Monday marked the first pre-trial hearing in the case of Justin Carter, the Texas 19-year-old accused of making "terroristic threats" over Facebook. Attorney Donald Flanary III, who represents Carter, told msnbc he would seek to have the case dismissed on the ground that Carter's remarks were protected speech and do not constitute a real threat.
"We feel pretty good about our case, but it's going to take some time, and that's fine," said Flanary. read more
One World Trade Center—now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere—has also reached new heights in sustainable design. Steven Plate, director of World Trade Center construction for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, gave msnbc an exclusive tour of the green elements of the building that replaced the twin towers brought down during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. read more
1. Dude, whose driving my car? Norwegian Prime Minster Jens Stolenberg takes his campaign on the road – literally.
2. After years of trying to hide it, Jerry Lewis’ infamous “The Day the Crown Died” footage surfaces. Proving once again, the Internet always wins.
3. Just call her “The Comeback Kid.” Cecilia Gimenez, the 82-year-old “Monkey Christ Painter,” will launch her first art exhibition this Tuesday. Isn’t that just bananas?
When Judge Shira Scheindlin declared the "stop-and-frisk" policing tactic unconstitutional on Monday, she did so only four weeks before primary day for New York City's hotly contested mayoral race. Within a matter of hours, the major Democratic candidates had all released statements applauding the judicial ruling. read more
Monday night on All In: Big news in criminal justice. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday afternoon he is pushing for major changes to make the U.S. justice system "both smarter and tougher on crime." Charges that carry inflexible mandatory minimum sentences will no longer be brought against non-violent drug offenders who have no ties to gangs or larger organizations. read more
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My name is Shenita Simon. I live in Brownsville in Brooklyn, N.Y., with my husband and three daughters, who are 9, 5, and 5 months old.
I work at KFC in Brooklyn, where I started out earning $7.25 per hour. After four months at KFC, I was promoted to shift supervisor and made $7.75 per hour, and only recently got a $0.25 "raise" that was promised to me.
It's not enough to support us. I work hard to provide for my family. In 2012, my overtime hours were routinely paid in the following week's check as regular hours. read more
Across the country, working Americans are struggling. Millions are working one or multiple part-time jobs because they couldn't find full-time work. Millions more are making just barely above minimum wage, or working long hours without overtime pay. Wages have stagnated for the past four decades, and even plummeted compared to productivity. Meanwhile, inequality has skyrocketed. read more