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Less presidential talk, more action on Trayvon

03/21/12 09:52AM

At Monday's White House press briefing, press secretary Jay Carney was asked to comment on the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, and the ongoing investigation into his shooting. Carney made it clear that the White House was aware of the case, expressed sympathies to Trayvon's family, but was careful to defer to the Justice Department and local law enforcement.Then Carney was asked a follow-up question:Q:   Has the President himself expressed any comments about it?  I mean, the case of Professor Gates up in Cambridge pales compared to this, and the President did speak out about that.MR. read more

'At least we can remember their names'

'At least we can remember their names'

03/19/12 12:17PM

Florida college students are rallying today outside of the Seminole County courthouse, issuing a simple demand: "Arrest Zimmerman now." They're talking about George Zimmerman, the Sanford, FL neighborhood-watch captain who killed South Florida teenager Trayvon Martin on February 26 --and remains a free man three weeks later, despite the undisputed fact that he fired the shot that killed the 17-year-old (pictured above).The key question in all of this is, why did he do it? read more

You got game? The March 18 preview

03/18/12 08:33AM

 Game can take so many forms, but remains utterly recognizable to itself. So what is game in presidential politics? Mitt Romney's campaign is finding out that boiling down their argument for the presidency to "Scoreboard!" is just as annoying to people as when fans chant it at sporting events. Yes, game is about knowing you're the best -- but it is also a lot about why you're the best, and acting like it.It's not just the money, it's not just the math -- it's the message. Can you win the presidency without all three? read more

The power of the Latino vote

The power of the Latino vote

03/17/12 08:00PM

As the GOP presidential candidates attempt to court voters in Puerto Rico where the primary election is currently under way, Melissa Harris-Perry invites the... watch

War weary in Afghanistan

War weary in Afghanistan

03/17/12 08:00PM

Retired Colonel and MSNBC military analyst Jack Jacobs, clinical psychologist Barbara Van Dahlen, and Iraq war veteran Jon Soltz, joins Melissa Harris-Perry... watch

Barbershops and basketball

Barbershops and basketball

03/17/12 08:00PM

The Melissa Harris-Perry Show checks out local barbershops where communities continue to gather to discuss everything from culture, politics, life and - of... watch

MHP's homework invites you to dig deeper

MHP's homework invites you to dig deeper

03/17/12 02:56PM

It is always hard to find enough time to do justice to all the many facets of the topics we spotlight in a particular show. And that, of course, is why there is always #nerdland homework!Here are some things that you can read to learn more the issues we presented today.You'll want to start with "MHP" show guest Scott Farris' "Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation." It's a fascinating look at the ways that presidential losers have actually helped shape the American project.I also mentioned Blair L.M. read more

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