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Proposal to merge black schools draws fire

Gov. Haley Barbour's plan to merge Mississippi's three historically black universities has created a tense atmosphere in a state saddled with a violent civil rights past. Full story

Gingrich, Sharpton on 9/11 trials, Palin

   Nov. 15: Fmr. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton offer their takes on the decision to put some Guantanamo Bay prisoners on trial in New York, as well as the much-discussed memoir of the former GOP vice presidential candidate.

Panel: Schools must get dramatically better

   Nov. 15: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Fmr. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton discuss their plans to improve the quality of education in the U.S., with NBC’s David Gregory on “Meet the Press.”

High court declines ‘Mississippi Burning’ case

The Supreme Court leaves in place a ruling that allowed prosecutors to charge a reputed Ku Klux Klansman with kidnapping decades after two black men were abducted and killed in Mississippi. Full story

Obama inks defense, hate crimes bill

The bill signed by the president kills some costly weapons projects and expands war efforts and includes a provision that makes it a federal hate crime to assault people based on sexual orientation. Full story

Congress extends hate crimes to cover gays

Physical attacks on people based on their sexual orientation will join the list of federal hate crimes under legislation Congress has approved and sent to President Barack Obama. Full story

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Students told to prove Texas residency or leave

Obama backs extending Patriot Act provisions

Journalist gets subpoena in Katrina probe

FBI seizes computers in Katrina shooting probe

Same-sex couples seek immigration benefit

Paper expresses regret for backing segregation

Critics turn up heat on Sotomayor

Senator: Sotomayor advised 'extreme' group

White House not appealing transgender ruling


  Sheriff's immigration sweeps under scrutiny

Oct. 17: Msnbc's Alex Witt talks with U.S. News & World Report's Alex Kingsbury about Marcopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Apaio's controversial immigration sweeps that some say are racial profiling.

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