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The modern-day 'freedom riders'

The modern-day 'freedom riders'

08/24/12 08:00PM

Foot Soldiers: Melissa Harris-Perry covers the "No Papers, No Fear" campaign of protestors who have opted to expose their immigration status and travel across the country, bringing "voice to the voiceless." watch

Matching up your interests to the candidate

Matching up your interests to the candidate

08/24/12 04:26PM

Taxes are on everyone's minds these days, it seems, as Republicans and Democrats duke it out: Where are Mitt Romney's tax returns? Is the individual mandate a tax? What's going on with the Bush Tax Cuts?The website Politify breaks down the real question we should be asking when it comes to the tax debate: whose tax plan would benefit me? Politify describes itself as "a platform that provides Americans with data-backed financial projections of political scenarios."Essentially, the minds behind the site -- a team of UC Berkeley students -- have collected relevant data through the U.S. read more

The elephant in the womb

The elephant in the womb

08/23/12 11:40AM

Despite his seemingly robotic demeanor, Mitt Romney is proving himself a bit of a rogue. His campaign has broken the cardinal rule of presidential races: pander and pivot. First the candidate secures the base during the primaries by pandering to party ideologues; then the candidate swiftly pivots to the center to attract swing voters and independents. Eric Fehrnstrom’s infamous Etch A Sketch comment back in March suggested that Romney was preparing to execute this venerable campaign two-step. But the choice of Paul Ryan as running mate obliterates the possibility of moderation. read more

Earlier this month, Oxford (Miss.) Elementary student Jabari Turner walks into school for the start of the new school year.

'And another thing...' on why we educate

08/22/12 02:31PM

Ed. note: One of our new features, which we started last week, is our "And another thing..." posts from our guests. Since there's never enough time in a segment to hit all of the points, each one of these posts will follow up a conversation Melissa had with them in an earlier show. This week's edition is a timely one, given President Obama's recent re-emphasis on education policy (see his new ad here), and what challenger Mitt Romney had  to say last week (see the top of our discussion, embedded below). read more

Republicans fail to turn Todd Akin into Daniel Tosh

08/22/12 10:48AM

Clayton Williams was running for governor of Texas 22 years ago when he made a remark about rape which the New York Times described as "off-the-cuff" when they reported on his subsequent apology. What he said was, "If it's inevitable," meaning the rape, "just relax and enjoy it." Given what has transpired with Rep. Todd Akin in the last two days, I'm sure you now get why I'm bringing this up now.What's clear from Williams' mea culpa is that he understood the effect of his remarks on his campaign, but not on people. read more

On Todd Akin, and the tale of the magic uterus

08/20/12 06:25PM

Todd Akin has until Tuesday at 5:00pm ET to drop the Republican Senate nomination he just skunked, and slowly back away. Right now, it seems the Republican Congressman from Missouri will stay in, as he told Mike Huckabee in a radio interview today, "I'm not a quitter...By the grace of God, we're going to win this race."This sudden fortitude comes despite a contrary report from conservative blog RedState that his staff was making preparations for Akin's departure from the race. read more

Immigrants Daniel Nino, left, with his mother Patricia Cara from Colombia, get help with documents and filling with the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals applications at Casa de Maryland in Langley Park, Md., on Wednesday Aug. 15, 2012.

As the school year approaches, still dreaming

08/19/12 11:56AM

After some real talk about education in this country earlier in the show Melissa just concluded the show with an optimistic Footnote on the virtual eve of the new school year. She made reference to an amazing spectacle earlier this week: the incredibly long lines of undocumented immigrants -- many of whom were students -- hoping to fill out applications for the Obama administration's new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which some are calling a DREAM Act-lite. read more

In our August 19 show, we're going negative

08/19/12 09:43AM

Surely if you've been following the news of late, you've heard the conventional wisdom about the supposed "nastiness" of the campaign -- driven mostly by Mitt Romney's inflated rhetoric about "campaign of division and anger and hate" and references to Chicago, which last I checked, has voters in it.What this is actually about is Democrats stating Republicans' actual record and policy proposals, and Republicans calling that "hateful." It's about the real examination of the presidential tickets, not empty assumptions and proclamations about being Serious Policy Wonks™, proof to the contrary be d read more

Sikh filmmaker and advocate Valarie Kaur.

Good Look: 'We are all Sikh now'

08/19/12 08:02AM

Last weekend, Melissa offered a moving response to America's latest mass shooting, a senseless act of violence interrupting preparations for a birthday lunch at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee. In her Footnote, Melissa made reference to Sikh documentarian and activist Valarie Kaur (pictured at right), who was on the ground in Oak Creek speaking with and documenting the community's recovery. read more

Education jobs lost

Education jobs lost

08/18/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry lays out the statistics on the number of education jobs that have been lost, and not due to a teacher's poor performance. watch

CNN anchor Candy Crowley, who will soon be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in the last 20 years.

Why it matters that a woman moderates

08/18/12 02:00PM

This is what debate moderation is all about and why we should care.The candidates must only respond to the questions that are posed to them, so the debate moderator has enormous power over the agenda-setting aspect. They help to determine whether or not any given set of issues rise to the level of national discourse in the context of a political campaign. read more

In our August 18 show, we'l pull back the curtain

08/18/12 09:00AM

For as much as Republicans run around screaming about the threat voter fraud poses to our elections, our rights, and our freedom, they sure seem to be caught doing it quite a bit. I'm not referring the pandemic of voter-ID laws spreading through the states like a virus, at least directly. That kind of legislation are solutions in search of an infinitesimally small problem -- which, judging by reports, seems to be only caused by Republican politicians.There's no better symbol of this than Charlie White, Indiana's Secretary of State. read more

Office Hours: Melissa on the power of words

08/17/12 08:08PM

We're trying something new on the blog, starting today. Since Melissa's regular Friday post is called "Office Hours," we thought we should actually start bringing you into her office and allow you to hear from her directly. Here's our first (of many, we hope) video edition of "Office Hours."Enjoy, and be sure to join us tomorrow when we return to our regular schedule at 10am ET on msnbc! read more

Members of the all-girl punk band "Pussy Riot" Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), Maria Alyokhina (C) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (R) sit in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow on Agust 17, 2012.

Pussy Riot gets prison for Putin protest

08/17/12 12:21PM

Three members of the Russian feminist punk-rock collective Pussy Riot were found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison today on charges of "hooliganism with intent to incite religious hatred."Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samutsevitch were arrested in March by Russian authorities after the women performed an anti-Putin mock prayer and demonstration on the steps of Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. read more

Protesters stand outside a fundraiser for President Obama in June in Florida to ask for an executive action on workplace discrimination for LGBT Americans.

Jacksonville still open to LGBT discrimination

08/16/12 03:57PM

The Sunshine State just got a little bit less bright. The Jacksonville City Council voted Wednesday night to reject a bill that would have expanded the city's human rights ordinance to protect LGBT citizens in Florida from discrimination in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.City Councilman Warren Jones proposed the bill back in May to add "sexual orientation, gender identity or expression" to the list of things that an individual should not be discriminated against for. Before the Wednesday vote, advocates and opponents of the bill spoke out on their positions. read more