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01/19/12 01:08AM

The rally in New York City outside the offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand that Rachel described in the SOPA/PIPA segment was organized by the NY Tech Meetup community.ADDING: As long as I'm posting follow-up links, this is the very excellent treatment of the issue by Up with Chris Hayes from this past Sunday that Rachel mentioned tonight. NBC Universal vice president, Richard Cotton, at least makes it clear why legislators would have signed onto the bill in the first place. read more

Links for the 1/18 TRMS

Links for the 1/18 TRMS

01/18/12 11:51PM

Mitt Romney: Don't Run For Office If You Need The Salary To Romney, Detractors Suffer From EnvyMitt Romney Thinks $374K 'Not Very Much'For Wisconsin Democrats, recall of Gov. Scott Walker would be tall orderRomney speaking fees show he's out of touch, Santorum saysGingrich Cuts Romney's Lead in South Carolina, Poll FindsRasmussen National: Gingrich Makes A Huge MoveAugust 29, 1993 - Abortion Doctor's Slaying Is Baffling Police in MobilePersonhood Republican Presidential Candidate Pledge read more

Fumbling in the internet darkness

Fumbling in the internet darkness

01/18/12 07:51PM

See also: #altwiki, in which The Washington Post, The Guardian and NPR, among others, are making a collective effort to answer questions that would have gone to Wikipedia.See also: @herpderpedia in case you thought everyone already knows about SOPA/PIPA and today's blackout. read more

Ahead on the 1/18 Maddow Show

01/18/12 07:46PM

Tonight's guests:Chris Hayes, host of “Up with Chris Hayes” on msnbcKathleen Falk, first candidate to announce her run against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election, former Dane County Executive Here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a look at what we're covering (and while I'm not sure, I think this is the musical accompaniment he's hinting at):  read more

Iran taunts with toys

Iran taunts with toys

01/18/12 05:30PM

While the Iranian government continues to refuse to return the US drone that crashed (or was shot down, depending who you listen to) in Iran in December, the nation is offering an alternative: a toy replica of the drone. Iranian Radio Payam reported on Tuesday that a toy version of the drone is being produced and sold in Iran. The company is reportedly sending the White House one of the toys in response to President Obama's formal request for the original downed drone.For the rest of us, the toy, which is one-eightieth of the size of the real drone, will cost about $4. read more

Erpenbach won't say if he's running against Walker

01/18/12 02:26PM

When Wisconsin's Democratic state senators left the state last year in an effort to stop Republicans from stripping union rights, State Senator Jon Erpenbach became one of the most public faces of his caucus' cause. Now that Wisconsin Democrats have turned in a million signatures to put Governor Scott Walker up for recall, might Mr. Erpenbach run against him?From the show last night:MADDOW: Senator Erpenbach, I have to ask you if you are considering running against Governor Walker. There is no single declared Democratic candidate who is the obvious choice to run against Governor Walker. read more

What's at stake with SOPA, PIPA

01/18/12 12:30PM

Our beloved Boing Boing is dark today, part of the protest against wide-reaching anti-piracy legislation in Congress -- the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). But that doesn't mean Boing Boing has gone silent. Boing Boing's managing editor, Rob Beschizza, tells Al Jazeera that the laws won't work, and that they unfairly shift the cost of enforcement onto private businesses. That's just the half of it:Firstly, it encourages people publishing online to self-censor, so that they don't run afoul of all these new landmines in the landscape. read more

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