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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

File Photo: This January 19, 2012  file photo reviewed by the US military shows the front gate of "Camp Six" detention facility of the Joint Detention Group at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo by Jim WATSON/AFP/Getty)

What Obama can do right now to close Guantanamo

05/01/13 03:44PM

President Obama has repeatedly complained, as he did again this week, that Congress has made it all but impossible for him to carry out his four-year-old pledge to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the commander in chief  is far from helpless when it comes to the fate of the 166 men still being held there. read more

SEC may require more disclosure from corporations

04/28/13 12:09PM

Nearly a half a million people have signed a petition urging the SEC to require greater disclosure from corporations about their political donations. On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, the panel discussed the effect the rule might have, its potential benefits and drawbacks, and the broader question of how the SEC can (and if it can) regulate money in politics. read more

File Photo: Voters cast their ballots at the Herbert Young Community Center polling place in Cary, N.C.. on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, the first day of early voting in North Carolina. (Photo by Shawn Rocco/The News & Observer/AP Photo, File)

Groups plan fight against NC Voter ID bill

04/28/13 11:43AM

Civil rights groups in North Carolina are already preparing to fight voter ID legislation that is almost certain to become law. On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, discussed his group's plans to work with a coalition of other civil rights organizations to launch a two-pronged attack on the many bills that would restrict voting rights, particularly among low-income and minority voters. The measures would require photo identification at polling places as well as eliminate early voting and Sunday voting. read more

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