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Ahead on the 12/6 Maddow Show...

12/06/11 06:09PM

Tonight's guests include:Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) Ohio    E.J. Dionne, msnbc contributor, Washington Post columnist and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution    Jay Chamber, "Take Back the Capitol" protester  Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

President Obama talks 99 percent

President Obama talks 99 percent

12/06/11 03:36PM

President Obama told Osawatomie, Kansas, today that ever since the financial crisis, Americans have been locked in a debate over how to fix the economy and bring back fairness.Throughout the country, it has sparked protests and political movements - from the Tea Party to the people who have been occupying the streets of New York and other cities. It's left Washington in a near-constant state of gridlock. And it's been the topic of heated and sometimes colorful discussion among the men and women who are running for president.But this isn't just another political debate. read more

Occupy Cleveland helps neighbors, makes friends

12/06/11 01:32PM

In October, Cleveland police arrested Occupiers for refusing to leave their downtown camp after the city's curfew. Last night, the Cleveland City Council last night passed a resolution in support of Occupy Cleveland (h/t @TheBeautyVault).The Cleveland Scene sounds half-impressed:ot a lot gonna happen really.But it's another peaceful move forward for Cleveland's well-intended Occupiers, who are way better at not coming off like jackasses than just about everybody from Wall Street to Oakland. So we've got that going for us.The vote was 18-1. read more

Best noon thing

Best noon thing

12/06/11 12:11PM

The folks at TED have just announced the winner of their annual TED Prize, which comes with $100,000 and the resources to support the winner's "one wish to change the world." This year's winner is.... everybody (kind of). read more

Alabama considers prison labor to replace lost immigrants

12/06/11 11:09AM

 As Alabama has been discovering, when you pass the nation's more draconian anti-immigration law, you end up with a few unintended consequences. Let's say you arrest a German manager for the local Mercedes-Benz plant for not carrying the right papers, followed by a Japanese employee for Honda, and then the governor has to reassure everyone the state's open for business. That's embarrassing.Then your farmers start having trouble getting the crops in from the field, and even local American-born volunteers can't make up the difference. read more

Just scratch off that part of the '8' and so it looks like a '9.'

America going backward (USPS edition)

12/06/11 09:57AM

At some point in the past few years, my neighborhood post office cut back its hours. It now opens on weekdays at 9 A.M. instead of 8 A.M. The way you can tell is that someone scratched off part of the "8" so it looks like a "9" -- and the post office looks like something you'd see in a developing country where they either don't have the money to replace the sticky number or don't care.I was thinking about that this morning when I went to pick up a package. The new news for the United States Postal Service is not encouraging, either for the daily mail or for infrastructure in America. read more

Morning Maddow: December 6

Morning Maddow: December 6

12/06/11 07:46AM

Big day of action: from Take Back the Capitol to Occupy Our Homes.Newt Gingrich dominates in another Iowa poll.Billionaires like Mitt Romney.Another Appeals Court nominee, another filibuster.BP accuses Halliburton of destroying evidence after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.Vermont: an infrastructure success story.Why does Ron Paul's new ad look like an ad for a Ford F-150?A suicide attack in Afghanistan that even the Taliban condemns.One thing nuclear plants are good for: raising crocodiles.Seriously, South Korea? Robot prison guards? read more

Links for the 12/5 TRMS

Links for the 12/5 TRMS

12/05/11 09:57PM

The full set of links to material cited on tonight's show will be posted here, but the one Rachel called out specifically is this Pro Publica piece:Part 1: Presidential Pardons Heavily Favor WhitesPart 2: Pardon Applicants Benefit From Friends in High PlacesOK, here's the full list of tonight's citations: read more

Ahead on the 12/5 Maddow show

12/05/11 07:18PM

Tonight's guests include:David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University and former political writer for the Des Moines Register  Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, (R) Minnesota, former presidential candidate Dafna Linzer, senior reporter for Propublica and author of exclusive report on pardon scandalExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Happy Repeal Day!

Happy Repeal Day!

12/05/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow marks the official end of Prohibition 78 years ago, and reports on town of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, home to famed anti-alcohol crusader, Carry A... watch