"If we tax you at 50% you are half slave, half free," Rand Paul said. By no fair definition is that what "slave" means.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says Europe needs to comprise in order to get back on a path of economic growth and sustainibility.
The South Carolina State Senate discusses a measure which would remove the confederate flag from the capitol grounds in Columbia.
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The South Carolina State Senate discusses a measure which would remove the confederate flag from the capitol grounds in Columbia.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, addresses Donald Trump's comments about Mexicans and immigration reform, and says Ted Cruz wins by dividing people.
Chris Christie said he felt "embarrassed and humiliated" by the actions of his own team. Now he wants journalists to apologize to him over his own scandal.
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Sen. Ted Cruz raised $10 million in his first full-quarter fundraising period as a presidential candidate, his campaign said on Monday.
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Complexion in Jim Crow America could be a tricky thing. In the spring of 1955, Ebony magazine ran a curious story about the Platts, a family of Florida orange-pickers who had been “barred from the best schools because of a nose, [and] ostracized because of the tint of the skin” despite their claims of being white. According to teachers and law enforcement officials in Lake County, Florida, six of the Platts’ seven children had dusky complexions and “broad noses” befitting Negroes. Thus, the family had no place in the whites only community to which they belonged. Local authorities expelled the Platt kids from Lake’s white schools and forced the family to move out of their white neighborhood and into a house without running hot water and other basic amenities. The Platts’ appearance in Ebony speaks to several, overlapping realities about color and capitalism in mid-twentieth century America. Working-class white ethnics, immigrants, and indigenous people often took great pains not to be forced into a “Negro” existence, as the Platts had been. (So-called black people did the same in the practice widely known as “passing”.) Black media companies, for their part, worked hard to showcase stories like the Platts’ as both a way to sell magazines and to highlight the arbitrary nature of racial categories under segregation. Yet, the complexities of race and skin color went even further, reaching off the page and into the homes of Ebony’s black readership. Page three of the Platt’s story appears on the same page as Palmer’s “Skin Success” ointment and soap. In addition to helping with rashes and pimples, Palmer’s was well-known to “even” (i.e. lighten) the complexions of its black consumers. “You’ll forget,” the ad assures, “you ever had skin trouble.” One could only hope.
Instead of remarking on the Confederate flag when the South Carolina legislature convened on Monday, state Sen. Lee Bright (R) used his time on the Senate floor to rail against same-sex marriage.Bright noted that the White House was "lit up in the abomination colors" after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry."This nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and they are under assault by men in black robes who were not elected by you," he said. Bright said he was worried that officials will now have to compromise their faith to issue marriage licenses to gay couples."Our governor called us in to deal with the flag that sits out front -- let’s deal with the national sin that we face today!” he said. "We talk about abortion but this gay marriage thing, I believe will be one nation gone under, like President Reagan said. If we’re not one nation under God, we’ll be one nation gone under."He repeatedly said that it was time to take a stand against gay marriage, warning individuals not to "sanctify deviant behavior from five judges.""We can rally together and talk about a flag all we want but the devil is taking control of this land and we're not stopping him!" he said.Bright has been campaigning to keep the Confederate flag on the South Carolina capitol grounds. He launched a fundraising campaign selling Confederate flag bumper stickers that read, "Keep Your Hands Off My Flag!"Watch Bright's speech via Raw Story:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday lambasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R) for refusing to denounce comments made by fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about Mexican immigrants, calling the senator a hypocrite.When asked on Sunday about Trump's remarks, Cruz said that he would not "attack" Trump because he refused to engage in "Republican on Republican violence." "He has a colorful way of speaking. It's not the way I speak. But I'm not gonna engage in the media's game of throwing rocks and attacking other Republicans. I'm just not gonna do it," Cruz said on NBC's "Meet the Press."During a Monday appearance on Fox News, Christie said he wasn't offended by Trump's remarks, but said that the television star was "wrong.""I find it ironic that Ted Cruz is giving lectures on Republican-on-Republican violence. The guy who put together a group that was sponsoring primary ads against Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is giving us — the rest of us lectures on Republican on Republican violence. With all due respect, I don’t need to be lectured by Ted Cruz," Christie said."Let’s just not be hypocritical," Christie later added. "Don’t lecture as to Donald Trump but then attack Lamar Alexander. All I want is a little consistency."A spokesman for Christie told The Hill that the governor was referring to the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group that has supported Tea Party candidates.Rick Tyler, a spokesman for Cruz's campaign, responded to Christie in a statement to The Hill."Governor Christie is a good man and we appreciate more than he knows his taking the time to point out Senator Cruz's unceasing efforts to help get more conservatives elected to Congress," he said.Watch Christie's interview via Fox News:Watch the latest video at <a href="http://video.foxnews.com">video.foxnews.com</a>
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author of New York Times bestseller 'Salt Sugar Fat' Michael Moss will chat with Prime members in The Hive (sub req) today at 2 PM Eastern. Moss is an expert on the food industry, having worked as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and New York Times. He focuses on the industry in the context of health, safety, nutrition, politics, and corporate interests. 'Salt Sugar Fat' won the 2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Writing & Literature, and Michael Pollan called it "a Fast Food Nation for the processed food industry."Michael will be answering questions about his book, his reporting, and the politics and economics of what we eat. Please drop your questions here!
