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President Obama takes his fiscal cliff case on the road to Hatfield, PA (Charles DharapakAP Photo)

Obama must leave his party strong

01/09/13 06:58PM

This is the time for President Obama to build a strong Democratic base that will take the party beyond his second term and into the future. Host Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel talked on Sunday about how to ensure a liberal legacy that will stay strong. Although the latest polling suggests that the majority of Americans favor the Democratic... read more

Former Washington DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee speaking in 2009. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images/File)

The problem with Michelle Rhee's report card for public schools

01/09/13 01:53PM

StudentsFirst, a school reform lobbying organization headed by education reformer Michelle Rhee, recently released the results of its own national study of education policies by state. According to the results, no state received an A, but plenty scored just barely average, and 11 states received an F. read more

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Once homeless, Kyrsten Sinema now a congresswoman

01/05/13 08:28PM

After Saturday's Melissa Harris-Perry, the host took a few minutes to continue the conversation with guest Kyrsten Sinema, the newly sworn-in Democratic congresswoman from Arizona. See the video above to hear Rep. Sinema tell her inspiring story and discuss Pell grants, public education, and the transition from state government to Capitol... read more

Anti-abortion and abortion activists stand side by side in front of the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

On Roe v. Wade anniversary, a letter to one fighting for choice

01/05/13 03:59PM

Just three days shy of closing the calendar on 2012, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell offered a final parting shot in last year's onslaught of legal restrictions against women's reproductive rights.  Quietly, with no public announcement, he certified new regulations that could result in the closure of abortion clinics in the state. read more

"Foot Soldier" Jason Benson in front of his SALT Emergency Overnight Center. (Courtesy of Jason Benson)

Meet Jason Benson, 'Foot Soldier' housing the homeless

01/05/13 02:36PM

On Saturday, host Melissa Harris-Perry profiled Jason Benson, a convicted felon who turned his life around and opened up the SALT Emergency Overnight Centers, housing the homeless in rural Missouri. I spoke with him this week. What does SALT stand for? Simply Achieving Life’s Triumphs. What gave you the idea to start the SALT homeless shelter? read more

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) recounts her own history of being sexually assaulted during her childhood and then raped as a young woman as she and other Democrats in the House push for the unrestricted reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act last...

No real answers on 'death' of Violence Against Women Act

01/03/13 07:16PM

Even after facing backlash for effectively killing an act historically seen as a bi-partisan non-issue, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is short on answers explaining precisely why he and a number of his fellow Republicans opposed the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization. read more

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Congress lets Violence Against Women Act wither away

01/02/13 07:18PM

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor voted against his own party's leadership Tuesday night on the fiscal cliff Senate bill, and lost. According to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Cantor was working "as hard as he could" to get a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief--he lost that, too.... read more

Members of the Wilmington 10 hold a brief communion service before boarding a prison bus on Feb. 2, 1976 in Burgaw, North Carolina, as they surrendered to start prison terms on convictions growing out of 1971 racial disorders in Wilmington, N.C. (AP...

Gov. Bev Perdue, pardon the Wilmington 10

12/29/12 03:32PM

North Carolina's Democratic governor, Bev Perdue, decided not to seek reelection at the start of 2012. From the moment she took office after a razor-thin 2008 victory, she has been embattled, duking it out with an uber-conservative state legislature over issues of education, reproductive rights, and voter suppression. Having been badly... read more

Chris Stedman, Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University. (Courtesy of Chris Stedman)

In wake of Newtown shooting, why blame atheists?

12/27/12 05:17PM

I admire the people of all faiths and beliefs who have come together to honor the lives lost in the incomprehensible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary earlier this month. They provide support to those who are in mourning, and strive for a safer and more unified community. That said, I am concerned that some of these efforts have rendered people... read more

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