'MHP' Syllabus: November 1

Saturday November 1st, 2014 12:53:37 AM Victoria Asbury
In honor of Sadie Hawkins Day, we'll talk about women's choices in Tuesday's midterm elections. That, and much more at 10am ET on msnbc!

Halloween costumes: Fair or foul?

Saturday November 1st, 2014 12:53:33 AM
An 'expert' panel chews over the best and worst Halloween costumes.

OK Go's wild new video!

Saturday November 1st, 2014 12:45:41 AM
Two members of the band OK Go join Chris Hayes to talk about their amazing new video.

Street harassment on viral video

Saturday November 1st, 2014 12:33:02 AM
Chris Hayes looks at the backlash to a catcalling video released of a woman walking the streets of New York.

Maine judge: No quarantine for Kaci Hickox

Saturday November 1st, 2014 12:27:26 AM
Chris Hayes takes a look at what happens when you call the bluff of people in power.

Fatal crash deals blow to Virgin Galactic

Saturday November 1st, 2014 12:17:12 AM
Chris Hayes reports on a fatal crash during the test flight for Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, a commercial space ship designed to give passengers the sensation of weightlessness for $250,000 per flight.

Treat yourself to a Friday night TRMS

Saturday November 1st, 2014 12:10:00 AM
Cory Gnazzo, executive producer for The Rachel Maddow Show, previews Friday night's show and the return of the Friday Night News Dump.

Grimes sues Kentucky GOP over McConnell...

Saturday November 1st, 2014 12:01:00 AM
Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes alleges that a mailer, labeled

Tonight on All In

Saturday November 1st, 2014 12:00:06 AM
Chris Hayes has all the day's news, including the crash of a space tourism rocket and the backlash to a catcalling video. Plus, half of OK GO are here to talk about their new music video!

Matthews: ‘Fear works in American politics’

Friday October 31st, 2014 11:58:21 PM
Chris Matthews finishes the show talking about the fear gripping the American electorate, and how the Republicans aren’t afraid to use it to their advantage.


Fundamental Right to Fish?

Saturday November 1st, 2014 12:45:49 AM
Is voting a fundamental right? How about privacy? What about the right to fish? Well, if you live in Mississippi, next Tuesday you can vote to enshrine the fundamental right to fish and hunt in the state constitution. Now let me frame everything that follows in the proper context which is that I grew up fishing and love to fish. I've never been a hunter. But I've got no problem with it. The first magazine I ever subscribed to as a kid was Field and Stream. But I'd never thought of fishing as something that was a right as opposed to something you just did. And I also wasn't aware that fishing rights were under threat.When a reader first informed me of this ballot initiative, I wondered if it might be some sort of constitutional block against fish bureaucrats assigning creel limits. So if I want to take home 1000 crappie in one totally epic day of dishing I can do it if I want because of my constitutional right to fish. But that's not it. The proposed amendment clearly states that your right to fish and hunt is subject to established wildlife and game conservation and management policies. So this isn't some sort of fishing libertarianism. As far as I can tell, it's another case of gun rights groups getting people riled about fantasy challenges or movements to restrict their fishing and hunting pastimes. Indeed, this entry on ballotopedia points pretty clearly to the NRA as the prime mover. NRA spokesperson Lacey Biles, says, "Years down the road, even a hunter-friendly state might turn the other way. It might be 20 years down the road, it might be 50. That's the whole point of a constitutional amendment, to protect the future, and a hunting heritage that is rich in Mississippi currently, we want that to be enshrined for generations to come."Not surprisingly Ballotopedia says there is no organized opposition to the initiative and the most they could come up with was someone from the Humane Society who says the law might prevent bans on particularly inhumane kinds of traps.What I have learned in looking into this is that fishing rights is a real movement. Since 1996 16 states - mostly but not all Southern - have passed right to fish and hunt constitutional amendments. And two more, California and Rhode Island, guarantee your fishing rights but not your hunting rights. But, you know, liberal states. There's even some law review literature on the movement.The big exception is Vermont which enshrined this right in 1777 in Section 67 which states ... The inhabitants of this State shall have liberty in seasonable times, to hunt and fowl on the lands they hold, and on other lands not inclosed, and in like manner to fish in all boatable and other waters (not private property) under proper regulations, to be made and provided by the General Assembly.Notably, this language is likely part of a much older popular or liberties tradition in the British Isles and Europe more generally which say the right to hunt increasingly restricted to the wealthy or the noble - look at the horrifically draconian punishments for what was expansively defined as poaching in 18th century Britain.So perhaps the NRA thinks we need to start building the legal ramparts now to resist a recurrence of that said state of affairs.

