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In our September 8 show, off to the hoosegow

09/08/12 09:54AM

Incarceration is a uniquely American issue. Whether or not you think it's a problem, a badge of honor, or merely a proclivity, you cannot deny that we love locking folks up. I say "uniquely American" because as it stands, the good ol' U.S. of A jails its citizens at a higher rate than any other in the world. read more

Good Look: Remembering Barbara Jordan

09/08/12 08:44AM

This week's Good Look features Melissa's Sunday Footnote, in which she remembered the late Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas, who delivered the Democratic National Convention's keynote address in 1976, becoming the first African American woman to do so. I was reminded of Jordan's speech when I saw another woman address this year's convention, one without elected office, but with similar social ostracism as the gay, black Congresswoman with multiple sclerosis.On Wednesday night, 27-year-old Benita Velez became the first undocumented immigrant to address a national party convention. read more

Labor Secretary: GOP 'obstructionists' are killing job bills

09/07/12 08:52PM

Saturday is the one year anniversary of President Obama presenting his “American Jobs Act” to Congress, which economists say would have added 2 million jobs, and about half of those almost immediately. The bill failed because every single GOP senator voted against it, and House Republicans refused to even vote on it.Congress will soon have another chance to pass the bill, but pundits aren't optimistic. In light of Friday’s uninspiring jobs report, Rev. read more

Reich: Today's disappointing jobs report and the 2012 election

09/07/12 10:05AM

COMMENTARYPresident Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention was long on uplifting rhetoric but short on specifics for what he’ll do if reelected to reignite the American economy. Yet today’s jobs report provides a troubling reminder that the economy is still in bad shape. Employers added only 96,000 nonfarm jobs in August. read more

'I think Barack Obama won the election tonight': Pundits react to president's convention speech

09/07/12 12:23AM

President Obama had some big shoes to fill when he took the stage at the Democratic National Convention tonight—he had to follow his own 2004 and 2008 convention speeches.The consensus? "What a home run that was," said Chris Matthews after the speech Thursday night."The profound thing he accomplished tonight was to turn the tables on those who thought the incumbency would be a problem and a giant response to what Mitt Romney didn't do in his speech ... and it really provided the President an opportunity to play a commander-in-chief card."  read more

RNC ad has own staffer 'breaking up' with Obama cardboard cut-out

09/06/12 02:23PM

The Republican National Committee is upgrading the image of President Obama as an invisible man in an empty chair, to a cardboard cut-out—in an empty chair.Rather than run from actor Clint Eastwood's heavily ridiculed rendition of a prime time political speech, the RNC appears to be doubling down. And as women's issues—including abortion and health care rights—continue to play a central role for Democrats in their convention message, Republicans in a new web video are highlighting another choice for women: to "break up" with Obama.The video portrays a woman sitting across a restaurant table fr read more

Supporters wave signs during President of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)  Bob King 's address at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 5, 2012...

Democratic convention's day two dominated by economic populism

09/05/12 11:59PM

By Ben AdlerCharlotte, N.C.—The Democratic National Convention got off to a slow start on Wednesday evening with a string of unexceptional speeches. But shortly before the network television coverage hour began at 10 p.m., the Democrats found their voice and honed in on a sharp, compelling message.If Tuesday was focused on women’s rights—notwithstanding the DNC’s claim that they are not doing themed nights—then Wednesday was the evening of economic populism. Echoing themes that electrified the delegates when former Ohio Gov. read more

LIVE: Day 2 of #DNC2012

09/05/12 07:00PM

Our special coverage is beginning right now on msnbc, and Melissa will be a part of it! Be sure to keep an eye out for her -- but of you're interested in watching the raw feed, or are away from your TV, click on the live video window below. Then, get the conversation going in the comments!See you online, #nerdland, and on msnbc!  read more

Melissa reacts to Day 1 of #DNC2012

09/05/12 04:00PM

Melissa is in Charlotte to cover the Democratic National Convention, and as such, was on TV quite a bit today. Take a look at her contribution below (and after the jump) to the political panel on Chuck Todd's "The Daily Rundown." Whenever you click away from NFL's opening-night game, be sure to join msnbc tonight for live coverage of the convention's second night; former President Bill Clinton is tonight's big draw.Special coverage begins at 7:00pm ET! See you then, and keep an eye out for Melissa over the course of the night.   read more

Free advice for future #nerdland interns

Free advice for future #nerdland interns

09/02/12 12:05PM

Dear Future "Melissa Harris-Perry" Interns,Congratulations! I’m sure you’re excited, albeit a bit nervous, about your first day working on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. Don’t worry, as the first/best/worst intern the show has ever had, I feel a certain responsibility to make your transition as easy as possible.  That’s why I created:My Top Ten Tips For Interning in #nerdland!1) Recognize that it's a great gig.Interning in #nerdland might be the most unpredictable gig you’ve ever had. You won’t know what the day will hold when you begin, which is probably the best part. read more

In our September 2 show, raising up the blue tent

09/02/12 09:00AM

The "don't boo -- vote!" line has been a big thing for President Obama thus far on the campaign. It follows a simple formula -- mention of Republicans elicits boos, President silences boos with message people like -- encouraging anger, and then decrying it in a way that encourages eyes to be directed towards the prize, so to speak. read more

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