Citations for the September 2, 2015 TRMS

Thursday September 3rd, 2015 05:06:04 AM Will Femia
Links to material cited on Wednesday night's show

Obama makes historic visit

Thursday September 3rd, 2015 03:37:00 AM Associated Press
President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president.

Obama reveals 'climate resilience' plan

Thursday September 3rd, 2015 03:19:00 AM
President Obama revealed new initiatives to battle climate change and improve climate resilience for effected communities.

Obama: This is the world's 'wake-up call'

Thursday September 3rd, 2015 03:16:00 AM
On Wednesday night, President Obama once again highlighted the growing threat of climate change during a speech in Kotzebue, Alaska.

Obama: People of Alaska have 'Aloha spirit'

Thursday September 3rd, 2015 03:13:00 AM
President Obama spoke at length about the profound importance of community in the most remote and isolated parts of Alaska. He likened the kindness of Alaskans to the "Aloha spirit" from his home state Hawaii.

Obama jokes about past presidents in Alaska

Thursday September 3rd, 2015 03:08:00 AM
During his trip to Kotzebue, Alaska, President Obama cracked a few jokes about the ways his presidential visit differs from past presidents.

Clerk cites ‘law of nature’ in marriage fight

Thursday September 3rd, 2015 02:49:55 AM
Kentucky County Clerk Casey Davis cited the ‘law of nature’ over man’s laws when explaining to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell why he’s joined other clerks in his state in refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Clinton staffer subpoenaed, will plead 5th

Thursday September 3rd, 2015 02:26:36 AM
Former Hillary Clinton staffer Bryan Pagliano has been subpoenaed by Congress and plans to plead the 5th over the issue of the fmr. sec. of state’s email server.

Wife of slain officer: 'He was my hero'

Thursday September 3rd, 2015 02:25:28 AM Phil Helsel
"Joe was my best friend, my world, my hero, the love of my life for the last 26 and a half years," his widow, Melodie Gliniewicz, said at a vigil Wednesday.

Clinton email staffer subpoenaed

Thursday September 3rd, 2015 02:16:00 AM Alex Seitz-Wald
The former staffer who helped set up Clinton's private email address has refused to answer questions from the House Select Committee on Benghazi.


Report: RNC Floating 2016 Loyalty Pledge To Discourage Third Party Runs

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 09:11:45 PM
Republican presidential campaigns have been contacted privately by the Republican National Committee, inquiring whether candidates would be willing to sign a loyalty pledge vowing not to run as a third party candidate, Politico is reporting.The move comes amid GOP fears that frontrunner Donald Trump could run as an independent in the general election. Politico was provided a copy of the pledge:“I [name] affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is,” it says. “I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party."During the Fox News GOP debate last month, Donald Trump told moderators he would not promise to rule out a third party run. Trump said last week that a decision was coming soon as to whether he would sign such a loyalty pledge.

Presidential Campaign As Prep School Hazing

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 07:59:06 PM
It's just a matter of time before Trump starts hawking English as the official language, but in the meantime he's doing everything he can to make Jeb crazy.

Becoming Performance Art

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 07:49:56 PM
Kentucky clerk goes back to same federal judge for yet one more bite at the apple in delaying issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Trump Says Jeb Should 'Set The Example By Speaking English' While In The U.S.

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 07:33:44 PM
In an ongoing showdown, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump took another swipe at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by criticizing his use of Spanish on the campaign trail.“I like Jeb,” Trump said in an interview with Breitbart. “He’s a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.” As part as his ongoing campaign to paint Trump as not a true conservative, Bush told reporters in Miami that "El hombre no es conservador.”Bush, who met his wife in Mexico, has used Spanish frequently on the campaign trail, including during a portion of his presidential campaign announcement.

Kentucky Clerk Seeks Yet Another Delay In Issuing Same Sex Marriage Licenses

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 07:33:17 PM
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The latest on a county clerk in Kentucky who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses:2:55 p.m.A Kentucky county clerk is again asking a judge to delay his ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge David Bunning's order has been upheld by a federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court. But Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continues to disobey it, saying she cannot do something that violates her religious beliefs.Bunning has scheduled a hearing for Thursday. He could hold Davis in contempt of court, which could lead to fines or jail time.But on Wednesday, Davis again asked Bunning to delay his order so she can appeal an earlier decision on a related issue. Davis had asked Bunning last month for an injunction against Gov. Steve Beshear for ordering her to issue the marriage licenses. Bunning refused to hear that motion. By doing that, Davis' attorneys argue that Bunning effectively denied their motion, which they have the right to appeal.Davis' attorneys asked Bunning to delay his order while they appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Nikki Haley Slams 'Movement That Has Laid Waste To Ferguson and Baltimore'

