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Attention: Pigeons

Attention: Pigeons

11/03/11 08:02PM

Earlier this week, a bronze statue of Ronald Reagan was unveiled at the Reagan Airport in Washington D.C. The Gipper is nine feet tall, plenty big, but is it big enough to adequately honor this metaphorical giant of modern conservativism? It made me wonder, when it comes to turning our icons into icons , does size matter?Richard Nixon in Rapid City, South Dakota ---4-5 feet tallJohn F. Kennedy in Ireland---- life size, so around 6 feet tallGeorge W. read more

Ahead on the 11/3 Maddow Show

11/03/11 07:50PM

Tonight's guests:Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chairmanMichael Moore, filmmaker and author of "Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life"Here's senior producer Cory Gnazzo with a peek at the stories:  read more

Greetings from Youngstown, Ohio

Greetings from Youngstown, Ohio

11/03/11 04:49PM

 Ohio twitter pal @olevia sends this jarring news about a city in her state: "Youngstown leads nation with poverty rate of 49.7%." The reporting that goes into that number is a little more nuanced than the headline, but only a little.Above, the general assembly of the Occupy Youngstown, where they're not giving up or giving in. We'll have more on the show tonight. read more

Herman Cain, a frozen armadillo and a pirate, all in one Gail Colllins column

Herman Cain, a frozen armadillo and a pirate, all in one Gail Colllins column

11/03/11 03:02PM

Gail Collins, FTW:Also in the frozen armadillo category: Anything about Herman Cain. Does he want to feed illegal immigrants to alligators or electrocute them? Did he sexually harass women when he was chief of the National Restaurant Association? Did he ever notice that being chief of the National Restaurant Association was just a highfalutin way of saying "lobbyist?"The one thing we've learned for sure is that Herman Cain's staff has no idea what Herman Cain has been up to. read more

Oh, those slippery, slippery gerrymanders

Oh, those slippery, slippery gerrymanders

11/03/11 01:32PM

"Gerrymander" is hardly the King's English. It is a word born of politics, drawing its roots from a Federalist newspaper editor who complained about Jeffersonian Republicans forcing a re-districting bill through the Massachusetts legislature in 1812 that was said to give those Republicans a political advantage. Governor Elbridge Gerry was in office at the time, and the paper's editor, seeing how the new voting district resembled a salamander, simply combined the names so as to blame the governor."Salamander! read more

Best noon thing

11/03/11 12:08PM

ProPublica gets all Schoolhouse Rock with a music video about congressional redistricting. OK, it's no "I'm Just a Bill," but it's kinda catchy. Enjoy. read more

Report: Romney said he'd move the GOP left (and so much for that)

Report: Romney said he'd move the GOP left (and so much for that)

11/03/11 11:58AM

Which Mitt -- the Governor Romney who sold his own rise as a hope for softening the GOP's position against abortion rights? The one who promised to be moderate on gay rights? Or the one who's campaigning as a social conservative now? Steve Benen writes that Republicans may think Mitt Romney put one over on the liberals back then, but there's a price for that:ow do they know — how does anyone know — which side Romney is lying to? read more

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