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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

A tearful town hall exchange with John McCain

A tearful town hall exchange with John McCain

08/17/13 09:47AM

At a recent town hall in Arizona, Sen. John McCain consoled a woman who asked a question about Medicaid cuts, and McCain reassured her, “you’re not a taker.” The panelists look at why the GOP has arrived at a point where they need to make these points... watch

The obstacles facing black candidates

The obstacles facing black candidates

08/17/13 09:17AM

Cory Booker moved closer to joining the Senate with a blowout victory in New Jersey's Democratic primary. But when it comes to statewide office, the feeder system for national office, Booker's story remains the exception. Democratic New York... watch

Republicans reevaluate at strategic retreat

Republicans reevaluate at strategic retreat

08/17/13 08:51AM

In Boston, the Republican National Committee wrapped up its annual meeting, its first official gathering since they released their own autopsy report after the 2012 election. Steve Kornacki’s panel explores the party’s decision to ban CNN and NBC from... watch

The newest threat gaining steam on the right

The newest threat gaining steam on the right

08/17/13 08:38AM

Republican party leaders have been trying to coax the Tea Party crowd out of staging a shutdown fight over Obamacare because it would be too politically risky and economically calamitous. So now, the Tea Party is talking up forcing a debt ceiling fight... watch

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What realistic options does US have with Egypt?

08/17/13 08:16AM

The brutality in Cairo prompted President Obama to cancel joint military exercises with Egypt planned for next month, a rebuke of Egypt's military leaders. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have urged the administration to suspend assistance to the... watch

Egyptian turmoil erupts into bloody violence

Egyptian turmoil erupts into bloody violence

08/17/13 07:59AM

Egypt's latest political turmoil erupted this week into some of the bloodiest violence the country has seen in years. Demonstrators have been amassing in Cairo and across the country in support of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who was... watch

Up for August 17, 2013: What to Know

08/16/13 03:16PM

On Saturday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we'll discuss the latest on the fighting in Egypt and what it means for U.S. foreign policy. We'll also talk about the GOP's latest fights, from Obamacare to the debt limit, the RNC's continuing rebranding struggles, Hillary Clinton, Cory Booker, and New York mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio joins the show. Finally we'll talk about what's happening at Republican-led town hall meetings. Joining Steve Kornacki at 8 a.m. ET will be: Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, host/producer, HuffPost Live (@ase) Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large, The Atlantic (@SCClemons) read more

Here's what you should know this week

Here's what you should know this week

08/11/13 09:52AM

Steve Kornacki breaks down what you should know this week, like some Republicans still dabbling in birtherism, a Kickstarter started for a documentary about former House Speaker Tip O'Neill, and goats overrunning the Congressional Cemetery. watch

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