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 07:24:49 PM
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said that the unrest across the country after the deaths of unarmed black men by police officers was hurting, not helping African Americans."Black lives do matter and they have been disgracefully jeopardized by the movement that has laid waste to Ferguson and Baltimore," Haley said, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington Wednesday. In her remarks, Haley -- a daughter of Indian immigrants -- contrasted the way her state handled two national headline-making, racially charged events with the protests prompted by the deaths of unarmed black men by police hands in New York, Baltimore, and Ferguson, Missouri."In all three of those cases, there was civil unrest at truly awful levels. The riots in Ferguson and Baltimore were senseless. You know what? Black lives do matter," Haley said. "Most of the people killed or injured in the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore were black. Think about it. Most of the small business or social service institutions that were destroyed and looted in Ferguson and Baltimore were either black owned, or served heavily black populations. Most of the people who now live in terror because local police are too intimidated to do their jobs are black. Black lives do matter and they have been disgracefully jeopardized by the movement that has laid waste to Ferguson and Baltimore."She touted how South Carolina handled the shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, by a police officer, by passing a state wide body camera law as well as the state's decision to remove the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds after the shooting of nine African-Americans at a Charleston, S.C. church."In South Carolina we did things differently," Haley said.

Fiorina: Border Walls Aren't 'Particularly Effective'

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 07:24:47 PM
Carly Fiorina on Tuesday dismissed recent calls by her fellow Republican presidential candidates for walls at both the southern and northern borders of the United States.During an interview on Tuesday, radio host Michael Medved asked Fiorina about Walker's suggestion that a wall at the U.S.-Canada border is a "legitimate issue," which he has since walked back. "I don’t think walls are particularly effective," she responded, according to audio highlighted by Buzzfeed News. "I mean, if that’s what it took to do it, I would do it, north or south. But I think technology has advanced to the point where it is far quicker, far less expensive, and actually far more effective to deploy technology."But she added that she thinks there are serious security concerns at the northern border that should be addressed."I do think we need to be focused on our northern border as well," Fiorina said. "I will tell you, having been up around that border a lot, that we’ve invested a lot of money in that border since 9/11 and it’s one of the mysteries of an ineffective bureaucracy that the federal government has become that sometimes — too often, frankly — spending the money doesn’t seem to translate into any results which is part of the set of problems we’ve got to solve."

It's Over

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 07:08:57 PM
It's obscured a bit by the utterly indefensible legal position of the Kentucky clerk refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but Amanda Marcotte astutely observes how the episode reveals that mainstream conservatives have basically given up the fight on gay marriage.

Trump Doesn't 'Get' Comparisons To Kanye But Says 'He's A Nice Guy'

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 07:00:24 PM
Donald Trump embraced Kanye West's announcement that he will run for president in 2020, but said he was confused by comparisons between himself and the rapper."Somehow there are comparisons made so often, which is interesting. Comparisons with Kanye and myself — I don’t quite get it," Trump told Rolling Stone in an interview published on Wednesday. But Trump praised Kanye nonetheless, noting that he has said "extremely positive things" about Trump."He's said very nice things about me in the past," he told Rolling Stone. "He's actually a different kind of person than people think. He's a nice guy. I hope to run against him someday."West recently appeared at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton along with his wife, Kim Kardashian. Yet President Obama allegedly called West a "jackass" after the rapper interrupted Taylor Swift on stage during the 2009 MTV video music awards.Watch Trump's comments on West via Rolling Stone:

