Nobody is happy with Detroit's bankruptcy. That's the message that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Mayor David Bing and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have repeated over and over in their public appearances over the past few days, following Snyder's authorization of a Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing for the city.
"There is very difficult for all of us," said Bing in a Thursday press conference. "But if it's going to make the citizens better off, then this is a new start for us." read more
Watch All In with Chris Hayes tonight for a conversation about the unexpected remarks President Obama made Friday afternoon on race and the Trayvon Martin case. Speaking from the White House Press Briefing Room, the president discussed the suspicion black men regularly face from a personal perspective. read more
The federal government poured $85 billion to prop up General Motors and Chrysler--an infusion of taxpayer money that helped pull America's auto giants back from the brink.
GM posted record profits in 2011, and Chrysler's renewed financial health has helped it open new plants and training centers. Meanwhile, auto sales are projected to top 16 million this year, returning to pre-recession levels. "We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt," President Obama declared last year.
And yet, this week Detroit declared bankruptcy.
Why is the Motor City still in so much trouble? read more
Pending an appeal, federal judges allowed groin searches to resume at Guantanamo Bay prison on Wednesday. The three-judge panel stayed the order U.S. District Judge Lamberth had issued July 11th demanding all Guantanamo guards halt the practice, saying the addition of the genital pat-down in prisoner searches “seems less like a valid choice on the part of the JDG commander and more like an attempt to deny counsel access through alternative means.” read more
Florida Governor Rick Scott met with protesters in Tallahassee Thursday night and reiterated that he still supports the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground" law.
The group of protesters, who call themselves the “Dream Defenders,” had been occupying and sleeping in the Florida capitol building for three days. They said they wouldn’t leave until they personally met with Scott and until he called a special legislative session to address the state’s “Stand Your Ground" law through what they’re calling the “Trayvon Martin Act.” read more