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A.M. MHP: March 29

03/29/12 09:00AM

Seeing what George Zimmerman looked like after he killed Trayvon Martin has the potential to shake up the entire case. Again, I encourage you view the video above, compare it to what is described in the police report and the allegations of a broken nose and other injuries claimed by Zimmerman's attorney, and draw your own conclusion. We'll have more on this on the blog later, and on this weekend's shows.Zimmerman's father gave a local interview last night. read more

Trayvon's killer deploys the 'black friend' defense

03/28/12 08:22PM

In the wake of his blaming a hooded sweatshirt for Trayvon Martin's death, Geraldo Rivera offered a statement Tuesday to Politico that I can't call an apology, for fear of reprisal from the folks at Merriam-Webster:“I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies.’”You hear that? He's sorry, it seems, but only if you were offended by his "campaign" to save the lives of black and Hispanic children. read more

'The member is out of order'

03/28/12 07:49PM

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) today removed his jacket, and pulled up the hood of his hoodie while speaking on the House floor to honor Trayvon Martin, and to make a point about racial profiling:Just because someone wears a hoodie, (it) does not make them a hoodlum.The action immediately prompted the acting speaker, Rep. read more

Trayvon Martin was 'guilty of being black'

Trayvon Martin was 'guilty of being black'

03/28/12 05:59PM

Melissa's newest column for The Nation, "Trayvon Martin: What It's Like to Be a Problem," is up today:Trayvon Martin was not innocent. He was guilty of being black in presumably restricted public space...For more than two years, vocal pockets of conservative activists and politicians demanded proof of President Obama’s citizenship—as if a black man was trespassing simply by being elected to the Oval Office. read more

A.M. MHP: March 28

A.M. MHP: March 28

03/28/12 09:26AM

The Supreme Court today hosts Day 3 of oral arguments concerning the Affordable Care Act. Things didn't go so well yesterday for those supporting the law, but some remain optimistic. Still, it begs the question: is the Solicitor General choking health care reform away? Or, is it just the justices' fault? read more

The #hcr debate is too important to be tired of

The #hcr debate is too important to be tired of

03/27/12 12:37PM

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this week regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and that reminded me of an Ira Glass introduction to a 2009 episode of NPR's "This American Life." Glass examined the collapse of the U.S. banking system -- arguably, a dire event that many would have liked not to think about.Sympathizing with our bad news weariness over the awful truth of the financial crisis, Ira shared a news confession of his own:“Maybe you are on the verge of just giving up. read more

Speaking softly on DOMA, and carrying a big stick

Speaking softly on DOMA, and carrying a big stick

03/27/12 12:33AM

Joe Davidson of the Washington Post reported late Monday that the Obama administration has done something gay-rights advocates believe is unprecedented: order coverage for the same-sex spouse of a federal employee:A March 9 letter to Blue Cross Blue Shield, from Shirley Patterson, assistant director of federal employee insurance operations for the Office of Personnel Management, said that “OPM hereby withdraws any outstanding directive regarding the enrollment of Ms. Golinski’s wife, Amy C. read more

Who's zoomin' who? The March 25 preview

03/25/12 09:18AM

Yes, Aretha Franklin has been doing her thing since she was singing in church in the fifties. But please forgive me if I didn't lead off this morning with "Respect," "Natural Woman," or more appropriate for politics, "Think" and "Chain of Fools." I'm a child of the eighties, so I first discovered her when she released Who's Zoomin Who in 1985 (hence the "Freeway of Love" above). I came to revere her in 1992, when she recorded Donny Hathaway's classic "Someday We'll All Be Free", perhaps one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. read more

Good Look: TV, on the radio

03/25/12 07:30AM

We're back with our Good Look of the week -- an incredible segment from one of last week's shows, a) just in case you missed one, b) wanted to revisit it, or c) it relates to something we're doing this weekend. Normally we'll do this on Saturday mornings, but we waited this time around because in this case, the segment relates to all three.The so-called "Golden Age of Television" ran from the 1940s until the early sixties, right about when the time period represented in the AMC hit show "Mad Men" at its inception. read more