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Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan delivers his speech last night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Paul Ryan takes you for an idiot

08/30/12 09:47AM

Paul Ryan's speaking style seems old-fashioned, a bit halted, and somewhat unnatural. Perhaps it betrays a lack of comfort with the object Republicans so repetitively make the butt of jokes, the TelePrompter. I can't fault him for that, just the same as I can't fault Ann Romney, whose inexperience with it gave her less-than-spectacular speech a touch of authenticity on Tuesday night. read more

The Katrina-ravaged home recently purchased by the Perrys, devastated by Hurricane Isaac early this morning before they could revitalize it.

'The home that held our dreams'

08/29/12 06:44PM

Ed. note: Hurricane Isaac made landfall in New Orleans yesterday. Before it became a tropical storm once again, Isaac left hundreds of thousands flooded and without power. There will be more after a "deliberate breach" of one of the levees, ordered by Governor Bobby Jindal. We'll have more information on the blog later, but given the sad news today about the Katrina-ravaged home Melissa and her husband planned to revitalize and the many of you who have expressed concern, Melissa thought it best to respond to you about how she and her family are doing, and about the house. read more

Is there any argument for Mitt Romney?

08/29/12 05:00PM

It would be easy to step away from watching the first day of the Republican National Convention convinced that they wasted a day. Not in the sense that they wasted a day they could have used to make a substantive, factual argument against President Obama's re-election. They wasted a day to make a case for why their guy should get the gig.A speech doesn't have to be complicated. read more

In our August 26 show, we contain multitudes

08/26/12 09:47AM

The video you see above is the featured song on, a site catering to young African Americans through policy, politics, and popular culture. Fittingly and ironically, the song (which has its share of expletives littered throughout) is titled "On My Own," by an artist who I'm not sure is a Republican or not. read more

How popular is Mitt Romney?

How popular is Mitt Romney?

08/25/12 08:00PM

NBC meteorologist Bill Karins provides an update on the tropical storm Isaac, and later, Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher joins the Melissa Harris-Perry... watch