Ray Rice wins appeal of his NFL suspension

Friday November 28th, 2014 08:35:00 PM David Taintor
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has won an appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, a source in the league told NBC Sports Friday.

Ray Rice wins appeal

Friday November 28th, 2014 08:30:33 PM
A legal source tells NBC Sports that Ray Rice won his appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, meaning Rice could be reinstated immediately.

The top prospects to replace Chuck Hagel

Friday November 28th, 2014 07:37:33 PM
Who is left on the short list of names to replace Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense? Politico’s Ken Vogel joins to look at the top prospects.

Black Friday protests aim to draw...

Friday November 28th, 2014 07:14:15 PM
Some Ferguson protesters are expressing their intention not to take part in the busiest shopping day of the year. The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery reports on the latest from Ferguson and the calls to “Boycott Black Friday,” or “Blackout Black Friday.”

New trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force...

Friday November 28th, 2014 06:49:34 PM
Alex Witt gives a short look at the first trailer for the new Star Wars movie,

Black Friday came early

Friday November 28th, 2014 06:16:00 PM Krystina Gustafson
Millions of shoppers around the U.S. didn't let a stomach full of turkey stop them from seeking out the best Black Friday deals.

Ferguson activists boycott Black Friday

Friday November 28th, 2014 06:13:19 PM
MSNBC’s Jane Timm reports on #BlackoutBlackFriday protests and why their effect could be hard to quantify.

Gunman dead after Austin, Texas police...

Friday November 28th, 2014 06:08:58 PM
A gunman in Austin, Texas is dead after he allegedly opened fire on several buildings in downtown Austin, Texas, including police headquarters, a federal courthouse, and the Mexican consulate.

Top states for LGBT inequality might...

Friday November 28th, 2014 05:13:21 PM
Rolling Stone’s Nico Lang breaks down the factors that built the magazine’s list of the top U.S. states for LGBT inequality.

The top holiday movies to watch

Friday November 28th, 2014 04:50:27 PM
It’s the season for blockbuster. In Touch Weekly’s Kim Serafin gives Alex Witt a rundown of the top holiday movies worth watching this year, including “The Theory of Everything” and “Foxcatcher.”

Police Who Shot 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Did Not Give Him First Aid

Friday November 28th, 2014 09:25:35 PM
The two Cleveland police officers who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice did not administer first aid after they shot him down, according to Cleveland officials. It took almost four minutes before a detective and an FBI agent arrived on the scene and administered first aid on the boy, who was eventually rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries, local station WEWS‑TV reported.Officer Timothy Loehmann shot Rice on Saturday after he and another officer pulled up to a gazebo where Rice had been spotted playing with a toy gun. Police say the two were unaware of Rice's age and that the gun was harmless.Authorities released video of the shooting on Wednesday at the behest of Rice's parents. The footage revealed the few seconds it took for the officers to pull up their car and shoot Rice down. It did not show the following minutes in which they reportedly failed to administer first aid.A spokesperson for the mayor said both officers are under investigation.

Ferguson Protesters Temporarily Shut Down San Francisco Train Service

Friday November 28th, 2014 09:12:38 PM
Protesters unhappy with the St. Louis County grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson chained themselves to a Bay Area Rapid Transit train on Friday, forcing the BART system to shut down.The protesters were part of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost told the Los Angeles Times. About 20 protesters chained themselves to the handrail of a train at the West Oakland station. Train service was partially restored after about an hour after police removed the handrail from the train and arrested the demonstrators, according to NBC Bay Area.BREAKING PHOTO: 30 black activists locked down to BART trains, shutting it down. #Ferguson2Oakland #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/f0F8PLKT1v— joshua kahn russell (@joshkahnrussell) November 28, 2014Man removed from train with post he was chained to. #police starting to wrap up this action. #KTVU pic.twitter.com/ur6iULP4c5— John Sasaki (@JohnSasaki1) November 28, 2014An organizer told NBC that protesters planned to shut down the train system for four hours, the same amount of time Michael Brown's body laid on the ground after he was shot.Protesters of the grand jury decision also temporarily shut down a St. Louis shopping mall on Friday. In 2009, a BART officer shot and killed an unarmed black man named Oscar Grant. A San Francisco jury ruled in favor of the officer in a 2011 civil rights case for the shooting. His story was later made into the fictional film "Fruitvale Station."

Ray Rice Wins Appeal, Eligible To Return Immediately To NFL

Friday November 28th, 2014 08:58:09 PM
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has successfully won his appeal and is immediately eligible to return to the National Football League. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was one of several reporters to share the news over Twitter on Friday:Source: Former #Ravens RB Ray Rice has won his appeal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 28, 2014Ray Rice is immediately eligible, source says, by winning his appeal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 28, 2014The Ravens terminated Rice's contract in September after the release of surveillance footage showing the former Pro Bowl running back punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, and knocking her unconscious inside an Atlantic City hotel elevator. The same day, the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely in what amounted to a huge about-face for the league. Rice was originally dealt only a two-game suspension by the NFL after he was indicted for third-degree aggravated assault in March. The league eventually acknowledged that it mishandled the Rice suspension and instituted a tougher policy for domestic violence and sexual assaults. But it wasn't until TMZ released the jarring elevator footage that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handed down a harsher punishment. Rice announced in September that he would appeal the lengthy suspension. His case was handled by former federal judge Barbara Jones.Jones concluded in her decision that Rice did not lie when he met with Goodell"Because Rice did not mislead the commissioner and because there were no new facts on which the commissioner could base his increased suspension, I find that the imposition of the indefinite suspension was arbitrary," she wrote, as quoted by the Associated Press. "I therefore vacate the second penalty imposed on Rice. The provisions of the first discipline — those regarding making continued use of counseling and other professional services, having no further involvement with law enforcement, and not committing any additional violations of league policies_still stand."This post has been updated.