Always Gets Fun At The End

Friday October 31st, 2014 10:33:20 PM
The Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign apparently raced into court in Kentucky late today to try to get a state judge to order the Mitch McConnell campaign to stop distributing these "despicable" mailers.

Brownback Hit With New Tax Revenue Shortfall Right Before Election

Friday October 31st, 2014 10:41:28 PM
New data released Friday, just a few days before the election, showed October tax revenue was 15 percent below projections in Kansas, a bad sign for Gov. Sam Brownback (R), who helped usher in the tax cuts that has helped put his re-election chances in serious danger. Specifically, tax collections were $23 million short of projections, according to the Associated Press. It's the latest example of how the deep tax cuts Brownback vowed to implement, and put in place, have not exactly served as an economic boon to the state. Even some Republicans have opted to endorse House Minority Leader Paul Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor in the race, who has bashed Brownback on the tax cuts and education funding in the state. The TPM Polltracker gives Davis a 6.1 point lead over the rest of the field.

Grimes Sues McConnell Over 'Despicable' Voter Mailers

Friday October 31st, 2014 10:38:50 PM
The campaign of Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has filed a lawsuit to stop Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign from distributing a mailer that it says amounts to illegal voter intimidation tactics.The Grimes campaign on Friday said it had filed for an immediate injunction with the state court in Franklin County, which is where the state capital is located.The campaign is calling for a state and federal investigation of the mailers that say they're authorized by the Kentucky Republican Party and the McConnell Senate campaign. The legal filing by the Grimes campaign can be read below, first reported by TPM. "Of all the terrible things Mitch McConnell has done during this 30 year career in Washington, this last-ditch campaign he authorized to intimidate Kentuckians and prevent them from exercising their right to vote is unquestionably his most despicable," Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said.The mailers have the words "ELECTION VIOLATION NOTICE" sprawled at the top and attack Grimes for spreading "fraudulent" information.The McConnell campaign and the Kentucky Republican Party have not returned queries from TPM regarding the mailers. Grimes Campaign Complaint - 10.31.14

Ex-Congressman Gets His Cocaine Bust Expunged

Friday October 31st, 2014 09:42:39 PM
Former Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), who resigned earlier this year after getting busted for cocaine, has had his record expunged, NBC Washington reported Friday. Radel had been told that if he successfully completed probation the charge against him would be dismissed and he could apply to have his record expunged. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said Friday that Radel completed all the conditions of his probation and was granted an early termination of his probation in July. The spokesman, William Miller, said Radel then asked to have his case dismissed and his record expunged, and prosecutors agreed with the request.It was one year ago when Radel was caught trying to purchase cocaine in an undercover federal sting. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession in November 2013.

WaPo: Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely In Michael Brown Shooting

Friday October 31st, 2014 09:27:32 PM
Federal civil rights charges are unlikely to be brought against Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, the Washington Post reported Friday, citing anonymous sources. But the Justice Department is pushing back strongly against the report, calling it "irresponsible."Law enforcement officials told the Post that the Justice investigation hadn't yielded the evidence necessary to bring any federal civil rights charges against Wilson. “The evidence at this point does not support civil rights charges against Officer Wilson,” one source said. Another agreed: "The evidence we have makes federal civil rights charges unlikely."But the investigation remains open, and a Justice Department spokesman used strong language to rebuff what those sources told the Post."This is an irresponsible report by The Washington Post that is based on idle speculation,” spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement to the newspaper.The St. Louis County grand jury has also not yet decided whether Wilson will face state criminal charges for Brown's death. Leaks about the grand jury have been a point of contention between the local prosecutor and the Justice Department.

McConnell Mailers Imply Ky. Voters Are Involved In 'Election Violation' (PHOTOS)

Friday October 31st, 2014 09:41:39 PM
In a move that Democrats are lambasting as a voter suppression tactic, Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign and its GOP allies are distributing a mailer to Kentucky voters with the title "ELECTION VIOLATION NOTICE." It warns of "a possible fraud" and reads, "You are at risk of acting on fraudulent information." It says it's paid for by the Republican Party of Kentucky and authorized by the McConnell Senate Committee '14. The mailer is ultimately a rather creative attack on Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, telling the voter that she is feeding them "fraudulent information" and "blatant lies solely to deceive Kentucky voters" about McConnell and her own candidacy.The mailer surfaced just four days before Election Day, when the Senate GOP leader is polling narrowly ahead of Grimes in an unexpectedly close contest. It's unclear how widely it was sent.Kentucky Democrats torched the "despicable mailers" as potentially illegal "voter suppression.""After trying for 16 months to buy this election, Mitch McConnell and the out-of-state special interests that support him are now trying to steal Kentucky’s Senate seat using questionable and possibly illegal voter suppression tactics. The despicable mailers targeting Kentucky voters with misleading information are just another sign of Mitch McConnell's desperation as Kentuckians hold him accountable for his 30-year failed record in Washington," Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Dan Logsdon said in a statement.Spokespersons for the Kentucky Republican Party and the McConnell campaign did not respond to several requests for comment on Friday.

