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