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Santorum's three-year-old daughter is NRA for life

04/17/12 04:22PM

Isabella Santorum, a three-year-old who suffers from a fatal chromosomal disorder, is now an National Rifle Association member for life. Both of her parents, one of whom is former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, also have life memberships.Despite suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination last week, Santorum delivered remarks to the NRA convention crowd last Friday, and in the same speech that he said Second Amendment rights must "not at the group’s annual gathering. Mr. read more

UC Davis pepper-spray incident gets an F

04/16/12 09:33PM

Five months after a police officer became a meme after dousing student protesters with pepper spray at the University of California-Davis, a new report released last Wednesday has concluded that the incident “should and could have been prevented.” The released report documents the result of an investigation led by Cruz Reynoso, UC Davis Professor Emeritus and former Justice of the California Supreme Court, and an appointed task force to review the incident.The pepper spray was used on those student protesters on campus as UC police officers were arresting students for erecting tents on the cam read more

The bill collector tolls for thee, Rick Santorum

The bill collector tolls for thee, Rick Santorum

04/16/12 06:46PM

The conservative voice of the blue-collar went from going for broke, to out of business.Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign suspension confirmed what many outsiders to the game have been saying for months: that Mitt Romney will be the eventual, if not uninspiring, nominee to represent the Republican party. Also, that a candidate can survive on a shoestring budget for only so long.“We were just burning through cash at a rate we couldn't maintain,” Santorum told "Today’s Issues” host Tony Perkins on Thursday. read more

Did #WarOnMoms get the job done for Romney?

04/16/12 01:54PM

Our colleagues at "Up With Chris Hayes" released a 43-second scoop yesterday that have quite a few in the media pouring one out today for the dearly departed so-called "War on Moms," that "inane microscandal" made up of manufactured outrage, political opportunism, and the lack of proper articulation on the part of a CNN pundit, Hilary Rosen, this past Wednesday.But as "Up" reported, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney said something that in light of last week's alarmism, could offend stay-at-home moms even more than Rosen did:“I wanted to increase the work requirement,” Romney said. read more

Today, tax returns aren't your only Homework

Today, tax returns aren't your only Homework

04/15/12 12:58PM

OK, #nerdland, we talked taxes today to lead off the show, so I think you already know what your tax-related "MHP" Homework is -- file! You have until Tuesday, April 17 this year. Don’t pull a Romney; get those 1040s completed and sent off. Once you’ve fulfilled your civic duty, curl up with a little light reading on other topics from today's show.If you really love cars, you will enjoy James Flink’s detailed account of how the automobile came to dominate American culture, public policy, and politics at the turn of the 20th century. read more

In our April 15 show, 'T' isn't just for taxes

04/15/12 09:22AM

A week ago Saturday, Melissa highlighted the story of Jenna Talackova, the aspiring Miss Universe pageant contestant who had been removed from the competition because she is transgendered, and the rules states that contestants must be "naturally born" women. Well, Talackova was born female, but she had the misfortune of being born female inside a male body. Similarly, Lucas Silveira, the frontman of the Cliks (whose video I posted above), was born male inside a female body. read more

The all-American automobile

The all-American automobile

04/14/12 08:00PM

From the Vault: Melissa Harris-Perry delves into the "all-American" classic symbol of the automobile as she sets the stage on the weight the auto industry... watch

Being transgender in America

Being transgender in America

04/14/12 08:00PM

Joining Melissa Harris-Perry are author Kate Bornstein, Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Mel Wymore, a... watch

Time to tax the rich?

Time to tax the rich?

04/14/12 08:00PM

Tax Day is approaching, and as it does, Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel - including U.S. News and World Reports' Rick Newman, Randa Fahmy Hudome, a former... watch

Do Melissa's Homework, for one day in your life

Do Melissa's Homework, for one day in your life

04/14/12 05:26PM

For months, we have been reporting on the assaults on women’s reproductive rights initiated and sustained by Republican legislators in states across America. But this week, the “war on women” conversation took a turn as Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney shifted the focus to the issue of women’s work both inside and outside the home.So #nerdland hosted a bipartisan conversation today about women, work and motherhood. read more

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