Ringling Bros. ending iconic elephant acts

Thursday March 5th, 2015 01:27:00 PM Associated Press
The circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment, told The Associated Press exclusively that the acts will be phased out by 2018.

'Superbug' found in second LA hospital

Thursday March 5th, 2015 01:19:09 PM Jane C. Timm
Four more people in Los Angeles have contracted an antibiotic-resistant superbug at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center that’s been linked to a medical scope.

Ben Carson trips over 'gay issues'

Thursday March 5th, 2015 01:00:16 PM Steve Benen
The Republican presidential hopeful said he had proof that homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice. His argument didn't go well -- and neither did his apology.

Ana Marie Cox: I have found gratitude

Thursday March 5th, 2015 12:53:23 PM
The Daily Beast's Ana Marie Cox joins Morning Joe to discuss the response she has received since penning a Daily Beast column on why she came out as a Christian.

The Christie connection and other headlines

Thursday March 5th, 2015 12:44:15 PM Tricia McKinney
Morning headlines: ex official says Chris Christie's office was driving force behind Exxon settlement, Hillary Clinton to State: make my emails public.

Lynch confirmation vote postponed again

Thursday March 5th, 2015 12:44:00 PM
Rachel Maddow reports that a vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch at attorney general to replace Eric Holder has been put off again by at least another week, during which time Eric Holder will remain in office.

Report: Ferguson offices competed on charges

Thursday March 5th, 2015 12:24:03 PM
The Justice Department's full review of the Ferguson Police Department was released on Wednesday, which found that Officer Darren Wilson acted in self-defense. MSNBC's Trymaine Lee joins Morning Joe to discuss.

Rev's Early Reads: March 5

Thursday March 5th, 2015 11:53:48 AM Dann McDorman
Hillary Clinton breaks silence on email controversy... protests in Ferguson... new poll on civil rights challenges from 50 years ago -- and today.

School district to recognize Muslim holidays

Thursday March 5th, 2015 11:32:22 AM
New York City public schools will be observing two major Muslim holidays: Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr for the first time.

Joe: I'm stunned at the racism of Ferguson PD

Thursday March 5th, 2015 11:12:53 AM
Top Talkers: The Justice Department's full review of the Ferguson Police Department was released on Wednesday, which found that Officer Darren Wilson acted in self-defense. The Morning Joe panel discusses.

Larry Wilmore Commemorates A Year Of Legal Pot In Colorado (VIDEO)

Thursday March 5th, 2015 01:24:30 PM
"The Nightly Show" host Larry Wilmore dedicated Wednesday night's show to the issue of legalized cannabis, asking if America would "pass that fatty." "What people want to know is: what are the longterm effects of legalizing marijuana?" Wilmore asked.He checked in with Colorado, which has enjoyed legalized cannabis for the past year, and discovered that the state added $60 million in revenue."$60 million in revuene?" Wilmore said, amazed. "Who knew there was money in drugs! Surprise!"On the negative side, Wilmore listed residents complaining of the "smell of weed" and Mexican drug cartels trying to push cheaper heroin."But on the positive side, cheaper heroin," he noted.Watch the clip:

Stewart Needles Hillary Clinton And State Department On Email-Gate (VIDEO)

Thursday March 5th, 2015 12:36:32 PM
Jon Stewart waffled between bafflement and ridicule on Wednesday as he processed the news that Hillary Clinton may have violated federal regulations by using a personal email account while serving as secretary of state. It took Stewart a while to understand why it was such a big deal, given that it wouldn't stop Clinton from steamrolling any other Democratic candidate in 2016. But he started to see the humor in the situation as State Department officials scrambled to contain the damage.Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters on Wednesday that Hillary performed due diligence by "providing the State Department with 55,000 pages" of emails."I think 55,000 is a pretty big number," Harf added."It is a big number," Stewart said, suppressing laughter. "There are bigger!""That's the crazy thing about numbers," he added. "You can always top 'em. Someone could be like, 'You have a hundred dalmatians? That's a fuckload of dalmatians! I can't imagine anyone having more than a hundred dalmatians!'"Stewart went silent as images from "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" appeared on screen.At one point Harf told a reporter she had no idea if the 55,000 pages Clinton turned over was "everything" because she's not "in her email.""If you were in her email you'd be starring in the most boring Tron sequel of all time," Stewart said.Watch the clip, courtesy of Comedy Central:

Carson 'Regrets' Using Prison Example To Prove Being Gay Is A Choice

Thursday March 5th, 2015 12:28:28 PM
Dr. Ben Carson apologized late Wednesday for citing gay sex in prison to argue that homosexuality is a choice, although he asserted that there's no conclusive proof that people who identify as gay were born that way. The potential Republican 2016 contender, who just announced Tuesday that he'd formed a presidential exploratory committee, made waves when he told CNN's Chris Cuomo that being gay was "absolutely" a choice."Because a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight -- and when they come out they're gay," Carson said on "New Day." "So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."In a statement issued to CNN later in the day, Carson said he "realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues.""I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation," he continued, as quoted by CNN. "I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended."The retired neurosurgeon then invoked his medical expertise and argued "up until this point there have been no definitive studies that people are born into a specific sexuality."But before he issued that apology, Carson took a shot at what he described as CNN's selective editing in an interview on Fox News host Sean Hannity's radio show that was flagged by Mediaite.“It was a 25 minute interview they chopped. You see what part they emphasized,” Carson told Hannity. "We talked about some really important things. None of that was brought up."Carson also said he'd gotten wise to the media's game and vowed not to take the bait on gay rights again."I simply have decided I’m not going to really talk about that issue anymore," he told Hannity. "Because every time I’m gaining momentum the liberal press says, ‘Let’s talk about gay rights.’ I’m just not going to fall for that anymore.”

Hillary Clinton Speaks Out: 'I Want The Public To See My Email'

Thursday March 5th, 2015 11:54:46 AM
Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night addressed reports that she'd exclusively used a private email account to conduct business as secretary of state, adding that she'd asked the State Department to release her emails to the public. Clinton weighed in on the matter for the first time in public via Twitter:I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 5, 2015The House Select Committee on Benghazi subpoenaed the State Department earlier Wednesday for all correspondence related to the deadly 2012 attacks in Libya from accounts registered to Clinton's private email server, as well as the personal email accounts of any of her staff members.State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement that the agency was complying with Clinton's request, but that the public would have to wait a while before getting the chance to trawl through the former secretary of state's email trove."The State Department will review for public release the emails provided by Secretary Clinton to the department, using a normal process that guides such releases," Harf said, as quoted by NBC News. "Given the sheer volume of the document set, this review will take some time to complete."This post has been updated.

