Six million people are in prison or on parole in the U.S., but not one is a Wall Street executive for the financial crisis. Alex Wagner talks with Matt Taibbi.
Reports of a rescue operation off South Korea's southern coast for a ferry carrying mostly students. CNBC's June Yoon joins The Last Word.
Reports of a rescue operation off South Korea's southern coast for a ferry carrying mostly students. CNBC's June Yoon joins The Last Word.
Three members of the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission resigned in the wake of a Justice Department report. Carl Foster and Ken Sanchez join Alex Wagner.
Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly writes that women will benefit from marrying rich men and making less than their husbands. Jess McIntosh joins Alex Wagner.
On the anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings, Rachel Maddow discusses how right-wing extremists have carried out more domestic terror attacks than jihadists since September 11th.
Democrats make headway in three critical Senate races. Howard Dean, Patrick Murphy and Alex Wagner discuss.
Rachel Maddow talks to Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, about how jihadist violence dominates the media in a way that home-grown, right-wing terror does not.
Rachel Maddow discusses revelations in new documents released as part of the internal probe of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration.
NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel talks with Rachel Maddow about escalating tensions between Russian and Ukrainian forces in Eastern Ukraine, as the region teeters on the brink of war.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is joining the growing list of popular Republican governors -- many with presidential ambitions -- plagued by scandal in their administrations. On Monday a state district judge named 12 jurors and two alternates to consider possible criminal charges against Perry. A day earlier Perry hired a high profile Austin-based defense lawyer to represent him. At the center of all this is an ongoing investigation over Perry vetoing funding for the Travis County District Attorney's office. The investigation has been called "Bridgegate West" by the Dallas Morning News, a reference to an investigation of corruption in New Jersey. But Perry isn't alone among governors facing legal probes these days: Read More →
As I argued in a December 2013 column here at TPM Cafe, a lot of the intra-Republican battles described as representing a “civil war” between “constitutional conservatives” or Tea Party members or “the base” on the one hand, and “Republican Establishment” chieftains or “pragmatists” or “moderates” on the other, are really arguments over strategy, tactics and rhetoric rather than ideology or principle. And indeed, the less ideological Republicans, having lost the high moral ground to their more ferocious colleagues, rarely challenge conservative orthodoxy as normative for their party, generally offering prudential reasons for downplaying The True Faith as a matter of legislative gamesmanship or superior electability. Read More →
An appeals court has rejected a long-shot lawsuit seeking to invalidate the Senate's filibuster rule as a violation of the Constitution's implicit principle of governance by the majority. Read More →
An Alaska Republican state lawmaker apologized after calling breastfeeding "smart and sexy" in a press release publicizing her resolution.The Republican House majority sent out a press release Monday titled "Smart and Sexy: Legislature Encourages Hospitals to Promote Breastfeeding," according to political blogger Amanda Coyne. Read More →
Just a quick update on comments. We are tentatively - I stress, tentatively - planning to roll out our new comments system to the full TPM community late in the day tomorrow. The new system will still be in beta. So we'll be looking for bug reports if you have them and tips or suggestions on functionality and so forth. In case you missed it, here's our primer on the new system from last Friday on how the new system works.
Josh Romney on Tuesday tweeted a photo of his father, Mitt Romney, paying his taxes, alluding to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) charge during the 2012 election that Mitt Romney did not pay his taxes for ten years.Hey @SenatorReid here's a shot of @MittRomney paying taxes. Does it every year. It's how you get your paycheck. pic.twitter.com/DwSMXzYhuR— Josh Romney (@joshromney) April 15, 2014 Read More →
Two days after Frazier Glenn Miller was accused of killing three people at Jewish community centers in Kansas, the Southern Poverty Law Center released audio recordings of Miller's 2013 calls to SPLC staff. In one of them, he claimed he had already "done a hell of a lot of violence on behalf of my race."According to SPLC, Miller wanted a staff member to appear on a radio show associated with Vanguard News Network, a white supremacist website with the tagline: "No Jews. Just right." The calls were recorded by SPLC and released Tuesday. Read More →
A blog post by tea party Senate candidate and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) during his days as a radio host argued that the "welfare dependent citizens of New Orleans" were at fault for staying in the city during Hurricane Katrina. The blog post was resurfaced by Buzzfeed on Tuesday, along with several other race-bating excerpts published from archives of a website associated with the show to which McDaniel contributed. The report comes on the heels of an ongoing string of resurfaced comments McDaniel made in his previous life as a right-wing pundit that have recently gotten new attention in light of his insurgent primary challenge against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). Read More →
Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy's armed stand against federal officials this weekend is reminiscent of Mahatma Gandhi, the civil rights hero who championed civil disobedience through nonviolent means, according to one National Review correspondent. Read More →
The New York Police Department has ended a program that sent plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop and spy on individuals, the New York Times reported Tuesday.The unit, known to many as the Demographics Unit, would track where people ate, prayed and shopped, according to the Times. The police mapped neighborhoods and kept detailed files on where people in traditional Islamic clothing went both in and out of the city. Read More →
The U.S. Census Bureau's decision to change its annual survey -- reported Tuesday by the New York Times -- drew the ire of Republicans and some nonpartisan health policy scholars, who complained that it would make it harder to measure Obamacare's effects on the uninsured rate. Read More →
Donald Rumsfeld got his taxes filed in time. Just don't ask him if they were done correctly. Read More →
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) on Monday apologized for questioning a letter from Daniel Inouye in which the late Hawaii senator stated that he wanted Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) to succeed him in the Senate."I apologize to the late Sen. Inouye, his wife, Irene, his family, friends, and former staff for the comments I made concerning the letter," Abercrombie said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I regret that my comments were interpreted as hurtful and disrespectful to them. That was certainly not my intent. Sen. Inouye was, without a doubt, one of the finest leaders in Hawaii's history, and a mentor to me." Read More →
Women prefer Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) to Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday. Abbott and Davis are the respective Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates. The poll found that 49 percent of women said they preferred Abbott over Davis while 41 percent said they preferred Davis to Abbott. Meanwhile 53 percent of men said they prefer Abbott while 32 percent said they prefer Davis. Read More →
So why do the Bundy Ranch militia folks think local sheriffs can disarm federal agents? Here's why.
