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Former President George W. Bush may be hoping the dedication of his presidential library is a chance to rewrite his legacy. The All in With Chris team, with help from Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Colin Powell during his tenure as Secretary of State in the Bush administration, took a tough look at the administration. read more
That was President Obama in his second Texas speaking engagement on Thursday. First, he was in Dallas to muster some nice words about the legacy of President Bush at the dedication of the Bush Library. Then he traveled to Waco for the memorial for the victims of the West Fertilizer Company. read more
1. Two Brooklyn-based designers were so frustrated by the Senate's inability to pass gun control legislation that they decided to create theydontworkforyou.org. The site is an interactive slideshow showing the faces of gun violence side-by-side with the 45 senators who voted against the background checks bill. Hat tip to viewer John Fogarty for bringing this to our attention. read more
A favorite economic study of Republican lawmakers has been exposed as factually inaccurate. Too bad they already enacted spending cuts based on a premise of the flawed study. Chris Hayes explains why conservative lawmakers really want austerity. watch
Political pressure is mounting to make institutional changes to the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Thursday, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to the Obama administration calling for the transfer of the 86 detainees who have already been cleared for release. read more
President Obama spoke at his second memorial service in one week on Thursday, paying tribute to the 12 first responders who died when a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded last week. The service occurred in a crowded auditorium on the campus of Baylor University in Waco.
"To the families and neighbors grappling with unbearable loss, we are here to say, you are not alone and you're not forgotten," said Obama, in a speech emphasizing the sense of community in the town. "We may not all live here in Texas, but we're neighbors too, we're Americans too, and we stand with you." read more
In the aftermath of the Boston bombing, a number of prominent Republican lawmakers have listed "the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system" as a top security priority. Although the immigration reform legislation drafted by the bipartisan group of senators known as the "Gang of Eight" includes severe border triggers and other enforcement measures, conservatives such as Sens. Chuck Grassley and Rand Paul have suggested that more must be done to crack down on unauthorized immigration. 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. Twitter fan Daniel Hestes alerted us to an essay by a 4th grader on the need for marriage equality. With a clarity and commonsense many adults don't have, he states his case: "Why gay people should be able to get married is you can't stop two adults from getting married because they're grown and it doesn't matter if it creeps you out just get over it." read more