TPM Interview: Why MSNBC Is Showing More Mika And Less Scarborough Now

Thursday March 5th, 2015 01:26:22 AM
MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski doesn't go on frequent weekend jaunts to the south of France, contrary to what her "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough would have you believe.Scarborough loves to zing Brzezinski with the south-of-France line when they disagree on a heated topic -- most recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's disputed address to the U.S. Congress. TPM was speaking to Brzezinski by phone this week about her upcoming five-city "Know Your Value" tour when Scarborough jumped on the line to explain the whole France thing was just an "inside joke.""It’s one of the great scams of 'Morning Joe,' which I paint Mika out to be an east coast elitist that does all of these things," Scarborough said. "The truth is I actually travel around a lot more than she does. She’s got two teenage girls, and she basically works and raises teenage girls."It may be all in jest, but that perception of Brzezinski as the jet-setting daughter of a former national security adviser masks just how hard she's worked to earn her spot at the "Morning Joe" table -- and stay there after MSNBC initially refused to give her a raise. That story was recounted in Brzezinski's 2011 bestselling book "Knowing Your Value," which continues to resonate with so many women that she and MSNBC now have developed a similarly named tour to workshop what women get wrong when they try to articulate their value to their employers.Brezezinski spoke with TPM on Monday about the tour, her new female-heavy "Mika" segment of the MSNBC show and the one "Knowing Your Value" success story that gave her chills. Scarborough chimed in with some kind words about his co-host's journey, too.The interview has been edited for length and clarity. TPM: Why did you decide to expand last year's "Know Your Value" conference in Hartford, Conn. into a whole series of events now?Mika Brzezinski: I wrote the book “Knowing Your Value” in 2012 and women still come up to me on the street and say, “I read your book, I got a raise.” “I read your book, I got a raise.” The types of women that come up to me are literally the entire spectrum from top to bottom in terms of success and pay scale. So I realized I hadn’t just touched a nerve with a few people in a certain circle, I had really touched some universal nerves in terms of how women really struggle when it comes to advocating for themselves, especially for money. So I put together the conference in Hartford on my own and it was such a complete success that I went to MSNBC and said “I want to go national with this. Would you join me?” They were so unbelievably supportive and I don’t even think supportive is the word. We joined as partners, as a team. We’re doing five cities and we had a couple of announcements today about what we’re going to be doing and it’s going swimmingly, as they say.Was this a big vindication moment for you? Because it seems like the original pay dispute was such a seminal moment in your career.It was a seminal moment in my life as a woman, really. Money is sort of a metaphor for anything, any relationship, quite frankly. If you can’t get value out of your relationship with your employer, how can you get value out of your relationship with your husband or your kids or your friends? You have to get value back and women tend to put themselves aside so much when it comes to advocating for others that we forget to advocate for ourselves. I had done that for so long that I truly broke a cycle, a bad cycle, when that was fixed. The very men I was negotiating with and competing with, meaning Joe and Phil [Griffin, president of MSNBC], are the men who are lifting me up and supporting this movement almost louder than me today.On the subject of Joe, how is he going to be involved? He’s going to be a speaker, right?He’s coming. He’s going to be a judge in the bonus competition, but he’s also going to be -- we have our first session after ["Today" show host] Hoda Kotb does her fireside chat and the CEO of Johnson & Johnson and I kick things off, and right before Elizabeth Warren in our Philadelphia conference we’re going to do a session called "closing the deal." We’re going to have Katty Kay, who’s going to be doing the Confidence Code quiz, and Donny Deutch, who’s going to be talking about the differences in the way men and women negotiate. Joe and I are going to role play on stage, showing the different ways we got our raises or lack thereof. Then we’re going to have some other players -- successful women who have yet to be named -- really giving advice on how to negotiate the best deal for yourself. So Joe’s going to be role playing with me on stage and he’s also going to be a judge in the bonus competition.So for that bonus competition, what is that going to look like? Is it game-show style, is it a pageant-style question and answer session?It’s a pageant meets a reality show meets a makeover show. But it’s all smart. Don’t call Donald Trump! It’s so cool. We did this in Hartford and we’re doing it again in every city. I just announced today that women need to get on the website, msnbc.com/knowyourvalue, and upload a one-minute video of themselves pitching me for a bonus. All you do is hold your phone up in selfie mode and take a one-minute video of yourself telling Mika why you deserve a bonus. You can be a stay-at-home mom, you can be a dog walker, you can be a CEO, you can be a working mom, you can be a dental hygienist, you can be a corporate lawyer. Quite frankly, when it comes to actually getting on camera and pitching yourself, you’ll notice women from all walks of life and all challenges and all mediums struggle with the same things and say the same things. We apologize, we self-deprecate, we don’t know how to be forceful and look straight into camera or straight into that boss’ eye and speak your mind about your value. So we’re going to ask women to do that on video and send their videos in and we are going to choose three finalists in each city.Those three finalists are going to work with the "Know Your Value" team and get a makeover, get a fashion makeover, they’re going to get a lot of counseling on everything from nutrition to fitness to a sense of mindfulness and purpose in life to editing and coaching them on their actual pitches. They’re going to go down to the Johnson & Johnson human performance institute in Orlando, Florida and they’re going to work with a team of coaches down there and then those coaches are going to fly to their homes and work with them one on one. Brook Shields have just joined in and offered to help these women. Michelle Smith of Milly designs is going to be dressing every single one of them to put their best foot forward during their pitch on the big stage. Then on April 10 our first set of finalists will get on stage and have a live pitch-off a minute or less why they have value and one of those women, right there on the spot, are gonna win $10,000.What are you and the judges looking for in selecting finalists? Can you throw out any tips?Great stories, confidence and for that woman to truly know her value and communicate it effectively. That can happen in a number of different ways and as long as they’re authentic, they will be effective.What would you say the tour has to offer for women who would say “Yeah, I’m pretty successful in my career already.” Is there space for them as well?Absolutely. If you read my book, you’ll see “Oh, I do that. Yep, I do that. Oh, I need to stop doing that!” Because this is the part of the conversation that we can control. There’s a lot about the pay gap out there that we can’t control. But I think 50 percent we can. I’m on a mission to close that gap. Out of all of those women who’ve come up to you over the years to say that your book helped them, does any one story stand out?Yeah. Some of them have been amazing, and I’m at a loss of words honestly as to how many have come up to me and how I feel when it happens. But, the one that was just like a “wow!” to me was -- I was doing a photo shoot for Adweek with [Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief] Joanna Coles and there was this woman, Nadja Bellan-White. I had met her at a couple of events and we just sort of were drawn to each other, like we’d totally be better friends if we both had the time. She was really struggling with how to push forward and move ahead in her company, and what could she ask for even if she did. So I saw her at the shoot and we were sitting around waiting for people to take our picture. We were just talking as they were moving us around, like "Yeah, there’s this job for CEO of Ogilvy Africa. I can’t even imagine I would apply for it." She goes "You know, our company is international, but in some ways its just so weird this job is open." I’m like, "Are you kidding me?" I called my office and I'm like, "Can somebody bring a copy of my book over?" So I had someone dash over a copy of the book. I said, "Please read this." Then I don’t hear anything, move on with my life. Six weeks later I’m doing another event for Arianna Huffington. At the door, when I got out of the elevator before I could walk out and go on stage, Nadja is standing there and she is jumping up and down. She’s like, “Mika. I read the book and I went in there and I did everything. I am now the CEO of Ogilvy Africa and I am moving to Nairobi in four weeks." I had chills. She’s cool, she just did not know her value and she read that book and she figured it out. I always think like, "Somebody became the CEO of a major international company