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President Barack Obama talks about national security, Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Declaring America at a "crossroads" in the fight against terrorism, the president revealed clearer guidelines...

May 25: Obama's speech, Virginia Politics, Obamaphobia

05/24/13 02:31PM

On Saturday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we will dissect the President's counter-terrorism speech and talk about what will happen with Guantanamo and drones. We'll also discuss the way Democrats have evolved on national security policy. We'll take a look at state politics in Virginia, where far-right extremist candidates are stirring up the gubernatorial race there, as well as talk about the history of Republican attitudes towards democratic presidents. We'll also have the latest information on the Oklahoma Tornado. Joining Steve at 8 a.m. EST will be: read more

President Barack Obama speaks about the deadly tornadoes that hit Oklahoma earlier this week, May 21, 2013. (Photo by: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images).

Obama faces opportunity on Gitmo and drone strikes

05/22/13 07:37PM

Updated, 9:15 p.m. Four years ago, President Obama held a private meeting with the heads of major progressive human rights groups to assure them that on national security, he was committed to the rule of law. A day later, he gave a major national security address in which he pledged to close the prison at Guantanamo within a year and insisted that military commissions would be an effective way to prosecute alleged terrorists. While some prisoners would remain in custody indefinitely, without trial, he would use the courts to the best of his ability--a stark contrast from his predecessor. read more

Apple's massive cash hoard, and the danger of soaring corporate profits

05/21/13 06:06PM

Apple CEO Tim Cook testified today in Congress about how his company managed to evade billions of dollars in taxes. Most of the questioning has been about tax loopholes. But that’s only part of the story. The other part is perhaps more important, and more destructive. In the United States, we’ve seen notable growth since the recession. We are very sluggishly moving back from the lows of the financial crisis. Even that modest progress stands in stark contrast to the rest of the world, which is, by and large, still suffering. read more

Bangladeshi activists hold placards during a procession to mark May Day or International Workers Day in Dhaka on May 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis joined May Day protests Wednesday to demand the execution of textile bosses over the...

Will the global economy address labor standards?

05/19/13 12:46PM

In the aftermath of the factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,000 people, Americans have begun talking about the labor that goes into the inexpensive things they buy. On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, the panel discussed the potential political, economic, and human consequences of the tragedy. read more

Barack Obama hosts a reception in honor of national Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the East Room of the White House June 15, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obama approval rating stays high despite bruising week

05/19/13 10:41AM

A trio of  scandals seem to have had little effect on the public's feelings about President Barack Obama, who enjoys a 53% approval rating, according to the latest CNN/ORC poll. For the past week, the White House has dealt with investigations into the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, IRS targeting of tax-exempt conservative groups, and controversy over the Justice Department seizing Associated Press records. The same poll found that a majority of Americans believe both Benghazi and the IRS are important issues and that Republicans have not overreacted. read more

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