With a retweet, immigration hardliner Donald Trump let his followers know on the Fourth of July that fellow Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush "has to like Mexican illegals because of his wife." Busted. Donald Trump deleted this tweet attacking Jeb Bush over his Mexican wife: pic.twitter.com/nD95099uGQ— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) July 6, 2015The real estate mogul shared the tweet from one of his followers, a habit that's gotten him in trouble before. It appeared to be live on Twitter for a full day before it was deleted, according to Hollywood news site TheWrap.The timing of the retweet was notable in that the real estate mogul admitted earlier Saturday that he was taken aback by the "severe" reaction from the business community to his comments on Mexican immigrants, whom he'd labelled "rapists" in his presidential announcement speech."They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists," Trump said during that speech, referring to immigrants crossing the border from Mexico. "And some, I assume, are good people."Bush, the former governor of Florida, is married to Columba Bush, who was born in Mexico. The fluent Spanish speaker told The New York Times over the weekend that he took Trump's comments on Mexican immigrants "personally."“To make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party ... He’s doing this to inflame and incite and to draw attention, which seems to be the organizing principle of his campaign," Bush added.h/t Mediaite
It may well be true that Scott Walker opposes marriage equality and his wife and kids support it. But I feel like this is the next stage or perhaps the last stage of the marriage debate: GOP pols who, for whatever reason, remain adamantly opposed to equal marriage rights but who nevertheless put their families forward to say they disagree with them and are perfectly comfortable with gay people and LGBT equality. To be clear, in this case, I'm not saying Scott Walker's wife and kids aren't telling the truth. I'm sure they are. But politically, I think the message is: 'Look, I can't be that big a hater. Even my family doesn't oppose this!' Not only does it soften the pol's image. It's an implicit signal, for those who want to receive it, that the candidate probably doesn't believe it either. He's just stuck in this position out of political necessity or inertia.
Authorities on Monday investigated a report of a single shot heard on the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. No evidence of a firearm discharge was ultimately found, according to the Montgomery County Police Department. The county police received the report around 10:48 a.m.:MCP ASSISTING Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda with report of single shot heard on their campus.— Montgomery Co Police (@mcpnews) July 6, 2015 Call received at approx. 10:48 a.m. for report of single shot heard on Walter Reed campus. Officers have not confirmed initial report.— Montgomery Co Police (@mcpnews) July 6, 2015The U.S. Navy originally said it could not confirm the report and its personnel in Bethesda were sheltering in place.#BREAKING: #USNavy DOD, NIH and County security personnel responding to unconfirmed active shooter report at Walter Reed/Bethesda. (1/2)— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) July 6, 2015 (2/2) #BREAKING: Walter Reed/Bethesda personnel sheltering in place. Cannot confirm any incidents, injuries or causalities. MTF.— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) July 6, 2015The Montgomery County Police Department and the Navy both confirmed later in the afternoon that there was no evidence of a gunshot. This post has been updated.
The plan to gut Wisconsin's public record law did not survive the holiday weekend.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) family disagrees with his hardline stance on same-sex marriage, his wife revealed in an interview with The Washington Post published late Sunday. Walker called the Supreme Court's landmark 5-4 ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country last month a "grave mistake" and expressed support for a constitutional amendment allowing individual states to define marriage. He previously supported an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution that banned same-sex marriage, but seemed resigned to the reality of gay marriage when it began in the state last fall.Tonette Walker told the Post that the couple's college-aged sons, Matt and Alex, weren't happy with their father's reaction to the Court's decision.“That was a hard one,” she said, as quoted by the newspaper. “Our sons were disappointed. . . . I was torn. I have children who are very passionate [in favor of same-sex marriage], and Scott was on his side very passionate.”She added that her own perspective on same-sex marriage has been colored by her close relationship with a lesbian cousin, whom friends told the Post has vacationed and hosted parties with Wisconsin's first family.“It’s hard for me because I have a cousin who I love dearly — she is like a sister to me — who is married to a woman, her partner of 18 years,” Tonette Walker told the newspaper.The governor told the Post that he doesn't necessarily change his position on an issue if his family disagrees with him. But he said it may lead to “finding a different way of explaining it, so they can appreciate where I am coming from.”
