Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken responds to allegations by Ted Cruz and others that the Obama administration is using the FAA to play politics.
Chris Hayes talks with Vice News reporter Roy Germano, who just got back from reporting in Honduras.
Chris Hayes talks with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick about his decision to temporally house some migrant children.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised his panel to investigate political corruption would be independent, but Cuomo's office reportedly had other ideas.
Ohio Democratic State Rep. Alicia Reese is calling for a constitutional amendment to protect access to the ballot box in her state. Reese speaks to Chris Matthews about how the voter laws affect African Americans and other minorities.
Arizona Republic reporter Michael Kiefer describes the botched execution of Arizona inmate Joseph Wood.
Chris Hayes talks with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., about the crisis in Ukraine and the latest news in the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17.
More than 50 Israelis are refusing to be part of the IDF reserves. One of those former soldiers speaks with Chris Hayes about her decision.
An Arizona death row inmate who had sought more information about how he was to be executed remained alive more than an hour after his execution began.
Chris Matthews talks about the “blast of unreality” coming from the separatist territory in Ukraine about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
After a botched execution that reportedly left Joseph Wood gasping and gagging for almost two hours before he finally died, Arizona officials followed up with a further sickly comical indignity: sending out an email announcement that got Wood's name wrong. State officials appear to have accidentally resent an execution announcement from last year since the email announced the execution of Robert G. Jones who was in fact executed in October of 2013.
A short time after Arizona inmate Joseph R. Wood III was executed on Wednesday in what reportedly was a gruesome two-hour ordeal, the state attorney general's office there sent out an email announcing the death.There was a problem with the announcement, though: It had Wood's name wrong. Read More →
"A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died, his lawyers said, in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S." Details here.As much as it's treated as sick or a joke, firing squad really would be a vastly more humane form of execution than the one we now have.
Another reader testimonial on the emerging phenomenon of phone line regeneration. From TPM Reader TF ...Just thought I'd share my own similar experience with a zombie phone line. Many years ago when I moved from LA to NYC to pursue my graduate degree, I cancelled my LA phone service (then with MCI, remember them?). Read More →
The owner of a Mississippi comic book store was pretty ticked off that Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) campaign bus took up five parking spaces in his lot Wednesday morning.Barry Herring, owner of Southern Fried Comics in Hattiesburg, Miss., told the Clarion-Ledger that he arrived to his store to see the bus there for no apparent reason. He tweeted out a picture: Read More →
I've taken on a whole new interest today, as you can see, in the subterranean 'zombie phone line' ecosystem. So I was fascinated to get this email from TPM Reader JK ...I work for a small CLEC in [state redacted] and we deal with this type of thing commonly. When you port a number from one carrier to another, it is automatically cancelled from the losing carrier. However, if there are any lines on an account that are not ported, then unless the customer explicitly cancels the lines with the old carrier, they will continue to a) be available and in service even if they are unused, and b) fully billable. Read More →
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday accused President Obama of using the Federal Aviation Administration to boycott Israel after the FAA extended its ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, citing safety concerns for travelers."The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands," Cruz said in a statement, arguing that the flight ban would have a negative impact on Israel's tourism industry. Read More →
Rula Jebreal provided additional details on Wednesday regarding her status as a contributor with MSNBC, confirming the network's account that her contract ended last month when she opted to pursue other opportunities. Read More →
Things are getting pretty intense today down in Tennessee. In Rutherford County, Angela Scruggs was arrested after pulling a gun on a man who asked her to slow down in a Walmart parking lot. Meanwhile not too far north in Nashville, Amy Jaudon was arrested after after she pulled a gun and threatened to kill a grocery store clerk at Kroger's after a confrontation over groceries.
