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The shift in framing on food assistance

The shift in framing on food assistance

06/22/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry continues her panel discussion with author Peter Edelman, Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Alicia Menendez of HuffPost Live, and University of Connecticut professor Jelani Cobb on the political framing... watch

Trayvon's killer takes his case public

06/21/12 03:55PM

Turns out that the site, which George Zimmerman's attorney set up for him back in April, is for more than just fundraising and media spin for their client. It appears that they intend to use it to try the case in public. Whether or not this is intended to win a media cycle, taint the jury pool, or simply keep Zimmerman'... read more

MHP Daily: June 21, 2012

06/21/12 01:58PM

There are some fairly big developments today in the Trayvon Martin case -- starting with Bill Lee, the Sanford, Florida police chief who has been on administrative leave. We noted back in April that Lee tried to quit, unsuccessfully; his resignation was rejected by the city commission and the mayor until a full investigation of his conduct in... read more

Rev. Fred Luter reacts after his election as president of the 167-year-old Southern Baptist Convention.

New leader, new name, new intolerance

06/20/12 10:04PM

Yesterday, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), America's largest Protestant denomination, elected their new president unopposed. This is not a typical news lede; heck, for a lot of folks, it barely qualifies as news. read more

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, yesterday.

Issa's committee holds Holder in contempt

06/20/12 05:26PM

That the headline above has a double meaning is not an accident. Considering that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his fellow Republicans in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have just voted along party lines, 23-17, in favor of holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the question for many who haven't been... read more

SCOTUS also deciding fate of 'papers, please'

06/20/12 02:50PM

The Supreme Court won't announce its ruling on the Affordable Care Act until either tomorrow or Monday, but that is hardly their only pending decision which could affect the political climate. They're also scheduled to rule as soon as tomorrow on the constitutionality of SB 1070, the Arizona "papers, please" immigration law... read more

The MHP Daily: June 20, 2012

06/20/12 10:00AM

However you might characterize the news day there was in #nerdland, it's fair to say that these very nerdy, yet hilarious attack-ad parodies done by the good folks at Mother Jones:In HBO's hit show Game of Thrones, there are dragons, sword fights, and zombie armies. But the heart of the show is intense political intrigue. Alliances... read more

The MHP Daily: June 19, 2012

06/19/12 06:53PM

We have a later MHP Daily today than usual. We had to wait for all the weird news to surface.We mentioned earlier that Ohio senator Rob Portman co-owns a haunted hotel. Also, Mike Tyson will perform on Broadway, Mitt Romney is going to speak at the NAACP convention (maybe that's not so weird), "Joe the Plumber" is blaming the... read more

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez isn't being seriously vetted as a potential Mitt Romney running mate.

After Palin, Romney rules out a woman VP

06/19/12 05:09PM

The veepstakes aren't usually real news until a choice is made, but that may be different this year because of a report that surfaced today.Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is vetting the resumés of that Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, and of former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty so as, perhaps, to avoid this. Both men are... read more

Rodney King, in April of this year.

On 'stop-and-frisk,' and Rodney King

06/19/12 12:10PM

I had about two hours between the time I'd learned that Rodney King had been found dead in his pool -- shortly before Melissa announced it as breaking news on Sunday's show -- and when I had to leave 30 Rock to cover the silent march protesting the New York City Police Department's (in)famous stop-and-frisk policy. (If you're... read more

The MHP Daily: June 18, 2012

06/18/12 03:32PM

Egypt's ruling military forces, you could say, are wiping their collective brows free of sweat this morning. Not out of nervousness that the Muslim Brotherhood's Muhammad Morsi -- the winner of (what appears to be) the country's first real presidential contest -- will usurp the power which they took in the wake of last year's... read more

In our June 17 show, we're keeping it 'real'

06/17/12 08:00AM

One might think that this notion of just who is and who isn't a "real American" has been one that's poisoned our politics just since the beginning of the George W. Bush era. But I'd argue that that meme is just the latest flare-up of the global social pandemic of bigotry. People are ruled out for their sexual orientation... read more

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... 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... read more