On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll examine the death and complicated legacy of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Then we'll zoom out, to reflect on the state of Latin America in the wake of Chavez's death. And finally, we'll examine how the rules get made in Washington -- and who makes them. Regulators are still at work promulgating many of the rules that will determine whether some of President Obama's signature initiatives, such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street form bill and the Affordable Care Act, succeed.
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We've been through roughly two years of successive battles over taxes and spending -- first over the Bush tax cuts, then the so-called "fiscal cliff," then the "sequester" and, soon, the federal budget -- and throughout each of those skirmishes politicians on both sides of the aisle have insisted that we must cut spending and reform 'entitlements." But polls show consistently that most voters don't want those things. read more
On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the legal justifications for the administration's use of drones. On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) launched a nearly 13-hour-long talking filibuster of White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan's nomination to head the CIA, over Brennan's involvement in the administration's secret drone program. Paul was objecting to Attorney General Eric Holder's refusal to definitively rule out the use of lethal force, such as a drone strike, on American soil. read more
In an age when trimming budgets and reducing deficits has become politically popular, some liberals are brewing a new strategy on old issues. Democrats and left-leaning groups are increasingly trying to use austerity arguments to pass their progressive agendas.
Maryland’s Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley has long sought to have the death penalty abolished in his state. As a Roman Catholic, he has used a moral argument against the death penalty in the past. But now he is emphasizing the financial benefits of making the maximum sentence a life in prison without parole. read more
On Sunday's Up w/Chris Hayes, we'll talk about the latest self-imposed budget crisis in Washington, known as "sequestration," and ask whether Republicans have actually won, in effect, by losing. The fight has been devastating for the GOP brand, and fewer Americans approve of the way the Republicans are handling federal spending than the way President Obama is. And yet, all Washington seems capable of talking about is the deficit, rather than creating jobs. read more
Former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, a Republican who voted to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act in 2006, told Up w/ Chris Hayes in an e-mail this week that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act should be considered a "legislative matter," and that the provision, which the Supreme Court is currently weighing, "does not raise constitutional issues that justify judicial action superseding the legislative branch's role." read more
At this week's Supreme Court oral arguments over the fate of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, conservative hero Antonin Scalia said something instantly infamous when he referred to the re-authorization of the Voting Rights Act as the "perpetuation of racial entitlement." read more
On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll talk about the Supreme Court's record and jurisprudence on matters of race, in light of the oral arguments this week on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Then Chris will sit down with renowned chef Tom Colicchio, executive producer of the new documentary "A Place at the Table," about the epidemic of hunger in America. Chris will talk with Colicchio about the documentary, food culture, the restaurant industry and more.
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Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs revealed in an interview on Up w/ Chris Hayes Sunday that, when he became the Obama administration's top spokesman, he was told not to discuss the government's secret drone program or even acknowledge its existence. read more
On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll examine the relationship between the president and the press, looking at the current administration's record of transparency and openness. We'll discuss the ticking political time bomb no one seems able to defuse, known as "the sequester." And we'll deconstruct the increasingly dire warnings of impending cyber-warfare.
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David Sanger (@SangerNYT), chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times. read more
So last week, I was surprised and oddly delighted by something that my friend Rachel Maddow also picked up on:
"They have invited Chris Hayes to CPAC this year, Chris Hayes host of Up w/ Chris Hayes here on msnbc invited to speak on a panel with Ralph Reed...I don't know if he's going to go, but it's cool that they asked him."
On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the Supreme Court's announcement that it will hear oral arguments in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, a case that may decide the future of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. We'll be joined by people with stakes in the case on both sides, and we'll ask -- based on data from the most recent presidential election -- whether Section 5 should apply to the entire U.S. read more
Something pretty remarkable has happened in the last month, and I don't think many people have noticed. After several years in which climate policy was sidelined from beltway political discussion, after a presidential campaign in which the issue was almost entirely ignored, it's clawing its way back into the conversation. You can feel the terrain shifting beneath our feet subtly but unmistakably. read more
On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will step down at the end of February, the first time a pope has resigned in nearly six centuries. We'll examine what this historic anomaly means for the future of the Catholic church amid an increasingly secularized America and Europe. read more
President Obama's call for a nationwide universal pre-K program in his State of the Union address this week is "a great idea," but the government must find a way to pay for the program that would not add to the deficit or force taxpayers to foot the bill, Sen. Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, said in an interview Saturday on Up w/ Chris Hayes. read more