How Donald Trump Went Up Against Fox News And Wound Up On Top

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 06:33:09 PM
The day after the first GOP presidential debate, stats guru Nate Silver made a prediction: "Donald Trump Won’t Win A War Against Fox News."The analysis on Silver's website, FiveThirtyEight, was based on a poll showing Republican voters had a high level of trust in the conservative news channel. The prediction came after the Republican frontrunner howled about the way he was treated during the debate, which was hosted by Fox and moderated by three of its best known anchors.In the weeks since then, Trump has widened his lead nationally, and Fox was left to explain that moderator Megyn Kelly's vacation was pre-planned and had nothing to do with the Donald's complaints. Below is a breakdown of how Trump ended up going to war with Fox and coming out on top. June 16Fox News canceled Trump's regularly-scheduled morning appearances on "Fox & Friends" after he announced his bid for the presidency. The network usually drops contributors when they announce a presidential bid.July 18Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, whose empire includes Fox News, criticized Trump on social media. Trump's presidential announcement speech had included accusations that immigrants from Mexico were rapists and drug runners.When is Donald Trump going to stop embarrassing his friends, let alone the whole country?— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) July 19, 2015July 21A New York Times report, detailing Murdoch's relationship with Trump, quoted insiders who reportedly said that Murdoch described Trump as "a phony" to friends.July 22New York magazine reporter Gabe Sherman reported that Murdoch wanted his top executive at Fox News to rein in the network's coverage of Trump's presidential campaign.Sherman, citing anonymous sources, reported that Murdoch asked Fox News chairman Roger Ailes to "back off the Trump coverage."Sherman's insiders reportedly said Ailes told Murdoch he was covering Trump "the way he wanted to."July 23Ailes told The Hollywood Reporter that his relationship with Murdoch "has never been better" and that Trump did not come up in conversations the two Fox executives had that day.August 4CNN reported that Trump talked with Murdoch on the phone and the conversation was described by insiders as a "peace-making effort."August 6At the GOP debate, moderator and Fox News host Megyn Kelly asked Trump about derogatory comments he'd made about women in the past. Trump used his answer to fire a warning shot at Kelly."Honestly, Megyn, if you don't like it, I'm sorry," he said. "I've been very nice to you, although I could probably not be based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn't do that."August 7The next day, Trump's warning turned into a full-on attack. He tweeted his dislike of Kelly's questions at the GOP debate. Wow, @megynkelly really bombed tonight. People are going wild on twitter! Funny to watch.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015I really enjoyed the debate tonight even though the @FoxNews trio, especially @megynkelly, was not very good or professional!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015"@timjcam: @megynkelly @FrankLuntz @realDonaldTrump Fox viewers give low marks to bimbo @MegynKelly will consider other programs!"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015Later that day, Trump went on CNN and made the infamous comments that many interpreted to be about Kelly's menstrual cycle."She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions," Trump said in a phone interview with CNN. "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."August 10Despite widespread criticism for his comment on CNN, Trump said on MSNBC that Kelly should apologize to him.That comment was reportedly the last straw for Ailes, who called him that morning. CNN reported that Ailes told Trump "we can resolve this now or we can go to war."Ailes described it as a "blunt but cordial conversation" and that the "air has been cleared." Trump referenced the phone call on social media.Roger Ailes just called. He is a great guy & assures me that “Trump” will be treated fairly on @FoxNews. His word is always good!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2015New York magazine's Sherman reported that Ailes offered Trump a spot on Kelly's news program, but that Trump refused. He opted instead for an interview with "Fox & Friends" and "Hannity."A report by TVNewser later disputed that Trump was offered a special on Kelly's show. On her show that evening, Kelly said she would not apologize "for doing good journalism."August 11Trump returned to Fox News, and the channel made no mention of his "blood" comment."Glad you’re back with us and glad we're friends again," co-host Steve Doocy said as he welcomed Trump to "Fox & Friends.""Well we are friends, Steve. We've always been friends," Trump responded.August 13Kelly announced that she was taking a vacation.August 14Fox News released a statement that Kelly's vacation had nothing to do with Trump.“The conspiracy theories about Megyn Kelly’s vacation rank up there with UFO’s (sic), the moon landing and Elvis being alive,” the Fox spokesperson told Mediaite. “To imply otherwise as Donald Trump and his campaign operatives have is not only wildly irresponsible, but downright bizarre.”August 19Trump told The Hollywood Reporter it was "unlikely" he would go on Kelly's show for an interview."We were at war because I felt that (Kelly's debate question about women) was unfair, and I let him know it. But it's all fine now," Trump told the publication. "They were tough questions, and I thought inappropriate, but Roger didn't, and I'll go with Roger."August 24Kelly returned to hosting her program and Trump hopped on Twitter to criticize her performance..@megynkelly must have had a terrible vacation, she is really off her game. Was afraid to confront Dr. Cornel West. No clue on immigration!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2015I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2015He also retweeted a couple insults."@ColeHudson68: @megynkelly @FoxNews @theBlaze @greta @OreillyFactor Megyn needs to go back on vacation. What a waste of an hour on Fox."— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2015"@mstanish53: @realDonaldTrump @megynkelly The bimbo back in town. I hope not for long ."— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2015August 25Throughout the day, Fox News hosts defended colleague Megyn Kelly on social media and during their news programs. Some called Trump's behavior "unpresidential" and "totally out of control."My friend @realDonaldTrump has captured the imagination of many. Focus on Hillary, Putin, border, jobs, Iran China & leave @megynkelly alone— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 25, 2015 The intelligence, class & grace of @megynkelly shined last night after her week's vacation with her family. I'll be on #kellyfile Wed night.— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) August 25, 2015Wish pal @realDonaldTrump would cool feud with @megynkelly Point is made boss. Now world needs you to use bully pulpit to address big issues— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 25, 2015Please shut up. https://t.co/mTNVwRyJsD— Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) August 25, 2015In the afternoon, Roger Ailes released a statement and demanded Trump apologize for his comments about Kelly, calling them an "unprovoked attack" that was "unacceptable" and "disturbing."Trump told Politico that he "totally disagrees" with Ailes and that he did not think Kelly was a quality journalist.August 26Trump told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on her show that Ailes was "a good friend" and that the two had spoken just before the interview."Roger Ailes is great. Roger Ailes is a special guy, a good friend of mine," Trump said on the radio program. "We just spoke two minutes ago. I mean Roger Ailes is a great guy. And, no, I have no problem."August 31Trump did not seem inclined to let the war end there, however. As recently as Monday, he lodged yet another complaint about Fox News.Just out - new PPP NATIONAL POLL has me in first place by a wide margin at 29%. I wonder why only @FoxNews has not reported this? Too bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2015

