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What we're reading: Friday, March 9

What we're reading: Friday, March 9

03/09/12 10:27AM

We took a day off of the reading list, but that doesn't mean we weren't devouring information. Some articles are like day-old bread -- a little less fresh, perhaps...but it's a little cheaper, better than the processed stuff, and it still gets the job done. (Admittedly, that allegory is terrible and a little media-nerdy, but we trust you're in that tribe if you're here.) So without further ado, the news tidbits we found tasty:New jobs numbers! 227,000 added (more than expected), unemployment rate stays steady at 8.3% -- but American poverty went up 130% over 15 years. read more

'The Jeremiah Wright of academia'? Nice try

03/08/12 09:24AM

Andrew Breitbart, speaking at CPAC shortly before his March 1 death, hyped the release of video from Barack Obama's days at Harvard, video that he claimed would expose the President. "I've got videos," he said. "This election we're going to vet him." This "vetting" began on Fox News Channel last night, when two Breitbart.com editors were to reveal this video to the world! (Or at least to those safely inside the conservative media bubble, and those of us shaking our heads from the outside.) When they were done, the only new thing we thought we saw was a hug. (And even that was old news.) read more

Ohio gerrymandering costs Congress a liberal

Ohio gerrymandering costs Congress a liberal

03/07/12 04:19PM

It didn't look good for Dennis Kucinich, and Larry Flynt knew as much in February. Speaking to Shira Toeplitz of Roll Call, Flynt (yes, that one) said this about the longtime Democratic congressman's chances to stay in Congress -- but in a brand-new district:"I’ve supported him ever since he was mayor of Cleveland ... I hope he does Kucinich may have had beef, but he was missing the point. read more

What we're reading: March 7, 2012

03/07/12 10:30AM

Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi had a sexual encounter with another man while his roommate, Dharun Ravi, spied on them with a webcam. Soon after, Clementi leapt to his death from the George Washington Bridge. Today, Ravi faces consequences: 15 criminal charges and up to 10 years in prison. read more

Will all the jelly beans add up for Mitt Romney?

Will all the jelly beans add up for Mitt Romney?

03/06/12 02:05PM

On Sunday's show, Melissa previewed today's bucketful of Republican presidential primaries using jelly beans as stand-ins for the delegates Mitt Romney and his fellow hopefuls hope to collect tonight. (And yes, she was counting the beans herself prior to the show.)That day, the New York Times also detailed not only the delegate math that Romney hopes wins him the Republican nomination for President; it also described how he's following the Obama model. read more

A little, blue response to Ohio's 'heartbeat' bill

A little, blue response to Ohio's 'heartbeat' bill

03/06/12 10:05AM

Satire has been an effective legislative tool of late for Democrats -- an appropriate response to what we've seen from the Republican Party since the 2010 midterms. It has taken different form. Mississippi lawmaker Stephen Holland's proposed rechristening of the Gulf of Mexico as "the Gulf of America" seemed to be a ploy to help expose extreme Republican rhetoric about immigration. read more

Another unprovoked GOP effort to thin its ranks

Another unprovoked GOP effort to thin its ranks

03/05/12 05:35PM

Finding that they have a remarkable inability to inspire their base with an economic message (or even to like them), Republican presidential candidates, and the party as a whole, have all turned back to the culture wars. As a result, just as we saw with the Great (Legislative) Republican Overreach of 2011™ in statehouses across the country, we're now seeing the Great (Reproductive) Republican Overreach in 2012. (™ still pending.)There's a rather amusing new chapter to this volume. read more

I understand that you're trying to criticize him, but you're doing it wrong.

'I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke'

03/05/12 12:18PM

Rush Limbaugh, as you might imagine, is not that practiced in issuing apologies. That was quite apparent in his Saturday statement concerning his (most recent) sexist comments:For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week.  In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke...My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. read more

What's the magic number? The 3/4 Preview

What's the magic number? The 3/4 Preview

03/04/12 08:45AM

Three may the magic number for De La Soul -- but Mitt Romney needs a lot more delegates than that to get the Republican nomination for president. (Yeah, we're starting your Sunday morning with math. Rest assured, Melissa will make math fun* on today's show. Trust.)Joining her in that effort? One of yesterday's guests, political analyst Bill Schneider, returns to break down the delegates up for grabs this upcoming (Super) Tuesday. read more

MHP Homework: Bayard, Buckeyes, and babies

MHP Homework: Bayard, Buckeyes, and babies

03/03/12 03:48PM

Our show today was packed with topics. We only scratched the surface of most. I have no doubt that we will take on Ohio, protest, education, and motherhood many more times on "MHP."For instance, I wanted our education discussion to continue. We will come back to that subject many times in the weeks to come, and with a diversity of voices on the topic. All that to say, if you felt like I do and want more talk about the state of our educational system, don’t worry, we are not leaving this issue behind! read more

Virginia senior Joseph Williams.

Meet Joseph Williams, UVa hunger striker

03/03/12 11:50AM

Today's "Foot Soldiers" segment features a group of University of Virginia students affiliated with the Living Wage Campaign, which staged a nearly two-week-long hunger strike to protest for better pay for the University's service-sector workers. read more

Ohio, Ohio, Ohio! The 3/3 Preview

03/03/12 08:45AM

I don't know about you, but I wasn't at all surprised to see the legendary Ohio Players start chanting "O, H, I, O" in the middle of their jam session on live TV (eventually provoking this). I'm a native Buckeye (born the year of this performance), so I get the sudden, unprovoked desire to claim Ohio, especially in hard times. We're not used to being the center of attention -- except whenever there is a national election.This upcoming (Super) Tuesday, Ohio will be central in a presidential race, this time for the Republican contenders. read more

Office Hours: Education is not just about a job

Office Hours: Education is not just about a job

03/02/12 09:22PM

Educational opportunity is the centerpiece of American democracy.I have spent my whole life in school: grew up in a college town, went straight through from kindergarten to college, graduate school to the faculty. I love the smell of libraries; the feel of a sharpened pencil. New Year's Day, for me, comes in September, not January. Students are still my favorite people, whether they are six, 16 or 60. I am keenly (and sometimes painfully) aware of how being embedded in the world of education limits my savvy and makes me more naïve. read more

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