because of this book. Thats crazy!" She goes "By the way, not only did I get the job but my family’s getting taken care of. They’re doing it around the school year. They totally hooked up my family and I would have never asked for that stuff. But its the kind of stuff that makes me able to do the job." And I’m like "Yeah, exactly!"Good women will be rewarded for being so good, you just gotta say how good you are! I don’t mean good like well-behaved, I mean like damn good at what they do.In the New York Times write-up of your tour announcement, the paper spoke with a journalism professor who noted that news organizations that they are moving towards producing live events have to be careful that they don’t create conflicts of interest. I noticed that the designer clothing company Milly is one of the sponsors of the tour and you’ve had the president of Milly on the show a few times. Do you believe you and MSNBC are striking that right balance between producing both your news program and your own series of live events?Oh yeah, because we’re totally transparent on “Morning Joe” all the time and that’s where I met [the sponsors]. But we never don’t disclose any type of relationship we have with anybody. Because we have all the movers and shakers on our show, clearly that’s going to overlap with who we want at the conferences.I want to switch gears and ask you about your “Mika” panel that’s been happening for the last half hour of the show for the past few weeks. How did that segment come about?It came about as we were developing this partnership and these conferences. Joe came up with the idea, just because we’re always looking for ways to change and grow. We’re always looking for counterintuitive ways of doing things. Having me at the helm and him muted in the control room or not even on the set is new! But we like having him on the set, because it’s not “women’s” -- it’s, sure, a women’s perspective, but we invite men as well. In fact one of my favorite women’s panels was Tom Brokaw, Mike Barnicle, Joe Scarborough and Tom Hanks. We did that last week. It was hysterical.Does Joe help pitch ideas for each day’s segment? How is he involved?We’re totally involved with the whole show. We talk about it together and help each other with everything. It’s not like he’s cordoned off in a closet when we start talking at 8:30 a.m. and a muzzle put in his mouth. We help each other with the entire show. We need as many voices in the room as possible.Do you know if that’s going to be a permanent part of the show?It’s permanent. I mean, we’re going to do it. If for some reason we change our minds and find something better to do, we’ll do that. But as far as I’m concerned, we really love it. We feel as strongly about it as we do our show and we’re doing it really well now. It took a while to sort of find the pocket, but we think we’ve found the pocket. What would you say sets your segment apart from what a morning TV viewer would see if they tuned into “The View” or another talk show?Well first of all, we’re on first. So we’re the first view. But more importantly -- I guess the way I’m looking at it is that I don’t know what the others do, so I don’t want this to in any way sound like anything but what I’m trying to do. I am on the hunt, I’ve culled the Internet, I look around wherever I go for substantial women who have a substantial voice. I’m trying to grow substantial women’s voices and ideas and policy initiatives and philanthropic organizations. I’m trying to grow kind of a group of women who recur on the show. Like, a lot of them. Because there are so many incredible, substantial women out there and I think that’s what we need on television. I think we need substantial women. I think there are a lot of substantial men, but I think we need to have as many substantial women. The criteria is similar to what we look for in men, and that is accomplishments, ideas, points of view first. Speaking of “The View” -- she’s a frequent guest on “Morning Joe” -- has Nicolle Wallace given you any feedback on the segment?Nicolle is going to be one of my guests at the conferences! She’s coming to Washington. I think she’s going to have me on “The View,” I’m waiting for my invitation. She actually did invite me but I forget what happened, so I’m waiting for another invitation. I love her.One of Joe’s favorite lines on the show lately has been ribbing you for vacationing in the south of France. What’s that all about?I don’t go to the south of -- Joe! Tell her that I don’t go to the south of France![Joe Scarborough can be heard shouting.]JS: Every weekend!MB: I don’t go to the south of frickin’ France. I’m a mom. It’s so -- I’ve been once and I was kidnapped. It’s a long story. I was 18. That’s the only time. In fact, I’m hoping at some point someone takes me to the south of France. But it hasn’t happened any time soon.If I’m not mistaken, one of the more recent times he’s used that line is in the context of your discussion earlier this month about whether [House Speaker John] Boehner should’ve invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress. He’s speaking tomorrow. The discussion of it on your show this morning was more subdued than it had been earlier this month. Do you and Joe continue to agree to disagree on that subject?Oh, we disagree. But I think there are shades of agreement. If you listen closely, you see Joe agrees with me. But you know, it’s up to the viewer to decide. But he agrees with me. [Laughs.] He’s talking but you can’t hear him. Throw him on the line. He can chime in![Scarborough gets on the phone.]JS: It makes me sad that Mika just makes things up. I was just asking her about why you love to rib her for going to the south of France and she tells me that she hasn’t been since she was 18.JS: It’s one of the great scams of "Morning Joe," which I paint Mika out to be an East Coast elitist that does all of these things. The truth is I actually travel around a lot more than she does. She’s got two teenage girls and she basically works and raises teenage girls. When you learn what she does on the weekends it is such a slog ... she basically is playing Westchester suburban mom all weekend and she’s actually more exhausted when she comes back to work on Monday. That’s when I go, “Oh Mika went to the south of France this weekend.” It’s a little inside joke.So it's actually you jetting off to the south of France.JS: No, but maybe London. Yeah, going to soccer matches in London and doing things that Mika just would not do, or going down to south Florida. It’s one of the great ironies that people go up to Mika and ask her what her favorite hotel is in the south of France and what’s her favorite resort on the Riviera. That’s not the case though. She basically works and just raises her kids.What about the conference? Are you excited? Can you tell me about what you’re gonna do?JS: You know. the last conference we went to she just had me carrying around really heavy boxes. When I go to these things I carry her purse around. She’ll hand me her purse and I’m one of those guys, I’ve got absolutely no problem carrying around women’s purses. Mika treats me like the handler on “Veep.” If she needs like lipgloss or mints or whatever she’ll scream and yell and I’ll grab her purse and I’ll run scared through the room and get it for her. MB: Crying like a little girl.JS: She says crying like a little girl, not quite. It’s really exciting, and it’s especially exciting looking at what Mika is doing now compared to where we were in 2008 during the early primaries. Mika told me time and time again that she was going to have to quit her job that she loved on “Morning Joe” because they just weren’t giving her what she deserved. She was so frustrated and angry and talks about all the mistakes that she made and to see her go from there to where she is now, where she is obviously one of the most successful people financially and in many other ways in TV news. It’s a remarkable turnaround.That’s a nice sentiment.JS: Yeah, it is. She always talks in these conferences about how the default for her and too many women is always “I’m sorry.” “I’m sorry to be here, but I really deserve a raise.“ We actually had Brooke Shields on the show this morning talking about how she spent her life apologizing and self-deprecating. What has really been surprising watching this process as Mika’s been going through it is how every woman from Valerie Jarrett to Claire McCaskill to Sheila Bahr -- when Sheila Bahr was still in government -- it’s remarkable how these women seem to all fall into the same habits that actually undercut their negotiating powers. Not how they do, but how they did during their careers. They all eventually learned to stop apologizing whenever they went to their bosses and go in like men do -- except men have too much confidence -- and demand their worth. Mika always makes fun of men, saying they have absolutely no problem going in and asking more than their worth and having no shame about it while women always go in and undervalue their worth and apologize throughout the entire process.Mika, I’m sure she’s going to ask you about what was my most inspiring moment on “Morning Joe.”MB: Did you want to hear that? What was the most inspiring “Morning Joe” moment with Joe?Sure, give it to me.MB: God, when you left the set and let me talk? No. He’s actually had a few. I would say the Monday morning after Newtown was one of the most inspiring moments in "Morning Joe" history to me in terms of Joe’s performance. Because he really thought about what he was going to say and didn’t go halfway and I think had a huge impact on the debate out there, especially among those in his party.

