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What happened in the Aurora shooting, and...

What happened in the Aurora shooting, and what's next

07/20/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry runs through the latest developments with the gunman who killed 12 and injured over 50 movie-goers during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado. MSNBC host Chris Jansing, NBC News’ Michael Isikoff, and... watch

Judy Goos hugs her daughter's friend, Isaiah Bow, 20, while eye witnesses Emma Goos, 19, left, and Terrell Wallin, 20, right, gather outside Gateway High School where witnesses were brought for questioning early Friday morning in Denver.

'Dark Knight Rises' shooting leaves many dead

07/20/12 09:07AM

From reports, the shooting at the Century 16 movie theater in suburban Denver began during a scene in which actor Anne Hathaway's character, Catwoman, is in a shootout with Gotham City police in "The Dark Knight Rises," the highly-anticipated superhero sequel that opened last night all over the nation in midnight screenings. Audience members describe the noise, all of a sudden, as being particularly loud. read more

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., left, confers with Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., right, following a weekly House GOP strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington.

Abortion regulation without representation

07/19/12 06:19PM

Mayor Vincent Gray is not very popular in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post released a new poll yesterday indicating, in fact, that most D.C. residents want him to resign, his term in office having been stained by a campaign corruption scandal. If the people get what they want, perhaps Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona will want the job. read more

Obama wants Clarence Aaron's case reviewed

Obama wants Clarence Aaron's case reviewed

07/18/12 05:03PM

Twice in May and often here on the blog, we've examined the case of Clarence Aaron, the former Southern University football player who is still serving three consecutive terms without parole for a minor, first-time drug offense. The sentence he received is as puzzling as the failure of Ronald Rodgers, head of the U.S. read more

Appropriation we can believe in

07/18/12 02:41PM

Our show has certain tenets. Some of those are highlighting under-reported stories, as well as scrupulously scrutinizing the political and social significances of our nation’s happenings. read more

In front of an officer, a protester voices her displeasure with the New York Police Department during a June silent march down New York's Fifth Avenue.

Stopping and frisking, but not finding

07/16/12 10:58PM

Perhaps it is a testament to my good fortune as a black man who hasn't been subjected to all that much overt racism (offline, at least). Perhaps being singled out for ridicule or degradation for one's color is so memorable that it leaves scars no matter how many or few times one is subjected to it. Whichever the case may be, I was reminded of one of those instances today when I read Harvard Divinity student Kenny Wiley's account today in the Boston Globe:Last Sunday night, I was running down a street near Harvard Yard, trying to get to Harvard Square Station in time to catch a bus. read more

FDA approves first HIV prevention drug

FDA approves first HIV prevention drug

07/16/12 05:18PM

The battle to prevent HIV and AIDS may be forever changed due to something that happened today: the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug that has shown an ability to reduce the risk of HIV infection, per the Associated Press:The agency approved Gilead Sciences' pill Truvada as a preventive measure for people who are at high risk of acquiring HIV through sexual activity, such as those who have HIV-infected partners. Public health advocates say the approval could help slow the spread of HIV, which has held steady at about 50,000 new infections per year for the last 15 years. read more

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