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Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. stands left and Robert Davidson, Chair of the Board of Trustees, right, as President Barack Obama holds his honorary a doctorate of laws degree during the Morehouse College 129th Commencement...

Obama addresses challenges of being a black man in Morehouse speech

05/19/13 05:58PM

President Barack Obama delivered a message endorsing personal and social responsibility in his commencement address Sunday at Morehouse College, the historically black men's school in Atlanta, Georgia. The president cracked wise that some students were graduating magna cum laude, while others were graduating "thank you, lawdy," before outlining expectations for the graduates. read more

A protest rally against the US military in 2008 (Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)

Rep.: Military sexual assault rooted in culture

05/19/13 04:18PM

 Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy 
 On Thursday, New York's Democratic Sen. Kristen Gillibrand led the effort for changes in the way the military handles sexual assault cases. Gillibrand, an Armed Service Committee member proposed a bill that would take military sexual assaults out of the chain of command. read more


Richard Engel explains 'stages of war' reporters go through

05/19/13 02:53PM

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy In "Office Politics," NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel assesses the Arab Spring. He gives msnbc’s Alex Witt a breakdown of what he calls the "stages of war" and his reactions to the atrocities he has seen covering wars around the world. Engel reveals whether or not he has time for a personal life given his globetrotting lifestyle. read more

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Richard Engel: After the Syria kidnapping

05/19/13 02:47PM

Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, reflected on his kidnapping last year in Syria Sunday in an interview with msnbc's Alex Witt. "I won't just say it was very frightening because that's the obvious answer," Engel said.  "Of course it was frightening. But what was more disturbing intellectually was that I thought to myself, 'Alright, this is it. My life is going to be over and it's gonna be ended by these people for a conflict that I'm not a part of.' " read more