New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer on Friday became the latest to ask if Texas freshman Sen. Ted Cruz is the new Joseph McCarthy, the man who infamously accused countless individuals of communism based on no evidence.
Sen. Barbara Boxer and msnbc's own Chris Matthews have made similar insinuations about Cruz after his aggressive questioning of Chuck Hagel and factually inaccurate allegations. But it turns out Cruz accused his own alma mater (Harvard Law School) of "harboring a dozen Communists"--and that discovery adds another plank to the argument. read more
Delores Freelon had been a reliable voter for decades. But in 2011, her home state of South Carolina passed a restrictive photo ID law that threatened to prevent her from casting a ballot. Freelon’s driver’s license was set to expire later that year, and she couldn’t get a new one without a birth certificate. But like many older African-Americans born in the rural south, her birth certificate had no first name on it. Though Freelon had a Social Security card, a Medicare card, and a state health insurance card all bearing her name, she appeared to be out of luck. read more
After threats of firing by Mitt Romney, Rev. Al Sharpton is happy to report that Big Bird has kept his job and is now helping the First Lady promote her “Let’s Move” campaign for healthy eating and staying active. watch
The right’s going crazy for freshman Sen. Ted Cruz – including Karl Rove. Jonathan Capehart, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, and Rev. Al Sharpton talk about if Ted Cruz and his extreme right-wing ideologies are the GOP’s idea of change. watch
Dr. Samson Davis grew up in Newark, New Jersey and made a pact with his friend to leave the tough, street life and become doctors. He joins Rev. Al Sharpton to talk about how he changed his life and why he chose to go back to Newark to practice medicine. watch
Joe Madison and Richard Wolffe join the Rev. Al Sharpton to talk about polls that show the public’s backing of the president’s ideas on major issues, and how on the sequester, blame will fall more to Republicans than Democrats if the cuts are allowed... watch
President Obama argued Republicans are unwilling to negotiate a balanced deal to avoid the impending devastating budget cuts because they believe that "nothing is important enough to raise taxes on wealthy individuals or corporations."
Obama made the remarks during an interview with Reverend Al Sharpton on his radio show "Keepin' It Real" as part of his ongoing campaign to help explain the impending and unpopular sequestration budget cuts to Americans. read more
Whether he's on stage at a rock concert or in the halls of the Capitol, Ted Nugent has a penchant for making offensive comments, and his latest op-ed for the ultra-conservative World Net Daily is no exception.
He writes, "Barack Obama, the guy who received roughly 93 percent of black American votes, is the clear and present engineer of the destruction of black America."
But is it all Obama's fault? Whew! Fortunately Nugent says no. "It’s not all the president’s fault, but the economic and social policies he endorses are destroying what is left of a once proud and strong black America." read more
Led by Texas Senator John Cornyn, 15 Republican Senators are calling on President Obama to withdraw his nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, questioning his ability to handle the job along with how effective he could be without bipartisan support. read more
President Barack Obama has had a personal connection to many of the causes he's championed through his presidency. He often invoked his mother's experiences with cancer while he advocated for the Affordable Care Act. He reminds voters he and Michelle only recently finished paying back their own students loans when he pushes for Pell grants and other education funding. He lost his composure when he addressed the nation on the day of the Newtown school shootings, saying he couldn't help reacting as a parent. read more
Rev. Al Sharpton points out that comedian Conan O’Brien will have more than enough material to work with when he hosts the White House Correspondent’s Dinner this year; then talks to comedian and TV personality Chuck Nice about the complicated and... watch
In his Washington Post op-ed Speaker John Boehner admits that the sequester cuts threaten jobs, security, and more. But will there be new proposals to stop the cuts from kicking in? Rev. Al Sharpton talks to TheGrio.com’s Joy Reid and economist Jared... watch