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Morning Maddow: January 17

01/17/12 07:48AM

Colbert: vote for Herman Cain.Romney: I'll show you mine if you make me yours.Romney gets a controversial endorsement.Can Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren really keep 3rd-party ads out of their campaigns?The Recall Scott Walker petitions arrive in Madison today, but he won't be there to see them.The House is back in session today. On the schedule? A symbolic smack of the President.The House will also get a lot of visitors today.As predicted: Russia thinks we might be (accidentally) responsible for the failure of Phobos-Grunt.  read more

Links for the 1/16 TRMS

Links for the 1/16 TRMS

01/16/12 10:06PM

The rest of the links cited on tonight's show will be posted here shortly, but in case you're following Rachel's direction for finding the Lunchpail Republicans' site, it's here at LunchpailRepublicans.com. (Previously: Straight out of Indiana, Lunchpail Republicans)OK, here's the full list: read more

Ahead on the 1/16 Maddow show

01/16/12 06:14PM

Tonight's guests include:Dan Rather, host of “Dan Rather Reports” on HDNetRev. David Bullock, Michigan state director of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, senior pastor at Greater St. Matthew Baptist ChurchDavid Fagan, chairman of the Lunchpail Republicans, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show. While you watch, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. read more

The Memphis sanitation workers' strike

Union rights as civil rights

01/16/12 05:00PM

People can and do argue about whether Martin Luther King, Jr., would have supported this or that contemporary political cause. One thing we can be quite sure of is that in his day, Dr. King supported union rights. He was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968, when he was in town for a labor strike by the city's sanitation workers.Arnie Alpert writes today in New Hampshire's Concord Monitor:King spoke out consistently against "right-to-work" laws like the one adopted in last year's legislative session and vetoed by Gov. John Lynch. read more

Let's portend

Let's portend

01/16/12 04:10PM

With its eye ever on the horizon, the BBC asked its viewers to prognosticate the future 100 years from now.Among their bold predictions:*We will have the ability to communicate through thought transmission.*Thanks to DNA and robotic engineering, we will have created incredibly intelligent humans who are immortal.*We will be able to control the weather*One single worldwide currency*Deserts will become tropical forests*Space elevators will make space travel cheap and easy* California will lead the break-up of the U.S.Sounds….busy.Now it’s your turn, TRMS viewers---what are your predictions for 2 read more

Best noon thing

Best noon thing

01/16/12 12:45PM

This unexpected discovery in Egypt of the first tomb of a non-royal female provides tremendous scope for imagination. She was a singer, the daughter of a lecture priest from the Temple of Karnak and her tomb was found during a routine cleaning. I confess I don't know much of anything about ancient Egyptian history or society (other than this), but now I kind of want to see the movie of this woman's life. read more

Setting out from San Diego.

Heading for Congress, Occupiers kicked off the bus

01/16/12 10:11AM

Occupy Congress happens tomorrow, with Occupiers from around the country making the trek to Washington, D.C., for a day of protests and visiting with their elected officials. One group, Occupy San Diego, ran into trouble when their Greyhound bus driver gave them the boot in Amarillo, Texas. The story made the local news, in the report below.The OB Rag, out of Ocean Beach, California, had been following their trip with posts from Eugene Davidovich, whose photo is above. He writes that the bus driver challenged them about how they'd managed to buy tickets. read more

Morning Maddow: January 16

Morning Maddow: January 16

01/16/12 07:45AM

MLK 2.0.Look who got VIP treatment from a controversial mortgage lender.Jon Huntsman bows to the inevitable.Remember that emergency meeting of social conservatives looking to coalesce around a not-Romney? Guess who they're backing.Ron Paul has an optics problem.The Obama Administration responds to SOPA.Wisconsin activists get ready to turn in all those Walker recall signatures.  read more

Ships that pass in the pixels

01/14/12 03:29AM

 Way at the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City is the riverfront neighborhood of Battery Park City. Battery Park City is served by a tiny, hyperlocal newspaper called The Battery Park City Broadsheet - an extra large, four-page fold out that looks like this. (pdf)There isn't a lot of space on those pages, but every edition includes a "Riverwatch" photo of a ship on the Hudson River or in New York Harbor, as well as the "Arrivals & Departures" schedule (scroll down to the top of page 4 of the pdf above) for the cruise ships that dock up in midtown. read more

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