Citations for the October 24, 2014 TRMS

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Links to material cited on Friday night's show

Stark partisan contrast in Ebola response

Saturday October 25th, 2014 03:04:00 AM
Rachel Maddow contrasts the response to Ebola by responsible public officials with the irresponsible panic-pushing of some Republicans who deliberately undermine confidence in public health authorities with made-up disinformation.

Nurse quarantined upon arriving in New Jersey

Saturday October 25th, 2014 02:56:00 AM
Dr. Irwin Redlener, of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, talks with Rachel Maddow about balancing policy between what science calls for and what may ease public anxiety without being necessary, as N.Y. and N.J. tighten quarantine rules.

Gun-wielding student shocks Washington school

Saturday October 25th, 2014 02:54:00 AM
Rachel Maddow reports on a school shooting in Washington, north of Seattle, where police had previously practiced response drills and the local hospital had also run drills should their school ever join the list of sites of tragic gun violence.

Right wing hysteria builds ahead of election

Saturday October 25th, 2014 02:36:00 AM
Rachel Maddow debunks right wing hysteria over video of a man dropping off absentee ballots in Arizona, and highlights Republican Governors Association chair, Chris Christie, speaking plainly about the advantage Republicans have in Republican-run...

Rachel Maddow's best party trick

Saturday October 25th, 2014 02:35:00 AM
Rachel Maddow demonstrates her best party trick as tension builds before another edition of The Friday Night News Dump.

It's The Friday Night News Dump!

Saturday October 25th, 2014 02:29:00 AM
Rachel Maddow hosts Christina Jackson, a player from the viewing audience to test her knowledge of details from stories covered on The Rachel Maddow Show this week.

New Jersey quarantines health care worker

Saturday October 25th, 2014 12:56:38 AM
As New York grapples with its first diagnosed Ebola case, New Jersey quarantines a health care worker returning from Africa. Chris discusses with Lisa Baum, Occupational Health and Safety Representative for the New York State Nurses Association.

Republicans take aim at Obama Ebola response

Saturday October 25th, 2014 12:46:17 AM
Republicans second-guess public health officials at a House hearing on on how the country is handling the outbreak.

Riding the A train with an infectious...

Saturday October 25th, 2014 12:29:58 AM
Chris Hayes rides the New York City subway with Dr. Peter Hotez, who explains how difficult it is to transmit the Ebola virus.


House GOP Hasn't Actually Sued Obama Like It Said It Would

Saturday October 25th, 2014 01:06:25 PM
Remember the much ballyhooed House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama for his executive overreach? About that...Politico reported Friday evening that the lawsuit -- which was supposed to challenge Obama's executive orders regarding Obamacare (and appease the impeachment caucus in the lead-up to the midterm elections) -- hasn't actually been filed yet. The planned lawsuit was announced this summer and, as Politico reported Friday citing lawyers close to the litigation, it was initially expected to be filed in mid-September.The lawsuit now isn't expected to be filed until after the elections, Politico's sources said. One possible factor? It would have motivated Democratic voters to turn out at the polls.An August poll found that 88 percent of Democrats said the litigation would make them more likely to vote for a Democrat in the upcoming election.The lawsuit has also undergone some behind-the-scenes turmoil. As TPM reported on Sept. 19, the first private lawyer retained by Republicans to handle the lawsuit backed out under pressure from other clients.Boehner's office would not comment in detail Friday on the delay. “No decisions on timing at this point,” a spokesperson told Politico.

Ex-DeMaio Staffer: Official Alleging Harassment Not Fired For Plagiarism

Friday October 24th, 2014 10:21:49 PM
The former deputy campaign manager for Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio (CA) said that, contrary to claims from the DeMaio campaign, former staffer Todd Bosnich was not fired for plagiarism. "I worked at the Carl DeMaio campaign as the Deputy Campaign Manager in May 2014 and can confirm Todd was not fired for plagiarism," Alison Rentschler, the former campaign manager, said in a statement to San Diego City Beat. "Carl was very involved with the report and referred to it as his 'baby.' I know Todd, he is an honest and trustworthy person." That refutation by Rentschler strongly conflicts with claims by the DeMaio campaign that Bosnich was fired for plagiarizing a report concerning pensions. City Beat said the DeMaio (pictured) campaign had over a day to respond but they didn't. Bosnich is the former staffer who has said DeMaio sexually harassed him and tried to keep him quiet about it by offering $50,000 if Bosnich signed a non-disclosure agreement. DeMaio has denied that accusation. Rentschler said she couldn't say any more as she is "currently a cooperating witness" in an investigation by the FBI over threats made against Bosnich. City Beat noted that Bosnich has also produced emails that reinforce his claim that he was fired on the same day he said he was offered $50,000.DeMaio is the Republican nominee for Congress running to defeat Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA).