WaPo Has The Ultimate Trump Expose: He Cheats At Golf ... A Lot

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 06:09:54 PM
For those exhausted by analysis of Donald Trump's commanding lead in the polls, the Washington Post has taken a delightful deep dive into the presidential candidate's attempt to cheat his way to a top-notch golf game.The Washington Post spoke with numerous golfers who have played with Trump and either witnessed him cheat or caught wind of the real estate mogul's reputation as a cheater. Mark Mulvoy, former editor of Sports Illustrated, told the Post that he caught Trump cheating during a game in the mid-1990s."Ahh, the guys I play with cheat all the time," Trump allegedly told Mulvoy. "I have to cheat just to keep up with them."Though Trump brushed off his attempt at cheating at the time, he firmly denied that the incident took place when asked by the Post."I don’t even know who he is," Trump said about Mulvoy. "I don’t drop balls, I don’t move balls. I don’t need to."Sports writer Rick Reilly also described Trump's propensity for cheating at golf to the Washington Post."When it comes to cheating, he’s an 11 on a scale of one to 10," he said.Trump also had a negative reaction to Reilly's account when approached by the Post."I always thought he was a terrible writer," he said. "I absolutely killed him, and he wrote very inaccurately. I would say that he’s a very dishonest writer."Musician Alice Cooper has also hinted that Trump cheats at golf, another claim denied by Trump.However, Mulvoy and Reilly, along with others interviewed by the Post about Trump's golf game, agreed that Trump is an excellent golfer regardless, and also a hoot to play with."He’s exhausting, but I want to be clear: I really liked him. It was just like being in a crazy carnival for a day. Though I’m not sure it would be so much fun when it starts to count," Reilly told the Post about Trump.Trump also told the Post that he would love to play Jeb Bush in a game of golf."That would be even easier than running against him in politics," he said.Read the full Washington Post story here.

Know Your Audience?

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 04:30:26 PM
The CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce says Trump was very conciliatory in a private meeting this week: The Donald Trump that I met today and that I sat with today was very different from the Donald Trump that I saw in the media ... He was a gentleman. He listened much more than he spoke. He asked questions.Watch.

Trump's Behavior In Private Meeting Surprises Hispanic Chamber CEO

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 04:06:45 PM
Following inflammatory statements about Mexican immigrants and policy proposals targeting undocumented immigrants from Latin America, Donald Trump on Tuesday sat down for a meeting with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's CEO, Javier Palomarez.Palomarez told CNN on Tuesday that he was "encouraged" by his meeting with Trump. According to Palomarez, Trump joked that he didn't need the Hispanic vote, but then indicated that he's looking for support from that community."I want it. I feel like I've been mischaracterized and treated unfairly and my name has been slandered to some extent with this audience," Trump said, according to Palomarez. Palomarez later joined MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes," where he said he was "very surprised" by his meeting with Trump, describing the real estate mogul as "hospitable.""The Donald Trump that I met today and that I sat with today was very different from the Donald Trump that I saw in the media," he said on MSNBC. "He was a gentleman. He listened much more than he spoke. He asked questions."Palomarez added that he still disagrees with Trump on many issues and said the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce would continue to boycott Trump's properties. But he said that Trump may have discovered that he needs support from the Hispanic community and noted that Trump's team had been asking for the meeting with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for weeks."I feel that the man I spoke to today has come to the realization — certainly his team has — that he’s not going to see the White House without getting at least 50 percent of the Hispanic vote," he said on MSNBC.Watch Hayes' interview with Palomarez via MSNBC:

