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Making same-sex marriage really illegal

05/08/12 01:09PM

Thinking about the North Carolina vote on same-sex marriage being decided today made me recall the scene in "Animal House" in which Dean Vernon feels compelled to invent, on the spot, a new way to punish a misbehaving fraternity already under probation. He called it "double-secret probation." More or less, that's a comic version of the very serious thing North Carolina could do today if they say yes to Amendment 1.Folks have been very focused upon the Vice President's stated views on gay marriage, and the implications for the President. read more

Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall-style meeting in Euclid, Ohio, Monday, May 7, 2012.

Mitt Romney's deafening silence

05/08/12 07:00AM

Mitt Romney has Rick Santorum's vote (finally). An email he blasted out to supporters late Monday night was published by Politico, and buried in a long stream of consciousness about Santorum evaluating Romney's fitness as a candidate, the former Pennsylvania senator issued a final grade:Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. read more

Will Obama 'evolve' on same-sex marriage?

05/07/12 03:00PM

Typically, Vice President Joe Biden speaking his mind isn't breaking news, unless he's letting an f-bomb slip over a live microphone. Yesterday was another exception.Shortly before went on the air, he told David Gregory on NBC's Meet the Press that personally, he is "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage. read more

Our Sunday homework is on pointe

Our Sunday homework is on pointe

05/06/12 11:50AM

We were truly thrilled to have the gracious and graceful Misty Copeland in #nerdland today, leaving us all dreaming of being ballet dancers.  Your first homework assignment is to get Kristen Hall and Anne Kennedy’s "Ballerina Girl," and read it to a child -- whether they be your own, a niece, a neighbor, or kids at a local school, girl or boy.Daniel Gross lit up #nerdland with his claim that America is actually better off today than in the past two decades. Read his provocative piece, "Myth Of Decline: U.S. read more

In our May 6 show, it's a Misty 'morning'

05/06/12 09:26AM

"Morning in America" is a phrase that for most politically conscious people who grew up in the Reagan era, means one of two things. If you're a conservative, you may have taken quite literally, and embraced as a mantra. For others, it's a reminder of how it could be argued that under President Reagan's leadership, the Republican Party ensured that only a privileged few saw the beauty of the dawn.But what about now? Can that term be reclaimed, at least in spirit, not just by the now-officially rebooted Obama campaign -- but by the facts themselves? read more

One bill that Clinton doesn't like

One bill that Clinton doesn't like

05/05/12 08:25PM

North Carolina has until Tuesday to vote its controversial Amendment 1 up or down -- and now, the Associated Press reports that former President Bill Clinton is chiming in with a decided thumbs-down.He recorded an audio advertisement against the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions. Starting Monday, thousands of North Carolina residents will hear this robo-call:Hello, this is President Bill Clinton. I’m calling to urge you to vote against Amendment One on Tuesday May 8. If it passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage. read more

Biography is at the heart of our May 2 show

05/05/12 08:01AM

Just over three years into his presidency, the idea that we really don't know who President Obama really is remains a key element not only of Republican counter-attacks, but also of media narrative. The GOP hitting him on biography is code for "other," which is so well understood by many that there's a danger of becoming numb to it. read more

Good Look: 'Why do they hate us?'

05/05/12 06:15AM

One of last week's most riveting and well-received conversations on "MHP" took place on Saturday, when Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy joined Melissa to discuss her powerful and controversial cover story for Foreign Policy magazine, "Why Do They Hate Us?" The article detailed the many ways in which misogyny and the abuse of women and their rights has become systemic in the Arab Muslim world:An entire political and economic system -- one that treats half of humanity like animals -- must be destroyed along with the other more obvious tyrannies choking off the region from its future. read more

Office Hours: Romney's leadership problem

05/04/12 11:23PM

Ed. note: In place of Melissa's regular "Office Hours" column this week, we encourage you to check out her appearance tonight on "The Ed Show" with its guest host, Georgetown professor and radio host Michael Eric Dyson. Their topic? Mitt Romney's leadership crisis. After the jump, her appearance on "Politics Nation with Al Sharpton" today discussing Romney's issues with women voters. -- JKS   read more

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