An excerpt from Vicky Ward's "The Liar's Ball"
Rep. Steve Southerland is in a tight race for re-election, and Food Policy Action is hoping to depose him as a warning to other food stamp cutters.
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., joins Morning Joe to discuss how she expects the midterms to break.
Must-Read Op-Eds: The New Yorker's David Remnick remembers the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee as does the Daily Beast's Tom Shales.
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Top Talkers: Jean Shaheen and Scott Brown are running neck-in-neck in New Hampshire, and the two squared off Wednesday night in a contentious televised debate.
Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel pays tribute to iconic Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. Bradlee died Tuesday at the age of 93. Tom Brokaw also recaps Bradlee's esteemed career, and Bradlee biographer Jeff Himmelman also joins the discussion.
Thomas Roberts calls producer Neil Meron to discuss the upcoming "Peter Pan Live," starring Allison Williams.
With the 2014 midterm elections coming down to their last fortnight (excepting, of course, probable runoffs in Georgia and Louisiana), the spinmeisters are preparing to massively over-interpret the results. Some implications, of course, will be evident or at least plausible. If there’s a big bipartisan repudiation of governors, that would indicate the election was not, after all, a mere “referendum on Obama” but a ballot test for all incumbents sharing in responsibility for “wrong track” conditions. If Democrats hang onto the Senate, it could be a sign that the election was not as “nationalized” as expected, or inversely, that a national GOTV effort succeeded in helping them overcome the usual “midterm falloff” problem. And if Republicans win Senate control, it will show their ability to take advantage of a very favorable landscape and adjust to unexpected challenges like viable independent candidacies in Kansas and South Dakota, or underwhelming campaigns like those of Thom Tillis and David Perdue. But is any of this an omen for what will happen in the next cycle, as big elements of the punditocracy will undoubtedly try to make it? Not so likely. 2016 will feature a different electorate (younger and more diverse) and a very different landscape. In the Senate, that landscape will go from being extremely pro-Republican this year (21 Democratic seats up, 8 in states carried by Romney, and 15 GOP seats up, just one in a state carried by Obama) to being extremely pro-Democratic in 2016 (24 GOP seats up, 7 in states carried by Obama, and just 10 Democratic seats up, none in states carried by Romney). Only two of this year’s Senate battlegrounds (Colorado and Iowa) are expected to be presidential battlegrounds (if a third, Georgia, becomes one, that will be very good news for Democrats). Moreover, the issue landscape and candidate dynamics in 2016 are likely to be different. If the U.S. economy continues its slow but steady improvement, by 2016 the “economic issues” will likely focus on the quality rather than the quantity of jobs. While it’s possible the sort of plague-of-frogs international environment the U.S. is dealing with now will continue or even intensify, that’s hardly probable. And of course, whereas 2014 is an indirect and partial “referendum” on Barack Obama’s performance as president, 2016 will be more of a “two futures” campaign dominated by presidential nominees. The likely (though hardly certain) Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, is probably not going to be viewed as any sort of protege of or surrogate for Obama, thanks to her own vast public profile. What happens between November of 2014 and November of 2016 matters a great deal, of course. But as most honest observers recognize, no matter which party controls the Senate, the federal government is likely to experience continued gridlock occasionally punctuated by a bipartisan compromise, a unilateral executive action, and perhaps a rupture along the lines of the 2013 government shutdown. The president will be more exposed to direct blame for gridlock than before if Harry Reid’s not in charge of the Senate to act as a shock absorber. And appointments of executive-branch officials and lower court judges could well come to a halt with a Republican Senate. But that’s not likely to be a political game-changer in the long run.So no matter what happens, 2014 is likely to be a sui generis election with little or no predictive value with relatively low immediate consequences. Logically, then, no national party should be able to claim the results as a fresh mandate, particularly since the issue landscape of Campaign 2014 has been so diffuse and unstable. Yes, if Democrats hang onto the Senate, they (and the president) can argue a sort of implicit permission to keep on keeping on with an agenda on which they cannot act legislatively, but they are more likely to treat it as a negative repudiation of Republican obstruction and extremism. If Republicans win the Senate and make significant House gains, they will almost certainly claim voters want them to “restrain” the president, particularly in terms of dramatic executive action on immigration, the environment (EPA rules) and energy (the Keystone XL pipeline, which for all we know Obama may have already decided to approve). But abject surrender may be the only alternative to executive action, and it’s unlikely Obama will decide to spend the last two years of his presidency like he spent a big part of his first four: begging Republicans for cooperation they’ve already decided not to provide. If the idea of more two more years of gridlock depresses you, it could be — and may be — at lot worse. We could go on for some time with two parties of relatively equal strength, one dominating midterms, the other presidential elections, with little common ground, and no one able to muster the landslide that would give either party the united control of the White House and Congress, including 60 reliable Senators to overcome filibusters, needed to implement an agenda. So hold onto your butts, as Samuel Jackson’s character in Jurassic Park liked to say. The real mandate from 2014 is likely to be a lot more of the same.Ed Kilgore is the principal blogger for Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog, Managing Editor of The Democratic Strategist, and a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Earlier he worked for three governors and a U.S. Senator. He can be followed on Twitter at @ed_kilgore.