Kennedy Explores A Conservative Path To Allowing Obamacare Subsidies

Thursday March 5th, 2015 12:58:04 PM
WASHINGTON — With Chief Justice John Roberts mysteriously silent, Justice Anthony Kennedy offered the most intriguing clues Wednesday about how the Supreme Court might rule in the far-reaching Obamacare case. During oral arguments in King v. Burwell, Kennedy appeared deeply torn between the two sides, revealing himself as a potential swing vote in the lawsuit that could derail President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.Kennedy alluded to one way to uphold the Obamacare subsidies while advancing the deeply-held conservative principle of federalism, which is often translated as states rights. He argued that the text of the law could be read as prohibiting tax subsidies on the federal exchange, but warned that such an interpretation might make the law unconstitutionally coercive to states because their insurance markets would crumble under a federal exchange that lacks the authority to provide subsidies."From the standpoint of the dynamics of federalism, it does seem to me that there is something very powerful to the point that if your argument is accepted, the states are being told either create your own exchange, or we'll send your insurance market into a death spiral," Kennedy said. "We'll have people pay mandated taxes which will not get any credit­­ on the subsidies. The cost of insurance will be sky­ high, but this is not coercion. It seems to me that under your argument, perhaps you will prevail in the plain words of the statute, there's a serious constitutional problem if we adopt your argument."Kennedy's questions throughout the hourlong argument were tinged with federalism concerns. His sympathies were divided between the textual argument by the challengers and the specter of states "being coerced" into setting up exchanges under a scheme that doesn't afford them a "rational choice."Conservatives noticed the Reagan-appointed jurist's hesitations."I think he is wholly unpersuaded by government's textual arguments and reluctant to grant deference, but concerned about the possibility of a federalism problem," Jonathan Adler, a law professor and architect of the lawsuit, told TPM, saying that Kennedy could uphold the subsidies on the basis that he agrees with the plaintiffs' view of the provision while declaring it unconstitutional. "I didn't see how he sides with the government without doing something like that."Adler pointed out that such a ruling would "raise risks for other programs" erected by the federal government. Essentially, it would impose new limits on actions that Congress can take which substantially affect states.It's far from clear how Kennedy will rule. Progressive defenders of Obamacare aren't getting their hopes up about winning over Kennedy, remembering that he voted (unsuccessfully) to wipe out the law entirely in 2012 and voted (successfully) against its birth control mandate in 2014."He asked hard questions of the plaintiffs in NFIB [the case involving the individual mandate], too. I'm loath to read too much into it," Nick Bagley, a law professor who co-wrote a brief in defense of the subsidies, said in an email. "I doubt it'll come to the point of issuing an explicit constitutional holding. He's thinking mainly about avoiding the constitutional question."At one point, Kennedy brought up a hypothetical in which the federal government tried to withhold highway funds for states unless they reduced their speed limit to 35 miles per hour. "We wouldn't allow that," he said.The idea that the Supreme Court could consider this route in the King case was floated in November by Brian Beutler of The New Republic.The Obama administration's lawyer, Don Verrilli, also brought up the federalism argument, but he said it compels the Court to side with the government on what the language of the law says. Kennedy's line of questioning suggested he might rule against the government on what the language says but effectively uphold the subsidies on the basis that such language would be unconstitutional.When Carvin pointed out that the government wasn't making that argument, Kennedy retorted, "Sometimes we think of things the government doesn't," to laughs in the chamber.

The Obamacare Fight Has Always Been About Race And Gender Anxiety

Thursday March 5th, 2015 01:26:08 PM
In case the situation with the latest Obamacare lawsuit, King v. Burwell, wasn’t surreal enough, along comes the anti-Obamacare lawyer, Michael Carvin, and some of his, um, more colorful ideas about why the Affordable Care Act is bad law. Trying to contrast the ACA with the constitution, Carvin characterized the ACA as “a statute that was written three years ago, not by dead white men but by living white women and minorities.” It’s startling to see an Obamacare opponent so bluntly characterize efforts to destroy the law as a way to preserve white male privilege in this way, much less taking it so far as to suggest the privileges of dead white men count for more than the needs of living women and people of color. But it shouldn’t be. The race-and-gender-based opposition to the ACA has been baked into the fight against it from the beginning, when the bill was very nearly derailed by opponents claiming that it would somehow override federal bans on funding abortion. Since then, though rarely with as much directness as Carvin, the conservative fight against Obamacare has been about needling the gender and race-based resentments of the conservative base in an effort to demonize Democratic efforts to create universal health care. Ugly racial attitudes influenced the opposition to Obamacare in two major ways: Hostility to the black President that signed it into law and hostility to the black people that might get better healthcare through it. It’s exceedingly rare to find, outside of Carvin’s bizarre comment, any conservatives overtly mentioning race in their objections to Obamacare. But then again, they don’t need to. All they need to do is whip out the standard conservative talking points that have racially loaded implications built right into them: “States’ rights,” “welfare queens,” loaded warnings about the supposed wave of laziness about to crest over our nation. All these ideas are rooted in our nation’s history of racism—indeed, “states’ rights” was invented to justify slavery and then segregation—and the way that conservatives lean on these ideas now suggest that one of the unspoken but heavily insinuated arguments against Obamacare is that it’s a way for the federal government to steal health care from white people and give it to black people. Adds a new dimension to the fear of “death panels” when you think about it. Social science, as Paul Waldman showed in the Washington Post last May, bears this out: Attitudes about race and about the ACA are tightly interwoven. Research has shown the negative attitudes about black people increase hostility to health care reform, that opinions about health care reform polarized by racial attitudes after Obama’s election, and that nativist attitudes predicted hostility to health care reform. Research has found that white people with high racial resentment, regardless of their opinion on Obama, view health care reform as a giveaway to lazy black people. You can see why people don’t say these things out loud in public, but the eyebrow-wriggling and hinting has been strong throughout this debate. The gender-baiting, in contrast, has been way more explicit. Ever since the HHS announced that contraception would be covered as co-pay-free preventive service, conservative media has gleefully portrayed the ACA as a program to give hot young sluts an opportunity to screw on the public dime, an argument that managed to get this narrow provision all the way to the Supreme Court. Nevermind that young women with private insurance are no more on the public dime than any other people who have private health insurance. The idea that sexy young things are having fun without you but making you pay for it has been just too provocative for conservative pundits to let facts get in the way. Arguably, race and gender anxieties are the reasons that healthcare reform, which would otherwise be a dry economic issue, has been such an ugly fight in this country. Healthcare is about bodies, after all. Racism and sexism are about a lot of things, but bodies are a big part of it, and whether or not people should have unequal status based on what bodies they have. Granting white and male bodies better care, on average, that female bodies and bodies of people of color get is a major way to preserve these kind of racial and gender hierarchies. Of course legislation that might equal out the kinds of care we receive is going to be a threat. But you don’t usually see people like Carvin spell it out so plainly. Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist who writes frequently about liberal politics, the religious right and reproductive health care. She's a prolific Twitter villain who can be followed @amandamarcotte.