This story was co-published with NPR's "Shots" blog.For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using Healthcare.gov by April 19, the end of the open-enrollment period.But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. People are allowed to sign up and switch plans after certain life events, such as job changes, moves, the birth of a baby, marriages and divorces. Read More →
More than 10 million uninsured adults obtained health coverage during Obamacare's first open enrollment period, according to a study published on Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.The study, which included researchers from Harvard University and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, found that the number of uninsured Americans had dropped by 5.2 percentage points by the second quarter of 2014, which corresponds with 10.3 million adults gaining coverage. Read More →
A Nashville, Tenn. woman was charged with aggravated assault on Tuesday after waving a gun at a Kroger grocery store employee and threatening to kill her, according to WKRN-TV.Amy Jaudon got into a verbal disagreement with a the employee, who was working at the store's Western Union counter. Read More →
A woman was arrested on Tuesday after she allegedly pulled out a gun when asked to slow down in a Rutherford County, Tenn. Wal-Mart parking lot, according to WGNS News.Angela Scruggs told police that after a man in the parking lot told her to "stop speeding," she put her .22 caliber handgun on her lap. She said that the man who yelled for her to slow down approached her with his hands in his pocket, prompting her to get her gun. Read More →
Facing a divided House Republican conference and no clear path forward on legislation to address the border crisis, Speaker John Boehner is giving President Barack Obama an ultimatum: support reforms to toughen up border controls or we won't give you any money to deal with the humanitarian crisis involving child migrants from Central America. Read More →
I mentioned earlier that we had this bizarre and Kafka-esque billing issue that came up with Verizon today. And lest you think this is just your run of the mill billing dispute - we're not a Verizon customer. Which puts their claim that we suddenly owe them money in kind of a funny light. Here's the post I did earlier. But I'm back on this because I think we've gotten down to what the actual story is and it's so bizarre I wanted to share it with you. Read More →
In a video posted this week by the NRA, one of the organization's commentators said competency with a gun should be a "necessary skill" for children to be able to advance to the next grade in school, just like reading and writing. Read More →
This post has been updated.U.S. Sen. John Walsh (D-MT), appointed to the post earlier this year and facing a difficult campaign in November, appears to have plagiarized major portions of his 2007 master's thesis, the New York Times reported Wednesday.Walsh, an Iraq war veteran and Bronze Star recipient with more than 30 year of military service, received a master's degree from the United States Army War College. He was required to complete a "strategic research project," according to the Times. Walsh's paper (PDF) was titled: “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy." Read More →
MSNBC finally responded Wednesday to Rula Jebreal's claims that she's been shunned by network brass following her criticism of its coverage of the current conflict in Gaza, telling TPM in a statement that the Palestinian journalist voluntarily ended her contract as a contributor there last month. Read More →
We hear a lot about how small businesses have to navigate all sorts of cumbersome government regulations to stay afloat. And I can attest to numerous cases where we have to deal with regulations that I fully support but could be much more efficiently managed with zero impact on the social good they're meant to secure. I'm lookin' at you New York State! But a far bigger nuisance is dealing with major corporations that appear to decided that one of their major revenue sources should be a level of institutional stupidity that maintains a steady amount of revenue simply because no ordinary person can navigate what appears to be an intentional level of incompetence. To be specific what I'm talking about: a level of bureaucratic inefficiency combined with incompetent customer service that forces people to pay for services they didn't purchase because the cost of paying ends up being a smaller hassle than navigating the Kafkaesque labyrinth of the company's phone tree. This line item on the corporate P&L I call the 'Delta of Derp'. And here's an example today from one of my favorite companies: Verizon. Read More →
Anti-immigrant activist William Gheen this month said that the increase of undocumented immigrants crossing the border into the U.S. is more dangerous than an al Qaeda attack.In an interview on the Tea Party News Network, host Larry Altman asked Gheen how many undocumented immigrants might be "affiliated with Al Qaeda." Read More →
After blocking debate on a bill to close tax loopholes for companies that move overseas in 2012, Senate Republicans reversed course Wednesday.The post Senate Republicans Advance Key Part Of Obama’s Budget, Two Years Later appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The less nonwhite, female executives advocate for diversity, they better they are perceived.The post Women And People Of Color Get Punished For Hiring To Increase Diversity, White Men Get Rewarded appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Detroit's bankruptcy plan cuts workers' pensions for years to come. So why did three-quarters of them vote for it?The post Detroit Retirees And Workers Approve Pension Cuts To Avoid Far Worse Outcome appeared first on ThinkProgress.
