Tonight on All In with Chris Hayes: President Obama made a policy pivot Wednesday afternoon with a major speech on the state of the economy and his plans to continue the recovery. He focused on ideas to improve the economic situation for the middle class, including making education more affordable, restoring both job and retirement security, making home ownership more attainable and improving opportunities for upward mobility. read more
On Tuesday, mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner was exposed by online gossip magazine, The Dirty, for engaging in an explicit text message exchange with a 22-year-old woman. The revelation came more than two years after the former New York lawmaker resigned from Congress for similar behavior. read more
Kicking off a series of speeches on the economy, President Obama laid out a number of reforms--from raising the minimum wage to universal pre-school--that would require major legislation that no one expects to pass any time soon. But that was precisely the point: Obama strived to come across as a leader with a long-term vision for the future, criticizing Republicans for being short-sighted and petty by comparison. read more
"One of the biggest lies in the history of this country," according to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, is the claim that the so-called "war on drugs" disproportionately targets African-Americans. But it's not a lie at all, according to statistics collected by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Black people are nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as white people, as the above chart demonstrates. This is despite the fact that black and white Americans smoke cannabis at roughly the same rate. read more
Tonight on All In with Chris Hayes: according to Fox News Host Bill O'Reilly, the issue of violence among young black men must be addressed with harsher mandatory minimum drug sentences, stricter schools, discouraging pregnancy out of wedlock and doing away with "gangsta" music and culture. read more
President Obama will kick off a series of speeches on the economy Wednesday when he is expected to tout the real progress that's been made, while insisting that additional reforms remain urgently necessary. The problem is that our remaining economic problems are all slow-motion crises that require more reform than this Congress is able or willing to take on.
While the GOP House speaker's office has already criticized the president for making another speech, it's really one of the only things Obama can do on his own. read more
1. A weird, big "corpse plant" that smells like rotting flesh blossomed next to the U.S. Capitol. Four words: "Little Shop of Horrors"
2. The 'selfie' phenomenon began with tweens, is now being appropriated by septuagenarians like Geraldo Rivera.
3. No one else in the world Kate Middleton had a baby today! Some people are excited, but some are curmudgeons.
Seventy-one prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility will receive hearings concerning their detention, the Pentagon notified habeas attorneys via email on Friday evening. Attorneys received no details on when hearings would commence or which prisoners would be receiving them, simply that the process was being activated. read more
Walter Fortson is a young man with impressive credentials: He graduated with honors from Rutgers University this year and is headed to the University of Cambridge on a prestigious Truman scholarship.
But on a typical job application, the first thing an employer might notice about Fortson is that he's an ex-felon.
Fortson, 28, served two years in prison for dealing crack cocaine: He got out in March 2010 and has been clean since. Though he's successfully turned his life around, he says discrimination against those with a criminal record is very real. read more