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File Photo: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks at a press conference in Miraflores Palace December 5, 2006 in Caracas, Venezuela. Chavez was officially declared the re-elected president by electoral authorities today after defeating challenger...

March 10: Hugo Chavez, Latin America, how the rules get made in Washington

03/09/13 02:10PM

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. Joining Chris at 8 AM ET on msnbc will be: read more

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. (Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Study: Politicians think voters are way more conservative than they actually are

03/09/13 01:16PM

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

Sen. Rand Paul filibustering on the Senate floor Thursday in Washington, D.C. (Senate Television/AP Photo)

March 9: Rand Paul, drones, overestimating voters' conservatism

03/08/13 05:20PM

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

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at a rally in support of repealing the state's death penalty in Annapolis, Md., on Jan. 15, 2013. (Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)

The left's austerity strategy for the death penalty

03/03/13 03:22PM

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

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March 3: The budget 'crisis,' death penalty, CPAC

03/02/13 01:15PM

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

Now former-Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., speaks while flanked by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill October 1, 2008 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Former GOP senator: Voting Rights Act should be a 'legislative matter'

03/02/13 09:27AM

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

File photo: Chief Justice John Roberts. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool)

A sordid business

03/02/13 08:38AM

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

File Photo: Justice Antonin Scalia poses for photographers at the U.S. Supreme Court October 31, 2005 in Washington DC. Earlier in the day U.S. President George W. Bush nominated judge Samuel Alito to replace Sandra Day O'Connor who is retiring once...

March 2: Voting Rights, Tom Colicchio, food culture

03/01/13 05:33PM

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. Joining Chris at 8 AM ET on msnbc will be: read more

President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One as he leaves Palm Beach International Airport, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Obama spent the long Presidents Day weekend playing golf. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Feb. 24: The press, the sequester, cyber-war

02/23/13 03:31PM

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. Joining Chris at 8 a.m. EST on msnbc will be: David Sanger (@SangerNYT), chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times. read more

In this Feb. 19, 2010 file photo, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist jokes around as he is introduced prior to addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. For two decades, Norquist has been the driving...

My answer to the Conservative Political Action Conference

02/23/13 09:40AM

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." 
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File Photo: Gov. Rick Scott expresses his disappointment about the supreme court's decision concerning the health care bill at a news conference on Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla.   (Photo by Steve Cannon/AP Photo File)

Feb. 23: Voting rights, Medicaid, GOP decline

02/22/13 05:29PM

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

File Photo: Jacquie Ayala (L) and Amanda Lawrence stand in a flooded street as they and others call on the presidential candidates to talk about their plans to fight climate change on October 18, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.  Some of the streets on...

Climate policy comes out of exile

02/17/13 09:49AM

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

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to greet the faithful after  the mass in St.Peter's Basilica to mark the 900th anniversary of the Order of the Knights of Malta, on February 9, 2013 at the Vatican.   (Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

Feb. 17: The pope, the no-fly list, climate change

02/16/13 02:38PM

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

U.S. President Barack Obama plays a game with children in a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights early childhood learning center in Decatur February 14, 2013. Obama flew to Georgia to push his plan to ensure high-quality preschool, unveiled...

GOP senator calls universal pre-K a 'great idea,' but questions funding

02/16/13 11:57AM

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