Ferguson Mayor: 1 City Official Fired, 2 Being Investigated Over Racist Emails

Thursday March 5th, 2015 12:26:37 AM
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles on Wednesday said that the city had fired one official and was investigating two others after the Justice Department uncovered numerous racist messages sent on city email accounts.During its investigation into the Ferguson Police Department, the Justice Department found numerous racially charged emails sent by city officials. Knowles said that the emails were sent by the three individuals. "This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the Ferguson Police Department or in any department in the city of Ferguson," Knowles said about the emails during a press conference responding to the DOJ report.Knowles detailed a few diversity initiatives that the city will undertake to address the issues outlined in the Wednesday DOJ report, but he did not address whether anyone in the Ferguson police department would be terminated.He added that since August 2014, the city has hired a black female corrections officer and two black female assistant court clerks.Knowles said that the city would work to address the issues detailed in the Justice Department report."We must all work to address issues of racial disparity," he said. The Justice Department issued a report on Wednesday alleging a pattern of racial bias and violations of Constitutional rights at the Ferguson Police Department. The DOJ found that between 2012 and 2014, blacks made up 85 percent of the department's vehicle stops, 90 percent of citations, and 93 percent of arrests, when blacks comprise only 67 percent of the city's population.The DOJ also discovered racially charged emails sent by city officials from their official email accounts. One of the emails "stated that President Barack Obama would not be President for very long because 'what black man holds a steady job for four years'," according to the report.This post has been updated.

No Words

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 11:47:15 PM
Five points on the most disturbing revelations in the DOJ Ferguson report.

Pre-Teen Conservative Star Sees Conspiracy In Being Kicked Off Facebook

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 11:05:03 PM
A 12-year-old who captivated conservatives with a viral video about President Obama last month expressed outrage this week after finding out he'd been kicked off Facebook. CJ Pearson, who made headlines with a YouTube video accusing President Obama of not loving America, told Fox affiliate WTTG on Monday that his theory is that he was locked out of his Facebook account because of his conservative political beliefs.But a spokesperson for the social network told the station the reason was simpler than that: Facebook does not allow users under the age of 13.The Georgia middle schooler told the station he thought the explanation was "complete malarkey" because "there are many, many people younger than me" on the site."The First Amendment is very clear," he told WTTG. "We have a right to express our opinions regardless of who might disagree. And to silence that voice is a violation of that amendment."He added that would not be silenced and would "continue to make as many accounts as possible."Watch the report via WTTG:DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

5 Points On The Most Shocking Incidents From The DOJ Ferguson Report

Thursday March 5th, 2015 12:12:29 AM
The Department of Justice issued a report on Wednesday detailing what it alleged was the Ferguson Police Department's pattern of racial bias and violations of people's Constitutional rights.Shortly after the release, Attorney General Eric Holder held a news conference in which he said the police had created a "highly toxic environment" for the residents of Ferguson, especially for blacks."These policing practices disproportionately harm African American residents," Holder said, according to prepared remarks from the news conference. "In fact, our review of the evidence found no alternative explanation for the disproportionate impact on African American residents other than implicit and explicit racial bias." According to the report, between 2012 and 2014, blacks made up 85 percent of the department's vehicle stops, 90 percent of citations, and 93 percent of arrests, even though they comprise just 67 percent of Ferguson's population.In the 105-page report, the Department of Justice described numerous accounts from Ferguson residents about their interactions with police officers.While many of the alleged incidents in the report appeared to be especially harsh, a few stood out. Here are five of the most shocking incidents laid out by the DOJ:Black woman shocked with stun gun for not removing braceletsIn August 2010, the report said, a black woman in the Ferguson City Jail refused to remove her bracelets. In response, an officer used a stun gun on the woman "even though there were five officers present and the woman posed no physical threat," according to the report.Black man arrested on 8 counts after seen sitting in carIn the summer of 2012, a Ferguson police officer approached a black man who was cooling off in his car after playing basketball, according to the report. The windows were tinted darker than is allowed under Ferguson code, which the Justice Department said gave the officer legitimate cause to approach the man.But that's when things took a turn.The officer accused the man of being a pedophile, the report said. The officer ordered the man out of the car "for a pat-down despite having no reason to believe he was armed."When the man refused a pat-down, the report said, the officer arrested him, allegedly with a gun pointed at the man's head.The Justice Department's report said the man was arrested on suspicion of eight counts, "including making a false declaration for initially providing the short form of his first name." The report did not name the man but compared it to giving the name "Mike" instead of "Michael."The DOJ also noted the man lost his job as a federal government contractor because of the arrest.Ferguson officials circulated racist emailsThe Justice Department said during the course of the investigation it found numerous racist emails sent by Ferguson officials from their city email accounts and apparently "during work hours." Here's a sampling:One email "stated that President Barack Obama would not be President for very long because 'what black man holds a steady job for four years'," according to the report.Another email, the DOJ said, "described a man seeking to obtain 'welfare' for his dogs because they are 'mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddies are.'"And yet another email, the report said, depicted President Obama as a chimpanzee.Officer used stun gun on black man who was already on the groundIn January 2013, a Ferguson police officer stopped a black man who was spotted walking away from someone sitting in a truck, the report said. The officer went to arrest the man but "did not articulate any reasonable suspicion that criminal activity was afoot," according to the report.When the man refused to answer the officer's questions or submit to a pat-down, the officer allegedly grabbed the man by the belt and pulled out a stun gun. The report said man then crossed his arms and said he did nothing wrong.The officer then reportedly used his stun gun on the man for a five-second cycle and the man fell to the ground. The report said officer then quickly used the stun gun again while the man was on the ground.The officer defended his use of the stun gun by saying that the man tried to stand up, according to the report. However, a camera attached to the weapon found that the man initially "made no aggressive movement toward the officer" and that he then "never tried to stand — he only writhed in pain on the ground."The video captured by the weapon also showed that the officer continuously shocked the man with the stun gun for longer than 20 seconds.Officers use stun gun on man for 'trespassing' at house where he'd been invitedIn January 2015, officers reportedly tried to arrest a black man for trespassing at the home of his girlfriend's grandparents, even though he had been invited to the home. Officers said that the man tried to resist arrest, leading multiple officers to approach him.Seven officers allegedly hit the man and used stun guns, according to the report. The DOJ said "the young man suffered head lacerations with significant bleeding."

Top Backer Of Biden 2016: Email Story Will Kill Hillary's Chances By '1,000 Cuts'

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 09:57:24 PM
Dick Harpootlian, the former chairman of the Democratic Party in South Carolina and a top backer of Vice President Joe Biden questioned how viable a Clinton presidency is in light of new questions about Clinton using a private email for business while she was secretary of State. "There's always another shoe to drop with Hillary," Harpootlian told The Washington Post on Wednesday. "Do we nominate her not knowing what's in those emails?…If the emails were just her and her family and friends canoodling about fashion and what they're going to do next week, that's one thing. But the fact that she's already turned emails to the Benghazi committee because she was doing official business on it means she's going to die by 1,000 cuts."Harpootlian has repeatedly voiced support that Biden should run for president in 2016. He told the Post that unlike Clinton, Biden "ain't got no e-email problems. He ain't got no foundation problems. What you see with Joe is what you get. There's nothing hidden there." As a result of The New York Times' report about the emails, the House Select Committee on Benghazi, run by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), plans to subpoena Clinton's emails. Harpootlian said Clinton needs to address the emails publicly. In her first major speech since the email story broke, at an Emily's List event on Tuesday night, Clinton did not mention or even refer to the email story. "She better peel away the layers of protection and come out and talk about this," Harpootlian said. "Who were the emails to? What is this about? Why did you do it? Put it to bed. You can't play rope-a-dope and be elected President of the United States." As TPM has previously noted, Harpootlian once told a crowd of attendees that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) should go back to "wherever the hell she came from." Harpoolitan later said he was not referring to Haley's race (she is Indian-American), he was referring to her past job as an accountant. In 2012, Harpoolitan also compared Haley to Adolf Hitler's wife.

