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Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi (R) introduces Julie Hermann as Rutgers University athletic director on May 15, 2013 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Hermann, 49, most recently served as University of Louisville's senior associate athletic...

Rutgers draws fire over athletic director's alleged history of abuse

05/28/13 03:06PM

New Jersey state senator and former Governor Richard Codey reiterated his call for Rutgers President Robert Barchi to step down on Tuesday, amid mounting criticism over allegations that incoming Athletic Director Julie Hermann has a history of professional abuse. 
 “She’s a flat-out liar,” said Codey on msnbc Tuesday of Hermann, who has denied accounts of verbal and physical abuse during her tenure as coach at the University of Tennessee. Hermann has also denied allegations that she discouraged a former assistant coach, Ginger Hineline, from having a baby. 
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GOP continues attacks on Obama

GOP continues attacks on Obama

05/27/13 08:35AM

Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis and Republican strategist Joe Watkins debate whether Republicans will receive backlash from their constant attacks on President Barack Obama and his policies watch

Obama talks about disaster aids and preps

Obama talks about disaster aids and preps

05/27/13 08:02AM

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe talks about the Disaster Relief Fund and whether it will be applied to the Oklahoma tornado. O’Keefe also shares his thoughts on the reaction to Obama’s counterterrorism speech. watch

msnbc host Thomas Roberts (right) competes in the Pine Wood Derby. Scouts make and design race cars to compete against each other. (Photo provided by Thomas Roberts)

Tommy was a Boy Scout

05/24/13 04:30PM

"On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." - Boy Scout Pledge Yep, I was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout in the 1980s. And I have the pictures to prove it. I even came in second in the Pine Wood Derby one year. My Mom still has the wooden car. My mother, Michelle, was the chairperson of Troop 750, which was sponsored by Church of the Immaculate Conception, a Roman Catholic parish in Towson, Md. read more

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 22:  A member of Scouts for Equality holds an unofficial knot patch incorporating the colors of the rainbow, a symbol for gay rights(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Boy Scouts vote to let in gay kids, but not gay adults

05/23/13 07:23PM

The Boy Scouts of America on Thursday voted to lift its ban on openly gay children, in what LGBT advocates hope will be the first step toward bringing full equality to one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent leadership institutions. 
 The 1,400 voting members of BSA’s national council convened in Grapevine, Texas, for their two-day annual meeting to, among other things, vote on a proposal that ends the Boy Scouts’ policy of discrimination against gay youths. The new policy, which passed with more than 60% of the vote, still excludes openly gay adults from participation. 
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File Photo: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., left, confers with Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., right, following a weekly House GOP strategy session, at the Capitol, Tuesday, May 8, 2012.  (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/ AP Photo)

Anti-abortion bill goes before all-male House panel. Déjà vu, anyone?

05/23/13 03:37PM

House lawmakers considered yet another anti-abortion bill on Thursday, this one courtesy of Arizona Rep. Trent Franks—whose earlier works included a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy for anyone living in the District of Columbia. Since that bill drew fire from D.C. residents and never made it to the House floor for a vote, Franks went back to the drawing board and decided to expand the proposed ban to apply to everyone in the nation. read more