WATCH LIVE: Officials Discuss Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Explosion

Friday October 31st, 2014 09:02:17 PM
Officials are expected to discuss the Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket explosion that killed the pilot and seriously injured someone else on Friday. The news conference is expected to begin at 5 p.m. ET. Watch live here:

Is The Site Faster?

Friday October 31st, 2014 08:03:36 PM
As many of you have told us, the speed of the TPM website has been an issue of late. So we spent some time auditing the different components of the site to improve performance. And over the last week we've been able to cut download times by just over 30%. We think we can cut it even more. And we're working on doing that.Most of the boost will be felt by non-Prime members. But Prime members should see improvement too. As you'd expect, there is an unavoidable trade off between site performance - by which we generally mean how fast and clean the page loads when you visit - and the things we need to do to fund the site. But we've been able to improve things pretty dramatically. And even though we went into the project thinking we'd have to take some hit on the revenue side, we've actually - at least so far - managed to find efficiencies and strategies that have allowed us to hold our own or possibly even add marginally to revenues while improving performance.Also important is that site speed varies tremendously on the situation at your end of the Internet. In most cases, if you have a newish computer and a fast Internet connection TPM was already reasonably fast. But if your computer is a bit older, if you're using older software or software configured in a non-standard way and especially if you have a slow internet connection, download times could be pretty rough. Happily, we've been able to drive the biggest gains for people in this latter category - people who were having the worst load times. We're pretty pleased with these results and we are going to try to drive down load times even more because we want the TPM site to be as positive an experience as we hope reading the stories is. So if you notice the difference please drop us a line - it will make us feel happy. And if you're not, please let us know too. By doing a little Q&A on what sort of set up you're using we can hopefully improve your experience and that of others in similar positions.

Oh Dear. How Could That Happen?

Friday October 31st, 2014 07:50:19 PM
Bad Luck is hard. It seems like only yesterday that I was telling you about that leader of the whacko Texas border 'militia' who got arrested and then had his hotel room raided where the feds found a cache of arms and ammonium nitrate used in making car bombs and other good-time explosives. Actually, it was only yesterday. Well, now it turns out, just a few days earlier 'militia leader' Kevin "KC" Massey had his photograph taken with Texas governor candidate Greg Abbott.

Texas Militia Member Posed With Greg Abbott Days Before Arrest, Raid

Friday October 31st, 2014 06:52:08 PM
The leader of a Texas border militia had his photo taken with Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott only a few days before government agents arrested him and reportedly discovered ammonium nitrate and a weapons cache in his hotel room. A photo posted by the leader, Kevin "KC" Massey, to Facebook showed the self-described "commanding officer" of the Camp Lonestar border militia shaking hands with Abbott at a restaurant in Brownsville, Texas, the San Antonio Express-News reported on Friday.Massey appeared in military fatigues and his signature soul patch while Abbott smiled alongside him.The newspaper reported the shot was taken on Oct. 16, four days before agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Massey in Brownsville on weapons charges. A spokeswoman for Abbott's campaign told the Express-News that the candidate did not know anything about Massey or his group and that the men simply exchanged "pleasantries.""This individual was part of a photo line at a public event and Greg Abbott took a photo with everyone who was in the line at that event," the spokeswoman said.The ATF later searched Massey's hotel room and discovered a cache of weapons and a supply of the explosive chemical ammonium nitrate, a substance that was used in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.Besides Massey's own Facebook photo, since deleted, footage shot by local station KFXV showed Massey taking a photo of Abbott while standing in a crowd to meet the candidate:

