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Clarence Aaron in 2010.

Obama's new Clarence Aaron burden

05/30/12 06:06PM

As we've detailed previously, Dafna Linzer's May 13 report in ProPublica and The Washington Post has led to pressure being placed directly upon the White House -- thanks to a letter from Michigan Democrat John Conyers and another member of the House Judiciary Committee -- to investigate that report's claims: that triple-life prisoner Clarence Aaron's commutation plea was allegedly mishandled in 2008 by Ronald Rodgers, the current head of the U.S. Pardon Attorney's office.On Sunday's "MHP," the volume was turned up considerably by someone who knows the Aaron case intimately. read more

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor waits for the start of his sentencing judgement in the courtroom of the Special Court for Sierra Leone(SCSL) in Leidschendam, near The Hague, Netherlands.

Liberian war criminal will likely die in prison

05/30/12 10:47AM

The thing that strikes me the most about the above photo is Charles Taylor's cuff links. Golden and in the shape of the continent of Africa, one might take that to be a bold accessory for a man who's about to be sentenced in an international court for war crimes ranging from slavery to murder to rape to the use of child soldiers -- all in his native Liberia and neighboring Sierra Leone. read more

Asian-American voter outreach

Asian-American voter outreach

05/26/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel of actress Margaret Cho, University of Connecticut professor Jelani Cobb, University of Southern California professor Jane... watch

Honoring our veterans

Honoring our veterans

05/26/12 08:00PM

In honor of Memorial Day, Melissa Harris-Perry, and her panelists of US Army Sergeant Rebekah Havrilla, former Army Captain Matt Gallagher, and political... watch

Cory Booker's 'young (& old) money clique'

05/26/12 12:15PM

I'm just going to let hip-hop DJ and videoblogger nonpareil Jay Smooth cook here, since this is about the best response I've seen anyone offer to Newark mayor Cory Booker's defense of private equity and false equivalence on last week's Meet the Press -- including my own.Jay touches on Booker's Wall Street ties -- cited by today's guest Steve Kornacki in his response -- and notes:It made everything ten times more awkward than it would've been if Cory Booker had just come out and said, "I have allegiances to the private-equity world, and I think we should be fair to them."What's most "nauseating read more

In our May 26 show, we're taking you to school

05/26/12 08:55AM

To say that things are falling apart in any public education district would remove agency from those who could prevent it from happening -- or in the case of cities like New Orleans and Philadelphia, those who are actively making it happen. We took a look yesterday at Mitt Romney's renewed and sudden focus on education, and the effort to slice up the Philadelphia public schools yesterday, and one of the reporters covering that better than most is Daniel Denvir, reporter for Philadelphia City Paper and contributor to Salon, The Guardian and The Atlantic's Cities section. read more

Melissa's commencement speech at Wellesley

Melissa's commencement speech at Wellesley

05/25/12 10:25AM

Update: the video of Melissa's speech is now online. See it above.Our beloved host gave the commencement speech earlier this morning at Wellesley College. The picture below depicts the #nerdland flag, swag and campus #nerdland map which the Wellesley students and faculty surprised Melissa with before her speech! read more

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