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Mitt Romney's 'blackest week ever'

07/13/12 07:06PM

The inimitable Jay Smooth has a new video for Animal New York in which he reviews Mitt Romney's Adventures with Black People™ this week (particularly In light of what I wrote earlier). read more

N. Scott Phillips, of Baltimore, Md., listens to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney deliver a speech during the NAACP annual convention Wednesday in Houston, Texas.

Speaking of 'free stuff,' how about a vote?

07/13/12 09:45AM

The wrong question was being asked, and answered, quite a bit within the political media about Mitt Romney's Wednesday speech at the NAACP convention. I even answered it myself on Twitter, with a resounding "no," in so many words. read more

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, file photo

Cheney hosts $30K-minimum Romney soiree but campaign would have you believe they're not buds

07/12/12 10:23AM

Former Vice President Dick Cheney will host a fundraiser for Mitt Romney Thursday night at his home in Jackson Hole, Wyo., that comes with a $30,000-minimum entry fee for couples wishing to 'sup with the Republican candidate for president.A reception prior to the dinner and the two events combined raised $4 million are expected to raise about $2 million for Romney, reports say.The Washington Post reports that L.E. read more

Sound and fury, signifying no jobs

Sound and fury, signifying no jobs

07/12/12 12:45AM

There's not much to add on the successful vote yesterday to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the House of Representatives. The vote totals aren't really news, aside from perhaps the five Democrats who joined up with every single House Republican to vote down the now officially-constitutional law. It is difficult to disagree with Rep. read more

Britney Franco, Hannah Stydahar, AP

Young activists take the fight to Teen Vogue

07/11/12 06:38PM

You may recall that we closed out last Saturday's broadcast highlighting Melissa's "Foot Soldier," 14-year-old Julia Bluhm who through petitioning and protesting moved Seventeen magazine to issue a "Body Peace Treaty" -- promising to not alter girls bodies and faces in their magazine.Two New York girls, 16-year-old Carina Cruz and 17-year-old Emma Stydahar, decided to take the fight today to another magazine's front door. read more

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the NAACP on Tuesday.

Voter-ID laws are 'poll taxes,' says Holder

07/11/12 12:31PM

It's not just Rick Perry rejecting health care reform; Texas is also in the news this week for its state legislature fighting for for harsher voter-ID laws.After being shot down for failing its pre-clearance test required of states with a history of racial discrimination, the Lone Star State's latest voter-ID law is currently facing a three-judge panel in Washington, D.C. that will decide whether or not to deliver the final KO to a law that could disenfranchise as many as 1.4 million people.U.S. read more

Texas Gov. Rick Perry at last month's Texas Republican Convention.

Rick Perry rejects health reform, reality

07/10/12 02:08PM

The reaction of the Republican Party to the Supreme Court's upholding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been, in a word, petulant. Yes, that will continue when House Republicans inevitably stage a meaningless vote to repeal the law. But forget about the bluster coming from Washington conservatives for a moment. read more

Meet Julia Bluhm, feminist media activist

Meet Julia Bluhm, feminist media activist

07/10/12 11:47AM

Melissa's "Foot Soldier" last weekend was Julia Bluhm: blogger, media activist with SPARK Summit -- and eighth grader. Despite not yet being seventeen, the 14-year-old ballet dancer from Maine took issue with magazines like Seventeen made her and her friends feel self-conscious through their Photoshopped and airbrushed photos. Julia decided to take matters into her own hands, drafting a petition on Change.org which asked Seventeen to stop altering their models to look unrealistically thin and blemish-free. read more

The #nerdland summer reading list

The #nerdland summer reading list

07/08/12 12:00PM

Ed. note: This is Melissa's Footnote, as delivered on today's show and seen below. We've added links to the books she describes. Happy reading, #nerdland.Summer is the season of books. Life slows down just enough to make room for us to read something more than our Twitter feed.So for today's Footnote, this is my Summer Reading List, based on some of the topics we've covered during 2012.This election is all about the economy, but our conventional wisdom about economic downturns just might be wrong. Alexander Fields' "A Great Leap Forward: 1930s Depression and U.S. read more

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