Five Points On Why The Summer Of Trump Has Refused To Die

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 03:51:34 PM
Since Donald Trump’s rambling campaign announcement in June, detractors have been quick to dismiss the candidacy of the celebrity tycoon. But the doldrums of August have officially ended, and after a long, hot summer, Trump’s campaign still seems to be thriving. (If anything, he’s at least paying his staffers.)Here are five points on how Trump’s unlikely campaign has made him the GOP frontrunner: Trump’s poll numbers so far look similar to Mitt Romney's in the 2012 raceTrump’s campaign was initially compared to early 2012 frontrunners Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. But according to the Washington Post, Trump’s poll numbers so far have closely mirrored that of eventual 2012 nominee Mitt Romney.In the summer of 2011, Perry and Gingrich maintained a 10-point or higher lead for about two weeks, as Trump did this year. But as the Post zoomed out on the Republican contest, it showed Perry's and Gingrich's numbers fell as Romney's rose. Trump has similarly started to leave his competitors behind. The Post noted that not every campaign’s support looks the same, but the numbers remain compelling.Trump has seemingly bypassed the Republican need to be religiousTrump recently named his top two favorite books: His own “Art of the Deal” took the second spot behind the Bible. However, when Bloomberg Politics asked the GOP frontrunner to name his favorite Bible verses, he refused to comment. When reporters asked what church he belonged to, the church he named said the he wasn’t an “active member.”Despite Trump’s attempts to sidestep the traditional religious devoutness asked of Republican candidates, it hasn’t hurt him. In Iowa, a poll from the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics on Tuesday found that 57 percent of likely Republican caucus voters weren’t bothered by his lack of faith. The exact question: “Donald Trump says he is a Christian and goes to church but never has asked God for forgiveness. Does this bother you or not?”.Trump leads national polls against all oddsAfter the summer of Trump, which included giving children helicopter rides and signature Make America Great Again™ hats, it's hard to greet any poll that shows the real estate mogul at the top of the Republican field with surprise.He's been steadily gaining all summer and as of Tuesday led his nearest opponent by an average of 14.5 percent, according to Real Clear Politics. (His nearest rival is former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.) Trump spent the summer attacking Fox News host Megyn Kelly, as well as the channel itself. He questioned Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) status as a prisoner of war, and described Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug runners. Despite all that, during the "summer of silliness" (as rival Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal put it), his support has only solidified.It’s en vogue to not be from Washington Poll numbers all summer have indicated that likely caucus and primary voters are drawn to political outsiders. On Monday, Monmouth University released a poll with a solid majority that confirms it. Sixty-six percent of Iowa GOP caucusgoers said regardless who they will ultimately vote for, the country needs “someone outside of government who can bring a new approach to Washington.” A poll from Aug. 25 found that 61 percent of likely South Carolina GOP primary voters also believed someone from outside of the government was needed.Trump leads in all the early primary statesTo cash in on that huge national lead, Trump needs to win 1,144 delegates to secure the nomination. Delegates are rewarded proportionally as caucus and primary votes come in, starting with Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada in February 2016.For now, Trump has maintained leads in these states. Real Clear Politics on Tuesday showed Trump with a 5 percent average lead in Iowa, 15.6 percent lead in New Hampshire and 19.7 percent average lead in South Carolina. An average for polling in Nevada was not available due to lack of data, but a Gravis poll in mid-July showed Trump leading the state by 13 percent.

Fox Is Playing With Fire On This One

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 03:06:49 PM
In case you've missed it, Caitlin MacNeal catches you up on the latest Fox News-driven meme: Black Lives Matter is a "hate group" inciting violence against police officers.

Milestone

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 02:51:37 PM
Obama secures enough Senate votes to overcome potential veto of Iran deal.

Conservatives Are Now Convinced Black Lives Matter Is A Hate Group

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 02:40:09 PM
Conservatives have long viewed the Black Lives Matter movement with skepticism and questioned the group's tactics, but this week pundits grabbed hold of a new label for the organization: hate group.After the Friday shooting death of a sheriff's deputy in Texas and a Black Lives Matter protest at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday, conservatives doubled down in their criticism. Numerous hosts at Fox News took issue with the group's recent chant in Minnesota, "pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon," tying that protest to recent deaths of police officers. During a segment on the shooting and protest on Monday morning, "Fox and Friend" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked why Black Lives Matter has not yet been labeled a hate group."Why has the Black Lives Matter movement not been classified yet as a hate group?" she asked conservative African-American writer Kevin Jackson. "How much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?"Jackson agreed with Hasselbeck's suggestion that the movement is a hate group. Following media coverage of her comment on Monday, Hasselbeck published a tweet on Tuesday noting that it's her job to ask questions. My calling @foxandfriends is to ask questions and my calling as a #Christian is to #LoveAllGodsPeople -I give my best to do both each day.— elisabeth hasselbeck (@ehasselbeck) September 1, 2015Conservatives continued on Monday and Tuesday to link the Black Lives Matter movement to violence against police officers.On Monday night, Fox's Bill O'Reilly said he was sure that the shooting and the protest were in some way connected, and he labeled Black Lives Matter a "hate group" because "they hate police officers" and "want them dead.""These people, after the death, the murder of this deputy, went out and said, 'We want more police officers killed,'" he said."They're a hate group, and I'm going to tell you right now, I'm going to put them out of business," O'Reilly added later.On Tuesday night, O'Reilly brought on two guests to discuss whether Black Lives Matter should be linked to violence against cops."Do you believe that the Black Lives Matter crew and and other radicals are igniting violence against cops?" he asked. Yet neither guest agreed with the Fox host that the group should be linked to the recent shooting death of police officers.Later on Tuesday night, conservative writer Katie Pavlich told Fox's Megyn Kelly that Black Lives Matter "promotes the execution of police officers."During a Monday appearance on Fox News' "The Five," comedian Tom Shillue said that Black Lives Matter is a "violent group.""I mean, this is like a criminal organization," he said. "I think it’s time to arrest these leaders because they’re threatening people and they’re causing violence." During the same segment, Fox host Eric Bolling speculated that Black Lives Matter protests "probably had some effect on" the Friday night shooting.Although conservative outrage over the Black Lives Matter protest in Minnesota bubbled over into talk of hate groups just this week, the hosts at Fox News have been shaking their fists at the organization for a while, with O'Reilly leading the charge. In July, he said Black Lives Matter activists were engaging in "Gestapo tactics" and that they are "only interested in condemning white society." He also suggested that the organization is "an anarchistic group" that "wants to tear down the country."

