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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at Knox College July 24, 2013, in Galesburg, Ill. Obama is traveling to Illinois and Missouri to speak about the economy. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

All In agenda: Raising the minimum wage

07/24/13 05:46PM

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

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at Knox College July 24, 2013, in Galesburg, Ill. Obama is traveling to Illinois and Missouri to speak about the economy. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama's challenge to the GOP: What's your agenda?

07/24/13 03:40PM

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

Suspect Gerald Ware (R) stands handcuffed in the doorway of his home as police conduct a raid in search of illegal drugs during the execution of a search warrant for marijuana in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on November 12, 2009 file picture.  (Photo by John...

How marijuana arrests disproportionately affect black people

07/24/13 10:17AM

"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

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Click3: Baby on bored

07/23/13 08:37PM

Chris Hayes shares the three most awesomest things on the Internet for Monday: People flock to the U.S. Botanical Garden to see the blooming of the "corpse... watch

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner makes an appearance at the 111th Street Old Timers Festival in Harlem on July 14, 2013 (Photo by Angel Chevrestt/ZUMA24.com)

All In agenda: The culture of sexual misconduct in politics

07/23/13 05:56PM

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

A laborer works at a housing development on May 3, 2013, in Denver, Colo.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Economy: Without Congress, all Obama can do is talk

07/23/13 04:09PM

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

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#click3 A weird odor at the Capitol

07/22/13 08:41PM

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. read more

U.S. military guards move a detainee inside the American detention center for "enemy combatants" on September 16, 2010 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Pentagon announces Gitmo review hearings

07/22/13 06:15PM

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

Inmate Bobby Cortez, 29, sits in a cage at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

States push to provide some ex-felons a second chance

07/21/13 12:01AM

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

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