 'Marriage Vow.' You should read it.

07/08/11 01:36PM

The FAMiLY LEADER, a right-wing group in Iowa, is offering a "Marriage Vow" pledge to candidates. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) is the first to sign on. Among the pledge's supporting data:Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President.This is really quite objectionable, and over at Jack & Jill Politics, Cheryl Contee objects. read more