It’s been a wild couple of weeks at the Supreme Court, as a notoriously conservative court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, upheld the Fair Housing Act, and preserved Obamacare subsidies for millions of Americans. Progressives were stunned and delighted at the Supreme Court’s seemingly leftward tilt, cheering Justice Anthony Kennedy for his decisive vote for marriage equality and commending Chief Justice John Roberts for strengthening Obamacare’s judicial footing. On Monday, progressives had something else to cheer about, as Justice Kennedy once again joined Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan and Sotomayor—the liberal wing of the court—to allow 10 endangered Texas abortion clinics to remain open while the court decides whether to hear the full appeal. It was met with jubilation from abortion rights supporters who knew that, if this law had been allowed to go into effect, only nine abortion clinics would be left to service the more than five million Texas women of reproductive age. Allowing these clinics to stay open wasn’t just a progressive win; it was a life-saving order.This move, coupled with their refusal to grant Mississippi’s request to allow them to close their clinic, all but ensures that the Supreme Court will take up abortion rights in their next term. They will likely grapple with whether TRAP laws—laws that single out abortion providers with onerous and unnecessary regulations in order to force them to close—are constitutional or if they do indeed pose an “undue burden” on women’s access to safe abortion care. Basically, the Supreme Court will likely rule on whether hostile states can close safe clinics or not. These implications are enormous.Justice Kennedy gave a tiny bit of hope to abortion rights supporters in his decision for Obergefell v. Hodges when he said, “Like choices concerning contraception, family relationships, procreation, and childrearing, all of which are protected by the Constitution, decisions concerning marriage are among the most intimate that an individual can make.” Coming off on these spate of judicial wins, progressives are probably feeling more confident that the Supreme Court will simply follow this leftward trend and uphold the right to access safe abortion.But we may very well be wrong.While they may seem analogous, the issues of marriage equality and abortion have been on vastly different legislative trends. Just 11 years ago, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Prior to The United States v. Windsor, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex marriage was only legal in 12 states. Prior to last week’s landmark ruling, same-sex marriage was legal in 37 states, and it is now legal nationwide. The tide has been moving quickly and steadily in one direction: marriage equality everywhere. The Supreme Court simply reiterated what everyone already knew.On the other hand, even though abortion has been legal since 1973, you wouldn’t know it in certain zip codes. From 2010 to 2014, 231 abortion restrictions were enacted in state legislatures across the country. Fifty-one abortion restrictions have been enacted in the first six months of this year alone. The majority of American women now live in a state that is openly hostile to abortion rights. Safe clinics are evaporating before our eyes. The right to a safe and legal abortion isn’t just threatened; in some parts of the country, it’s rapidly becoming extinct.In 1992’s Casey v. Planned Parenthood, the Supreme Court did uphold the constitutional right to an abortion, but it ruled that states can restrict abortion as long as they don’t place an “undue burden” on women seeking that care. This is precisely the standard that opened the anti-choice floodgates in 2010, with states enacting nearly 300 restrictions on abortion since then. In 2007, Justice Kennedy joined the four conservative justices in Carhart v. Gonzales to uphold the federal ban on an uncommon abortion procedure, a brutal judicial blow to abortion rights.If anything, the trend for abortion rights at the Supreme Court is regressive. That’s a serious cause for concern.The dramatic increase in public support for marriage equality likely played a role in the Supreme Court finally granting this civil right to same-sex couples. But while seven in ten Americans still believe abortion should be legal and more people identify as pro-choice than pro-life, the Supreme Court is still a relatively hostile place for abortion rights. While rights for gay and lesbian Americans have steadily increased in the Supreme Court, from ruling bans on sodomy unconstitutional in 2003 to now legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, the opposite has happened for abortion. While abortion and same-sex marriage are both about constitutional and human rights, they are culturally distinct. Same-sex marriage is framed as an issue of love, commitment and normalcy. Abortion, on the other hand, is about sexual activity, reproduction, and bodily autonomy. As The Nation columnist Katha Pollitt put it a few weeks ago, marriage equality is about love and abortion is about sex. Marriage is about inclusion, about committing to your partner in a traditional, government-sanctioned way. Though many people have varying marital arrangements (not all marriages are monogamous), we think of marriage as a responsible, inevitable choice. The opposite is true for abortion. You can’t help who you love, but you can help whether or not you have sex, we think. Women who have abortions are framed as lazy, lascivious and irresponsible: “If you didn’t want to get pregnant, you shouldn’t have had sex.” We easily isolate women who have had abortions, rather than see ourselves in them.Marriage is a public act; it is declaring your partnership and commitment to the government and the public. Abortion is the opposite of a public act. Abortion is, according to the Supreme Court, about privacy. It is about an individual woman’s right to privacy and personal bodily autonomy. As such, abortion then becomes an individualized issue, despite the fact that one in three women in America will have an abortion in her reproductive lifetime. It may be incredibly common, but abortion is relegated to the shadows. We don’t talk about abortion at the dinner table, but we do talk about our relationships and spouses.It’s also worth noting the kinds of cases that liberals have been “winning” this term at the Supreme Court. Some of these cases were based on the flimsiest of terms, like the transparently cynical King v. Burwell that hoped four words taken out of context could unravel health care for millions of Americans. Some, like the squashed threat to the Fair Housing Act, were predicated on the wrongheaded assumption that systemic racism is over and therefore, discriminatory housing practices no longer exist. These are the kinds of the cases that the Supreme Court decided to take on. While it’s heartening to come out with a win in some of these critical cases, the bar has been set depressingly low.For now, safe abortion clinics in Texas and Mississippi are still open. That’s worth celebrating. But just one day after the Supreme Court allowed those clinics to stay open, Governor Kasich signed Ohio’s budget into law, containing more egregious abortion restrictions designed to close safe clinics. This is a national crisis, one that will continue to wage until the Supreme Court either puts a stop to it, or abortion opponents close every safe clinic in America.Lauren Rankin is a freelance writer, feminist activist, and board member of A is For, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive rights. She has a Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University.
