On Saturday’s Up w/ Chris Hayes, we’ll discuss President Obama’s first skirmishes with the new Congress — including the debt limit, gun control and immigration reform — with four freshman members of the House of Representatives. We’ll also examine ideological polarization in the 113th Congress and compare it to historical trends. Plus: We’ll look back on the 2008 inauguration when two million people packed into the National Mall to watch the first black president take the oath of office, and consider how President Obama’s re-election may be even more significant than his victory four years ago. With President Obama’s second inauguration falling on the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., we’ll reflect on his presidency’s relevance to the civil rights movement, and ask what impact, if any, his re-election will have on civil rights over the next four years.
Joining Chris at 8 AM ET on MSNBC will be:
Rep. Mark Pocan (@MarkPocan), Democrat representing Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district. He is currently serving his first term and sits on the House Budget Committee.
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (@RepLujanGrisham), Democrat representing New Mexico’s 1st congressional district. She serves on the House Agricultural and Budget Committees.
Rep. Richard Nolan, Democrat representing Minnesota’s 8th congressional district. He served as a member of Congress from 1975-1981.
Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel), Democrat serving her first term representing Florida’s 22nd congressional district.
Rep. Donna Edwards (@repdonnaedwards), Democrat currently serving her second full term representing Maryland’s 4th congressional district. She sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
Bill Fletcher (@BillFletcherJr), racial justice, labor and international activist, author of “They’re Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions and Solidarity Divided.”
Ben Jealous (@BenJealous), president and CEO of the NAACP.
Dr. Julianne Malveaux (@drjlastword), president emeritus of Bennett College for Women, author of “Surviving and Thirving: 365 Facts in Black & Economic History.”