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A sign along the highway near Grand Isle, La., on July 11, 2010, lays out the problem many struggling fishing families now face: With their fishing grounds closed by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, they are forced to find something other than...

An open letter to President Obama, before the last debate

10/20/12 01:11PM

I watched Tuesday's' debate in my own living room. And I'll be honest, I took a moment to stand on my couch and give our nation's leader a well-deserved round of applause for a job well done at the second presidential debate. But I thought I would go one step further and put pen to paper for our commander-in-chief.... read more

Father Michael Lapsley with Bishop Desmond Tutu (Ret.) last month in Cape Town, South Africa.

Meet Father Michael Lapsley, 'Foot Soldier'

10/20/12 12:11PM

The "Foot Soldier" for Melissa Harris-Perry this week is Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest and social-justice activist who serves in South Africa. As a young man, he was called to the priesthood, but was not particularly political. Then he found himself in the maelstrom of South Africa's apartheid, serving as a chaplain... read more

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Romney's marriage pitch shortchanges parents, the safety net

10/18/12 06:47PM

In response to a question about banning assault weapons, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shared this piece of information with the rest of the country during Tuesday night's debate: "If there’s a two parent family, the prospect of living in poverty goes down dramatically." That may seem rather obvious, particularly if... read more

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Why a 'binder full of women' isn't a bad thing

10/17/12 04:47PM

You have  to move quickly on the Internet, especially during social-media's top political event of all time. Tuesday's debate will hold that title for likely about another three weeks, when Election Day likely breaks Twitter. But last night, when Mitt Romney uttered the words "binders full of women" in his town hall debate... read more

George Takei is one of several LGBT celebrities endorsing President Obama in a new campaign ad

LGBT celebrities endorse Obama in new ad

10/17/12 01:48PM

A number of LGBT celebrities are endorsing President Obama in a new ad released Tuesday by the Obama campaign. Among the bold-faced names are Jane Lynch, Zachary Quinto, Wanda Sykes, and George Takei.... read more

Ryan Andresen was recently denied his Eagle Scout award because of his sexuality (Photo: courtesy of the Andresen family)

Denied Eagle Scout badge, gay teen receives support

10/15/12 04:04PM

Ryan Andresen, a gay Californian teen, was denied an Eagle Scout badge earlier this month despite having completed every task necessary to achieve the award. Now, a fellow Eagle Scout across the country is planning to send him his badge in a show of solidarity.... read more

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Meet Aesha Rasheed, our Foot Soldier (part 2)

10/14/12 06:27PM

You'll find below the second half of my interview with education activist Aesha Rasheed, whose parents' guide has become an invaluable tool for New Orleans families caught in the maelstrom of the ever-growing crop of charter schools. I asked our Foot Soldier about the guide midway through our conversation last week.... read more

New Orleans education activist Aesha Rasheed.

Meet Aesha Rasheed, Foot Soldier (Part 2)

10/14/12 05:27PM

You'll find below the second half of my interview with education activist Aesha Rasheed, whose parents' guide has become an invaluable tool for New Orleans families caught in the maelstrom of the ever-growing crop of charter schools. I asked our Foot Soldier about the guide midway through our conversation last week.LR: All right, so --... read more

Malala Yousafzai. (photo courtesy of the New York Times)

How Malala Yousafzai is changing the game

10/14/12 12:00PM

People who are known as "game changers" rarely seek out the notoriety or fame that we bestow upon them. Instead, they're individuals who through extraordinary actions and self-sacrifice help to make the world a better place.... read more

In our October 14 show, handle the truth

10/14/12 09:40AM

Have you ever actually read one of those spammy, scammy, Nigerian-prince-inheritance, I-have-such-a-great-deal-for-you junk emails? Here's what's funny about them: they're now preying upon your mistrust of said spammy, scammy emails in order to get you to trust them. I received one this morning, and I had to laugh at the attempt.... read more

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