This week, Reuters and NBC released a series of reports about underground on-line networks that enable adoptive parents to relinquish custody of their children to strangers. The practice is known as 're-homing' and the transaction is made possible due to a loophole.
According to Reuters, "children can be sent to new families quickly through a basic 'power of attorney' document--a notarized statement declaring the child to be in the care of another adult." But the rampant abuse and neglect uncovered in "re-homing" raises questions about its legality. read more
1. This time-lapse video of the construction of the new World Trade Center is a must-see.
2. Go ahead, start playing with your food. The Sydney International Food Festival mixed nutrition and patriotism.
3. Round of applause for reporting, now we finally know what the fox says.
Wednesday night on All In with Chris Hayes: on the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and after over a decade of Middle Eastern wars, America is considering military involvement in another Middle Eastern country. read more
As the American economy dragged itself out of recession, the country's wealthiest 1% absorbed nearly all the benefits, according to a recently updated paper from UC Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez. read more
Twelve years after the worst terrorist attack in American history, President Obama yet again extended his predecessor's Declaration of National Emergency for another year. The declaration, which was originally put into place on September 14, 2001, was renewed on Tuesday.
"The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues," wrote President Obama. "For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in effect after September 14, 2013, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat." read more
Watch a special edition of All In with Chris Hayes at 11pm ET Tuesday night for a review of President Obama's major speech on the situation in Syria. The president is expected to make his case for U.S. intervention in Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack on Syrian citizens last month. read more
Unemployment looms for Merle Burge, a South Carolinian whose employer, a vacation rental company, will close its doors before the month is out.
"At the end of the summer, we were told our company is shutting down," Burge told MSNBC. "My last day is September 25. So if I cannot find another job, my only recourse is to apply for unemployment and apply for food stamps. I live by myself, so I have no other income." read more
Democrats have vowed to undo the across-the-board spending cuts under sequestration in the next budget fight, with some even threatening to shut down the government if it doesn't happen. "I’m not eager to do it. There is no honor in shutting the government down," New Jersey Rep. Rob Andrews declared in July. "But I would like to make that case strongly and see how far we can go." read more
New York City’s mayoral front-runner, Bill de Blasio, appeared on Monday’s All In With Chris Hayes to address comments made by current mayor Michael Bloomberg. In a New York magazine interview published over the weekend (just days before the primary election), Mayor Bloomberg characterized de Blasio’s campaign as “racist.” read more