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Ahead on the 11/4 Maddow Show

11/04/11 07:56PM

Tonight's guests:Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, and an msnbc political analystDaniel Handler otherwise known to his readers as Lemony Snicket, author of the bestselling collection of children's books, "A Series of Unfortunate Events," and a member of "Occupy Writers"And here's senior producer Cory Gnazzo with what we're covering:  read more

Walker recall begins oddly. Very oddly.

Walker recall begins oddly. Very oddly.

11/04/11 06:48PM

A small-time donor to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker filed papers today to recall him. This is the first day the recall process could begin. The Wisconsin Democratic Party had been planning to start its own Walker recall on November 15.It turns out that today's filer, David Brandt of Muskego, gave the Walker campaign $50 last year. Mr. Brandt also gave the state GOP $38.25 this year, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. Mr. Brandt is calling his campaign committee "Close Friends to Recall Walker." By establishing a committee, Mr. read more

Snicket's 'Thirteen Observations'

11/04/11 06:23PM

In thinking ahead to tonight's interview with Lemony Snicket, Rachel noted that his "Thirteen Observations" could really use more time for mental digestion than the format of an hour-long cable news show allows. Thankfully, Mr. Snicket gave us permission to republish the observations here to better enable you to spend whatever time you need with them.Thirteen Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distanceby Lemony Snicket (reprinted from OccupyWriters.com)1. read more

'Occupy the Nor-easter,' all of it, with credit

11/04/11 06:04PM

This week we reported on Occupy Wall Street's emerging strategy for winter. In that story, we made use of some terrific footage from Peter Brauer's documentary on the first storm to hit the occupation. We also failed to credit him, and he deserves credit for his great work.Peter's "Occupy the Nor-easter" is above, in full. He lives online at Good Rules. read more

The Friday Awesome

The Friday Awesome

11/04/11 03:54PM

Happy Day After the Day of the Dead, Awesome-istas!Get your skeleton on with these super creepy/cool art works currently on display at Studio 12 in Denver. (Tonight is the "meet the artists" reception for those looking for things to do in Denver with the dead.)Benjamin, I just want to say three words to you. Electronic Monkey PlushYeah, that's nice, Kelly. read more

Maine gov: Drug tests for welfare recipients

Maine gov: Drug tests for welfare recipients

11/04/11 03:53PM

Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage said he'll ask the state legislature in January to pass a bill requiring drug testing for welfare recipients. From the Portland Press-Herald:"I'm going to ask the Legislature to allow us to do what every truck driver in the United States of America has to do, take a random test," he said. "I think if we're going to take our own limited resources, we ought to be able to test 'em on occasion."FWIW, you could easily argue the public safety merits of testing truck drivers for drugs -- trucks are big and they can go fast. read more

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11/04/11 03:17PM

It's marathon weekend in New York, which means you start to see blue stripes for the route and also lots of people who look really fast. Andrew Dallos grabbed this picture of the former. read more

The Week in Geek: Murmurations of greatness. Plus: Science tattoos

11/04/11 01:10PM

Regarding the video above, I don't know what else to say other than nature rocks and now I know what "murmuration" means.Nature isn't always warm and fuzzy. Best. Tumblr. Ever.If you are as fascinated by octopuses as I am, you will LOVE this article.When one door closes and other one opens, you might want to think twice before walking through it.NASA satellite captures Snowtober.Tractor beams are no longer just science fiction.Would your kid benefit from being taught by a dragon? read more

Best noon thing

11/04/11 12:00PM

This one is making the rounds among my facebook friends today. My first thought: Holy crap! My second thought: why is everybody so calm?   read more

Occupy Bangor rallies during the day. And handful of people sleep on the library grounds overnight.

Make friends: Occupy smaller towns

11/04/11 11:23AM

One benefit of occupying out-of-the-way places is that there are generally fewer of you, and that might make it easier to get along with the neighbors. Occupy Bangor (Maine, of course) just got permission from the public library to continue camping on the library grounds. From the Bangor Daily News: McDade said demonstrators have been careful to set up their tents away from the library’s children’s area.“So far Occupy Bangor has been very cooperative. read more

U.S. economy slowly heals on prairie medicine

U.S. economy slowly heals on prairie medicine

11/04/11 09:19AM

Last night, with help from Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Republicans blocked another jobs proposal from the White House. This one would have provided $50 billion for infrastructure like roads and rails, the kind of government spending that employed thousands during the Great Depression and built many of the parks and other public facilities that we enjoy today.Earlier in the week Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a Bush appointee again sounded exasperated in saying it "would be helpful" if other parts of government would do something about jobs. read more

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