Wisconsin Republicans led by Gov. Scott Walker (R) swiftly reversed course over the holiday weekend and dropped a proposal that would have gutted Wisconsin's open records law. Tucked into a larger budget motion, the proposal, as reported by The Capital Times on Friday, would have removed a number of legislative materials and communications from the law's auspices and would have allowed lawmakers to refuse to disclose certain documents.As the backlash began to mount, Walker announced over the weekend that he and state lawmakers had agreed to remove the provisions changing state open record laws."We are steadfastly committed to open and accountable government," Walker said in a statement Saturday that was cosigned by state GOP legislative leaders. "The intended policy goal of these changes was to provide a reasonable solution to protect constituents' privacy and to encourage a deliberative process between elected officials and their staff in developing policy. It was never intended to inhibit transparent government in any way." The changes would have affected the types of documents tracking a bill's legislative history that have been particularly useful for journalists and activists in the state. Conservatives and liberals alike decried the move as an effort to make Wisconsin less transparent and more vulnerable to corruption.State Republicans have refused to disclose who inserted the language into the budget legislation, which was approved late Thursday evening. Before dropping the provisions entirely, the governor's office said Friday it was considering changes to the proposals concerning public records law, but would not comment as to whether Walker was involved in the proposals in the first place.The controversy comes just days before Walker is expected to announce his candidacy for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave voters a taste of his GOP primary mode on Monday, saying that his opponent Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) should take the heat if America suffers another fatal terrorist attack. Christie appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" talking foreign policy and declaring that voters he had spoken to are "very worried about ISIS."“And that’s why what Rand Paul has done to make this country weaker and more vulnerable is a terrible thing, and for him to raise money off of it is disgraceful," Christie said, referring to Paul's role in forcing the expiration of the Patriot Act in June. "It’s disgraceful."“We’re going to look back on this — listen this morning — and he should be in front of hearings in front of Congress if there’s another attack, not the director of the FBI or the director of the CIA," he said.A few months back, Paul joked that some politicians "secretly want there to be an attack on the United States so they can blame it on me." He later called the remark hyperbole.Watch the clip, courtesy of Politico:
A firefighter in Minnesota was suspended on Sunday after flying a Confederate flag from a fire truck he was driving during the Third of July Parade in Albert Lea, Minn., on Friday, numerous media outlets reported.Brian Nielsen, who has worked at the Hartland Fire Department for about 10 years, said that he decided to fly the flag without consulting the rest of the department. "It was my decision and I didn't think it was going to be a big deal, but boy was I wrong," he told the Associated Press.Nielson said that Hartland Fire Chief Trent Wangen suspended him while the department conducts an investigation."More than likely I'll probably be asked to step down," Nielsen told the AP. "I respect that and will do that if they want."He told CBS Minnesota that he may make a formal apology this week at a Albert Lea Chamber of Commerce meeting.Nielson told Minneapolis television station KARE 11 that he has apologized to the Hartland Fire Department, but said that he was trying to make a point about political correctness."I'm sick of the politically correctness, because they are trying to change too much in the United States," he said. "Me raising that flag had nothing to do with slavery. It had nothing to do with disrespect towards our vets. It was more of a statement against the PC."Though he has apologized, Nielson said he would fly the Confederate flag again -- just not on a fire truck."I guess it was a bad choice, but like I say, if I had to do it again I would, just not in a public vehicle," he told KARE 11.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday said that President Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have pushed their socialist ideals on the country."I’m running [for president] because I want to stop President Obama and Secretary Clinton from turning the American dream into the European nightmare,” he said on the John Catsimatidis radio show, according to The Hill. "We are on the path toward socialism. It’s not too late but the hour is late." Jindal urged his fellow Republican presidential candidates to whole-heartedly push conservative ideals during the primary."I disagree with Jeb Bush. He said we have to be willing to lose the primary to win the general election. Let me translate — he’s saying we need to hide our conservative ideas," he said, according to The Hill."If we do that, we’re going to lose again," Jindal continued. "Let’s endorse our own principles and fight for what we believe in."Numerous conservatives have labeled the President a socialist in the past. Former Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) claimed in 2013 that he was the first to call the President a socialist. Both former Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) have also accused Obama of pushing socialism in the U.S.
