Rev. Al Sharpton talks about the continued importance of the civil rights movement – including the Voting Rights Act – and why we shouldn’t forget the sacrifice of civil rights leaders despite the progress society has made so far. watch
Rev. Al Sharpton says he could not believe his ears Wednesday morning when he heard the arguments in the Supreme Court to overturn Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Rep. John Lewis joins Sharpton to talk about expectations and implications of... watch
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia referred to Congress's renewal of the Voting Rights Act as the “perpetuation of racial entitlement," during Wednesday's Supreme Court hearing on the law—a comment that one voting-rights advocate denounced as "shocking." read more
NBC News Justice correspondent Pete Williams emerged from the courtroom doubtful that the Voting Rights Act will remain fully intact. "I think it's a safe prediction to say that the Voting Rights Act as it now stands is not going to survive. The question is how far will the Supreme Court go?"
Both Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kennedy, the likely swing votes, reportedly had concerns with the law. Williams reports that Kennedy said at one point during the hearings "The Marshall Plan was a good thing at one time but times change." read more
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in effect won Tuesday’s special election primary for the Illinois seat vacated by Congressman Jesse Jackson II. Though his name did not even make the ballot, Bloomberg's money did in propping up the victor, former Illinois State Rep. Robin Kelly, in a sign that the all powerful pro-gun NRA lobby has met its match. read more
On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin stopped by the local convenience store to buy some snacks - a bottle of Iced tea and some Skittles. The 17 year old was headed back to his father's girlfriend's apartment to watch the NBA All Star game on TV. On his way, he was shot and killed, just steps from his destination. It was a tragedy that soon became national news.
In the year since that tragic day, Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, have spent a year grieving and searching for answers. read more
Elizabeth Warren is leveling the playing field, going after banks at her first Banking Committee hearing. Rev. Al Sharpton talks about why holding banks accountable is “classic Warren” and why it’s great to have her in the Senate. watch
Rev. Al Sharpton looks back one year ago to the shooting of Trayvon Martin. He talks to Trayvon’s parents – Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin – as well as their lawyer, Benjamin Crump, about what the past year has been like for them. watch
With the sequester spending cuts about to kick in, it doesn’t look like either side is willing to compromise on a new deal. Rev. Al Sharpton talks about the GOP’s inability to see the light on the cuts with MSNBC.com’s Richard Wolffe and Rep. Bobby Scott. watch
Rev. Al Sharpton and Mother Jones’ David Corn talk about Bill O’Reilly’s reversion back to election rhetoric, talking about Americans as “takers” as automatic budget cuts are about to kick in, and how it seems the GOP still can’t accept that they lost... watch
The battle rages on between Chris Christie and the Republican Party. As Gov. Christie announced his support of the president’s Medicaid expansion, conservatives decided not to invite him – the most popular Republican in the country – to CPAC. Rev. Al... watch
Washington's spending problem might be House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's favorite thing to complain about. The Virginia Republican has said "Washington has a spending problem" more times than any reasonable human being would try to count.
And he especially likes to criticize Washington for wasteful spending. He probably thought he had hit the jackpot last week when he tweeted this one.
President Obama wants to raise your taxes so he can pay people $1.2 million to play World of Warcraft. 1.usa.gov/Y3NGOH
— Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader) February 19, 2013
It has been a full year since Jahvaris Fulton’s little brother was shot and killed. Yet the loss hasn't completely registered.
“I know he died but it still doesn't feel that way,” Fulton told msnbc.com on Monday. “It’s like he just went away and hasn't come back yet.”
But reminders of his brother’s death appear almost daily. When Fulton cracks open his textbook for his American Studies class at Florida International University on Tuesdays and Thursdays, his brother’s photograph and story are listed under a chapter on Civil Rights. read more
Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin in a gated residential community in Sanford, Fl., and just over ten months since neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in that shooting death. read more