According to a new study, nearly two of every three homeless women in San Francisco were abused during a six-month study.The post For Every Three Homeless Women, Two Will Be Abused appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A hedge fund is now the country's largest landlord, and the first formal study of living conditions for its tenants shows critics' concerns are justified.The post Tenants Report Plumbing Problems, Leaky Roofs, And Absent Landlords In Rentals Owned By Wall Street appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Charges against Shanesha Taylor are likely to be dropped and she is close to being reunited with her children.The post Homeless Mother Arrested For Leaving Kids In Car During Job Interview Won’t Go To Prison appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Democratic Congresspeople and others will live off of $77 for a week, what a typical minimum wage worker brings home.The post Members Of Congress Take ‘Minimum Wage Challenge’ To Live Off Reduced Budget For A Week appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Poor residents are also likely to be banned from using the building's amenities, such as the pool.The post Luxury Apartment Building Will Have Separate Door For Poor Residents appeared first on ThinkProgress.
On Friday, activists staged protests and rallies to demand that Detroit stop shutting off residents' water.The post Meet The Activists Fighting Detroit’s Water Shutoffs appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The government says the move is needed to draw the country out of extreme poverty, despite going against international standards.The post Bolivia Lowers Working Age For Children To Lowest In The World appeared first on ThinkProgress.
As fast food worker strikes raged, McDonald's employees say they were fired for trying to unionize. The post McDonalds Workers Say They Were Fired For Participating In Union Activities appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Several traditional unions are aiming to boost membership, change public perceptions, and improve conditions for their members and other workers through new and creative methods.The post Five Ways Unions Are Trying To Get Their Mojo Back appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Microsoft is slashing 18,000 jobs and killing its new low-income phone series.The post With 18,000 Layoffs, Is Microsoft Giving Up On Low-Income Phone Users? appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The media has largely bought into a narrative that Christie is a blunt straight-talker. So why won't he answer any policy questions? The post Chris Christie Explains Why He Won’t Answer Questions: ‘You’ll Have This Tape And You’ll Use It’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Export-Import Bank is facing the most serious threat to its existence in 80 years. What's going on?The post Why You Should Care About The Most Esoteric And Confusing Fight Going On In Congress appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A new study has found that ordinances effectively making homelessness a crime are increasing across the country.The post It Is Illegal For Homeless People To Sit On The Sidewalk In More Than Half Of U.S. Cities appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Discriminating based on pregnancy has been illegal for some time, but employers keep doing it anyway.The post Memo From The Government To Employers: You Can’t Fire People For Being Pregnant appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Her daughter is now in the custody of social services.The post Mom Jailed For Leaving Her Child In A Park While She Worked At McDonalds appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The companies preyed on thousands of student loan debtors.The post Illinois Becomes The First State To Sue Over Student Loan Scams appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Once their merger is finalized, a U.S. drug giant will buy the Irish company that makes Adderall and shift its profits outside of the I.R.S.'s jurisdiction.The post Your Adderall Will Now Come From A Tax-Dodging Company appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Joseph Wood lived for two hours after he was lethally injected. The post Arizona’s Execution Attempt Goes Horribly Wrong As Man Remains Alive Nearly 2 Hours After Injection appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Oregon could become the third or fourth state to legalize recreational marijuana this year.The post Oregonians Will Vote On Legalizing Pot This November appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The trial is the latest to test the role expansive self-defense laws play in racially charged deaths by gunfire.The post Homeowner Who Shot Dead A Teen Girl On His Porch Faces Murder Charges This Week appeared first on ThinkProgress.
