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File photo: Army Private Bradley Manning is escorted away from his Article 32 hearing February 23, 2012 in Fort Meade, Maryland. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Manning trial shapes how the world sees America

06/07/13 05:13PM

It’s unclear how many Americans are paying attention to the trial of Private First Class Bradley Manning, which got underway this week after three years of preparation. But it is far more than just a domestic legal matter: it is a global event that continues to shape international perceptions of the United States, its policies and values. read more

File photo: Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ, the oldest member of the Senate, has died at the age of 89 of viral pneumonia June 3, 2013. (Photo by: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

What happens now in New Jersey after Lautenberg?

06/03/13 12:37PM

The New Jersey political world—and that most certainly includes Chris Christie and his inner circle—was well-aware of Frank Lautenberg’s failing health long before he succumbed to viral pneumonia Monday morning at age 89. The senator’s rapid decline had fueled months of quiet and uncomfortably morbid conversations between and among members of both parties, who sought to balance basic good taste with the very practical questions that Lautenberg’s passing would raise. read more

Holder and the media: Did he cross a line?

Holder and the media: Did he cross a line?

06/02/13 09:24AM

Attorney General Eric Holder met with some members of the press for a second day on Friday to discuss the DOJ’s leak investigations. Holder is expected to hold more of these meetings in the coming week. MSNBC’s Krystal Ball joins the conversation. watch

The GOP’s problems with Obama’s court plans

The GOP’s problems with Obama’s court plans

06/02/13 08:14AM

The UP panel continues its discussion of President Obama’s plans to name three nominees to serve on the D.C. U.S. Court of Appeals and why the GOP is crying “court packing.” What makes the D.C. court so powerful? The UP panel discusses. watch

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How Anthony Weiner won the first time

06/01/13 11:24AM

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's downfall from Congress was not the first instance of controversy to mar the Democrat's political career as copies of campaign documents obtained by Up with Steve Kornacki reveal Weiner's questionable tactics in his ascent into local politics almost 22 years ago. On August 19, 1991, a station wagon driven by a Hasidic Jewish man careened onto a sidewalk and killed a black child in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, igniting a powder keg of racial tensions and setting off three days of violent riots that gripped the city. read more

File Photo: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill March 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

June 2: Broken DC, the DOJ and the media

06/01/13 09:55AM

On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we'll be talking about the way extremist politics have paralyzed government and the administration's efforts to reach out to the media as the scandal over DOJ surveillance of reporters. Joining Steve at 8 a.m. EST will be: Amanda Terkel, senior political reporter/politics managing editor, Huffington Post (@aterkel) Norm Ornstein, columnist & author, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism Sahil Kapur, congressional reporter, Talking Points Memo (@sahilkapur) read more

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June 1: Guns, GOP Extremists, Anthony Weiner

05/31/13 04:23PM

On Saturday's episode of Up with Steve Kornacki, we will revisit the gun debate and talk about how the most extreme wing of the Republican party is hurting the GOP's chances in swing states. We'll also spend time talking about Anthony Weiner and how he's managed to resurrect his political career. Joining Steve at 8 AM ET on Saturday will be: Shannyn Moore, columnist Anchorage Daily News (@shannynmoore) Alec MacGillis, senior editor, The New Republic (@Alec MacGillis) Howard Wolfson, Deputy Mayor, NYC (@howiewolf) State Rep. Charles Armstrong (D-Arkansas) read more