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What does not fly

08/24/11 03:52PM

Part intimidation tactic, part artwork, these knives, throwing stars, revolvers and what appears to be dynamite loomed over me and the other travelers in the security line of the Cleveland airport this week. A TSA agent told us the weapons were all confiscated at the airport in just one year.At least it was a good distraction from having to think about the body scanners we were all about to walk through. read more

Animals reacting to the earthquake: Which one are you?

Animals reacting to the earthquake: Which one are you?

08/24/11 02:05PM

ADDING: Last night's dramatic re-enactment of the National Zoo's brilliant press release.The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., sent out a really amazing, adorable press release cataloging the animals' reaction to yesterday's earthquake. A tiny taste, in the category of "Small Mammals":The red ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake and then again just after it occurred. The howler monkeys sounded an alarm call just after the earthquake. read more

Chart: Bush tax cuts still the problem

Chart: Bush tax cuts still the problem

08/24/11 11:15AM

TheCongressional Budget Office released its new economic forecast today. It predicts painfully slow growth, unemployment at 8.5 percent at the end of 2012. The CBO also says we're in for big deficits, and provides this handy chart for why. Note the persistent and large chunk of light blue -- that's lost revenue. read more

Update: Virginia nukes get their power back

08/24/11 10:01AM

 The company that owns the North Anna Power Station says it has restored off-site electrical power, which is used to cool the spent fuel and keep it from overheating and melting down. The plant had been running on backup diesel generators after yesterday's earthquake. From a Dominion statement:As designed, four diesel generators supplied power to the station while the off-site power was unavailable. One of the four generators was taken off-line to repair a generator coolant leak, but a fifth generator at the station was activated to replace it until the offsite power was restored. read more

In Mississippi, a quiet first

08/24/11 09:25AM

 The ground shook yesterday, mostly because of the earthquake in the East, but also because Mississippi got its first African-American nominee from a major party for statewide office -- at least in modern history. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree won a runoff yesterday to become the Democratic Party's pick for governor in November.Any Democrat, him included, would face a serious uphill slog in the general election. The Democratic Party in Mississippi is so weak that it can't field a complete slate of candidates for statewide offices. read more

Morning Maddow: August 24

08/24/11 07:59AM

Michele Bachmann will release her own health care plan.Most members of Congress have no academic background in economics or business.In New Mexico, a fight over giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.Sen. Marco Rubio celebrates Ronald Reagan's America.The journalists trapped inside a Libyan hotel say conditions are deteriorating rapidly.Where are Khaddafy's deadliest weapons? read more

Links for the 8/23 TRMS

Links for the 8/23 TRMS

08/24/11 12:47AM

Barack Obama criticised by Mitt Romney for holidaying on Martha's Vineyard Romney to Campaign In Martha's Vineyard Romney plans to quadruple size of Calif. home Romney worth up to $264 million; earned up to $68,000 per speech before campaign Wall Street Execs Turn Back on Obama, Donate to Romney Improv Everywhere: Say something nice Challenge accepted: Gilligan's Island edition read more

Challenge accepted: Gilligan's Island edition

Challenge accepted: Gilligan's Island edition

08/23/11 09:56PM

Ok, you saw the heated debate Rachel had with Gene Robinson about how the GOP candidate field matches up with the cast of Gilligan's Island. Let's nail this down once and for all.If it's easier to list them, let's go left to right:The ProfessorMary AnneGilliganGingerMr. HowellMrs. HowellSkipperADDING: There is some concern being expressed about the lack of consideration for a Wrongway Feldman candidate as well.     8. Wrongway Feldman read more