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.
He is the author of two books, A Colony in a Nation (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017) and Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy (Crown Publishing Group, 2012). Chris grew up in the Bronx, graduated from Brown University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
These days, when Sen. Dorgan (D-North Dakota) makes the case that the FCC has moved from referee to cheerleader in the fight over media control -- "shaking the pom-poms for more media concentration" -- he's sounding increasingly prescient.
Yesterday, FCC chair Kevin Martin took to the stage before a cheering industry audience at a Las Vegas trade show with a variant of that message, namely: Corporations don't need any regulation, because we trust you. Responding to Verizon's recent statement that it supports open-access principles, Martin was quick to soothe any fears that the FCC might feel the need to actually enshrine the principle in policy. "In light of the industry's embrace of this more open approach, I think it's premature for the commission to adopt any other requirements across the industry," he said.
But Verizon's statement was just that--a statement. And like Comcast, which last week announced (after intense pressure) it would stop blocking BitTorrent software, Verizon has been chary with its guarantees of future nondiscrimination in its dealings.
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.