Edmund S. Morgan, a leading scholar of the colonial era who helped reinvigorate the reputations of the founding fathers, probed the country's racial and religious origins and, in his 80s, wrote a best-selling biography of Benjamin Franklin, has died in Connecticut. He was 97. Full story
Matt von Konrat is animated as he talks about a plant specimen pulled from the vast botanical collection at the Field Museum of Natural History. Documentation shows it was collected in 1996 in a Colombian rainforest and tested for compounds that might be used to treat HIV, AIDS or cancer. Full story
Affirmative action has been a pet issue for some of our Supreme Court justices and they just may now have the chance they've been waiting for. The guests talk about whether the country is seeing affirmative action challenges because people really think we’re in a color-blind society.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes, who writes about the country's meritoratic system in his book "Twilight of the Elites," joins Morning Joe to discuss the difficulties faced by the American middle class, especially when it comes to higher education and career security.
Chris Hayes talks with Barry Scheck, co-founder of The Innocence Project, and Yale Law School Professor Akhil Amar about the Supreme Court's decision to allow authorities to collect DNA samples from people who are arrested but not convicted of crimes.
How much does climate change factor into the intensity of tornadoes? How is population growth in areas where tornadoes are likely to strike making tornado impact that much worse? The Dot Earth blog's Andrew Revkin joins Alex Wagner to discuss.
The American Psychiatric Association has updated “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” for the first time in 19 years, making some controversial changes. Psychiatrists Dr. Gail Saltz and Dr. Sally Satel talk about what it means for mental health professionals and patients.
FILE - This May 19, 2013. file photo, Newark Mayor Cory Booker delivers the main address during Class Day for Yale seniors at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. A member of Newark Mayor Cory Booker's campaign staff says Booker is planning to enter the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat
Old Campus at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a Yale University professor of cardiology and public health, is pictured in an undated handout photo. REUTERS/Courtesy of Harlan Krumholz/Handout
A woman walks through the Old Campus at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in this November 28, 2012, file photo. Now some of the largest research universities in the United States fear that spending cuts under sequestration could lead to layoffs, curtail scientific discovery and leave a gen