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Ten thousand is a lot of dollars

12/12/11 10:07AM

Mitt Romney's handlers have a lot on their hands with his casual bet of $10,000 in Saturday's Republican debate. It would help, as Steve Benen points out, if Mr. Romney weren't also the guy who jokes about being unemployed while quadrupling the size of one of his mansions. Instead, Mr. Romney casts himself as the one who would lead America back to prosperity, even as he himself is living embodiment of how most people get ahead in this country (Hint: It helps to be born that way.) read more

Morning Maddow: December 12

12/12/11 07:45AM

A predator drone is used to capture U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.Occupy protesters will try to shut down West Coast ports today.Newt Gingrich and doom from above.Romney and the $10,000 bet.Does Rick Perry really think there's a country named Solynda?Northeast states are cutting heating aid to the poor.San Francisco's minimum wage is about to top $10 an hour.What happens to the last American-held prisoner in Iraq?The truth behind a photo of women firefighters at Pearl Harbor.  read more

Links for the 12/9 TRMS

Links for the 12/9 TRMS

12/10/11 01:00AM

Gingrich: To know him is to endorse the other guy Senate GOP Shoots Down Halligan Nomination Gingrich 37%, Romney 22% Among GOP Voters Nationwide Vote Summary - Question: On the Cloture Motion (Cloture on the Nomination of Caitlin Joan Halligan, of New York, to be U.S. Circuit Judge ) Fox News Poll: GOP Presidential Race Gingrich up big in Montana and Florida (pdf) Another voter referendum: Ohio secretary of state certifies signatures to put elections law on next year's ballot read more

Ahead on the 12/9 Maddow show

12/09/11 07:09PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Kornacki, news editor of Salon  Chris Hayes, host of msnbc's "Up with Chris Hayes", editor-at-large of The Nation  Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson, co-authors of the new book, "The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism"Executive producer Bill Wolff and some members of the TRMS staff share a preview of tonight's show: read more

The Week in Geek: You are your potato chips

12/09/11 03:04PM

A time lapse video of the Mars rover Spirit's entire journey on Mars.For you literary types: was Jane Austen poisoned by arsenic?Record-setting biggest (and baddest) black holes discovered.Scientists study grey wolves in Yellowstone to predict how animals will respond to climate change.An amazing gallery of science and technology photos that have appeared in LIFE magazine's pages.How crab shells might lead to flexible computer screens.What your choice of potato chip says about your social class.Twelve things that you may or may not want to see under a microscope.And in the spirit of the holida read more

Plan B stands for 'backlash'

Plan B stands for 'backlash'

12/09/11 01:22PM

Wednesday's unprecedented overrule of the FDA after its approval of emergency contraception Plan B for over-the-counter sales invited its share of criticism, but President Obama seems to have really set it off with his defense of that decision yesterday.Author and Salon writer Rebecca Traister asked, "When will Barack Obama learn how to talk thoughtfully about women, women’s health and women’s rights? Apparently, not today." Pivoting off the President mentioning that he's the father of two daughters in the course of his defense, Ms. read more

We are the .00000002 percent!

We are the .00000002 percent!

12/09/11 12:32PM

UC Berkeley economist Sylvia Allegretto draws a straight and bright line from the Forbes 400 to the Wal-Mart fortune.The Forbes list reveals that six Waltons—all children (one daughter-in-law) of Sam or James “Bud” Walton the founders of Wal-Mart—were on the list. The combined worth of the Walton six was $69.7 billion in 2007—which equated to the total wealth of the entire bottom thirty percent!Rachel did some calculating on it and sent us all this e-mail:There are 307 million Americans. So, 10% of America is about 31 million people. read more

GOP tries to split the 99 percent

GOP tries to split the 99 percent

12/09/11 10:55AM

Congressional Republicans have a new way to brighten the holidays back home:GOP leaders hope to build momentum for an end-of-year tax package with sweeping reforms to federal unemployment benefits.The Republican proposal is expected to reduce the total number of weeks unemployed workers are eligible for aid by as much as 40 weeks and tighten rules for eligibility.The Republican strategy here is to horse trade cuts in unemployment benefits for extending the payroll tax break for Americans who have jobs. read more

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Gay Republicans really mad at Perry

12/09/11 09:41AM

Being an out and gay Republican must get so trying sometimes. Texas Governor Rick Perry knocks you around so he can win a few points in Iowa, maybe, and that's considered smart politics. GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia tells the Hill:“They certainly are showing desperation. We’re seeing the end times of the Perry campaign. This is a strategy that plays to a very, very small minority — playing to the cheap seats is what it is.”And then the press writes you up as "seething" and "fuming," and you know, there are other verbs for getting mad as hell. read more

Morning Maddow: December 9

12/09/11 07:48AM

 The family of missing ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson releases his "proof of life" video.Who doesn't like Gingrich? Pretty much anyone who had to work with him back in the day.Life invades art imitating life: "Law and Order" builds a fake Zuccotti Park camp, and Occupy Wall Street moves in for real.Police decide not to evict Occupy Boston.Big infrastructure repair in NYC is expected to create thousands of jobs.Why doesn't the Pentagon want to pay for a mental health program for the National Guard?NASA has lost lots and lots of space rocks. read more

Best meme on Twitter this week

Best meme on Twitter this week

12/08/11 09:18PM

Because Rick Perry did  his anti-gay ad... wearing the Heath Ledger jacket from the heartwarming gay cowboy movie, "Brokeback Mountain."  Well done, governor. You're a thing.Teletubbies... and other gay things inserted into Rick Perry's video.Rick Perry's unpopular opinions. read more

Ahead on the 12/8 Maddow show

12/08/11 07:41PM

Tonight's guests include:Jonathan Alter, msnbc political analyst, Bloomberg View columnist and author of "The Promise: President Obama, Year One"   Frank Phillips, Boston Globe State House Bureau chiefExecutive producer Bill Wolff and senior producer Tina Cone share a preview of tonight's show:  read more

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