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In this Sept. 26, 2012 picture, Domestic worker Alicia Wotherspoon carries Stella Widmann as she begins her day of work at the Widmann home in San Diego. Older daughter Luna Widmann looks on at right.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Labor protections still elude home care workers

06/22/13 12:35PM

Most people take labor protections like the 40-hour work week, overtime, and the minimum wage for granted. Since Franklin Delano Roosevelt enacted them 75 years ago, expanding the regulations to include workers initially left out even brought Democratic New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm and former Alabama Governor and segregationist George Wallace together to lobby for them. read more

Photo by: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

June 23: Immigration, SCOTUS preview

06/22/13 10:01AM

On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we will be discussing the latest on negotiations over immigration and how the "Hastert Rule" could mean for reform's chances in the House. We'll also be previewing the Supreme Court's upcoming decisions on the Voting Rights Act, the Defense of Marriage Act, and Prop 8. Joining Steve on the panel will be: Christina Bellantoni, politics editor, PBS NewsHour (@cbellantoni) Raul Reyes, contributor,, columnist, USA Today (@RaulAReyes) Robert Costa, Washington editor, National Review (@robertcostaNRO) read more

Outside the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals gay rights supporters waited for the ruling that ultimately affirmed Vaughn Walkers ruling of Proposition 8 being unconstitutional. (Photo by Jason Doiy)

Google+ Hangout: Prop 8 plaintiffs talk Supreme Court rulings

06/18/13 07:16PM

Steve Kornacki is hosting msnbc’s third in a series of Google+ Hangouts On Air about the Supreme Court’s decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Prop 8. Tune in right here Wednesday at 12:15pm ET, where Kornacki will lead a discussion examining the political implications of these cases from both sides of the aisle. He will be joined by two of the plaintiffs challenging Prop 8, partners Sandy Stier and Kris Perry; Republican strategist Steve Schmidt; Buzzfeed senior political and legal reporter Chris Geidner; and Executive Editor Richard Wolffe. read more