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Trayvon Martin was 'guilty of being black'

Trayvon Martin was 'guilty of being black'

03/28/12 05:59PM

Melissa's newest column for The Nation, "Trayvon Martin: What It's Like to Be a Problem," is up today:Trayvon Martin was not innocent. He was guilty of being black in presumably restricted public space...For more than two years, vocal pockets of conservative activists and politicians demanded proof of President Obama’s citizenship—as if a black man was trespassing simply by being elected to the Oval Office. read more

A.M. MHP: March 28

A.M. MHP: March 28

03/28/12 09:26AM

The Supreme Court today hosts Day 3 of oral arguments concerning the Affordable Care Act. Things didn't go so well yesterday for those supporting the law, but some remain optimistic. Still, it begs the question: is the Solicitor General choking health care reform away? Or, is it just the justices' fault? read more

The #hcr debate is too important to be tired of

The #hcr debate is too important to be tired of

03/27/12 12:37PM

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this week regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and that reminded me of an Ira Glass introduction to a 2009 episode of NPR's "This American Life." Glass examined the collapse of the U.S. banking system -- arguably, a dire event that many would have liked not to think about.Sympathizing with our bad news weariness over the awful truth of the financial crisis, Ira shared a news confession of his own:“Maybe you are on the verge of just giving up. read more

Speaking softly on DOMA, and carrying a big stick

Speaking softly on DOMA, and carrying a big stick

03/27/12 12:33AM

Joe Davidson of the Washington Post reported late Monday that the Obama administration has done something gay-rights advocates believe is unprecedented: order coverage for the same-sex spouse of a federal employee:A March 9 letter to Blue Cross Blue Shield, from Shirley Patterson, assistant director of federal employee insurance operations for the Office of Personnel Management, said that “OPM hereby withdraws any outstanding directive regarding the enrollment of Ms. Golinski’s wife, Amy C. read more

Who's zoomin' who? The March 25 preview

03/25/12 09:18AM

Yes, Aretha Franklin has been doing her thing since she was singing in church in the fifties. But please forgive me if I didn't lead off this morning with "Respect," "Natural Woman," or more appropriate for politics, "Think" and "Chain of Fools." I'm a child of the eighties, so I first discovered her when she released Who's Zoomin Who in 1985 (hence the "Freeway of Love" above). I came to revere her in 1992, when she recorded Donny Hathaway's classic "Someday We'll All Be Free", perhaps one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. read more

Good Look: TV, on the radio

03/25/12 07:30AM

We're back with our Good Look of the week -- an incredible segment from one of last week's shows, a) just in case you missed one, b) wanted to revisit it, or c) it relates to something we're doing this weekend. Normally we'll do this on Saturday mornings, but we waited this time around because in this case, the segment relates to all three.The so-called "Golden Age of Television" ran from the 1940s until the early sixties, right about when the time period represented in the AMC hit show "Mad Men" at its inception. read more

Who will Louisiana Catholics choose tonight?

03/24/12 06:16PM

Before the second half of our conversation about the Louisiana primary being held today, Melissa led in with a personal tidbit from one of her guests, political scientist Matthew Wilson. She informed presidential candidate Buddy Roemer that Wilson, a Louisiana native, believed that he'd cast his first-ever vote for Roemer when he won the race for governor in 1987. read more

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