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'MHP' Syllabus: 8.16.15

This Sunday on Melissa Harris-Perry, Trump in Iowa.
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus

This Sunday on Melissa Harris-Perry, Trump in Iowa. As the latest Iowa polls have Donald Trump in the lead in the GOP primary he is increasingly looking more like a genuine presidential candidate … from riding helicopters to hitting the ground in early states like New Hampshire and Iowa for retail politics. We discuss the candidates at Iowa’s State Fair, what it takes to look “presidential” and winning Iowa.

Joining Joy Reid to discuss Trump in Iowa:

 Also, on MHP, the police. As the case against six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray continues to make its way through court, the defense has accused prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's office of covering up evidence that Freddie Gray may have had a history of intentionally injuring himself to get cash settlements.

Be sure to check out these interesting reads related to the discussion:

Also, China currency.  This past week China’s Central Bank pushed the yuan’s value lower, dropping it by nearly three percent over three consecutive days. In the midst of international economic shock, we discuss how China’s currency manipulation is an issue that affects the U.S. and how 2016 presidential candidates are weighing in.

All that plus, sex work. On Tuesday Amnesty International voted to establish policy that would push governments to decriminalize sex work world-wide. We’ll discuss the potential impact of the decision. Joining #nerdland is Seema Iyer, criminal defense attorney and host of "The Docket" on MSNBC's Shift and Chloe Angyal, senior editor, The Huffington Post.

Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Sunday at 10am ET on msnbc. Join the conversation—share your thoughts about these issues on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.