Al Sharpton is a well known civil rights activist. He has been instrumental in the fight for social justice for decades. Sharpton highlights national causes through the National Action Network. He ran for mayor of New York City and for the United States Senate in New York. ‘Politics Nation with Al Sharpton’ is a weekday one-hour television show that airs on MSNBC http://www.msnbc.com/politicsnation covering political topics from healthcare to income equality or gay rights. Sharpton has been a long time advocate for gay rights and he preaches for more understanding of the issue within the African American community.

Sharpton has become more centrist in his approach in recent years. He is a big supporter of most of the work being done by the Obama Administration. Sharpton draws some criticism for other activist for not pressuring President Obama on issues like poverty more. MSNBC has Sharpton commenting on a lot of the nuance of voter suppression issues. A lot of people also like the presentation of the issues that Sharpton puts together on the radio.

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Tom Cotton backtracks on farm bill vote

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Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton tried to explain his vote against the farm bill, which provided funds for the state’s devastating June floods. Rev. Al inducts Rep. Cotton into the “hypocrisy club.”

Democrats slam Republican tax bill

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On Friday, Democrats slammed a Republican-backed tax bill that changes tax credits for families with children. Jared Bernstein and Joe Madison join Rev. Al Sharpton to discuss.

How impeachment-mania is hurting the economy

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Rev. Al Sharpton talks to E.J. Dionne and Angela Rye about the Republican party’s anti-Obama rhetoric and why it’s preventing Congress from getting anything done.

New details emerge in NYPD ‘chokehold’ case

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One day before Eric Garner’s funeral, a story from the New York Daily News claims that an internal NYPD report on his death made no reference to the chokehold, which was caught on camera. Rev. Al Sharpton weighs in.

Searching for solutions to the skills gap

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On Tuesday, Pres. Obama signed the “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act,” which reforms the federal workforce training system. Rev. Al Sharpton weighs in on how this could help advance the dream.

Renisha McBride trial to begin in Detroit

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On Wednesday morning, opening statements will begin in the murder case against Theodore Wafer, a Detroit man accused of shooting an unarmed teenager named Renisha McBride on his porch. Attorneys Carmen St. George and Michelle Suskauer will discuss.

Did Bundy embolden the anti-gov’t movement?

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A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center suggests that anti-government extremist groups were “emboldened” by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Mark Potok discusses.

Impeachment talk key in Georgia GOP runoff

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Rev. Al Sharpton talks to Goldie Taylor and Michelle Cottle about the heated Georgia Republican Senate runoff, where candidates support for impeaching the president.

Courts reach dueling rulings on Obamacare

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Rev. Al Sharpton talks to Jeffrey Rosen, Rep. Jim McDermott and Clarence Page about two conflicting federal appeals court rulings on the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday.

Chokehold case raises police brutality concerns

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Rev. Al Sharpton weighs in on the disturbing video, that went viral over the weekend, of 43-year-old Eric Garner struggling as a police officer appears to place him in a chokehold. Plus, the tape of a California woman beaten by a patrol officer on a highway. Rev. Al Sharpton calls both attacks “unjustified.”

President Obama expands ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

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On Monday, President Obama announced new partners for the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative and an additional $100 million in donations. Plus, the president talks about growing up without his father.

Florida drops cases against cops with KKK link

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Rev. Al Sharpton talks to The Orlando Sentinel’s Darryl Owens and Southern Poverty law Center’s Don Terry about the controversy around two Florida police officers who are allegedly linked to the KKK.

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