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Morning Maddow: January 31

01/31/12 07:21AM

 Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for the song stylings of Mitt Romney.Florida, Florida, Florida.The other big election of the day.Today we find out who those big donors to Super PACs are.Obama defends drones.For House Republicans it's jobs, jobs, jobs making English the official language. Funding transportation in an age of cost cutting.LOTR in LEGO!  read more

Flying people in New York City

01/31/12 12:41AM

The username on the video is ChronicleNYC, so presumably this is a promotion for that new movie about the telekinetic teens. Regardless, my brain accepts three people flying in front of the Lower Manhattan skyline so easily it's embarrassing. read more

Housekeeping note: The Steve Benen RSS feed

Housekeeping note: The Steve Benen RSS feed

01/30/12 07:51PM

Now that Steve is up and running here with nary a step missed, we want to make sure his regular readers are able to transition to reading him here equally seamlessly. If you are accustomed to receiving your Steve Benen through an RSS reader, the link you'll want to update to is this. For handy reference I'm putting the above banner along with the link in the right margin of the blog. Of course, you can always update to the general MaddowBlog feed.  read more

Ahead on the 1/30 Maddow show

01/30/12 07:14PM

Tonight's guests include:Jon Ralston, columnist for the Las Vegas Sun and host of “Face to Face with Jon Ralston”Frank Rich, writer-at-large for "New York Magazine"While watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad play out before playing the song)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

The party is just starting

The party is just starting

01/30/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – a preview of tomorrow’s Florida primary and the upcoming... watch

Found in Wisconsin: Dear Reince, Can you get Sarah Palin for us?

Found in Wisconsin: Dear Reince, Can you get Sarah Palin for us?

01/30/12 06:04PM

In 2009, Darlene Wink served as a constituent outreach worker for then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. According to the criminal complaint (pdf) from the Milwaukee County prosecutor, Wink also worked to further Walker's political prospects -- on the public's dime, which would be against the law. Last week, she agreed to plead guilty to a pair of misdemeanors in exchange for testifying in the ongoing investigation about, reportedly, destruction of evidence. read more

Monday's Mini-Report

01/30/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Iraq's Sunni leaders are ending their boycott of Parliament, easing (but not ending) the nation's political crisis.* European leaders are crafting a fiscal compact, but there are "few signs of producing a comprehensive solution for the sovereign debt crisis or a credible plan to revive fragile economies across Europe's weakened Mediterranean tier."* Brad Plumer has a good piece detailing where things stand.* Violence in Syria is escalating, and a new effort at diplomacy from Russian officials appears to be a bust.* A credible alternative to SOPA: the Online Prot read more

Impeachment is not a toy

01/30/12 04:08PM

Grover Norquist, the Republican uber-activist, sat down with National Journal last week, and shared some thoughts on what he expects to see in Washington after the November elections. His use of the "I" word was rather striking.NORQUIST: If the Republicans have the House, Senate, and the presidency, I'm told that they could do an early budget vote -- a reconciliation vote where you extend the Bush tax cuts out for a decade or five years.... read more