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Young activists take the fight to Teen Vogue

07/11/12 06:38PM

You may recall that we closed out last Saturday's broadcast highlighting Melissa's "Foot Soldier," 14-year-old Julia Bluhm who through petitioning and protesting moved Seventeen magazine to issue a "Body Peace Treaty" -- promising to not alter girls bodies and faces in their magazine.Two New York girls, 16-year-old Carina Cruz and 17-year-old Emma Stydahar, decided to take the fight today to another magazine's front door. read more

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the NAACP on Tuesday.

Voter-ID laws are 'poll taxes,' says Holder

07/11/12 12:31PM

It's not just Rick Perry rejecting health care reform; Texas is also in the news this week for its state legislature fighting for for harsher voter-ID laws.After being shot down for failing its pre-clearance test required of states with a history of racial discrimination, the Lone Star State's latest voter-ID law is currently facing a three-judge panel in Washington, D.C. that will decide whether or not to deliver the final KO to a law that could disenfranchise as many as 1.4 million people.U.S. read more

Texas Gov. Rick Perry at last month's Texas Republican Convention.

Rick Perry rejects health reform, reality

07/10/12 02:08PM

The reaction of the Republican Party to the Supreme Court's upholding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been, in a word, petulant. Yes, that will continue when House Republicans inevitably stage a meaningless vote to repeal the law. But forget about the bluster coming from Washington conservatives for a moment. read more

Meet Julia Bluhm, feminist media activist

Meet Julia Bluhm, feminist media activist

07/10/12 11:47AM

Melissa's "Foot Soldier" last weekend was Julia Bluhm: blogger, media activist with SPARK Summit -- and eighth grader. Despite not yet being seventeen, the 14-year-old ballet dancer from Maine took issue with magazines like Seventeen made her and her friends feel self-conscious through their Photoshopped and airbrushed photos. Julia decided to take matters into her own hands, drafting a petition on Change.org which asked Seventeen to stop altering their models to look unrealistically thin and blemish-free. read more

The #nerdland summer reading list

The #nerdland summer reading list

07/08/12 12:00PM

Ed. note: This is Melissa's Footnote, as delivered on today's show and seen below. We've added links to the books she describes. Happy reading, #nerdland.Summer is the season of books. Life slows down just enough to make room for us to read something more than our Twitter feed.So for today's Footnote, this is my Summer Reading List, based on some of the topics we've covered during 2012.This election is all about the economy, but our conventional wisdom about economic downturns just might be wrong. Alexander Fields' "A Great Leap Forward: 1930s Depression and U.S. read more

In our July 8 show, tricks aren't just for kids

07/08/12 09:30AM

Deception and misdirection is endemic to our politics, in ways both unfortunate and necessary. It's tough to pinpoint exactly where that is most evident, but today, we'll spotlight one egregious example: whatever Republicans are trying to pull on America by asking us to trust Mitt Romney. (And, for that matter, trying to pull on themselves.)Call it a Jedi mind trick, run amok. Remember when in "Star Wars: Episode IV," Obi-Wan Kenobi's trick got Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2D2 past a group of Stormtroopers in Mos Eisley, telling them that "these aren't the droids you're looking for"? read more

The battleground ‘chosen ones’

The battleground ‘chosen ones’

07/07/12 08:00PM

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, University of Pennsylvania’s Anthea Butler, and The Nation’s Ari Melber join Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about the skewed influence of voters in battleground states. watch

How Republicans are handling Romney

How Republicans are handling Romney

07/07/12 08:00PM

In continuing their conversation on the “Jedi mind tricks” of the GOP, Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists debate how Republicans will frame Mitt Romney’s wealth while trying to get voters to relate to him. watch

The power of words

The power of words

07/07/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry addresses criticisms from “word police” that were directed at her commentary from last week's show. watch

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