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Porn in America

Porn in America

07/06/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists - including feminist pornographer Tristan Taormino, Fordham University’s Zephyr Teachout, author Jaclyn Friedman, and... watch

Frank Ocean.

No way out

07/06/12 09:22AM

Earlier this week, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper came “out,” and it was a nice thing to have happened. We can all find it within ourselves to be happy for someone, and for society at large, when an influential person shares that they are part of a less-than-obvious minority group. Role models matter, and so do optics -- and not just for the proverbial queer kid in a difficult spot. read more

One of the video offerings at CainTV.

Herman Cain has (and is) an art project

07/05/12 03:50PM

If you haven't been following every move of the former Republican presidential front-runner Herman Cain, you may have missed the launch of the former Republican presidential hopeful's newest venture: CainTV, a "new online network of programming designed to give you the other side of popular culture, politics, entertainment." CainTV boasts a diverse range of entertainment "without the constraints of networks or Hollywood studios." There are three video channels right now — informative, inspirational and intertainment (ha, get it?) — as well as movies and blogs. read more

George Zimmerman at his June 29 bond hearing.

$1 million bond set for Trayvon's killer

07/05/12 01:40PM

After the fast one he tried to pull with his wife got his previous $150,000 bond revoked and landed him back in jail, George Zimmerman may again walk free, and soon:A Sanford judge today ordered George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, released on $1 million bail but called him a manipulator.As for the part where the judge called him a name, despite the fact that Zimmerman and his wife were proven to have lied to him in court about having been indigent, Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr., merely hinted at future contemp read more

What, to you, is the Fourth of July?

07/04/12 12:52PM

President Obama this morning hosted a Fourth of July naturalization ceremony for active duty U.S. servicemen and women at the White House, greeting those assembled, "I could not be prouder to be among the first to greet you as, 'my fellow Americans.'” I was born here in the States, so I didn't have to take the test which these new Americans had to pass. read more

Republican vetoes voter-ID law, sky doesn't fall

Republican vetoes voter-ID law, sky doesn't fall

07/03/12 08:59PM

Considering how frank Republicans have been lately when it comes to suppressing the rights of those voters unlikely to vote for them, today's news out of Michigan was encouraging in the same way a perennial losing team making the playoffs is occasion for a parade. It's worthy of note, but folks have to guard against excessive celebration. First, the news:In what counts as a profile in courage these days, a Republican governor has vetoed large parts of a package of measures that would have made it harder for minorities and the poor to vote. read more

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rides a jet ski with his wife on Monday.

Mitt Romney, you're doing it wrong

07/03/12 04:28PM

Venn diagrams are named for John Venn, the son of an evangelical Christian who at Cambridge University in 1880, sought to physically describe the relationships between two disparate sets of information. His solution? Circles containing separate sets of data, overlapping one another only where data is shared between the two sets.Perhaps back in the time to which Republicans seem ready to take us back, you'd have to go to the library, or take a science course to learn this. Nowadays, anyone with access to the Internet can learn this in a two-minute Google search. read more

Anti-abortion demonstrators argue with an administrator from Mississippi's only abortion clinic today after the state's anti-abortion law was blocked by a federal judge late yesterday.

Mississippi's abortion law blocked by judge

07/02/12 06:03PM

Melissa and her guest, Dr. Willie Parker, shone some much-needed light yesterday upon Mississippi's anti-abortion House Bill 1390 -- a law scheduled to go into effect on Sunday, but blocked later in the day by a federal judge until at least July 11, when a hearing will be held to determine whether it'll be blocked for a longer period. This is certainly welcome news to opponents of the law, but not particularly surprising given legal precedent and the lawsuit filed by the state's only abortion clinic to stop it.What I find rather compelling is that the reasons why U.S. read more

The media's role in the 'tax' talking point

The media's role in the 'tax' talking point

07/02/12 12:16PM

By now, you've heard some of the new Republican line on health care reform -- tax, tax, tax, it's a tax -- from our guest this Sunday, former South Carolina party chair Katon Dawson. They're back it it this morning, including on our own The Daily Rundown, when Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom had to mutate it a bit in order to differentiate it from his boss' "Romneycare" in Massachusetts. (You can judge whether or not he was successful.) If they're counting on winning an election in November on pure semantics (and not, say, actual economics), they're welcome to try. read more

What I've learned from living with HIV

What I've learned from living with HIV

07/01/12 11:35AM

Ed. note: This is a guest column by our guest today, Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, the Dean of Multicultural Life at Macalester College. Chris normally tweets this essay out every December 1 to commemorate World AIDS Day, but was kind enough to allow us to share it in this space.My name is Chris, and I live with HIV.I know some were here last year , so I’ll try not to bore you. I just want to remind us that we are here among you, living, thriving, sometimes barely surviving w HIV/AIDS. read more