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Right-wingers cast President Obama as 'lazy'

Right-wingers cast President Obama as 'lazy'

10/05/12 08:00PM

Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a Republican, this week attacked President Obama by calling him "lazy" and "disengaged." Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists react to Sununu's comments and the GOP's narrative against Obama's debate night... watch

Mitt Romney to Big Bird: You're fired

Mitt Romney to Big Bird: You're fired

10/05/12 08:00PM

The mention of Sesame Street's Big Bird made an unexpected cameo during the presidential debate on Wednesday when Mitt Romney said he would like to do away with PBS. Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists talk about the importance of early childhood... watch

Missed opportunities in Obama’s debate...

Missed opportunities in Obama’s debate performance

10/05/12 08:00PM

CNBC contributor Dan Dicker, civil rights attorney Maya Wiley, NBC Latino's Raul Reyes, and The Nation's Ari Berman join Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about President Obama's missed opportunities to fact check and attack his opponent Mitt Romney during... watch

The jobs report and desire to get back to 'normal'

10/05/12 10:43AM

The White House is breathing easier this morning. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent, the first time it’s been under 8 percent in 43 months.In political terms, headlines are everything— and most major media are leading with the drop in the unemployment rate.Look more closely, though, and the picture is murkier. According to the separate payroll survey undertaken by the BLS, just 114,000 new jobs were in September. At least 125,000 are needed per month just to keep up with population growth. read more

Right-wingers: Drop in jobless rate must be Obama conspiracy!

Right-wingers: Drop in jobless rate must be Obama conspiracy!

10/05/12 10:31AM

Jobs numbers released on Friday showed unemployment dropped to 7.8%—the lowest it has been since January 2009. After an awful debate performance Wednesday night, the numbers were a boost for President Obama.That prompted some conservatives to suggest there must be something fishy going on. Less than hour after the news broke Friday morning, Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE and a Romney backer, sparked an uproar over Twitter by suggesting the Labor Department was cooking the books to make Obama look good.Labor Secretary Hilda Solis called Welch’s comments “ludicrous” on CNBC Friday morning. read more

Romney now says 47 percent comments were 'completely wrong'

10/04/12 11:51PM

After repeatedly defending his secretly taped description of 47 percent of Americans as “victims, dependent on government,” who don’t take responsibility for their lives, Mitt Romney appeared on Fox News Thursday evening and changed his tune, saying his comments were “completely wrong.”Sean Hannity asked Romney what he would have said if Obama had brought up the damaging comments during the first presidential debate on Wednesday. “Clearly, in a campaign with hundreds, if not thousands, of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you’re going to say something that doesn’t come ou read more

Richard Fourtin, Jr. will walk free after the State Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction. (Photo: Connecticut Post)

Accused rapist set free because alleged victim could not prove she resisted

10/04/12 06:01PM

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has thrown out the sexual assault conviction of a man found guilty of attacking a severely handicapped woman because there was no evidence that the woman communicated her refusal. The man, Richard Fourtin Jr., was accused of sexual assault in 2005, and was found guilty in 2008 of attempted second-degree and fourth-degree sexual assault. He was sentenced to six years in prison. read more

Richard Fourtin, Jr. will walk free after the State Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction.

Accused rapist set free because alleged victim could not prove she resisted

10/04/12 04:57PM

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has thrown out the sexual assault conviction of a man found guilty of attacking a severely handicapped woman because there was no evidence that the woman communicated her refusal.The man, Richard Fourtin Jr., was accused of sexual assault in 2005, and was found guilty in 2008 of attempted second-degree and fourth-degree sexual assault. read more

President Obama's rope-a-dope gamble

10/04/12 10:10AM

COMMENTARYBy Yvette Miley, executive editor and VP, msnbcThe end of the first debate night in the presidential election gives me the perfect opportunity to talk about one of my favorite sports: boxing.The pre-debate buildup echoed many “fight cards” for the Duel in Denver. Many watching the debate, on the right and left, applauded former Governor Romney for being the aggressor, for taking the fight to the president. Meanwhile, the president seemed to be following the Muhammad Ali strategy from the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” fight. read more

Stand-ins for the real Mitt Romney and Barack Obama take the stage earlier today.

The Debate!, or the political '8 Mile' battle

10/03/12 07:15PM

There aren't too many events outside of the Super Bowl which get the level of pre-event publicity, analysis, and hype. This is not to dis that analysis; there's a lot of good stuff being written about an event that may not change a thing. read more

'Legitimate rape' not Akin's first gaffe, or last

10/03/12 06:21PM

Two months ago, Missouri Congressman Todd Akin made headlines for insisting that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" can't get pregnant. That instance outed the Republican Senate candidate as dangerously uninformed at best, and sexist at worst. It's enough to expect that such incendiary bombast occurs once in a person's political tenure. read more

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