Combating Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria is "not America's fight alone," President Obama said Tuesday at the White House.
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President Obama on Tuesday discussed the importance of an international coalition to join the U.S. in its air campaign in Syria. Obama also reiterated the threat that ISIS poses, and expanded on the necessity of Monday night’s airstrikes.
It was a bad idea to begin with. A federal appeals court ruling yesterday now makes it seem as if the Republicans' anti-Obama lawsuit is just pointless.
Anne Gearan, Col. Jack Jacobs and Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, join Luke Russert to discuss the latest airstrikes in Syria.
NBC's Kristen Welker joins Luke Russert to talk about the warning signs in Omar Gonzalez's past that may have led to breaching security at the White House.
Why do politicians who cheat on their wives so regularly appear alongside their wives to lessen the political damage?
Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), now the Republican nominee for Senate in New Hampshire, released a new ad arguing that President Barack Obama and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Brown's opponent) are confused about how to handle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, unlike Brown. Read More →
A judge in Louisiana has ruled the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional because it violates the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection.State Judge Edward D. Rubin made the ruling on Monday, according to KLFY-TV and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The ruling is sealed and expected to be released on Tuesday.The decision, which may not take effect immediately, applies to Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermilion Parishes, which are under the jurisdiction of the 15th Judicial District Court. The office of Louisiana's attorney general plans to appeal the ruling. Read More →
After a passerby randomly shot a family dog during the family's five year old's birthday party, neighbors and guests at the party remember the shooter shouting that he was within his rights. "I have a concealed weapon license," they recall him saying.
President Obama will deliver a statement on U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State In Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets on Tuesday morning. Read More →
Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) and his wife released a new where the couple describes how "blessed" they feel in their marriage and where the congressman's wife praises McAllister for owning up to his mistakes —a clear reference to McAllister getting caught kissing another woman. Read More →
Former Sen. Scott Brown, now the Republican nominee for Senate in New Hampshire, has taken pains to get as cozy with New Hampshire Republicans as possible. But one thing he's not doing is signing on to the New Hampshire Republican Party's strict platform on abortion. Read More →
The hosts of Morning Joe were clear on Tuesday: they don't believe that the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) was the senator who told her not to "lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!" Read More →
The dramatic release of 49 Turkish hostages being held by ISIS in Mosul over the weekend was a welcome piece of good news amid the deteriorating situation in Syria and Iraq that necessitated Turkey closing its border for the first time officially this week. After over a hundred days of captivity the safe and triumphant return still shrouded in mystery over the exact terms reached between Ankara and the ISIS caught most of the world by surprise. Turkey’s unwillingness to date to publicly support America’s growing coalition against ISIS has caused many in Washington to scratch their heads, but was generally chalked up to the hostage situation. Now that this has been resolved, Ankara is a necessary partner and the most critical country for America to win over if ISIS is to be defeated. Read More →
“The Wire” is one of television’s crown jewels and remains a cultural touchtone, but it’s not just a closely detailed vision of how institutions in an American city are failing individuals that gives it such a place. David Simon, writer and director (pictured, left, next to Wendell Pierce who played Detective Bunk), also threaded through his drama clear allusions to our ventures into the Middle East, and strangely, as we reenter the chaos of Iraq and confront the rise of ISIS, these allusive yet potent metaphors are still playing out. Read More →
Whither the Obamacare truther?Last week, top administration official Marilyn Tavenner announced that 7.3 million Obamacare enrollees had paid their premiums, as they must to receive and continue receiving their coverage. On its face, it was a relatively minor news event, a reminder that millions of people did sign up for insurance.But it was also the end of one of the GOP's favorite anti-Obamacare memes. Those 7.3 million paying customers meant that more than 90 percent of the 8 million people who President Obama himself said had enrolled in coverage had paid for it. That might not seem surprising. But it was just a few months ago that Republicans were routinely questioning the official enrollment story being told by the White House, theorizing that a third or more of Obamacare sign-ups weren't paying their bills and that the successes being sold by the administration were a sham. Read More →
One month ago, the Obama administration tweaked its birth control mandate to address concerns of religious nonprofits who said filling out a form to opt out of paying for contraceptives would still make them complicit in sin.Since then, various entities that sued have made clear they aren't satisfied with the new accommodation, and will keep fighting for a complete exemption so that they can block off insurance coverage for contraceptives, which they view as sin, for their women employees. Read More →
From the AP ...WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the U.S. and partner nations have begun airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants, using a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles fired from ships in the region.Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says that because the military operation is ongoing, no details can be provided yet. He says the decision to strike was made early Monday by the military.The strikes are part of the expanded military campaign that President Barack Obama's authorized nearly two weeks ago in order to disrupt and destroy the Islamic State militants, who have slaughtered thousands of people, beheaded Westerners, including two American journalists, and captured a large swath of territory stretching from within Syria to land across northern and Western Iraq.
