Editor's note: Melissa toughed out Sunday's two-hour broadcast with laryngitis, but doing so meant the sacrifice of some of her longer segment introductions. Below is the essay which she intended to deliver prior to our discussion of affirmative action, and the very important reason it is back in the news this week.All eyes will be on the Supreme Court this Wednesday as the justices hear arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas. That's the case which is putting the often challenged practice of Affirmative Action front and center. read more
Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists continue their discussion on "This Week in Voter Suppression" as they address the victories through the courts in battling the controversial laws, and how the fight is not yet over. watch
Melissa Harris-Perry has the latest in "This Week in Voter Suppression" with some good news: early voting for the weekend before the November 6 election was restored in Ohio. Cincinnati City Councilman Christopher Smitherman joins to discuss. watch
So, as you heard if you follow Melissa on Twitter, she's keeping her voice very low this morning. Mostly, because we here on the #nerdland staff are begging her to.Shortly after yesterday's show, there were signs that Melissa's head cold began stealing her voice, reducing it to little more than a whisper. In the hopes of preventing one of our guests, "The Cycle" co-host Steve Kornacki, from becoming "MHP" impromptu guest host Steve Kornacki, we've asked her to save her voice for the show. Despite the whispers, the beat indeed goes on. read more
On Saturday's edition of her msnbc show, Melissa Harris-Perry read an open letter to Washington Post George Will, whose October 1 column posited that President Obama's good fortune in the polls to this point was due less to white guilt over giving up on America's first black president.
Every now and then, I like to push back from the big panel and give some people individualized attention. And sometimes the best way to make your point is with a personalized touch, like a letter. So George Will, this one's for you.
Dear George. It's me ... Melissa. read more
Today's show had plenty of highlights. Perhaps tops among them was Melissa's open letter to Washington Post George Will, whose October 1 column posited that President Obama's good fortune in the polls to this point was due less to white guilt over giving up on America's first black president. read more
The entire political media, since Wednesday night's presidential debate, has been doing plenty of reading. Mostly of President Obama's twitches, pauses, umms, ahhs, looks down, looks up, all in an effort to understand every single one of his missed opportunities in his first encounter with his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney. read more
Many people critiqued President Obama's debate night performance saying he wasn't aggressive enough in his arguments. But after conservatives brought out an old video of Obama to cast him as an "angry black man," is it good the president did not play... watch
Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a Republican, this week attacked President Obama by calling him "lazy" and "disengaged." Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists react to Sununu's comments and the GOP's narrative against Obama's debate night... watch
The mention of Sesame Street's Big Bird made an unexpected cameo during the presidential debate on Wednesday when Mitt Romney said he would like to do away with PBS. Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists talk about the importance of early childhood... watch
CNBC contributor Dan Dicker, civil rights attorney Maya Wiley, NBC Latino's Raul Reyes, and The Nation's Ari Berman join Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about President Obama's missed opportunities to fact check and attack his opponent Mitt Romney during... watch