Check out today's newsletter! July 6, 2015Top Stories Trump: 'Rapist' Comment Backlash More 'Severe' Than I ExpectedThe Gist: The former reality TV star expressed surprise about the wave of dropped partnerships and business dealings that resulted from his xenophobic comments about immigrants from Mexico.Huckabee Outlines Plan to Resist 'Judicial Tyranny' After SCOTUS Gay Marriage RulingThe Gist: The GOP candidate promised that if he wins the presidential election, he’ll issue executive orders to preserve Americans’ “religious freedom” on his first day in office.The Paragraph On Slavery That Never Made It Into The Declaration Of IndependenceThe Gist: In the initial draft of the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson included a critical paragraph condemning the practice of slavery. But the final version makes no mention of slavery or African Americans. From The Reporter's Notebook Rep. Steve King (R-IA) this week said that Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan should be impeached over the ruling on same-sex marriage. Conservatives have long grumbled about the two justices having performed weddings for gay couples, notes TPM's Caitlin MacNeal, and many had called for Ginsburg and Kagan to recuse themselves from the ruling. Agree or Disagree? "It is time to make the call loud and clear: The settlements are illegal. They are not Israel and are not entitled to the same legitimacy that Israel is rightly due. They are, in fact, a serious threat to Israel’s future even as they undermine its moral foundations in the present." - Mitchell Plitnick Say What?! "It's a level of idiocy I haven't seen in a long time."-Alfonso Aguilar, a Republican who leads the American Principles Project's Latino Partnership, is upset with Donald Trump's recent comments about Mexican immigrants. *|GROUP:B|*Say What?! Read More *|END:GROUP|*-->BUZZING: Today in the Hive From a TPM Prime member: "I find it amazing that in the last few days much documentation has come out that verifies that the creditors knew they were not bargaining in good faith and knew that the terms they were insisting upon could never be met. For all those that say the Greeks will be in for a huge amount of pain due to this decision, I only have this to say. They are living the pain now. Its been front loaded by the Troika. Confusion...yes there will be a lot, but at least the Greeks will have some control as to what their future will be."Related: Last week, Greek banks shut down as the country's debt crisis deepened, leaving pensioners without bank cards completely cut off from their money.Have something to add? Become a Prime member and join the discussion here. What We're Reading 13 emails that stood out from the latest Hillary Clinton document dump (NPR).On tour with America’s teen social media sensations (BuzzFeed).*|GROUP:A|*From Around The Web linklink*|END:GROUP|*-->
It's not too early to say it and we shouldn't be afraid to face facts: We're entering a new Golden Age of Donald Trump news. I know many of you are impatient with the attention we sometimes give Trump - despite reading the same news assiduously (we've got data, don't deny it!). Even I get sort of bored and impatient with it. But not now. Now we're in new territory. As we know, over recent years, Trump has ditched his old brand as a cartoonish plutocrat, comfortable in the multi-cultural world of New York media and celebrity culture, to rebrand himself as an clowncar racist and populist xenophobe. And now finally the chickens or whatever farm animals Trump cavorts with are coming home to roost. Whatever damage he's doing to his own businesses, he has become the doofus bull, enraged and ridiculous, let loose in the China shop of GOP electoral vulnerabilities. Two things stand-out about the last weeks' turn of events. One is that, as even Trump himself now concedes, for the first time his antics seem to be having a backlash that is significantly damaging his business brand and having an immediate effect on his bottom line. Even he admits that he is surprised by the extent of it. You can imagine him saying to himself, "You make one extremely racist comment denigrating an entire nationality and one of the biggest immigrant groups in the United States and suddenly everyone's a critic." Back in the 2012 cycle I was genuinely surprised that his harsh turn into racist birther claptrap didn't prove more damaging to his business. But I think that was a testament to his clownish persona and reputation. He was insulated by the fact that people were accustomed to him saying outrageous or ridiculous things that he'd likely say the opposite of a week later. So it simply wasn't held against him like it might be another public person. But that has changed with a gusto. In a mild reprisal of the Confederate Flag turnabout, companies and brands are dropping Trump right and left. I suspect he's become untouchable by many or all Fortune 500 companies. The Kochs can be disliked by a big chunk of the country. But that won't make their oil industry products and services any less economic. Trump is much, much more vulnerable to this kind of backlash than you're average billionaire because the entirety of his business model - in real estate, gambling, entertainment, retail - is based on the popular culture and his place within it. Then there's the effect on the GOP, which is more significant than the guilty pleasure of Trump's business mortification. If Republicans had a strong frontrunner or even a few strong candidates, Trump's ability to do damage would be limited. He might even become a helpful foil. But they don't. In a crowded field with no clear leader Trump could easily become the numerical frontrunner with support in the high teens. At best he will create a distraction that prevents a real candidate from gaining attention and momentum. At worst he will damage the party's already precarious standing with the Hispanic community and force some or perhaps all of