Taibbi Returns To Rolling Stone Days After Leaving eBay Founder's Startup

Friday October 31st, 2014 06:32:41 PM
The rapidly unfolding saga of Matt Taibbi continued on Friday, with the fiery journalist turning up at his old employer after leaving his most recent one. A spokeswoman for Wenner Media, the publisher of Rolling Stone, told The Guardian that Taibbi will have a "big piece" in the forthcoming issue of the magazine where he worked for more than 15 years.Taibbi left Rolling Stone for First Look Media earlier this year to spearhead a digital magazine, which was going to be called Racket. But he didn't last long at the startup.Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire eBay founder who launched First Look, announced late Tuesday that Taibbi was leaving the company a mere seven months after joining. Omidyar's announcement came only hours after New York Magazine's Andrew Rice first reported that Taibbi had taken a leave of absence from First Look "after disagreements with higher-ups." In a riveting article published Thursday on First Look's only established magazine, The Intercept, Taibbi's former colleagues detailed some of the problems that led to his exit."His departure—which he describes as a refusal to accept a work reassignment, and the company describes as a resignation—was the culmination of months of contentious disputes with First Look founder Pierre Omidyar, chief operating officer Randy Ching, and president John Temple over the structure and management of Racket, the digital magazine Taibbi was hired to create," wrote Glenn Greenwald, Lara Poitras, Jeremy Scahill and John Cook.They wrote that Taibbi and other journalists clashed with Omidyar and First Look management over "a confounding array of rules, structures, and systems," which included a "computer program to use to internally communicate, mandatory regular company-wide meetings, mandated use of a 'responsibility assignment matrix' called a 'RASCI,' popular in business-school circles for managing projects—as well as more substantive issues."Those "simmering problems," they wrote, reached a boiling point earlier this month when a female staffer complained to management that "Taibbi had been verbally abusive and unprofessionally hostile, and that she felt the conduct may have been motivated, at least in part, by her gender."The complaint may have given First Look managers an opening to demote Taibbi.From The Intercept's article:Temple conducted an investigation, and First Look determined that while none of the alleged conduct rose to the level of legal liability, the grievance bolstered their case that Taibbi should not be the manager of Racket. Among their concerns were the staffer’s claims that Taibbi had been privately criticizing First Look managers, particularly Ching, that Taibbi’s abrasive demeanor was alienating some on his staff, and that Taibbi instructed Racket staff to resolve any grievances directly with him rather than going to upper management.On October 10, according to Taibbi’s account, Temple and Ching told Taibbi that he would be immediately stripped of all managerial responsibilities pending their investigation. (First Look managers dispute this account, claiming that Taibbi was never stripped of any duties.)Taibbi was adamant that the complaint had no merit, and rejected any demotion or change in his responsibilities. On the day he was confronted by Temple and Ching, Taibbi left the office and—aside from one staff meeting he attended, after which he was instructed by Omidyar not to come back until they reached agreement on his role—did not return. He repeatedly told First Look that he would resign if it did not reverse the decision to reduce his managerial duties, and was insistent that he would accept no changes that could be construed as an acceptance on his part of the validity of the employee complaint.Joining Taibbi in disputing the complaint was Alex Pareene, the former Salon writer hired to be Racket's executive editor. In a statement provided to The Intercept, Pareene rejected "the allegation that there was a gendered component to [Taibbi's] managerial issues" and defended Taibbi's treatment of subordinates. Pareene also blamed managers at First Look for exacerbating the situation."From my perspective, the management of First Look Media repeatedly took incidents that should’ve been minor hiccups of the sort experienced at any media company or startup and, through incompetence, escalated them into full-blown crises...We were successfully working to address those issues when First Look once again stepped in to fuck things up," Pareene said.Taibbi did not respond to TPM's request for comment on Friday.

Dem Burke Releases 'Swastikas' Ad Slamming Walker's 'Sleaze Politics'

Friday October 31st, 2014 06:31:23 PM
Democrat Mary Burke's gubernatorial campaign released a rather aggressive attack ad against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and campaign worker Gary Ellerman, which highlights swastikas superimposed over the Obama presidential campaign logo posted on Ellerman's Facebook page. The aggressive ad accuses Walker of engaging in "sleaze politics." The ad, to run on TV and the web, is meant as a response to attacks by Walker's campaign that Burke was fired from her family's business, Trek Bicycle Corp., in 1993. Ellerman first made the accusation that Burke was fired. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel noted that Ellerman serves as chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party and ran as a fake Democrat two years ago in order to fight a recall of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R). The ad also said that Ellerman was fired "by Trek for incompetence." "And now, Scott Walker's using his lies to attack Mary Burke," the narrator in the ad said, before pivoting to the John Doe investigations of Walker. "But that's what you'd expect from a politician under investigation for illegal campaign activities with six Walker associates already convicted of crimes."Over the past few days Walker's campaign has been repeatedly hitting Burke over claims from former Trek executives with Republican associations who have said Burke was effectively fired from Trek. In response to the new ad, Wisconsin Republicans called the ad "desperate.""Mary Burke is desperate to cover up the fact that she has failed every job she has ever held —first getting fired from her family company before being called a 'disaster' at the Department of Commerce. What a sad and pathetic ending to Burke's floundering campaign, which is sinking faster than her $5 million investment."Watch the ad below:The TPM Polltracker average finds Walker with a 3.1 point lead over Burke.

