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Official statements in response to problems with the Hanford Site Cleanup

12/15/11 08:40PM

Bechtel National, Inc. statementBechtel National, Inc. (BNI) is firmly committed to the mission of safely designing and building the plant that will immobilize 56 million gallons of radioactive waste stored in Hanford's aging underground tanks.Safety and quality are BNI's top priorities. We expect and encourage our employees to identify and raise any and all concerns, and we are serious about evaluating and addressing each and every issue. We do not tolerate retaliation or harassment in any form against anyone who raises a concern. read more

You know what the US drone in Iran story reminds me of?

12/15/11 07:04PM

I don't now how many people remember this given the date it happened, but the story of the drone crash in Iran kind of reminds me of the US plane that crashed in China in 2001. There are some obvious differences, not the least of which is that there were American lives at stake (the crew of the plane) in the 2001 incident, but the resulting "oh crap, they have our spy gear" feeling is similar, as is the awkward follow-up (here's the 2001 apology from the Bush administration). read more

Too much amazing show

Too much amazing show

12/15/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show – a closer look at the governance in the U.S. in the midst of... watch

Tonight on the 12/15 Maddow show

12/15/11 06:14PM

Tonight's guests include:Chris Hayes, host of "Up With Chris Hayes" on msnbc  Frank Rich, writer-at-large for New York MagazineWalt Tamosaitis, nuclear waste whistleblower and Tom Carpenter, attorney and executive director of the non-profit group Hanford Challenge Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show:While watching, enjoy the soundtrack. read more

Asking the important questions

12/15/11 05:33PM

Earlier this afternoon, Newt Gingrich opened the floor to questions in Fort Dodge, Iowa. His first question came from the same young woman who, back in October, asked Mitt Romney about his support for a "life begins at conception" amendment and what that might mean for birth control. (You might recall that Gov. Romney's answer inspired a trip into the Man Cave.)Beth Schopis of Iowa appears to be making a habit of asking important questions that others on the campaign trail rarely seem to ask.A transcript of her full exchange with Mr. read more

Challenge: Identify this creepy insect

Challenge: Identify this creepy insect

12/15/11 04:10PM

Viewer Paul tweets us from Indiana, regarding our "Best Ew Thing" segment last night about the discovery of the "leaproach" in South Africa:I have some in basement like a spider/roach cricket/grasshopper not as colorful mine are just a dull brnPaul also notes that the live one has been eating dead spiders. Any entomologists (amateur or pro) have an idea of what this could be? Help a viewer out! read more

Of Thee I Sing

Of Thee I Sing

12/15/11 03:27PM

Ron Paul's increasingly strong showing in Iowa proves that his supporters are nothing if not devoted.Over at The Daily Paul website, Dr. Paul's good works have inspired a reverence that cannot be contained by mere prose:Dr. read more

Sacrificing junk food to end reproductive rights

12/15/11 12:51PM

There's a new anti-abortion website called Until Abortion Ends that is asking people, like those hip youngsters on the Facebook, to give up something until abortion ends. Or as the inimitable Jay Smooth says in his latest Ill Doctrine video blog above, until (legal, safe access to) abortion ends. Think of an indefinite, Internet-driven Lent for people seeking to obstruct medical services. read more