1. On Tuesday, the President and First Lady were in South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Also in attendance was Cuba’s President, Raul Castro. At some point the two heads of state met and shook hands, an egregious move according to some Republicans. “Why should you shake hands with somebody who’s keeping Americans in prison? I mean, what’s the point? Neville Chamberlain shook hands with Hitler,” said McCain. Joining Chris Hayes to discuss the right’s reaction to the Mandela funeral are President of TransAfrica Nicole Lee and Maya Wiley.
2. Republican Rep. Steve Stockman announced his plan to challenge Sen. John Cornyn in the upcoming senatorial election in Texas. Why you should care about this: When he ran for Congress, Stockman’s campaign bumper sticker read: “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.” The Congressman also tweeted this:
Mother Jones has a full list of Stockman gems here. Joining Chris Hayes at the table to discuss the announcement is NBC Political Analyst Howard Fineman.
4. The New York Times published a three part story called “Invisible Child” that tracks Dasani, an 11-year-old girl growing up in poverty. The New York Post editorial board published a piece decrying The New York Times reporting: “If the city is at fault here, it might well be for having been too generous — providing so much that neither the father nor mother seems much inclined to provide for their kids. That would be a story worth reading.” Joining Chris Hayes to discuss the connection between the rhetoric propagated by outlets like the New York Post and policies being introduced and passed by the right are Food Bank for New York City, Margarette Purvis, President at the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden, and Food Policy Action’s Tom Colicchio.