After Democratic nominee Chad Taylor withdrew from the Kansas Senate race on Sept. 3, things looked pretty grim for Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). At his worst moment, in late September, he trailed independent candidate Greg Orman by more than 7 points on average. It looked like it would take a miracle for Roberts to avoid falling victim to the most surprising upset in 2014.It took some work -- national Republicans cleaned out the Roberts campaign and started over with their own people -- and some time for outside money to come to his aid. But with less than two weeks to go, Roberts has climbed back into the race and holds a narrow 0.5-point edge according to TPM's PollTracker average.He's done it by playing hard to the conservative base that nearly ousted him in the Republican primary this summer and relentlessly pounding Orman as a closet liberal who would boost Obama's agenda. But therein lies a risk. Roberts has rebounded by going hard right -- but he has to hold onto some moderates to counter Orman's appeal to the middle as well as his support among Democrats.It's a narrow path to victory, everybody watching the race agrees. But it's a much more realistic one than anyone would have thought a month ago. Just one day after Taylor dropped out, the National Republican Senatorial Committee took over the Roberts campaign. Top fixer Chris LaCivita of 2004 Swift Boat Veterans fame was brought in as a consultant and GOP operative Corey Bliss assumed campaign manager duties from a longtime Roberts aide, Leroy Towns. Sen. Pat Roberts, right, and Greg Orman during their second debate, in Wichita. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal, Chris Neal).Horror stories soon emerged about the moribund Roberts campaign before national Republicans intervened. It was known that Orman had been up with TV ads while Roberts aired nothing after his Aug. 5 primary win. But then there were leaks about, for example, the Roberts campaign office not having Internet access."I think the reports that there was no campaign were exaggerated, but I would say that key elements of a campaign were missing," one Republican operative told TPM. Basic things like a research book on Orman or outreach to some of the conservative groups who backed Milton Wolf, Roberts' primary challenger, hadn't been done. "We started in a bit of a hole here," the operative said.A second GOP strategist told TPM that the Internet access anecdote in particular had been exaggerated -- but agreed the campaign had needed to be revamped with "a refined message and aggressive campaigning.""He's been busting his ass and risen to the challenge," the strategist said of Roberts, pointing out that the senator raised $1.6 million in September after a paltry $60,000 in August.That, and a belated infusion of some outside money, has allowed Roberts to hammer Orman as a closet liberal on the airwaves and the stump. Almost every ad has cited Orman's brief 2008 Senate run as a Democrat and his previous campaign donations to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In some pro-Roberts ads, the "O" in Orman has been morphed into the famous Obama "O". Roberts has developed a favorite refrain during debates that Orman is a Democrat by "word, dead and donation." Greg Orman. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel).Roberts, meanwhile, has raised the specter of "national socialism" on the campaign trail and stumped with tea party stalwarts like Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-CO). The message has been distilled to: "A vote for Orman is a vote for President Obama and Harry Reid.""You've seen the Roberts campaign get much more aggressive and show message discipline," Chapman Rackaway, a political scientist at Fort Hays State University, told TPM. "It's been night and day."Polling suggests Roberts has shored up support on the right. Two September surveys that showed Orman with a sizable lead found Roberts taking 66 and 61 percent of self-identified Republicans. A new poll this week, which said the race was tied, showed Roberts is up to 76 percent of GOP voters. Those close to the Roberts campaign think they need 75 percent of Republicans to win."He's unified the more conservative elements of the party," one of the Republican operatives said. "It's the moderates who are pissed at (embattled GOP Gov. Sam Brownback) who have yet to fully come on."So that will be the balance Roberts needs to strike in the final few weeks to hold off Orman and win re-election: Getting enough moderate GOP voters, paired with the now-converted conservatives, to push him over. To appeal to the former group, his campaign has gone on the air with an endorsement from popular former Sen. Bob Dole, while 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have campaigned on the ground.Those who have helped to rehabilitate Roberts' campaign know that they "are not out of the woods yet," as one of the strategists put it. But they feel optimistic after the situation looked so dire a month ago."He's got to walk a fine line because he sees where Brownback is and he knows what can happen when you piss off the moderates to cozy up to the right," Rackaway said. "He hasn't angered the moderate wing of the party in the way that Brownback has, so he doesn't have much work to do with those folks in the middle as he does with the base."
