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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

The April 14 preview: This Week in Outrage!™

04/14/12 09:11AM

This week, the political world spent an inordinate amount of time discussing something a CNN pundit said, and the Romney campaign and the Republican Party did their best to exploit it. For the record, here's what former record-industry lobbyist Hilary Rosen remarked about Mitt Romney's wife, Ann:'Well, you know my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues and when I listen to my wife that's what I'm hearing.' Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. read more

Good Look: Kerry Washington visits #nerdland

04/13/12 11:53PM

This week's Good Look, that segment from last week's shows that you just couldn't miss, was Melissa's interview with noted actor and activist Kerry Washington, star of the new ABC political drama series "Scandal." They discussed not just the show and the real-life inspiration for her role as a political "fixer" in the nation's capital -- they also delved into (Miss) Washington's politics, including her campaigning on behalf of Barack Obama in 2008, gender image, and the recent Republican spate of what she deemed to be "legislative violence against women." Take a look; the first segment of the read more

Forced sterilizations on women of Uzbekistan

Forced sterilizations on women of Uzbekistan

04/13/12 08:00PM

Reality Check: Melissa Harris-Perry shines light on the global "war on women" by talking about the human rights violations in Uzbekistan, where sterilizations are being forced on women in an effort by authorities to tame the country's birth rate. watch

North Korea's projectile dysfunction

North Korea's projectile dysfunction

04/13/12 06:57AM

Defying an international outcry, North Korea yesterday launched a rocket that looked vaguely like a hand-me-down they'd found it in some NASA thrift store, and slapped their flag and markings on the sides. Given that it's a country that prioritizes the growth of its military power over even feeding its own people, one might have expected better. read more

Anti-gay hate crime indictment is historic

Anti-gay hate crime indictment is historic

04/12/12 03:08PM

Here's what allegedly happened: Kevin Pennington was held against his will about a year ago after having been tricked by two women into getting into a truck. It drove them all to a secluded area of Kingdom Come State Park in Kentucky, where two men got out and assaulted him. What makes this account different than any other account in any other indictment in U.S. history is that as he was beaten, Pennington was also assaulted with anti-gay slurs.Today, history was made when the two men accused of the kidnapping and assault, David Jason Jenkins and Anthony Ray Jenkins, were indicted. read more

Trayvon's mother: 'It was an accident'

04/12/12 11:59AM

Now that the legal aspect of the Trayvon Martin story has entered a new phase, statements made by the people directly involved carry a new resonance. After the special prosecutor announced the murder charges against their son's killer yesterday, the parents of Trayvon Martin spoke up, saying that the reason they were so vocal is because they merely sought an arrest, not a conviction (through the media, or otherwise).His mother, Sybrina Fulton, also said this about George Zimmerman in an interview with the Associated Press:"I would probably give him an opportunity to apologize ... read more

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