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The Syllabus: What you need to know for the July 14 'MHP'

The world is anxiously awaiting news from Buckingham Palace this weekend as Kate Middleton prepares to bring a new prince or princess into the world.
Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham
Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

The world is anxiously awaiting news from Buckingham Palace this weekend as Kate Middleton prepares to bring a new prince or princess into the world. Excitement has grown over the “royal baby,” with a pregnancy that was planned and desired—but not all babies enter the world that same way. On Sunday’s show, our host and panel will discuss the complexities of unwanted pregnancies, and the restrictive reproductive legislation that passed in the Texas state senate Friday night. The new bill bans abortions after 20 weeks and will create restrictions that threaten to shut down the majority of legal abortion providers in the state.

Host Melissa Harris-Perry will take a deep dive on Sunday into the all-out assault on women’s reproductive rights from sexual education to the availability of contraception…oh and did you hear about Tampon-gate?

Remember a few weeks ago when the House failed to pass the farm bill because of push back from Democrats over the projected SNAP cuts? This time House Republicans chose a different strategy when drafting the new agriculture legislation. They did it without including SNAP at all. The program’s benefits will remain intact for now, until they are brought up later in a separate vote.

On Sunday's Melissa Harris-Perry, our host will head back to the drawing board and break down hunger in America by the numbers and show us what it will mean if House Republicans get their way and cut $20.5 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

On Wednesday, House Republicans took their first official step in decimating the Senate immigration bill. Behind closed-doors, they met to discuss a slower, more piecemeal approach to immigration reform. For a while now, activists have remained quiet on the issue, allowing the Senate to move along in its process without too much vocal prodding from the immigrant community.  But where are the activists now? Where is the outrage and protest now that House Speaker John Boehner has made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of allowing a bill that resembles the Senate Gang of Eight’s to pass? Harris-Perry will be joined by Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define America, Republican strategist Susan Del Percio, USA Today columnist and attorney Raul Reyes, Cesar Vargas of the Democrat Action Coalition and Feministing editor Chloe Angyal to discuss what lies ahead for immigration reform.

Plus, Broadway is coming to Nerdland! Billy Porter and Stark Sands, stars of the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, will be on set live!

Of course, we will bring you all the crazy headlines we couldn’t fit anywhere else into two hours in this week’s installment of “WOW…Seriously?!” And yes, we’ll have a Sharknado reference. We’re just not saying where yet.

Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Sunday at 10 a.m. EST on msnbc! Also, don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.