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Ahead on the 12/29 Maddow show

12/29/11 06:36PM

Tonight's guests include:Dave Weigel, political reporter for Slate and msnbc contributorKaren Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington PostEzra Klein, columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg and msnbc contributorSpencer Ackerman, senior reporter for's Danger Room Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:While you watch the preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. read more

Name that tune

12/29/11 04:45PM

While watching last night's segment about the Occupy Iowa Caucus movement, one video in particular caught my attention -- a familiar tune, rather -- sung with original lyrics for the protest outside Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's office in Des Moines . (Here it is again as part of last night's segment, at around 2:49.)Sound familiar? All you 80's punk kids might recognize it.In the original video, shot by the Des Moines Register, the protesters sing a second tune (starting around 1:20) that I just can't place. If you have an idea, let us know.  read more

Gov. Perry, re-meet Lawrence v. Texas

12/29/11 03:09PM

Much, if not all, of the American movement for LGBT civil rights today depends on Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas' sodomy law. From that moment on, being gay in this country could no longer be a crime. As Talking Points Memo notes today, Texas Governor Rick Perry called the anti-gay law "appropriate" (h/t @raustin31), objected to the SCOTUS ruling and campaigned against legalizing sodomy.Governor Perry got asked about Lawrence v. Texas today in Iowa. read more

Morning Maddow: December 29

Morning Maddow: December 29

12/29/11 08:01AM

Would you like your birthday to fall on the same day of the week every year?More fun with GOP-candidates' domain names.Romney wants commercials on PBS.Huntsman super PAC wants to keep its donors secret a little longer.The major donor of the campaign against restoring same-day voter registration in Maine.Sen. Scott Brown thinks the media isn't tough enough on "Professor" Warren.The Pentagon is trimming ranks of generals and admirals.Four months after Hurricane Irene, Vermont finishes fixing its last damaged highway.Was yesterday's Cheetah the Chimp story a hoax? read more

Links for the 12/28 TRMS

Links for the 12/28 TRMS

12/29/11 01:26AM

Great Day In SC? Maybe NotIn S.C.: Whether To Say 'It's A Great Day' Is Now A Political IssueS.C. Gov. Haley's Power To Help Romney Shrinks With Her Approval Ratings SC Gov. Haley dictated health panel finding Justice Department Rejects S.C. Voter ID Law Parts of Immigration Law Blocked in South Carolina South Carolina GOP rebuts Stephen Colbert on primary naming rights read more

Ron Paul site pulls Kayser press release

Ron Paul site pulls Kayser press release

12/28/11 10:39PM

Where once the Ron Paul 2012 web site boasted the endorsement of Rev. Phillip G. Kayser, a pastor at the Dominion Covenant Church and anti-gay extremist who supports the death penalty for homosexuals, now there is only a 404 "not found" page.Talking Points Memo linked to the page in its story about the endorsement earlier today. read more

Ahead on the 12/28 Maddow show

12/28/11 06:30PM

Tonight's guests include:Nate Silver,  author of Five Thirty Eight electoral politics blog at the New York TimesBrian Hicks, columnist for the Charleston Post & CourierEd Fallon, radio talk show host at WOW-FM and activist with Occupy Des MoinesExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:While watching the video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. read more