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Outside the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals gay rights supporters waited for the ruling that ultimately affirmed Vaughn Walkers ruling of Proposition 8 being unconstitutional. (Photo by Jason Doiy)

Google+ Hangout: Prop 8 plaintiffs talk Supreme Court rulings

06/18/13 07:16PM

Steve Kornacki is hosting msnbc’s third in a series of Google+ Hangouts On Air about the Supreme Court’s decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Prop 8. Tune in right here Wednesday at 12:15pm ET, where Kornacki will lead a discussion examining the political implications of these cases from both sides of the aisle. He will be joined by two of the plaintiffs challenging Prop 8, partners Sandy Stier and Kris Perry; Republican strategist Steve Schmidt; Buzzfeed senior political and legal reporter Chris Geidner; and Executive Editor Richard Wolffe. read more

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly address the media at City Hall on April 16, 2013 in New York City.   (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Michael Bloomberg has a new gun control tactic—will it work?

06/16/13 12:27PM

Can New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg bully pro-gun Democrats into changing their votes on a background check bill? Bloomberg has poured millions of dollars into an ad campaign designed to pressure legislators who voted against universal background checks for guns, but will it actually "put the fear of god" in senators like Mark Pryor? Or will it turn out that this plan is "more sloppy in practice than in theory," as’s Josh Benson put it? read more

Washington Redskins helmets (Photo by  Doug Pensinger/Allsport  via Getty Images)

Food stamps, Roger Goodell, and other things you need to know this week

06/16/13 12:15PM

In case you were caught up in the debate over NSA surveillance and Edward Snowden’s motives, Sunday’s Up with Steve Kornacki guests highlighted some important stories that might have slipped through the cracks. Michelle Bernard of the Bernard Center wanted everyone to know that it's the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a group that played a critical role in defending the rights of African Americans throughout the South. read more