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Getting John Boehner out of the box

12/22/11 03:34PM

House Speaker John Boehner needs a way out of the corner he's boxed into with the extension of the payroll tax cut. Right now, it's Speaker Boehner on one side, and President Obama, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans, House Democrats and an unknown number of House Republicans on the other.Among them is Republican Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, who's calling for a vote on the Senate's two-month extension. read more

Occupy the River, in Yup'ik

Occupy the River, in Yup'ik

12/22/11 01:41PM

Diane McEachern sends these pics from Bethel, Alaska. The one below is of her. The one up top is Esther Green, a Yup'ik elder, on the Kuskokwim River. She writes that after the picture below got passed around online, her friend Esther asked about it."I told her why I went to Occupy the Tundra that day, and a week later she called me saying she had an idea... so to the frozen river we went. We are small-scale Occupiers!"She adds that Esther is concerned about mining affecting the supply of fish she relies on, including salmon.(How to send us stuff.)  read more

Best noon thing

Best noon thing

12/22/11 12:34PM

It's that time of year when everybody looks back at 2011. Usually I just yawn, but this look back by the British newspaper The Guardian is both awesome and interactive. They give you a story a day from the year, and you can build your own list of top stories. It makes me wish I could just rebuild the year and leave certain days out, you know? What stories do you want to remember from 2011? read more

'We were the envy of the world'

'We were the envy of the world'

12/22/11 10:49AM

Someone tweeted us this story from The Day in New London, Connecticut. Larry Crowley, the guy in the Navy whites on the seesaw, served on submarines in World War II. Mr. Crowley came home safely, then went to college on the G.I. bill.With help from the government, his generation -- including his friends on the seesaw -- had recovered from the war and built decent lives for themselves and their families by the time of President Kennedy's election in 1960. Mr. Crowley writes:Oh, what a feeling that was! We stood tall and strong before the world. read more

'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