Rep. Van Hollen Tells Supporters He's Running For Senate

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 10:13:08 PM
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) told supporters Wednesday that he will run for Sen. Barbara Mikulski's (D-MD) Senate seat. "I am writing to let you know that I have decided to run for the United States Senate from our great State of Maryland," Van Hollen wrote in the email to supporters. "I am very grateful to the citizens of Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District for the opportunity to represent them and want to thank the many Marylanders who, over the last 48 hours, have called, sent text messages, or emailed to urge me to run for the United States Senate. A more formal announcement will come later, but I wanted to let you know of my plans."Van Hollen's announcement comes just a few days after Mikulski announced that she would not seek a sixth term in the Senate. Van Hollen has long been mentioned in Democratic circles as a rising star in politics and is seen as a possible future leader of the Democratic party in the House or perhaps a United States senator.Democrats are confident that they'll be able to keep the seat. Other names mentioned as possible strong contenders include former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D). Liberal outside groups like Democracy for America have voiced support for Edwards to jump into the race.This post was updated.

Fox Guest: With Obama There's More 'Rape' Than Ever Before In Modern Times

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 09:32:33 PM
Conservative radio host Mark Levin said during an appearance Tuesday night on Fox News that under the Obama administration there has "been more genocide, more rape, more enslavement" than at any other time in "modern history." In an appearance on the show "Hannity," Levin lauded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his address to Congress and commended him for his differences from President Obama."Netanyahu is a warrior, he's a combat veteran," Levin said. "He is a leader who takes his commander in chief responsibilities seriously. … Barack Obama is a community activist. He's a rabble-rouser. He's an ideologue and he's an appeaser. That's the difference."During his time on the show, Levin vehemently noted to host Sean Hannity that Obama's time in office has been utterly damaging."There's been more genocide, more rape, more enslavement under this president than any president of modern history," Levin said. "You know I think back to Reagan. Reagan was the liberator. … This President is the imprisonment President."Watch the video below, via Media Matters:

Tennessee Governor Slams GOP Lawmaker's Call For 'An NAAWP'

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 09:10:44 PM
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) criticized state Rep. Sheila Butt (R) over her call for someone to create an "NAAWP" and noted that the state needs to "have more open conversations about race," The Tennessean reported on Tuesday. "My point in this whole thing has been: I honestly think we need to have more open conversations about race in Tennessee and in the country, too, for that matter," Haslam said. "My first point would be Facebook's not the place to do that. But I think there are some forums where that needs to happen.""Sheila will have to explain what she said and what she meant, and whether an apology is needed," Haslam continued.Haslam's response to Butt's comments came at an event at the University of Nashville, the paper reported. Butt has received criticism for a Facebook post she reportedly made in response to a letter by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. In the letter, CAIR asked Republican presidential candidates to reject Islamophobia and beseeched them to appeal to Muslim-Americans.Butt's post, reportedly made in January, read: It is time for a Council on Christian Relations and an NAAWP in this Country.Butt hasn't issued an apology for the reference to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, according to The Tennessean. However, she maintains that the "W" in "NAAWP" was meant to stand for "western" not "white," despite allegations to the contrary, the paper reported.

Holder Blasts 'Toxic Environment' Created By Ferguson Police

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 08:39:22 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday said that while the Justice Department cleared Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson of any civil rights violations in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, Holder understands why the city of Ferguson reacted to the death with widespread protests."It is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg," Holder said at a news conference detailing the Justice Department's investigations into Brown's death and the Ferguson Police Department's conduct. The Justice Department found a "widespread pattern or practice" of Constitutional violations and racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department.Holder described a "highly toxic environment" where "people feel under assault." He urged those who question the Justice Department's findings from the investigation into Brown's death to read what he described as the "searing" report on the Ferguson Police Department's practices."Although some community perceptions of Michael Brown’s tragic death may not have been accurate, the widespread conditions that these perceptions were based upon, and the climate that gave rise to them, were all too real," Holder said.The attorney general called upon Ferguson leaders to address the concerns raised in the Justice Department's report."It is time for Ferguson’s leaders to take immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action," Holder said.


Wednesday March 4th, 2015 08:25:03 PM
The arrest Eric Holder just described — the one with the guy who had just been playing basketball — is simply horrifying. We'll have a full write up on the DOJ's report on Ferguson later this afternoon.We'll have details from the report itself later, but here are Holder's words describing the incident from his presentation this afternoon ... During the summer of 2012, one Ferguson police officer detained a 32-year-old African American man who had just finished playing basketball at a park. The officer approached while the man was sitting in his car and resting. The car’s windows appeared to be more heavily tinted than Ferguson’s code allowed, so the officer did have legitimate grounds to question him. But, with no apparent justification, the officer proceeded to accuse the man of being a pedophile. He prohibited the man from using his cell phone and ordered him out of his car for a pat-down search, even though he had no reason to suspect that the man was armed. And when the man objected – citing his constitutional rights – the police officer drew his service weapon, pointed it at the man’s head, and arrested him on eight different counts. The arrest caused the man to lose his job.Unfortunately, this event appears to have been anything but an isolated incident. Our investigation showed that members of Ferguson’s police force frequently escalate, rather than defuse, tensions with the residents they encounter. And such actions are sometimes accompanied by First Amendment violations – including arresting people for talking back to officers, recording their public activities, or engaging in other conduct that is constitutionally protected.

Yale Clears Officer Accused Of Stopping Black NYT Columnist's Son At Gunpoint

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 08:11:40 PM
Yale University announced Tuesday that an internal investigation had cleared a campus police officer accused of stopping a black New York Times writer's son at gunpoint. Columnist Charles M. Blow recounted his college-aged son's experience in an angry series of tweets and in a column back in January. He said his son, Yale student Tahj Blow, told him that he had been stopped at gunpoint on his way home from the campus library. Only after Tahj had been told to get on the ground did the officer ask him to produce ID and it wasn't until Tahj came across a second officer later on that he was informed he matched the description of a robbery suspect, according to Blow's account.Conservative writers attempted to debunk Blow's account when Yale later sent out a campus-wide email noting that the officer involved in the stop was also black.The internal investigation "concluded that the officer drew his firearm in the 'low ready' position, with his finger off the trigger at all times, and put his weapon back in its holster in a matter of seconds," according to a news release. The release went on to state that "the officer did not violate any Yale Police regulations regarding patrol procedures or the use of force."A message sent by university President Peter Salovey to the campus community acknowledged the thorny racial issues presented by the stop of Blow's son, however. The columnist had invoked the police-involved killings of Ferguson, Mo. teen Michael Brown and Staten Island man Eric Garner in his original tweets."We also must continue to recognize that this incident intersected – in ways that were both public and very painful – with current national conversations on race, prejudice, policing, and the use of force," the message read. "As we said in our earlier message, these are important and difficult issues, and there are real challenges here that we, as members of the Yale community and as citizens, must face."Blow wasn't having it, though:So, according to Yale, this was "in compliance with department policy"? No apology? #sigh http://t.co/36ZSmY338l— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) March 3, 2015

Benghazi Panel To Subpoena Hillary Clinton's Private Emails Today

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 07:46:08 PM
It was only a matter of time before the House's special committee on Benghazi got a piece of the action surrounding Hillary Clinton's disputed private emails.The Washington Post reported Wednesday afternoon that the panel is expected to subpoena the State Department for all emails related to the deadly 2012 attacks in Libya sent from clintonemail.com accounts, citing people familiar with the probe. The expected subpoenas come on the heels of a New York Times report that suggested Clinton may have violated federal regulations by conducting all business during her tenure as secretary of state from a personal email account. A subsequent Associated Press report traced Clinton's private email address at the clintonemail.com domain back to her own private email server registered under a pseudonym.The special committee also is expected to subpoena emails related to the attacks from the personal accounts of any of Clinton's staff, according to the Washington Post.

