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On 'Sacred Ground,' and what American Muslims owe to the civil rights movement

On 'Sacred Ground,' and what American Muslims owe to the civil rights movement

09/11/12 05:10PM

Ed. note: Below is an excerpt from "Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America," the new book by one of our Sunday guests, Eboo Patel. Dr. Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based non-profit whose purpose is to make interfaith cooperation second nature in America and throughout the world. According to his bio on that organization's website, his "core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. read more

Lawmakers and supporters look on as President Barack Obama signs "don't ask, don't tell" repeal legislation that would allow gays to serve openly in the military, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

Study: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal had no negative impact on military

09/10/12 02:52PM

It's been nearly one year since the Obama administration's repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and a new study released today by the Palm Center shows that there has been no negative impact on the military or its readiness.The Palm Center, a think tank that is part of the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, conducted interviews over the last six months with veterans, active-duty service members, and advocates who've both supported and opposed DADT and its repeal. The study, titled "One Year Out," found that the "repeal of DADT has had no overall negativ read more

Chicago teachers walk a picket line outside Benjamin Banneker Elementary School in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, after they went on strike for the first time in 25 years.

'We're going to fight for what's right for the kids': Chicago teachers on why they're striking

09/10/12 02:11PM

At midnight on Monday morning, the Chicago Teachers Union officially began its first strike in 25 years, shutting down the city's public school system and leaving parents to find other accommodations for their children during the day. The union, which represents some 26,000 teachers and other school staff, cited concerns over job security, benefits, compensation, and inadequate air conditioning for classes. read more

Republican small-business owner hugs Obama

Republican small-business owner hugs Obama

09/09/12 05:48PM

Scott Van Duzer, the owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta, has big muscles. Dude checks in at a linebacker-esque 6'3", 260 pounds, and claims he can bench 350 pounds, per the New York Times.That information is in  the New York Times because of what you see below: the small-business owner bear-hugging the President of the United States.Van Duzer reportedly cleared this with the Secret Service beforehand, in case you were wondering. From the Times:“Look at that!” read more

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Are the Republicans losing their historic advantage on foreign policy?

09/09/12 02:00PM

The Republicans are losing their historic advantage on foreign policy, Columbia University professor Dorian Warren said on Sunday's Melissa Harris-Perry. Warren, who teaches political science and public affairs, said Sunday that the roles of the two parties have essentially reversed over the last few years. "The Democratic Party, and President Obama, is now seen as stronger on foreign affairs than the Republican Party," he said. read more

Are the Republicans losing their historic advantage on foreign policy?

09/09/12 01:23PM

The Republicans are losing their historic advantage on foreign policy, Columbia University professor Dorian Warren said on Sunday's Melissa Harris-Perry.Warren, who teaches political science and public affairs, said Sunday that the roles of the two parties have essentially reversed over the last few years. "The Democratic Party, and President Obama, is now seen as stronger on foreign affairs than the Republican Party," he said.Warren's remarks come after President Obama tweaked his Republican opponents Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as "new to foreign policy" at the Democratic National Convention i read more

In our September 9 show, the thirst for power

09/09/12 09:00AM

"With great power comes great responsibility" may be the most quoted comic-book lines in existence. It is a credo and also, a warning, issued by Peter Parker's Uncle Ben around the time (unbeknownst to the uncle) young Peter became Spider-Man. Someone looking at politics without cynicism might say that the same could be part of the oath given to every public official all the way up to the President.The point can't be made forcefully enough: politics is about power, increasingly great all the way up to Congress and the White House. read more

Two-party system hurts American democracy

Two-party system hurts American democracy

09/08/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry says the system is broken, but how do we fix it? Former congressman Mickey Edwards discusses his new book “The Parties Versus The People,” and the problem with partisan politics these days. watch

Defining terror in a post-9/11 world

Defining terror in a post-9/11 world

09/08/12 08:00PM

Author and president of Interfaith Youth Core Eboo Patel, Amaney Jamal from Princeton University, and Sikh-American filmmaker and director of Groundswell Valarie Kaur join Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about racial profiling and its effect on Muslim... watch

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