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Did bipartisanship ever really exist?

Did bipartisanship ever really exist?

09/08/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry asks her guests whether or not the “golden age of bipartisanship” ever really existed, and how we can go back to those days when politicians reached across the aisle and got things done. watch

Two-party system hurts American democracy

Two-party system hurts American democracy

09/08/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry says the system is broken, but how do we fix it? Former congressman Mickey Edwards discusses his new book “The Parties Versus The People,” and the problem with partisan politics these days. watch

Defining terror in a post-9/11 world

Defining terror in a post-9/11 world

09/08/12 08:00PM

Author and president of Interfaith Youth Core Eboo Patel, Amaney Jamal from Princeton University, and Sikh-American filmmaker and director of Groundswell Valarie Kaur join Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about racial profiling and its effect on Muslim... watch

In our September 8 show, off to the hoosegow

09/08/12 09:54AM

Incarceration is a uniquely American issue. Whether or not you think it's a problem, a badge of honor, or merely a proclivity, you cannot deny that we love locking folks up. I say "uniquely American" because as it stands, the good ol' U.S. of A jails its citizens at a higher rate than any other in the world. read more

Good Look: Remembering Barbara Jordan

09/08/12 08:44AM

This week's Good Look features Melissa's Sunday Footnote, in which she remembered the late Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas, who delivered the Democratic National Convention's keynote address in 1976, becoming the first African American woman to do so. I was reminded of Jordan's speech when I saw another woman address this year's convention, one without elected office, but with similar social ostracism as the gay, black Congresswoman with multiple sclerosis.On Wednesday night, 27-year-old Benita Velez became the first undocumented immigrant to address a national party convention. read more

Labor Secretary: GOP 'obstructionists' are killing job bills

09/07/12 08:52PM

Saturday is the one year anniversary of President Obama presenting his “American Jobs Act” to Congress, which economists say would have added 2 million jobs, and about half of those almost immediately. The bill failed because every single GOP senator voted against it, and House Republicans refused to even vote on it.Congress will soon have another chance to pass the bill, but pundits aren't optimistic. In light of Friday’s uninspiring jobs report, Rev. read more

Reich: Today's disappointing jobs report and the 2012 election

09/07/12 10:05AM

COMMENTARYPresident Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention was long on uplifting rhetoric but short on specifics for what he’ll do if reelected to reignite the American economy. Yet today’s jobs report provides a troubling reminder that the economy is still in bad shape. Employers added only 96,000 nonfarm jobs in August. read more

'I think Barack Obama won the election tonight': Pundits react to president's convention speech

09/07/12 12:23AM

President Obama had some big shoes to fill when he took the stage at the Democratic National Convention tonight—he had to follow his own 2004 and 2008 convention speeches.The consensus? "What a home run that was," said Chris Matthews after the speech Thursday night."The profound thing he accomplished tonight was to turn the tables on those who thought the incumbency would be a problem and a giant response to what Mitt Romney didn't do in his speech ... and it really provided the President an opportunity to play a commander-in-chief card."  read more

RNC ad has own staffer 'breaking up' with Obama cardboard cut-out

09/06/12 02:23PM

The Republican National Committee is upgrading the image of President Obama as an invisible man in an empty chair, to a cardboard cut-out—in an empty chair.Rather than run from actor Clint Eastwood's heavily ridiculed rendition of a prime time political speech, the RNC appears to be doubling down. And as women's issues—including abortion and health care rights—continue to play a central role for Democrats in their convention message, Republicans in a new web video are highlighting another choice for women: to "break up" with Obama.The video portrays a woman sitting across a restaurant table fr read more

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