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Monday marks the first birthday of Occupy Wall Street

09/16/12 12:32PM

On September 17, 2011, a small group of activists rolled out their sleeping bags in Zuccotti Park, a small patch of concrete in the middle of Manhattan's Financial District. Monday marks the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street's beginning; since that day one year ago, other occupations have flourished across America and the world, though most of them have since been disbanded in the face of inclement weather and unfriendly—often even violent—police crackdowns."Occupy was successful in changing the conversation," said Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday's edition of her show. read more

Latest Marist poll shows solid Obama lead in three key battleground states

09/14/12 12:00AM

The latest Marist poll results for “the iron triangle of battleground states”—as msnbc’s Chuck Todd called Florida, Ohio and Virginia on Thursday's The Last Word— have just been released, and they show President Obama holding a solid lead over Mitt Romney.According to the poll, Obama leads Romney by five points in Florida and Virginia, and is outpacing him by seven points in Ohio. read more

Gloria Gilman holds a sign during the NAACP voter ID rally to demonstrate her opposition to Pennsylvania's new voter identification law, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia.

NAACP hosts Pa. rally as Supreme Court takes up state's voter ID law

09/13/12 12:01PM

The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court heard arguments September 13 over the GOP-supported voter ID law in the state that would require voters to show a photo ID at the poll, among other items.The NAACP, which has fought against other state-sponsored voter restriction efforts this year in Texas, Ohio, and Florida, among others, hosted a rally outside of the court to protest the law along with the ACLU and union and church leaders."We’re cautiously optimistic that when it’s all over the court will do the right thing," Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, said from Philadelphia d read more

Obama: Egypt is neither 'ally' nor 'enemy'

09/12/12 10:19PM

President Obama described Egypt as neither a friend nor a foe in a televised interview that aired first on The Rachel Maddow Show Wednesday. "I don't think we would consider them an ally. But we don't consider them an enemy," Obama told Telemundo's José Díaz-Balart. "They are a new government that's trying to find its way."Obama continued: "They were democratically elected. read more

Hooters faces lawsuit following anti-Asian slur on guest's receipt

Hooters faces lawsuit following anti-Asian slur on guest's receipt

09/12/12 04:01PM

A Hooters in Queens is facing a racial discrimination lawsuit after a Korean-American customer received a receipt containing a racial slur.The New York Times reported yesterday:In early July, Kisuk Cha and his girlfriend, both Korean immigrants, walked into a Hooters in Fresh Meadows and ordered buffalo shrimp and chicken wings to go. After they placed their order, they noticed their server and another employee standing at the computer giggling and “gawking at them,” according to the lawsuit.When the server handed them their receipt, Mr. read more

Romney and RNC chair lash out at Obama over embassy attacks

Romney and RNC chair lash out at Obama over embassy attacks

09/12/12 10:17AM

Both Mitt Romney and Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus released harsh statements on Tuesday condemning what they said was President Obama's decision to "sympathize" with the people who attacked America's embassy in Cairo."It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks," said Romney in a statement. Shortly after midnight, Priebus tweeted, "Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. read more

On 'Sacred Ground,' and what American Muslims owe to the civil rights movement

On 'Sacred Ground,' and what American Muslims owe to the civil rights movement

09/11/12 05:10PM

Ed. note: Below is an excerpt from "Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America," the new book by one of our Sunday guests, Eboo Patel. Dr. Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based non-profit whose purpose is to make interfaith cooperation second nature in America and throughout the world. According to his bio on that organization's website, his "core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. read more

Lawmakers and supporters look on as President Barack Obama signs "don't ask, don't tell" repeal legislation that would allow gays to serve openly in the military, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

Study: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal had no negative impact on military

09/10/12 02:52PM

It's been nearly one year since the Obama administration's repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and a new study released today by the Palm Center shows that there has been no negative impact on the military or its readiness.The Palm Center, a think tank that is part of the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, conducted interviews over the last six months with veterans, active-duty service members, and advocates who've both supported and opposed DADT and its repeal. The study, titled "One Year Out," found that the "repeal of DADT has had no overall negativ read more