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Up for August 18: What to know

08/17/13 11:45AM

On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we'll discuss the politics of crime and criminal justice in the wake of Eric Holder's new sentencing reforms. We'll also look at the rhetoric of "reaching across the aisle" and examine whether we are entering a post-post-partisan era. Finally, with the passing of journalist Jack Germond, we’ll look at how political reporters have changed over the years Joining Steve Kornacki at the table at 8 AM ET will be: Hakeem Jeffries, (D) New York (@RepJeffries) Paul Butler, fmr. Prosecutor, law professor, Georgetown University read more

New Jersey Senate candidate or Canadian pop icon? You decide!

08/17/13 11:07AM

Fewer than 10% of eligible New Jersey voters showed up to pick Newark mayor Cory Booker to be the Democratic candidate for the state’s open Senate seat. When Up host Steve Kornacki asked shoppers at a mall in Edison New Jersey, “Is this a New Jersey Senate candidate?” more people knew about celluloid canines Beethoven and Air Bud than unsuccessful Booker challengers Sheila Oliver and Rush Holt. Neither dog has attempted a run for office. If Booker can enjoy the same recognition advantage over his general election opponent Steve Lonegan, his victory will be an easy one. read more

John McCain assures constituent 'You're not a taker'

08/17/13 11:06AM

Arizona Senator John McCain practiced some compassionate conservatism at a recent town hall meeting. When a constituent who could no longer afford physical therapy after being dropped from an aid program broke down in tears over being labeled a “taker” by Republican leaders like Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, McCain responded with a hug and some reassurance. “You’re not a taker,” he said. read more

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