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Happy Birthday, Carl

11/09/11 02:35PM

Thirty-four years ago, NASA launched the Voyager 1 space probe as part of a Planetary Grand Tour proposed by scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The plan was to use the technique of gravity assists to exploit an alignment of the outer planets that would allow for a single probe to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto using the encounter with each planet to slingshot it on a trajectory to the next.The Grand Tour was eventually cut back, and Voyager 1 only visited Jupiter and Saturn before heading to the outer reaches of the Solar System and eventually interstellar space. read more

Will Separate and Unequal, 2.0 just become 3.0?

Will Separate and Unequal, 2.0 just become 3.0?

11/09/11 01:48PM

We hear all the time about elections having consequences. We saw a lot of that last night, and it is a fairly simple principle. In fact, it's one which Republicans understood a little too well after last year's midterms, resulting in what we now know as the Great Republican Overreach of 2011™. It's worth revisiting in the context of one school board election result from last night.Backed by Tea Party financier Art Pope, the Republican school board chairman in Wake County, North Carolina, has been pushing a nouveau-segregationist "neighborhood schools" plan. read more

The inside of the Troy Davis Memorial Library.

Occupying Winter, together

11/09/11 11:35AM

The Occupy Maine movement is learning how to take shelter (while continuing to effectively "occupy") as the cold winter weather approaches. Heather of Occupy Maine sends us some pictures.Take a look at the protesters in Lincoln Park in Portland, in their tented library, which they have called the Troy Davis Memorial Library.   "We're working with therapists, meditation trainers, interfaith clergy, etc. to develop more support structures," Heather of Occupy Maine tells us, "...so we can warm the internal Winter as well as the external!"   read more

Poland's legal guide for becoming a citizen

Wish I was a baller

11/09/11 10:01AM

My Virginia-born girlfriend has a French passport in addition to her two American ones and she lords her access to the European Union over me. So, in an effort to re-balance the scales of our relationship in a way my superior cooking skills could never achieve, I started taking a fresh look at my own immigrant family's history. (Because the very definition of "first world problem" is not wanting to stand in the longer line for foreigners at European airports.)My mom's grandfather was born in Bialystock, Poland, and on my grandmother's side I've got some Polish ancestry as well. read more

Wait, sometimes progressives win?

Wait, sometimes progressives win?

11/09/11 08:58AM

Restore union rights in Ohio. Restore same-day voter registration in Maine. Protect reproductive rights in Mississippi. Buy a beer in Atlanta on Sunday, or liquor in a Washington State grocery store. Recall a Republican State Senator for going after teachers' unions in Michigan. Elect someone besides the "Papers, please" guy in Arizona. Re-elect a gay mayor in Houston, or a new one in Holyoke, Massachusetts, or an openly gay city council member in Cincinnati. Pass a nondiscrimination ordinance, Traverse City, Michigan. read more

Morning Maddow: November 9

11/09/11 07:52AM

Control of the Virginia Senate comes down to a nail-biter.Russell Pearce concedes defeat in his recall election.After defeat in Mississippi, Personhood campaigners vow to keep trying.Herman Cain's new Iowa ad relies on a couple of debunked myths about the EPA.Psy-Ops in the war over fracking?"This is only a test. In the event of a real emergency..."Holy crap, Alaska!Moscow, we have a problem. read more

Election reactions from the TRMS cubicle farm

11/08/11 11:39PM

Moments after we found out that voters in Mississippi rejected Initiative 26 (also known as the Personhood Amendment) in today's election, Rachel Maddow interviewed two of our star producers (and cubicle mates) Laura Conaway and Rebekah Dryden, to capture their reactions to the news.  read more

The foreign feeling of 'you can't get there from here'

11/08/11 08:12PM

Yesterday afternoon I spent a don't-tell-the-boss amount of time perusing the Wall Street Journal's list of college majors* categorized by popularity, employment rate and income range, and feeling general anxiety on behalf of everyone who faces that decision. I don't know about you, but I often like to think about what I'd study if I went back to school. There are some professions that seem really interesting to me that I didn't know existed when I was picking what to study. read more

Ahead on the 11/8 Maddow show

11/08/11 07:29PM

Tonight's guests include:State Rep. Armond Budish, (D) Ohio, general assembly minority leaderBen Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACPMelissa Harris-Perry, professor of politics and Tulane University and msnbc contributorRep. Chellie Pingree, (D) MaineExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

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