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File Photo: Gov. Rick Scott expresses his disappointment about the supreme court's decision concerning the health care bill at a news conference on Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla.   (Photo by Steve Cannon/AP Photo File)

Feb. 23: Voting rights, Medicaid, GOP decline

02/22/13 05:29PM

On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the Supreme Court's announcement that it will hear oral arguments in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, a case that may decide the future of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. We'll be joined by people with stakes in the case on both sides, and we'll ask -- based on data from the most recent presidential election -- whether Section 5 should apply to the entire U.S. read more

File Photo: Jacquie Ayala (L) and Amanda Lawrence stand in a flooded street as they and others call on the presidential candidates to talk about their plans to fight climate change on October 18, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.  Some of the streets on...

Climate policy comes out of exile

02/17/13 09:49AM

Something pretty remarkable has happened in the last month, and I don't think many people have noticed. After several years in which climate policy was sidelined from beltway political discussion, after a presidential campaign in which the issue was almost entirely ignored, it's clawing its way back into the conversation. You can feel the terrain shifting beneath our feet subtly but unmistakably. read more

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to greet the faithful after  the mass in St.Peter's Basilica to mark the 900th anniversary of the Order of the Knights of Malta, on February 9, 2013 at the Vatican.   (Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

Feb. 17: The pope, the no-fly list, climate change

02/16/13 02:38PM

On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will step down at the end of February, the first time a pope has resigned in nearly six centuries. We'll examine what this historic anomaly means for the future of the Catholic church amid an increasingly secularized America and Europe. read more

U.S. President Barack Obama plays a game with children in a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights early childhood learning center in Decatur February 14, 2013. Obama flew to Georgia to push his plan to ensure high-quality preschool, unveiled...

GOP senator calls universal pre-K a 'great idea,' but questions funding

02/16/13 11:57AM

President Obama's call for a nationwide universal pre-K program in his State of the Union address this week is "a great idea," but the government must find a way to pay for the program that would not add to the deficit or force taxpayers to foot the bill, Sen. Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, said in an interview Saturday on Up w/ Chris Hayes. read more

President Barack Obama gestures as he gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (Photo by Charles Dharapak/AP)

Feb. 16: The minimum wage, Universal Pre-K

02/15/13 07:03PM

On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll break down President Obama's State of the Union address, with a special focus on several of the most surprising and significant initiatives in the speech, and the reaction on Capitol Hill. First, we'll examine the dynamics of the 113th Congress and the return of Republican obstructionism as President Obama unveils his second term agenda. This week, House Majority Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) flatly refused to consider any of the president's major proposals, deferring action to the dysfunctional Senate. read more

Anti-war protesters (back) shout slogans as John Brennan (C), US President Barack Obama's pick to lead the CIA, arrives to testify before a full committee hearing on his nomination to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency  (CIA) in the Hart...

How America kills

02/10/13 08:15AM

Over the last 17 months that we've been on air, we've talked quite a bit about the Obama administration's secret program of targeted killing of suspected terrorists. A small number of those targeted and killed have been American citizens, while some unconfirmed number of those killed in Yemen and Pakistan and elsewhere have been innocent civilians: mothers, children, young and old men in the wrong place at the wrong time. read more

Krugman talks to the audience during a conference about the current global crisis, in Sao Paulo September 14, 2012.  (REUTERS/Nacho Doce)

Feb. 10: The drone program, Paul Krugman on the recovery

02/09/13 12:25PM

On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll continue our extensive coverage of the government's use of drone strikes and its "targeted killing" program, focusing on the Justice Department white paper obtained this week by NBC News, which outlines the administration's legal rationale for giving the president virtually unlimited authority to select American citizens for targeted killing. We'll also discuss the confirmation hearing for John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to head the CIA and current deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism. read more


Feb. 9: Gloria Steinem, Marlo Thomas, Melissa Harris-Perry

02/07/13 05:12PM

On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll sit down with feminist and activist Gloria Steinem, and activist and actress Marlo Thomas, to discuss their latest project "Makers: Women Who Make America,"  a documentary examining the women's movement through the lenses of its pioneers, airing on PBS on February 26. We'll open the discussion up to our panel to examine the state of feminism today in light of the assaults on women's rights in the last year, including the shutting down of abortion clinics, attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, and states' mandatory ultrasound bills, among others. read more

President Barack Obama speaks at the YMCA on Guilford Technical Community College Campus in Jamestown, North Carolina, on Oct. 18. (Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP - Getty Images Files)

The world is spending more time mired in banking crises

02/03/13 10:39AM

There was a muddle of new economic news this week that delivered a mixed message on the state of our lagging economic recovery. First, there was the GDP report showing that the U.S. economy had actually contracted slightly in the fourth quarter of 2012. That number sent brief ripples of anxiety throughout markets and the political class, though the contraction was due almost entirely to a sharp decrease in defense spending at the end of the year. read more

A U.S. Border Patrol officers walks beside the border fence that divides the US from Mexico in the town of Nogales, Arizona. (Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty)

Path to citizenship hinges on border security

02/02/13 03:56PM

With a bipartisan group of senators joining forces, the so-called "Gang of Eight" this week made dreams of immigration reform appear on the horizon. President Obama has already listed a plan for America's 11 million people living in the shadows as a "top priority" for his second term, and his hawkish approach on enforcement has helped enlist Republicans. But as the Gang of Eight proposal stands, the fate of possible citizenship for millions of people hinges on a bolstered southern border. read more

A bipartisan group of leading senators announce that they have reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation's immigration laws, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo...

Will millions of people be left out of immigration reform?

02/02/13 03:53PM

Much of the immigration reform debate over the coming weeks will center on a few key components—phrases you've likely heard countless times, such as a “pathway to citizenship.” But those phrases can often be hollow and mean little for the people to whom the bill will actually apply. It’s in the details that real immigration reform will either live or die. And so far, those details remain relatively unknown. read more

Former Senator Chuck Hagel testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to be Defense Secretary, on January 31, 2013. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Feb. 3: The Hagel hearing, the new GOP, Stiglitz on inequality

02/02/13 02:34PM

On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the demagoguery and bullying on display at the confirmation hearing for former Sen. Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska and President Obama's nominee for secretary of defense. Then we'll examine whether there's been a genuine shift within the Republican establishment since the presidential election on issues like immigration reform, and what that portends for Washington's ability to function in President Obama's second term. read more

 This Nov. 16, 2012 file photo shows Labor Secretary Hilda Solis speaking in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Sat., Feb. 2: Hilda Solis, immigration reform

02/01/13 05:10PM

On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll talk about the immigration proposals that the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Eight" put forward this week. The proposed reforms center on four main pillars: creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. that is contingent upon strengthening the country's borders; reforming the country's legal immigration system; establishing an effective employment verification system; and creating a better process for admitting valuable workers to the U.S. read more

President Obama addresses the audience after taking the oath of office during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (Photo by Jewel Samad /AFP/Getty Images)

How the Keystone Pipeline is worse for the planet than 'drill, baby, drill'

01/27/13 12:29PM

The State Department is reportedly close to completing a review of a proposed extension of the Keystone Pipeline, to transport oil from Canadian oil sands to the United States. The pipeline is controversial to be sure, and environmentalists contend that, in order for President Obama to remain faithful to his renewed commitment to combat climate change, he must reject the pipeline proposal. Famed NASA climatologist James Hansen has said that moving to oil sands would be “a step in exactly the opposite direction” of what President Obama claims he wants to do in his second term. read more