Hiring: Front Page Runner at TPM

Friday November 28th, 2014 07:18:45 PM
If you're really into news and digital news publishing and want to get a start in the business, here's a great job. It's an entry level or near entry level position as our Front Page Runner. What it requires is a lot of enthusiasm and smarts, ready familiarity with headline writing, social media and the full horizon of US politics. Sense of humor also required. Is it for you? Does this sound like a great opportunity for someone you know? If so, please check out the full job listing after the jump. TPM is a hiring a Front Page Runner to work from our New York City headquarters.The Front Page Runner has moment to moment responsibility for curating TPM’s front page - selecting stories, writing headlines, choosing photos and working with our editors to shape the meta-message the front page sends to our readers about the news of the moment and the day. The Front Page Runner also works closely with our Engagement/Social Media Editor to distribute and explain our stories to readers wherever they are. The Front Page Runner is also closely involved in monitoring real time audience analytics and working with the publishing team to improve and optimize site performance. A mix of traffic-monitoring, news junkiness and a zest for great headlines are each critical components of the job.Applicants must have a ready knowledge of contemporary US politics and a strong dose of news junky-dom, as well as an appreciation of the TPM style. The job is fast paced and sometimes frenetic, especially when news breaks. Multitasking should be your default style.Applicants should have a minimum of one year's relevant journalism experience or substantial experience in college journalism.Competitive salary, health insurance coverage, 401(k), three weeks paid vacation per year. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to talk (at) talkingpointsmemo.com. Include the subject line: "Job App: Front Page Runner."TPM Media LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

'F*ck It, I Quit' Reporter Under Investigation For Possible Campaign Finance Violations

Friday November 28th, 2014 07:01:03 PM
Back in September, Charlo Greene offered an unforgettably profane resignation from an Alaska television station so that she could dedicate herself full-time to marijuana advocacy. But Greene has experienced some turbulence in the pursuit of her true calling. For the past month, Greene has been embroiled in a disagreement with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, which has sought fundraising records for her group, the Alaska Cannabis Club.The Alaska Dispatch News reported that APOC asked Greene last month to provide documents for the IndieGogo fundraising campaign she launched after she quit her job as a reporter at Anchorage-based CBS affiliate KTVA.To date, Greene has raised $8,438 on the IndieGogo page. Greene argued that the online fundraising was not for Ballot Measure 2, an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use that Alaska voters passed earlier this month, but rather to subsidize her broader pot legalization efforts.According to the Dispatch News, Thomas Lucas, the APOC's group campaign disclosure coordinator, found "at least two instances of what he believes are active campaigning from the group in support of Ballot Measure 2 listed on Greene’s IndieGogo website."That would represent a violation of Alaska's campaign finance laws, which require anyone who's advocating on behalf of a candidate or other campaign to register with the APOC. The commission sided with Lucas earlier this week, denying Greene's objection to the subpoena in a three-page order. As the Dispatch News noted, the commission made it clear that the order does not necessarily mean "there has been any violation of the law." "But without a reasonable investigation, no determination can be reached," the commission said.During a live broadcast on KTVA in late-September, Greene revealed herself to be the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club before signing off for the final time."And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but: Fuck it, I quit," she said, blindsiding the anchor of that night's telecast. In a web video released the next day, Greene challenged others to follow her lead."Who is willing to take a stand? I'm not afraid, clearly," she said in the video. "But if you are, I don't judge you or any other man. Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition and stigma have stained America, the land of the free and home of the brave."Greene told the Dispatch News on Wednesday that the commission's decision "worries me and should worry any other Alaskan that’s taken on a stance on any matter that’s important to them."“If you publish your personal stance on any issue, then this government agency believes they have the authority to ask for emails, bank account information, all of your records," she said. "That’s scary.”In a post last week on the Alaska Cannabis Club's Facebook page, Greene sounded a note of defiance, railing against the state for "trying to punish me for using my right to free speech and advocating for change by attempting to take away my individual right to privacy.""This would mean they can come after anyone who supports an issue publicly they don't agree with," Greene wrote. "Yea fucking right. You know WE ALASKANS are NOT having that."

Masturbating Passenger Causes Premature Landing For Virgin Flight

Friday November 28th, 2014 07:00:23 PM
A passenger caused a Virgin Atlantic flight to make an unscheduled landing on Monday after masturbating and attempting to pry open an emergency exit. The premature landing came about after the Bay Area man, seen wearing a hospital bracelet, got into an argument with a fellow-passenger and eventually attempted to exit the plane through an emergency door, according to KNBC.Boston police officers were aboard the flight and reportedly apprehended the man as the plane — bound for Los Angeles from Boston — made an unscheduled landing in Nebraska. One fellow passenger filmed the cops escorting the handcuffed man off the plane.See the video below, via KNBC:

Creeping Coburnism?

Friday November 28th, 2014 05:54:34 PM
Police in Austin are investigating an anti-immigration political motive for the man who shot up the Mexican consulate overnight in Austin. The shooter a white male in his 50s with what the Austin PD called a lengthy criminal record was shot dead at the scene, though police are not yet certain whether he was killed by police gunfire or by his own hand.

