Chris Hayes, Editor-at-Large of The Nation, hosts “All In with Chris Hayes” at 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday on MSNBC.
Previously, Hayes hosted the weekend program “Up w/ Chris Hayes,” which premiered in 2011. Prior to joining MSNBC as an anchor, Chris had previously served as a frequent substitute host for “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Chris became a MSNBC contributor in 2010 and has been with The Nation since 2007.
He is a former Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. From 2008-2010, he was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. From 2005 to 2006, Chris was a Schumann Center Writing Fellow at In These Times.
Since 2002, Hayes has written on a wide variety of political and social issues, from union organizing and economic democracy, to the intersection of politics and technology. His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Nation, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, the Guardian, and The Chicago Reader.
His first book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, which is about the crisis of authority in American life, was published in June 2012. Chris grew up in the Bronx, graduated from Brown University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
One of the most outrageous casualties of the nation's immigration stalemate are the tens of thousands of young immigrants whose parents brought them to the US as children and who now find themselves in danger of being deported and unable to receive federal financial aid for college. There's a simple way to fix this, and it's called the DREAM Act. Sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), the legislation would allow immigrants who've grown up in the US and who were brought here through no decision of their own, to become US citizens. Here are two stories that drive home just how important the legislation would be.
This one is from an 2007 episode of This American Life.
And this video, which was just recently posted by the very smart folks over at the Movement Vision Lab:
"Everybody, this is not an April Fools joke," said Sen. Reid yesterday in an announcement with Sen. McConnell. "This is important ...and the only way it's going to be solved is for us to work together. The time has come for us to legislate."
(Sometimes a spring break does wonders to clear the mind.)
By noon today, Sens. Dodd and Shelby are expected to produce a bipartisan housing bill, subject to amendment by both sides. And after the GOP stonewalled the issue all last month, Sen. Isakson (R-Ga.) urged Republicans leaders to move quickly on an agreement. "You can play that game when it doesn't matter. But people's lives, their fortunes, their largest single asset is at stake," he said.
As I wrote earlier this month, under the leadership of Rep. Cohen (D-Tennessee), an apology for slavery and Jim Crow is currently making its way through Congress. Now on the state level, in a bid for "reconciliation and healing," Florida has issued a landmark apology for its role in American slavery. Since just last year, five other states have passed similar resolutions, including New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Alabama.
In case you missed it, there was a stellar moment in a related House hearing last December, in which Cohen deftly interrogated a witness who criticized the notion of a US apology. To me, this particular exchange got to the heart of the matter:
COHEN: The United States permitted slavery, made it legal....For a hundred years thereafter [we] made people unequal citizens. For 100 years we perpetrated, perpetuated that racism and that badge of slavey! It was a second-class slavery system!WITNESS: Now when you say we....COHEN: We're a country.WITNESS: Well, I don't look at it that way.
This week, Congress returns from its two-week hiatus to tackle the HIV/AIDS, Tuberulosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act in the House, as well as housing legislation and HR3221 in the Senate (the latter which deals with programs related to energy independence, carbon emissions, and green jobs). In the House, Republicans and Blue-Dog Democrats may try and force a vote on the SAVE Act, which would beef up border patrol with 8,000 new guards, and require all employers to opt into the federal E-Verify system. Before departing for spring break, Republicans had gathered 181 of the 217 signatures necessary to bring the measure to a vote (which would force an uncomfortable election-season showdown that reportedly, McCain has made quiet efforts to discourage).
With Gen. David Petraeus returning to the Hill next week to deliver a Senate report detailing affairs in Iraq since the surge, Democrats and Republicans will also spend much of the week preparing for the upcoming Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committee hearings. Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) will hold hearings on the cost and long-term outlook for U.S. involvement in Iraq; given the deteriorating state of the economy, expect House and Senate Democratic leadership to try and emphasize the war's costs at home.
Meanwhile this morning, as he departed for a NATO summit in Europe, President Bush said lawmakers have a "lot of work to do," and urged Congressional effort on what he called "vital priorities," incuding passing FISA reform legislation, modernizing the Federal Housing Administration, and approving a free-trade agreement with Colombia.