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Could Republicans lose 'the other white people'?

Could Republicans lose 'the other white people'?

05/31/12 03:28PM

My eyebrows shot up as she said it, but it made a lot of sense. That wasn't the surprising part; things that actor and comedian Margaret Cho says tend to make quite a lot sense. Even Bill Schneider, the seasoned (and white) political analyst seated next to her on our show Sunday immediately chimed in with agreement."We're like the other white people."During Sunday's #nerdland conversation about Asian American politics and politicians in this country, it became apparent just how different approaching that voting bloc is from, say, African Americans. read more

Two dads in JC Penney's new Father's Day ad

Two dads in JC Penney's new Father's Day ad

05/31/12 12:00PM

One Million Moms' Spidey Senses must be tingling, because JC Penney is about to make another bold statement: taking a cue from their Mother's Day ad, JC Penney will release a Father's Day ad next month that will feature a family with two dads.The caption in the catalogue indicates that the family in the ad (right) are not just models; the two men are a real-life couple who are the parents of the photographed children as well. "What makes Dad so cool?" the ad asks. "He's the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver — all rolled into one. read more

Florida Dems calling out Rick Scott's voter purge

Florida Dems calling out Rick Scott's voter purge

05/31/12 09:51AM

Florida has gone "birther" on thousands of its own voters, singling them out with requirements to provide proof of citizenship in order to cast a ballot this election year. But the process is turning out to be a flawed move to expel ineligible voters from the state's rolls after many of the residents were individually targeted inaccurately as "non-citizens."Six Florida Congressional lawmakers -- Reps. Ted Deutch, Alcee Hastings, Corrine Brown, Frederica Wilson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Kathy Castor, all Democrats -- lashed out against Republican Gov. read more

Clarence Aaron in 2010.

Obama's new Clarence Aaron burden

05/30/12 06:06PM

As we've detailed previously, Dafna Linzer's May 13 report in ProPublica and The Washington Post has led to pressure being placed directly upon the White House -- thanks to a letter from Michigan Democrat John Conyers and another member of the House Judiciary Committee -- to investigate that report's claims: that triple-life prisoner Clarence Aaron's commutation plea was allegedly mishandled in 2008 by Ronald Rodgers, the current head of the U.S. Pardon Attorney's office.On Sunday's "MHP," the volume was turned up considerably by someone who knows the Aaron case intimately. read more

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor waits for the start of his sentencing judgement in the courtroom of the Special Court for Sierra Leone(SCSL) in Leidschendam, near The Hague, Netherlands.

Liberian war criminal will likely die in prison

05/30/12 10:47AM

The thing that strikes me the most about the above photo is Charles Taylor's cuff links. Golden and in the shape of the continent of Africa, one might take that to be a bold accessory for a man who's about to be sentenced in an international court for war crimes ranging from slavery to murder to rape to the use of child soldiers -- all in his native Liberia and neighboring Sierra Leone. read more

Asian-American voter outreach

Asian-American voter outreach

05/26/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel of actress Margaret Cho, University of Connecticut professor Jelani Cobb, University of Southern California professor Jane Junn, and political analyst Bill Schneider, talk about the largely untapped voter group of... watch

Is there an Asian-American voting bloc?

Is there an Asian-American voting bloc?

05/26/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists - including actress Margaret Cho, University of Connecticut professor Jelani Cobb, University of Southern California professor Jane Junn, and political analyst Bill Schneider - continue their conversation on Asian... watch

Honoring our veterans

Honoring our veterans

05/26/12 08:00PM

In honor of Memorial Day, Melissa Harris-Perry, and her panelists of US Army Sergeant Rebekah Havrilla, former Army Captain Matt Gallagher, and political analyst Bill Schneider, discuss the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the veterans who return home. watch

The GOP's women voters wedge

The GOP's women voters wedge

05/26/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists discuss how factions of the Republican party are attempting to drive a wedge on women voters. But with the GOP's record on women's issues, will Republicans be able to woo women for the 2012 elections? watch

The sexual abuse of female prison inmates

The sexual abuse of female prison inmates

05/26/12 08:00PM

Bryan Stevenson, the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, joins Melissa Harris-Perry from Fort Lauderdale to explain his organization's complaint filed with the Department of Justice with claims of sexual misconduct involving male prison... watch

Romney's 'pander and pivot' toward black...

Romney's 'pander and pivot' toward black voters

05/26/12 08:00PM

Mitt Romney’s delegate count is just shy of the 1,144 needed to secure the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, but with Texas’ primary election on Tuesday, he is expected to finally surpass that threshold. And with the general election in sight... watch

Alleged mishandling in Clarence Aaron case

Alleged mishandling in Clarence Aaron case

05/26/12 08:00PM

Sam Morison, former staff attorney at the US Pardon Attorney’s office, joins Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about Clarence Aaron who is serving three life sentences for a first-time drug offense, and whose clemency request was allegedly mishandled. watch

Wounded veterans in need of assistance

Wounded veterans in need of assistance

05/26/12 08:00PM

As Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel - including former US Army Sergeant Rebekah Havrilla, former Army Captain Matt Gallagher, and political analyst Bill Schneider - continue discussing veterans’ transition home and the growing number of soldiers who... watch

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