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04/19/2007


Rachel Maddow Looks at the Weird, Weird Week in Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow takes a look at a bizarre backward/forward week in gay rights: Louisiana's insistence on retaining its anti-gay, unconstitutional sodomy law, contrasted with the Prop 8 defense attorney Charles Cooper's announcement that he is planning his gay daughter's wedding!

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"Sometimes the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice. But you know what? Sometimes the arc of the moral universe runs around like a chicken with its head cut off."

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Rachel Maddow Talks Politics on Late Night as Stephen Colbert Acknowledges Letterman: VIDEO

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Yesterday we all heard that Stephen Colbert would be replacing David Letterman on The Late Show when he retires. Colbert acknowledged the news on his show last night.

"I do not envy whoever they try to put in that chair."

Rachel Maddow also reported on the news, in an interesting segment about politics and late night television. Maddow took a look at the rare and powerful moments when late night hosts decided to bring up politics, including a super-awkward moment between Jay Leno and Michele Bachmann when he asked her to respond to the "pray away the gay" controversy with her husband Marcus.

Maddow wonders what it will means for Colbert as he takes over the "mostly apolitical" world of late night.

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Rachel Maddow on Michigan's Gay Marriage Limbo and What Comes Next: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow takes a look at the federal ruling in Michigan on Friday that opened a window allowing hundreds of couples to marry and the stay that closed that window, putting all those marriages in limbo.

What will the federal government do? What will the court do in a hearing scheduled for Wednesday?

How will the IRS treat a joint tax return that one just-married couple managed to file in the window when gays were able to marry in Michiga?

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Rachel Maddow on How Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church Boosted Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church's plan to demonize gay people backfired over the years, helping the cause of equality by inspiring people to manifest their support for gay rights in reaction to the church's hate.

In a 'non-obituary' for Phelps, who died this week, Rachel Maddow looks at how it all went down.

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Rachel Maddow Reports on U.S. Plan to Send 'Experts' to Uganda to Refute Anti-Gay Law: VIDEO

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Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced plans to send "experts" to Uganda to speak with President Museveni about homosexuality and whether it's a choice. As you may recall, Museveni assigned his own "scientists" to the task to determine whether it was genetic or a choice, and after hearing from them, signed the Anti-Homosexuality Law.

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Buzzfeed reported earlier on a State Department forum at which Kerry spoke:

“I talked personally to President Museveni just a few weeks ago, and he committed to meet with some of our experts so that we could engage him in a dialogue as to why what he did could not be based on any kind of science or fact, which is what he was alleging,” Kerry said. “He welcomed that and said that he was happy to receive them and we can engage in that kind of conversation… maybe we can reach a point of reconsideration.”

He added that the State Dept. was still formulating its response to the Ugandan human rights abuses:

“There’s been already a review taking place,” Kerry said, to examine policy towards all countries where homosexuality is criminalized, “to figure out what the options are as to how we can begin to change minds, move leaders, reach the public, the same kind of education that took place frankly here in our country.”

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New Leads on Missing Malaysia 370 are Refuted or Turn Up Empty: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow took a look last night at recent reports of possible wreckage of Malaysia 370, and past aviation disasters and their causes as the search for the missing airliner continues. Also, why are we using such old technology to track the planes.

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ChinaimageDespite the existence of images from Chinese satellites of objects thought to have potential as fragments of a plane, Malaysian's civil aviation chief said there are no signs of the missing Boeing 777 at the location photographed by the satellites:

"There is nothing. We went there, there is nothing," he told the Associated Press.

Vietnamese officials previously said the area had already been "searched thoroughly" in recent days, the AP reports.

Meanwhile, U.S. investigators believe the missing jetliner flew on for four hours once it lost contact with air traffic controllers, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Their theory is based on data from the plane's engines that are automatically downloaded and transmitted to the ground as part of routine maintenance programs.

WsjThe Wall Street Journal report said the planed could have traveled an additional 2,200 nautical miles, and added a new theory:

U.S. counterterrorism officials are pursuing the possibility that a pilot or someone else on board the plane may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the jetliner's transponders to avoid radar detection, according to one person tracking the probe.

The investigation remains fluid, and it isn't clear whether investigators have evidence indicating possible terrorism or sabotage. So far, U.S. national security officials have said that nothing specifically points toward terrorism, though they haven't ruled it out.

But the huge uncertainty about where the plane was headed, and why it apparently continued flying so long without working transponders, has raised theories among investigators that the aircraft may have been commandeered for a reason that appears unclear to U.S. authorities. Some of those theories have been laid out to national security officials and senior personnel from various U.S. agencies, according to one person familiar with the matter.

Malaysian officials denied the report from the WSJ:

Malaysia's acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference that the report, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter, was "inaccurate."

Malaysian officials said they had consulted with the makers of the plane and its engines, who told them that no transmissions of any kind were received from the plane after air traffic controllers lost contact with it.

Last night, Rachel Maddow took a look at the history of causes of plane crashes with regard to the disappearance of Malaysia 370.

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