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Jasper, Tx., struggles with deep divide

Jasper, Tx., struggles with deep divide

06/05/13 06:33PM

Days after two white police officers from Jasper, Tx., were fired when they were caught on camera assaulting a black woman, Carl Bernsen and Jasper City Councilman Alton Scott join Rev. Sharpton to explain why Jasper suffers from a racial divide. watch

Democrats embrace Obamacare

Democrats embrace Obamacare

06/05/13 06:15PM

Congressman Keith Ellison joins to explain how he’s hearing from constituents and Americans across the country that the president’s health reform law is helping them in measurable ways. watch

Former President Bill Clinton sits next to Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, during the 50th anniversary remembrance ceremony of his death, Wednesday, June 5, 2013,  at Arlington National Cemetery in...

Clinton, Holder honor civil rights icon Medgar Evers 50 years after his assassination

06/05/13 05:00PM

A week before the 50th anniversary of the civil rights icon's death, former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder joined other dignitaries at Arlington National Cemetery to honor Medgar Evers where he was laid to rest. Evers was shot in the back and killed by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith on June 12, 1963, as he and his family carried NAACP T-shirts that read "Jim Crow Must Go" into their home. His widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, spoke at the event about her husband's sacrifice and the importance of carrying on his legacy. read more

A volunteer for the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics helps a patient. (Image via NAFC)

Help bring free health care to New Orleans

06/05/13 04:00PM

On July 3, 2013, Rev. Sharpton and the PoliticsNation team will travel to New Orleans to host a special edition of the show from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics will be operating a free clinic that will help care for people who have no health insurance. We need your help to make it a reality. How can I help? You can register to volunteer here: . And please consider donating today: Why should I help? read more

This undated photo provided by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shows Judge Edith Jones. Jones is a possible nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.  (AP Photo/5th U.S. Court of Appeals)

Judge accused of saying blacks, Hispanics are 'predisposed' to crime

06/05/13 02:20PM

Civil rights groups have filed an ethics complaint against a Texas federal court judge after allegations that she made discriminatory remarks about racial minorities during a February speech. The complaint filed against Edith Jones, a judge on the Fifth Circuit Appeals Court, claims that at a speech at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Jones said that “racial groups like African-Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime.” Jones also allegedly justified death sentences because they provide a public service by allowing inmates to "make peace with God." read more


Texas cops fired after being caught on tape

06/05/13 12:34PM

The city of Jasper, Texas, has fired two white police officers after video emerged that showed them slamming a black woman’s head into a counter top and wrestling her to the ground. That woman, Keyarika "Shea" Diggles and her attorney, Cade Bernsen, joined PoliticsNation on Tuesday to tell her side of the story. "I was scared, I thought they were going to kill me," Diggles said on the show. PoliticsNation reached out the Jasper Police on Tuesday and they declined to comment on this story. UPDATE read more

Actor Morgan Freeman poses for a photo during an interview with The Canadian Press in Oakville, Ont. on Thursday November 12, 2009. Freeman says he agreed to participate in a Canadian-made documentary about his Mississippi hometown because he felt that...

Morgan Freeman: 'This is America--always hopeful'

06/04/13 10:07PM

In a wide ranging interview with Rev. Al Sharpton on Tuesday's PoliticsNation, legendary actor Morgan Freeman talked about politics, why he supports President Obama, and why he remains hopeful. "I'm not very political at all but I am very concerned," he said. "President Obama--he was a good choice otherwise we wouldn't have reelected him, and obviously he's succeeding against some serious odds. So he's a good man." Asked how he feels about race relations in America on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Freeman insisted he is optimistic. read more

President Obama speaks while nominating Cornelia Pillard (2nd-L), a law professor, Patricia Ann Millett (R), an appellate lawyer, and Robert L. Wilkins (L),  to become federal judges, during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House June 4, 2013...

Obama accuses GOP of 'unprecedented' obstruction to judicial nominees

06/04/13 11:46AM

President Obama nominated three candidates to fill vacancies on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday morning in a tough Rose Garden speech that sets the stage for a confrontation with Republicans. In his nomination of law professor Cornelia Pillard, appellate lawyer Patricia Ann Millett, and federal district judge Robert Wilkins, the president called Republicans out for using Senate rules to block many of his previous judicial appointees. read more

File Photo: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill March 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The GOP's fresh calls for Holder's resignation

06/03/13 08:58PM

Attorney General Eric Holder has been no stranger to criticism in the four years, and controversy surrounding the Justice Department's investigation national security leaks to the press has given new life to Republican attacks. Republican Congressman Peter King of New York joined fellow Republicans like RNC chair Reince Priebus in calling for Holder's resignation.
 "If I were Eric Holder, I would resign," he said Monday. "I don’t see how he remains in office, though, very much longer, since he’s lost so much credibility with Congress and the American people." 
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