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Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the South Carolina Democratic parties Jefferson Jackson Dinner Friday, May 3, 2013, in Columbia, SC. (Photo by Mary Ann Chastain/AP)

Joe Biden to headline Virginia Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

06/08/13 03:35PM

Vice President Joe Biden will headline the Virginia Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on June 29. Ashley Bauman, press secretary for the Virginia Democratic Party, confirmed the vice president's appearance at the annual Democratic fund-raising dinner to Up with Steve Kornacki on Saturday. This will be the third Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Vice President Biden has spoken at this spring. Last month he addressed the South Carolina Democratic Party’s gathering and in April he spoke at the Michigan Democratic Party’s J-J dinner. read more

File photo: Army Private Bradley Manning is escorted away from his Article 32 hearing February 23, 2012 in Fort Meade, Maryland. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Manning trial shapes how the world sees America

06/07/13 05:13PM

It’s unclear how many Americans are paying attention to the trial of Private First Class Bradley Manning, which got underway this week after three years of preparation. But it is far more than just a domestic legal matter: it is a global event that continues to shape international perceptions of the United States, its policies and values. read more

File photo: Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ, the oldest member of the Senate, has died at the age of 89 of viral pneumonia June 3, 2013. (Photo by: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

What happens now in New Jersey after Lautenberg?

06/03/13 12:37PM

The New Jersey political world—and that most certainly includes Chris Christie and his inner circle—was well-aware of Frank Lautenberg’s failing health long before he succumbed to viral pneumonia Monday morning at age 89. The senator’s rapid decline had fueled months of quiet and uncomfortably morbid conversations between and among members of both parties, who sought to balance basic good taste with the very practical questions that Lautenberg’s passing would raise. read more

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How Anthony Weiner won the first time

06/01/13 11:24AM

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's downfall from Congress was not the first instance of controversy to mar the Democrat's political career as copies of campaign documents obtained by Up with Steve Kornacki reveal Weiner's questionable tactics in his ascent into local politics almost 22 years ago. On August 19, 1991, a station wagon driven by a Hasidic Jewish man careened onto a sidewalk and killed a black child in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, igniting a powder keg of racial tensions and setting off three days of violent riots that gripped the city. read more