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The shift in framing on food assistance

The shift in framing on food assistance

06/22/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry continues her panel discussion with author Peter Edelman, Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Alicia Menendez of HuffPost Live, and University of Connecticut professor Jelani Cobb on the political framing... watch

Are Americans better off with Obama?

Are Americans better off with Obama?

06/22/12 08:00PM

Author Peter Edelman, Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Alicia Menendez of HuffPost Live, and University of Connecticut professor Jelani Cobb join Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about the public perception on whether or not... watch

Teenager leads environmental cause

Teenager leads environmental cause

06/22/12 08:00PM

Foot Soldier: Melissa Harris-Perry honors the work of teenage activist Brittany Trilford for making a stand on environmental issues before the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. watch

Trayvon's killer takes his case public

06/21/12 03:55PM

Turns out that the site, which George Zimmerman's attorney set up for him back in April, is for more than just fundraising and media spin for their client. It appears that they intend to use it to try the case in public. Whether or not this is intended to win a media cycle, taint the jury pool, or simply keep Zimmerman's supporters informed, it's worth taking a look at the evidence.Released late yesterday through that website were audio recordings of Zimmerman's interviews with the police in the days after he shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL. read more

MHP Daily: June 21, 2012

06/21/12 01:58PM

There are some fairly big developments today in the Trayvon Martin case -- starting with Bill Lee, the Sanford, Florida police chief who has been on administrative leave. We noted back in April that Lee tried to quit, unsuccessfully; his resignation was rejected by the city commission and the mayor until a full investigation of his conduct in the Martin investigation could be completed. Seems that's over and done with, since he's now been fired:In a news release, City Manager Norton N. Bonaparte Jr. announced that Mr. Lee was immediately relieved of his duties. read more

Rev. Fred Luter reacts after his election as president of the 167-year-old Southern Baptist Convention.

New leader, new name, new intolerance

06/20/12 10:04PM

Yesterday, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), America's largest Protestant denomination, elected their new president unopposed. This is not a typical news lede; heck, for a lot of folks, it barely qualifies as news. read more

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, yesterday.

Issa's committee holds Holder in contempt

06/20/12 05:26PM

That the headline above has a double meaning is not an accident. Considering that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his fellow Republicans in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have just voted along party lines, 23-17, in favor of holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the question for many who haven't been following the "Fast and Furious" scandal closely remains, "Why?" It, like most procedural issues turned political, depends upon who you ask, and whose interpretation you believe. read more

SCOTUS also deciding fate of 'papers, please'

06/20/12 02:50PM

The Supreme Court won't announce its ruling on the Affordable Care Act until either tomorrow or Monday, but that is hardly their only pending decision which could affect the political climate. They're also scheduled to rule as soon as tomorrow on the constitutionality of SB 1070, the Arizona "papers, please" immigration law which institutionalizes profiling, and spawned several similar laws in other states. (See the AP report above for the basics.)As the New York Times' Michael D. read more

The MHP Daily: June 20, 2012

06/20/12 10:00AM

However you might characterize the news day there was in #nerdland, it's fair to say that these very nerdy, yet hilarious attack-ad parodies done by the good folks at Mother Jones:In HBO's hit show Game of Thrones, there are dragons, sword fights, and zombie armies. But the heart of the show is intense political intrigue. Alliances are forged and broken; back room deals are cut; principles are sacrificed. It's a dirty game. Yet imagine how much more unsavory it would be if super-PACs and dark-money outfits existed in the Seven Kingdoms.Funny way to make an important point. read more