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Fast and Furious probe clears Attorney General Eric Holder

09/19/12 07:37PM

Attorney General Eric Holder is off the hook.The U.S. Justice Department's inspector general released a report Wednesday following a 19-month investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. It found no evidence that the department's top leaders, including Holder, knew of the botched effort to trace the flow of thousands of guns to Mexico's drug cartel before it was made public in January 2011.One of those weapons was implicated in the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010. read more

The 47% gets a (satirical) Tumblr

The 47% gets a (satirical) Tumblr

09/19/12 05:01PM

We've talked about the "47 percent" tape released by Mother Jones on Monday, which features Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney making some interesting comments at a closed door fundraiser. Romney has stood by his remarks, mostly (more on that in a later post). So have his wife and several conservatives -- even if, like Rep. Allen West (really) said he could've phrased it better. read more

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney holds a press availability to discuss his secretly-videotaped comments at a May fundraiser.

Is Mitt Romney over?

09/18/12 11:38AM

I'm not sure Mitt Romney gets what "spit hot fire" means.By now, I was expecting a series of Serious Policy Speeches™ in the vein of then-candidate Barack Obama's famed Philadelphia address on race, or his speech in Berlin during the 2008 campaign. Rhetorical torches meant to lead, and inspire. Even if they disagreed with his arguments, many would certainly would welcome Romney offering serious thoughts about serious issues. read more

Voter suppression group: 'Obama gang' to 'steal the election'

09/17/12 08:22PM

Conservative groups are rallying to purge voter lists, intimidate voters with poll watchers, and institute voter ID laws in as many states as possible.As the New York Times reported Monday, one of the largest such groups is True the Vote, a Tea Party-backed group that has sued states to purge voter lists and plans to train at least 1 million poll watchers this year. read more

Police officers block the Charging Bull sculpture at Bowling Green Park near Wall Street in New York City on September 17, 2012.

Occupy sees more energy, arrests with anniversary protest

09/17/12 04:30PM

Hundreds of protesters gathered in parks around New York City early Monday morning to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.Protesters, ranging from children to grandparents, met in four different "zones" surrounding the New York Stock Exchange to protest inequality and corporate greed. At Zuccotti Park, the original site of the Occupy camp, protesters met at 7 a.m. to discuss nonviolent action and resistance as many employees and executives began their work day."There is nothing negative about this," Sergio Uzurian, 26 from Buffalo, N.Y., said about the gathering. read more

Monday marks the first birthday of Occupy Wall Street

09/16/12 12:32PM

On September 17, 2011, a small group of activists rolled out their sleeping bags in Zuccotti Park, a small patch of concrete in the middle of Manhattan's Financial District. Monday marks the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street's beginning; since that day one year ago, other occupations have flourished across America and the world, though most of them have since been disbanded in the face of inclement weather and unfriendly—often even violent—police crackdowns."Occupy was successful in changing the conversation," said Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday's edition of her show. read more

Small business interests in the 2012...

Small business interests in the 2012 elections

09/15/12 08:00PM

Small business owners Karen Tappin of Karen's Body Beautiful, David Levine of Mr. Beams, and Eileen Guzzo of Donnelly & Moore Corporation, join Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about what they need from the government and officials in order for their... watch

Electoral outcomes off-set by voter...

Electoral outcomes off-set by voter suppression

09/15/12 10:59AM

Melissa Harris-Perry uses gumballs to display electoral arithmetic that could in theory swing in favor of President Obama's reelection if it weren't for efforts of voter suppression across the country. Stephen Spaulding of Common Cause, Democratic... watch

Latest Marist poll shows solid Obama lead in three key battleground states

09/14/12 12:00AM

The latest Marist poll results for “the iron triangle of battleground states”—as msnbc’s Chuck Todd called Florida, Ohio and Virginia on Thursday's The Last Word— have just been released, and they show President Obama holding a solid lead over Mitt Romney.According to the poll, Obama leads Romney by five points in Florida and Virginia, and is outpacing him by seven points in Ohio. read more

Gloria Gilman holds a sign during the NAACP voter ID rally to demonstrate her opposition to Pennsylvania's new voter identification law, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia.

NAACP hosts Pa. rally as Supreme Court takes up state's voter ID law

09/13/12 12:01PM

The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court heard arguments September 13 over the GOP-supported voter ID law in the state that would require voters to show a photo ID at the poll, among other items.The NAACP, which has fought against other state-sponsored voter restriction efforts this year in Texas, Ohio, and Florida, among others, hosted a rally outside of the court to protest the law along with the ACLU and union and church leaders."We’re cautiously optimistic that when it’s all over the court will do the right thing," Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, said from Philadelphia d read more

Obama: Egypt is neither 'ally' nor 'enemy'

09/12/12 10:19PM

President Obama described Egypt as neither a friend nor a foe in a televised interview that aired first on The Rachel Maddow Show Wednesday. "I don't think we would consider them an ally. But we don't consider them an enemy," Obama told Telemundo's José Díaz-Balart. "They are a new government that's trying to find its way."Obama continued: "They were democratically elected. read more