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Good Look: 'The civil rights issue of our era'

06/02/12 02:00AM

In his recent, seemingly short-lived campaign emphasis on education policy, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney deemed inequality for students in color in public schools "the civil rights issue of our era." To open last Saturday's show, Melissa went beyond that rhetoric and looked at the substance of the solutions Romney is offering -- an overhaul of national public education that could sideline the Department of Education for good, and place a good deal of faith in charter schools.An intellectually and ideologically diverse panel which featured Umoja Student Development Corporation fo read more

Michelle Obama likes Beyoncé, and that's OK

06/01/12 10:04PM

As the editor of this space, it's hard not to empathize with what Jay Smooth is talking about in his latest video. Forming opinions for deadlines is a tough thing to do, and so I get what he's talking about concerning his new gig with Animal New York.Although I can't comprehend how such a thought entered her head, I can see why he gives (somewhat of) a break to Keli Goff, the Loop21 contributor who concern-trolled her way through a trifle of a column which argued that First Lady Michelle Obama's admiration of superstar Beyoncé could cost her husband votes and drive people to Mitt Romney. read more

How ‘Young Women Rock’

How ‘Young Women Rock’

06/01/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry honors her “Foot Soldier” of the week, Uraidah Hassani, the founder and director of The Women Worldwide Initiative, who uses her... watch

The rise of money as speech

The rise of money as speech

06/01/12 08:00PM

LA Times reporter Matea Gold, The Hill columnist Karen Finney, and historian Doug Brinkley, discuss the history of money in politics, its influence, and the... watch

George Zimmerman, admitted killer of Trayvon Martin, at his April 20 bond hearing.

Trayvon's killer must return to jail

06/01/12 03:36PM

When we mentioned George Zimmerman's big social-media launch about a month ago, we knew then he'd lied to the court during his bond hearing about being indigent, and unable to pay a high bond. The killer of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin raised over $200,000 from supporters via his earlier, cruder website. read more

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