Kremlin-Backed Bank Is Loaning Money To France's Far-Right Party

Friday November 28th, 2014 05:50:19 PM
A Moscow-backed bank has provided a multi-million-euro loan to the far-right French political party, Time reported this week, which is leading some to wonder if Russian president Vladimir Putin is trying to interfere with Western Europe's domestic affairs.Marine Le Pen, who runs the National Front party in France, announced that she had received a loan of 9 million euros ($11.1 million) from the First Czech Russian Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin, according to Time. “At this stage, Russia is trying to influence French domestic policy,” Jean-Yves Camus, a political researcher at France’s Institute of International and Strategic Relations, told the magazine. “In this respect Putin is pretty much in line with the former USSR. It is the same policy all over again."Le Pen has also traveled to Russia to meet with top Putin allies in recent months, per Time. The National Front party aims to remove France from the European Union, while also aligning with Moscow on issues like gay marriage and immigration.

Police Chief: Austin Gunman Could Have Had Anti-Immigration Motive

Friday November 28th, 2014 06:06:22 PM
Austin police are considering the influence of anti-immigration rhetoric on the shooting suspect who opened fire on the city's Mexican Consulate and other government buildings on Friday, according to Police Chief Art Acevedo. Acevedo brought up the "potential" political motivation in a press conference Friday morning."When you look at the national debate right now about immigration, that ... comes to mind. Sometimes our political discourse becomes very heated and sometimes very angry," Acevedo said, as quoted by The Chicago Tribune.Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) recently warned that an exectuive order on immigration by President Obama could spark "instances of anarchy" and "violence." "I would venture that political rhetoric might have fed into some of this, but that is speculation on my part," the police chief also said, according to USA Today. "If you look at the targets, it doesn't take a genius that that is the potential." Police described the suspect as a white male in his 50s with a criminal history. After a brief exchange of gunfire with police, the gunman was killed around 2:30 a.m., according to the police chief. Authorities say it remains unclear whether the shooter was killed by police fire or took his own life.Officers searched the suspect's vehicle as well as his home in north Austin, according to the Austin Statesman.The gunman targeted a U.S. federal courthouse, the Mexican consulate and police headquarters, the Statesman reports. Below is a map of the area between the three locations:Watch the video below:

Cosby Used 'Exclusive' Interview To Bury Sexual Assault Claims In 2005

Friday November 28th, 2014 04:34:30 PM
Bill Cosby's interview earlier this month with the Associated Press provided a glimpse into the comedian's efforts to control the media's coverage of the sexual assault allegations that have dogged him in recent weeks.When the reporter first asked about the claims, the former sitcom star said flatly, "No, no, we don't answer that." The AP was told, Cosby insisted, that those questions were out of bounds. Once the interview ended, Cosby asked to have the part about the rape allegations "scuttled." Court documents obtained by the New York Times provide another example of how Cosby managed to strong-arm a media outlet back in 2005. Cosby said under oath that he gave an "exclusive" interview to The National Enquirer — "my words," he said. In exchange, the tabloid would kill an interview with model Beth Ferrier, whose sexual assault allegations against Cosby had not been disclosed at the time.The testimony came during a September 2005 deposition for a federal lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand, who accused the comedian of drugging and assaulting her. Cosby said he was concerned that Ferrier's claims would lend credence to Constand's allegations.Robin Mizrahi, the Enquirer reporter who interviewed Ferrier, told The Guardian last week that Cosby's lawyers threatened to sue the tabloid if her story ran. Mizrahi said she was "livid" that the Enquirer opted to run "a bullshit feel-good interview with Cosby."Indeed, the interview that ran instead of Mizrahi's story served as Cosby's forceful rebuttal to Constand's charges."Looking back on it, I realize that words and actions can be misinterpreted by another person, and unless you're a supreme being, you can't predict what another individual will do," he said in the interview. Cosby's publicist, David Brokaw, did not respond to TPM's request for comment.Cosby has never been charged with a crime, but he's faced mounting allegations, both new and old, over the last few weeks. It's brought newfound fallout to a comedian who once had a sparkling public image. Netflix postponed Cosby's comedy special that was slated to be released on Thanksgiving. Shortly thereafter, NBC nixed a planned sitcom with Cosby. Three of Cosby's standup performances were canceled last week amid the growing furor over the allegations. He went through with a show last Friday in Melbourne, Fla., where he reportedly received a standing ovation. While the comedian's representatives have pushed back forcefully against the allegations, Cosby himself has simply refused to talk about them. He went completely silent when asked about the allegations during an interview with NPR earlier this month. The AP, meanwhile, originally honored his request to have the uncomfortable portion of the interview "scuttled" before ultimately releasing the footage after another the supermodel Janice Dickinson came forward and said Cosby raped her in 1982.In a statement released last week, Cosby's attorney, Martin D. Singer, denounced "the media's breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards.""Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day," Singer said in the statement. "There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they alleged they had been sexually assaulted."Singer did not respond to TPM's request for comment.

Wisconsin GOPer Sentenced To 5 Months Over Sexual Assault Charges

Friday November 28th, 2014 04:01:06 PM
Wisconsin state Rep. Bill Kramer (R) was sentenced to five months in prison on Tuesday after he was charged with two counts of sexual assault, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.Outside a Republican Party event in Musekgo, Wis., in 2011, Kramer allegedly shoved a woman against a car, groped and kissed her, and made lewd comments, as she told him to stop and tried to free herself from his grip. Kramer plead no contest to the charges last month so that they would be reduced to misdemeanors, according to the Journal Sentinel. Kramer will go to jail for five months with work release privileges and will serve three years of probation. The judge also ordered him to get sex offender and alcohol assessments, but Kramer will not need to register as a sex offender. Wisconsin Assembly Republicans stripped Kramer of his role as majority leader in March following a separate sexual harassment incident. He allegedly harassed two women at a fundraiser in March. At least one woman accused him of groping her and making inappropriate remarks.Kramer did not run for reelection and will be replaced on Jan. 5, but he will be able to serve out her term in the state assembly, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Guys, The New 'Star Wars' Trailer Is Here — Watch It (VIDEO)

Friday November 28th, 2014 04:00:11 PM
You might have heard: A new "Star Wars" movie is coming out next year.Now we have a teaser trailer to salivate over. Check it out below.

