This week marks the return of the Up with Steve Kornacki politics game show, and it has a new name: UP Against the Clock. After a stirring first installment, UP panelists Krystal Ball of MSNBC's the Cycle, Business Insider's Josh Barro, and Buzzfeed's Evan McMorris-Santoro put their knowledge of this week's major political events to the test. There are stricter rules and bigger prizes for the pundit with the fastest finger - who will win this time?
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What are Democrat Terry McAuliffe's chances in his run for governor of Virginia? If you ask former Gov. Doug Wilder, not good.
It's one thing to run against a well-known Republican like Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, but the question for McAuliffe is, as Wilder put it, "is there meat on the bones of that candidacy? The fact that you are not Cuccinelli is one thing, but who are you?" Without any clear answers for voters, McAuliffe could be in trouble. read more
MSNBC.com reporter Benjy Sarlin joins the Up panel to discuss his new article on the dilemma faced by ambitious Republicans like Cory Gardner who live in swing states and would want to run for higher office someday, but have trouble winning over voters... watch
FORT MORGAN, CO – Jose Munoz can’t understand why Congressman Cory Gardner won’t give him a straight answer on immigration.
Munoz, a 25-year old volunteer with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, was one of many attendees at Gardner’s first town hall of the summer eager to hear their congressman address the topic. Just a week earlier on July 29, Gardner met privately with group members who left feeling encouraged. read more
This Saturday on Up with Steve Kornacki, we'll discuss the budget-Obamacare fight in Congress that could lead to a government shutdown, and we'll examine President Obama's so-called "second-term slump" and how it compares to those of past presidents. We'll also talk about how immigration is causing major headaches for the GOP in diverse states like Colorado, check in on the Virginia governor's race, and talk to the Congressional candidate responsible for this week's viral campaign ad. read more