I have always thought that Ben Bradlee was the rebel and swashbuckler that All the Presidents Men made Woodward and Bernstein seem to be. As you have no doubt heard, Bradlee died today at the age of 93. The AP obituary captures some of the jauntiness of the man with the first line. "In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place." As he so often does when he takes to the keyboard, David Remnick, a one-time employee, has an almost perfect evocation of the man in this piece just published at NewYorker.com. Remnick keys in on a couple essential points about Bradlee: one is that the effortless, almost imperial authority, lack of 'transparency' (a very, very contemporary pretension), various conflict-ridden friendships (the one with John Kennedy being the most important) - all of these wouldn't survive first contact with our current reality. In some ways good, in some ways not so good. Katharine Graham and Ben Bradlee leave U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on June 21, 1971.The other, according to Remnick, is that Jason Robards - who is probably the instinctive Bradlee for many of us who didn't know him - actually underplayed the guy. He was more over the top and had bigger clanging balls than the movie suggested. Here's the nub of Remnick story about trying to explain a story to Bradlee and assuage his concern ... “Well, I’ve been reporting a lot and calling … ” And blah, blah—in my nervousness I went on, explaining the intricacies of reporting to Ben Bradlee for three or four minutes. And to Bradlee, who had the attention span of a gnat, this was three-quarters of eternity. Finally, I ended the ill-advised aria with the most ill-advised words of all: “… and so don’t worry.”The soles of his shoes parted. He sat up in his chair. I could see his face, and he was, for a moment, a threatening sight. And then he smiled, fantastically, and said, “What! Me? Worry? I am a dangerous man.” He led me back to the door. “So get the fuck outta here,” he said. “And get back to work.”In other words, I'm Ben Bradlee. I don't worry. Other people worry about me! I am a dangerous man.The only halfway interaction I had with Bradlee came two years ago when I was on a panel with Woodward and Bernstein and a few others. The subject was something about the state of journalism and investigative reporting. It may have been one of the various 40th anniversaries of Watergate. I don't remember precisely. But it became clear to me pretty quickly that I was there as the new media foil for W & B's old school, shoe leather. I made my points - in one exchange told Bernstein he really didn't know what he was talking about with any journalism after the end of the 20th century. (Very true, going by his contributions on the panel.)Then at one point, as these two princes of journalism royalty were reminiscing and patting themselves on the back, they invoked Bradlee who was actually sitting there in the audience in the front row. They started going back and forth with him, sort of a colloquy from the stage to the front row because, remember, they're Woodward and Bernstein and he's Ben Bradlee. By this point, Bradlee was quite, quite old. And it showed, both in his physical presence and in his words. (I think Don Graham may have been sitting with him; but I'm fuzzy on that point.) And yet I quickly became aware that Bradlee, trapped as he was in a rapidly declining body, had a measure of zest and punch in him that these two guys a generation younger themselves lacked. May 29th, 1963 The President and Mrs. Kennedy with Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin C. Bradlee. White House, Family Living Room. Photograph by Cecil Stoughton.And this is the Bradlee thread that holds my attention - all the talk of spark and luck and bravado. I'm reminded of Oliver Wendell Holmes line on FDR, A second rate intellect, but a first rate temperament! I don't mean this as a knock on Bradlee's intelligence. I know nothing about that. But on temperament, by God, there's no question. And when you hear about being Kennedy's pal and telling this and that person off, helping to topple a president and reining over the Post newsroom with all that swagger and winning charm, you realize that Bradlee - deeply American but also from one of those born-to-rule families - was an epitome of that mid-late 20th century America when men (and I very much mean men) could bestride their worlds with a happy swagger and effortless charm, much as America itself did upon the actual globe. Nor was it empty. This wasn't just unquestioned and insubstantial entitlement; Bradlee, with Katherine Graham, helped forge a great, late 20th century journalistic institution. And yet, the Bradlee history knows and Bradlee's Post and so much else about that era and his role in it could hardly exist with the demands and equalizations and levelings of power we correctly require today and in many ways simply take for granted. But for a handful of decades, for a certain group of people, almost everything was possible. And that power and possibility bred a confidence and an swashbuckling charm which was, and remains for many, irresistible.
Fox Host Neil Cavuto on Tuesday tore into Republicans who have criticized Ron Klain, the man President Obama appointed to lead U.S. efforts to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa."I have a message for Republicans who continue to attack Ron Klain: Shut up and save it for issues that matter," Cavuto said. "Okay, so the president's Ebola coordinator doesn't have any medical experience. Neither do a lot of you guys, but that hasn’t stopped you from pontificating as if you were Marcus Welby just the same." He noted that Republicans didn't make a "big fuss" when President George W. Bush named Stewart Simonson to coordinate response to the bird flu."He didn't have any medical background either," Cavuto said, noting that Simonson had knowledge of the government agencies that needed to coordinate the response.Cavuto said that Simonson was "just as much the Republican political insider as Klain today is deemed a Democratic political insider.""You really don't need an M.D. to simply get this: Ebola calls for a coordinated and coherent government response," Cavuto continued. "Ripping a guy who's just getting started trying to get a handle on a crisis, that's not fair; that’s not right."The Fox host stopped short of praising Klain, but told conservatives not to judge him before he starts his work."I’m not saying that Mr. Klain’s a hero, but now is not the time to be calling him or anyone a hack. Remember, just because this virus is mutating doesn't mean simple civility and decency should be mutating with it. Because that would be sick," he said.
