While all eyes were on the anti-abortion bill in Texas this week, another fight over women’s health has been brewing in Ohio. Thursday night, Ohio lawmakers approved a budget bill that includes several anti-abortion provisions, among them requiring a doctor to perform an ultrasound, inform the patient if the fetus has a heartbeat, and tell her the statistical probability of her fetus being carried to full term before performing an abortion. read more
Starting next week, North Carolina—which has the fifth highest jobless rate in the country—will become the only state in the union with no safety net for the long-term jobless. Thanks to reforms in the state's unemployment insurance laws, North Carolina's 71,000-plus long-term unemployed residents will lose access to the federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program. read more
State and local elected officials staged a day-long fast on Thursday in solidarity with the hunger strikers currently protesting massive budget cuts to Philadelphia public schools. The state district attorney, three members of the city council, six state representatives, four state senators and one U.S. congressman participated in the fast. read more
1. Michelle Obama joined Instagram. Everyone except Rihanna can cancel their accounts now.
2. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has placed a moratorium on using most chimpanzees, whose genetic makeup resembles humans. The chimps are retiring everyone. The chimps are alright. read more
After Texas governor and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry was catapulted back into the national spotlight this week for his kerfuffle with State Senator Wendy Davis, All In with Chris decided to dig a little deeper into his recent record.
The Governor made grim history Wednesday evening when he presided over the state’s 500th prisoner execution since the reinstatement of capital punishment in 1982. The execution of Kimberly McCarthy, convicted of robbing and murdering her neighbor, was the 261st conducted under Perry. read more
On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer: With interest rates at historic lows, the U.S. government could be borrowing money for next to nothing to rebuild its crumbling roads and bridges, all while creating jobs to combat its stubbornly high unemployment rate. read more
Two months after the Rana Plaza factory collapse which killed over 1,100 people and maimed countless more, Bangladesh is getting a slap on the wrist from the United States due to its notoriously poor labor conditions. On Thursday, the Obama administration is expected to suspend Bangladesh's special trade privileges, which allow it to export certain products to the United States duty-free.
"It's only symbolic. It's not very much money," said Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights executive director Charles Kernaghan. "But someone had to put the line down and say enough is enough." read more
At Yahoo's annual shareholders meeting in Santa Clara, Calif., protesting Walmart employees again made a plea for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to meet with them.
"Five days ago, Walmart illegally terminated me," said Miriam Roberti during the portion of the Tuesday meeting when shareholders were able to ask questions. "Walmart appeared to deny our basic right to freedom of speech, so I have to ask you: are you going to bring Yahoo values to Walmart, or Walmart values to Yahoo? ... Will you please meet with us?" read more
The lone star of Texas tells All In with Chris she "would be lying" if she said she didn't have gubernatorial ambitions.
Tuesday, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis set out to conduct a 13-hour filibuster to stop Senate Bill 5, a restrictive abortion bill, from passing. Her performance made her an overnight political sensation: over 100,000 people tuned in to watch the filibuster and thousands tweeted along with the hashtag #StandWithWendy. She joined All In with Chris Hayes to reflect on her experience. read more