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'Rigging the system' through redistricting

'Rigging the system' through redistricting

06/01/12 08:00PM

At the state level across the country, lawmakers have found new ways to increase their party’s election prospects through redrawing Congressional district boundary lines. Myrna Perez, senior counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU professor... watch

Super PACs: A wealthy white man’s club?

Super PACs: A wealthy white man’s club?

06/01/12 08:00PM

Matea Gold, political reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, and The Hill columnist Karen Finney join Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss how predominately wealthy white men are flooding Super PACs with unfettered sums of cash. But... watch

Fmr. Justice Stevens criticizes Citizens...

Fmr. Justice Stevens criticizes Citizens United

06/01/12 08:00PM

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens this week criticized the court’s ruling on Citizens United, warning that the case will likely need to be revisited. Building on Stevens’ remarks, New York University professor Kenji Yoshino, LA Times... watch

The rise of money as speech

The rise of money as speech

06/01/12 08:00PM

LA Times reporter Matea Gold, The Hill columnist Karen Finney, and historian Doug Brinkley, discuss the history of money in politics, its influence, and the evolution of how wealthy donors have become integrated into America’s electoral process. watch

Roemer drops out, cites ballot access...

Roemer drops out, cites ballot access limitations

06/01/12 08:00PM

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer dropped out of the presidential race this week after giving way to the challenges of running as a third-party candidate. To debate the chances of an independent candidate running in a presidential election, New York... watch

How the Supreme Court could change everything

How the Supreme Court could change everything

06/01/12 08:00PM

In one month, the Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision on the constitutionality of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. With universal health care to Americans on the line, will the court uphold the full law, just portions, or... watch

American children in poverty remain...

American children in poverty remain largely ignored

06/01/12 08:00PM

After talking about the powerful influence of wealthy donors in politics, Melissa Harris-Perry turns the conversation to the other side of the spectrum – poor children. Bob Herbert, distinguished senior fellow at Demos and former New York Times... watch

Is health care a fundamental right?

Is health care a fundamental right?

06/01/12 08:00PM

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, The New Republic editor Jonathan Cohn, NYU professor Kenji Yoshino, The Hill columnist Karen Finney, and historian Doug Brinkley discuss the partisan divide over President Obama’s Affordable Care Act that will likely... watch

Wealth inequality and medical expenses

Wealth inequality and medical expenses

06/01/12 08:00PM

Mitt Romney is campaigning on his dedication to his wife Ann during her struggle with multiple sclerosis, but critics, like The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn, argue that unlike many Americans facing an MS diagnosis, Romney had a way to cover the medical... watch

DOJ orders Florida to end voter purge

DOJ orders Florida to end voter purge

06/01/12 08:00PM

The Department of Justice on Thursday ordered Florida’s Division of Elections to stop efforts to purge the state’s voter rolls of so-called “non-citizens” after errors were unearthed in the process that actually targeted documented citizens. Myrna... watch

George Zimmerman, admitted killer of Trayvon Martin, at his April 20 bond hearing.

Trayvon's killer must return to jail

06/01/12 03:36PM

When we mentioned George Zimmerman's big social-media launch about a month ago, we knew then he'd lied to the court during his bond hearing about being indigent, and unable to pay a high bond. The killer of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin raised over $200,000 from supporters via his earlier, cruder website. read more

Few new jobs, fewer answers, more politics

06/01/12 01:18PM

69,000 shouldn't be the number of new jobs in a growing economy. We all know this. 69,000 is, quite literally, a slightly above average attendance at an NFL game. If you review last season's averages, May's jobs number would fit in right between the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons. Add the fact that the unemployment rate rose to 8.2%, and it adds up to what should be bad news all around, particularly for an Obama re-election campaign that seeks to sell messages like the one above.Even Yahoo! read more

Romney's fundraisers are doing some odd stuff

Romney's fundraisers are doing some odd stuff

06/01/12 08:00AM

If you think there's any chance someone would actually pay $2,500 per person and $5,000 per couple to attend a cocktail reception -- not even dinner, or several dinners -- with newly-official GOP nominee Mitt Romney, you'd think that there wasn't much of a need to give them the hard sell when you send them the invite. You could probably save the rallying cry.One group raising money for Romney's campaign seems to disagree.Here's one of the Aw-Snap!™ bits that that the Romney Victory, Inc. read more

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and these other pastors protesting President Obama's position on same-sex marriage last week. They lost today.

Conservative overreach is having a bad day

05/31/12 05:08PM

One of the most important tests of whether or not The Great Republican Overreach has been rejected definitively will come next week when Wisconsin voters decide whether or not to recall Scott Walker, their embattled (and well-funded) Republican governor. (Per Greg Sargent's report today, former President Bill Clinton will be campaigning tomorrow in Wisconsin against Walker.)However, we've now seen two things happen today that should give pause to those Republicans who remain eager to go off the legislative deep end. (Will it? Probably not. read more

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