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Melissa Harris-Perry: Colorado Personhood Amendment 'Goes Too Far'

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Two weeks after Mississippi's infamous "personhood" amendment was soundly defeated, anti-abortion activists have revived the legislation in Virginia and also in Colorado—a state in which personhood measures have already been defeated twice. In a recent appearance on MSNBC, Nation columnist Melissa Harris-Perry argued that personhood law advocates are pushing for states to adopt the draconian law in hopes that it will go to the Supreme Court, giving pro-life groups a chance to overturn Roe v. Wade. Voters thus far, however, have shied away from the measure—"we just haven't seen any state willing to go this far."

—Teresa Cotsirilos

Katrina vanden Heuvel: 'There Is a Movement Brewing in America'

“One man, one woman, even a president cannot change the political system in one, two, three years,” said Katrina vanden Heuvel in a recent appearance on RT, during a discussion of her new book The Change I Believe In: Progress in the Age of Obama. Though Obama is hardly the only one to blame for our country’s current crises, she argues, his conciliatory leadership style has failed to confront the corrupt culture of Washington—a culture that only a sustained grassroots movement could ever dismantle. You can read more of Katrina’s analysis of current events here.

—Teresa Cotsirilos

Former Seattle Police Chief: OWS Reveals the Militarization of Our Police Forces

 "We made huge mistakes back in 1999," said former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, in a discussion of the Battle of Seattle with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! "I'm afraid they're being repeated today across the country." In reaction to escalation of the "wars" against drugs and terror, Norm argues, police forces throughout the country have rapidly militarized—and sacrificed many of their community partnerships in the process. You can read Norm's thoughtful analysis of the issue here.

—Teresa Cotsirilos 

Melissa Harris-Perry: Environmental Regulations Do Not Hurt the Economy or Job Creation

President Obama delayed two major clean air rules, enraging environmentalists who called this delay a bold surrender to business pressure, an act of political pandering and a cold-blooded betrayal of a loyal constituency.

The Nation’s Melissa Harris-Perry joined MSNBC’s Sound Off to talk about the biggest lie polluting businesses have been feeding politicians and communities: that in order to create jobs and turn around the economy, we have to sacrifice the environment.

Jin Zhao

Former Seattle Police Chief: Police Forces 'Haven't Learned From Our Mistakes'

Are the nation’s police officers against the Occupy movement? “Yes, no and maybe,” said former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, in an interview on WNYC’s The Takeaway. Drawing on his own struggle to ethically police Seattle’s WTO protests in the 1990s, Stamper urges police forces to strike an appropriate balance between safeguarding civil liberties and enforcing local law.

“I’m very discouraged by what I’m seeing today,” he said. “It suggests that they [national police forces] haven’t learned from our mistakes—and specifically from my mistakes.” You can read Stamper’s recent analysis of paramilitary policing here.

—Teresa Cotsirilos

Melissa Harris-Perry: Louisiana's Wetlands Are a National Concern

In Louisiana, wetlands erosion and an overall lack of infrastructure have created a situation in which the state is incredibly vulnerable to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina six years ago and the BP oil spill. 

The Nation’s Melissa Harris-Perry talks on MSNBC’s Sound Off during the network’s Green Week about the importance of getting the region back on sound environmental footing. The state has 40 percent of America's coastal wetlands, Harris-Perry points out, and the safety of its coastline is not a regional but a national concern.

Jin Zhao

Wisconsin Wants Governor Walker Out

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“Everything going on in Wisconsin right now is really blazing new territory,” said Nation contributor John Nichols last night on the Ed Show. In the next sixty days, he says, progressive activists will need to obtain 540,000 signatures in order to force a special election—and recall Governor Walker once and for all. You can read more of John’s coverage of the fight for labor rights here.

—Teresa Cotsirilos

Katrina vanden Heuvel on Obama: 'You Don't Lead With Compromise'

 "It kind of feels like a love story where the affair has dimmed," Katty Kaye said of Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel's new assessment on Obama's presidency, in an interview with Katrina on the Diane Rehm Show. In her recently published work The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in the Age of Obama, Katrina reflects on the political successes and failures of Obama's first term, and the need for progressives to navigate the current era with "determined idealism." Click here to listen to the full conversation. To read more of her analyses of current events, you can read her columns here.

—Teresa Cotsirilos

 

Ari Berman: Karl Rove's Attack on Elizabeth Warren Backfired

Last week, Karl Rove’s fundraising group, Crossroads GPS, made the first major ad buy in the Massachusetts Senate contest between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown. The ad is a vicious attack on Warren full of distorted images of the Occupy movement protesters and ungrounded claims.

The Nation’s Ari Berman joined Keith Olbermann on Countdown this Friday and explained why the Republicans view Warren as a threat. He also pointed out that the ad has backfired for Rove, hurting his credibility and providing an opportunity for Warren to rally support.

Jin Zhao

Dave Zirin on Penn State: 'This Is the Greatest Fall From Grace in the History of American Sports'

“This is the greatest fall from grace in the history of American sports,” said Nation contributor Dave Zirin, in an incendiary discussion of the recent Penn State rape scandal with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!“Nothing compares to this.” Considered a de facto saint and”benevolent czar” in his corner of Pennsylvania, Joe Paterno didn’t just turn a blind eye to the pedophiliac activity of former coach Jerry Sandusky. As Dave astutely points out, his silence allowed Sandusky to continue holding overnight camps for young children on Penn State campuses for years to come. You can read more of Dave’s analysis of the Penn State debacle here and here.

—Teresa Cotsirilos

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