Amid the crackle and chaos of audio released by the Anchorage Police Department on Tuesday, an unmistakable voice could be heard."Did you find your necklace?" the woman could be heard saying. "Track, that is such a God thing. See?"The voice almost certainly belonged to former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. The audio was released as part of hours of recordings made by Anchorage cops in the aftermath of an alcohol-fueled brawl at a house party in the city in September.The recordings were released along with photos from the scene, and they documented the surreal situation police were faced with when they rolled up to the party. People were scattering and the Palin family was hovering around a stretch Hummer limousine they had brought with them that night.Previously, eyewitnesses had largely blamed the Palins for the brawls, and police documented their findings in reports. But ultimately, prosecutors decided to bring no charges.The audio that has now been released offered a glimpse of the scene. Palin's adult children, Track and Bristol, could be heard telling their stories to the investigators. Meanwhile Sarah Palin spent time reminding her children throughout it all of one of the important things in life: not to cuss. Here are a few of the best (or worst) moments from the audio. All of the recordings that were released are embedded below. 'That Was Sarah Palin'In one of the recordings, a witness could be heard talking to an officer about the fights that night. At one point the man paused, and wanted to make sure the officer knew the severity of the situation."The lady that came up with the glasses," the man said. "That was Sarah Palin." The cop let out an audible sigh, and said, "Okay.""I know. Nice evening," the man said."Yeah," the officer said. "Sounds like it."'Such A God Thing'Another of the audio recordings began with the sounds of shouting and general chaos. Amid it all, Sarah Palin could be heard pretty clearly talking about a necklace that belonged to her son, Track Palin, which they thought had been lost forever during the altercations."Did you find your necklace?" Sarah Palin said. "Track, that is such a God thing. See?""Track, that went to Iraq and Afghanistan," Palin continued. "Let me see it. I can't believe you found it. Let me put it in my pocket."As yelling and chatter continued all around, Palin kept focused on one thing."He found his necklace," Palin said. "He found his St. George."'Our Side'Yet another audio recording began with yelling, cursing and the sound of a child crying. Sarah Palin's voice could be heard briefly urging her son, Track Palin, to cooperate.Quickly another woman's voice could be heard."Stop," the woman said. "Let's get them on our side. Okay?"'Basically A Gay Guy, But He's Not'Soon after in the same audio, an officer could be heard escorting Track Palin to a quieter area so that they could talk. From the sound of it, his father, Todd Palin, was by his side.Track began to explain to the officer how his father's 50th birthday celebration that night turned into a melee."Alright this is my old man," Track said. "It's his birthday, okay. So we're at this party in Wasilla. Dude, surprise him with a new truck, new trailer, new wrap on the trailer. Everything was fucking kosher."As he described what happened, Todd Palin interjected periodically. Both Track and Todd agreed that the fighting started when "a father-son team" punched their friend, "Steve.""He's like a little pussy you know what I'm saying?" Track said, referring to Steve. "Like he's not gonna fight nobody. … Most innocent, basically a gay guy, but he's not."'P-A-L-I-M-O'At one point in the audio, an officer asked Track Palin for his name. Track began to comply, spelling it out in the phonetic alphabet often used by members of law enforcement and the military."Track," he said. "T-R-Tango, Romeo, Alfa, Charlie, Kilo."But when it came to spelling his last name, Track became a little more dodgy."Papa, Alfa, Lima, India, Mike, Oscar," Track Palin said, spelling P-A-L-I-M-O. "You know what that means? Like I mean --""Palimo?" the officer asked."What?" Track said. "No. See he didn't know what --"That's when his father interrupted."This is not a time to be joking," Todd Palin said. "It's Palin.""I'm not trying to be a dick, man," Track said later. "I'm sorry. I just seen a lotta' shows on cops."'They're All White'At another point in the audio, an officer asked Track Palin to describe the people who had "attacked" him."They're all like little bitches," Track said."You gotta help me out, man," the officer said. "White, black, Native?" "They're all white," Track responded before describing their body types. "If it was one-on-one, like I would beat the shit outta them. You know what I'm saying? Sorry.""No, I understand," the cop reassured him.'Took Me By My Legs And Dragged Me Across The Lawn'In one of the audio recordings, Bristol Palin spoke to an officer, saying that she had been attacked by Korey Klingenmeyer, the owner of the house where the party took place."Can we talk in here because I have my 5-year-old in here asleep?" Bristol said, before beginning to tell her version of what happened."I don't know who Korey is," she said. "Korey pushed me on the ground and took me by my legs and dragged me across the lawn calling me a 'cunt' and calling me a 'slut.' I don't know Korey. I don't know Korey."The police officer then took photos of Bristol's injuries."I don't want my face in a picture right now," she said. "There's nothing on my face except for beer and makeup."--Listen to the audio recordings below:Sarah Palin speaks:Track Palin and Bristol Palin:Other police recordings:911 call from neighbor:
Gun maker branches out into Ebola freakout gear.