the contenders to play catch-up with his embrace of what we might call imbecile populism.TPM Reader JB at least thinks he'll have much more traction than many of us realize ...Did you watch the Trump announcement speech? I hadn't bothered, but saw the polls and watched it just now. I expected the foolish caricature from The Apprentice, but that was not who showed up. I found myself thinking "wow, this guy is a force." His facts are wrong, his policies are contradictory, fantastical and dangerous. But, damn, he is going to be a formidable politician and a force in these debates and the GOP race.First, he doesn't sound like any of the others, and he knows how to give a speech. He says things like we are getting our ass kicked as a country. Our leaders are stupid. Iraq was a waste. China's leaders are outsmarting us. Mexico is killing us. He isn't saying America is the greatest. He is saying we are losers and losing and if you want to win again you have to elect me. I win. Does anyone else say that? It's powerful and will hit a nerve.Second, he is a pure populist. I didn't appreciate this until I saw the speech. He knows (seemingly instinctively) what will play to the hopes and fears of white working class voters, and he doesn't care if that yields contradictions. He also seems sincere, and had me believing he believed all these contradictory things with all the earnestness of Joe Sixpack. We're gonna shrink the debt and rebuild the country and repeal Obamacare and replace it with something cheaper and better and save social security and erect protective tariffs to create jobs and build a wall on the border (and make Mexico pay for it "mark my words") and generally kick ass and dictate terms like we used to (in an imaginary past). "If I am president, no one is going to push us around." HELL YES and Amen, thought the crowd.We are a country in inevitable relative decline as the rest of the world catches up after our huge post~war, post~colonial head start. We don't always win and we can't dictate terms. No one feels this more than the white working class Trump is targeting. They are going to love candidate Trump and buy what he is selling. Mark my words ;-).On balance, I don't think I agree. But JB may be on to something. Being freed from the constraints of ever having to face a majority electorate gives you huge advantages in building support with 15% to 20% of half of it.I got in a conversation over the weekend with a well-meaning liberal who was dejected that despite all Trump's racist nonsense it actually seems to be helping him politically. Not even close I told him. He is clearly damaging himself financially. And it's a disaster politically as well. Trump may be mini-surging in the polls. But politically Trump himself doesn't exist since he'll never be elected to anything. But every point he climbs in the polls is a real and present damage to the GOP. So if you oppose the things Trump espouses, what's happening right now is, in a political sense, quite literally all good.Personally, what is most interesting to me about all this (and in a way the most satisfying) is that I'm not really sure Trump believes any of what he's saying. I don't mean he's secretly sensible or non-racist or non-stupid and is just saying these things out of cynical calculation. I'm not clear Trump actually believes or thinks anything the way regular humans do. Having watched him in various incarnations for some time, I think Trump says whatever sounds good or is convenient or self-aggrandizing at the particular moment. And anything Donald Trump says must not only be true but extremely true. So in a sort of self-affirmation feedback loop whatever Trump happened onto as a new anti-immigration hawk is now really, really true and obvious and righteous because Donald Trump said it. Whatever the truth of it, Trump is damaging himself and discrediting the GOP. As I said, in political terms, it's all good.
A statue honoring Confederate Civil War veterans at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was vandalized over the weekend, multiple news outlets reported on Sunday.The Silent Sam statue, which was erected in 1913 as a monument to the UNC alumni who died in the Civil War, was found spray-painted with the phrases "black lives matter," "KKK," and "murderer" on Sunday morning, according to CBS Raleigh affiliate WRAL. The school's associate vice chancellor of Communications and Public Affairs, Rick White, condemned the vandalism in a Sunday statement."We understand that the issue of race and place is both emotional and, for many, painful. Carolina is working hard to ensure we have a thoughtful, respectful and inclusive dialogue on the issue," White said in the statement, according to WRAL. "The extensive discussions with the Carolina community this past year by the Board of Trustees and University leadership, and the work we will be doing to contextualize the history of our campus is a big part of advancing those conversations. We welcome all points of view, but damaging or defacing statues is not the way to go about it."The Chapel Hill Police Department did not receive complaints about vandalism on the statue on Sunday, according to Durham newspaper The Herald Sun. North Carolina TV station WXII reported that authorities were investigating the vandalism and that no arrests had yet been made on Sunday.The graffiti on the statue was covered by Sunday afternoon, ABC Raleigh affiliate WTVD reported.#SilentSam graffiti now covered: http://t.co/DGvKmkVq2a pic.twitter.com/LClTqYILZ9— AngelicaAlvarezABC11 (@AlvarezABC11) July 5, 2015The statue has been a source of controversy on campus for a while, and a statue honoring slaves was built in 2005 "in part to act as a voice to counter the negative connotations of the Confederate Monument," according to UNC's "virtual museum."Trustees at UNC in May decided to rename the school's Saunders Hall, named after William Saunders, a Confederate officer and Ku Klux Klan leader.