Reports: Washington School Shooter ID'd As Freshman Homecoming King

Friday October 24th, 2014 09:55:36 PM
The gunman who killed one individual before taking his own life at a high school north of Seattle on Friday has been identified as Jaylen Fryberg, according to multiple media outlets. Fryberg, a freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington, allegedly opened fire in the school's cafeteria, injuring four and killing another.Police said at a Friday evening press conference that the dead victim was a female student at the school. Law enforcement declined to officially confirm the shooter's identity.Fryberg was said to be popular among his classmates. According to CNN, he was crowned as the school's freshman homecoming king just last week. "Everybody knew him. Everybody liked him," student Bryce Vitcovitch told NBC. "This is just a huge shock to everybody. For the most part, he was a really happy kid."

State Judge May Take On Dispute In Georgia Over Voter Registration

Friday October 24th, 2014 09:22:13 PM
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state judge is weighing whether it's appropriate for him to intervene in a dispute over more than 50,000 voter registration records in one of the nation's most politically contested states. Lawyers for the NAACP and a voter registration group that recruited new minority voters allege that elections officials have misplaced or mishandled more than half of the 86,000 voter registration applications that they collected ahead of an Oct. 6 deadline. Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp (pictured) and elections officials in several counties — most of them majority Democratic — say they are correctly processing all the forms.Attorneys for the groups said they feared that would-be voters, several of whom attended Friday's hearing, would not have their ballots counted, and they asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher to compel the counties and Kemp to confirm the voters' registration or explain any denials."What does the law require that they haven't done?" Brasher asked, noting that Georgia election law doesn't set specific deadlines for county elections boards to process applications.The case is closely watched given Democrats' strategy of increasing minority participation to help the party win competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate. Early voting began last week.Brasher's order could come as early as Friday afternoon, though it could be appealed by the losing side.Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn are vying for the Senate seat held by GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring. Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, is trying to unseat Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.The Senate outcome will help determine which party controls the chamber in January, with Republicans counting onGeorgia as one of the six seats they need to net to grab the majority.Both races will help set up the 2016 presidential election, with Democrats trying to prove newfound viability in the GOP-run state that President Barack Obama lost twice by single-digit margins.A massive registration drive by the New Georgia Project, though technically a nonpartisan organization, was part of that strategy with its focus on minority, younger and otherwise disengaged citizens, all groups who are likely to lean Democratic.But they claim that at least 40,000 people who filled out registration forms are not found on the latest voter lists from Kemp's office, while another 10,000-plus are listed on a "pending" list maintained by the state.Assistant Attorney General Russ Willard and lawyers for several counties being sued said state law charges county election authorities with processing applications and determining eligibility. Willard and Jack Hancock, one of county lawyers, explained that counties first verify an applicant's identity using Georgia driver records. An application that cannot be linked to a valid driver's license is then verified against Social Security Administration records. If there is still no match, counties typically try to reach the applicant to complete an application.The counties, the lawyers said, are still working through that process, which, Willard noted, was approved by the Justice Department when federal law still required Georgia to have its election procedures approved in Washington.Hancock, representing Democratic-dominated Clayton County, told Brasher that even in cases where would-be voters don't show up on voting lists, they can still cast provisional ballots. State law gives a voter three days after casting a provisional vote to prove they are or should be legally registered.Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson, also an attorney, argued the registration system is cumbersome and that the existence of a provisional ballot structure is not an acceptable remedy.The lawsuit comes after Kemp publicly launched an investigation of Abrams' group, alleging it submitted forged applications. State officials later said they confirmed 25 forgeries, about 3/100ths of 1 percent of those Abrams and her allies say they collected.___Follow Barrow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BillBarrowAPCopyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Brownback Camp: Kansas City Royals Skewed Poll Showing Him Down 7

Friday October 24th, 2014 09:02:08 PM
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's (R) re-election campaign is arguing that a new Rasmussen Reports poll showing Democratic opponent Paul Davis ahead 52 percent to 45 percent among likely voters is probably wrong, citing the fact that it was conducted during game one of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants. Some recent polling has shown Brownback ahead but before the Rasmussen poll, a Monmouth University poll also showed Davis ahead of Brownback. The Brownback campaign said the results were wrong since the poll was conducted during the first game of the 2014 World Series. "For more than a week before the start of the World Series, National and State polling averages, showed Brownback with a narrow lead," a statement from the Brownback campaign said. Brownback Communications Director John Milburn said in the statement that the Rasmussen poll wasn't reliable as it was conducted during the World Series. The Brownback campaign also released a memo, which can be read here via the Capital-Journal, from its internal pollster, Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates, that said their polling said the race was in a virtual dead heat. That memo did not include any specific polling numbers.The TPM Polltracker average finds Brownback with a 2.1 point lead over the rest of the field.