A Big Win For Science And Rationality

Friday October 31st, 2014 05:44:15 PM
A state judge in Maine just drop-kicked out of his courtroom the arguments from pseudo-scientists like Paul LePage and Chris Christie for quarantining Kaci Hickox, ruling that the nurse should not have restrictions on her movement. "The court is fully aware of the misconceptions, misinformation, bad science and bad information being spread from shore to shore in our country with respect to Ebola," he wrote, according to the AP. "The court is fully aware that people are acting out of fear and that this fear is not entirely rational."

Benghazi Reporter Releases Video Of Her Computer Being 'Hacked' (VIDEO)

Friday October 31st, 2014 05:15:36 PM
In a promotional video earlier this month for a book that details alleged government intrusions with her computer, television and phone, former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson recalled a mysterious incident that occurred while she worked on a "Benghazi-related story." As the data was wiped from her laptop at "hyper-speed," Attkisson said she managed to "get a tilted picture" of the hacking with her cell phone. Now it appears Attkisson is ready to share some of that footage. In a cell phone video provided to Politico, Attkisson showed how she purportedly lost all control of her computer. Text, some of which included a transcript of an interview conducted by longtime CBS News host Bob Schieffer, can be seen being deleted from a word document. "I'm not touching it," Attkisson could be heard saying in the video while Michael Buble's song "Some Kind of Wonderful" played in the background. A tapping sound could be heard off camera, though it's unclear what caused it.The video's release coincided with the promotional efforts for the book "Stonewalled," in which Attkisson finally provides specifics on the alleged government surveillance she faced during her time at CBS News. The book is set to be released on Tuesday, but reviews have already been coming out.In the book, which has been thoroughly dissected by the Washington Post's Erik Wemple, Attkisson wrote that a government source described her computer intrusions as "[w]orse than anything Nixon ever did."And after more than a year of dancing around the question of who was responsible for the hacking, Attkisson finally divulged, writing that it was likely done by "a sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency.”"Stonewalled" is filled with pseudonyms, but Attkisson did cite at least one source by name: Don Allison, a consultant at the at the security firm KoreLogic who inspected the compromised computer and told Attkisson that he found an "undeniable link to the U.S. government." But neither KoreLogic nor CBS News are talking.Watch the video, via Politico:

Obama's Prediction: GOP Will Stop Calling It 'Obamacare' In 10 Years

Friday October 31st, 2014 05:08:13 PM
Republicans will grow to support the Affordable Care Act and stop calling it "Obamacare" in the next decade, the law's namesake predicted on Friday."I'm pretty sure that, you know, in 10 years they're not going to call it Obamacare anymore," President Barack Obama told a cheering crowd at Rhode Island College in Providence. "Republicans will be like, 'Ah, I was for that! Yeah!'""That's how that works," he said with a smile and a chuckle. "We'll remember," a member of the audience shouted."You'll remember, though," Obama echoed. "You'll remind them."Republicans derisively labeled the health care law "Obamacare" during the 2009-2010 debate, which initially irritated Democrats, but Obama embraced the term in 2012 during his reelection campaign.The law has continually struggled in the polls. Republicans have maintained staunch opposition ever since it passed, voting dozens of times in Congress to repeal it. But with the coverage provisions now benefiting millions of Americans, many of them have quieted their criticism of Obamacare in the 2014 election.

John Oliver's SCOTUS Dogs Re-Cast In 'A Few Good Men' (VIDEO)

Friday October 31st, 2014 04:43:28 PM
The stars of John Oliver's smash hit, all-dog reenactment of the Hobby Lobby oral arguments are back, performing one of the most famous scenes in American courtroom drama. An industrious fan of the original video by "Last Week Tonight" has chopped it up to match the confrontation between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson from "A Few Good Men."Take a look:h/t Gawker

This Works But It's Dumb

Friday October 31st, 2014 04:17:04 PM
Party groups around the country are sending voters mailers telling you if you don't vote they'll find out and they may tell your neighbors. There's exactly a body of social science data showing this works. But, just creepy and dumb.

Lesson Learned, I Guess

Friday October 31st, 2014 04:07:47 PM
Columnist who lost his job over saying Michael Brown was "an animal" who "had to be put down" now says he always thought Brown "deserved to die and I was right."

