Ari Melber

here we go

Talking to Senators Rand Paul and Cory Booker before our interview about their juvenile justice bill.

Interview: http://www.msnbc.com/the-cycle/watch/sen-paul-and-booker-in-first-live-interview-313662019613

Republican politicians eventually got over repealing Obamacare.

Republican judges, not so much.

Turns out Obama-care is working. Really well.
 via Gallup data/ MSNBC

Turns out Obama-care is working. Really well.

 via Gallup data/ MSNBC

so they surprised me…


"We’re ordinary people — real people — just like anybody else…"Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin talk about their suit for marriage equality in North Carolina… 


via MSNBC

"We’re ordinary people — real people — just like anybody else…"

Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin talk about their suit for marriage equality in North Carolina… 

via MSNBC

Vibe magazine on our interview:

"Talib Kweli joined a roundtable discussion on MSNBC where he discussed cultural appropriation in hip-hop … bringing into context Macklemore’s recent controversial Grammy win. Referring to time spent with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on tour as an opening act, as well as his 2005 song “White Privilege,” Kweli defended the rapper’s regretful sentiments toward his own victory. He even recalled Macklemore telling him, “I might win, and that’s going to be a problem.”

"Some people think that his text to Kendrick was corny, some people think his text to Kendrick was completely sincere,” Kweli told host Ari Melber. “But I see it as an artist who realizes his position in this culture and is doing everything in his power that he can do. He can’t not be white.”…

"Anyone who’s shocked at the Grammys going to the most popular white rapper of the day, I got a bridge to sell you. The Grammys have been extremely consistent of appealing to mainstream — and another which word for that is white — America. And Macklemore & Ryan Lewis appealed to mainstream America way more than Kendrick Lamar’s. But it shows ignorance about hip-hop as a culture for the Grammys to make that decision so cluelessly."

Republican Eric Cantor might help pass the new Voting Rights Act that was introduced on Thursday. He traveled to Selma with John Lewis for a recent anniversary, and while many Republicans live in gerrymandered, increasingly monolithic districts, Cantor does not. Almost one out of five of his constituents are African-American.

So cynics might say it all comes back to politics. But if the democratic will of a diverse electorate drives the GOP Majority Leader to act, it’s a reminder of why this nation fought so hard to ensure everyone had the right to vote in the first place.

—My article on the new Voting Rights Act bill.