Red State Editor: 'I’d Have Shot Mike Brown Right In His Face'

Friday November 28th, 2014 04:46:05 PM
Red State editor Ben Howe jumped on Twitter the day before Thanksgiving to share his take on a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The conservative editor's takeaway on Wednesday was brief but clear: He tweeted that, if he were in Wilson's position, he would have "shot Mike Brown right in his face."Howe stuck around to field questions from other Twitter users.Give me a gun. Put me in Darren Wilson’s shoes. I’d have shot Mike Brown right in his face.— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) November 26, 2014@LexiSimonson you don’t think a person should be allowed to defend themselves?— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) November 27, 2014@LexiSimonson if you have shot him multiple times and he’s still coming, what do you do? Take him down if you can.— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) November 27, 2014He appeared to address his critics once more on Friday:What if I don’t care if you’re offended?— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) November 28, 2014I’m being trolled by a collection of people I’m sure I beat up in high school. Karma is a bitch.— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) July 25, 2014

Deep-Red Wyoming Releases Plan To Expand Medicaid Under O-Care

Friday November 28th, 2014 03:20:29 PM
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's administration is officially recommending that the state expand Medicaid under Obamacare, making the Republican governor the latest conservative to embrace a key pillar of the health care reform law.The state department of health released a modified plan to expand the low-income insurance plan, the Casper Star-Tribune reported, which pulls from the alternative expansion plans pursued by some other states. "I believe it is the most favorable plan for Wyoming and it addresses the needs of those who fall in the gap," Mead said in announcing the plan. "If the Legislature chooses not to authorize Medicaid expansion, I would ask and expect them to have an alternative for the 17,000 people who do not have coverage in Wyoming."Mead's administration has been negotiating with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since July. It must also be approved by the state legislature.Under the proposal, Medicaid enrollees would have small co-payments and those above the poverty line would have monthly premiums. They would also be given access to state job assistance programs.

PHOTOS: Walmart Workers Organize Largest Black Friday Protest Ever

Friday November 28th, 2014 03:15:22 PM
Walmart workers and activists on Friday staged protests throughout the U.S. to call for higher wages, better hours and full-time benefits.This year's Black Friday protests are expected for be the largest ever, held at about 1600 stores throughout the country, according to Mother Jones. .@rweingarten and Bertha Lewis, president of The Black Institute with #WalmartStrikers in North Bergen, NJ. pic.twitter.com/FeIr9MLEpS— AFT (@AFTunion) November 28, 2014RT @WMTFreeNYC: #WalmartStrikers in North Bergen, NJ currently blocked by police, singing hymns #BlackFriday pic.twitter.com/SgoGt5JMbc— Making Change @ WMT (@ChangeWalmart) November 28, 2014"On Strike!" at Walmart. It's only a Black Friday if you cross a picket line. pic.twitter.com/EuktCbZTZx— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) November 28, 2014I stand with #WalmartStrikers for #15andFullTime! http://t.co/bNdCNweeD2 pic.twitter.com/S10906yLSW @WalmartNewsroom— Doug Foote (@FooteSteppes) November 28, 2014100+ stand in solidarity w #WalmartStrikers on thanksgiving in DC pic.twitter.com/Spqc8rsooQ— DC Jobs With Justice (@DCJWJ) November 28, 2014#WalmartStrikers outside DC @Walmart calling for $15/hr and FT hours pic.twitter.com/l4etyu82Xl— The Other 98% (@other98) November 28, 2014#BREAKING: Walmart workers on Strike #forRespect in #chicago @ChicagoJwJ @ourwalmart @UAW @UFCW @ pic.twitter.com/VMTUAVdWnF— Ada Fuentes (@SarubnoH) November 28, 2014Colorado stands with #WalmartStrikers ! pic.twitter.com/LUp9ZRSDHo— OURWalmart-Colorado (@OURWMTColorado) November 25, 2014

How Rudy Went Full Stormfront

Friday November 28th, 2014 01:42:00 PM
Rudy Giuliani was never really about the healing when it came to talking about race in America. But in the days surrounding the Ferguson grand jury news he seemed to renounce whatever restraint he'd ever had on the issue and return to it with a gusto after more than a decade spent focusing on hating on Arabs. So we asked Dylan Scott to find out just what happened. Great piece. Check it out.

