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President Barack Obama holds a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 30, 2013. The President on Tuesday warned of rushing to judgement on possible use of chemical weapons by Syria. (Photo by...

Escalation in Syria increases pressure on US to intervene

05/05/13 11:28AM

Bombs rattled Damascus as Israel bombed military targets early Sunday morning, a move that increases pressure on President Obama to intervene in Syria. This is the second attack launched by Israel in two days, and the Israeli officials have said that the bombings were necessary to prevent Syria from delivering weapons to terrorist groups. read more

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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, Salon.com, 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

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