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Republican vetoes voter-ID law, sky doesn't fall

Republican vetoes voter-ID law, sky doesn't fall

07/03/12 08:59PM

Considering how frank Republicans have been lately when it comes to suppressing the rights of those voters unlikely to vote for them, today's news out of Michigan was encouraging in the same way a perennial losing team making the playoffs is occasion for a parade. It's worthy of note, but folks have to guard against excessive celebration. First, the news:In what counts as a profile in courage these days, a Republican governor has vetoed large parts of a package of measures that would have made it harder for minorities and the poor to vote. read more

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rides a jet ski with his wife on Monday.

Mitt Romney, you're doing it wrong

07/03/12 04:28PM

Venn diagrams are named for John Venn, the son of an evangelical Christian who at Cambridge University in 1880, sought to physically describe the relationships between two disparate sets of information. His solution? Circles containing separate sets of data, overlapping one another only where data is shared between the two sets.Perhaps back in the time to which Republicans seem ready to take us back, you'd have to go to the library, or take a science course to learn this. Nowadays, anyone with access to the Internet can learn this in a two-minute Google search. read more

Anti-abortion demonstrators argue with an administrator from Mississippi's only abortion clinic today after the state's anti-abortion law was blocked by a federal judge late yesterday.

Mississippi's abortion law blocked by judge

07/02/12 06:03PM

Melissa and her guest, Dr. Willie Parker, shone some much-needed light yesterday upon Mississippi's anti-abortion House Bill 1390 -- a law scheduled to go into effect on Sunday, but blocked later in the day by a federal judge until at least July 11, when a hearing will be held to determine whether it'll be blocked for a longer period. This is certainly welcome news to opponents of the law, but not particularly surprising given legal precedent and the lawsuit filed by the state's only abortion clinic to stop it.What I find rather compelling is that the reasons why U.S. read more

The media's role in the 'tax' talking point

The media's role in the 'tax' talking point

07/02/12 12:16PM

By now, you've heard some of the new Republican line on health care reform -- tax, tax, tax, it's a tax -- from our guest this Sunday, former South Carolina party chair Katon Dawson. They're back it it this morning, including on our own The Daily Rundown, when Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom had to mutate it a bit in order to differentiate it from his boss' "Romneycare" in Massachusetts. (You can judge whether or not he was successful.) If they're counting on winning an election in November on pure semantics (and not, say, actual economics), they're welcome to try. read more

What I've learned from living with HIV

What I've learned from living with HIV

07/01/12 11:35AM

Ed. note: This is a guest column by our guest today, Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, the Dean of Multicultural Life at Macalester College. Chris normally tweets this essay out every December 1 to commemorate World AIDS Day, but was kind enough to allow us to share it in this space.My name is Chris, and I live with HIV.I know some were here last year , so I’ll try not to bore you. I just want to remind us that we are here among you, living, thriving, sometimes barely surviving w HIV/AIDS. read more

In our July 1 show, the choice might be yours

07/01/12 09:25AM

Just as furiously as they've offered disgruntled disbelief through the mouths of their congressmen and conservative pundits, the Right has mobilized in a collective festival of pout-rage over the Supreme Court's upholding of President Obama's health reform law. It's one thing when it takes the form of talking points on television, and quite another when it manifests itself in policy that will affect thousands. It's about to get really real, people.(And no, I'm not talking about the planned Tea Party comeback this week. read more

Justice Roberts as the legislative ‘umpire’

Justice Roberts as the legislative ‘umpire’

06/30/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests analyze Supreme Court Justice John Roberts’ motivations in his Supreme Court ruling. New York University professor Kenji Yoshino, Republican consultant Katon Dawson, The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Think... watch

How health care reform is a game change

How health care reform is a game change

06/30/12 08:00PM

Dr. Herbert Smitherman of Wayne State University School of Medicine and The Hill’s Karen Finney join the Melissa Harris-Perry conversation on the Affordable Care Act and the health care access it provides. watch

Where is the Democratic Party?

Where is the Democratic Party?

06/30/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests, including MSNBC contributor Karen Finney, Republican consultant Katon Dawson, The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and Think Progress’ Igor Volsky, talk about the shifting composition of the Democratic Party. watch

Pelosi: HIV, AIDS a 'life/death issue for me'

Pelosi: HIV, AIDS a 'life/death issue for me'

06/30/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry sat down with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday to discuss - among many issues - the congresswoman's work in combating the HIV crisis. Christopher MacDonald Dennis, dean of multicultural life at Macalester College, joins... watch

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