Sarah, Bristol & The Recurrence Of The Eternal Victim

Saturday October 25th, 2014 03:10:00 AM
As you've likely seen Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol have now spoken out about their notorious boozy family brawl, recasting Bristol's attack on the event's host as a morality tale about violence against women and media bias. We should note that probably no one in American public life better embodies the echo-chamber of digital life. Most prominent public figures say their piece and then various memes and jabs and more bubble their way up from Twitter or blogs or whatever other parts of the digital commons. With Palin, they're always packaged together as a single product. So in talking about themselves they're already railing about Hunter Biden and Chelsea Clinton and media bias and the 'war on women' and the rest. As she has since she stepped onto the national stage six years ago, Palin is the ultimate avatar of base Republican culture since she views herself as an eternal victim, with all the grievance and resentment that entails. So now, liberals, the media, Democrats, apparently anyone who thinks Palin is a buffoon of almost world historic proportions (which gets you to something like 80% of the country) are all abominable hypocrites for 'laughing' at what is now fairly preposterously portrayed as a violent assault against a woman. If you listen to the police interviews, which occurred just as the brawl had barely ended, all the witnesses beside Bristol said she attacked the homeowner. Indeed, even Bristol's younger sister Willow backed up the these other witnesses' account. She just said Bristol missed with her punches.I think it kind of goes without saying that if news emerged that Bristol had been assaulted by a boyfriend or spouse or really anyone else, no one would be laughing. Indeed, I'm not sure anyone now is laughing so much as standing back agape and marveling. But advocates who are trying to alter public perceptions about and stiffen penalties against violence against women are, I do not think, saying that female bodies are inviolable in every case if you barge into someone's party and start swinging punches at them. To cite this as an example of the scourge of violence against women is really to make a mockery of it. But this is actually a common tendency on the right with issues of gender, race and much else. If you don't actually take the issue seriously in the first place, it comes naturally to flip it around in a cookie cutter kind of way. You say we are hostile to women? Well, I saw you be mean to a woman, too! So there! Whether it's treating women by different standards or bearing animus toward women as a group doesn't really matter. If you don't really care about the issue in the first place it's easy to turn it on its head. Because you don't see it as a problem but a cudgel, just another weapon in the brick-a-bat of partisan or ideological combat.Conservatives routinely accuse liberals of jumping to accusations of racism or sexism with no cause or when other explanations are equally plausible. And sometimes they're right. But it has always been the case that the self same people are the first to scream sexism or racism in cases where it is demonstrably false. Again, if you don't care about the issues in the first place or don't think they're real, it comes naturally. In very broad terms, the origin of Fox News is analogous. Conservatives in the '70s and '80s looked at the mainstream media and saw it as liberal and against them. That was largely bogus but not entirely. The mid-late 20th century elite 'media' did generally buy into a series of cosmopolitan assumptions about public and private life. That worldview generally aligns more with liberalism than conservatism, but the two are by no means identical. And this did shape coverage in significant ways. But many conservatives genuinely believed that most people in media were and are little different from Democratic political operatives writing propaganda. So when they went to create "their" media, that's basically what they created, a propaganda network. The reality is as much a matter of genuine misperception as bad faith, though it's both and together they make for a toxic brew. But again, if you see these issues as just a cudgel that people hit each other with, it's easy to say things that are basically nonsense. Because who cares? None of it means anything anyway.So no. Bristol is not a battered woman. She is a battering woman, which may give her some claim to being a feminist icon, as she suggests. I don't blame or care if the Palins are defending themselves or making up stories or doing whatever else. That's just the drama and involuntary performance art that makes up their public lives. But their dead-ender defenders need to accept that if you're a public figure, a recent candidate for national office, and you crash a party drunk and the fists start flying and the police have to show up to sort everything out, people may end up hovering over the details and getting a chuckle out of it. That's life.

