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Element of the week: francium | video

This week's element is francium, which has the symbol <b>Fr</b> and the atomic number <b>87</b>.<p>Francium is a highly radioactive alkali metal that is vanishingly …

Scientists call for action to tackle CO2 levels

<b>Scientists are calling on world leaders to take action on climate change after carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere broke through a symbolic threshold.</b><p>Daily CO2 readings at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the first time.<p>Sir Brian Hoskins, the head of …

Climate Change

Nazi Jihadist Emerson Begolly's Sentencing Hit By Sequestration

WASHINGTON -- The harsh furloughs being faced by federal public defenders because of sequestration are having an impact on the bizarre case of a 20-something Pennsylvania man who dressed as a Nazi as a teenager before getting involved in jihadist forums online.<p>Emerson Begolly, who allegedly said he …

Paul talks Clinton, Benghazi in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The battle over Benghazi has come to Iowa, colliding head-on with the earliest phase of the 2016 presidential race.<p>On a campaign-style visit to the first-in-the-nation caucus state Friday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul sharply and repeatedly accused former Secretary of State Hillary …

The Most Convincing Explanation For The White House's Benghazi Debacle

The release of 12 versions of Benghazi talking points Friday by ABC News reveals that the Obama administration and the State Department heavily edited the talking points to remove references to Al Qaeda-linked groups, as well as to the CIA's previous warnings about the extremist threat in Libya.<p>The …

U.S. Dept. of State

Sideshow: The bipartisan Bieber theory

Vice President Biden spoke to first responders in DC Thursday night, Mother Jones makes a connection between politics and cicadas, and PPP is asking the hard-hitting questions about Justin Bieber.

The Benghazi effect: will there be a fallout?

Democratic strategist Ed Rendell and Republican strategist John Feehery debate the effects of the Benghazi hearing on Hillary Clinton’s political future.

IRS under siege with no friends

The IRS doesn’t have many friends on a good day. By Friday evening, the agency seemed to have none at all.<p>A steady stream of criticism directed at the IRS in recent weeks exploded with the disclosure that the agency targeted about 75 conservative groups for extra review because they included the …

Benghazi blame game between CIA, State Dept. - Video on NBCNews.com

>>> good evening. it is now clear that a lot of things influence what the obama administration said about the attack on september 11 of this past year on the u.s. consulate in benghazi , libya. the attack raged for hours. in the end there were four dead. quotes gathered from government e-mails …

U.S. Dept. of State

The Unemployment Rate Is Much Higher Than They Tell You

The 7.5% US unemployment rate, at its lowest level since 2008, seems to be telling a story of slow-but-steady recovery after the Great Recession and Financial Crisis.<p>Unfortunately, the bulk of evidence suggests the "real" jobless rate is far higher. As the U-3 rate has fallen, so has the labor …

Economics

Alarm as CO2 passes threshold

The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed a symbolic milestone last week, reaching levels that haven’t prevailed on the Earth since long before human civilization began.<p>The long-expected announcement Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — that CO 2 …

California Gets a New Democrat: Defection of Recent Rising Star Among Latest Signs of Further GOP Decline

One of the strangest things about California over the past decade is how little impact Arnold Schwarzenegger's two landslide wins for the governorship had on the Republican Party. Instead of a right-wing party moving more toward the center, the GOP became instead, after some perfunctory …

Jerry Brown
The White House

How conservatives pick and choose their scandals

Chris Hayes examines the conservative response to Friday’s political scandals, both real and imagined. He's joined by journalist and author Robin Wright and the Daily Beast's Eli Lake.

Republicans cling to killing ‘Obamacare’

Republicans are set to vote to repeal ObamaCare for the 37th time. Chris Hayes talk about the Republicans’ efforts with the Center for American Progress' Neera Tanden.

GOP: Pay bondholders, not Medicare recipients, if US nears default

Chris Hayes describes what the recently House-passed "Full Faith and Credit Act" would do, and it looks like political suicide for Republicans.

Controversial Heritage immigration study co-author resigns

Heritage Foundation analyst Jason Richwine, the co-author of a study claiming the immigration reform bill would cost over $6 trillion, resigned after it was discovered he wrote articles for a nationalist website.

Should the Heritage Foundation fire president Jim DeMint?

Chris Hayes tackles this question with Deepak Bhargava, the executive director of the Center for Community Change, a non-profit policy organization, and Shikha Dalmia, senior analyst at Reason magazine.

Mark Zuckerberg's Group Loses High-Profile Backers Elon Musk, David Sacks

WASHINGTON -- Billionaire eco-entrepreneur Elon Musk announced on Friday that he was quitting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's immigration advocacy group, upset over its controversial political strategy.<p>Fwd.us told The Huffington Post that a second funder also had decided to withdraw. Several …

GOP hopes Benghazi will finally be the scandal that sticks

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, member of the House Oversight Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Republican kitchen sink strategy to find any scandal that will taint the Obama administration, manifested most recently in the renewed uproar over the attacks in Benghazi.