Presidential candidate and ex-reality TV star Donald Trump admitted on Saturday that the wave of condemnation and crumbling business relationships, which followed his remarks calling immigrants "rapists," has caught him a little off guard. "I didn't know it was going to be quite this severe," Trump said on "Fox & Friends." "But I really knew it was going to be bad.""You know, maybe I'm leading in polls, but this is certainly not good," he also said. "I lose customers, I lose people."Macy's, NBC Universal, Univision, Televisa and Serta have all dropped partnerships and business dealings with Trump following his "rapists" remark — which "Fox & Friends" co-host Clayton Morris described as "straight talk.""They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists," Trump said during his presidential launch. "And some, I assume, are good people."Several of Trump's fellow GOP presidential contenders have stepped forward to rebuke his remarks, such as Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and former New York Gov. George Pataki (R)."For the people who say I'm doing it for my brand — this isn't good for my brand. I think it's bad for my brand," he said. Watch the Fox segment:Watch the latest video at &amp;amp;lt;a href="http://video.foxnews.com"&amp;amp;gt;video.foxnews.com&amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;gt;
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) on Sunday condemned recent remarks made about Mexican immigrants by his fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but Santorum also insisted that Trump "points to a very important thing."Trump last month called Mexican immigrants "rapists" and drug dealers, prompting to numerous members in the Republican party to denounce his remarks. When asked about Trump's comments on CBS' "Face The Nation," Santorum said that he "certainly wouldn't have said those things." "I don't agree with his comments, obviously," he said.But Santorum noted that undocumented immigrants know they are breaking the law by entering the country."The vast majority of people coming legally into this country from Mexico and other places are people who want to do the right thing. People who are coming illegally obviously are coming with a bad intent, let's just be honest. They're coming in with the clear intent of breaking the law," he said. "I don't think we can sugar-coat that but that doesn't mean that everybody who is coming across is a rapist or a murderer or anything else. Obviously, but they are breaking the law."Santorum said that Trump "points to a very important thing, which is we have a serious problem of illegal immigration in this country that is undermining American workers.""So while I don't like verbiage he's used, I like the fact that he is focused on a very important issue for American workers, and particularly legal immigrants in this country," he said.Watch the clip via CBS:
Some delightfully revealing developments out of Wisconsin, where Scott Walker's Republican legislative majorities have passed out of committee a provision canceling Wisconsin's 'open records' law, some form of which exists in almost every state, though more comprehensively than most in Wisconsin. As the State Journal puts it, "The proposal blocks the public from reviewing nearly all records created by lawmakers, state and local officials or their aides, including electronic communications and the drafting files of legislation. The language was included in the final version of the state’s 2015-17 budget, which passed the Legislature’s budget committee on a party-line vote late Thursday. The budget bill next goes to the full Assembly and Senate." Perhaps best of all the new rule creates something called a “legislator disclosure privilege”, which does not appear to exist in any other state. In other words, something like executive privilege at the national level or spousal privilege at the personal level, legislators in Wisconsin rather than having a special obligation to release information on their work for the public will now have a special privilege to withhold information. Nor surprisingly, after the new proposal passed out of committee, suddenly no one would say who had come up with the idea and everyone professed to have no idea how the proposal got into the budget passed out of committee. Gov Walker's spokesperson now says he supports making "changes" to the new law but declined to say whether he had played a role in proposing them. And these folks have at least some suggestive evidence that they may have come from the Gov in the first place. I'm interesting in hearing more about the whodunnit here. So if anyone has more details (confidentiality guaranteed) please drop us a line.
While the fate of Greece's economy is still uncertain, the evidence is on the side of Greek voters who rejected further austerity measures. The post Greeks Just Voted Against Austerity. Here’s Why They’re Right. appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Heritage Foundation hopes to include the A Plus Act amendment in the Every Child Achieves Act when it goes back to the House floor next week. The post Conservative Groups Hope To Score This One Important Win In No Child Left Behind appeared first on ThinkProgress.
All it takes is one report for Facebook to ask for your ID. The post The Truth Behind Facebook’s Real Name Policy appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Obama administration has announced new regulations that would dramatically expand the number of salaried workers eligible for overtime pay. The post The New Overtime Rules Explained In Less Than 2 Minutes appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Antitrust investigators from the Department of Justice are demanding five years of internal and external correspondence from American domestic air carriers as part of an investigation into possible anti-competitive behavior to enrich shareholders and swindle passengers. The post Midair Collusion: Feds Probe Possible Conspiracy In U.S. Airline Industry appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The city has also taken steps to ensure that low-income tenants will have equal access to building amenities. The post New York City Bans ‘Poor Doors’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Homeless shelters are currently stretched to the limit, accommodating nearly 60,000 homeless people in New York City every night. The post Bill O’Reilly’s Producer Describes The Horrors Of Seeing Homeless People In A Train Station appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The unemployment rate fell to the lowest rate since April 2008 but wages didn't budge. The post Wages Are Stagnant Even As The Unemployment Rate Keeps Falling appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The rehearing of Fisher v. University of Texas is renewing the conversation on class-based affirmative action. The post Why We Still Need Affirmative Action Policies In College Admissions appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The cannabis legalization measure Oregon voters approved last year is now officially in effect. But it could be more than a year before the state's retail sales system catches up. The post Marijuana Is Legal In Oregon But That Doesn’t Mean You Can Buy Any appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The city of Utrecht will conduct an experiment in giving residents a universal, unconditional income. The post What Will Happen When This City Gives Residents Income With No Strings Attached? appeared first on ThinkProgress.