Rudy Giuliani Uses Ferguson To Take His Race Baiting To Whole New Level

Friday November 28th, 2014 05:29:38 PM
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been on a tear since Sunday, turning himself into a B storyline as he offers what you might call unvarnished takes on race and crime in America amid the tension in Ferguson, Mo. It started with a "Meet The Press" panel, when he told a black panelist that white police officers wouldn't be in black communities if "you weren't killing each other."And he hasn't let up while a grand jury has decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's shooting and heated protests have followed.Giuliani isn't a stranger to racially charged rhetoric, dating back to his time as mayor, but these recent comments were striking even to one of Giuliani's biographers who was quite familiar with the former mayor's past rhetoric on these issues. "Some of this stuff has struck me as a little over-the-top even for him," Andrew Kirtzman, a former journalist and now a vice president at Global Strategy Group, who wrote a 2001 book about Giuliani, said in a phone interview. "But this is the man who when asked what he had done for the black community in New York, back in the 90s, he said, 'Well, they're still alive to begin with.'""So this is not completely out of character for him, and it's a theme he relishes," Kirtzman said. "But there does seem to be kind of a lack of restraint, even on the Giuliani scale, for some of the things he's been saying."Giuliani, from his time as a federal prosecutor to his 1993 election as mayor and subsequent pursuit of a tough policing agenda that attracted criticism on racial grounds, has always walked the edge when discussing race, as the New York Times detailed in 2007. But, as Kirtzman explained, his recent comments on Ferguson are still jarring.First, Giuliani said Sunday that black-on-black crime was "the reason for the heavy police presence in the black community."White police officers won't be there if you weren't killing each other 70 percent of the time," he said to a fellow "Meet the Press" guest, Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson, who is black.He didn't back down from that position either, rather diving even fuller into the ills of black-on-black crime the next day.“The danger to a black child in America is not a white police officer. That’s going to happen less than one percent of the time," Giuliani said Monday on Fox News. "The danger to a black child -- if it was my child -- the danger is another black."He then referenced the reduction in crime during his time as mayor."I used to look at our crime reduction, and the reason we reduced homicide by 65 percent is because we reduced it in the black community," he said. "Because there is virtually no homicide in the white community."Then after the news of no indictment for Wilson and resulting protests that turned violent, Giuliani went on CNN on Tuesday to talk about "racial arsonists" and the need for the black community to be "trained.""When the president was talking last night about training the police, of course, the police should be trained," he said. "He also should have spent 15 minutes on training the [black] community to stop killing each other. In numbers that are incredible -- incredible -- 93 percent of blacks are shot by other blacks. They are killing each other. And the racial arsonists, who enjoyed last night, this was their day of glory."So there it is.Kirtzman said it was no accident that Giuliani had veered into such territory and returned to it repeatedly in his various press appearances this week."If you look how many interviews he's done since then to talk about this again, he's into it," he said. "He was never cautious about inflaming situations with his rhetoric, that was always the downside of his candor."There might also be a personal element, too, Kirtzman said. Rev. Al Sharpton has been one of the most vocal civil rights leaders talking about Ferguson and he has appeared alongside the Brown family more than once. He and Giuliani, of course, were bitter rivals during the latter's mayorship, with the mayor trying to box Sharpton out of the city's power circle and Sharpton retaliating by leading anti-Giuliani protests.Those past battles came to mind when Giuliani started talking about Ferguson so inflammatorily, Kirtzman said."Part of this is just his visceral revulsion at Al Sharpton. They have a very long history and this to me kind of has an element of an old battle playing out on the national stage," he said. "All these years later, it's really Sharpton's star that has ascended. He's more powerful than ever.""When I listened to Giuliani's comments," Kirtzman said, "it all resonates back to the old battles from 1993 to 2000."

Go See This

Thursday November 27th, 2014 07:39:06 PM
Most infographics don't add that much. But this one is very helpful in understanding some broad outlines about the Wilson grand jury. PBS Newshour has gone through the transcripts and created a straightforward chart showing what each witness said on several key questions. Were Brown's hands up? Was he charging Wilson? Was he running away when fired upon? It's important to note that not all witnesses are equal. Some were further, some closer, etc. But a couple things become immediately clear: one is that there was no 'what the eyewitnesses said'. There was a lot of disagreement over just what happened. I've heard a lot of Wilson supporters saying today that 'the witnesses' backed up Wilson's account. That's clearly not the case if we're talking about all or even a majority of those who testified. If anything more seemed to have backed key elements of the Brown supporters' narrative. According to the chart, 6 said Brown charged at Wilson or Wilson's car. On the other hand, 13 said that Brown put his hands up when Wilson fired on him.It's difficult to pin things down with much specificity because most witnesses either weren't asked or didn't answer most of the questions. Each side of the story, awkward a way as that may be to put it, had witnesses who back key elements of their version of events.

Obamacare Returns To SCOTUS: Will John Roberts Crush It This Time?

