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Graduating students arrive for Commencement Exercises at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts May 20, 2013.  (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Higher student loan rates are only part of the higher education crisis

07/06/13 01:40PM

Student loan rates doubled from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1, and while the Senate is set to vote Wednesday on a plan to bring Stafford loan rates back down before students return to school in the fall, the fundamental problem of how to pay the ballooning prices for higher education still needs to be addressed. "We have to decide how we are going to fund students to be able to go to college," panelist L. Joy Williams said on Saturday's Up with Steve Kornacki. "We have to change out that model." read more

File Photo: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks after being presented the Department of Defense's highest award for public service at the Pentagon February 14, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. Secretary Clinton recently retired from...

GOP attacks Hillary Clinton for her...age?

07/06/13 12:54PM

The latest Republican attacks against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton suggest the Republican Party is still having trouble figuring out a good strategy for the 2016 election. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, and others spent last week criticizing Clinton for being too old to be a good candidate in 2016. read more

July 7: What you need to know

07/06/13 10:08AM

On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we'll cover the continuing GOP identity crisis and what it means for the party's future. We'll also be talking about North Carolina and the new developments in conservative cuts to social programs and civil rights. Finally we'll talk about the blue states that have very conservative governors and what that means for the citizens of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and more. Joining Steve at the table will be: Dave Weigel, political reporter,, msnbc contributor (@daveweigel) Sean Trende, senior elections analyst, Real Clear Politics (@SeanTrende) read more

GOP shields Rubio on immigration

GOP shields Rubio on immigration

07/06/13 09:39AM

The New York Times reported that major Republican donors are coming to Sen. Marco Rubio's aid on immigration, launching ads focusing on the sections of the bill Republicans like. watch

GOP goes after Hillary Clinton for being...

GOP goes after Hillary Clinton for being too old

07/06/13 09:31AM

Republicans are already talking up a line of attack for 2016, when they expect to be running against Hillary Clinton: That at 69 years of age on Election Day, she'll be too old. Steve Kornacki’s panelists have a conversation about how we think about... watch

New round of violence erupts in Cairo

New round of violence erupts in Cairo

07/06/13 09:21AM

NBC News Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker report on the fast-changing situation in Cairo, Egypt, as violence breaks out between soldiers and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. watch

Mitch McConnell gets a challenger

Mitch McConnell gets a challenger

07/06/13 09:00AM

After months of courting by state and national party leaders, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes launched her campaign to take on Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell. The panelists look at the Senate map for 2014 and examine why... watch

How will Congress weigh in on LGBT equality?

How will Congress weigh in on LGBT equality?

07/06/13 08:42AM

Steve Kornacki’s panelists look at two pieces of legislation making their way through Congress: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and the Respect... watch