When Bill Clinton was campaigning for president in 1992, while speaking at a Jesse Jackson Rainbow Coalition event, he famously confronted an African American hip hop artist and political activist named Sister Souljah.
Most people who spew such nonsense expect me to delight in their backhanded praise, but believing that there is a point at which a woman is too attractive to be gay is based on the assumption that heterosexual women are inherently better-looking, and that's homophobic.
Maddow has become for this generation what William F. Buckley Jr. was for a previous generation -- the embodiment of the American public intellectual. Of course, because her politics are the opposite of Buckley's politics, this fact drives the right wing up the wall.
We've created a few (totally fake, sadly not-for-sale) examples to send your child back to school feeling confident about their identity as well as the integrity of that peanut butter and fluff sandwich that you packed with loving care, and with the intent of surviving an ATV crash into the side of a brick building.
President Obama is right to believe the world must respond to Assad, both for his chemical weapons usage and for his even more deadly indiscriminate killing of civilians for the past two-plus years. But we are a nation -- and ideally a world -- of laws and not of men.
With Obama in power, a number of MSNBC talking heads have reacted to the Snowden disclosures like Fox News hosts did when they were in hysterical damage control mode for Bush -- complete with ridiculously fact-free claims and national chauvinism that we've long come to expect from the "fair & balanced" channel.
After the Supreme Court's rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 last week, the anti-gay crusaders made their grave pronouncements about 'God's law' and 'founding fathers' and the 'sanctity of marriage' on the Sunday talk shows.
We were compared to drug addicts and the mentally ill. We were even preached to that God hates us. Is it any wonder we were all in the closet back then?
The people attacking others and their rights are always the ones awash in power, clinging to it, choking it off for others. Anyone else trying to get their fair share? They are not "waging war." They are doing everything they can, from a place of significantly less power, to stand up for themselves.
Now, seven years later, in a day where a large number of Americans check-in online at every location, upload a photo most every meal they consume, and update their statuses for their every thought, I'm exceedingly confident nothing is off-limits.
I finally read Rachel Maddow's really interesting book called Drift, and in it she analyzes how easy it has become for America to go to war. And one ...
Rachel Maddow allowed herself to make embarrassingly simplistic and unknowingly complimentary remarks last night about a government she has positioned herself against because that's the thing to do these days: the Islamic Republic of Iran.
It is the GOP's extreme vision of what they think our country should be -- with a weak government and a free ride to corporations and the rich at the expense of the rest of us -- that has put them at odds with the electorate, which is made up of primarily hard-working and struggling Americans.
Ron Wyden was the only Democratic senator to stand with Rand Paul during the filibuster. Where were the other liberals?
Chuck Todd is undoubtedly the hardest working individual in the NBC family and deserves the top spot. His show, The Daily Rundown, may seem drab and a little wonky, but it delivers political news with precision and context.
Inciting a partisan brawl over the minimum wage is clearly political posturing on the part of the Democrats rather than a sincere attempt to solve a deepening problem.