Hong Kong Politician: Our Protestors Are Like The 'American Slaves'

Friday October 31st, 2014 03:59:24 PM
A Chinese politician and businesswoman dismissed concerns over democratic demonstrations in Hong Kong on Wednesday by comparing the protestors to black "American slaves." Laura Cha's remarks at a trade meeting in Paris were flagged by The New York Times in an article published Friday:“American slaves were liberated in 1861, but did not get voting rights until 107 years later,” she was reported as saying by The Standard, an English-language Hong Kong newspaper. “So why can’t Hong Kong wait for a while?”Cha, who was educated in the United States, is a "nonofficial member" of Hong Kong’s Executive Council and a board member of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC).Thousands have already signed a petition demanding that Cha apologize and HSBC condemn her remarks, according to Reuters."We, the Hong Kong public, will not stand these remarks likening our rights to slavery, nor will we stand the kind of voter disenfranchisement her and her associates attempt to perpetrate on the Hong Kong public," the petition read.


Homelessness Is Falling — But Not Fast Enough

Friday October 31st, 2014 04:39:36 PM Bryce Covert

Homelessness dropped 2 percent compared to last year, but there are still 578,424 people without housing on a given night.The post Homelessness Is Falling — But Not Fast Enough appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A Simple Seal Can Tell You Whether A Company Treats Its Female Employees Equally

Thursday October 30th, 2014 03:48:09 PM Bryce Covert

EDGE certification is the first global standard that tells employees, applicants, and consumers that a company meets metrics on gender equality.The post A Simple Seal Can Tell You Whether A Company Treats Its Female Employees Equally appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Government Threatens To Cut Off For-Profit Colleges Unless Their Students Start Getting Jobs

Thursday October 30th, 2014 01:37:19 PM Alan Pyke

The Education Department is finally issuing rules that would link for-profit colleges' access to taxpayer money to their graduates' economic success.The post Government Threatens To Cut Off For-Profit Colleges Unless Their Students Start Getting Jobs appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Bidding Farewell To The Federal Reserve’s Giant Experiment With Quantitative Easing

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 07:12:15 PM Alan Pyke

The Federal Reserve is ending the experimental $3.4 trillion bond-buying program known as quantitative easing. What did it achieve?The post Bidding Farewell To The Federal Reserve’s Giant Experiment With Quantitative Easing appeared first on ThinkProgress.

GameStop Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving ‘Out Of Respect For Our Store Associates’

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 06:55:05 PM Bryce Covert

GameStop makes at least eight national chains that have resisted the trend to open on Thanksgiving Day for Black Friday shopping.The post GameStop Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving ‘Out Of Respect For Our Store Associates’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ask Our Northern Neighbors Whether Higher Minimum Wages Kill Jobs

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 03:54:53 PM Bryce Covert

The evidence shows that higher minimum wages in Canada haven't hurt jobs.The post Ask Our Northern Neighbors Whether Higher Minimum Wages Kill Jobs appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The US Falls Behind Nicaragua, Rwanda, And The Philippines On Women’s Equality

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 12:53:35 PM Bryce Covert

The United States ranks at number 20 globally for women's equality.The post The US Falls Behind Nicaragua, Rwanda, And The Philippines On Women’s Equality appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A Company Where Employees Are Required To Take Vacation

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 07:45:12 PM Bryce Covert

At Authentic Jobs, employees have to take a minimum of 27 days off a year and can an unlimited amount of vacation beyond that.The post A Company Where Employees Are Required To Take Vacation appeared first on ThinkProgress.

UPS Decides To Stop Kicking Pregnant Women Out Of Their Jobs

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 03:03:30 PM Bryce Covert

Ahead of a Supreme Court decision on whether UPS discriminated against a pregnant employee, it will ensure better protections for current pregnant workers.The post UPS Decides To Stop Kicking Pregnant Women Out Of Their Jobs appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Non-Profits Sue To Block New Mexico Governor From Kicking 80,000 People Off Food Stamps

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 01:19:36 PM Alan Pyke

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) is reinstating work requirements for food stamps before the federal government says she has to, and groups in the state are hoping a judge will block the move and spare 80,000 people from the change.The post Non-Profits Sue To Block New Mexico Governor From Kicking 80,000 People Off Food Stamps appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Patagonia Employees Can Stay Home On Thanksgiving Day

Monday October 27th, 2014 07:33:30 PM Bryce Covert

Patagonia is the seventh major chain so far to decide to stay closed on the holiday.The post Patagonia Employees Can Stay Home On Thanksgiving Day appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Stock Market Rallies Are Screwing Over Average Americans

Monday October 27th, 2014 04:39:26 PM Bryce Covert

The wealthiest are able to capitalize on market lows and are more likely to benefit from highs, increasing inequality.The post How Stock Market Rallies Are Screwing Over Average Americans appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Homelessness In The World’s Largest City Just Hit A Record Low

Monday October 27th, 2014 02:13:37 PM Scott Keyes

Why does Tokyo have a rate of homelessness 67 times lower than the largest American city?The post Homelessness In The World’s Largest City Just Hit A Record Low appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why The Container Store Pays Its Workers About $50,000 A Year

