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Gov. Phil Bryant speaks to reporters at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.

'Any couple' can get married, but not really

08/03/12 05:48PM

There are some days when I have to check my calendar to make sure this is 2012. This is one of those times.Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant recently denounced a church that stopped a black couple from marrying in its sanctuary. The First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, which is a predominantly white church, told Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson the day before their wedding in July that they were not allowed to be married in their church. The Wilsons are regular attendees at the First Baptist Church.Gov. read more

Yes, that's Antoine Dodson, in front of Chick-fil-A, on "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," wearing a t-shirt with Antoine Dodson's name on it. I'll explain this below.

Conservatives aren't doing Chick-fil-A any favors

08/03/12 11:30AM

I was in Philadelphia last weekend when, at the behest of an elderly family member in from out of town, I was dispatched to 9th and Passyunk for an authentic Philly cheesesteak. Since she preferred cheesesteaks with the meat sliced in long strips as opposed to those which have it all chopped up, she asked me to go to Geno's Steaks rather than Pat's King of Steaks right across the intersection. read more

President Barack Obama speaks at a fundraiser hosted by singer Ricky Martin and the LGBT Leadership Council at the Rubin Museum of Art, Monday, May 14, 2012, in New York.

Same-sex marriage to factor into deportations

08/02/12 07:11PM

A spokesperson for the Obama administration told BuzzFeed this week that the Department of Homeland Security will begin taking same-sex marriages into consideration in deportation decisions. This new policy has been a topic of discussion over the last year when the administration announced a new policy that would re-prioritize deportations and give lower priority to those with families — which includes same-sex couples, according to the Obama administration's revised definition of "family" — in the United States.Peter Boogaard, Deputy Press Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, tol read more

Death in a Texas prison, one way or another

Death in a Texas prison, one way or another

07/31/12 02:57PM

Thirteen months ago, Milton Mathis was killed by the state of Texas, in part, because of a childhood I.Q. test.His attorneys argued that since Mathis had scored a 62 on a test administered by the state correctional system in 2000 -- putting him eight points below the standards for mental retardation -- but since prosecutors pointed to his history of violence and gave greater weight to a score higher than 70 from a much earlier test, the 32-year-old Mathis was eventually executed for killing two people and crippling a third in a drug-house shooting. read more

Mitt Romney, sporting a double USA-Israel flag pin, delivers a speech yesterday in Jerusalem.

Why Romney's failure abroad matters

07/30/12 07:03PM

Given that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney has no foreign policy experience whatsoever, questions about what he'd do abroad if elected require a precise, detailed answer. For one, he's running against an incumbent whose successes abroad been notable, and have left conservative politicos and media to humiliate themselves with nitpicking over just how and when President Obama killed Osama bin Laden, and about apologies which never happened. read more

An emergency dose of #nerdland

07/28/12 10:00AM

The Olympics being on means that we're not this Saturday morning; as Melissa announced last week, we won't return for a couple weeks. We won't leave you hanging, though: be sure to keep looking for new content and analysis here on the blog, on our Facebook page, and in our Twitter feed. On that feed and elsewhere, we've seen many of you lamenting our absence this morning, and it's appreciated so much that I thought it'd be best to give you a strong dose of "MHP" when you are typically expecting it.Below, you'll see not only Melissa's recap of #nerdland from the end of Sunday's show. read more

The death we are willing to tolerate

The death we are willing to tolerate

07/26/12 11:00AM

The murder and mayhem at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater took place five days ago, and since then, what we've heard from President Obama since has been mostly words of comfort and tales of courage. read more

Rape survivor Savannah Dietrich.

Making the world uncomfortable for rapists

07/23/12 03:13PM

Savannah Dietrich had too much to drink at a party, and passed out. What she told newspapers happened next was horrific: two boys, both of whom she knew, sexually assaulted her, and took pictures while they were doing it. Then they shared those photographs with others. read more

The statue of the late Joe Paterno at Penn State's Beaver Stadium was removed early yesterday. Today, crippling NCAA sanctions were levied upon the football program.

An idol is torn down, but Corbett stays upright

07/23/12 12:37PM

There may be no quieter time on a college campus than the wee hours of a Sunday morning. Thus, it is unsurprising that starting before 7:00am ET yesterday, Pennsylvania State University tore down the statue of the late football coach they once idolized (and some still do), Joe Paterno. Yes, it's summertime, and most students presumably won't return to State College, PA until late next month. But if you want to avoid a scene, it was probably best to do it right after the decision was announced.What the new Penn State president, Rodney Erickson, did yesterday was juke a lot of folks. read more

In our July 22 show, we're going back to Africa

07/22/12 09:30AM

Nelson Mandela celebrated his 94th birthday earlier this week, a big news event here in the United States given that he is one of the few African leaders we here are familiar with. It is hard to argue that the period of apartheid in South Africa, and the U.S. coverage of the heroes who ended it put Africa on the front pages in a way we haven't seen in the decades since. Yes, we see poor, starving African children on UNICEF ads, hear about money sent to combat AIDS, and we hear about monsters like Charles Taylor. read more