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Two-party system hurts American democracy

Two-party system hurts American democracy

09/08/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry says the system is broken, but how do we fix it? Former congressman Mickey Edwards discusses his new book “The Parties Versus The People,” and the problem with partisan politics these days. watch

Defining terror in a post-9/11 world

Defining terror in a post-9/11 world

09/08/12 08:00PM

Author and president of Interfaith Youth Core Eboo Patel, Amaney Jamal from Princeton University, and Sikh-American filmmaker and director of Groundswell Valarie Kaur join Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about racial profiling and its effect on Muslim... watch

In our September 8 show, off to the hoosegow

09/08/12 09:54AM

Incarceration is a uniquely American issue. Whether or not you think it's a problem, a badge of honor, or merely a proclivity, you cannot deny that we love locking folks up. I say "uniquely American" because as it stands, the good ol' U.S. of A jails its citizens at a higher rate than any other in the world. read more

Good Look: Remembering Barbara Jordan

09/08/12 08:44AM

This week's Good Look features Melissa's Sunday Footnote, in which she remembered the late Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas, who delivered the Democratic National Convention's keynote address in 1976, becoming the first African American woman to do so. I was reminded of Jordan's speech when I saw another woman address this year&... read more

Labor Secretary: GOP 'obstructionists' are killing job bills

09/07/12 08:52PM

Saturday is the one year anniversary of President Obama presenting his “American Jobs Act” to Congress, which economists say would have added 2 million jobs, and about half of those almost immediately. The bill failed because every single GOP senator voted against it, and House Republicans refused to even vote on it.Congress will soon have... read more

Reich: Today's disappointing jobs report and the 2012 election

09/07/12 10:05AM

COMMENTARYPresident Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention was long on uplifting rhetoric but short on specifics for what he’ll do if reelected to reignite the American economy. Yet today’s jobs report provides a troubling reminder that the economy is still in bad shape. Employers added only 96,000 nonfarm jobs in August. read more

RNC ad has own staffer 'breaking up' with Obama cardboard cut-out

09/06/12 02:23PM

The Republican National Committee is upgrading the image of President Obama as an invisible man in an empty chair, to a cardboard cut-out—in an empty chair.Rather than run from actor Clint Eastwood's heavily ridiculed rendition of a prime time political speech, the RNC appears to be doubling down. And as women's issues—including... read more

Supporters wave signs during President of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)  Bob King 's address at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 5, 2012...

Democratic convention's day two dominated by economic populism

09/05/12 11:59PM

By Ben AdlerCharlotte, N.C.—The Democratic National Convention got off to a slow start on Wednesday evening with a string of unexceptional speeches. But shortly before the network television coverage hour began at 10 p.m., the Democrats found their voice and honed in on a sharp, compelling message.If Tuesday was focused on women’s rights... read more

LIVE: Day 2 of #DNC2012

09/05/12 07:00PM

Our special coverage is beginning right now on msnbc, and Melissa will be a part of it! Be sure to keep an eye out for her -- but of you're interested in watching the raw feed, or are away from your TV, click on the live video window below. Then, get the conversation going in the comments!See you online, #nerdland, and on msnbc!  read more

Melissa reacts to Day 1 of #DNC2012

09/05/12 04:00PM

Melissa is in Charlotte to cover the Democratic National Convention, and as such, was on TV quite a bit today. Take a look at her contribution below (and after the jump) to the political panel on Chuck Todd's "The Daily Rundown." Whenever you click away from NFL's opening-night game, be sure to join msnbc tonight for live... read more

Free advice for future #nerdland interns

Free advice for future #nerdland interns

09/02/12 12:05PM

Dear Future "Melissa Harris-Perry" Interns,Congratulations! I’m sure you’re excited, albeit a bit nervous, about your first day working on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. Don’t worry, as the first/best/worst intern the show has ever had, I feel a certain responsibility to make your transition as easy as possible.  That’s why I created... read more

In our September 2 show, raising up the blue tent

09/02/12 09:00AM

The "don't boo -- vote!" line has been a big thing for President Obama thus far on the campaign. It follows a simple formula -- mention of Republicans elicits boos, President silences boos with message people like -- encouraging anger, and then decrying it in a way that encourages eyes to be directed towards the prize, so to speak. read more

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