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Former president George H.W. Bush, left, applauds with Laura Bush after former president George W. Bush's speech during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

April 27: Boston, Guantanamo Bay, and the Bush Library

04/26/13 05:09PM

On Saturday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we'll discuss America's reaction to the Boston bombing and what it means to "self-radicalize." We'll also look at the current situation at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We'll talk about the hunger strikers and their transfer status and possible fates, as well as what a solution to the problem of indefinite detention could look like and how it could be created. We'll also talk about the newly dedicated library of President George W. Bush, his legacy, and how time is changing the way we view him and his policies. read more

Docent Patricia Flynn demonstrates an interactive with information about conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq during a tour of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Dallas. More than 8,000 people are expected to attend the...

The Decision Points Theater makes the presidency a multiple choice test

04/26/13 01:06PM

When the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opens to the public on May 1st, you, visitor, will be able to step into Dubya’s shoes—or, rather, his cowboy boots—and become your very own “Decider-in-Chief.” The new building will include the “Decisions Points Theater”—which has the same name as Bush’s 2010 memoir—where visitors can participate in an interactive exhibit called “If You Were 43.” read more

Former president George W. Bush wipes a tear after his speech during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. Former president George H.W. Bush is at left. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Bush, who fought to keep records secret, opens library archives

04/25/13 11:12AM

When the George W. Bush Presidential Center opens to the public next week, visitors won't hear much about Bush's attempts to withhold presidential records from the public. The presidential library and museum are a part of the National Archives, an ironic turn of events for an administration that tried to claim unlimited "executive privilege" to deny the release of documents and that clashed with public historians. read more

This undated image released by the FBI shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,  who police took into April 19, 2013, according to the Boston Police Department.  (Photo by: Getty Images)

Now charged, Boston suspect was longest held without Miranda rights

04/21/13 03:08PM

April 22, 2:31 p.m. The suspect in the twin explosions that shattered the Boston marathon last week had been in custody for more than 60 hours before being advised of his Miranda Rights. The Justice Department had said it had held off on the warnings—which protect suspects from coercive questions—outof fear that the public was still in danger. The decision by the department to invoke the public safety exception came despite repeated assurances by numerous public officials that there is no imminent threat or danger to public safety. read more


Democratic victories on economic issues trail social progress

04/14/13 02:45PM

On Sunday's Up w/ Steve Kornacki, the panel took a long look at taxes, the pitfalls of austerity, and the disconnect between Democratic party's "social progressivism and economic stand-pattism," as guest Rep. Jerry Nadler said. There has been a massive shift in Democratic support for social issues like gay marriage, the panel argued, even as Democrats have moved closer to Republicans on financial issues. read more

A guard opens the gate at the entrance to Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay in this file photo taken March 5, 2013. Pretrial hearings in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals have been delayed to address...

Hunger strike at Gitmo: 'We are dying a slow death here'

04/13/13 11:20AM

I’ve just returned from Guantanamo, where my clients and a majority of the other 166 men there have been on hunger strike for over two months. Most of them have been cleared for release or will never be charged. But the Obama administration has refused to send them home. I met with men who are weak and have lost between 30 and 40 pounds. They told me of other men who are skeletal and barely moving, who have coughed up blood, passed out, and one who tried to hang himself. read more