The Govt Giveth And It Taketh Away

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 02:33:20 PM
Denali gets its official name change but loses 10 feet off its summit elevation.

Mikulski Becomes 34th Sen. To Back Iran Deal, Ensuring Obama Victory

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 02:24:47 PM
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced on Wednesday that she will support the Iran nuclear deal, sealing a victory for President Obama.She is the 34th senator to announce her support, giving Congress the ability to sustain a presidential veto of a resolution aimed at killing the deal. "No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime," Mikulski wrote in a statement, according to Roll Call. "I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal. However, Congress must also reaffirm our commitment to the safety and security of Israel."

KY GOP Guv Candidate 'Absolutely' Supports Anti-Gay Marriage Clerk

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 01:52:16 PM
A Kentucky clerk who is refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples is set to become an issue in the state's gubernatorial race, as the leading Republican and Democratic candidates take opposing views of her actions."I absolutely support her willingness to stand on her First Amendment rights," said GOP Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin on a national conference call, according to The Courier-Journal. "Without any question I support her." He also used the controversy surrounding Rowan County Kim Davis -- who will appear in front of a federal judge Thursday for her continued refusal to grant the licenses -- to criticize the Democratic nominee for governor, Jack Conway, who as state attorney general refused to appeal a federal court decision that struck down the Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban.“There are stark, stark contrasts between myself and Jack Conway,” Bevin said. "His hypocrisy on this issue to say his conscience, not his constitutional right, prevented him from doing his job but he has come out and been on the record as stating these clerks need to do their job or quit."A spokesman for Conway's campaign told The Courier-Journal that the Democrat "believes it's time to move forward because the good-paying jobs are going to states with policies of inclusivity."


Chicago Hunger Strikers Bring The Fight To Keep Their School Open To Washington D.C.

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 06:41:56 PM Casey Quinlan

The Chicago hunger strikers are taking their fight to save a high school to Washington D.C. The post Chicago Hunger Strikers Bring The Fight To Keep Their School Open To Washington D.C. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ted Cruz Thinks Employers Should Be Allowed To Deny Their Employees Paid Family Leave

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 06:07:46 PM Bryce Covert

He said he values paid leave but that the government "shouldn't be in the business of mandating" it. The post Ted Cruz Thinks Employers Should Be Allowed To Deny Their Employees Paid Family Leave appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Wages Have Been Stagnant For 40 Years But It’s Not The Fault Of American Workers

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 04:00:11 PM Bryce Covert

Economic output has been steadily growing but it's no longer trickling down to workers' pockets. The post Wages Have Been Stagnant For 40 Years But It’s Not The Fault Of American Workers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Unusual Alliance Trying To Fix America’s Broken Child Care System

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 12:00:29 PM Bryce Covert

A new campaign is pushing lawmakers to make child care affordable for parents while also ensuring the caregivers get a living wage. The post The Unusual Alliance Trying To Fix America’s Broken Child Care System appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Judge In California Delivers Uber’s Worst Nightmare

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 10:03:28 PM Alan Pyke

The biggest threat to Uber's business model just gained a whole lot of momentum. The post Judge In California Delivers Uber’s Worst Nightmare appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Chicago’s Impending Toll Road Strike And How Outsourcing Government Services Can Be A Bad Bet

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 05:47:34 PM Alan Pyke

The publicly-built, privately-managed Chicago Skyway is the fastest way to vacation destinations on the shore. The post Chicago’s Impending Toll Road Strike And How Outsourcing Government Services Can Be A Bad Bet appeared first on ThinkProgress.

CEO Chalks Up Outrage Over ‘Slave Tetris’ To Cultural Differences Between Europe And The U.S.

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 02:31:39 PM Casey Quinlan

The CEO of a gaming company responded to criticism of a game on the slave trade. The post CEO Chalks Up Outrage Over ‘Slave Tetris’ To Cultural Differences Between Europe And The U.S. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New California Law Is A Big Step Forward For Working Women

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 02:13:53 PM Bryce Covert

The law was unanimously approved by the state Senate and the governor has said that he'll sign it into law. The post New California Law Is A Big Step Forward For Working Women appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Airline Agrees To Stop Firing Flight Attendants For Getting Married, But Only After UN Investigation

Monday August 31st, 2015 06:34:29 PM Bryce Covert

Previous policies that required employees to get permission to marry and simply fired those who got pregnant have been phased out, according to the company. The post Airline Agrees To Stop Firing Flight Attendants For Getting Married, But Only After UN Investigation appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Bowing To Demands Of Wall Street, Walmart Cuts Hours To Trim Costs

Monday August 31st, 2015 02:18:17 PM Bryce Covert

The company is now trying to trim costs even as higher wages are already helping to boost sales. The post Bowing To Demands Of Wall Street, Walmart Cuts Hours To Trim Costs appeared first on ThinkProgress.

For Profit Colleges, Students Of Color And The Debt Crisis No One Really Talks About

Monday August 31st, 2015 12:00:02 PM Casey Quinlan

The burden of student debt weighs even more heavily on black and Hispanic college students. The post For Profit Colleges, Students Of Color And The Debt Crisis No One Really Talks About appeared first on ThinkProgress.

