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Zack Kopplin, student-activist.

Meet Zack Kopplin, out to save science class (really)

03/11/12 11:54AM

In today's Footnote, Melissa profiled the fight against the Louisiana Science Education Act -- and an activist driving that opposition, Rice University freshman and Baton Rouge native Zack Kopplin. For the last two years, Zack has been the principal force pressuring legislators to get rid of the law, passed under the guise of "academic freedom," and signed by Governor Bobby Jindal in 2008. Critics like Zack allege that the LSEA allows for the teaching of creationism in science classes in Louisiana schools. read more

Y'all want some grits? The March 11 Preview

Y'all want some grits? The March 11 Preview

03/11/12 07:54AM

Outside of Iowans in the January of an election year, I suspect that no region of the country is pandered to more by politicians than the South. Neither of the two top Republican presidential contenders are Southerners, and as the presidential contest heads to Mississippi and Alabama this week, it shows. Rick Santorum has managed to avoid saying anything embarrassing to this point (he has until Tuesday), but Mitt Romney wasn't so fortunate:“I’m learning to say ‘y’all,’ and I like grits. read more

Creationism in the classroom

Creationism in the classroom

03/10/12 07:00PM

Footnote: Louisiana state senator Karen Carter Peterson, a Democrat, is attempting to repeal her state’s Science Education Act allowing creationism to be... watch

Diplomacy attempts in Syria

Diplomacy attempts in Syria

03/10/12 07:00PM

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell provides an update on the crisis in Syria as violence in the region continues to escalate. But will the United States inevitably need... watch

MHP's (powerful) homework assignment

MHP's (powerful) homework assignment

03/10/12 06:02PM

We always enjoy preparing a little "MHP" homework on Saturday afternoon so that you can read more about the issues we discussed in the morning.On Saturday's show we talked about the "two faces of power."  The idea comes from a 1962 American Political Science Review article by Peter Bachrach and Morton Baratz that is required reading in most political science programs.  You can read it for yourself here. read more

Who has the power? The March 10 Preview

03/10/12 08:41AM

"No one man should have all that power." Kanye West's lyrics echoed through my head as we saw the strong feminist retort to Rush Limbaugh after he attacked Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke. Also, when we saw the response to the Komen for the Cure divestment from Planned Parenthood, SB 1070, Scott Walker, Ohio's Issue 2, Occupy Wall Street, and even the Tea Party. read more

Office Hours: Flailing arms at shadow dangers

03/09/12 08:00PM

Editor's note: This week's edition of "Office Hours" comes in 140-character bits on Twitter, where Melissa wrote them earlier this evening. After Melissa's appearance today on "Politics Nation with Al Sharpton," some critics tweeted at her, taking issue with her quote:"Although race is the main strategy being used as the criticism of President Obama, I actually don't think that racism is the reason that Republicans are criticizing the President."The tweets below are presented in order, and her full segment tonight on "Politics Nation" embedded after the jump. read more

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