The Brownells firearms company has started selling pandemic kits to help Americans deal with any germophobia sparked by the Ebola cases that surfaced in the U.S., according to the Des Moines Register.The kits don't cater to an Ebola outbreak, but include filter masks, gloves, medical supplies and cooking equipment. For somewhere between $55 and $110, Brownells supplies the "basic needs" for people to protect themselves from bacteria and viruses. "Ebola has increased the worry that you’ll be touching things you shouldn’t be touching," Brownells spokesman Larry Weeks told the Des Moines Register.Brownells offers a diverse array of survival kits, which even include some comfort food like "tactical bacon," a canned bacon with a 10-year shelf life.
As we arrive at two weeks before election day, we're discussing our hunches and prognostications about Senate control in this thread in The Hive (sub req).
Larimar County Clerk Angela Myers (R) ordered that copies of the Tuesday edition of the Rocky Mountain Collegian, the student newspaper for Colorado State University, be removed from newsstands at the school's student center The paper featured a front-page story about Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), who is locked in one of the closest Senate races in the country -- and therefore Myers said that they violated electioneering laws, according to the Rocky Mountain Collegian's own report on the controversy.Myers cited a state law that said “no electioneering may take place within a 100-foot limit of any polling location.""When you have a paper that has a candidate on the very front like it does, we will need that to be displayed outside the 100-foot limit," she said. The headline for the online edition of the story was: "Sen. Udall visits Colorado State Monday.""Myers also said newspapers with prominent front-page coverage of Michelle Obama’s Thursday visit to CSU’s campus would also be moved outside the 100-foot radius," the newspaper reported.The newspaper's executive editor, Kate Winkle, said that Myers' actions were "a violation of the First Amendment.""The Collegian was covering an event, we are not campaigning for Mark Udall and we would have had the same coverage had Cory Gardner or any politician affected by this election come to campus," Winkle said. "I hope that the Larimer County Clerk’s office continues to respect the freedom of the pressImage via the Rocky Mountain Collegian. (h/t Romenesko).
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Saturday lamented that the U.S. has become a "third world country" under President Obama.Appearing at a campaign event with Donald Trump, King said that while he thought the "rule of law" was enough, he's concerned about "the things that are coming at us from across the border." He claimed that undocumented immigrants and drugs are entering the U.S. along with ISIL militants and Ebola."That’s ISIS seeking to come into the United States threatening us, and we saw the beheadings in Oklahoma, we’ve seen the paralysis disease D68 that seems to be in most if not all of our states — happens to be the same places that the unaccompanied alien juveniles have been sent to … and on top of that, the biggest threat of all is Ebola," King said while Trump nodded in the background, according to video captured by the Iowa Republican.As Right Wing Watch points out, there are no substantiated links between the border and ISIL, Ebola or the Oklahoma beheading.King then criticized President Obama's "feckless" leadership."He must think now that he’s president of the world, that he’s going to treat people in Africa as if they were American citizens and somehow we can’t define this American sovereignty or American citizenship," King said.Watch the clip via Right Wing Watch:
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) on Tuesday said there is still a chance that Republicans will fail to take the Senate even though they are favored to win the majority in the 2014 elections."You know, I’m not particularly good at that but everything I read says — there are people who do that and do that pretty much for a living — and they’re all saying now somewhere between 60 percent and 65 percent," Blunt said on KTRS Radio's "The McGraw Show" when asked about the the GOP's chances. "But if anybody can mess this up my side has the total capacity to here at the last minute to figure out how to turn 65 percent into 25 percent," he added.Blunt said that Republicans have fallen short of taking the Senate multiple times when they were expected to win."We proven a couple times in a row that we can do that," he said.Watch the full interview with Blunt:H/t BuzzFeed
A flyer from the Georgia Democratic Party invokes the events Ferguson, Missouri in response to the shooting of Michael Brown to encourage people to vote. On one page of the flyer, reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the words "if you want to prevent another Ferguson in their future…" over a picture of two young African American children with signs that read "don't shoot." The next page reads "vote" and "It's up to you to make change happen."A third page of the flyer goes into more detail about the importance of early voting. "If we want a better, safer future for our children, it's up to us to vote for change," the third page reads. "The choices may not always be perfect, but the cost of inaction is simply too great." One of the most high profile races int he 2014 election cycle is the Georgia race for U.S. Senate between Republican businessman David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn. The New York Times reported earlier in the week that Democrats are hoping that strong Democratic turnout will help boost Nunn enough to beat Perdue. See the pages of the flyer below:The TPM Polltracker finds Nunn leading the rest of the field by 2.4 points.