Monday October 27th, 2014 01:05:25 PM Bryce Covert

The Container Store pays more than double the industry average and says it reaps the benefits in high productivity and low turnover.The post Why The Container Store Pays Its Workers About $50,000 A Year appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Fox News Host Calls Out Chris Christie For Putting Millionaires Over State’s Economy

Sunday October 26th, 2014 02:27:54 PM Josh Israel

Christie defended his record by noting that the state's unemployment rate is now 6.5 percent -- well higher than the national average.The post Fox News Host Calls Out Chris Christie For Putting Millionaires Over State’s Economy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This Store Won’t Make Its Employees Come To Work On Thanksgiving

Saturday October 25th, 2014 01:19:32 PM Bryce Covert

Nordstrom is one of the major chains resisting the trend of opening on Thanksgiving Day.The post This Store Won’t Make Its Employees Come To Work On Thanksgiving appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Restaurant Industry Is Rife With Race Discrimination

Friday October 24th, 2014 07:16:52 PM Carimah Townes

You don't want to be a person of color working in the restaurant industry. The post The Restaurant Industry Is Rife With Race Discrimination appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Costco Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving Because Employees ‘Deserve The Opportunity’ To Be With Family

Friday October 24th, 2014 02:32:01 PM Bryce Covert

At least five chain stores have decided workers won't have to come in on Thanksgiving.The post Costco Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving Because Employees ‘Deserve The Opportunity’ To Be With Family appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Chipotle Accused Of Stealing From Its Workers

Friday October 24th, 2014 01:06:20 PM Bryce Covert

Chipotle and Papa John's are the latest fast food chains to be accused of wage theft.The post Chipotle Accused Of Stealing From Its Workers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Four Chain Stores Will Close On Thanksgiving Day To Let Workers Spend Time With Family

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 06:20:30 PM Bryce Covert

Dillard's, Burlington, and American Girl confirmed they'll be closed, unlike stores that are deciding to begin Black Friday a day early.The post Four Chain Stores Will Close On Thanksgiving Day To Let Workers Spend Time With Family appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Ohio Supreme Court Justice: Vote For Me Because ‘I Am A Republican’ Who Will Uphold GOP Laws

Friday October 31st, 2014 05:49:08 PM Ian Millhiser

Well, give her credit for being candid.The post Ohio Supreme Court Justice: Vote For Me Because ‘I Am A Republican’ Who Will Uphold GOP Laws appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Enormous, Secretive Effort To Purge Thousands Of Minorities From 27 States’ Voter Rolls

Friday October 31st, 2014 03:50:17 PM Ian Millhiser

A voter purge is attempting to make the electorate a lot whiter. There must be another Election Day coming up.The post The Enormous, Secretive Effort To Purge Thousands Of Minorities From 27 States’ Voter Rolls appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How New York Schools Are Deterring Immigrants From Enrollment

Friday October 31st, 2014 03:14:33 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

“Today’s survey demonstrates that the State Education Department (SED) has failed to enforce its own guidelines regarding immigrant student enrollment, despite being aware of the problems for years,” the NYCLU press release read.The post How New York Schools Are Deterring Immigrants From Enrollment appeared first on ThinkProgress.

FBI Seeks Massive Expansion Of Surveillance Powers

Friday October 31st, 2014 02:24:46 PM Joaquim Moreira Salles

The new rule being proposed by the FBI could potentially give the agency authority to spy on hundred of millions of people around the world. The post FBI Seeks Massive Expansion Of Surveillance Powers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Officer Shot And Killed Psychiatric Patient While Transporting Him To The Hospital

Friday October 31st, 2014 12:59:10 PM Nicole Flatow

The victim had no criminal history, and there is no indication that he was armed. The post Officer Shot And Killed Psychiatric Patient While Transporting Him To The Hospital appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Federal Judge Orders Sheriff Joe Arpaio To Undergo Racial Profiling Training

Thursday October 30th, 2014 03:16:10 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

“I will order Sheriff Arpaio to take the training," U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow said. "I will order that today.”The post Federal Judge Orders Sheriff Joe Arpaio To Undergo Racial Profiling Training appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Yelp Lawsuit Could Expose Anonymous Online Commenters

Thursday October 30th, 2014 01:30:16 PM Lauren C. Williams

Virginia Supreme Court to decide whether businesses can request customers identity for giving them bad reviews on social media sites. The post Yelp Lawsuit Could Expose Anonymous Online Commenters appeared first on ThinkProgress.