California is the only state fighting to remove a policy aimed at limit poor mothers' choices, but they exist across the country. The post An ‘Ugly Policy’ Systematically Devalues Poor Children. One State Is Ready To Stop It. appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Greek leaders have called a national referendum Sunday on austerity measures proposed by European Union leaders, in hopes of gaining renewed leverage in bailout talks. The human toll of austerity is already so high that accepting the additional constraints the E.U. wants may be impossible. The post What You Need To Know About The Greek Debt Crisis appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold a key plank of civil rights law surprised most observers. But while the decision preserves one of the most important tools in the anti-discrimination utility belt, victory is still far off in the fight to desegregate America's housing market. The post White Racism, NIMBYism, And The Surprise Supreme Court Ruling That Could Finally Desegregate Cities appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Department of Labor announced a proposed rule change to expand the overtime requirement for more workers. The post With New Labor Rule, 5 Million Americans Will Now Be Able To Get Extra Overtime Pay appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Home health aides in Massachusetts just became the first in the country to win a $15 minimum wage. The post Meet One Of The First Home Care Workers In The Country To Win A $15 Minimum Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"The easy and widely disseminated argument that Google's universal search always serves users and merchants is demonstrably false." The post Why Google Plus Is At The Center Of Major Antitrust Lawsuit appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Pennsylvania is one of many states pushing legislation that would allow a state-run district to transition low-performing traditional public schools into charter schools. The post Pennsylvania’s Contentious Charter School Fight appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Income inequality got even worse last year despite some recovery for the bottom 99 percent. The post The Richest Have Claimed More Of The Country’s Income Than They Did In The Roaring 1920s appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Supreme Court will take up a case again that narrowly kept affirmative action policies in place. The post This Move By The Supreme Court Probably Means The End Of Affirmative Action appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Doing so could "chill the disciplinary process." The post Court Says Maryland Police Can Keep Their Disciplinary Records Secret appeared first on ThinkProgress.
As Republican presidential candidates are courting the Latino vote in 2016, they've been forced to respond to Trump. The post What Republican Leaders Have To Say About Donald Trump appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Hastily Written Ballot Initiative, Seeking To Ban Same-Sex Marriage, Would Make All Marriage IllegalMonday July 6th, 2015 03:26:37 PM Ian Millhiser
Anti-gay activists aren't exactly bringing their A-game to the fight against marriage equality. The post Hastily Written Ballot Initiative, Seeking To Ban Same-Sex Marriage, Would Make All Marriage Illegal appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The next Supreme Court term is shaping up to be a much more conventional term, rife with longtime conservative boogie men waiting to be slain by the Court's right flank. The post Coming Next: The Revenge Of The Supreme Court’s Conservatives appeared first on ThinkProgress.
While Ramsey welcomes the pushback, he told reporters that “we're within our rights to take the steps we took, have taken, and are going to take." The post Police Union Fights To Keep The Names Of Officers Who Shoot Civilians Secret appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"We’re gonna be carrying an M4 with 500 rounds of ammunition, light armor piercing" The post Man Admits To Plotting To Massacre Muslims, Judge Sets Him Free Anyway appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"It's a sense of being more free," one recently naturalized woman said. "We don’t have to be in fear." The post For At Least 4,000 Immigrants, This Independence Day Has Special Meaning appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"The cause of the fire was best classified as natural." The post South Carolina Officials: Lightning Caused Greeleyville Church Fire appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"It was going to be the PERFECT day!" The post Sister Of Alleged Charleston Shooter Complains Massacre Ruined Her Wedding Day, Seeks Donations appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Obama administration's winning streak in birth control cases continues. The post Birth Control Scores Important Symbolic Win In Federal Appeals Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"Rough rides" may not get any better. The post Baltimore Is Putting Cameras In The Back Of Every Police Van appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Anti-immigrant organizations allegedly "cultivated spokespersons from within these unions who are willing to echo their messaging and to advocate for their policy goals," according to the report. The post Department of Homeland Security Colluded With Anti-Immigrant Groups, Report Alleges appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Many African Americans see the difference between an official hate crime and an act of “vandalism” as an issue of semantics. The post Why ‘Unconnected’ Church Burnings Can Still Be Racist appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The bizarre power grid attacks in the Bay Area are more common than you might think. The post Californians Are Waking Up Without Internet And The FBI Wants To Know Why appeared first on ThinkProgress.
“Respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture,” the company said. The post Macy’s Fired Donald Trump With This Epic Statement appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The number keeps on growing. The post This Is How Many People Police Have Killed So Far This Year appeared first on ThinkProgress.
There have been seven black churches on fire since Charleston. The post BREAKING: African American Church In South Carolina, Previously Burned Down By The KKK, Is On Fire appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Absent a change in the Court's membership, it's unlikely that liberals will see another term like the one that just concluded any time soon. The post How Liberals Pitched A Near-Perfect Game This Supreme Court Term appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The decision takes on an earlier federal appeals court ruling that deemed the government's bulk data collection illegal. The post Secret Court Approves NSA Bulk Collection Spying Through End Of 2015 appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Should this case prevail, it could be an existential threat to many public sector unions, potentially draining them of the money they need to operate. The post BREAKING: Supreme Court To Hear Case Seeking To Gut Public Sector Unions appeared first on ThinkProgress.
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