The president made it clear on Friday that real people are going to feel the effects of Washington’s no-fix approach to the sequester. But does the GOP realize the ramifications these cuts put in place? Rep. Jim McDermott discusses with Rev. Al Sharpton. watch
The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart and contributor for NBC Latino Victoria DeFranceso Soto discuss the sequester showdown and how these cuts show just how far right the Republican Party really is. watch
Rev. Al Sharpton listens to new audio from the SCOTUS arguments on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which shows a clearly angry Justice Sotomayor after fellow Justice Scalia’s remarks that voting is a “racial entitlement.” watch
Radio host Ira Glass and reporter Alex Kotlowitz joins Rev. Al Sharpton to talk about gun violence – specifically Harper High School in Chicago, where gun violence is pervasive through many aspects of student’s lives. watch
Michelle Obama has been touring the country to celebrate and promote the third anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign. Rev. Al Sharpton says her passion for lowering childhood obesity is just one of the reasons she has so many admirers. watch
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency Friday, and announced he plans to appoint an emergency manager after March 11 to take over the city of Detroit after years of financial difficulties, predicting that it will be 18 months before elected leaders, including the Mayor, might take control of the city again. The move comes after a February 19 report that found the city is experiencing a "financial emergency." read more
On February 28, 1854, a small group of abolitionists met in a tiny church in Ripon, Wisconsin, to discuss their efforts to oppose slavery. After hours of discussion, the group dubbed themselves Republicans, and the party of Lincoln was formed. Their main cause? Abolishing slavery, and establishing that all men could truly be equal.
On the party's 159th birthday, the fight for racial equality no longer seems important to the Republican party, especially when a law protecting voting rights is dismissed (by a Republican-backed Supreme Court Justice) as a "racial entitlement." read more
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia set off a firestorm when he referred to the Voting Rights Act, which protects minorities against voter suppression efforts, as a "racial entitlement." But inside today's conservative movement, terms like "entitlement" and its more blunt cousin "free stuff" have become coded language that is widely used to reinforce the "makers and takers" narrative. read more
Reverend Al Sharpton talks about the GOP’s new plan to keep the cuts and make the president decide which programs get the axe, then Salon’s Joan Walsh and The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein join the conversation about the new GOP plan and the sequester... watch
After months of obstruction, Congress finally passed a reauthorization of VAWA. But over one hundred Republicans voted against VAWA in the House. Rev. Al Sharpton tries to get inside the GOP mentality of why they would vote “no” on reauthorizing the... watch
The Republican Party was founded 159 years ago. But a lot has changed since the party’s early days. Rev. Al Sharpton, Abby Huntsman, and Krystal Ball take us through the timeline of the Grand Ole Party and explain what happened to the party of Lincoln. watch
Congressman John Lewis, a hero of the civil-rights movement, said he was appalled to hear Justice Antonin Scalia refer to the Voting Rights Act as a "racial entitlement" today. Rep. Lewis was at the nation's highest court to listen to arguments about whether the 1965 Voting Rights Act should be struck down as unconstitutional.
"It was unreal, unbelievable, almost shocking, for a member of the court to use certain language," he said "I can see politicians and even members of Congress--it is just appalling to me." read more