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Clarence Aaron, in the early nineties.

Conyers writes Obama about Clarence Aaron

05/23/12 07:03PM

I wrote yesterday about the increasing momentum that seems to be swelling up about the case of triple-life prisoner Clarence Aaron, and the alarming allegations raised in last week's joint ProPublica/Washington Post report that his plea for commutation was mishandled by the current head of the U.S. Pardon Attorney's office, Ronald Rodgers. read more

Colin Powell backs marriage equality

05/23/12 05:11PM

Just weeks after President Obama announced his support of marriage equality, a veteran of his predecessor's administration has also made his position public.Former secretary of state Colin Powell, who served under under President George W. Bush, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer today that he supports same-sex marriage.Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was implemented. read more

Obama-as-Big Spender image is simply false

Obama-as-Big Spender image is simply false

05/23/12 01:30PM

Mitt Romney said this on May 15 in an Iowa speech:When the men and women who settled the Iowa prairie saw a fire in the distance, they didn’t look around for someone else to save them or go back to sleep hoping the wind might blow another direction. read more

GOP's wooing of women voters is 'cosmetic'

GOP's wooing of women voters is 'cosmetic'

05/23/12 09:14AM

The most striking thing about the video above is how brief it is. Typically, a two-minute-plus political ad, even when it's a web video, is thought to be too long. When its score is a grating, hokey brand of Muzak that feels reminiscent of 1980s public-service announcements, that doesn't help, either. read more

Rape metaphors are always a bad idea

05/22/12 04:44PM

Cory Booker's comment got folks talking about Bain Capital again, and President Obama responded in a populist manner that not only was an effective rebuttal of those critical of his anti-Mitt Romney ads, but kept the issue rolling. As such, I was interested to hear what Rep. read more

Momentum building for Clarence Aaron?

05/22/12 10:36AM

Dafna Linzer's investigative report in ProPublica about prisoner Clarence Aaron, and the mishandling of his commutation request by the man who still heads the U.S. Pardon Attorney's office, caught our eye when it was published just over a week ago. But it wasn't just the way that Ronald Rodgers "torpedoed" Aaron's already-slim chances; that was insult to injustice, in a manner of speaking.Aaron has been serving three life sentences since the early nineties for a minor drug crime, his first offense -- and was neither the buyer, not the user, nor the seller of the drugs involved in his case. read more

Cory Booker's false-equivalence problem

05/21/12 02:37PM

Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker had a little fun last week with his state's governor, Chris Christie, in a web skit. Booker, who recently suffered minor burns when he rushed into a burning building and helped save his neighbor's life, is depicted more or less as a political Superman: solving any number of problems from fires, flat tires, cats in trees, and replacement guitars for Bruce Springsteen. It offers a few chuckles, but the skit comes off like something Funny or Die rejected -- but it gets good at the end. read more

It's #nerdland -- of course there's homework

It's #nerdland -- of course there's homework

05/20/12 04:57PM

For your homework this week, we have texts to help you delve into the topics we discussed in our Saturday and Sunday shows.Rather than letting a conservative super-PAC use Rev. Jeremiah Wright as a scare tactic, and the black church as a divisive tool, we decided to try to understand the theological tradition that Jeremiah Wright operates in as a thinker and preacher. Learn more by reading a book by our guest Dwight Hopkins, "Introducing Black Theology of Liberation."On Sunday, we gathered a compelling panel of young women. read more

In our May 20 show, it's (past) time to wake up

05/20/12 09:27AM

The inimitable DJ and video blogger Jay Smooth put out a new ill doctrine blog shortly after President Obama made his decision to (publicly) support marriage equality (with his voice) that among other nuggets of wisdom, reminded everyone that it was the activists pushing for this that should get the credit in this moment -- even though it was well overdue. read more

Women at war

Women at war

05/19/12 08:00PM

The Army is breaking down barriers of traditionally all-male combat units by now allowing women to serve closer to the front lines. But is the policy change... watch

A question of character

A question of character

05/19/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists continue the conversation on Mitt Romney’s comments that the Obama campaign was committing “character assassination”... watch

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