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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly address the media at City Hall on April 16, 2013 in New York City.   (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Michael Bloomberg has a new gun control tactic—will it work?

06/16/13 12:27PM

Can New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg bully pro-gun Democrats into changing their votes on a background check bill? Bloomberg has poured millions of dollars into an ad campaign designed to pressure legislators who voted against universal background checks for guns, but will it actually "put the fear of god" in senators like Mark Pryor? Or will it turn out that this plan is "more sloppy in practice than in theory," as’s Josh Benson put it? read more

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Food stamps, Roger Goodell, and other things you need to know this week

06/16/13 12:15PM

In case you were caught up in the debate over NSA surveillance and Edward Snowden’s motives, Sunday’s Up with Steve Kornacki guests highlighted some important stories that might have slipped through the cracks. Michelle Bernard of the Bernard Center wanted everyone to know that it's the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a group that played a critical role in defending the rights of African Americans throughout the South. read more

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June 16: Immigration, Southern politics, guns

06/15/13 03:03PM

On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, the panel will be discussing the possible fate of the immigration bill and the political posturing surrounding it, whether the Democratic Party is extinct in the South, and also guns and Washington compromise. Joining Kornacki at the table will be: Michelle Bernard, The Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy (@MichelleBernard) Rick Perlstein, contributor, (@rickperlstein) Roberto Lovato, writer/commentator, New America Media, co-founder, (online Latino advocacy organization) (@robvato) read more