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      “MHP” provides edgy analysis and guest-driven discussion of political, cultural and community issues. Sunday’s topics include: Harry Potter & Geniuses, Voting Rights, and more.
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Matching up your interests to the candidate

Matching up your interests to the candidate

08/24/12 04:26PM

Taxes are on everyone's minds these days, it seems, as Republicans and Democrats duke it out: Where are Mitt Romney's tax returns? Is the individual mandate a tax? What's going on with the Bush Tax Cuts?The website Politify breaks down the real question we should be asking when it comes to the tax debate: whose tax plan would... read more

The elephant in the womb

The elephant in the womb

08/23/12 11:40AM

Despite his seemingly robotic demeanor, Mitt Romney is proving himself a bit of a rogue. His campaign has broken the cardinal rule of presidential races: pander and pivot. First the candidate secures the base during the primaries by pandering to party ideologues; then the candidate swiftly pivots to the center to attract swing voters and ... read more

Earlier this month, Oxford (Miss.) Elementary student Jabari Turner walks into school for the start of the new school year.

'And another thing...' on why we educate

08/22/12 02:31PM

Ed. note: One of our new features, which we started last week, is our "And another thing..." posts from our guests. Since there's never enough time in a segment to hit all of the points, each one of these posts will follow up a conversation Melissa had with them in an earlier show. This week's edition is a timely one, given... read more

Republicans fail to turn Todd Akin into Daniel Tosh

08/22/12 10:48AM

Clayton Williams was running for governor of Texas 22 years ago when he made a remark about rape which the New York Times described as "off-the-cuff" when they reported on his subsequent apology. What he said was, "If it's inevitable," meaning the rape, "just relax and enjoy it." Given what has transpired with... read more

On Todd Akin, and the tale of the magic uterus

08/20/12 06:25PM

Todd Akin has until Tuesday at 5:00pm ET to drop the Republican Senate nomination he just skunked, and slowly back away. Right now, it seems the Republican Congressman from Missouri will stay in, as he told Mike Huckabee in a radio interview today, "I'm not a quitter...By the grace of God, we're going to win this race."This... read more

Immigrants Daniel Nino, left, with his mother Patricia Cara from Colombia, get help with documents and filling with the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals applications at Casa de Maryland in Langley Park, Md., on Wednesday Aug. 15, 2012.

As the school year approaches, still dreaming

08/19/12 11:56AM

After some real talk about education in this country earlier in the show Melissa just concluded the show with an optimistic Footnote on the virtual eve of the new school year. She made reference to an amazing spectacle earlier this week: the incredibly long lines of undocumented immigrants -- many of whom were students -- hoping to fill out... read more

In our August 19 show, we're going negative

08/19/12 09:43AM

Surely if you've been following the news of late, you've heard the conventional wisdom about the supposed "nastiness" of the campaign -- driven mostly by Mitt Romney's inflated rhetoric about "campaign of division and anger and hate" and references to Chicago, which last I checked, has voters in it.What this is... read more

Sikh filmmaker and advocate Valarie Kaur.

Good Look: 'We are all Sikh now'

08/19/12 08:02AM

Last weekend, Melissa offered a moving response to America's latest mass shooting, a senseless act of violence interrupting preparations for a birthday lunch at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee. In her Footnote, Melissa made reference to Sikh documentarian and activist Valarie Kaur (pictured at right), who was on the ground in Oak Creek... read more

Education jobs lost

Education jobs lost

08/18/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry lays out the statistics on the number of education jobs that have been lost, and not due to a teacher's poor performance. watch

CNN anchor Candy Crowley, who will soon be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in the last 20 years.

Why it matters that a woman moderates

08/18/12 02:00PM

This is what debate moderation is all about and why we should care.The candidates must only respond to the questions that are posed to them, so the debate moderator has enormous power over the agenda-setting aspect. They help to determine whether or not any given set of issues rise to the level of national discourse in the context of a... read more

In our August 18 show, we'l pull back the curtain

08/18/12 09:00AM

For as much as Republicans run around screaming about the threat voter fraud poses to our elections, our rights, and our freedom, they sure seem to be caught doing it quite a bit. I'm not referring the pandemic of voter-ID laws spreading through the states like a virus, at least directly. That kind of legislation are solutions in search of... read more

Office Hours: Melissa on the power of words

08/17/12 08:08PM

We're trying something new on the blog, starting today. Since Melissa's regular Friday post is called "Office Hours," we thought we should actually start bringing you into her office and allow you to hear from her directly. Here's our first (of many, we hope) video edition of "Office Hours."Enjoy, and be sure... read more

Members of the all-girl punk band "Pussy Riot" Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), Maria Alyokhina (C) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (R) sit in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow on Agust 17, 2012.

Pussy Riot gets prison for Putin protest

08/17/12 12:21PM

Three members of the Russian feminist punk-rock collective Pussy Riot were found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison today on charges of "hooliganism with intent to incite religious hatred."Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samutsevitch were arrested in March by Russian authorities after the women performed... read more

Protesters stand outside a fundraiser for President Obama in June in Florida to ask for an executive action on workplace discrimination for LGBT Americans.

Jacksonville still open to LGBT discrimination

08/16/12 03:57PM

The Sunshine State just got a little bit less bright. The Jacksonville City Council voted Wednesday night to reject a bill that would have expanded the city's human rights ordinance to protect LGBT citizens in Florida from discrimination in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.City Councilman Warren Jones proposed the... read more

Romney: 'I've never paid less than 13%' in taxes

08/16/12 01:20PM

Mitt Romney today fielded what he called "small-minded" questions from reporters on his taxes, and claimed that he has never paid less than 13% in taxes in the last ten years."I just have to say, given the challenges that America faces – 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of six Americans in... read more


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MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry provides edgy analysis and guest-driven discussion of political, cultural and community issues. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – noon ET on MSNBC.  

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