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'Nothing says the  little baby Jesus like two foxes roasting the NBC peacock over an open flame while sheep look on in wonder.'

'Nothing says the little baby Jesus like two foxes roasting the NBC peacock over an open flame while sheep look on in wonder.'

12/22/11 09:41AM

So last night we held our TRMS staff Christmas party at Bill's house, which I can tell you looks not much like the White House Christmas card to which Sarah Palin objects, nor to the Fox Business Christmas card so richly described on the show last night.We came home to these add-ons from you. Regarding the first one, @word_34, it all depends on bringing a mirror to bear on the situation. Regarding the second, @LizCameron3, we had no idea. Seriously, no idea. read more

Morning Maddow: December 22

12/22/11 07:51AM

Oooh, the "Game Change" trailer is out!'Tis the season for political wives to make ads for their husbands.A New Hampshire newspaper endorses Jon Huntsman.Occupy Berkeley gets an eviction notice.Why Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is going to apologize to the First Lady.U.S. to admit mistakes in the airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani troops.A wave of sectarian attacks in Baghdad kills dozens.DOMA strikes again.The Great Lakes gray wolf will be removed from the endangered species list. read more

Ahead on the 12/21 Maddow Show

12/21/11 07:35PM

Tonight's guests:Ezra Klein, Washington Post columnist and msnbc policy analystBob Herbert, former columnist for The New York Times, currently a senior distinguished fellow at Demos and a contributor to PolicyShop.netHere's executive producer Bill Wolff with tonight's stories:  read more

Sarah Palin judges

Sarah Palin judges

12/21/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow remarks on Sarah Palin's criticism of the Obama White House Christmas card, which is evidently in line with the White House Christmas cards of... watch

This 'kick the can down the road' phrase is killing me

12/21/11 05:39PM

I'm sure an expert in the field of word manipulation has tested the spin value of "kick the can down the road" very carefully for maximum blame-casting, but it's driving me crazy that it's not really a phrase. In American English we can kick something down the road, and we can play kick the can, but "kick the can down the road" is not a thing.For the record, kick the can starts out like hide and seek, with one person as "it" and everyone else hiding. Depending on how you play, "it" has to find you and either tag you or shout your name and touch the can before you do, thus putting you in jail. read more

Michael Griffith.

25 years later, Howard Beach still resonates

12/21/11 04:35PM

With a teacher for a mother, I knew the names Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman and Marcus Garvey quite well at a very early age. But still, my sheltered childhood didn't become a race-conscious one until I heard Michael Griffith's name.I was in the sixth grade when he died, 25 years ago Monday. Mr. Griffith and two other young men went into Howard Beach, Queens, seeking help for their broken-down car. An argument with some teenagers escalated into a full-on assault at a local pizzeria, and Mr. read more

Robert Frank chart by way of Ezra Klein

Chart: The sweat of your brow

12/21/11 03:02PM

Ezra Klein today runs a year-in-charts post that's purely the excellent. It includes the Toil Index, by the excellent economist Robert Frank. Basically, it shows why it's so hard for working people to live decently these days. Working families are running faster and faster just to afford the same things their parents enjoyed, namely decent homes and decent schools for the kids.This is the same territory Elizabeth Warren began mapping in the early 2000s, with The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke. The thesis from Ms. read more