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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

Jason Collins #98 of the Washington Wizards rebounds against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on April 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

May 4: Town Halls and guns, President Obama's speeches, and Jason Collins

05/03/13 03:00PM

On Saturday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we will discuss the grassroots backlash against senators who voted against new gun regulations and the state of the movement to reform gun laws outside of Washington, DC. We will also look at the remarks President Obama made this week and consider how the substance of his statements may have been overlooked. Finally, we'll talk about Jason Collins, changing attitudes about sexuality among professional athletes, and employment discrimination and sexuality. Joining Steve Kornacki at 8 AM ET will be: read more