Thursday November 27th, 2014 11:23:30 PM
Chief Justice John Roberts may be feeling a flash of déjà vu.For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case aimed at toppling Obamacare. Roberts again finds himself caught between the wishes of a movement that made him America's most powerful judge, and the reputation of his institution which is being asked to cripple a sitting president's signature law for the first time in nearly 80 years. The big question on the minds of conservative legal advocates is: can Roberts bring himself to crush Obamacare this time after he dashed their hopes in 2012?"He's under the same pressure that he was under in 2012, where his natural allies really want him to gut the statute and be done with it. And as you saw when he voted to sustain Obamacare, the right came fairly close to accusing him of treason," said Lucas A. Powe, a Supreme Court historian and law professor at the University of Texas, Austin. "The belief is that if conservatives come to a conclusion, then their justices must have the identical conclusion."John Yoo, a former Bush administration lawyer, wrote in the conservative magazine National Review that the case gives Roberts an "opportunity to atone for his judicial sin of two years ago" — choice language to direct at a devout Catholic. "Not many judges have the chance to make up for the mistakes of the past."Unlike the 2012 case, King v. Burwell doesn't present any constitutional questions, nor is there a split in the lower courts that necessitated a resolution by the Supreme Court. The case is simply about how the Affordable Care Act statute ought to be interpreted — whether the IRS erred when permitting premium tax credits to be utilized on the federally-run insurance exchange, which today serves 7 million Americans in 36 states. A defeat for the White House stands to gravely damage the architecture of Obamacare, making insurance unaffordable for many."The institutional interests of the Court are stronger at this point [than in 2012] because the law is now in place and providing health coverage for millions of Americans who didn't have it when the first challenge was heard," said Doug Kendall, the president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, a progressive group helping with the legal defense of Obamacare. "If Chief Justice Roberts wanted to strike down this law he would have been smarter to do it before it went into effect than he would be in 2015."The political atmospherics of the new Obamacare case are hard to ignore. Michael Carvin, the lead attorney arguing against Obamacare, correctly predicted Supreme Court action back in late September, telling TPM: "I don't know that four justices, who are needed to [take the case] here, are going to give much of a damn about what a bunch of Obama appointees on the D.C. Circuit think. This is a hugely important case." Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts greets President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, prior to the president's State of the Union address. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Asked if he believes he would ultimately lose the votes of any the five Republican-appointed justices, Carvin said, "Oh, I don't think so."The conservative challengers point to a poorly worded section of Obamacare which they argue prohibits the provision of insurance tax credits to residents of the 36 states which didn't build their own exchange and turned the task over to the federal government. Obamacare architects, meanwhile, have stressed that they intended for the subsidies to be available to Americans in every state, and argue that the law as a whole backs up that case.There's little doubt among legal experts that the real-life impacts of the case will play a role with Roberts, who is widely known to be protective of the Supreme Court's reputation."I think that the consequences of [judges'] decisions factor into most of their thinking to some extent. No one lives in a box. They all live in the real world and they're all attentive to some extent, as any human being would be, to the consequences of their decisions," said Brian Fitzpatrick, a law professor at Vanderbilt University and former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia.Legal scholars say the decision in King is likely to come down to Roberts and potentially Justice Anthony Kennedy, who have more ambiguous views of statutory construction than the seven other members. "The four liberals are wired in, and [Justices Antonin] Scalia and [Clarence] Thomas are wired in, and I assume [Samuel] Alito will vote with the conservatives," Powe said. "Roberts and Kennedy are up for grabs."Both sides are jockeying. Conservative legal scholars claim judicial restraint means letting the law go forward without the subsidies, and leave it to Congress to sort it out. Progressive lawyers say it's the height of judicial activism for the Supreme Court to preempt a pending December hearing at the D.C. Circuit court by taking the case. (The hearing was canceled as a result.)"He's got that bullshit line in Shelby County v. Holder: Congress can fix this. Obviously Roberts knows Congress isn't going to fix it," Powe said. "In this case he can easily say again, oh, Congress is gonna fix it. He knows it won't."The Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell early in 2015 with a probable decision be the end of June.In the 2012 case, Kennedy was among four justices who voted to wipe out Obamacare in its entirety. Roberts issued a response to conservatives hoping the Court would overturn the law, writing in his 5-4 majority opinion, "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices."

Obama Teases Critics Of His Immigration Action While Pardoning Turkeys

Wednesday November 26th, 2014 09:15:34 PM
President Obama on Wednesday partook in the annual White House tradition of pardoning two turkeys in celebration of Thanksgiving. This year he used the official pardoning ceremony as an opportunity to comment on and poke fun at the conservative backlash over his recent executive actions on immigration."I am here to announce what I'm sure will be the most talked about executive action this month," Obama said. "Today, I am taking an action fully within my legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrats and Republican presidents before me, to spare the lives of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese, from a terrible and delicious fate.""They'll get to live out the rest of their days respectively at a Virginia estate with 10,000 acres of roaming space,” Obama continued. “I know some will call this amnesty."Watch the video below, courtesy of PBS:

Happy Black Friday, Your Credit Card Information Could Very Likely Be Stolen Again

Wednesday November 26th, 2014 05:55:01 PM Lauren C. Williams

Over the past year, Target and other retailers have worked hard to repair their images. But since last holiday season, the industry is not much better prepared to stop another attack.The post Happy Black Friday, Your Credit Card Information Could Very Likely Be Stolen Again appeared first on ThinkProgress.

City Passes Historic Retail Workers Bill Of Rights

Wednesday November 26th, 2014 01:58:01 PM Bryce Covert

San Francisco's retail workers will now get two weeks' notice of schedules and pay if their shifts are canceled.The post City Passes Historic Retail Workers Bill Of Rights appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Congress Poised To Eliminate Key Tax Breaks For Middle Class, Provide Permanent Tax Breaks For Corporations

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 07:47:21 PM Igor Volsky

The package of tax breaks would permanently extend relief for big multinational corporations without providing breaks for middle or lower-income families. The post Congress Poised To Eliminate Key Tax Breaks For Middle Class, Provide Permanent Tax Breaks For Corporations appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Will Your State Make Life Easier For Working Families Next Year?

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 04:42:29 PM Bryce Covert

This year saw a flurry of activity on work/family issues at the state and local level, and next year could bring even more.The post Will Your State Make Life Easier For Working Families Next Year? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Nation’s Largest Food Bank Reduces Portions, Turns Away Needy After Massive Food Stamp Cuts

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 02:48:51 PM Alan Pyke

Food stamp cuts in 2013 erased about 56 million meals' worth of benefit payments to New York City's hungry, driving demand for food bank services in the city so high that the charities had to cut back their offerings and even turn people away.The post Nation’s Largest Food Bank Reduces Portions, Turns Away Needy After Massive Food Stamp Cuts appeared first on ThinkProgress.

T-Mobile Ordered To Stop Secretly Throttling Customers’ Data

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 02:40:14 PM Lauren C. Williams

Now that the FCC has stepped in, T-Mobile has to tell customers the truth about data throttling. The post T-Mobile Ordered To Stop Secretly Throttling Customers’ Data appeared first on ThinkProgress.

