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Ahead on the 1/20 Maddow Show

01/20/12 07:44PM

Tonight's guests:Steve Schmidt, msnbc political analyst, former McCain campaign senior strategist, and the only campaign strategist to have ever beaten Mitt Romney in a presidential campaign Gail Collins, columnist, New York TimesJoel Sawyer, former Executive director of the Republican Party in South Carolina, updates @joeldavidsawyerAnd here's executive producer Bill Wolff with tonight's preview (enhanced by tonight's musical selection from Chuck Berry):   read more

The Week in Geek

01/20/12 04:44PM

Daniel Starr-Tambor has set the Solar System to music in a palindrome as an homage to Bach. Music of the spheres indeed.Whales once lived in the deserts of Africa.Google trends might serve as an early warning system for flu outbreaks.The government taps phones, but these scientists are tapping the ocean.NASA releases amazing archive of high-res images from Gemini missions.Does your gravitational lens have a cataract? read more

Wisconsin loses jobs again, gains a honey badger

Wisconsin loses jobs again, gains a honey badger

01/20/12 02:35PM

The unemployment rate fell in Wisconsin last month, but so did the number of jobs. Wisconsin lost 3,900 jobs in the private sector -- the sixth month of job loss in a row since his budget took effect, says the Wisconsin State Journal.But there are a few positions open in Wisconsin, namely doing the thankless task of scanning the 1.9 million signatures to recall Governor Walker and his second-in-command. read more

POTUS + Green = 74

01/20/12 01:28PM

By now we've all seen the clip of the President singing a couple of bars of Al Green's classic "Let's Stay Together" at a fundraiser Thursday night. But just in case you haven't, here it is: And that got us to thinking, did the President's short foray into show business prove lucrative for Al Green, or more specifically whatever company owns the rights to Mr. Green's song, by causing an uptick in downloads? read more

'What is it about Newt?'

01/20/12 09:08AM

Whatever it is about Newt Gingrich, South Carolina seems to love him. Gene Robinson of the Washington Post last night on our show:I mean, what is it about Newt? It's the anger. It's the fact he is in everybody's face and Republican voters here are looking for somebody to be in Barack Obama's face the way Newt Gingrich is.And the way Mitt Romney struggles to be, you know, that little episode today, you know, going straight to North Korea. I mean, you don't go straight to North Korea when you're trying to argue economics with Occupy Wall Street. And so, it's part Mitt Romney. . . . read more

Morning Maddow: January 20

Morning Maddow: January 20

01/20/12 08:02AM

Democracy in action is so boring it's riveting.Gingrich releases his tax return.Elizabeth Warren's million-dollar money bomb.Protesters will "Occupy the Courthouse" today.Anonymous vs. the FBI over MegaUpload.Ever wanted to see an interrogation at Guantanamo?Myanmar's president promises democracy is coming. read more

Links for the 1/19 TRMS

Links for the 1/19 TRMS

01/20/12 12:14AM

SRLC debate sponsors (scroll all the way down to the bottom) Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable RepublicanExclusive: Gingrich Lacks Moral Character to Be President, Ex-Wife SaysFocus on Family founder James Dobson endorses Rick SantorumMEDIA ADVISORY: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF IOWA CAUCUS PROCEDUREIowa GOP officials: Caucus results will be certified by the end of this weekIowa GOP provides update on caucus vote certification; public release of info set for 8:15 a.m. read more

Positive versus negative Arctic Oscillation

Why is Seattle getting all of my snow?

01/19/12 07:51PM

As a former New Englander living in what should be a four-season region (and with due deference to Kent's S.A.D.), I expect winter to be beautiful, messy and miserably inconvenient. Because I expect it to snow in the winter. So far Central Park is showing goose eggs but the fine folks in the Pacific Northwest are getting clobbered.What's up with that?I know this post is going to spark a global warming discussion, but what I'm really interested in is the actual meteorological mechanism that's at work. read more

Ahead on the 1/19 Maddow Show

01/19/12 07:34PM

Tonight's guests:Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and msnbc political analystMark Murray, deputy political director, NBC NewsJoel Sawyer, former Huntsman South Carolina state director, former South Carolina GOP executive directorAnd now that we've had yesterday's crash course in SOPA/PIPA and online digital copyright, it's a little clearer why the musical accompaniment to executive producer Bill Wolff's video previews has to live on another site (absurd as it may seem).Tonight he goes with Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (don't play it until the ad finishes read more