Just as furiously as they've offered disgruntled disbelief through the mouths of their congressmen and conservative pundits, the Right has mobilized in a collective festival of pout-rage over the Supreme Court's upholding of President Obama's health reform law. It's one thing when it takes the form of talking points on television, and quite another when it manifests itself in policy that will affect thousands. It's about to get really real, people.
(And no, I'm not talking about the planned Tea Party comeback this week. Stay focused, folks.)
Already, we're hearing a lot from Republican governors -- like Rick Scott of Florida -- who don't plan to expand Medicaid as the law calls for, or even acknowledge the law's existence, despite its obvious benefits. Today, Melissa will break down not only the Supreme Court's decision itself, but also the Republican histrionics that have only grown louder in the past few days.
We'll also take a good look at Mississippi's new abortion law, in effect today, and we'll welcome one of the doctors who works at the state's only abortion clinic. Melissa will also ask, "who are the Democrats?" -- a question made more urgent by announcements this week of defections from this August's convention. We'll also air a little more of Melissa's conversation with Nancy Pelosi, talk about the fight to live with (and cure) HIV, and go live to Egypt to recap the swearing-in of their new President, Mohamed Morsi. Our guests will include:
- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
- Katon Dawson, former chair of the South Carolina Republican Party and former adviser to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign.
- Ethar El-Katatney, Egyptian journalist, blogger, and author.
- Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-born columnist and public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues.
- Karen Finney, columnist at The Hill, and msnbc political analyst. Karen was formerly the communications director at the Democratic National Committee.
- Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Dean of Multicultural Life at Macalester College, and a self-described "queer Latino Jew."
- Dr. Willie Parker, OB-GYN and Mississippi-based abortion provider. Dr. Parker is a member of the Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health.
- Herb Smitherman, Assistant Dean of Community and Urban Health at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
- Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, and author of "The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in the Age of Obama."
- Igor Volsky, deputy editor of ThinkProgress.org.
- Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the New York University School of Law.
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