These three young adults live in America, but they can never leave this Texas border town for fear that they would never see their families again. The post They Came To America For Freedom And Opportunity, But Ended Up Trapped In Their Own Home appeared first on ThinkProgress.
At Least 3/4 Of Newark Pedestrian Police Stops Had No Constitutional Basis, Justice Department FindsTuesday July 22nd, 2014 08:24:31 PM Nicole Flatow
Blacks in the city are 2.5 times more likely to be stopped than whites, and 3.1 times more likely to be frisked.The post At Least 3/4 Of Newark Pedestrian Police Stops Had No Constitutional Basis, Justice Department Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress.
In the end, the battle between the Fourth Circuit and the DC Circuit is a battle over who gets to make law. The DC Circuit would steal this decision away from the American people's representatives, and place it in the hands of a few unelected officials in black robes.The post Two Hours After A Court Strikes Down Obamacare Subsidies, Another Appeals Court Upholds Them appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Anti-Immigrants can’t even throw a good rally anymore.The post Demonizing Migrant Children Proves An Epic Fail For Anti-Immigrant Groups appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Near the end of 2013, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) led a final crusade to defund the Affordable Care Act -- and he lost. Two Republican judges just voted to rewrite this history.The post BREAKING: Two Republican Judges Order Obamacare Defunded appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"We've got to be grownups and accept that we can't have everything we want, you know, [Obama's] head on a skewer,” Stephen Steinlight said. The post Think Tank ‘Analyst’ Says ‘Being Hung, Drawn, And Quartered Is Probably Too Good’ For Obama appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Controversial drug-house stings lure individuals into fake crimes for the purpose of locking them up. New data suggests those individuals are usually Hispanic or black. The post Almost All Of The Defendants In ATF’s Fake Drug Stings Are Minorities appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Shamiya Adams was making s'mores when a stray bullet struck and killed her. She was one of 22 people shot in a 12-hour span over the weekend.The post An 11-Year-Old Girl Is The Latest Victim Of Chicago’s Gun Violence Epidemic appeared first on ThinkProgress.
$10,000 will get friends of private prison firm CEO George Zoley the opportunity for one-on-one time with Florida's Republican Governor. The post Private Prison CEO Will Host Florida Governor At $10K-A-Plate Fundraiser appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"It's Sophie's Choice," a former state judge said about the unaccompanied children crisis. "If these are my choices, I'm going to take the one that gives my child some chance at survival."The post A View From The Border: Signs From A Surprising Rally In Texas appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The order will not itself prevent Mr. Wood from being executed using contaminated drugs or by an unqualified executioner. It will give his attorneys information that they need to challenge Arizona's execution procedures.The post BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Halts Arizona Execution Due To Secret Drug Cocktail appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Ryan Shucard, press secretary for the congressman, allegedly brought a 9mm handgun and magazine into one of the House office buildings.The post Congressional Staffer Brings Gun Into Congress appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A provision of the Oklahoma constitution, providing that "[m]arriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman" is unconstitutional.The post Federal Appeals Court Declares Oklahoma’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Police say that Eric Garner, a 43-year-old asthmatic, died of a heart attack. The post Man Dies After Being Put In Choke-Hold By NYPD appeared first on ThinkProgress.
An undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) infiltrated Jeremy Halgat's life for three years before he pulled him into drug crimes "designed and engineered by the government."The post Federal Judge Blasts ATF For Luring Man With No Criminal Record Into Trafficking Cocaine appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Washington D.C.'s marijuana law passed after findings of a gaping racial disparity in arrests. But that racial disparity in policing won't just go away now. The post Pot Is Now Decriminalized In Washington, D.C.; Here’s What The Law Doesn’t Do appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The "Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency" bill would speed up deportations. The post This Bill Is Dubbed The HUMANE Act, But It Actually Hurts The Migrant Kids It Claims To Protect appeared first on ThinkProgress.
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