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Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Okla, Monday, May 20, 2013. Near SW 149th and Hudson. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman,  Paul Hellstern)

Teachers: Heroes in a crisis--but otherwise under fire

05/21/13 05:53PM

The teachers at Plaza Towers Elementary School had a 16-minute warning. As one of the most destructive tornadoes barreled towards the school, educators evacuated the older children—the fourth, fifth, and sixth graders—to a nearby church. But the younger children sought shelter within the school building, and teachers stayed with them. read more

Low-wage employees of federal contractors protest in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 2013. (Photo courtesy of GoodJobsNation.org)

Hundreds of low-wage workers go on strike in D.C.

05/21/13 09:19AM

Hundreds of low-wage employees of federal contractors walked off the job on Tuesday morning, demanding that President Obama sign legislation or an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay higher wages. The Washington, D.C., strike is led by a new campaign called Good Jobs Nation, formed earlier this month. read more

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Journalism is heading for 'GOP-style problems,' says Chideya

05/20/13 09:33PM

In her most recent piece for The Nation, acclaimed journalist Farai Chideya critiques the American news media's lack of diversity: "We are witnessing the resegregation of the American media." According to the American Society of News Editors survey, minority newsroom positions dropped by 5.7%. msnbc sat down with Chideya to further discuss the problems and glean some possible solutions. How is news covered? If there are fewer people of color in newsrooms, does the nature of the news change? Chideya thinks the problem is more about the network news outlets' intentions.
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is sworn in during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice May 15, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Fox News reporter named 'co-conspirator' in leak case

05/20/13 05:00PM

The Justice Department (DOJ) sought a warrant in 2010 to inspect the private emails of Fox News correspondent James Rosen, according to court documents obtained by the Washington Post and which were released Monday. The department calls Rosen "an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator" to the leaking of classified materials, in its application for a search warrant, which was approved by a U.S. magistrate judge in May 2010. read more

Karen Lewis, center, President of the Chicago Teachers Union addresses other opponents of a plan to close 54 Chicago Public Schools during a demonstration and march through Chicago's downtown Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chicago teachers lead protest of proposed mass school closings

05/20/13 01:00PM

Monday marked the conclusion of a three-day series of protests by Chicago teachers, parents, and community members against the closure of up to 54 of the city's public schools. The Chicago Board of Education will decide the fate of those "underutilized" schools on Wednesday in what could be the biggest round of closings ever for a single American school district. read more

click 3: Semper dry?

click 3: Semper dry?

05/18/13 08:37PM

Chris Hayes shares the three awesomest things on the internet today 1) Gawker reports that the mayor of Toronto is seen on video smoking crack cocaine 2)... watch

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