South Dakota Lawmaker Proposes Genital Inspections For Trans High School Athletes

Sunday August 30th, 2015 01:00:36 PM Casey Quinlan

A South Dakota legislator thinks a birth certificate or genital examination is the only way schools should determine an athlete's gender identity. The post South Dakota Lawmaker Proposes Genital Inspections For Trans High School Athletes appeared first on ThinkProgress.

These New Orleans Residents Are Still Trying To Go Home

Saturday August 29th, 2015 01:00:33 PM Bryce Covert

Funding shortfalls, legal barriers, and other obstacles mean that many residents are still fighting their way home. The post These New Orleans Residents Are Still Trying To Go Home appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Connecticut Proves Homelessness Is Solveable By Finding Homes For All Its Chronically Homeless Vets

Friday August 28th, 2015 01:28:33 PM Bryce Covert

Three other states have committed to reaching the same goal by the end of the year. The post Connecticut Proves Homelessness Is Solveable By Finding Homes For All Its Chronically Homeless Vets appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Bankers Are Buying Baltimore’s Debt, Charging Families Crazy Interest Rates, Then Taking Their Homes

Thursday August 27th, 2015 08:58:33 PM Alice Ollstein

"Our legal system can be and all too often is stacked against those who have the least power, who are the most vulnerable," said Hillary Clinton, who has taken donations from the hedge funds preying on Baltimore residents. The post Bankers Are Buying Baltimore’s Debt, Charging Families Crazy Interest Rates, Then Taking Their Homes appeared first on ThinkProgress.

When Calling The Police On An Abusive Partner Leads To A Victim Losing Her Home

Thursday August 27th, 2015 06:52:54 PM Bryce Covert

"Women should not have to choose between being homeless and staying alive or keeping their children alive." The post When Calling The Police On An Abusive Partner Leads To A Victim Losing Her Home appeared first on ThinkProgress.

With Market Rates Unaffordable, Oakland Turns To Building Teacher-Only Affordable Housing

Thursday August 27th, 2015 06:43:24 PM Alan Pyke

An acre of real estate in Oakland seemed destined to host luxury housing. But now, it could become a teachers' village. The post With Market Rates Unaffordable, Oakland Turns To Building Teacher-Only Affordable Housing appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Gap Will End Scheduling Practices That Wreak Havoc On Workers’ Lives

Thursday August 27th, 2015 01:32:27 PM Bryce Covert

The company announced that it will end the use of on-call shifts and give employees advance notice of their schedules. The post Gap Will End Scheduling Practices That Wreak Havoc On Workers’ Lives appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Getting Murdered At Work Is Incredibly Common In The U.S.

Wednesday August 26th, 2015 08:16:47 PM Bryce Covert

The shooting that took the lives of two television employees while on the job today is part of a larger, ongoing pattern. The post Getting Murdered At Work Is Incredibly Common In The U.S. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Parents Hunger Strike For High School City Of Chicago Planned To Close

Wednesday August 26th, 2015 05:24:12 PM Casey Quinlan

Concerned parents and community members are fighting for the fate of a Chicago high school that is slated to be closed. The post Parents Hunger Strike For High School City Of Chicago Planned To Close appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Lawyers For Anti-Gay Clerk Argue It Is ‘Impossible’ For Her To Issue A Same-Sex Marriage License

Thursday September 3rd, 2015 01:29:12 AM Judd Legum

That word. I do not think it means what you think it means. The post Lawyers For Anti-Gay Clerk Argue It Is ‘Impossible’ For Her To Issue A Same-Sex Marriage License appeared first on ThinkProgress.

O’Reilly Asks Expert If Black Lives Matter Is To Blame For Police Murders. Then Things Got Awkward.

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 05:20:27 PM Judd Legum

Despite his best efforts, O'Reilly could not get the answer he wanted. The post O’Reilly Asks Expert If Black Lives Matter Is To Blame For Police Murders. Then Things Got Awkward. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Kim Davis’ Hearing For Contempt Of Court Has Been Scheduled. Here’s How It Could Play Out.

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 04:56:36 PM Ian Millhiser

Kim Davis quite literally believes that she is on a holy crusade mandated by the Lord Almighty. That's not the sort of mindset that is easily deterred by a relatively minor sanctions. The post Kim Davis’ Hearing For Contempt Of Court Has Been Scheduled. Here’s How It Could Play Out. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

NYPD Officers Sue Saying They’re Being Punished For Refusing To Discriminate

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 04:38:10 PM Carimah Townes

NYPD officers are still penalized for blasting the city's quota system. The post NYPD Officers Sue Saying They’re Being Punished For Refusing To Discriminate appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New Poll Explains Why Trump Is So Popular In Iowa

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 03:22:38 PM Emily Atkin

The poll is particularly interesting given Iowa’s agriculture-based economy. The post New Poll Explains Why Trump Is So Popular In Iowa appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Cops In Freddie Gray Case Are Desperately Trying To Get Marilyn Mosby Off The Case

