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Post-election analysis

Post-election analysis

11/09/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the latest on the results of last night's elections, plus... watch

Ahead on the 11/9 Maddow show

11/09/11 06:25PM

Tonight's guests include:Celinda Lake, Democratic pollster   Rep. Raul Grijalva, (D) Arizona, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus   Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for WomenExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Illusion, the brave manatee from Florida

Healed, homebound manatee is 1,000 pounds of adorable

11/09/11 05:54PM

On March 5, 2010, a 978-pound manatee was rescued in Riviera Beach, Florida, after being struck by a boat and suffering major lacerations. Today, after months of rehabilitation in both the Miami Aquarium and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, the manatee, named Illusion, will be released in North Palm Beach to head back to her natural habitat. She is one of the lucky ones - Florida has found nearly 400 dead manatees in this year alone.More information on the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership can be found here.  read more

3-3-3

3-3-3

11/09/11 03:39PM

Say what you will about Herman Cain's press conference yesterday, it was one of the all time highpoints for the incorrect public use of the third person. Behold, this gem:Well, I happen to think where it's coming from is that some people don't want to see Herman Cain get the Republican nomination, and some people don't want Herman Cain to become president of the United States of America.And this:I can't tell you what their motivation is, other than it's to stop Herman Cain.Ask Herman Cain about Herman Cain, and Herman Cain will tell you all about Herman Cain. read more

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

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