The NRA is supposed to be a non-partisan group. But in the second night of its annual meeting and exhibition, the catalog of speakers--including Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz and John Bolton--and the rhetoric espoused by them, does not point to non-partisanship. Instead, it points to a deeper and more aggressive embrace of the far right. read more
Two weeks after a fertilizer plant explosion killed 14 and left hundreds more homeless or wounded in West, Texas, local officials investigating its cause are holding back on directing blame for the disaster. On Wednesday, the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety held a hearing to determine what regulations and safety procedures are in place to prevent similar catastrophes—and why they didn't prevent this one.
"This is a learning process for the community at large," said Democratic committee chair Joe Pickett, not an opportunity to "point fingers." read more
The All In with Chris Hayes team puts out a daily call to the Twitter and Facebook communities for the “awesomest things” they encountered on the Internet.
1. A women's group in England hosted a talk with a Somali pirate expert. Sadly, the women misunderstood the purpose of his visit and dressed up as pirates (think Renaissance Fair) for the occasion. Pretty embarrassing. But also very funny.
President Obama nominated Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker to be Commerce Secretary on Thursday, which also happened to be her birthday.
"For your birthday present, you get to go through confirmation," he quipped during the public Rose Garden announcement. "It's going to be great." read more
Wednesday was May 1st, "May Day"—the original Labor Day, then "International Worker's Day." It's really the left's only global holiday. Pictures show people around the world, taking to the streets and protesting. They are demanding higher wages, better benefits and safer working conditions. Something, many of us in this country, take for granted, and the great irony of May 1st is that it is recognized all around the world, but its birthplace is here at home. read more