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Why the McConnell filibuster flub matters

12/07/12 04:05PM

Filibusters, at the very least, could once be counted upon as entertainment. Think Jimmy Stewart's grand speech in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, as many often do when the word is uttered. In its intended form, it is a theatrical, physical exercise, a demonstration not only of the passions held by the U.S. senator delivering it in a full... read more

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Louisiana, not cerebral palsy, deferring woman's Ph.D. dream

12/06/12 01:56PM

Louisiana native Ashley Volion, whose experience living with cerebral palsy inspired her to seek a Ph.D. in disability studies, has plans to open a nonprofit focused on the sexual health of people with disabilities. After getting accepted to a Ph.D. program at University of Illinois in Chicago, Ashley’s dream was put on hold when Louisiana'... read more

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Where American education went wrong

12/05/12 04:40PM

Historian Vincent Harding quoted a West African poet and said, "I am a citizen of a country that does not yet exist." He went on to assert that this is a country that we still must create—a country "that cares about itself and about the world, that cares about what the earth needs as well as what individual people need."... read more

This screengrab from an Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven commercial shows the current model of the toy sold in stores

Teenager tells Hasbro to end gender stereotyping

12/04/12 09:44AM

A 13-year-old girl's video plea to Hasbro to include boys in Easy-Bake Oven advertisements has gone viral. McKenna Pope, an eighth grader from Garfield, N.J., posted a video to YouTube last week asking the makers of the Easy-Bake Oven to "create gender equality" in the product.... read more

New report: Domestic workers endure shocking conditions

12/03/12 03:10PM

Since the election, the new Below the Line series on Melissa Harris-Perry has focused on poverty. This week's edition spotlighted the domestic workers who are the fuel in our household engines. They include nannies, house-cleaners and caregivers, who are all essential to the survival of many families, but continue to endure substandard... read more

Plaintiff Zoe Bedell, who is a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves, listens during a media conference Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in San Francisco. Several active women military personnel have filed a federal lawsuit to demand combat action,...

Servicewomen chip away at military's 'brass ceiling'

12/02/12 02:14PM

Four servicewomen, no strangers to the realities of modern warfare, are rebelling against the "brass ceiling" barring women from serving in combat positions--front lines which female veterans say they have already crossed in the past decade that the United States has been at war.... read more

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Meet Katie Meyler, saving Liberian girls from exploitation

12/01/12 04:37PM

Our Foot Soldier this week is Katie Meyler, 30, whose international activism began with a self-financed trip to volunteer in Central America. Katie is the founder of the nonprofit organization More Than Me, which strives to increase educational opportunities for young girls in Liberia. I had the chance to talk with Katie about how she began... read more

Obama campaign continues on

Obama campaign continues on

11/30/12 07:00PM

MSNBC contributor Ari Melber joins the conversation on how President Obama’s campaign continues through the lame duck session, as both parties vie to push through proposals on the fiscal cliff. watch

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