On Tuesday, Californians Can Take A Big Step Toward Ending Mass Incarceration

Thursday October 30th, 2014 12:20:12 PM Scott Keyes

If Proposition 47 passes, as many as 10,000 non-violent offenders locked up in California could see their felony convictions reduced to a misdemeanor.The post On Tuesday, Californians Can Take A Big Step Toward Ending Mass Incarceration appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Disturbing Treatment Of Black Kids In Minneapolis

Thursday October 30th, 2014 12:19:12 PM Nicole Flatow

And African Americans are 11.5 times more likely to be arrested for pot possession. The post The Disturbing Treatment Of Black Kids In Minneapolis appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Inmate Sues Prison Claiming His Religious Liberty Entitles Him To Dress Like A Pirate

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 05:29:26 PM Ian Millhiser

After Hobby Lobby, it's not entirely clear that he will lose.The post Inmate Sues Prison Claiming His Religious Liberty Entitles Him To Dress Like A Pirate appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ferguson Police Chief Pressured To Step Down Before Grand Jury Decision

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 01:32:43 PM Carimah Townes

A police shakeup may not be enough to help Ferguson before the grand jury verdict next month.The post Ferguson Police Chief Pressured To Step Down Before Grand Jury Decision appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Autopsy Finds Black Man Killed By Utah Cops Was Shot 6 Times In The Back

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 01:07:19 PM Nicole Flatow

Victim Darrien Hunt was carrying a sword his mother said was a toy, wearing what many believe was a cosplay outfit. The post Autopsy Finds Black Man Killed By Utah Cops Was Shot 6 Times In The Back appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Terrible Ordeal One Texas Man Went Through Just To Learn He Wouldn’t Be Able To Vote

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 01:01:03 PM Ian Millhiser

Texan Eric Kennie has voted in every single general election since his 18th birthday — his parents raised him to understand the importance of the right to vote for African Americans like himself. Yet Kennie will not be voting in next week’s election. He can’t, thanks to Texas’s new voter ID law.The post The Terrible Ordeal One Texas Man Went Through Just To Learn He Wouldn’t Be Able To Vote appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Extraordinary Racial Implications Of Legalizing Pot In The Nation’s Capital

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 06:03:45 PM Nicole Flatow

In the nation's capital, the marijuana legalization ballot initiative is very likely to pass. And the conversation is all about race.The post The Extraordinary Racial Implications Of Legalizing Pot In The Nation’s Capital appeared first on ThinkProgress.

GOP Official Defends Billing Taxpayers For Partisan Lawsuit: The $34k Pricetag Was ‘Very Reasonable’

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 04:50:48 PM Josh Israel

Kansas taxpayers will be on the hook for more than $34,000 in legal fees paid to a controversial former Bush Department of Justice appointee, thanks to Kris Kobach's failed illegal gambit.The post GOP Official Defends Billing Taxpayers For Partisan Lawsuit: The $34k Pricetag Was ‘Very Reasonable’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Federal Court: ‘We Have Our Doubts That Imprisonment Is An Appropriate Treatment’ For Marijuana Use

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 03:55:06 PM Ian Millhiser

If this panel of judges agrees that imprisonment is not the correct punishment for marijuana offenders, it is likely that many other judges hold the same view.The post Federal Court: ‘We Have Our Doubts That Imprisonment Is An Appropriate Treatment’ For Marijuana Use appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Minnesota Atheists Sue For Right To Perform Marriages Just Like Ordained Ministers

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 01:02:04 PM Ian Millhiser

The group that brought this lawsuit says that "many atheists who want to be certified as marriage celebrants do not want to engage in the hypocrisy of pretending they are ministers of phony churches."The post Minnesota Atheists Sue For Right To Perform Marriages Just Like Ordained Ministers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

‘Friends Don’t Deport Friends’: DREAMers Interrupt Democratic Senator At Campaign Event

Monday October 27th, 2014 04:15:50 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Though Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) said, "I support bipartisan commonsense immigration reform," she has not always backed pro-immigration reform policies. The post ‘Friends Don’t Deport Friends’: DREAMers Interrupt Democratic Senator At Campaign Event appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What It Means That Even The Koch Brothers Want To Provide Lawyers To The Poor

Monday October 27th, 2014 03:57:47 PM Nicole Flatow

The very same brothers who have made a name for themselves cutting government services are now funding an initiative to provide more lawyers to the poor.The post What It Means That Even The Koch Brothers Want To Provide Lawyers To The Poor appeared first on ThinkProgress.

You Can Still Eat This Corgi In Pennsylvania, Thanks To The NRA

Monday October 27th, 2014 01:06:26 PM Ian Millhiser

The NRA's primary objection to the animal cruelty bill was a separate provision banning what are known as "pigeon shoots."The post You Can Still Eat This Corgi In Pennsylvania, Thanks To The NRA appeared first on ThinkProgress.



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