It’s unclear how many Americans are paying attention to the trial of Private First Class Bradley Manning, which got underway this week after three years of preparation. But it is far more than just a domestic legal matter: it is a global event that continues to shape international perceptions of the United States, its policies and values. read more
The New Jersey political world—and that most certainly includes Chris Christie and his inner circle—was well-aware of Frank Lautenberg’s failing health long before he succumbed to viral pneumonia Monday morning at age 89. The senator’s rapid decline had fueled months of quiet and uncomfortably morbid conversations between and among members of both parties, who sought to balance basic good taste with the very practical questions that Lautenberg’s passing would raise. read more
At the heart of the Obama administration's aggressive stance on leak investigations lies a single, unprecedented case that could test the limit of the government's ability to control information and punish those who disseminate it. read more
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's downfall from Congress was not the first instance of controversy to mar the Democrat's political career as copies of campaign documents obtained by Up with Steve Kornacki reveal Weiner's questionable tactics in his ascent into local politics almost 22 years ago.
On August 19, 1991, a station wagon driven by a Hasidic Jewish man careened onto a sidewalk and killed a black child in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, igniting a powder keg of racial tensions and setting off three days of violent riots that gripped the city. read more
On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, we'll be talking about the way extremist politics have paralyzed government and the administration's efforts to reach out to the media as the scandal over DOJ surveillance of reporters.
Joining Steve at 8 a.m. EST will be:
Amanda Terkel, senior political reporter/politics managing editor, Huffington Post (@aterkel)
Norm Ornstein, columnist & author, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism
Sahil Kapur, congressional reporter, Talking Points Memo (@sahilkapur) read more
On Saturday's episode of Up with Steve Kornacki, we will revisit the gun debate and talk about how the most extreme wing of the Republican party is hurting the GOP's chances in swing states. We'll also spend time talking about Anthony Weiner and how he's managed to resurrect his political career.
Joining Steve at 8 AM ET on Saturday will be:
Shannyn Moore, columnist Anchorage Daily News (@shannynmoore)
Alec MacGillis, senior editor, The New Republic (@Alec MacGillis)
Howard Wolfson, Deputy Mayor, NYC (@howiewolf)
State Rep. Charles Armstrong (D-Arkansas) read more
Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch announced this week that he would support moving the immigration reform bill out of committee, which means that the bill is one tiny step closer to a full vote. read more