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May 5: Ted Cruz, Obama's coalition, Syria

05/04/13 02:11PM

On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we'll be talking about Ted Cruz, and what the Republican party's newest ultraconservative superstar could mean for the GOP's future. We'll also be talking about the coaltion of voters that was so crucial to President Obama's reelection, and discuss the Syria and what, if any, role America should take in the conflict there. Joining Steve Kornacki will be: Abby Rapoport, staff writer, The American Prospect (@RaRapoport) Nate Cohn, staff writer, The New Republic (@electionate) Joan Walsh, editor-at-large,, msnbc Political Analyst (@joanwalsh) read more

April most deadly month for Iraq in nearly 5 years

05/04/13 12:38PM

What do you need to know about what happened this week? Civil rights activists including April 28 guest Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP were arrested and held overnight for protesting the state GOP's legislative agenda. The FDA decided this week that emergency contraception will be available without restrictions to women and girls older than 15 despite the fact that it is safe for women and girls of all ages to use and past opposition by the Obama administration. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, is proposing a new filibuster reform bill. read more


Fmr. NBA players praise Jason Collins: He's a positive vanguard

05/04/13 12:07PM

Former NBA player John Amaechi is one of the few people who know how Jason Collins might have felt before coming out this week. On Saturday's Up with Steve Kornacki, he sat down for  a one-on-one conversation about how Collins' announcement could change the culture in the NBA and the emotional and physical toll of denying one's identity can have on a player. read more