Authorities arrested a Texas man belonging to a citizen militia on weapons charges Monday morning. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives booked Kevin "KC" Massey in Brownsville, Texas, according to local station KGBT.Massey belonged to the paramilitary group "Camp Lonestar," a colorful outfit that sports guns, military fatigues, and soul patches in its mission to secure the border.Massey featured prominently in a September profile in the Texas Observer, referred to as a Lonestar "CO," or commanding officer.According to the Observer and KGBT, the militia was inspired to set up camp in Brownsville after a recent surge in undocumented immigration from Central America. The group also guards against "members of ISIS" crossing the boarder, echoing recent remarks by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) was holding a small lead over his Republican challenger in a poll released on Tuesday by Public Policy Polling. The poll showed the incumbent with a 1-point lead over Republican challenger Bob Beauprez. Hickenlooper garnered 45 percent of support from likely voters to Beauprez’s 44 percent, with 7 percent undecided. Four other candidates received a total of 4 percent combined.While this is the first time that PPP has polled the race since mid-July, recent polling by other firms have shown a fluctuating race with each candidate showing leads.Another poll released later on Tuesday by Monmouth University showed Hickenlooper leading by a 7-point margin, 50 percent to 43 percent.The PPP survey was conducted from Oct. 16 through Oct. 19. The automated poll surveyed 778 likely voters with a margin of error of 3.5 percent.The TPM PollTracker Average on Tuesday had Hickenlooper with a 4.7 percent lead.
Who are these people? Help us crowdsource the Palin Clan Brawl crime scene photos.
The Anchorage Police Department finally released photos on Tuesday from the bloody, drunken brawl involving members of the Sarah Palin clan.The photos, apparently taken by Anchorage cops who were called to investigate, showed mostly bloody flesh and various pieces of evidence from the aftermath of the altercations at a house party in September.One photo also showed a conspicuous pair of red, white and blue sneakers. (A witness told TPM last month she remembered the kind of shoes she saw the former GOP vice presidential nominee wearing at the party: they were red, white and blue.)What the photos didn't show, however, were the faces of those involved. In police reports released earlier this month, officers mentioned taking photographs of Palin's son, Track, and daughter, Bristol. But the photos themselves didn't identify the people there.In an email to TPM on Tuesday, Anchorage police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said many of the documents they released had been edited to comply with various local, state and federal laws.While the police didn't identify the people in the photos, you might be able to. If you can help with the IDs, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zach Dasher, the Republican running against Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), in Louisiana's 5th Congressional District floated the idea of America being in danger of becoming a Mussolini-Hitler-Stalin-type regime. "Are we in danger of this Mussolini-Hitler-Stalin type regime?" Dasher wondered. "Are we in fear of this happening here in America? Is this is far fetched to think that America could decline to a point where we are susceptible to be taken over by an authoritarian government? Well, I want you think about that for a second because I think we arrogantly think 'nah, that'll never happen in America.' Why not? Why not?"Dasher, a nephew of Duck Dynasty's patriarch Phil Robertson, made those comments on a podcast at WillingTothink.org. The comments were resurfaced by Buzzfeed on Tuesday. In the same batch of audio from the podcast Dasher also said that the "eugenics movement in this country is alive and well" and said that MSNBC is "a major piece of the propaganda machine of the central planners of the Marxists." He also said that schools are pumping kids "full of atheistic doctrines." Listen to the audio here.
The former campaign manager for Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's (pictured) 2012 Senate campaign on Tuesday pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $1.8 million from campaign funds, according to the Houston Chronicle.Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield now faces up to 28 years in prison, as well as millions in fines. He also pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. While managing the campaign accounts, Barfield would submit large invoices for consulting fees for his company, Alexander Group Consulting.According to the Chronicle, Barfield used the money he siphoned from two separate campaign funds for pay for his West Austin mansion and his children's tuition.Correction: A photo of Dan Patrick, the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor of Texas, was originally used in this post by mistake. We regret the error.
The freelance photojournalist who contracted Ebola while working for NBC News in Liberia has posted extensively to Twitter in the last few days to discuss his battle with the deadly virus. Over the course of several tweets, Ashoka Mukpo expressed thanks to the staff at Nebraska Medical Center, where he's undergone treatment since returning to the United States earlier this month, and defended Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the embattled chief medical editor for NBC News who's come under fire for violating her quarantine following her own return from West Africa.Mukpo and Snyderman worked alongside each other briefly while covering the outbreak."Special shout out to Nancy Snyderman at NBC News," Mukpo tweeted on Tuesday. "For the record me and her were never within 3 feet of each other once. Be nice to her plz."Mukpo said in a tweet on Monday that his recovery has been a "truly humbling feeling." He also said he was mystified as to how he contracted the disease, but stood by his decision to travel to Liberia.For the record - no idea how I got it. It was something fluky. My best guess is I touched a surface and didn't chlorinate fast enough.— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 20, 2014I was around a lot of sick people the week before I got sick. Thought I was keeping a good distance, wish I knew exactly what went wrong.— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 20, 2014But I don't regret going to Liberia to cover the crisis. That country was a second home to me and I had to help raise the alarm.— ashoka (@unkyoka) October 20, 2014Mukpo is said to be doing "quite well" and he's expected to be released from the biocontainment unit at the Omaha hospital sometime this week.
