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'The most premeditated of murders'

09/23/11 09:20AM

I saw Melissa tweet part of an Albert Camus quote about the death penalty the other night, and then tonight while Rachel interviewed Allen Ault I felt compelled to go look it up:Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal’s deed, however calculated, can be compared. For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date on which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. read more

Morning Maddow: Autumnal Equinox

09/23/11 07:07AM

The audience at last night's GOP debate boos an active-duty soldier.Victims of DADT won't get full severance.Why did a House Republican call himself "chickensh*t?"Thaddeus McCotter drops out of the Presidential race.Somebody vandalized an Obama campaign office.Texas will no longer give condemned prisoners a special last meal.The ringtones have landed. read more

Links for the 9/22 TRMS

Links for the 9/22 TRMS

09/23/11 01:27AM

Tiny puppy back home after falling into drought crack Gov. Perry Declares August 6th a Day of Prayer God is mad at Arkansas Bees sting golfers, shut down college tournament Prop. 8 trial video barred -- for now MarriageTrial.com a re-enactment of the federal Proposition 8 trial Perry v. Schwarzenegger Judge Orders Prop. 8 Trial Tapes to Go Public read more

Private party

Private party

09/22/11 10:11PM

Dignitaries from around the world arrive at the New York Public Library Wednesday for the 66th United Nations General Assembly Reception.As Rachel said tonight, "When the United Nations General Assembly convenes in New York City, even in a city like New York, you feel it."  read more

Bearing execution's burden

Bearing execution's burden

09/22/11 08:00PM

Allen Ault, retired director of the Georgia Department of Corrections, and former warden of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, where he... watch

Ahead on the 9/22 Maddow show

09/22/11 07:23PM

Tonight's guests include:Chris Hayes, host of "Up with Chris Hayes", weekend mornings on msnbc and editor-at-large at The NationAllen Ault, retired director of the Georgia Department of Corrections, and former warden of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, where he oversaw executions for the state of Georgia. You can watch his compelling interview with Rachel and Ed Schultz from last night's special coverage of the Troy Davis case here.And here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at tonight's show:   read more

Tonight: A prison warden on execution

09/22/11 04:19PM

Allen Ault used to run the Georgia Diagnostic and Classifications Prison, where Troy Davis was executed yesterday. Mr. Ault joined with a half-dozen other wardens in pleading that the state not kill Mr. Davis, and that if they did, that they excuse any staffers who had doubts about his innocence.Mr. Ault joined us by phone last night in our joint special coverage at 11 p.m. He told us:When you're in the death chamber ordering an execution, and even if in your mind, if you're a man of conscience, actually believe somebody is guilty, it's still a very premeditated murder. read more

'Ground Zero mosque' opens, no one notices

09/22/11 02:30PM

 Park51 is its official name, and it's essentially a Muslim JCC. But since it's in Lower Manhattan, about four blocks away from where the World Trade center towers once stood, it quickly became known in media (and right-wing) shorthand as the "Ground Zero Mosque." (Insert loud gasp/scream of horror here.)Considering how popular it was for alarmists to use Park51 as a bogeyman, it surely must have been utter chaos downtown when it finally opened yesterday, yes?No: there were no protesters, and the center enjoyed a quiet event last night featuring an exhibition of photographs of children. read more

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