Graphic: Affirmative action ban effect on racial composition of freshman class at UC Berkeley
Rachel Maddow discusses President Obama’s recent promise to extend clemency to potentially hundreds of drug offenders currently serving harsh sentences, and the overhaul to the presidential pardoning process that will precede it.
Democrats need every one of those voters to turn out in November in unusually high numbers, and Keystone isn’t a fight worth picking with voters who care about the environment. At the same time, by not killing the pipeline outright, he leaves just that much hope for red state Democrats–not to mention something to fight the White House on. The political calculation isn’t hard to figure out. It isn’t even close. — Joy Reid, It’s not hard to figure out why Obama is holding off on Keystone
Take a look at msnbc.com’s latest photo essay: The Arctic’s devastating transformation
(Photos by Camille Seaman)
Republicans in states across the country are refusing to accept the free federal money that could expand health care access to some of their neediest residents by expanding Medicaid, and that battle is heating up in Louisiana.
After decades of explosive growth, the cost of health care has climbed at a snail’s pace over the past three years. As the White House boasted this week, per-capita medical spending is now rising at just a third the rate the country has seen for the past half century.