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Morning Maddow: December 27

12/27/11 07:53AM

Newt Gingrich didn't make the Virginia primary ballot after all.CNN digs up some dirt on Gingrich's first divorce.The Justice Department blocks South Carolina's new voter ID law.Guess who got named the Governor of the Year?What's a cash-strapped Sheriff to do? Sell the naming rights to a law-enforcement chopper.Infrastructure!"Anonymous" claims to have hacked a security think-tank for Christmas.A crazy-awesome cold war secret is revealed. read more

He'll shoot your eye out.

Holiday Film Alternatives

12/23/11 04:21PM

It's that time of year: the tree is up, the lights are lit, and people are shopping. And with the holiday season come the holiday movies. From time-tested classics like It's a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th St, to newer additions to the canon, like A Christmas Story and Home Alone, the airwaves (bandwiths?) will be clogged with holiday cheer.Nothing against the fine films listed above, but we here at The Maddow Blog Film Club would like to provide you with a few alternatives. read more

Ron Paul for and against Ronald Reagan

12/23/11 03:27PM

Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) has been billing himself as "the one who stood with Reagan" because he endorsed candidate Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential race.Mr. Paul has also described himself as frustrated and disappointed with the results of the president he endorsed. read more

The art of the interview

12/23/11 01:25PM

Here's another clip from Rachel's sit-down with Slate editor Jacob Weisberg. He asks her about gay stories and how she decides whether to cover any given one. That part's good, and it's the headline.But she also talks about what she has learned from doing TV interviews and how it's a miracle that we get the show on every day -- so true. If anyone's up for making a chart of the work:improvement:exhaustion ratio, it's there for you. read more

Gay in Uganda, and not giving up

Gay in Uganda, and not giving up

12/23/11 12:15PM

Frank Mugisha, a gay activist in Uganda, writes today in the New York Times about what is happening around him:A veil of silence enforced by thuggish street violence and official criminalization is falling over much of Africa. Being a gay activist is a sacrifice. You have to carefully choose which neighborhood to live in. You cannot go shopping on your own, let alone go clubbing or to parties. read more

The Week in Geek, holiday edition

12/23/11 11:03AM

This made the rounds last week, but what better way to celebrate the holidays than to ponder the beauty of our planet.How to decorate your Christmas tree to reflect the history of the Universe (I'm totally doing this next year).Astronomers observe supernova just 11 HOURS after it explodes!Archive of letters sent to the Hayden Planetarium in 1950 to reserve seats for the first trip to space.How big is Saturn really? Try this on for scale."Where are they now?" for historical aircraft.You've heard of Ecotourism? read more

Not buying the Ron Paul defense

12/23/11 10:01AM

Congressman Ron Paul's defense for the startlingly racist material published in his newsletters in the 1980s and '90s is, essentially, that he didn't write the material and he didn't know it was there.Last night on the show, Melissa Harris-Perry told us she's not having it:This smacks of someone who fundamentally believes in the inequality of African-Americans and probably other people of color relative to whites, and a belief that white Americans should have a right to behave in a way that represents what he would understand as freedom but that freedom doesn't have to respect the freedom of p read more

Morning Maddow: December 23

12/23/11 07:28AM

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me... 69 unclaimed Patriot missiles.On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me... A payroll tax cut extension vote in the House today.On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me... GOP candidates who didn't make the Virginia ballot.On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me... a heckled Michele Bachmann.On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...the wooooorld's oooldest yoga teacher!On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Mitt Romney's tax returns. (oh, sorry. read more

The Empire's state

The Empire's state

12/23/11 12:28AM

TRMS staffer Andy Dallos gives us this shot of the Empire State Building in Chanukah colors. The building's official site says the colors will change to Christmas red and green on the evening of the 23rd. read more

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