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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

Guns: The hometown backlash

Guns: The hometown backlash

05/04/13 07:59AM

We saw this week that there is a genuine backlash against politicians who side with the National Rifle Association. The American Prospect's Jamelle Bouie,... watch

File Photo:  U.S. Navy guards escort a detainee after a "life skills" class at Camp 6 in the Guantanamo Bay detention center on March 30, 2010 (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images, File)

Gitmo dilemma: Force-feeding violates international law

05/03/13 08:37PM

As a legal scholar who once campaigned against the Bush administration’s human rights abuses, President Obama surely knows the international rules on the treatment of prisoners. If so, he didn't let on during his press conference this week. When a reporter questioned the administration’s use of forced feeding to put down the current hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, the president had only seven words to offer: “I don’t want these individuals to die.” read more