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The brilliant mind, righteous heart of Aaron Swartz will be missed

01/13/13 10:19AM

You should know that the hacker, programmer, writer and activist Aaron Swartz has died of suicide at age 26. His body was found in his apartment on Friday. Aaron was one of those preternaturally brilliant, precocious hackers who, at the age of 14, co-developed the Really Simple Syndication or RSS web protocol that is the key component of much of the web's entire publishing infrastructure. read more

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) arrives in the East Room of the White House with his new nominee for Secretary of Defense former Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (L) and the current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (C) at the White House in...

Up on Jan. 13: Diversity, the Obama Cabinet, and accountability in pro sports

01/12/13 11:40AM

On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the apparent lack of diversity among President Obama's recent cabinet appointments. This week, President Obama announced three cabinet appointments, all of whom were white men. Then we'll focus in on one of those appointments in particular. This week, President Obama nominated his trusted counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, to head the CIA. read more


The magic coin

01/12/13 09:19AM

Odds are by now you've heard at least something about the "Trillion Dollar Coin" idea that, thanks in part to Up regulars Joe Weisenthal and Josh Barro, has managed to catapult from the margins of the internet to the center of Beltway conversation. The idea, first proposed back in 2010 by a Georgia lawyer commenting on a blog under the screen name Beowulf, has now received endorsements from Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, former director of the U.S. Mint Philip Diehl and a number of members of Congress. read more

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, made the case for a budget plan Sunday on Meet the Press. (Photo: Reuters/Yuriko Nakao).

Up on Jan. 12: The trillion dollar coin, Tim Geithner's legacy, and fiction writers on political rhetoric

01/11/13 04:10PM

On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the origins and merits of a novel proposal making its a way around the Beltway: the trillion-dollar coin. Serious observers -- from Nobel laureate Paul Krugman to former U.S. Mint director Philip Diehl -- are calling on the federal government to use its authority under a little-known statute to mint a platinum coin worth $1 trillion and deposit it into the Treasury Department's bank account, as a way of eluding a brewing fight with Congressional Republicans over the federal debt limit. read more

On the final day before the U.S. was to go over the so-called fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama addressed the nation, flanked by 14 middle class Americans, for his pitch ostensibly on their behalf on tax rate negotiations. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The fiscal cliff deal: A tax hike for the real middle class

01/05/13 02:16PM

What was perhaps most revealing about the final deal reached by President Obama and congressional Republicans to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff"--or "fiscal curb," as we've been calling it at Up w/ Chris Hayes--is what it told us about who Washington actually serves, and what lawmakers think "middle class" actually means. read more


Up on Jan. 6: Hurricane Sandy relief, the 112th Congress, Chicago's homicide rate

01/05/13 10:39AM

On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the negotiations -- and the roadblocks -- that have held up the relief bills for Hurricane Sandy victims in the House of Representatives. We'll also take a look back at the 112th Congress that just ended -- one of the least productive in history -- and review some of the bills they actually did manage to pass. And we'll examine the causes and consequences of gun crimes, after Chicago's murder rate hit a record high in 2012. Joining Chris on Sunday at 8AM ET on msnbc will be: Steve Ellis, the vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. read more

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Lessons from the cliff

01/05/13 08:25AM

This week the president signed the American Tax Relief Act, which restores Clinton era-tax rates for individuals with incomes above $400,000, extends unemployment insurance for a year, and postpones massive budgets two months, setting up yet another countdown towards yet another induced crisis. Here, I think are the big lessons from the latest budgetary standoff between the White House and Congressional Republicans: read more

Vice President Biden helped craft the last-minute fiscal cliff deal.
(Rex Features via AP Images)

Up on Jan. 5: The fiscal curb deal, the fight over spending, an interview with Oliver Stone

01/04/13 12:53PM

On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll examine the implications of the last-minute deal to avert what we're calling the "fiscal curb," and discuss what the final deal reveals about who actually wields power in Washington. We'll also highlight some of the hidden tax extenders for corporations that you didn't know were included in the bill. Plus: Chris will sit down with director Oliver Stone to discuss his work and the renewed concerns over portrayals of violence in film. read more

Speaker of the House John Boehner presiding over a joint session of the 113th Congress in Washington, DC on Friday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Up on Dec. 30: Congressional dysfunction, Boehner's troubles, the demise of the Tea Party

12/29/12 08:27PM

On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll have the latest on the last-minute "fiscal curb" negotiations in Washington, and we'll talk to Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, a leading advocate of filibuster reform to make the Senate a less dysfunctional body. Plus: we'll discuss House Speaker John Boehner's political troubles, and we'll examine the demise of a once dominant force in American politics: the Tea Party. Steve Kornacki will host. Joining him at 8 AM ET on msnbc will be: Sen. Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon and leading advocate of filibuster reform. read more

Job seekers stand in line to meet with prospective employers at a career fair in New York City in this file photo taken October 24, 2012.(REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Up on Dec. 29: The next economy, the value of growth, the intellectual property battles

12/28/12 06:44PM

On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss what the next phase of the economy should look like after the recovery is over. We'll debate the value of growth -- whether raw economic growth is, in itself, a good thing, or whether a happy, sustainable future with broad prosperity for all is possible without constant growth. And we'll examine the major battles in Silicon Valley over intellectual property, likely to be one of the bulwarks of the next economy. Joining Chris at 8 AM ET on msnbc will be: read more

House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to the media about the fiscal cliff at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Up on Dec. 23: Boehner's deficit 'Plan B,' Tim Scott, what gun control laws should look like

12/22/12 05:55PM

On Sunday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll examine the implosion of the "fiscal curb" talks, with House Speaker John Boehner walking away from President Obama's latest offer and the possibility of Social Security cuts in a long-term deficit deal. We'll also discuss the future of gun control legislation with two mayors who have called for tough new laws to curb the spread of illegal guns. And we'll examine the rise of South Carolina's Tim Scott, who is set to become the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction. Joining Chris on Sunday at 8 AM ET on msnbc will be: read more

National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speaks on December 21, 2012, in Washington, DC, on the one-week anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. The United States' most powerful...

Up on Dec. 22: Gun culture and the NRA, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, torture and 'Zero Dark Thirty'

12/21/12 03:39PM

On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes, we'll discuss the stunning press conference on gun control by the NRA's Wayne LaPierre, and what it means for the gun control debate moving forward. We'll also take a broader look at gun culture and the gun industry in America. We'll dissect President Obama's nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to be the next secretary of state, and the crusade against one of President Obama's other possible cabinet nominees, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, who's on the shortlist to be secretary of defense. read more

Sunday's Guests (Dec. 16): Continuing coverage of the shooting in Newtown, the future of the Violence Against Women Act, Michigan's new anti-union law

12/15/12 04:34PM

On Saturday's Up w/ Chris Hayes we'll bring you the latest news on the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. We'll discuss the proposed renewal and expansion of the Violence Against Women Act. And we'll examine the new anti-union law passed by Michigan's legislature, and what it means for the future of the labor movement. Joining Chris tomorrow at 8 AM ET on msnbc will be: Goldie Taylor (@GoldieTaylor), msnbc contributor. Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), msnbc Policy Analyst and Washington Post columnist. read more