I reiterate the point I made this morning about not expanding the security perimeter around the White House. But some interesting new information has surfaced about fence jumper, Omar Gonzalez. After the jumping incident, police found "more than 800 rounds of ammo in his car plus two hatchets and a machete." At an earlier stop in Virginia in July, police found several assault rifles and a sawed off shotgun. While this news ups the ante about what sort of threat Gonzalez may have posed, the details tend to confirm what most news reports have noted: that Gonzalez has serious psychological problems. Presumably if he'd been making a rational attempt at killing someone in the White House he would have brought one of his weapons with him. Read More →
Cliven Bundy and his clan were not prosecuted for their armed standoff with federal land management employees earlier this year. But an ATV protest ride - which happened just after the standoff and was closely associated with the Bundy protest has not been so lucky. Five Utah men have now been charged with federal misdemeanor conspiracy and misuse of federal lands tied to the protest. Read More →
Democratic State Rep. Paul Davis' lead over Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has decreased among likely voters, according to a Rasmussen poll released Monday.In the Monday poll, 47 percent said they would vote for Davis and 43 percent said they would vote for Brownback. In an August Rasmussen poll, 51 percent of likely voters said they favored Davis and 41 percent said they favored Brownback. Read More →
Sen. Mary Landrieu doesn't think much of critics who jumped on her for helping a supporter perform a keg stand, which was photographed and went viral online. Read More →
A 5-year-old's birthday party took a grisly turn on Saturday after her family's dog escaped from the yard and was shot by an armed pedestrian. Read More →
Google plans to officially cut ties with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, the company's chairman announced Monday, declaring that the group is "literally lying about climate change" and so Google can no longer be associated with it.The Internet giant would be the second major technology to part ways with ALEC in the last two months. Microsoft announced in August that it would end its relationship with ALEC, and that decision was linked to Microsoft's support for renewable energy projects."The facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place," Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told NPR's Diane Rehm in explaining the decision. "And so we should not be aligned with such people -- they're just, they're just literally lying." Read More →
Following a damning ESPN report claiming that the Baltimore Ravens knew about the video of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancée, the team on Monday released a point-by-point rebuttal of the report.In the statement, Ravens head of security Darren Sanders said that the Ravens did not immediately gain knowledge of the video, but obtained a description of the video in February. Read More →
In powerful new ad, Republicans appeal to women voters by suggesting that women view politics through the prism of dating.
Amazon has a history of facilitating abusive working conditions and skirting labor laws to keep prices low. The post Amazon Workers Strike In Germany To Protest Unfair Wages appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Walmart runs a charity for workers in financial hardship. Watchdogs say the way it links that charity to its election fundraising violates federal rules.The post Walmart Lures Managers Into Making Political Contributions By Leveraging Charity For Needy Workers appeared first on ThinkProgress.