Kathy Ruemmler Tells Obama Not To Pick Her As Next Attorney General

Friday October 24th, 2014 09:45:23 PM
Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has asked not to be nominated as the next U.S. attorney general, a White House official told TPM on Friday. Ruemmler was one of the top names under consideration to succeed outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder for the powerful position."We can confirm the President asked Kathy to consider this, and she was among those the President had been looking at. Kathy took this step this week on her own volition – as she always has done: putting the President and Administration first," a White House official, who wasn't authorized to speak on the record, said.The official said President Barack Obama won't announce a nominee until after the midterm election on Nov. 4, and will subsequently "build a confirmation strategy around the nominee and that includes questions of timing."Ruemmler served as a lawyer for the Obama administration since January 2009, leaving in July 2014 to return to private practice at Latham & Watkins. Her former role as Obama's chief legal adviser means her nomination could lead to a resurfacing of various controversies involving Benghazi, IRS and the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal, which has recently seen new revelations.Ruemmler met with Obama in September and he asked her if she wanted to be considered for the position, according to a source close to Ruemmler. "Obviously," the source said, "it was an honor for her to be asked by the president." Ruemmler wanted the post but eventually opted against being considered, the source said, because as a former close adviser to the president she feared she would "become a vehicle for partisan attack."Ruemmler spoke to Obama by phone on Wednesday and withdrew her name from consideration."It wasn't the right time," the source said.White House chief of staff Denis McDonough told TPM in a statement, "Anyone who knows Kathy knows she has impeccable judgment, extraordinary foresight – and is a formidable force. But she is also as selfless as they come, and the President is proud to call her a close friend."Two other names rumored for consideration for the attorney general post are Solicitor General Donald Verrilli and Labor Secretary Tom Perez.This article has been updated.

Reporters Want Sun-Times Owner To Pledge Not To Meddle In Newsroom

Friday October 24th, 2014 07:05:08 PM
Reporters at The Chicago Sun-Times are asking the newspaper owner's reassurance that it won't to interfere in editorial content in response to the very public resignation of Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney. As TPM previously noted, McKinney resigned from the paper after Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's (R) campaign allegedly sought to quash a story that he reportedly threatened a business associate during his days at an investment firm. McKinney hired a private investigator and said that Rauner's campaign tried to retaliate against him through the paper's management. McKinney, in his resignation letter, said he was put on leave from his post and when he returned was told not to have his byline on stories related to the company at the heart of the investment firm story. Now, the Sun-Times reporters have posted a petition on their union website asking the CEO and Chairman of Wrapports LLC, the parent company of the Sun-Times, for reassurance that they won't seek to get involved in the editorial content of the paper. "We are deeply troubled by the situation leading up to Dave McKinney's resignation," the petition read. "It raises incredible questions about whether Sun-Times reporters risk retaliation from management after writing stories unfavorable too politicians or our company's investors. We have basic concerns about whether we will be able to do our jobs moving forward without interference." Rauner's campaign publicly argued that McKinney should not have written the story as he had a conflict of interest because he's married to a Democratic consultant. Crain's Chicago Business, which flagged the petition on Friday, noted that Jim Kirk, the editor-in-chief and publisher of the Sun-Times released a statement praising McKinney as one of the "best in our profession." Kirk also said that he disagreed with the part in McKinney's resignation letter "questioning the integrity of this newspaper and my role as editor and publisher." Read the full petition letter below: Mr. Michael Ferro and Mr. Timothy Knight:We are deeply troubled by the situation leading up to Dave McKinney’s resignation. It raises incredible questions about whether Sun-Times reporters risk retaliation from management after writing stories unfavorable to a politician or our company's investors.We have basic concerns about whether we will be able to do our jobs moving forward without interference.We want to know: did a politician or someone tied to that politician lodge a complaint with Mr. Ferro over a story? If there was indeed a breach in the firewall that is supposed to exist between owners and the newsroom, how do we know that will not reoccur? Would you or Mr. Knight address the newsroom to answers these questions and others?Respectfully, Chicago Sun-Times Newsroom and supporters

Report: Fox News Is Too Negative For Jeb Bush

Friday October 24th, 2014 06:41:34 PM
No stranger to taking on his party's most conservative voters, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is now calling out the bastion of conservative media. CNN's Peter Hamby reported that during a speech Thursday night at a South Carolina fundraiser, Bush "singled out Fox News" while expressing "annoyance with the polarizing fights and constant negativity of the political news media."Bush reportedly said that he only watches Fox "for a few minutes a day before switching over to SportsCenter."Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has been similarly critical of Fox, but the remarks from Bush are notable given how strongly he broke from conservatives on immigration earlier this year.And with the Republican National Committee's stringent controls over the party's 2016 primary debates, Bush, a possible presidential candidate, might have made an enemy of one of the few media outlets that is allowed to moderate.

