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A First Lady's influence

A First Lady's influence

03/30/12 08:00PM

From the Vault: Melissa Harris-Perry features the famous First Ladies in history, including former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and her legendary televised... watch

Kendric McDade.

The list of 'other Trayvons' keeps growing

03/30/12 01:19PM

A man named Oscar Carillo called 911 this past Saturday night, and told Pasadena, CA police that 19-year-old Kendrec McDade and a younger companion had put a gun in his face and robbed him of his backpack (which the companion later admitted). On Wednesday, Pasadena police arrested Carillo on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, since he lied about the weapon, and now McDade is dead:When officers responded to the scene, they shot Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old black man from the nearby city of Azusa, who died of his injuries at a local hospital...Lt. read more

A.M. MHP: March 30

03/30/12 07:58AM

CNN interviewed Robert Zimmerman, Jr., the brother of Trayvon Martin's confessed killer, last night.NPR interviewed Trayvon's father, who said, "...we're not looking for an eye for an eye. We're just looking for justice to be served."The House of Representatives passed Rep. read more

'Daily Show' deems Melissa to be a Jedi

03/29/12 03:49PM

Leave it to The Daily Show's Jon Stewart to find a light-hearted angle on the Trayvon Martin cable-news coverage this past Monday, including that on our own network -- and mentioning our host.Stewart took account of all of the cable-news anchors and pundits who wore hoodies on-air to show support for Trayvon's family, and to make a point about the criminalization of clothing. Then Stewart played Yoda, determining who was a Jedi, who had succumbed to the Dark Side -- and in one hilarious case, who was neither.Cue to about 6:00 on the video above for proper context. First up! read more

A.M. MHP: March 29

03/29/12 09:00AM

Seeing what George Zimmerman looked like after he killed Trayvon Martin has the potential to shake up the entire case. Again, I encourage you view the video above, compare it to what is described in the police report and the allegations of a broken nose and other injuries claimed by Zimmerman's attorney, and draw your own conclusion. We'll have more on this on the blog later, and on this weekend's shows.Zimmerman's father gave a local interview last night. read more

Trayvon's killer deploys the 'black friend' defense

03/28/12 08:22PM

In the wake of his blaming a hooded sweatshirt for Trayvon Martin's death, Geraldo Rivera offered a statement Tuesday to Politico that I can't call an apology, for fear of reprisal from the folks at Merriam-Webster:“I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies.’”You hear that? He's sorry, it seems, but only if you were offended by his "campaign" to save the lives of black and Hispanic children. read more

'The member is out of order'

03/28/12 07:49PM

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) today removed his jacket, and pulled up the hood of his hoodie while speaking on the House floor to honor Trayvon Martin, and to make a point about racial profiling:Just because someone wears a hoodie, (it) does not make them a hoodlum.The action immediately prompted the acting speaker, Rep. read more

Trayvon Martin was 'guilty of being black'

Trayvon Martin was 'guilty of being black'

03/28/12 05:59PM

Melissa's newest column for The Nation, "Trayvon Martin: What It's Like to Be a Problem," is up today:Trayvon Martin was not innocent. He was guilty of being black in presumably restricted public space...For more than two years, vocal pockets of conservative activists and politicians demanded proof of President Obama’s citizenship—as if a black man was trespassing simply by being elected to the Oval Office. read more

A.M. MHP: March 28

A.M. MHP: March 28

03/28/12 09:26AM

The Supreme Court today hosts Day 3 of oral arguments concerning the Affordable Care Act. Things didn't go so well yesterday for those supporting the law, but some remain optimistic. Still, it begs the question: is the Solicitor General choking health care reform away? Or, is it just the justices' fault? read more

The #hcr debate is too important to be tired of

The #hcr debate is too important to be tired of

03/27/12 12:37PM

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this week regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and that reminded me of an Ira Glass introduction to a 2009 episode of NPR's "This American Life." Glass examined the collapse of the U.S. banking system -- arguably, a dire event that many would have liked not to think about.Sympathizing with our bad news weariness over the awful truth of the financial crisis, Ira shared a news confession of his own:“Maybe you are on the verge of just giving up. read more

Speaking softly on DOMA, and carrying a big stick

Speaking softly on DOMA, and carrying a big stick

03/27/12 12:33AM

Joe Davidson of the Washington Post reported late Monday that the Obama administration has done something gay-rights advocates believe is unprecedented: order coverage for the same-sex spouse of a federal employee:A March 9 letter to Blue Cross Blue Shield, from Shirley Patterson, assistant director of federal employee insurance operations for the Office of Personnel Management, said that “OPM hereby withdraws any outstanding directive regarding the enrollment of Ms. Golinski’s wife, Amy C. read more