Nation editor-at-large and host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes.
New York Mets second baseman David Murphy was harshly criticized in the sports media this week. His crime? Murphy missed two games for the birth of his first child. The issue was humorously addresed on All in With Chris Hayes by guest host Joy Reid, joined via telephone by Hayes, who was himself on paternity leave. The irony of the situation was not lost on him. "There's actually a nice, tight analogy here between cable news and baseball," he said. "They play 162 games, OK? He's going to miss three games, which is, by the way, in the collective bargaining agreement that the union negotiated." Hayes had no sympathy for the "neanderthalish" views of sportscasters like Boomer Esiason and Mike Francesa. "Take some time with your frickin’ kid and take some time with the partner in your life who brought the kid into the world" he said. "That actually is part of being a man."
Fancy a side of irony with your corporate hypocrisy? Last night on MSNBC, Nation Editor-at-Large Chris Hayes profiled ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a vocal proponent of hydraulic fracking, who is suing to prevent the construction of a water tower near his eighty-three-acre, $5 million horse ranch in Bartonville, Texas. The purpose of the tower? Storing water for fracking. Tillerson and his super-wealthy neighbors are concerned, the lawsuit states, that the fracking tower might “devalue their properties and adversely impact the rural lifestyle they sought to enjoy.” As Hayes put it, “Rex Tillerson is leading the fracking revolution, just not in his backyard.”
While we hold up Roosevelt, Washington and Lincoln as exemplars of American democracy, there have been some duds in the presidential lineup. Nation Editor at Large Chris Hayes celebrated President’s Day with a rundown of the presidents “whose maleficence, incompetence, cluelessness, racism, violence, and ethnic cleansing made the country and the world worse.” Joining him were Columbia professor Dorian Warren, author Jim Moore, and Nation Washington DC Correspondent John Nichols, who selected Andrew Johnson as the country's worst president thanks to his blatantly racist leadership in the post-Civil War years. Nichols noted that Johnson, who took office after Lincoln’s assassination, blocked the 1866 Civil Rights Act, fought against the Fourteenth Amendment and vetoed allowing states to enter the union for fear they might tip the balance in favor of civil rights.
The takeaway concept of Occupy Wall Street—the 1 percent versus the 99—continues to shape our perception of modern American society. Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel appeared on MSNBC’s All in With Chris Hayes, alongside radio host Sam Seder, to talk about the rising populist backlash against income inequality and the dissociation of 1 percenters from this vital conversation. As vanden Heuvel pointed out, “Until we have public financing, we are not going to be able to unravel the rigged system. The rules are built for the wealthiest."
Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel joined Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz on MSNBC's All in With Chris Hayes to examine the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Vanden Heuvel praised Obama’s decision to use executive orders to bypass an immobile Congres, insisting that the defensive response of the GOP was out of line with the limited economic reforms the president proposed. “The Nation is not for extreme manifestations of executive power," she said, "but executive power in support of the jobless, in support of the planet, in support of the homeless…in my mind this is not about left and right, it’s about right and wrong.”
After making a career-defining play that sent his team to the Superbowl, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman launched into a spirited on-camera rant against ‘49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The clip has since gone viral, and Chris Hayes spoke with Nation writer Dave Zirin, commentator Tara Dowdell and former-NFL player Roman Oben about the racialized response to Sherman’s diatribe. As Zirin pointed out, “It’s a racial Rorschach test by so many in politics who want free speech and want people to be passionate, but only certain people.”
During coverage of last night’s elections, MSNBC host and Nation editor-at-large Chris Hayes contrasted Tuesday’s results with the off-year elections of four years prior. While GOP wins in 2009 predicted a forthcoming House takeover, last night’s results don’t point to “the same kind of prophecy,” Hayes observed. He was later joined by colleagues Alex Wagner and Steve Kornacki to talk Chris Christie’s re-election and what it means for the New Jersey governor’s almost inevitable 2016 run for president.
One day into the government shutdown—despite emerging fissures within the GOP and widespread public opposition to their strategy—House Republicans continue to hold the federal government hostage in their attempt to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Fox News has ramped up their spin machine, calling the crisis a “slimdown.” Meanwhile 72 percent of Americans oppose a government shutdown to block the Affordable Care Act.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes documents the human cost of the Republican’s intransigence and the growing frustration within the GOP to the Tea Party caucas’ political unteneble position.
On October 17, the US government will no longer be able to fund itself. In order to meet the spending obligations that Congress has already debated and appropriated, House Republicans will have to agree to raise the debt ceiling. Though every partisan and policy-maker agrees that the failure to meet debt obligations would be catastrophic, Republicans, once again, are holding the economy hostage by tying the vote to a series of conservative legislative principles.
This week, House Republicans leaked their demands—the ransom note includes, among other things, a one year delay to the Affordable Care Act, progress on the Keystone pipeline and tax reform measures based on Paul Ryan budget. As MSNBC’s Chris Hayes notes, “Republicans are blackmailing the American people with the agenda that lost the last presidential election by 3.5 million votes.”
Last night President Obama gave a speech outlining the administration’s policy towards Syria. Obama not only made the case for intervention, but also, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes notes, “attempted to articulate a vision of America’s role in the world.” The speech came just one day after Russian officials expressed support for a potential diplomatic solution that would require the Assad regime to relinquish all remaining chemical weapons caches, opening the door for an alternative to military action.
Hayes spoke with Katrina vanden Heuvel, Nation editor and publisher, and Joy Reid, managing editor of theGrio.com, about whether a war-weary public would accept Obama’s moral argument and the renewed possibility of a negotiated settlement.