Two and a half years into the violent conflict between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and various rebel groups, the bloodshed is only intensifying, according to a report from United Nations investigators. In a survey of events in Syria between Jan. 15 and May 15, the U.N. Human Rights Council’s independent commission on the civil war says it has reached "new levels of cruelty and brutality"—and that there's no reason to believe the carnage will abate any time soon. read more
1. A lot of people on the internet reacted to last night's episode of "Game of Thrones." We here at All In with Chris Hayes went ahead and picked the best of them.
2. Prestigious publication The Wall Street Journal often reserves its stipple portraits for society’s elites. Joining the likes of Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett: famed internet feline Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce), featured in a profile for Friday's paper. read more
Income inequality in America has exploded over the past few decades. But there's considerable disagreement about the cause of the shift: are impersonal forces like globalization and technological development to blame, or policies designed to disproportionately benefit the rich?
A recently published study from Israeli sociologist Tali Kristal says that labor's share of overall income is declining because workers are losing the power to fight for their own interests. read more
Law enforcement officials can take routine DNA samples from those they arrest, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday. A 5-4 majority held that doing so is little different from taking fingerprints, and therefore does not intrude on a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights.
But civil liberties groups, as well as the dissenting justices, stridently disagreed with the ruling, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy. read more
Updated 5/31/2013, 7:45pm
While only seven months out from the 2012 presidential election, Republicans are already propelling a state-by-state strategy to curb the voting rights of minority citizens ahead of the upcoming general election. read more
1. Former Missouri Representative Todd Akin’s claim that women cannot conceive if they have suffered a “legitimate rape” has inspired both controversy and art. Outraged French artist Marie Busson recently created a pinball machine titled La Femme Flipper … en Réponse à Tod Akin whose playfield resembles a vagina. read more