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Voting Rights Act in danger as Supreme Court hears challenge

02/27/13 10:55AM

Update, 12:00pm: 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

As former Illinois State Rep. Robin Kelly emerges as the victor in the crowded Democratic primary to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may also be emerging as the monied antithesis to the NRA.(Photo by Charles Rex...

Is Bloomberg the answer to the NRA?

02/27/13 10:00AM

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

FILE -In this Tuesday, March 27, 2012, file photo, Trayvon Martin's parents, father, Tracy Martin, left, and mother Sybrina Fulton, attend a House Judiciary Committee briefing on racial profiling and hate crimes on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo...

Trayvon's parents continue to fight for justice

02/26/13 08:27PM

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

Is the sequester pressure getting to...

Is the sequester pressure getting to Speaker Boehner?

02/26/13 07:00PM

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

The GOP war against Chris Christie just...

The GOP war against Chris Christie just got worse

02/26/13 07:00PM

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

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., speaks at a news conference in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Game over, Eric: Cantor's video game fail

02/26/13 04:30PM

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 
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File Photo: The mother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton (C) closes her eyes as she and  Trayvon's brother Jahvaris Fulton (R) watch a news conference on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Washington, DC as special prosecutor Angela Corey in Sanford,...

'I know he died but it still doesn't feel that way.'

02/26/13 11:38AM

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

FILE -This combo made from file photos shows Trayvon Martin, left, and George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman, 28, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. The central Florida...

Trayvon Martin: One year later, where the case stands

02/26/13 09:18AM

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

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