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On Todd Akin, and the tale of the magic uterus

08/20/12 06:25PM

Todd Akin has until Tuesday at 5:00pm ET to drop the Republican Senate nomination he just skunked, and slowly back away. Right now, it seems the Republican Congressman from Missouri will stay in, as he told Mike Huckabee in a radio interview today, "I'm not a quitter...By the grace of God, we're going to win this race."This sudden fortitude comes despite a contrary report from conservative blog RedState that his staff was making preparations for Akin's departure from the race. read more

Immigrants Daniel Nino, left, with his mother Patricia Cara from Colombia, get help with documents and filling with the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals applications at Casa de Maryland in Langley Park, Md., on Wednesday Aug. 15, 2012.

As the school year approaches, still dreaming

08/19/12 11:56AM

After some real talk about education in this country earlier in the show Melissa just concluded the show with an optimistic Footnote on the virtual eve of the new school year. She made reference to an amazing spectacle earlier this week: the incredibly long lines of undocumented immigrants -- many of whom were students -- hoping to fill out applications for the Obama administration's new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which some are calling a DREAM Act-lite. read more

In our August 19 show, we're going negative

08/19/12 09:43AM

Surely if you've been following the news of late, you've heard the conventional wisdom about the supposed "nastiness" of the campaign -- driven mostly by Mitt Romney's inflated rhetoric about "campaign of division and anger and hate" and references to Chicago, which last I checked, has voters in it.What this is actually about is Democrats stating Republicans' actual record and policy proposals, and Republicans calling that "hateful." It's about the real examination of the presidential tickets, not empty assumptions and proclamations about being Serious Policy Wonks™, proof to the contrary be d read more

Sikh filmmaker and advocate Valarie Kaur.

Good Look: 'We are all Sikh now'

08/19/12 08:02AM

Last weekend, Melissa offered a moving response to America's latest mass shooting, a senseless act of violence interrupting preparations for a birthday lunch at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee. In her Footnote, Melissa made reference to Sikh documentarian and activist Valarie Kaur (pictured at right), who was on the ground in Oak Creek speaking with and documenting the community's recovery. read more

Education jobs lost

Education jobs lost

08/18/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry lays out the statistics on the number of education jobs that have been lost, and not due to a teacher's poor performance. watch

CNN anchor Candy Crowley, who will soon be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in the last 20 years.

Why it matters that a woman moderates

08/18/12 02:00PM

This is what debate moderation is all about and why we should care.The candidates must only respond to the questions that are posed to them, so the debate moderator has enormous power over the agenda-setting aspect. They help to determine whether or not any given set of issues rise to the level of national discourse in the context of a political campaign. read more

In our August 18 show, we'l pull back the curtain

08/18/12 09:00AM

For as much as Republicans run around screaming about the threat voter fraud poses to our elections, our rights, and our freedom, they sure seem to be caught doing it quite a bit. I'm not referring the pandemic of voter-ID laws spreading through the states like a virus, at least directly. That kind of legislation are solutions in search of an infinitesimally small problem -- which, judging by reports, seems to be only caused by Republican politicians.There's no better symbol of this than Charlie White, Indiana's Secretary of State. read more

Office Hours: Melissa on the power of words

08/17/12 08:08PM

We're trying something new on the blog, starting today. Since Melissa's regular Friday post is called "Office Hours," we thought we should actually start bringing you into her office and allow you to hear from her directly. Here's our first (of many, we hope) video edition of "Office Hours."Enjoy, and be sure to join us tomorrow when we return to our regular schedule at 10am ET on msnbc! read more

Members of the all-girl punk band "Pussy Riot" Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), Maria Alyokhina (C) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (R) sit in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow on Agust 17, 2012.

Pussy Riot gets prison for Putin protest

08/17/12 12:21PM

Three members of the Russian feminist punk-rock collective Pussy Riot were found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison today on charges of "hooliganism with intent to incite religious hatred."Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samutsevitch were arrested in March by Russian authorities after the women performed an anti-Putin mock prayer and demonstration on the steps of Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. read more

Protesters stand outside a fundraiser for President Obama in June in Florida to ask for an executive action on workplace discrimination for LGBT Americans.

Jacksonville still open to LGBT discrimination

08/16/12 03:57PM

The Sunshine State just got a little bit less bright. The Jacksonville City Council voted Wednesday night to reject a bill that would have expanded the city's human rights ordinance to protect LGBT citizens in Florida from discrimination in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.City Councilman Warren Jones proposed the bill back in May to add "sexual orientation, gender identity or expression" to the list of things that an individual should not be discriminated against for. Before the Wednesday vote, advocates and opponents of the bill spoke out on their positions. read more

Romney: 'I've never paid less than 13%' in taxes

08/16/12 01:20PM

Mitt Romney today fielded what he called "small-minded" questions from reporters on his taxes, and claimed that he has never paid less than 13% in taxes in the last ten years."I just have to say, given the challenges that America faces – 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of six Americans in poverty – the fascination with taxes I’ve paid I find to be very small-minded compared to the broad issues that we face," Romney said at a press conference in Greer, South Carolina.The former Massachusetts governor and private equity executive has been the target of attack read more

Voting early in Ohio? OK, if you're a Republican

Voting early in Ohio? OK, if you're a Republican

08/15/12 06:57PM

Think, for a moment, of Mitt Romney's worst campaign lies thus far as one of those mascot races you'd see at a major-league ballpark in places like Milwaukee or Washington. They're all tall, they stumble and wobble, but somehow they move quicker than you'd anticipate by just looking at them. Two of the worst lies center on President Obama and welfare reform, and the new one about Medicare which Romney is using now to shield his new running mate from even harsher criticism. read more

Pennsylvania's voter suppression gets green light

08/15/12 03:14PM

I may have voted alongside 93-year-old grandmother Vivette Applewhite before. She hails from the Germantown section of Philadelphia, the same area where I lived for a number of years. Given that she says that she cast her first vote for John F. Kennedy in 1960, I'm guessing that she didn't miss the historic 2008 election. For all I know, we shared a polling station at the corner of Tulpehocken and Greene streets, where we simply verified our signature with the poll workers and stepped into the booth to do our civic duty.Now that I've moved away, I won't be voting in Pennsylvania this year. read more

Romney's own personal food stamp

Romney's own personal food stamp

08/14/12 03:43PM

At a campaign fundraiser in Chicago last week, Mitt Romney shared a story with donors that was meant to illustrate his family’s connection to hard-working Illinois natives. Apparently, when Romney was a young man, he ventured into the top drawer of his dad’s dresser, just to poke around and to possibly find “an old coin he might not miss.” Instead of a quarter, when he reached into the drawer he found something a bit more valuable.According to the governor, “I found a little paper card, a little pink card, and it said this entitles George W. read more

Scott Smith.

More security doesn't make us more secure

08/13/12 08:13PM

My father and I went to the movies recently, in Florida. As we approached the ticket holder after buying our tickets, I was asked to open my bag. My father, who had no bag, was asked to empty his pockets. That is one sign of American moviegoing, post-Aurora.Another sign was exhibited by a man named Scott Smith, who also went to the movies last week. When he went to see "The Dark Knight Rises" in Westlake, Ohio, just west of Cleveland, Mr. Smith brought with him his gun. Also, ammunition for said gun, and several knives.According to local Police Lt. read more

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