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 02:40:29 PM Kira Lerner

The defense is asking for Marilyn Mosby to be recused and for the case to move out of Baltimore. The post Cops In Freddie Gray Case Are Desperately Trying To Get Marilyn Mosby Off The Case appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Man Acquitted Of Dumping Beer On Native American Kids’ Heads At Hockey Game

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 09:30:34 PM Carimah Townes

It was an accident. The post Man Acquitted Of Dumping Beer On Native American Kids’ Heads At Hockey Game appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Even The Heritage Foundation Thinks That Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerk Is Nuts

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 07:23:44 PM Ian Millhiser

The fact that as prominent an anti-gay luminary as Ryan Anderson believes that Davis has gone too far is a sign of just how thin a limb the Kentucky clerk now finds herself upon. The post Even The Heritage Foundation Thinks That Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerk Is Nuts appeared first on ThinkProgress.

244 Immigrants Caught In New Criminal Raid After Feds Banned From Picking Them Up At Jails

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 04:28:53 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

The majority of the foreign nationals — or 56 percent — had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses. The post 244 Immigrants Caught In New Criminal Raid After Feds Banned From Picking Them Up At Jails appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Corrections Officers Took Away Diabetic Man’s Insulin, Then Watched Him Slowly Die

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 02:36:57 PM Aviva Shen

Mercado died 15 hours after his arrest as officers ignored his worsening symptoms. The post Corrections Officers Took Away Diabetic Man’s Insulin, Then Watched Him Slowly Die appeared first on ThinkProgress.

BREAKING: Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerk Ignores Supreme Court Order, Denies Marriage Certificates Anyway

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 12:52:16 PM Ian Millhiser

Next step: contempt of court! The post BREAKING: Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerk Ignores Supreme Court Order, Denies Marriage Certificates Anyway appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Here Are 5 Of August’s Most Outrageous Incidents Between Police And Civilians

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 12:00:02 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

The confrontations are often deadly. The post Here Are 5 Of August’s Most Outrageous Incidents Between Police And Civilians appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Supreme Court Turns Away Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerk With A Brief, Dismissive Order

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 01:41:10 AM Ian Millhiser

Kim Davis, an anti-gay clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses in order to avoid having to issue them to same-sex couples, will receive no quarter from the Supreme Court of the United States. The post Supreme Court Turns Away Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerk With A Brief, Dismissive Order appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Federal Judge Hands Down The Wackiest Anti-Birth Control Court Decision To Date

Monday August 31st, 2015 08:45:46 PM Ian Millhiser

In a significant escalation of the birth control wars, a federal judge held on Monday that employers who object to contraception can refuse to include birth control coverage in their employees' health plan -- even if their objection to birth control has nothing whatsoever to do with religion. The post Federal Judge Hands Down The Wackiest Anti-Birth Control Court Decision To Date appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Baltimore Activist On Trump’s Vow To Get Rid Of Gangs: ‘The Biggest Gang Is The Police Department’

Monday August 31st, 2015 07:03:52 PM Kira Lerner

Trump said in a speech this weekend he will "get rid of those gang members so fast your head will spin." The post Baltimore Activist On Trump’s Vow To Get Rid Of Gangs: ‘The Biggest Gang Is The Police Department’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

5 Times Black And Brown People Have Been Scapegoated After Violence Was Perpetuated By Individuals

Monday August 31st, 2015 06:55:56 PM Aviva Shen

Black Lives Matter is asked, again, to answer for the killing of a police officer. The post 5 Times Black And Brown People Have Been Scapegoated After Violence Was Perpetuated By Individuals appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Donald Trump Releases Fearmongering Willie Horton-Style Ad About Undocumented Immigrants

Monday August 31st, 2015 06:10:36 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

If Trump did want to make America great again, he would likely want to keep immigrants in the country. The post Donald Trump Releases Fearmongering Willie Horton-Style Ad About Undocumented Immigrants appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Bush Administration Exemption Allowed Contractors To Steal Wages From Katrina Reconstruction Workers

Monday August 31st, 2015 03:23:57 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

New Orleans likely would not have recovered without Latino workers. The post Bush Administration Exemption Allowed Contractors To Steal Wages From Katrina Reconstruction Workers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Congressman Blames Gun Violence On ‘Diversity In America’

Monday August 31st, 2015 01:24:36 PM Scott Keyes

"We have a group of people that are in our country that we're afraid of, that have created chaos and confusion." Sessions said, without elaborating on precisely who that group of people is. The post Congressman Blames Gun Violence On ‘Diversity In America’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Father Of Slain Journalist Publicly Shames Lawmakers For Opposing Sensible Gun Reforms

Monday August 31st, 2015 12:40:11 PM Igor Volsky

His daughter was killed in a gruesome on-air shooting in Virginia. Now, he's devoting his life to stopping gun violence. The post Father Of Slain Journalist Publicly Shames Lawmakers For Opposing Sensible Gun Reforms appeared first on ThinkProgress.



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