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Alleged mishandling in Clarence Aaron case

Alleged mishandling in Clarence Aaron case

05/26/12 08:00PM

Sam Morison, former staff attorney at the US Pardon Attorney’s office, joins Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about Clarence Aaron who is serving three life sentences for a first-time drug offense, and whose clemency request was allegedly mishandled. watch

Wounded veterans in need of assistance

Wounded veterans in need of assistance

05/26/12 08:00PM

As Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel - including former US Army Sergeant Rebekah Havrilla, former Army Captain Matt Gallagher, and political analyst Bill Schneider - continue discussing veterans’ transition home and the growing number of soldiers who... watch

Asian-American voter outreach

Asian-American voter outreach

05/26/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel of actress Margaret Cho, University of Connecticut professor Jelani Cobb, University of Southern California professor Jane Junn, and political analyst Bill Schneider, talk about the largely untapped voter group of... watch

Is there an Asian-American voting bloc?

Is there an Asian-American voting bloc?

05/26/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists - including actress Margaret Cho, University of Connecticut professor Jelani Cobb, University of Southern California professor Jane Junn, and political analyst Bill Schneider - continue their conversation on Asian... watch

Honoring our veterans

Honoring our veterans

05/26/12 08:00PM

In honor of Memorial Day, Melissa Harris-Perry, and her panelists of US Army Sergeant Rebekah Havrilla, former Army Captain Matt Gallagher, and political analyst Bill Schneider, discuss the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the veterans who return home. watch

The GOP's women voters wedge

The GOP's women voters wedge

05/26/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists discuss how factions of the Republican party are attempting to drive a wedge on women voters. But with the GOP's record on women's issues, will Republicans be able to woo women for the 2012 elections? watch

Cory Booker's 'young (& old) money clique'

05/26/12 12:15PM

I'm just going to let hip-hop DJ and videoblogger nonpareil Jay Smooth cook here, since this is about the best response I've seen anyone offer to Newark mayor Cory Booker's defense of private equity and false equivalence on last week's Meet the Press -- including my own.Jay touches on Booker's Wall Street ties -- cited by today's guest Steve Kornacki in his response -- and notes:It made everything ten times more awkward than it would've been if Cory Booker had just come out and said, "I have allegiances to the private-equity world, and I think we should be fair to them."What's most "nauseating read more

In our May 26 show, we're taking you to school

05/26/12 08:55AM

To say that things are falling apart in any public education district would remove agency from those who could prevent it from happening -- or in the case of cities like New Orleans and Philadelphia, those who are actively making it happen. We took a look yesterday at Mitt Romney's renewed and sudden focus on education, and the effort to slice up the Philadelphia public schools yesterday, and one of the reporters covering that better than most is Daniel Denvir, reporter for Philadelphia City Paper and contributor to Salon, The Guardian and The Atlantic's Cities section. read more

Melissa's commencement speech at Wellesley

Melissa's commencement speech at Wellesley

05/25/12 10:25AM

Update: the video of Melissa's speech is now online. See it above.Our beloved host gave the commencement speech earlier this morning at Wellesley College. The picture below depicts the #nerdland flag, swag and campus #nerdland map which the Wellesley students and faculty surprised Melissa with before her speech! read more

New report exposes wrongful convictions

New report exposes wrongful convictions

05/24/12 05:40PM

The National Registry of Exonerations, a brand-new joint project between Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, released its first report on Monday. To date, it has examined nearly 900 individual cases of prisoners exonerated in the United States from January, 1989 through February, 2012. The findings thus far? read more

'This is the campaign ad we've been waiting for'

05/24/12 01:41PM

When I saw Mother Jones reporter Timothy Murphy tweet that phrase this afternoon, I was powerless to resist. I anticipated something either so unspeakably awful that I'd know Murphy was being sarcastic, or something so absurdly profound that it might do more than make us laugh -- it might offer a deconstruction of the art form known as the political ad. High expectations, either way.This nearly five-minute web video released today by Jeff Barth, Democratic challenger to Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem of South Dakota, manages to be more of the latter than the former. read more

T.J. Lane, 17, is brought into Juvenile Court in Chardon, Ohio, on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Lane is charged in the Feb. 27 Chardon High School rampage that left three students dead and two students seriously wounded.

Chardon shooter will be tried as an adult

05/24/12 01:08PM

Almost three months after a deadly shooting at Chardon High School in northern Ohio, a judge has determined that the alleged shooter, 17-year-old T.J. Lane, will be tried as an adult. The February 27 shooting killed three students and injured two others. From The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer's report, the reason why.It follows a hearing earlier this month that may have foreshadowed the youth's defense as an adult, as a psychiatrist testified that Lane suffers from serious mental problems, including auditory hallucinations, depression and involuntary fantasies. read more

Obama launches LGBT voter outreach

05/24/12 11:10AM

The Obama campaign is capitalizing on the wave of support for marriage equality after the flood gates were opened with Vice President Joe Biden’s admission earlier this month that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex couples.On the heels of Harvey Milk Day honoring the trailblazer in gay rights, the campaign on Wednesday launched Obama Pride: LGBT Americans for Obama, in outreach efforts to coalesce the community for the 2012 elections. read more

Clarence Aaron, in the early nineties.

Conyers writes Obama about Clarence Aaron

05/23/12 07:03PM

I wrote yesterday about the increasing momentum that seems to be swelling up about the case of triple-life prisoner Clarence Aaron, and the alarming allegations raised in last week's joint ProPublica/Washington Post report that his plea for commutation was mishandled by the current head of the U.S. Pardon Attorney's office, Ronald Rodgers. read more

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