By Mark Finkelstein | September 5, 2015 | 11:13 AM EDT

In America, the rightful role of politics and politicians is to defend the Constitution.  And the essence of that Constitution is to limit the powers of government while protecting the unalienable rights of the people as described in the Declaration of Independence.

But according to a prominent Catholic sister, Pope Francis has a very different view, one which she obviously shares.  Appearing on MSNBC's Up With Steve Kornacki today, Sister Simone Campbell said that the Pope was "very clear" in his encyclical. Rather controlling government, he believes the role of politics is to "control the economy."

By Curtis Houck | September 4, 2015 | 3:51 PM EDT

In the first few hours after Andrea Mitchell’s interview with Hillary Clinton, reactions poured in on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports and MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts that ranged from Rachel Maddow dismissing the growing e-mail scandal as “kinetic activity” to The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan fawning over her “one-on-one” skills to Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd excusing her non-answers to her versatility in “diplomatic speak.”

By Kyle Drennen | September 4, 2015 | 3:02 PM EDT

In an exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton on Friday, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell began by gently wondering if the former Secretary of State was “sorry” about the e-mail scandal: “You said recently that using your personal e-mail while you were secretary of state was not the best choice and that you take responsibility. Are you sorry?”

By Melissa Mullins | September 4, 2015 | 12:18 PM EDT

David Axelrod is jumping ship to CNN.  After serving as a senior political analyst for MSNBC and NBC since 2013, Axelrod will make the move to CNN as a senior political commentator. 

Prior to his work at the Lean Forward network, Axelrod was best known for his role as a senior advisor to Obama during the president’s first term, and playing an important role in getting Obama elected twice. 

By Curtis Houck | September 4, 2015 | 7:47 AM EDT

During Thursday’s All In on MSNBC, what began as a discussion of socialist Bernie Sanders between host Chris Hayes and national correspondent Joy Reid suddenly morphed into the pair gushing over how some supporters of Hillary Clinton “are devoted diehards” that “we tend to underestimate” in the media.

By Kyle Drennen | September 3, 2015 | 4:32 PM EDT

In an interview with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar on Thursday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell fretted that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal would continue to damage the Democratic front-runner unless it was suddenly shut down: “...now that the FBI is involved and now that these e-mails will trickle out between now and January....unless they close this down quickly and completely exonerate everyone, this is a shadow hanging over her campaign.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 3, 2015 | 2:43 PM EDT

On Wednesday night, Sarah Isgur Flores, Carly Fiorina’s Deputy Campaign Manager, hit back at MSNBC’s Chris Hayes over whether climate change was to blame for the California drought. Hayes seemed shocked that Fiorina would oppose spending trillions to fight climate change as a “remarkable thing for a Republican, a believer in American exceptionalism to say, that there is this huge pressing challenge, it’s a really big thing that the world has to come together in. And it is not going to happen.”  

By Kyle Drennen | September 2, 2015 | 3:57 PM EDT

Despite most Americans and members of Congress being opposed to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, on Wednesday, the press proclaimed that the White House eking out just enough Democrats to sustain a veto against legislation stopping the deal was a “major victory” for the commander-in-chief.

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 2, 2015 | 10:35 AM EDT

James Carville appeared on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes on Tuesday to repeatedly deflect criticism away from Hillary Clinton after the latest batch of e-mails from her tenure as Secretary of State were released. Not only did Carville call Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server just another one of a long list of “faux Clinton scandals,” he dismissed the investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack, specifically its chairman Trey Gowdy “who is a tool of the Koch Brothers.”

By Mark Finkelstein | September 2, 2015 | 10:29 AM EDT

How bad is it getting for Hillary when the best her defenders can come up with is Harold Ford Jr.'s formulation: okay, so the words most associated with her are "liar," "dishonest" and "untrustworthy" but, hey!—she's not "unpatriotic."

On today's Morning Joe, after Ford resorted on Hillary's behalf to the last refuge of scoundrels, Joe Scarborough hit him with a killer question: does Ford think David Petraeus—who was convicted of a crime for improperly passing classified material--is a patriot?  Ford had to acknowledge that he is, but when Harold tried to distinguish Hillary's actions from Petraeus', Scarborough swept in to challenge him to a Romneyesque $10,000 bet: "who do you think passed more classified material along, David Petraeus or Hillary?" 

By Mark Finkelstein | September 1, 2015 | 9:35 PM EDT

The cavalcade of liberal contempt for conservatives continued on Chris Hayes' MSNBC show on Tuesday night, as Esquire's Charlie Pierce, formerly with the Boston Globe, described the Republican Iowa caucuses as being controlled by "a political party that's gone insane. The Iowa caucuses are a freakish mechanism that have been controlled since about 1988, by a freakish minority of a freakish Republican party."

By Kyle Drennen | September 1, 2015 | 4:44 PM EDT

Fretting over Hillary Clinton’s ongoing e-mail scandal on Tuesday, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell wondered: “Is she ever going to get out of this cycle?” The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza bemoaned: “...when the federal judge ordered the release of these things at pretty regular intervals....this was the worst outcome for her presidential hopes....We're not talking about her plan for college affordability. We're not talking about energy. We're not talking about income inequality.”