With Safra Catz as co-CEO of Oracle, women are 5 percent of Fortune 500 chief executives.The post The Record-Breaking Number Of Women In CEO Jobs Is Still Pretty Pitiful appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Silicon Valley's "invisible workforce" protested along the lines of eager customers waiting to buy the iPhone 6 on Friday.The post Silicon Valley Workers Protest For Fair Wages At Apple Stores During iPhone 6 Launch appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Alibaba, the massive Chinese e-commerce company that is the functional equivalent of Amazon, EBay, Uber, PayPal and a bunch of other companies combined, made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange this morning. It was the largest initial public offering in U.S. history, raising over $21.8 billion.The post Alibaba’s Massive I.P.O. Reveals Wall Street’s Rigged Game appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Brenda Konkel and Robert Bloch face a fine of $300 a day for giving the homeless lockers and a place to sleep.The post Couple Who Let Homeless People Sleep On Their Porch Threatened With Daily Fine appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A steady stream of banks are settling over the illegal practice of denying loans to women on maternity leave.The post Denying Couple Mortgage Because Woman Was On Maternity Leave Costs Bank $35,000 appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Black, Hispanic, and Native women make far less on average than what white men make.The post The Gender Wage Gap Is A Chasm For Women Of Color, In One Chart appeared first on ThinkProgress.
New research shows that quotas can work and that the US isn't doing enough.The post What Actually Works If We Want To Increase Gender Diversity In Corporate America appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Marijuana stores will be barred from accepting welfare EBT cards at registers and ATMs, despite evidence that recipients use drugs far less than others.The post House Passes ‘Needs Not Weed’ Act Stigmatizing Welfare Recipients As Druggies appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Debt activists want to turn the relationship between borrowers and creditors on its head with a campaign modeled on the early labor movement.The post Debt Activists Just Canceled $4 Million In Student Debt. For Their Next Trick, They Need Your Help. appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Members of Business For a Fair Minimum Wage are putting decals in their windows to show support for a wage hike.The post How A Sticker In A Store Window Could Push Lawmakers To Increase The Minimum Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Heritage foundation's new anti-poverty initiative: trade in your refrigerator for an ice box. The post Top Conservative Think Tank: If You Own A Computer, You Aren’t Really Poor appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Because the clothes are a dress code, not a uniform, the company doesn't have to pay for them.The post How Walmart Is Getting Away With Making Employees Buy New Work Outfits appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Official poverty estimates don't fully capture the realities of poverty in America, but they still give a useful snapshot of inequality in our economy.The post Three New Charts That Reveal Disturbing Inequality In America appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Women who work full time, year round still make just a portion of what similar men make.The post The Gender Wage Gap Didn’t Budge Last Year appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Because the rule doesn't define diversity, it is basically meaningless.The post The Vaguely Written Rule That’s Letting Corporations Get Away With Staying Very White And Male appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The trade group for franchise owners is lobbying Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to help in their fight to preserve a business model that squeezes workers.The post Fast Food Franchise Owners Ask Congress For Help To Stop Worker Campaign For Wages, Union appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Apple CEO tried to differentiate the company from data-hungry competitors like Google.The post Apple CEO Pushes Back On Consumers’ Privacy Fears: ‘You’re Not Our Product’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.
After voting to move the Paycheck Fairness Act to debate, Republicans turned around and quashed it.The post Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Jesus Castro-Romo, an unarmed border crosser, was shot in the stomach four years ago by a Border Patrol agent. The post Federal Judge Wants More Information After Agent Cleared For Shooting Unarmed Border Crosser appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board has no money currently available for any outreach campaign to alert voters to the new requirements.The post How A Court Decision Restricting Voting Rights Is Sowing ‘Maximum Confusion’ Among Voters appeared first on ThinkProgress.
