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To win, you need to put in the (home)work

To win, you need to put in the (home)work

04/21/12 05:20PM

This morning in #nerdland, we asked about how racial considerations might impact the re-election of President Obama. We were drawing on the research of Don Kinder and Allison Dale-Riddle, who found compelling evidence that the racial animus of white voters influenced the 2008 election outcome. In "The End of Race? Obama, 2008, and Racial Politics in America," they argue that racial resentment is still a potent political force. We gave you an update on Trayvon Martin. This case is now in the courts and will work its way through the system. read more

Office Hours: Let's get rid of grades

Office Hours: Let's get rid of grades

04/20/12 08:23PM

The world would be a better place without grades. My opposition to assigning them grows to a near-religious fanaticism at this point in the semester, when my desk, kitchen counter and handbag are overflowing with students’ papers that must be graded. They call to me at night, those earnest words and eager political analyses from young people, awaiting my assessment.But not grading these mini-masterpieces would not lessen my workload. read more

Championing female athletes

Championing female athletes

04/20/12 08:00PM

The Melissa Harris-Perry panelists - including ESPN columnist Jemele Hill, Black Girls Run co-founder Ashley Hicks, and the first woman to run in the Boston... watch

Apology not accepted

Apology not accepted

04/20/12 08:00PM

In providing an update on the Trayvon Martin case, Melissa Harris-Perry takes a closer look at the gaps in the apology to Trayvon’s family given by his... watch

13 years after Columbine, the NRA presses on

13 years after Columbine, the NRA presses on

04/20/12 04:37PM

It was 13 years ago today that teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire at Columbine High School, injuring dozens and killing 12 students and 1 teacher before turning their guns on themselves. The incident is the fourth-deadliest school massacre in U.S. history, and the deadliest for an American high school.The massacre prompted a nationwide discussion about gun control and security in schools. Many schools implemented new security measures, including metal detectors and security guards, to screen students as they entered the campus. read more

$150,000 bond set for Trayvon's killer

04/20/12 01:06PM

George Zimmerman has been trying to apologize to Trayvon Martin's parents for killing their son, but they weren't having any part of it:On Thursday night, Zimmerman reached out to ask to speak to Martin’s parents, but they rejected that request, the family's attorney, Benjamin Crump, told NBC Miami.The family did not want to talk with Zimmerman because they felt he had never publicly apologized for what happened to their son and they thought it was inappropriate to do so at the 11th hour before his bond hearing, according to Crump.They also had made it clear that they didn't want any bail read more

President Obama sits at the front of the bus

President Obama sits at the front of the bus

04/19/12 08:29PM

President Obama visited the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan yesterday, and took a moment to sit in the bus in which the late Rosa Parks made history:"I actually had the chance to sit in Rosa Parks' bus," Obama said. read more

North Carolina now voting on marriage rights

04/19/12 06:43PM

In yet another effort to discriminate against the LGBT community, a new constitutional amendment in North Carolina would legally ban same-sex marriage in the state. Early voting began today in North Carolina; the state's primary will take place on May 8.Amendment 1 would define marriage between one man and one woman as "the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized" in North Carolina, and would add the ban to the state’s constitution. read more

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