Nation editor-at-large and host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes.
With a pitch-perfect emblem of gilded-age greed as his opponent, and private equity in the spotlight, why isn't Obama much farther ahead in the polls? Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel went on Chris’s show this weekend for a look at how the Obama campaign’s attack on Romney's Bain Capital record might sit with the Democratic 1 percent, and how the party can address that elephant in the room.
Despite record-breaking heat and devastating fires, the idea that the earth is warming still illicits as much hostility and doubt as did, well, the idea that cigarettes cause cancer before the death toll overwhelmed the tobacco industry’s PR efforts.
With 27 percent of meteorologists surveyed calling global warming a hoax, what will it take to get people to care about global warming? On his show Sunday, Chris Hayes took a look at life in the disaster era and what options exist to combat climate ignorance.
Arizona’s harsh immigration statute, SB 1070, took a judicial beating last month at the hands of the Supreme Court. Of the four provisions reviewed, the Court found three unconstitutional. With several other states considering similar legislation, where does the bill go from here?
On his show Sunday, Chris spoke with the bill’s co-author, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who didn’t sound too worried (two of the stricken provisions are “relatively minor,” he said). After the years the Kansas Republican has spent championing the bill, Chris wanted to know, “Why is this the thing that animates you?”
For the first time since the recession, Rhode Island raised its minimum wage, from $7.40 to $7.75. That figure is still shy of neighboring states Massachusetts's ($8.00) and Connecticut's ($8.25) wages, and doesn't change the fact that there is no state where a person can afford a two-bedroom apartment working a forty-hour week on any state's minimum wage.
The federal minimum wage (despite campaign promises) is still $7.25, lower than what a minimum-wage worker made in 1968, adjusted for inflation.
On his show Saturday, Nation Editor-at-Large Chris Hayes put Rhode Island’s news into perspective, along with a host of stories that you should know from last week.
With new data out on the fastest-whitening zip codes in America, major US cities—New York and Washington DC, especially—are experiencing cultural and electoral shifts that current policy may not be evolved enough to handle. Are we self-segregating as we get more diverse? What does balanced integration look like? On his show Sunday, Nation editor-at-large Chris Hayes asks what policies the country needs to confront urban gentrification. Columbia University architecture professor Michael Bell and Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic weigh in.
Is the Obama administration using targeted killing to assassinate people who might otherwise have been detained? In this episode of Up w/ Chris Hayes, Jeremy Scahill of The Nation Institute argues that President Obama is “running an assassination program,” and that killing innocents gives people a non-ideological reason to hate this country and to join the ranks of those fighting against it.
On last Sunday’s episode of Up, Chris Hayes engaged in an in-depth conversation about our culture’s use of the word “hero” to describe fallen servicemen and women. His comments set off a round of discussions on the nature of our wars, who’s fighting them and whether a TV pundit should even be empowered to deny or even confer such designations. On today’s show, Hayes confronted the heated debate he set off, saying that the responses he received after the episode illustrate a key point he was attempting to make with his comments: “We have a society that on the one hand has become comfortable with war, and on the other hand wants to distance itself from it as much as possible: to outsource it to contractors, to robots and to the 2.3 million volunteer men and women who have been asked to serve for longer durations than at any time in recent history.” Watch this clip for the full discussion.
At the G8 Summit on Saturday, world leaders pledged to keep Greece in the euro zone and to revitalize the European economy through stimulus spending. Austerity measures are still on the table, however. In this clip, Chris Hayes and an expert panel discuss what’s at stake in Europe, where some politicians warn of an impending revolution, and in the United States, whose fragile economy may be vulnerable to Eurozone contagion.
The president’s same-sex marriage endorsement has elicited generous donations from the gay and lesbian community, but as The Nation’s Richard Kim explains in this clip, “prominent gay and lesbian organizations tend to be very top-down, very rich donor–driven, and so you have a grassroots agenda that isn't being reflected in this organization.”
Last month, Chinese lawyer and dissident Chen Guangcheng escaped house arrest and sought refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing, sparking political debate here in the United States. In this clip, Chris Hayes considers what we really mean when we talk about political issues involving China. “Both sides of the political spectrum,” he says, “see in China a grim dystopic vision of where the United States is headed and what it might one day become.”