WATCH LIVE: Holder To Talk DOJ Report On Ferguson At 3 PM ET

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 07:37:58 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder will speak at a press conference on the Department of Justice's report on the Ferguson police department at 3 p.m. ET.Watch live:

Net Neutrality Won’t Stop Some Of The Worst Things About The Internet

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 09:30:05 PM Lauren C. Williams

Even though the FCC passed net neutrality rules last week, no one knows how they will enforce them. Moreover, they might be powerless to protect consumers from the harms of big telecom mergers such as Comcast and Time Warner. The post Net Neutrality Won’t Stop Some Of The Worst Things About The Internet appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Most Public School Teachers Say Their Students Are Underfed, But There’s A Simple Solution

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 05:54:45 PM Alan Pyke

Three public school teachers out of every four surveyed say they regularly see students come in hungry. The long-term effects of student hunger are devastating, not just for the individuals but for society as a whole. The post Most Public School Teachers Say Their Students Are Underfed, But There’s A Simple Solution appeared first on ThinkProgress.

State Considers Turning Buses Into Mobile Showers For The Homeless

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 04:43:32 PM Scott Keyes

A bill in New Mexico could soon provide a mobile shower and restrooms for homeless individuals in Albuquerque. The post State Considers Turning Buses Into Mobile Showers For The Homeless appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Warehouse Known As Refuge For Homeless In Freezing Temperatures Goes Up In Flames

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 01:00:34 PM Alan Pyke

In extreme cold, homeless people who can't access or shelters or don't feel safe in them face a terrible choice: light a fire that might kill you in your sleep, or risk freezing to death without one. The post Warehouse Known As Refuge For Homeless In Freezing Temperatures Goes Up In Flames appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This City Just Ensured That Workers Can Take A Paid Day Off If They Get Sick

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 11:53:00 AM Bryce Covert

Bloomfield, NJ just passed the country's 21st paid sick leave law. The post This City Just Ensured That Workers Can Take A Paid Day Off If They Get Sick appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Virginia Legislature Repeals Law That Outsourced Tax Refunds To Xerox

Monday March 2nd, 2015 10:01:23 PM Josh Israel

But the state’s deal with Xerox to replace tax refund checks with Comerica-issued debit card has meant headaches and fees for taxpayers and raised concerns about excessive outsourcing. The post Virginia Legislature Repeals Law That Outsourced Tax Refunds To Xerox appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Yahoo CEO Doesn’t ‘Play The Gender Card’ Because Gender Isn’t ‘Relevant’ In Tech

Monday March 2nd, 2015 09:52:11 PM Lauren C. Williams

"There are probably industries where gender is more of an issue, but our industry is not one where I think that’s relevant.” The post Yahoo CEO Doesn’t ‘Play The Gender Card’ Because Gender Isn’t ‘Relevant’ In Tech appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What Do Tom Brady And A Kazakh Banking Mogul Have To Do With The Affordable Housing Crisis?

Monday March 2nd, 2015 06:06:40 PM Alan Pyke

High-end real estate transactions between the very wealthy, shrouded in legal secrecy and tangled in webs of shell companies, appear to be fueling criminality amid a housing affordability crisis for everyone who isn't rich. The post What Do Tom Brady And A Kazakh Banking Mogul Have To Do With The Affordable Housing Crisis? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Woman Becomes Homeless After Employer Allegedly Fired Her Over Her Pregnancy

Monday March 2nd, 2015 04:53:25 PM Bryce Covert

Betzaida Cruz Cardona is suing Savers for allegedly firing her and telling her to "stay home" to care for her pregnancy. The post Woman Becomes Homeless After Employer Allegedly Fired Her Over Her Pregnancy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Warren Buffett Says Elizabeth Warren Is Too ‘Angry’ And ‘Violent’ With Rich People

Monday March 2nd, 2015 03:06:31 PM Bryce Covert

Billionaire Warren Buffett feels that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is too angry in her pursuit of financial reform. The post Warren Buffett Says Elizabeth Warren Is Too ‘Angry’ And ‘Violent’ With Rich People appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Inside Story Of How A For-Profit College Hoodwinked Students And Got Away With It

Saturday February 28th, 2015 01:30:44 PM Alan Pyke

Corinthian Colleges left its students in massive debt and without much hope for the economic advancement their degrees were supposed to offer. Rather than help students shrug off those debts, the government decided to help the company sell its schools to a new brand. Now, students are fighting back. The post The Inside Story Of How A For-Profit College Hoodwinked Students And Got Away With It appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Fewer Labor Unions Means More Income Inequality

Friday February 27th, 2015 04:26:35 PM Bryce Covert

New research from the IMF finds that declining unionization has been a big contributor to growing income inequality. The post Fewer Labor Unions Means More Income Inequality appeared first on ThinkProgress.

City Destroys Homeless Man’s Encampment And Belongings Without Warning

Friday February 27th, 2015 02:00:40 PM Bryce Covert

The homeless man no longer has a sleeping bag, clothes, or other personal items. The post City Destroys Homeless Man’s Encampment And Belongings Without Warning appeared first on ThinkProgress.

McDonald’s Faces Investigations And Lawsuits Across The World

Thursday February 26th, 2015 06:43:51 PM Alan Pyke

After escalating strikes and legal action in the U.S. have squeezed the fast food chain on its home turf, McDonald's is now under new pressure outside the country. The post McDonald’s Faces Investigations And Lawsuits Across The World appeared first on ThinkProgress.

There Are More Men Named John, Robert, James and William On American Boards Than All Women Combined

Thursday February 26th, 2015 02:21:30 PM Bryce Covert

Women hold just 16 percent of board seats on the largest American companies. The post There Are More Men Named John, Robert, James and William On American Boards Than All Women Combined appeared first on ThinkProgress.

State Lawmaker Says Common Core Contributed To Children’s Deaths

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 09:14:16 PM Will Ragland - Guest Contributor

South Dakota state Rep. Elizabeth May (R) claimed the Common Core State Standards was "part of the effect" of what caused the deaths. The post State Lawmaker Says Common Core Contributed To Children’s Deaths appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Michigan Workers Warn Wisconsin About The Danger of ‘Right-To-Work’ Laws

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 07:52:40 PM Alice Ollstein

Michigan's anti-union law has devastated workers in the state, and the worst is yet to come. The post Michigan Workers Warn Wisconsin About The Danger of ‘Right-To-Work’ Laws appeared first on ThinkProgress.