EXCLUSIVE: 43 Sexual Harassment Cases That Were Thrown Out Because Of One Supreme Court Decision

Monday November 24th, 2014 04:24:48 PM Bryce Covert

An exclusive analysis for ThinkProgress finds that 43 sexual harassment cases were thrown out because of Vance v. Ball State University.The post EXCLUSIVE: 43 Sexual Harassment Cases That Were Thrown Out Because Of One Supreme Court Decision appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Old Navy Responds To Consumer Backlash Over Charging Plus Size Women More

Monday November 24th, 2014 01:43:41 PM Bryce Covert

Old Navy will now allow in-store returns on plus size clothes and will convene a customer feedback panel.The post Old Navy Responds To Consumer Backlash Over Charging Plus Size Women More appeared first on ThinkProgress.

First Grader Was Told ‘Guess What, You Can’t Have Lunch’ Because His Family Was In Debt

Saturday November 22nd, 2014 02:28:31 PM Bryce Covert

Xavier's parents are speaking out so that no other child feels the "hurt" of being denied a lunch.The post First Grader Was Told ‘Guess What, You Can’t Have Lunch’ Because His Family Was In Debt appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Facebook’s Bus Drivers Form Union To Fight Low Wages And Grueling Hours

Friday November 21st, 2014 08:16:50 PM Lauren C. Williams

Low-wage industry workers are turning to unions for better pay.The post Facebook’s Bus Drivers Form Union To Fight Low Wages And Grueling Hours appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Facebook Of Real Estate Allegedly Forced Workers To Skip Meals And Work Without Pay

Friday November 21st, 2014 04:13:17 PM Lauren C. Williams

Zillow could have to pay $5 million in unpaid, undocumented overtime as part of a class-action lawsuit.The post The Facebook Of Real Estate Allegedly Forced Workers To Skip Meals And Work Without Pay appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ft. Lauderdale Arrests Homeless Man At Meeting To Honor National Homeless Week

Friday November 21st, 2014 01:40:56 PM Scott Keyes

The latest volley in Ft. Lauderdale's war against the homeless.The post Ft. Lauderdale Arrests Homeless Man At Meeting To Honor National Homeless Week appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Walmart Asks Employees To Donate Food To Help Feed Their Coworkers

Thursday November 20th, 2014 08:26:02 PM Alan Pyke

Walmart workers at one of the low-wage retail giant's Oklahoma City locations are being asked to help keep each other fed during the holiday season, marking the possible re-emergence of employee food drives that drew criticism last year.The post Walmart Asks Employees To Donate Food To Help Feed Their Coworkers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Many Homeless People Will Freeze To Death This Winter?

Thursday November 20th, 2014 08:19:05 PM Scott Keyes

The recent cold snap has already caused at least one death.The post How Many Homeless People Will Freeze To Death This Winter? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Thousands Of U.K. Students Take To The Streets To Demand An End To College Tuition

Thursday November 20th, 2014 08:06:15 PM Joaquim Moreira Salles

As student debt spirals out of control in the U.K., students call for a free higher education system.The post Thousands Of U.K. Students Take To The Streets To Demand An End To College Tuition appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How The Youngest Member Of Obama’s Cabinet Plans To Tackle The Homelessness Crisis

Thursday November 20th, 2014 05:19:47 PM Alice Ollstein

He might have to work around a new Republican Congress bent on pursuing further budget cuts.The post How The Youngest Member Of Obama’s Cabinet Plans To Tackle The Homelessness Crisis appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Target Employee Says Workers Are Threatened With Termination If They Refuse To Work On Thanksgiving

Thursday November 20th, 2014 04:00:50 PM Bryce Covert

He says Target employees aren't allowed to ask for the holiday off and risk being fired if they don't show up.The post Target Employee Says Workers Are Threatened With Termination If They Refuse To Work On Thanksgiving appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Business Experts Warn Microsoft Investors Not To Approve A Major Payday For Its CEO

Thursday November 20th, 2014 03:06:23 PM Alan Pyke

Microsoft's CEO pay plan doesn't do enough to link the boss's interests to the company's, according to an influential observer.The post Business Experts Warn Microsoft Investors Not To Approve A Major Payday For Its CEO appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Journalists Aren’t The Only People Uber Is Bullying

Thursday November 20th, 2014 02:32:19 PM Lauren C. Williams

Uber's problems go deeper than its beef with journalists.The post Journalists Aren’t The Only People Uber Is Bullying appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Whole Foods Responds To Workers’ Demands By Increasing Wages

Wednesday November 19th, 2014 07:51:59 PM Joaquim Moreira Salles

Management has announced a $1.25 wage increase, less than what workers demanded but still setting a precedent.The post Whole Foods Responds To Workers’ Demands By Increasing Wages appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Officers Who Shot 12-Year-Old Holding Toy Gun Refused To Give Him First Aid

Friday November 28th, 2014 04:03:49 PM Judd Legum

They shot him within 2 seconds of arriving on the scene.The post Officers Who Shot 12-Year-Old Holding Toy Gun Refused To Give Him First Aid appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Darren Wilson And George Zimmerman Described Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin The Same Way

Wednesday November 26th, 2014 06:19:03 PM Alice Ollstein

Wilson and Zimmerman tell eerily similar stories. The post Darren Wilson And George Zimmerman Described Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin The Same Way appeared first on ThinkProgress.

MAP: Country Lights Up With Ferguson Solidarity Protests

Wednesday November 26th, 2014 05:53:37 PM Annie-Rose Strasser

All told, 41 states had solidarity protests in honor of Mike Brown on Tuesday. The post MAP: Country Lights Up With Ferguson Solidarity Protests appeared first on ThinkProgress.

