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The MHP Daily: June 19, 2012

06/19/12 06:53PM

We have a later MHP Daily today than usual. We had to wait for all the weird news to surface.We mentioned earlier that Ohio senator Rob Portman co-owns a haunted hotel. Also, Mike Tyson will perform on Broadway, Mitt Romney is going to speak at the NAACP convention (maybe that's not so weird), "Joe the Plumber" is blaming the Holocaust on gun control (see above), and folks seem confused about whether ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has died -- "clinically," or not. read more

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez isn't being seriously vetted as a potential Mitt Romney running mate.

After Palin, Romney rules out a woman VP

06/19/12 05:09PM

The veepstakes aren't usually real news until a choice is made, but that may be different this year because of a report that surfaced today.Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is vetting the resumés of that Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, and of former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty so as, perhaps, to avoid this. Both men are considered fairly bland, other than the fact that Portman co-owns a haunted hotel. That said, after Sarah Palin's lack of vetting, it's hard to blame Romney. That said, the real news is who isn't on the list. read more

Rodney King, in April of this year.

On 'stop-and-frisk,' and Rodney King

06/19/12 12:10PM

I had about two hours between the time I'd learned that Rodney King had been found dead in his pool -- shortly before Melissa announced it as breaking news on Sunday's show -- and when I had to leave 30 Rock to cover the silent march protesting the New York City Police Department's (in)famous stop-and-frisk policy. (If you're unfamiliar with the policy, start with this, watch this, then read these. As for why they marched to Mayor Mike Bloomberg's residence, this could be why.)The juxtaposition of King's death and the march seemed both portentous, and unfortunate. read more

The MHP Daily: June 18, 2012

06/18/12 03:32PM

Egypt's ruling military forces, you could say, are wiping their collective brows free of sweat this morning. Not out of nervousness that the Muslim Brotherhood's Muhammad Morsi -- the winner of (what appears to be) the country's first real presidential contest -- will usurp the power which they took in the wake of last year's Egyptian Revolution. read more

In our June 17 show, we're keeping it 'real'

06/17/12 08:00AM

One might think that this notion of just who is and who isn't a "real American" has been one that's poisoned our politics just since the beginning of the George W. Bush era. But I'd argue that that meme is just the latest flare-up of the global social pandemic of bigotry. People are ruled out for their sexual orientation, their gender, their city in which they reside -- oh, hi, San Francisco; my fellow New Yorkers; pretty much any other place that votes blue -- and also, of course, for their race. read more

In our June 16 show, we're being economical

06/16/12 09:16AM

Americans are being bludgeoned with the message that This Election Is About the Economy!!! on a daily, perhaps hourly, basis. Everything else be damned -- money, that's what we want. And it's a smart play by politicians -- particularly our presidential candidates. Whether or not we're politically aware as voters of what President Obama's or Mitt Romney's positions are on issues including the economy, we're aware of what our own bottom line is. read more

Good Look: Black America's political follicles

06/16/12 08:19AM

One of the things that we get the most feedback about here in #nerdland is the fact that our host wears a natural-hair style. (No "creamy crack" as it were.) Paraphrasing Melissa's introduction of the topic last week in her Teachable Moment above, there really are few things as political as the hair that grows out of a black person's head -- particularly the heads of black women. We brought this issue to the forefront in a memorable conversation on Sunday's show that got quite a bit of attention out there amongst our audience, and in other corners read more

Who will Americans blame for the economy?

Who will Americans blame for the economy?

06/15/12 08:00PM

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney spoke on their economic messages while each toured Ohio this week, but which candidate will be blamed for the bad economic times? Israel Ortega of the Heritage Foundation’s, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, and... watch

Unemployment and Obama's re-election...

Unemployment and Obama's re-election prospects

06/15/12 08:00PM

With the unemployment rate hovering above 8 percent, will high jobless numbers potentially derail President Obama’s re-election chances? Melissa Harris-Perry leads the conversation with Israel Ortega of the Heritage Foundation’s, MSNBC’s... watch

Panetta, Pentagon observe LGBT Pride Month

06/15/12 05:00PM

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta released a video this morning thanking gay and lesbian service members -- and their families -- in recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month."Before the repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,' you faithfully served your country with professionalism and courage. And just like your fellow service members, you put your country before yourself," Panetta says in his address. read more

A close-up screenshot of Manhattan for OpenSignalMaps' project.

Wearing your politics on your WiFi

06/15/12 03:45PM

"Do WiFi names speak louder than tweets?" A new OpenSignalMaps study asks just that.James Robinson, an Android developer and one of the founders of OpenSignalMaps, was in Buenos Aires recently and looking for a WiFi connection when he noticed the names of three different politicians appearing as SSIDs (WiFi router names) nearby.The discovery led him to wonder how common that was in the United States, and if that made more of a statement than a political tweet — especially given that the average lifespan of a tweet (hint: it's short). read more

The MHP Daily: June 15, 2012

06/15/12 01:42PM

Melissa sounded off with Thomas Roberts this morning on both the Obama and Romney speeches yesterday in Ohio, and Republicans' "Charlie Brown" ad criticizing the President on unemployment. See the video here, and above.We'll have a longer post later today on the President's big immigration announcement today, which will include video of his speech this afternoon. read more

Obama, Romney visit the Buckeye State

06/15/12 10:00AM

The Best Location in the Nation played host to a forceful, impassioned Presidential address on Thursday, in which President Obama not only sought to make his economic philosophy further distinct from that of his opponent, but made a direct appeal to voters in Ohio, the swing state of swing states:“This November is your chance to render a verdict on the debate over how to grow the economy, how to create good jobs, how to pay down our deficit,” Mr. Obama told enthusiastic supporters at Cuyahoga Community College here. read more

The MHP Daily: June 14, 2012

06/14/12 09:20AM

We're leading off with this video from this morning's "Morning Joe" which features Massachusetts Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren offering some of the questions she would've asked JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon yesterday, when he went to Capitol Hill less to testify about and apologize for his company's $3 billion-plus loss, it seems, than to have his ring kissed by Republican senators.Some of the highlights:“You’re obviously renowned, rightfully so I think, as being one of the most, you know, one of the best CEOs in the country for financial institutions,” crooned Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). read more