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Barack Obama hosts a reception in honor of national Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the East Room of the White House June 15, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obama approval rating stays high despite bruising week

05/19/13 10:41AM

A trio of  scandals seem to have had little effect on the public's feelings about President Barack Obama, who enjoys a 53% approval rating, according to the latest CNN/ORC poll. For the past week, the White House has dealt with investigations into the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, IRS targeting of tax-exempt conservative groups, and controversy over the Justice Department seizing Associated Press records. The same poll found that a majority of Americans believe both Benghazi and the IRS are important issues and that Republicans have not overreacted. read more

How scandals drive politics

How scandals drive politics

05/19/13 08:00AM

MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki talks to an Up panel which includes, Democratic pollster Margie Omero, Prof. Alan Abramowitz, The New Yorker’s Rick Hertzberg,... watch

Bangladeshi activists hold placards during a procession to mark May Day or International Workers Day in Dhaka on May 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis joined May Day protests Wednesday to demand the execution of textile bosses over the...

May 19: The nature of scandals, the IRS, workers' rights

05/18/13 02:30PM

On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, the panel will dig deep into how modern scandals differ from those in the past and how party polarization has changed the way we react to them. We will also talk about the IRS and monitoring campaign finance in the age of dark money. Finally, we'll be discussing Bangladesh, workers' rights, and the economics of cheap labor and cheap products. Joining Steve at 8 a.m. EST will be: Margie Omero, democratic pollster, managing director, Purple Strategies (@margieomero) Alan Abramowitz, political science professor, Emory University read more