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Romney’s cognitive dissonance in his '47%'...

Romney’s cognitive dissonance in his '47%' blunder

09/21/12 08:00PM

Though Mitt Romney is in the home stretch of a race to lead the United States, he has already managed to write-off almost half of the electorate. Melissa Harris-Perry analyzes the ethos of Romney’s damning comments against the “47 percent.” The Nation... watch

How does the Romney/Ryan ticket square...

How does the Romney/Ryan ticket square with seniors?

09/21/12 08:00PM

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was booed at an AARP event this week while he tried to talk about Medicare. Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests - joined by AARP volunteer Brenda Gardner and retired postal worker Eddie Agosto - talk about how... watch

18-year-old Harpreet Singh Saini, whose mother was murdered in a shooting at an Oak Creek, WI Sikh temple in August, testifies before a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

After Sikh temple shooting, a historic hearing

09/21/12 08:47AM

Ed. note: The following is a guest column written by filmmaker, civil rights advocate, interfaith organizer (and recent #nerdland guest) Valarie Kaur.Just 45 days after his mother was murdered by a white supremacist in her house of worship, Harpreet Singh Saini found the courage to testify at a historic Senate hearing on Wednesday of this week. read more

Students gather outside Benjamin E. Mays Academy in Chicago for the first day of school Wednesday morning, after Chicago teachers voted to suspend their first strike in 25 years.

Casualties in the education wars

09/20/12 11:02AM

Rolisa is a married mom with four kids. Two of them are successful graduates of Chicago’s public schools—her eldest graduated from college in 2011, and the second is a college junior. Her younger kids are in the fourth and sixth grades at a small public school on the South Side. The class sizes are at the city average, and the test scores are above the state average. read more

Fast and Furious probe clears Attorney General Eric Holder

09/19/12 07:37PM

Attorney General Eric Holder is off the hook.The U.S. Justice Department's inspector general released a report Wednesday following a 19-month investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. It found no evidence that the department's top leaders, including Holder, knew of the botched effort to trace the flow of thousands of guns to Mexico's drug cartel before it was made public in January 2011.One of those weapons was implicated in the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010. read more

The 47% gets a (satirical) Tumblr

The 47% gets a (satirical) Tumblr

09/19/12 05:01PM

We've talked about the "47 percent" tape released by Mother Jones on Monday, which features Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney making some interesting comments at a closed door fundraiser. Romney has stood by his remarks, mostly (more on that in a later post). So have his wife and several conservatives -- even if, like Rep. Allen West (really) said he could've phrased it better. read more

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney holds a press availability to discuss his secretly-videotaped comments at a May fundraiser.

Is Mitt Romney over?

09/18/12 11:38AM

I'm not sure Mitt Romney gets what "spit hot fire" means.By now, I was expecting a series of Serious Policy Speeches™ in the vein of then-candidate Barack Obama's famed Philadelphia address on race, or his speech in Berlin during the 2008 campaign. Rhetorical torches meant to lead, and inspire. Even if they disagreed with his arguments, many would certainly would welcome Romney offering serious thoughts about serious issues. read more

Voter suppression group: 'Obama gang' to 'steal the election'

09/17/12 08:22PM

Conservative groups are rallying to purge voter lists, intimidate voters with poll watchers, and institute voter ID laws in as many states as possible.As the New York Times reported Monday, one of the largest such groups is True the Vote, a Tea Party-backed group that has sued states to purge voter lists and plans to train at least 1 million poll watchers this year. read more

Police officers block the Charging Bull sculpture at Bowling Green Park near Wall Street in New York City on September 17, 2012.

Occupy sees more energy, arrests with anniversary protest

09/17/12 04:30PM

Hundreds of protesters gathered in parks around New York City early Monday morning to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.Protesters, ranging from children to grandparents, met in four different "zones" surrounding the New York Stock Exchange to protest inequality and corporate greed. At Zuccotti Park, the original site of the Occupy camp, protesters met at 7 a.m. to discuss nonviolent action and resistance as many employees and executives began their work day."There is nothing negative about this," Sergio Uzurian, 26 from Buffalo, N.Y., said about the gathering. read more

Monday marks the first birthday of Occupy Wall Street

09/16/12 12:32PM

On September 17, 2011, a small group of activists rolled out their sleeping bags in Zuccotti Park, a small patch of concrete in the middle of Manhattan's Financial District. Monday marks the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street's beginning; since that day one year ago, other occupations have flourished across America and the world, though most of them have since been disbanded in the face of inclement weather and unfriendly—often even violent—police crackdowns."Occupy was successful in changing the conversation," said Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday's edition of her show. read more