Nevada's Brian Sandoval became the first Republican governor to publicly call on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to revive unemployment insurance for more than 2 million Americans. Read More →
One of the single-most important factors to understanding US politics: The more money you have, the more likely you are to vote. Look at the chart.
Stephen Colbert will be a guest next week on "The Late Show with David Letterman" for the first time since he was announced as Letterman's successor. Read More →
Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly wrote an op-ed Tuesday in favor of the gender wage gap -- her reasoning being that women prefer to be paid less so that they may marry higher-earning men. Read More →
Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, whose dispute with the Bureau of Land Management spurred a tense standoff between armed anti-government activists and federal officials over the weekend, had some strikingly specific directions for sheriffs across the country Monday night.“Disarm the federal bureaucrats," Bundy said in an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity. He had been asked to respond to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's assertion that the Bundy Ranch standoff (as it is now officially known on Wikipedia) was "not over."Bundy had already asked his local sheriff to arrest the BLM officials who were rounding up his cattle, but he directed his new message to "every county sheriff in the United States."Bundy's statement brought to the forefront a theory that some on the far right have held for decades: that local sheriffs are ordained with an immense amount of power, going beyond that of even federal authorities. In the Bundy Ranch dispute, that theory is the driving ideology of some of the groups that have rallied to the rancher's side. Those include the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association and the Oath Keepers, whose members are law enforcement officials and military who have pledged to defend the Constitution against government overreach. Read More →
The Earned Income Tax Credit means the difference between buying the necessities and hardship for many poor families.The post When Tax Refunds Aren’t Just A Bonus, But A Lifeline appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship," she writes. The post Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Filing taxes may feel like a drag, but tax rates are actually relatively low in the United States.The post Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out About Tax Day, In Two Charts appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.The post Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Median rent exceeds what the median worker can afford in 90 separate U.S. cities, according to a new analysis.The post Rising Rents And Flat Wages Mean Americans Can’t Afford To Live In Cities appeared first on ThinkProgress.
If it were a country, that figure would represent the third largest economy in the world.The post Global Elites Are Hiding More Than $4.5 Trillion In Tax Havens appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A lack of a strong safety net explains why so many American single mothers live in poverty compared to our peers.The post Policy, Not Parenting, Keeps Single Mothers And Their Children Living In Poverty appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The gender wage gap among federal workers has shrunk from 30 percent to 13 percent over the last decade.The post Here’s One Place Where The Gender Wage Gap Is Actually Shrinking appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The deficit continued to fall in the first part of 2014, continuing last year's steep decline.The post The Budget Deficit In March Was The Smallest Since 2000 appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Detroit will pay banks 31 cents on the dollar to cancel the deals that bankrupted the city in the first place, leaving retirees vulnerable.The post Retirees Lose Last Shield Against Pension Cuts As Judge Approves Detroit’s Payoff To Banks appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A new campaign focuses on improving conditions for domestic workers by targeting the people who employ them.The post If You Want Better Rights For Domestic Workers, Organize The Parents appeared first on ThinkProgress.
If Walmart paid its employees enough that they no longer qualified for food stamps, prices would rise by less than 2 percent.The post Walmart Prices Would Rise By Pennies If It Paid Workers More Than Poverty Wages appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A city in Sweden is running a real life experiment to see if working shorter hours leads to more efficiency and lower costs.The post Will A Six-Hour Workday Make Employees More Productive? appeared first on ThinkProgress.
