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Bei Bei Shuai's 2011 police photo.

On 'personhood,' Rand Paul, and Bei Bei Shuai

06/28/12 02:12PM

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) this week has held up the re-authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, which insures 5.6 million flood-prone homes. He says he wants a vote on legislation that declares life begins at conception.  What does this have to do with Bei Bei Shuai, a Chinese immigrant in Indiana who stands accused of murdering her daughter and attempted feticide?Both events indicate the growing legal trend of states' increasingly delineating rights to the fetus, separate from the mother bearing it. read more

NH Republican calls kindergarten criminal

06/27/12 02:18PM

OK, full disclosure: I went to kindergarten. We had "show and tell," snack time, reading time, and learned basic math too. Some things I never learned in kindergarten: how to hold up a liquor store, where to buy a gun, how to shoplift, and other illegal activities that would land me in front of a judge.A Republican state representative from New Hampshire has voiced some unique kindergarten-based fears. State Rep. read more

MHP Daily: June 27, 2012

06/27/12 08:54AM

We start this morning with Boko Haram, a radical, armed group that wishes to create an Islamist state in Nigeria. They're basically Nigeria's own personal al-Qaeda, and they were designated a terrorist group by the United States last week (which may have been a mistake, seeing as one of the commentators in the discussion above notes that such a designation may be a "badge of honor" for the group). read more

Sanford, FL police investigator Chris Serino, at right.

Lead detective on Trayvon case reassigned

06/26/12 06:04PM

There's a lot in the audiotapes of George Zimmerman's police interviews from the day following the Trayvon Martin shooting that will make your ear perk up, and perhaps even your eyes well up with tears. Most compelling, however, is the voice of Sanford, FL police investigator Christopher Serino telling the confessed killer that he'd ended the life of "a kid with a future," and that "this 17-year-old boy was one of those kids who would have been a success story." He told Zimmerman that Trayvon wasn't "on PCP. He’s not on anything. read more

Oreo stacks up for LGBT Pride Month

Oreo stacks up for LGBT Pride Month

06/26/12 03:15PM

Nabisco and its parent company, Kraft, yesterday on Facebook took a stance in support of LGBT Pride Month with a photo of rainbow-colored filling inside an Oreo cookie.The photo, along with the message "Proudly support love!" has received over 20,000 comments in under 24 hours, ranging from "I love this so much!" to "Looks like I won't be eating Oreos anymore." Oreo also tweeted the photo, which has been retweeted over a thousand times.One of Oreo's slogans is "milk's favorite cookie," and has been considered a snack-time favorite for decades. read more

MHP Daily: June 26, 2012

06/26/12 09:07AM

We lead off today's MHP Daily with President Obama being booed at his own fund-raiser. But that's what he gets for tweaking Red Sox fans, something of which I'm generally in favor. In Boston last night, he thanked the crowd for third baseman Kevin Youkilis, traded on Sunday to the President's beloved Chicago White Sox. read more

A demonstrator outside of the Supreme Court this morning.

Supreme Court keeps 'papers, please' intact

06/25/12 10:56AM

Today was your day to join #TeamLyle if you hadn't already in years past, or in the recent weeks in which fingernails have bitten to the nub in anticipation of the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act. To keep up with all of it, joining #TeamLyle now is a virtual necessity. The "Lyle" in question is Lyle Denniston, who has been covering the Supreme Court for (much) longer than I've been alive. He's one of the reporters for the invaluable SCOTUSblog, and they live-blogged the Court's decisions today.The recap: the Court issued three big rulings. read more

In our June 24 show, we'll examine privilege

06/24/12 09:48AM

I admit it: I miss New Jack Swing. The fusion-R&B genre streamed non-stop out of my Walkman in the late eighties, but now when you hear the words "new jack," you probably have "New Jack City" -- "tick tock, you don't stop," "we takin' over the Carter," and all that -- pop into your head. I know it's not just me. Funny, considering that movie (and that song) were harbingers of the eventual death of new jack swing. read more

Good Look: Examining the white vote

06/24/12 08:04AM

We're doing a second Good Look this week, mostly because last week's discussion about white voters was such a good prelude to Melissa's look yesterday at food stamps, more formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- and at poverty in general, asking the question, is America indeed better off with President Obama? (Americans seem to think they are.) If you've seen the sequel, it's probably best that you've also seen its predecessor. Take a look first at the Go Figure segment below, then the discussion with an all-white panel! read more

Obama’s debut in exerting executive privilege

Obama’s debut in exerting executive privilege

06/23/12 08:00PM

President Clinton when in office invoked executive a total of 14 time. For President George W. Bush, six times. But when President Obama for the first time used executive privilege, it led to a contempt vote from Congress of a top member of his... watch