BREAKING: Justice Ginsburg Has Heart Surgery

Wednesday November 26th, 2014 03:31:04 PM Ian Millhiser

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court's oldest member and its senior-most liberal, "underwent a coronary catheterization procedure" on Wednesday morning "to place a stent in her right coronary artery," according to a press release from the Supreme Court.The post BREAKING: Justice Ginsburg Has Heart Surgery appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Justice Scalia Explains What Was Wrong With The Ferguson Grand Jury

Wednesday November 26th, 2014 03:13:18 PM Judd Legum

Compare Justice Scalia's description of the role of the grand jury to what the prosecutors told the Ferguson grand jury.The post Justice Scalia Explains What Was Wrong With The Ferguson Grand Jury appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A Texas Lawmaker’s Bizarre Plan To Secede From The Union One Law At A Time

Wednesday November 26th, 2014 02:38:08 PM Ian Millhiser

The Constitution: not optional, even in Texas.The post A Texas Lawmaker’s Bizarre Plan To Secede From The Union One Law At A Time appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What You Need To Know To Win An Immigration Argument With Your Right-Wing Uncle This Thanksgiving

Wednesday November 26th, 2014 02:02:21 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

ThinkProgress has your back this Thanksgiving if your uncle decides to ask, "Did anyone watch Obummer’s decision on executive action last week?" The post What You Need To Know To Win An Immigration Argument With Your Right-Wing Uncle This Thanksgiving appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ferguson Residents Speak Out: ‘I Just Started Crying, Because There Is No Hope For Us’

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 10:16:10 PM Carimah Townes

ThinkProgress sat down with Ferguson residents to talk about last night's grand jury decision and civil unrest.The post Ferguson Residents Speak Out: ‘I Just Started Crying, Because There Is No Hope For Us’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Experts Blast Ferguson Prosecutor’s Press Conference, Legal Strategy

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 07:54:26 PM Alice Ollstein

“It was clear the prosecutor was partisan in this case, and not partisan in the way prosecutors usually are, which is to get people indicted.”The post Experts Blast Ferguson Prosecutor’s Press Conference, Legal Strategy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Four Ways Officer Darren Wilson And The Ferguson Police Could Still Be Held Accountable In Court

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 04:51:20 PM Ian Millhiser

Now that this grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Wilson, however, there are still legal avenues available that could lead to Wilson -- and the rest of the police department in Ferguson -- having to justify their actions in court.The post Four Ways Officer Darren Wilson And The Ferguson Police Could Still Be Held Accountable In Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Startling Photos Of Ferguson The Morning After

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 03:14:00 PM Annie-Rose Strasser

The smell of smoke was still acrid in the air. The post Startling Photos Of Ferguson The Morning After appeared first on ThinkProgress.

PHOTOS: What Happened To One DC Campus After The Grand Jury Decision

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 02:20:39 PM Annie-Rose Strasser

In the nation's capital, the crowd of protesters swelled to over 1,000 shortly after midnight. The post PHOTOS: What Happened To One DC Campus After The Grand Jury Decision appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Many Michael Browns? 7 Other Lives Cut Short By Police Since Ferguson

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 02:00:58 PM Nicole Flatow

In the movement fighting police brutality, each of their names has become hashtags. But much of the public hasn't heard nearly as much about them.The post How Many Michael Browns? 7 Other Lives Cut Short By Police Since Ferguson appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ferguson Goes Under No-Fly Zone, Hampering Aerial News Coverage Of Protests

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 04:58:18 AM Annie-Rose Strasser

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a no-fly zone over Ferguson, Missouri on Monday night, after a Grand Jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Mike Brown. The post Ferguson Goes Under No-Fly Zone, Hampering Aerial News Coverage Of Protests appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ferguson Grand Jury Does Not Charge Darren Wilson

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 02:26:13 AM Nicole Flatow

Darren Wilson may never face a trial to assess guilt or innocence. The post Ferguson Grand Jury Does Not Charge Darren Wilson appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Legal Experts Explain Why The Ferguson Grand Jury Was Set Up For Failure

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 02:10:18 AM Judd Legum

A rigged game?The post Legal Experts Explain Why The Ferguson Grand Jury Was Set Up For Failure appeared first on ThinkProgress.

3 Reasons Why Republicans Should Get Behind Obama’s Executive Action

Monday November 24th, 2014 08:58:13 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Strengthening border security and retaining high-skilled workers are among the components of Obama's executive action. The post 3 Reasons Why Republicans Should Get Behind Obama’s Executive Action appeared first on ThinkProgress.

As Verdict Looms In Ferguson, Activists Play The Long Game

Monday November 24th, 2014 05:31:50 PM Carimah Townes

Although the grand jury decision over whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson is at the center of the recently crafted media narrative, it is not the sole focus of organizers working in and around Ferguson. The post As Verdict Looms In Ferguson, Activists Play The Long Game appeared first on ThinkProgress.

These Two Men Spent 39 Years In Jail And Were Sentenced To Death For A Crime They Did Not Commit

Monday November 24th, 2014 01:51:41 PM Ian Millhiser

The two men, plus one other, were original sentenced to die based on the coerced statement of a 13 year-old boy.The post These Two Men Spent 39 Years In Jail And Were Sentenced To Death For A Crime They Did Not Commit appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Meet The Two Men Who Ran 550 Miles, From Atlanta To Michael Brown’s Memorial In Ferguson

Monday November 24th, 2014 03:36:09 AM Carimah Townes

Meet the two men running for justice. The post Meet The Two Men Who Ran 550 Miles, From Atlanta To Michael Brown’s Memorial In Ferguson appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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