A vigorous debate on whether we would even be talking about surveillance if it weren't for Edward Snowden's leaks, after President Obama's news conference Friday tried to answer the multiple issues raised by the surveillance. Robert Gibbs, NBC... watch
The Tea Party is up to their old tricks. Back in August of 2009, Tea Party activists disturbed routine town hall meetings all across the country to protest the passage of Obamacare. Despite their best efforts to antagonize Democratic lawmakers into voting against the reform, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March 2010.
Four years later, Tea Party members are back at town hall meetings. But this time with a new target: Republican lawmakers. Their demand? Threaten to shut down the government until the president concedes. Tall order.
Friday night on All In with Chris Hayes: Oprah Winfrey is one of the world's richest women, so why did a Zurich boutique refuse to sell her an expensive handbag? Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight the Swiss saleswoman made prejudicial assumptions based on the color of her skin. According to Winfrey, she was told that she would "not be able to afford" the $38,000 crocodile leather Tom Ford bag she asked to look at. After asking two more times to view the bag, Winfrey gave up and left the store, preferring to give her business to a more tolerant salesperson elsewhere. read more
1. The charity giveth and then the burglars taketh away. But then the burglars returneth. Harmony.
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3. The movie Mean Girls. In 30 minutes.
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Ezra Klein talks with Mattie Duppler of Americans for Tax Reform and Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute about the intra-party fight among Republicans over whether to threaten a government shutdown. watch
Ezra Klein talks with Mattie Duppler of Americans for Tax Reform and Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute about how things actually get done when governing happens through gridlock. watch
On July 1, 19 "Hotshot" firefighters from Prescott, AZ., died in a massive forest fire. The city immediately pledged that it was “first and foremost committed to assisting” the families they left behind.
But one month later Juliann Ashcraft, one of the Hotshots' widows, says the city is falling short on its pledge. Because her husband Andrew was technically classified as a temporary employee, she says she is being denied the survivors' benefits she needs to support her four children. read more
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned that New York could soon become Detroit. Ezra Klein talks with Josh Barro, Politics Editor for Business Insider, about why that will probably never happen. watch
Today, Yemeni authorities said they foiled an Al Qaeda plot to attack commercial oil and gas facilities and take over area ports. U.S. officials tell NBC News they do not discount Yemen's claim about disrupting a plot-- but say that plot is unrelated... watch
Thursday night on All In: Obama may have cancelled talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin over gay rights and Edward Snowden, but the shadow that hangs over bilateral negotiations between the countries is the immense stockpile of nuclear weapons they each possess. read more