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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 Libertad.org, 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 Libertad.org, 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

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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

The MHP Daily: June 13, 2012

06/13/12 10:00AM

Morning, #nerdland. We'll start the MHP Daily with the AP's series of reporting on the evolving gang culture in Chicago, and its effect on the city's murder rate. It is a must-see. The first installment is above; here's the second, about what it's like to live in these gang-infested neighborhoods. (The third and final one is still to come. We'll share it here once it is available.)From their print report:Maybe it is the splintering of established drug gangs that has young men grabbing the tools of their trade — handguns — to jockey for position? read more

The MHP Daily: June 12, 2012

06/12/12 10:39AM

"He is not the pastor of the United States; he is the President of the United States." This powerful sermon by Rev. Dr. Frederick Haynes III, pastor of Dallas' Friendship-West Baptist Church, in favor of marriage equality is a must-watch. Hat tip to the Lawrence O'Donnell crew for highlighting it last night (see his segment after the jump).The final (American) fight for Afghanistan has begun, but Spencer Ackerman reports that what we're fighting for is unclear:So what could well be the final major US campaign in Afghanistan doesn’t initially target the terrain that its adversary most wants. read more

The MHP Daily: June 11, 2012

06/11/12 08:00AM

We here on the blog have been away for a few days, but the show hasn't -- be sure to check out this past weekend's segments, available in the carousel above. And below, you'll find "The MHP Daily," an early-morning list of links you'll now find at the top of this blog every morning to feed the news-hungry politics junkie in all of you before we add our regular blog posts for the day. We hope that you find it useful.Last week, The Maddow Blog's Steve Benen debunked the Republican lie that the stimulus didn't work. read more

Congressman pushes to increase federal...

Congressman pushes to increase federal minimum wage

06/09/12 08:00PM

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., joins Melissa Harris-Perry to share how he is taking legislative action in Congress to raise the bar on the federal minimum wage. Small business owner Joe Olivo and University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler,... watch

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