State lawmakers are eating only what they can buy with $42 in a week, comparable to what minimum wage workers go through.The post Lawmakers Take The ‘Minimum Wage Challenge’ To Eat Off A Reduced Budget For A Week appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The average college savings balance rose by 30 percent for all families despite falling by 26 percent for low-income ones.The post The College Savings Gap Between The Rich And Everyone Else Is Getting Wider appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The housing industry's unaccountable middle men neglect foreclosed homes in communities of color while maintaining those in white neighborhoods.The post How Racial Discrimination In The Housing Industry Lingers Long After Foreclosure appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A new bill aims to make apprenticeships as popular here as they are in the rest of the world.The post Instead Of Unpaid Internships, Americans Need More Paid Apprenticeships appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Republicans stood in lockstep against the Paycheck Fairness Act but have yet to offer many alternatives.The post Senate Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A growing share of stay-at-home mothers live in poverty, can't find jobs, and are single.The post Stay-At-Home Mothers Don’t Look Like June Cleaver Anymore appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Despite a press release saying he is in favor of equal pay, Steve Pearce (R-NM) has either voted against or abstained from voting on any equal pay measures in the House.The post ‘I Unequivocally Believe In Equal Pay,’ Says Congressman Who Consistently Votes Against Equal Pay appeared first on ThinkProgress.
One boy took action to stop people from bullying him, but was further victimized by school officials. The post Pennsylvania Teen Convicted Of A Crime For Recording Bullies At School appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Among those denied the right to vote were individuals improperly included on the list of felons who cannot vote, and former felons whose names had not been removed from the list even though they had their voting rights restored.The post While Iowa Was Hellbent On Finding Voter Fraud, It Disenfranchised At Least 12 Legitimate Voters appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Undocumented immigrants paid more than $10.6 billion in state and local taxes in 2010, but immigration reform could greatly increase those tax revenues. The post On Tax Day, A Reminder That Undocumented Immigrants Pay Billions In Taxes appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Allies Of Lawless Rancher Planned To Put Women ‘Up At The Front’ If Showdown With Feds Turned ViolentTuesday April 15th, 2014 02:09:39 PM
"If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot," former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack said.The post Allies Of Lawless Rancher Planned To Put Women ‘Up At The Front’ If Showdown With Feds Turned Violent appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Half a century after it was passed, there are still Republicans unsure about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The post WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He’s Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Thanks to the Florida House of Representatives, a bill allowing for the concealed carry of a firearm without a permit during natural disasters may reach the governor's desk.The post Florida House Passes Bill Making It Easier For People To Arm Themselves During A Natural Disaster appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear two cases Monday over the fate of four prisoners whose sentences were thrown out under North Carolina's now-repealed Racial Justice Act.The post Four People Could Face Execution Again After Their Death Sentences Were Thrown Out In Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Why a drug offense in the city has bigger consequences that the same crime in the suburbs. The post What Happens When An Entire City Becomes A Drug-Free School Zone appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Wisconsin Republican Party's Resolutions Committee voted to endorse a proposal expressing the party's support for "legislation that upholds Wisconsin's right, under extreme circumstances, to secede."The post Wisconsin Republican Committee Votes To Uphold ‘Wisconsin’s Right… To Secede’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"I now have the opportunity to impact my students and show them that they too can achieve at the highest levels,” Alejandro Fuentes Mena said. The post Denver School District Actively Seeks Out Undocumented Immigrants To Be Teachers appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Some women buy contraceptives in Mexico because they fear the consequences of being raped while they’re crossing the border.The post For Some Woman Immigrants, Fear Of Sexual Abuse Is A Constant appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The conflict arises out of rancher Cliven Bundy's many years of illegally grazing his cattle on federal lands, in violation of multiple court orders.The post Armed Right-Wing Militia Members Descend On Nevada To Help Rancher Defy Court Order appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The change could reduce the number of federal prisoners by an estimated 6,550 within five years.The post Amendment To Reduce Thousands Of Drug Sentences Unanimously Approved appeared first on ThinkProgress.
“We found that officers used deadly force against people who did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious harm to officers or others, and against people who posed a threat only to themselves."The post Feds Find Albuquerque Police Used Unconstitutional Force In Spate Of Fatal Shootings appeared first on ThinkProgress.
During the 2012 presidential election, voters reportedly waited on line for upwards of six hours. In Miami-Dade County, they'll also have to wait to use the bathroom.The post New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line appeared first on ThinkProgress.
These teachers came in as legal immigrants, but now one school district no longer wants them in the country. The post This Texas School District Wants 23 Foreign Teachers To Leave The Country, Staff Alleged appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Favoring treatment over jail time for any inmates would be a positive development for California, where prisons continue to be so overcrowded that they are subject to federal monitoring. The post California Bill Would Urge Shorter Sentences For Veterans With Mental Health Problems appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Jim DeMint is correct that there was a party to the American Civil War that rejected "big government." He's just wrong about which side that was.The post Head Of Top Conservative Think Tank Makes Spectacularly Uninformed Statement About Slavery appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Los Angeles police took the antennas off their cars in an attempt to keep their behavior from being monitored.The post Los Angeles Cops Tampered With Equipment Meant To Record Police Abuse On The Job appeared first on ThinkProgress.
In the world Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus seems to support, a Republican billionaire could not just write a $100 million check to the RNC -- he could do so anonymously.The post RNC Chair Complains That The Supreme Court Hasn’t Done Enough To Let Rich Donors Give The GOP Money appeared first on ThinkProgress.
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