T.J. Maxx And Marshalls Will Raise Minimum Wage To $9 An Hour

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 03:54:45 PM Bryce Covert

The CEO said it was raising pay to "continue attracting and retaining the best talent." The post T.J. Maxx And Marshalls Will Raise Minimum Wage To $9 An Hour appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Even After Wage Increase, Walmart Shareholders Push To Help Low-Wage Workers

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 02:03:34 PM Bryce Covert

A large shareholder wants to tie executives' pay to employee morale. The post Even After Wage Increase, Walmart Shareholders Push To Help Low-Wage Workers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Wisconsin Workers Fight Back Against Right To Work

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 10:14:01 PM Alice Ollstein

"This is not just an attack on unions. It's an attack on all Wisconsin families. And we're not going to stand for it," said Cindy Oden with the United Steelworkers. The post Wisconsin Workers Fight Back Against Right To Work appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Faith Groups Are Trying To Block Emergency Contraception For Raped Migrant Children

Thursday March 5th, 2015 01:02:58 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Reports found that anywhere between 60 and 80 percent of migrant women and girls are raped on their journey to the United States. The post Faith Groups Are Trying To Block Emergency Contraception For Raped Migrant Children appeared first on ThinkProgress.

9 Egregious Examples Of Racism In Ferguson Uncovered By The Department Of Justice

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 10:07:03 PM Carimah Townes

The feds found systemic racism throughout the Ferguson police department. The post 9 Egregious Examples Of Racism In Ferguson Uncovered By The Department Of Justice appeared first on ThinkProgress.

DOJ Ends Investigation With Damning Findings On Ferguson, But No Charges Against Darren Wilson

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 06:40:42 PM Carimah Townes

Witness claims were uncorroborated by physical and forensic evidence. The post DOJ Ends Investigation With Damning Findings On Ferguson, But No Charges Against Darren Wilson appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Obamacare Will Probably Survive Its Second Trip To The Supreme Court

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 05:17:24 PM Ian Millhiser

At least one of the Court's Republicans appears to have come to work wearing his judicial robe, and not his partisan hat. The post Obamacare Will Probably Survive Its Second Trip To The Supreme Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.

GOP Presidential Hopeful Says Homosexuality Is A Choice, Cites Prison Rape As Proof

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 02:32:48 PM Carimah Townes

His argument belittles thousands of inmates who are victimized every year. The post GOP Presidential Hopeful Says Homosexuality Is A Choice, Cites Prison Rape As Proof appeared first on ThinkProgress.

DOJ Investigation Gives Community Activists More Reason To Film Cops In Ferguson

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 01:00:11 PM Carimah Townes

"We're controlling our own media." The post DOJ Investigation Gives Community Activists More Reason To Film Cops In Ferguson appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Democrats Invoke Terrorists Crossing The Border In Robocall On Homeland Security Funding

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 09:58:13 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

The DCCC call targeted 29 “vulnerable” House Republicans. The post Democrats Invoke Terrorists Crossing The Border In Robocall On Homeland Security Funding appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Report: Ferguson Police Made Racist Jokes On City Email Accounts

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 08:15:21 PM Kay Steiger

The Department of Justice will release a report on Wednesday that finds Ferguson City Police had a pattern of racial bias and excessive force. The post Report: Ferguson Police Made Racist Jokes On City Email Accounts appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Domestic Violence Survivor Found Guilty Of Child Abduction For Fleeing With Daughter, May Be Deported

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 08:04:24 PM Sharon H. Chang - Guest Contributor

Nan-Hui Jo's daughter may now be living with her abuser permanently. The post Domestic Violence Survivor Found Guilty Of Child Abduction For Fleeing With Daughter, May Be Deported appeared first on ThinkProgress.

U.S. Officials Find Crime, Violence As Top Reasons For Migrant Children Influx

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 04:30:47 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

One of the big economic drivers for leaving Honduras and El Salvador included the spread of the coffee rust fungus, which has threatened or virtually eliminated economic opportunities for farmers. The post U.S. Officials Find Crime, Violence As Top Reasons For Migrant Children Influx appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New York Police Chief Says Spike In Homicides Was Caused By Marijuana

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 03:12:17 PM Carimah Townes

Bill Bratton calls pot a "seemingly innocent drug." The post New York Police Chief Says Spike In Homicides Was Caused By Marijuana appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Man Who Just Finished 10-Year Stint In Mental Health Institution Shot Dead By Police

Monday March 2nd, 2015 02:50:18 PM Carimah Townes

An investigation is pending. The post Man Who Just Finished 10-Year Stint In Mental Health Institution Shot Dead By Police appeared first on ThinkProgress.

D.C. Residents Won’t Let Congress Blunt Their Enthusiasm For Legal Pot Business

Sunday March 1st, 2015 06:32:38 PM Kiley Kroh

Attendees of this weekend's cannabis convention in Washington, D.C. remained enthusiastic about the opportunities to come, despite Congress' move to block the legal sale of marijuana in the District. The post D.C. Residents Won’t Let Congress Blunt Their Enthusiasm For Legal Pot Business appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Norquist: Democrats Only Support Criminal Justice Reform ‘Because All Their Relatives Are In Prison’

Friday February 27th, 2015 09:21:09 PM Alice Ollstein

Norquist was sitting right next to a Republican whose brother has been incarcerated. The post Norquist: Democrats Only Support Criminal Justice Reform ‘Because All Their Relatives Are In Prison’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Problem With Congress’ Plan To Fund Homeland Security For Just 3 More Weeks

Friday February 27th, 2015 05:54:24 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

"What are we going to tell people that are keeping us safe?" Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) asked during a press call Friday. The post The Problem With Congress’ Plan To Fund Homeland Security For Just 3 More Weeks appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Rick Perry Takes Blaming Obama For Stuff To A Ridiculous New Low

Friday February 27th, 2015 05:12:29 PM Nicole Flatow

"No one should be surprised that dictators like Assad would cross the President’s red line because he knows the President won’t even defend the line that separates our nation from Mexico." The post Rick Perry Takes Blaming Obama For Stuff To A Ridiculous New Low appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Gunman Opens Fire In Missouri, Leaving 8 Dead And 1 Wounded

Friday February 27th, 2015 03:56:06 PM Carimah Townes

The gunman reportedly shot himself dead in his car. The post Gunman Opens Fire In Missouri, Leaving 8 Dead And 1 Wounded appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Supreme Court’s About To Hear A Case That Could Make Partisan Gerrymandering Even Worse

Friday February 27th, 2015 02:23:54 PM Ian Millhiser

Arizona's Republican-controlled legislature thinks that congressional elections are too competitive. And they want the Supreme Court to fix that problem for them. The post The Supreme Court’s About To Hear A Case That Could Make Partisan Gerrymandering Even Worse appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Latino Conservatives Beg Republicans To Pass Immigration Reform

Thursday February 26th, 2015 10:06:21 PM Alice Ollstein

Republican lawmakers say there is no way they will take up comprehensive immigration reform now that they control both chambers of Congress. The post Latino Conservatives Beg Republicans To Pass Immigration Reform appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What Criminal Justice Activists Really Think Of Loretta Lynch

Thursday February 26th, 2015 04:45:31 PM Carimah Townes

The Senate Judiciary Committee raved about Loretta Lynch's previous work, and criminal justice advocates share that enthusiasm as well. The post What Criminal Justice Activists Really Think Of Loretta Lynch appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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