On Saturday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we'll be discussing what's happening with congressional Republicans, from the split over an Obama tax proposal, the looming government shutdown, and more. We'll also check in on Mitch McConnell's increasingly tough road to reelection in Kentucky, take a look back at William Scranton and Harry Byrd Jr. who both died this week, and talk about the debate over who should be the next chair of the Federal Reserve. read more
For most people, under most circumstances, the prospect of decades in prison after being found guilty of 19 criminal charges would be devastating. For Private First Class Bradley Manning, it was a cause for celebration. He had been acquitted of "aiding the enemy"--the most serious charge against him, and one that might have carried a life sentence. read more
On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, the panel discussed Detroit's bankruptcy—how the city divided thanks to white flight, the crumbling of the industrial class, and a steady decline in public support for cities.
But before the guests joined the conversation, Kornacki explained how Detroit's political history foreshadowed much of what has been said about Americans who vote against their own economic interests. How did the Detroit of the 1960s become the Detroit of today, and what does that transformation mean for the rest of America's cities?
Watch the video to find out.
Democrats are trying, once again, to move the party away from big banks and towards a more populist focus. This isn't the first time this call has been made; as Up with Steve Kornacki guest Rick Perlstein pointed out on Sunday's show, populist messages are common just before elections, but they haven't yet influenced the majority of the party. Will it be different this time? read more
The United States has a long history when it comes to politicians exploiting economic and racial anxiety for electoral gain. Iowa Rep. Steve King's recent racist comments about immigrants drew criticism, even from his own party, but inflammatory rhetoric on race and immigration is hardly a new facet of the Republican party. On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, the panel discussed how nativism threatens any attempts to broaden the GOP base and, more broadly, how attitudes of party and media figures ignore modern realities. read more