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Honoring our veterans

Honoring our veterans

05/26/12 08:00PM

In honor of Memorial Day, Melissa Harris-Perry, and her panelists of US Army Sergeant Rebekah Havrilla, former Army Captain Matt Gallagher, and political... watch

Cory Booker's 'young (& old) money clique'

05/26/12 12:15PM

I'm just going to let hip-hop DJ and videoblogger nonpareil Jay Smooth cook here, since this is about the best response I've seen anyone offer to Newark mayor Cory Booker's defense of private equity and false equivalence on last week's Meet the Press -- including my own.Jay touches on Booker's Wall Street ties -- cited by today's guest Steve Kornacki in his response -- and notes:It made everything ten times more awkward than it would've been if Cory Booker had just come out and said, "I have allegiances to the private-equity world, and I think we should be fair to them."What's most "nauseating read more

In our May 26 show, we're taking you to school

05/26/12 08:55AM

To say that things are falling apart in any public education district would remove agency from those who could prevent it from happening -- or in the case of cities like New Orleans and Philadelphia, those who are actively making it happen. We took a look yesterday at Mitt Romney's renewed and sudden focus on education, and the effort to slice up the Philadelphia public schools yesterday, and one of the reporters covering that better than most is Daniel Denvir, reporter for Philadelphia City Paper and contributor to Salon, The Guardian and The Atlantic's Cities section. read more

Melissa's commencement speech at Wellesley

Melissa's commencement speech at Wellesley

05/25/12 10:25AM

Update: the video of Melissa's speech is now online. See it above.Our beloved host gave the commencement speech earlier this morning at Wellesley College. The picture below depicts the #nerdland flag, swag and campus #nerdland map which the Wellesley students and faculty surprised Melissa with before her speech! read more

New report exposes wrongful convictions

New report exposes wrongful convictions

05/24/12 05:40PM

The National Registry of Exonerations, a brand-new joint project between Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, released its first report on Monday. To date, it has examined nearly 900 individual cases of prisoners exonerated in the United States from January, 1989 through February, 2012. The findings thus far? read more

'This is the campaign ad we've been waiting for'

05/24/12 01:41PM

When I saw Mother Jones reporter Timothy Murphy tweet that phrase this afternoon, I was powerless to resist. I anticipated something either so unspeakably awful that I'd know Murphy was being sarcastic, or something so absurdly profound that it might do more than make us laugh -- it might offer a deconstruction of the art form known as the political ad. High expectations, either way.This nearly five-minute web video released today by Jeff Barth, Democratic challenger to Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem of South Dakota, manages to be more of the latter than the former. read more

T.J. Lane, 17, is brought into Juvenile Court in Chardon, Ohio, on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Lane is charged in the Feb. 27 Chardon High School rampage that left three students dead and two students seriously wounded.

Chardon shooter will be tried as an adult

05/24/12 01:08PM

Almost three months after a deadly shooting at Chardon High School in northern Ohio, a judge has determined that the alleged shooter, 17-year-old T.J. Lane, will be tried as an adult. The February 27 shooting killed three students and injured two others. From The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer's report, the reason why.It follows a hearing earlier this month that may have foreshadowed the youth's defense as an adult, as a psychiatrist testified that Lane suffers from serious mental problems, including auditory hallucinations, depression and involuntary fantasies. read more

Obama launches LGBT voter outreach

05/24/12 11:10AM

The Obama campaign is capitalizing on the wave of support for marriage equality after the flood gates were opened with Vice President Joe Biden’s admission earlier this month that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex couples.On the heels of Harvey Milk Day honoring the trailblazer in gay rights, the campaign on Wednesday launched Obama Pride: LGBT Americans for Obama, in outreach efforts to coalesce the community for the 2012 elections. read more

Clarence Aaron, in the early nineties.

Conyers writes Obama about Clarence Aaron

05/23/12 07:03PM

I wrote yesterday about the increasing momentum that seems to be swelling up about the case of triple-life prisoner Clarence Aaron, and the alarming allegations raised in last week's joint ProPublica/Washington Post report that his plea for commutation was mishandled by the current head of the U.S. Pardon Attorney's office, Ronald Rodgers. read more

Colin Powell backs marriage equality

05/23/12 05:11PM

Just weeks after President Obama announced his support of marriage equality, a veteran of his predecessor's administration has also made his position public.Former secretary of state Colin Powell, who served under under President George W. Bush, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer today that he supports same-sex marriage.Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was implemented. read more

Obama-as-Big Spender image is simply false

Obama-as-Big Spender image is simply false

05/23/12 01:30PM

Mitt Romney said this on May 15 in an Iowa speech:When the men and women who settled the Iowa prairie saw a fire in the distance, they didn’t look around for someone else to save them or go back to sleep hoping the wind might blow another direction. read more

GOP's wooing of women voters is 'cosmetic'

GOP's wooing of women voters is 'cosmetic'

05/23/12 09:14AM

The most striking thing about the video above is how brief it is. Typically, a two-minute-plus political ad, even when it's a web video, is thought to be too long. When its score is a grating, hokey brand of Muzak that feels reminiscent of 1980s public-service announcements, that doesn't help, either. read more

Rape metaphors are always a bad idea

05/22/12 04:44PM

Cory Booker's comment got folks talking about Bain Capital again, and President Obama responded in a populist manner that not only was an effective rebuttal of those critical of his anti-Mitt Romney ads, but kept the issue rolling. As such, I was interested to hear what Rep. read more

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