President Obama used Saturday’s weekly address to make a case for the budget he will unveil on Wednesday, arguing that his plan was the best way to grow the economy after a dismal monthly jobs report indicated that millions of Americans are still struggling to find work.
Calling the revitalization of the middle class the government’s “North Star,” Obama reiterated a commitment to creating jobs a day after March’s employment data showed a drop in overall labor force participation and a much smaller increase in job creation than experts had predicted. read more
New York City workers won a huge victory with this week when a compromise was reached to require businesses with more than 15 employees provide paid sick days. City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn has blocked paid sick leave legislation from coming to a vote for three years. read more
On November 10's Up w/ Chris Hayes, Chris had a few words of thanks to the men and women who worked tirelessly to elect and re-elect President Obama. Pundits and reporters have already begun handicapping the 2016 presidential election, but it's worth taking a moment to remember the people who build the systems that take candidates from straw polls to the White House.
Chris addressed the misrepresentations and fabrications in "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," Mike Daisey's one man show about Apple and factory conditions in China, on the March 24th edition of Up/w Chris Hayes.
Labor conditions in China and other countries in which factory workers assemble gadgets and technology for consumers in the developed world are still an issue. Some of the people Daisey described in his play may not have been real, but the exploitation of workers has not stopped.
Before his January suicide, Aaron Swartz was a leader in the fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. The groups with which Swartz worked–Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and many others-continue to fight for information transparency and reforms to the laws currently used to prosecute individuals for alleged crimes committed online. read more
In an attempt to reduce the number of concussions their players suffer NFL owners adopted a new rule on March 22. The change comes in response to recent studies showing just how devastating multiple traumatic brain injuries can be, and continued pressure on the league from former players and their families to better support the men who damage their bodies in the name of entertainment.
The rule change was designed to reduce the number of times players hit one another with the crowns of their helmets, although many players were skeptical it would make any real difference in protecting players. read more
Up launches with its new host, Steve Kornacki, on April 13th, and we're staffing up! We're looking for rigorous, analytical thinkers and intellectually curious people--producers with journalistic integrity and political smarts who also have other passions that inform their worldview and editorial judgment. read more
Chris Hayes bid farewell to UP Sunday as he prepares to host his new show weeknights at 8 p.m. on msnbc, premiering on April 1st. Chris shared some fond memories from the 18-months the show has been on the air and passed the torch to Steve Kornacki, the new host of UP, who will be premiering on Saturday, April 13th.
Federal funding for public transportation programs has lagged far behind what states and municipalities have had to spend in order keep mass transit systems not only operational, but expanding.
That's because mass transit users don't have lobbyists in Washington, said former New York City Councilman and mayoral candidate Sal Albanese, who said Sunday that, as mayor, he would establish a national "Mayors for Mass Transit" initiative, along the lines of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns." read more
John Liu, the New York City comptroller and one of the Democratic candidates vying to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Sunday that he was opposed to a plan proposed by some of his rivals this week to establish an inspector general to oversee the New York Police Department, which has come under fire for its use of the controversial policing tactic known as "stop and frisk." read more
On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll examine the class action lawsuit against the NYPD over its controversial policy of stopping, questioning, and frisking people on the street, a tactic known as "stop and frisk." The trial, which began on Monday, has become a flashpoint in what is likely to be the most hotly contested political race of 2013 - the New York City mayoral race. read more
A complaint issued by the National Labor Relations Board alleges that four companies involved in staffing a Walmart distribution center retaliated against workers who organized and participated in a strike, according to The Nation.com.
Josh Eidelson reported on Wednesday that the NLRB alleged in a Feb. 28th complaint that the companies threatened workers who were involved in organizing activities and in some cases went as far as to fire them. Employees at the Elwood, Ill., warehouse went on strike for three weeks in September and caused it to shut down temporarily. read more
The White House withdrew Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the U.S. Circuit Court on Friday after Republicans filibustered her nomination for a second time. Halligan had been nominated to fill a vacancy in the District of Columbia Circuit Court.
Republicans fought against Halligan because she worked on cases that argued gun manufacturers should be held liable for crimes committed with their products while she was the solicitor general of New York. She was first nominated in 2011. She was also critical of President George W. Bush's policy on detainees. read more