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Getting (sorta) serious with The Onion

Getting (sorta) serious with The Onion

08/19/11 08:00PM

They call themselves "America's Finest News Source," and that reputation is built on biting satire. The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris-Perry introduces you to one of the snarky geniuses behind The Onion, comedian Baratunde Thurston. watch

Friday Funnies: Iowa straw poll aftermath

Friday Funnies: Iowa straw poll aftermath

08/19/11 08:00PM

Michele Bachmann's meaningless win in Iowa, Rick Perry's debut on the Presidential campaign trail and the one candidate Lawrence considered a rational choice for the Republican nomination called it quits. Last Word guest host Melissa-Harris Perry has... watch

Texas Governor Rick Perry in Dover, New Hampshire on Thursday.

Global warming debate heats up race

08/19/11 07:50PM

Out of all the topics that are effecting Americans this year — the economy, jobs, health care to name a few — who knew that global warming and evolution would heat up the 2012 race?As we mentioned yesterday, Perry told a young boy in New Hampshire, who asked about evolution after being prompted by his mother, his thoughts on what should be taught in schools. "Evolution is a theory that's out there. read more

"American Girl in Italy" photo

An 'American girl in Italy' looks back

08/19/11 05:05PM

Almost 60 years ago, a camera captured the moment every young girl has experienced while living abroad. Amidst cat calls and gawking Italian men, a young American woman tries to walk down the street with her head held high. With a little luck and an expertly timed snap, Ruth Orkin created an icon.On Monday, "American Girl in Italy" turns 60 and the subject — Ninalee Craig, now 83 — is speaking out about the image.It's easy to see how the picture of a young girl surrounded by men can be taken as a symbol of harassment. read more

Romney: Businesses are also people

08/19/11 03:21PM

Following in the "corporations are people" vein, Willard M. Romney presented a business-friendly theme in a new web video released today. He's trying to own his previous comment, which sometimes poses a challenge for him, and run with it.The clip, "Mitt on the Road: A Week in New Hampshire," shows the Republican hopeful meeting with workers and small business owners across the early primary state.Soylent Green "Businesses are comprised of people," Romney clarifies in the folksy video. "I'm talking about repair shops, and gas stations, and beauty salons, and restaurants. read more

First Word: August 19, 2011

08/19/11 01:43PM

Happy Friday. Here are a few stories that caught our eye. What are you guys reading right now?Democrats' road tour strikes back at GOP's stance against raising taxesChristine (no relation) O'Donnell: Morgan's questions were 'creepy'Obama isn't the only one to take a breakObama gets no bounce from Silicon Valley boomRelatives of Norway victims to visit scene of massacre Store's rejection of lesbian bride inspires hundreds of negative yelp reviews  read more

The fight for diversity in schools

08/18/11 11:34PM

North Carolina's Wake County boasts one of the most diverse and successful school districts in the country. Now their conservative school board is changing that. The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris-Perry has details. read more

'The winner gets nuclear weapons!'

08/18/11 08:16PM

 Friend of the show, Ezra Klein (in fact, he's on the air as I write this), sat in for Martin Bashir today. During the show's segment, Clear the Air, he drew an interesting distinction between campaign trail gaffes. His point: the media should pay more attentions to the gaffes that really matter. Why? Because the winner of the election gets nuclear weapons, of course! read more

Gripes over Obama’s vacation

Gripes over Obama’s vacation

08/18/11 08:00PM

The president leaves for his vacation on Martha's Vineyard, and gets criticism from the predictable and not so predictable corners. The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris-Perry gets details from NBC's Kristen Welker. watch