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What we're reading: March 14, 2012

03/14/12 11:09AM

We're back from our "weekend," and right in time for Santoromentum! (Don't Google that.) Last night, presidential hopeful Rick Santorum swept the primaries in Mississippi and Alabama. Slate's John Dickerson :The Santorum campaign wants Gingrich out of the race. Though Santorum’s bid remains fragile, he has consistently beaten Gingrich. He would have a better shot at beating Mitt Romney in future states if he was the only alternative, since he would win a larger share of Gingrich's voters (though he certainly wouldn't win all of them). read more

Mitt Romney with his friend and benefactor, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, last September in East Hampton, NY.

Mitt Romney isn't just awkward, he's flossing

03/14/12 08:21AM

We should have known four years ago when he asked, "Who let the dogs out?," then woofed. Posing for a photo with a bunch of Black schoolchildren in 2008, the presidential hopeful (yep, then, too) quoted an annoying hip-hop single for no apparent reason whatsoever, then tried to bark, kinda. Mitt Romney really wants to impress people.I was reminded of this on Monday when Romney flubbed his latest attempt to look cool. Campaigning (unsuccessfully) in Alabama via sports-talk radio, Romney was asked about where NFL free agent quarterback Peyton Manning might land. read more

Tonight, two Yankees try to win Dixie

03/13/12 04:49PM

In advance of tonight's Republican primaries in Mississippi and Alabama, take a look at the discussion Melissa had this past Sunday with Katon Dawson, Marc Morial, and Kenji Yoshino. (Grits and mint tea were actually served.) read more

99 problems, and a job is one

03/12/12 06:09PM

I'm not even sure we in the media recognize our privilege when we describe the monthly jobs numbers as "good" or "bad." In the chatter you hear on at least one Friday each month, it is centered around who and what the jobs numbers are good for: the President and his re-election chances, and the economy.What about the actual people enduring joblessness -- especially the 99ers, who've been enduring it past the 99-week limit for federal unemployment benefits? And what effect does this monthly math on jobs numbers have on the problem of poverty? read more

Zack Kopplin, student-activist.

Meet Zack Kopplin, out to save science class (really)

03/11/12 11:54AM

In today's Footnote, Melissa profiled the fight against the Louisiana Science Education Act -- and an activist driving that opposition, Rice University freshman and Baton Rouge native Zack Kopplin. For the last two years, Zack has been the principal force pressuring legislators to get rid of the law, passed under the guise of "academic freedom," and signed by Governor Bobby Jindal in 2008. Critics like Zack allege that the LSEA allows for the teaching of creationism in science classes in Louisiana schools. read more

Y'all want some grits? The March 11 Preview

Y'all want some grits? The March 11 Preview

03/11/12 07:54AM

Outside of Iowans in the January of an election year, I suspect that no region of the country is pandered to more by politicians than the South. Neither of the two top Republican presidential contenders are Southerners, and as the presidential contest heads to Mississippi and Alabama this week, it shows. Rick Santorum has managed to avoid saying anything embarrassing to this point (he has until Tuesday), but Mitt Romney wasn't so fortunate:“I’m learning to say ‘y’all,’ and I like grits. read more

Creationism in the classroom

Creationism in the classroom

03/10/12 07:00PM

Footnote: Louisiana state senator Karen Carter Peterson, a Democrat, is attempting to repeal her state’s Science Education Act allowing creationism to be... watch

Diplomacy attempts in Syria

Diplomacy attempts in Syria

03/10/12 07:00PM

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell provides an update on the crisis in Syria as violence in the region continues to escalate. But will the United States inevitably need... watch

MHP's (powerful) homework assignment

MHP's (powerful) homework assignment

03/10/12 06:02PM

We always enjoy preparing a little "MHP" homework on Saturday afternoon so that you can read more about the issues we discussed in the morning.On Saturday's show we talked about the "two faces of power."  The idea comes from a 1962 American Political Science Review article by Peter Bachrach and Morton Baratz that is required reading in most political science programs.  You can read it for yourself here. read more

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