TPM Reader MA has another thread of the criminalization of high school story. I would say that I still think the mid-late 20th century crime boom is a big, big part of this story, one which is obviously heavily bound up with race but is an independent statistical and societal fact. With that, TPM Reader MA ...Josh, interesting post on the criminalization of innocuous behavior in schools, but I think you missed an important thread. Like the drug war and the militarization of policing, I think this phenomena is largely an expression of our nation's white supremacist origins and continuing mass anxieties and hysterias about race. One of the things that's come out of the recent discussion of the killings of Micheal Brown and Eric Gardner, etc., is how police forces are encouraged, through a plethora of mostly unspoken or indirect policies and cues and the prejudices police officers learn like the rest of us growing up in America, to see black and brown-skinned people and particularly young black males as a dangerous, violence-prone, always up-to-no-good criminal class. And it goes way back. As the Great Migration brought blacks north, the South's fears of a Haitian-style uprising traveled with them, and the lynch mobs of Dixie were replaced by men in blue with heads full of Birth of a Nation-esque nonsense, whose nightsticks served double duty in brutally policing both racial and picket lines.In the decades since Brown v. Board, there's been a massive nationwide exodus of more affluent whites from our public schools. That's resulted in resegregation, as whites and more well-off families of color tend to send their kids to a parallel school system of private and parochial schools, or to charters and "magnet" schools within the public school system designed to screen out undesirables (though the segregation at most charters runs the other way). So our schools in cities large and small chiefly serve students of color, mostly low- and lower-middle income kids. And as recent research has shown, those kids come in for much harsher punishment for stupidly minor infractions than do white kids -- horrifyingly, even in preschool. This is actually something de Blasio's DoE has been promising to address through revision of the discipline code.Anyway, I think this accounts for why you don't see this kind of stuff so much at white private and parochial schools (where neither do you see grueling testing regimens, or homework, or even, a few old-school nuns aside, the kind of wild fetishism of classroom order and discipline that inner city charter schools market themselves with). Fear of a black student.
Unless bankers change the internal culture that rewards executives and employees for financial misdeeds, a top banking regulator said Monday, they will end up forcing the government to break their companies up into smaller firms.The post Fed Official To Big Banks: Change Company Culture Or Risk Being Broken Up appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Sequestration may have faded from the headlines, but it's still very real for a variety of vital programs.The post The Forgotten Victims Of A Capitol Hill Budget Fight appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A 90 percent tax rate on the richest Americans would reduce inequality, raise revenues, and improve everyone's welfare.The post Everyone In America Would Be Better Off If We Soaked The Rich appeared first on ThinkProgress.
At the same time, the share of wealth owned by the 1 percent has tripled since the 1980s.The post Virtually All Americans’ Wealth Has Dropped To Where It Was Three Decades Ago appeared first on ThinkProgress.
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Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen claims tech companies aren't "systematically discriminatory."The post Venture Capitalist Says Tech Companies Are Diverse Because White People Have Different European Backgrounds appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The bonus is an attempt to boost Italy's birthrate, which hit record lows this year.The post Italian Prime Minister Proposes ‘Baby Bonus’ for New Mothers appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Securities and Exchange Commission says that a New York high-frequency trading firm committed fraud. But it's letting the company pay a million dollars to put the matter to rest without admitting or denying anything.The post Company Accused Of Committing Fraud Will Pay Just $1 Million To Settle — Without Admitting Anything appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Lisa Su will be paid less as CEO of AMD than the man before her because she isn't new to the company, it says.The post Tech Company’s First Female CEO Will Make Less Than The Man Before Her appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would reduce spending on public assistance programs by $7.6 billion a year.The post Hate Government Spending? Here’s Why You Should Love A Higher Minimum Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.
More than 40 workers and supporters were arrested in New York and DC while calling for a $15 wage.The post PHOTOS: Walmart Workers Arrested In Protest For $15 Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Rather than funding increased services for homeless people, the Port of San Diego is considering using money to buy them one-way tickets out of town.The post San Diego Considers Giving The Homeless One-Way Bus Tickets Out Of Town appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Satya Nadella said that his advice that women shouldn't ask for a raise was "just plain wrong."The post Microsoft CEO Apologizes For Equal Pay Remarks, Pledges Efforts On Diversity appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Change is coming to TV (finally) and Netflix seems to be caught in the middle.The post How Netflix Is Taking The News Of HBO’s Streaming Subscription appeared first on ThinkProgress.
American drugmaker AbbVie is dropping a planned merger with the Irish company that makes Adderall, saying that new Treasury Department rules meant to crack down on deals done solely for tax purposes had nixed the plan.The post Here’s The First Victory In The Government’s Effort To Crack Down On Tax Dodgers appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Retail companies are saying that middle-class earnings stagnation is bad for business. Are lawmakers listening?The post Companies Warn That Income Inequality Is Hurting Their Business appeared first on ThinkProgress.
