It promises to be another crazy week, with big developments in the Zimmerman trial, the fate of immigration reform in the balance, and continued chaos in Egypt. Alex is back in the studio to break it all down for you, noon EDT. Joining her today:
Wes Moore, U.S. Army Captain (RET.)/Author, “The Other Wes Moore”/msnbc Contributor (@wesmoore1)
Richard Wolffe, Executive Editor, msnbc.com/msnbc Political Analyst (@richardwolffedc)
Hendrik Hertzberg, Staff Writer, New Yorker (@RickHertzberg)
Joan Walsh, Editor-at-Large, Salon.com/msnbc political analyst (@joanwalsh)
First up, new details on the crash of Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco, which killed 2 passengers and injured 180 more. According to Asiana’s president, Yoon Young-doo, it was the pilot’s first attempt at landing at San Francisco International airport. “For him, this was a training flight, as he was switching to a new type of plane,” said Yoon. Miguel Almaguer will have all the latest in this ongoing investigation.
Friday saw the prosecution rest after two weeks of testimony in the George Zimmerman trial, and today marks the first full day for his defense. How strong a case did the prosecution make? In a case without clearcut evidence on either side, will the jury’s decision come down to emotion? Might we see Martin’s father take the stand today?
Edward Snowden remains holed up in a Russian airport, but he’s been offered refuge by Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua. The international ramifications of his global escapade continue to unfold. On Sunday, John McCain said the bigger story is the failure of U.S.-Russia relations.
The lesson here is look at this relationship with Putin, that reset button we ought to throw that away. It’s clear what he is, is an old KGB colonel, and he’s not interested in better relations with the United States. If he was, he would make sure that Mr. Snowden was sent back to us.
What effect will Snowden have on relations with Russia and the countries that have offered Snowden asylum? How do they commemorate Independence Day in Sheremetvevo airport?
It will be a huge week for immigration reform, as the House meets Wednesday to determine the fate of the bill, and in many ways, the fate of the party itself. George W. Bush threw in his two cents on the debate Sunday, on ABC’s “This Week”, stating “It’s very important to fix a broken system, to treat people with respect, and have confidence in our capacity to assimilate people…Good policy yields good politics, as far as I’m concerned.” You can watch the entire interview below.
What effect, if any, does Bush’s endorsement of the bill have on its chances of becoming law? Does the President Obama’s support have any effect on the bill’s prospects at this point?
Finally, Egypt has gone from coup to chaos, as thousands of demonstrators continue to clash with security forces. Dozens have been killed and hundreds injured. Is this a revolution, or simply a military overthrow of a democratically elected government? Should President Obama be playing a more active role in the conflict?