As a legal scholar who once campaigned against the Bush administration’s human rights abuses, President Obama surely knows the international rules on the treatment of prisoners. If so, he didn't let on during his press conference this week. When a reporter questioned the administration’s use of forced feeding to put down the current hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, the president had only seven words to offer: “I don’t want these individuals to die.” read more
On Saturday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we will discuss the grassroots backlash against senators who voted against new gun regulations and the state of the movement to reform gun laws outside of Washington, DC. We will also look at the remarks President Obama made this week and consider how the substance of his statements may have been overlooked.
Finally, we'll talk about Jason Collins, changing attitudes about sexuality among professional athletes, and employment discrimination and sexuality.
Joining Steve Kornacki at 8 AM ET will be: read more
President Obama has repeatedly complained, as he did again this week, that Congress has made it all but impossible for him to carry out his four-year-old pledge to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the commander in chief is far from helpless when it comes to the fate of the 166 men still being held there. read more
Nearly a half a million people have signed a petition urging the SEC to require greater disclosure from corporations about their political donations. On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, the panel discussed the effect the rule might have, its potential benefits and drawbacks, and the broader question of how the SEC can (and if it can) regulate money in politics. read more
Civil rights groups in North Carolina are already preparing to fight voter ID legislation that is almost certain to become law.
On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, discussed his group's plans to work with a coalition of other civil rights organizations to launch a two-pronged attack on the many bills that would restrict voting rights, particularly among low-income and minority voters.
The measures would require photo identification at polling places as well as eliminate early voting and Sunday voting. read more