This week, home health aides are kicking off a campaign to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage and better work protections.The post Home Care Workers Demand $15 An Hour: ‘Otherwise, I Don’t Know How I’m Going To Survive’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Other stores are bound to follow. The post Macy’s To Cut Workers’ Thanksgiving Dinner Short appeared first on ThinkProgress.
While global wealth hit a record high, very few people are getting a piece of it.The post The One Percent Has Half Of The World’s Wealth appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Scott Walker, whose administration recently decided that $7.25 is a living wage, doesn't see a point to a minimum wage.The post Scott Walker: Minimum Wage ‘Doesn’t Serve A Purpose’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Marvin Ellison, J.C. Penney's first black CEO, takes over a struggling company and is likely being placed on the glass cliff.The post J.C. Penney’s First Black CEO Will Have To Clean Up A Mess appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez's opinion accuses the overwhelming majority of federal judges who have sided with marriage equality of "inexplicable contortions of the mind or perhaps even willful ignorance."The post BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality, Mocks Other Judges In Angry Diatribe appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A tragic August death at an Arizona gun range made national headlines due to its horrific circumstance: a nine-year-old girl shooting and killing her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun.The post Is The Federal Government Trying To Put Gun Ranges Out Of Business? appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A new study found that rampant election spending is linked to more prosecution-friendly votes. The post The Surprising Way Political Ads Are Impacting Judge’s Decisions On Alleged Criminals appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Citizens United is back, and they are spreading conspiracy theories about Latinos.The post How A Notorious Conservative Group Tricked A Scholar Into Joining Their Attack On Latino Voters appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"Let me emphasize something... Immigration is a part of Ebola," Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) told a local CBS affiliate last week. The post The Nativist Roots Of Ebola Hysteria appeared first on ThinkProgress.
It's unclear how many other police departments are using the same technology.The post North Carolina Police Officers Have Been Secretly Tracking Phones For Years appeared first on ThinkProgress.
It is likely the Supreme Court will have much more to say about voting rights before the term ends in June. The post The Right To Vote Just Lost A Battle In The Supreme Court, But The War Comes After The Election appeared first on ThinkProgress.
During the campaign, Mayor Bill de Blasio said marijuana possession arrests can have "disastrous consequences for individuals and their families."The post New York Mayor Campaigned Against Pot Crackdowns, But Possession Arrests Are Still Soaring appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Arizona's Attorney General says the legal arguments supporting marriage discrimination are so weak that he risks formal sanctions if he continues to present these arguments to a court.The post GOP Attorney General Says It Is ‘Unethical’ To Keep Fighting Marriage Equality In Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Saturday's order reinstating the voter ID law is an early sign of how much easier it will be for states to enact voter suppression laws under the Roberts Court's narrow vision of voting rights.The post The Dangerous Legal Rule Behind The Supreme Court’s Latest Voter Suppression Decision appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The law could potentially disenfranchise 600,000 voters. The post Supreme Court Says Texas Can Implement Voter ID Law This November appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The National Republican Congressional Committee wants you to believe that Nebraska state Sen. Brad Ashford, the Democratic challenger to incumbent Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), unleashed a very scary looking black man on the people of Nebraska to commit multiple murders.The post What The Republican Party’s New, Unspeakably Racist Attack Ad Is Really About appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Migrants who claimed that they would return to violence in their home countries were often ignored or even fast-tracked for deportation by immigration officials. The post Some Migrants Deported Back To Violent Home Countries Are Hiding In Fear, Report Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The firing may have been the result of a shift in law and policy that divorced the police disciplinary decision from a criminal investigation. The post Milwaukee Fires Cop For Shooting And Killing Schizophrenic Man Who Was Sleeping In The Park appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The court's decision highlights just how fully the deck is currently stacked against campaign finance regulation.The post State Supreme Court Gives A Leg Up To Deceptive Election Polling appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Stewart got O'Reilly to admit that white privilege is a factor in the challenges that racial minorities face.The post Jon Stewart Schools Bill O’Reilly On White Privilege appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"We have 167,000 convicted felons... We Have ISIS. We have Ebola. We have to secure the border. And we cannot have amnesty," Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) said. The post Senator Cites Ebola, ISIS, And Drug Cartels As Reasons To Oppose ‘Amnesty’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A 2006 ballot initiative billed as a "border security" measure indiscriminately denied bail to all undocumented immigrants charged with particular crimes. The post Federal Appeals Court Strikes Arizona Law Locking Undocumented Immigrants In Jail Without Bail appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The worldwide migrant death toll has risen sharply by 70 percent from last year. The post An Average Of 8 Migrants Fleeing Their Home Countries Die Every Day appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A Brooklyn judge dismissed the now 45-year-old David McCallum’s conviction and also threw out the conviction of Willie Stuckey, finding they were both pressured into confessing as teenagers.The post New York Man Exonerated After Spending Nearly 30 Years In Prison For A Crime He Didn’t Commit appeared first on ThinkProgress.
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