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07/18/13 08:40PM

1. Princess Kate is with child. A bunch of people in England can't wait until she gives birth. But they have to wait. But waiting can be boring. Good thing humans are creative. Some Brits have taken to betting on the new baby's name and gender. The names "Alexandra" and "George" are doing well. And "Fergie" is not. 2. Just some robots doin' perfect quadruple blackflips. 3. The state of Wyoming has two escalators. read more

Children sing Happy Birthday to former President Nelson Mandela at a school in Atteridgevile near Pretoria, July 18, 2013. (Photo by Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

South Africa celebrates Mandela's birthday

07/18/13 05:35PM

It’s been over a month since former South African President Nelson Mandela was hospitalized in “critical but stable condition” with a severe lung infection. Despite reports that he was on life support, the still-bedridden Mandela has managed to see his 95th birthday. The government offered a hopeful recent statement, claiming “doctors have confirmed that health is steadily improving.” read more

The abandoned Michigan Central Station is seen in Detroit, Michigan April 5, 2011.  (Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters)

Detroit files for bankruptcy

07/18/13 05:31PM

Detroit has become the biggest city in U.S. history to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder authorized Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, to file for bankruptcy on Thursday afternoon, which Snyder described as a painful but necessary step to rebuilding the insolvent city. "The fiscal realities confronting Detroit have been ignored for too long," Snyder said in a statement.  "This is a difficult step, but the only viable option to address a problem that has been six decades in the making." read more

Protesters crowd into Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office Tuesday July 16, 2013, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Dream Defenders organized a sit-in of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office in response to the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the trial of George...

All In agenda: Standing up to "Stand Your Ground" in Florida

07/18/13 05:25PM

Tonight on All In with Chris Hayes: Pressure is mounting on Florida Governor Rick Scott to respond to protesters opposing “Stand Your Ground” laws as they occupy his office for the second straight day. The group of Trayvon Martin supporters are frustrated with the law allowing the use of force in self-defense which was considered by the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman. read more

Labor Secretary nominee Thomas Perez testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee April 18, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Thomas Perez confirmed as Labor secretary

07/18/13 05:07PM

The Senate confirmed Thomas Perez to be secretary of labor by a 54-46 party line vote Thursday afternoon. Perez will be the only Latino in President Obama's second-term cabinet. Republicans were highly critical of Perez' nomination. In a floor speech in May, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called Perez "a committed ideologue who appears willing, quite frankly, to say or do anything to achieve his ideological ends." read more

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act while in the East Room at the White House in Washington, July 18, 2013.      (Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters)

President 'steadily working' on Obamacare despite GOP pushback

07/18/13 12:42PM

President Obama said that health care was not a privilege in a speech Thursday ahead of the October implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Obama spoke a day after the Republican House tried for the 38th time to dismantle the legislation, which will set up state-by-state insurance exchanges intended to drive down costs. "We've got a lot of problems in this country, and there's a lot of work that Congress needs to do—get a farm bill passed, get immigration reform done, make sure we get a budget in place—and yet, instead, we're re-fighting these old battles," Obama said. read more

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Ray Kelly 'a poor choice' for Homeland Security secretary, says Rep. Jeffries

07/17/13 10:19PM

On Tuesday, President Obama said in a Univision affiliate interview that he finds New York's police commissioner Ray Kelly to be "well qualified" for the soon-to-be vacated position of Homeland Security chief currently held by Janet Napolitano. "Ray Kelly's obviously done an extraordinary job in New York," said the president, praising Kelly for his competence in dealing with terrorism. But under Kelly's most recent tenure as police commissioner there have been 5 million stop-and-frisks. Kelly also presided over the Police Department when it spied on Muslim communities. read more

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