“I wanted to draw attention to this issue. And the issue is medical marijuana."The post ‘F*ck It, I Quit’: Marijuana Forces TV Reporter To Quit On Air appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Organizers had hoped that the shut down would result in an economic disruption on the southern border. The post Anti-Immigrant Group Cancels Protest, Claims Drug Cartels Threatened To Make It ‘A Blood Bath’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Under this court decision, so-called "creepshot" photos, where men take photos of unconsenting women that they encounter on the street, are legal in Texas.The post ‘Creepshot’ Photos Are Now Legal In Texas appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The deadly police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson prompted nationwide outrage and weeks of protests. But police in the area apparently still have a lot to learn.The post St. Louis Police Academy Promotes ‘Highly Entertaining’ Course On Michael Brown Shooting appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Steve Doocy is convinced New York City is enfranchising undocumented workers.The post Fox News Conspiracy About Undocumented Immigrants Voting Gets Debunked By Its Own Contributor appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Among the senators who voted to block immigrant relief are those who led the push for comprehensive reform just a few years ago.The post Every Senate Republican Votes To Stop Obama’s Immigration Relief appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Kansas is in the midst what is almost certainly the most unusual Senate race of the 2014 cycle. Democrats want their candidate off the ballot. Republicans deployed every legal maneuver they can muster to keep a Democrat on the ballot. And the GOP's latest tactic is almost certainly unconstitutional.The post The GOP’s Last Ditch, Unconstitutional Ploy To Save An Unpopular Senator’s Career From Extinction appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Without a fully functioning National Labor Relations Board, the Board would not be able to enforce an employer's legal obligation to bargain with its employees' union. Nor would it be able to stop an employer from firing pro-union workers or from spying on union gatherings.The post Senate Republican Leaders Introduce Bill That Would Permanently Hobble Federal Labor Law appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Groups say the three-judge panel's ruling "imposes a radical, last-minute change" that will "sow chaos at the polls."The post Wisconsinites Scramble To Get Voter IDs In Seven Weeks Before Election appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The proposition that men arrested on domestic violence charges should not be federal judges appears to be one of the few things both parties can agree upon. The post Lawmakers Suggest Impeachment For Judge Accused Of Assaulting His Wife appeared first on ThinkProgress.
“Connecting these vulnerable children to educational, health and social services is vital to helping our families and communities gain stability," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated. The post New York City Will Provide Health And Social Services To Central American Kids Awaiting Deportation appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Christina Cagnina wanted to make the criminal justice system better when she started participating in a program in Onondaga County, New York, to represent those who cannot afford a lawyer. But after 14 years, she felt she couldn't anymore.The post Innocent People In New York Who Can’t Afford A Lawyer Are Pretty Much Doomed appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Under the Constitution, what's good for an evangelical church is also good for the Satanic Temple.The post Satanists Protest Bibles In School With ‘Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"If they deport me, I will come back. I don’t want to be there," Margarita said. The post Meet Margarita, Who Was Robbed At Gunpoint And May Be Deported Back To Honduras appeared first on ThinkProgress.
If Pryor thought he could ward off opposition from a well-funded interest group by acting against the wishes of his voters, that notion has now been discredited. The post Democrat Votes To Kill Gun Reform, NRA Rewards Him By Spending $1.3 Million To Elect His Opponent appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population, the United States has the most prisoners of any developed country in the world. And that didn’t change in 2013. The post The United States Has The Largest Prison Population In The World — And It’s Growing appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The court concluded that a cult member's religious interest in staying silent should trump the nation's interest in ensuring that we leave no stone unturned when investigating allegations of mass exploitation of children.The post Judge: Hobby Lobby Decision Means Polygamous Sect Member Can Refuse To Testify In Child Labor Case appeared first on ThinkProgress.
“Voters are compassionate to those already here, but they are not open border advocates," said David Kanevsky, vice president of American Viewpoint, a Republican polling firm. The post Poll: California Voters Support Pathway To Citizenship, But Conflicted About Migrant Children appeared first on ThinkProgress.
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