On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll examine the class action lawsuit against the NYPD over its controversial policy of stopping, questioning, and frisking people on the street, a tactic known as "stop and frisk." The trial, which began on Monday, has become a flashpoint in what is likely to be the most hotly contested political race of 2013 - the New York City mayoral race. read more
A complaint issued by the National Labor Relations Board alleges that four companies involved in staffing a Walmart distribution center retaliated against workers who organized and participated in a strike, according to The Nation.com.
Josh Eidelson reported on Wednesday that the NLRB alleged in a Feb. 28th complaint that the companies threatened workers who were involved in organizing activities and in some cases went as far as to fire them. Employees at the Elwood, Ill., warehouse went on strike for three weeks in September and caused it to shut down temporarily. read more
The White House withdrew Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the U.S. Circuit Court on Friday after Republicans filibustered her nomination for a second time. Halligan had been nominated to fill a vacancy in the District of Columbia Circuit Court.
Republicans fought against Halligan because she worked on cases that argued gun manufacturers should be held liable for crimes committed with their products while she was the solicitor general of New York. She was first nominated in 2011. She was also critical of President George W. Bush's policy on detainees. read more
On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss two of President Obama's main priorities for his second term: immigration reform and gun control. In the wake of the shooting in Newtown, CT, it seemed that Congress was moving towards overhauling the country's current gun laws. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday he would not include Senator Diane Feinstein's measure to ban assault weapons. read more
The future of immigration reform may look brighter thanks to new support from conservative Republicans, but no matter how quickly the Senate and House craft and vote on legislation, any change in policy will come too late to help the thousands of immigrants who face immigration proceedings that lack due process. read more
Republican Senator Rand Paul’s hypothetical U.S.-controlled drone that could be used to target American citizens made no appearance in Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on domestic drone use and privacy concerns. The hearing focused heavily on regulation, in particular the question of who would be responsible for overseeing local and state drone programs. read more
msnbc has named Steve Kornacki the new host of its weekend morning show Up.
Kornacki, previously a co-host of msnbc's The Cycle, replaces Chris Hayes who had hosted the show since 2011. Hayes will move into msnbc's weekday 8 pm slot beginning April 1, while Ed Schultz begins a new weekend evening program, the company announced last week in a series of programming changes. read more
Ten years after the US invasion of Iraq, Iraqi hopes that American intervention would lead to "heaven on earth in three weeks" still go unfulfilled. On Sunday’s Up w/ Chris Hayes, guests Raed Jarrar, Zainab al Suwai, Basama Zaiber, and Koby Langley discussed the legacy of America's decades-long involvement there and the challenges Iraqis face as they work to reconstruct a national infrastructure crippled by decades of conflict and harsh sanctions. read more
On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the various budget proposals released by Republicans and Democrats in Congress this week. Rep. Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, offered a budget proposal this week that was no less than a conservative wish list. His plan would repeal the Affordable Care Act, convert Medicare into a voucher program and revamp Medicaid into a block grant program. read more
The election of Pope Francis on Wednesday has reignited the discussion about the future of the Catholic Church and whether it will address the ever-growing gap between doctrine and modern society. The cost of its intransigence is not simply a moral one; the church’s anti-contraception stance has a major economic impact for its 1.2 billion members, both in the developing world and the U.S. read more
NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous publicly expressed opposition for the first time to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large sugary drinks in an interview Saturday on Up w/ Chris Hayes. read more
On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the election of Pope Francis. We'll examine his legacy as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina which includes his opposition to the International Monetary Fund and his role in Argentina's "dirty wars," along with what that means for his tenure as the leader of the Catholic Church. We'll also untangle the knotty political dynamics of how, exactly, a pope is chosen, and what the process says about the state of the Church as an institution. read more
On Tuesday night, after word broke that Venezuela's President of 14 years Hugo Chavez had died, it didn't take long for the thunderous and hyperbolic condemnations to roll in from right-wing commentators, politicans, pundits and Twitterers.
Chavez was "parroting Cuban Caudillo Fidel Castro's personal life and party line," a "human rights violator extraordinaire," "the latest in the long line of Caudillo, the strongmen who have been the scourge of Spanish America."
And Fox News' Greg Gutfield called Chavez out on air for being a "bad man...who demonized America." read more
On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll examine the death and complicated legacy of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Then we'll zoom out, to reflect on the state of Latin America in the wake of Chavez's death. And finally, we'll examine how the rules get made in Washington -- and who makes them. Regulators are still at work promulgating many of the rules that will determine whether some of President Obama's signature initiatives, such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street form bill and the Affordable Care Act, succeed.
Joining Chris at 8 AM ET on msnbc will be: read more
We've been through roughly two years of successive battles over taxes and spending -- first over the Bush tax cuts, then the so-called "fiscal cliff," then the "sequester" and, soon, the federal budget -- and throughout each of those skirmishes politicians on both sides of the aisle have insisted that we must cut spending and reform 'entitlements." But polls show consistently that most voters don't want those things. read more