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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

Instant folk art.

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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