On Saturday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we'll discuss America's reaction to the Boston bombing and what it means to "self-radicalize." We'll also look at the current situation at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We'll talk about the hunger strikers and their transfer status and possible fates, as well as what a solution to the problem of indefinite detention could look like and how it could be created.
We'll also talk about the newly dedicated library of President George W. Bush, his legacy, and how time is changing the way we view him and his policies. read more
When the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opens to the public on May 1st, you, visitor, will be able to step into Dubya’s shoes—or, rather, his cowboy boots—and become your very own “Decider-in-Chief.” The new building will include the “Decisions Points Theater”—which has the same name as Bush’s 2010 memoir—where visitors can participate in an interactive exhibit called “If You Were 43.” read more
When the George W. Bush Presidential Center opens to the public next week, visitors won't hear much about Bush's attempts to withhold presidential records from the public.
The presidential library and museum are a part of the National Archives, an ironic turn of events for an administration that tried to claim unlimited "executive privilege" to deny the release of documents and that clashed with public historians. read more
April 22, 2:31 p.m.
The suspect in the twin explosions that shattered the Boston marathon last week had been in custody for more than 60 hours before being advised of his Miranda Rights. The Justice Department had said it had held off on the warnings—which protect suspects from coercive questions—outof fear that the public was still in danger. The decision by the department to invoke the public safety exception came despite repeated assurances by numerous public officials that there is no imminent threat or danger to public safety. read more
On Sunday's Up w/ Steve Kornacki, the panel took a long look at taxes, the pitfalls of austerity, and the disconnect between Democratic party's "social progressivism and economic stand-pattism," as guest Rep. Jerry Nadler said. There has been a massive shift in Democratic support for social issues like gay marriage, the panel argued, even as Democrats have moved closer to Republicans on financial issues. read more
I’ve just returned from Guantanamo, where my clients and a majority of the other 166 men there have been on hunger strike for over two months. Most of them have been cleared for release or will never be charged. But the Obama administration has refused to send them home.
I met with men who are weak and have lost between 30 and 40 pounds. They told me of other men who are skeletal and barely moving, who have coughed up blood, passed out, and one who tried to hang himself. read more
Francine Wheeler choked back tears while delivering the president's weekly address in Barack Obama's stead Saturday, sharing how her 6-year-old son Ben's tragic death turned her and her husband into gun control advocates. read more