Guess They're Really Really Really Sure

Friday October 24th, 2014 06:38:42 PM
Obama meets with Dallas nurse cured of Ebola. Photos.

4 Hurt And 2 Dead, Including Gunman, In Seattle-Area School Shooting

Friday October 24th, 2014 08:49:16 PM
Updated: October 24, 2013, 4:45 PM ETFour people were reportedly injured and two students were dead, including the gunman, in a shooting Friday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School near Seattle. Marysville Police Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux said at a news conference that officers were still searching the school and that the situation remained active, although the shooter was believed to be dead."We are confident that there was only one shooter and that the shooter is deceased," Lamoureux said. "The shooter was a student.""It will be a very slow process because we still are evacuating students," Lamoureux said. "That campus has multiple buildings and we go from one building to the next."He also said the police department had a school resource officer stationed at campus."We received a 911 call from somebody that was on campus that was reporting the shots," he said.A spokesperson for the FBI told the Seattle Times that agents were headed to the school to assist.The Marysville School District released a statement saying the school had been locked down because of an "emergency situation" and noted that all after-school activities had been canceled for the day.The Seattle Times reported that the gunman had killed himself after opening fire on others. Another student was dead and as many as four other people had been shot at about 1:45 p.m. ET. according to the Times. The newspaper reported earlier that as many as seven people had been injured in the shooting."Four young people were brought to this center," Providence Hospital's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joanne Roberts said. "Three of them remained here and have been taken from the emergency department to the operating room. All of them have survived, all in very critical condition."Roberts said of the three who remained at Providence Hospital, there were two young women and one young man. Another young man was transferred to Harborview Medical Center when medical staff determined his injuries were less critical and it was safe.Lamoureux spoke again at 4:00 p.m. ET with updates to the investigation."At this point we are confirming that there are two deceased," Lamoureux said.

Obama Meets With Dallas Nurse Cured Of Ebola (PHOTOS)

Friday October 24th, 2014 06:07:23 PM
President Barack Obama met on Friday with Dallas nurse Nina Pham after she was declared cured of the Ebola virus.The White House announced the event in the Oval Office one hour before it was scheduled to happen, reserving a few moments before the meeting for photo-only press coverage. Pham had contracted the virus while treating an infected patient at a hospital in Dallas. She was released on Friday from the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.The meeting came within one day of a New York City patient being reportedly diagnosed with the Ebola virus.The photos below are via The Associated Press.And...

Oops: Dem Challenger Slips And Calls Gov. Nikki Haley A 'Whore' (VIDEO)

Friday October 24th, 2014 06:33:04 PM
A spokeswoman for the South Carolina Democratic Party had a hunch why TPM was getting in contact with her on Friday. "If you take a look at the actual video it’s really clear that he got tongue tied and did not say anything like what folks are tweeting online," Kristin Sosanie, the communications director for the South Carolina Democratic Party, told TPM in an email, even before we'd had a chance to explain why we were reaching out.Sosanie's suspicions were correct. Earlier in the day, TPM came across a video of a campaign rally on Thursday night for South Carolina state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic challenger to Gov. Nikki Haley (R). The video had been posted online by a South Carolina newspaper, the Florence Morning News.Addressing supporters at an event in Florence, S.C., a fired up Sheheen said Haley's days in office were numbered."And we are going to escort whore out the door," he said, before quickly correcting himself."We're gonna escort her out the door."The verbal flub drew an immediate reaction from the crowd. As some of the attendees howled, Sheheen tried to sheepishly regain his footing."Y'all," he said with a laugh. "Think about it, y'all. Alright, calm down out there."Shortly after her preemptive email on Friday, Sosanie reached TPM by phone."He has a very heavy southern accent and it just garbled together and the crowd kind of laughed," she explained. "And he very clearly re-enunciated to make himself clear."Sosanie said she didn't think the Haley campaign had said anything about the goof, and she emailed an official statement to TPM shortly after the phone call."Sen. Sheheen’s words last night just jumbled together, and the video proves it. He clearly did not say that," the statement said. "The line 'escort her out the door' became garbled, and he re-enunciated immediately afterwards in the speech to make himself clear. Any outrage is just fabricated controversy.”

Mark Halperin: 'Exciting Things Happen' When The Palins Drink

Friday October 24th, 2014 05:29:50 PM
Is it safe to joke about the Palin brawl now? In an interview with the New York Times Magazine published Thursday, Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin and his co-editor John Heilemann were asked if they'd rather split a six-pack with Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama or Hillary Clinton. "I'll go with Hillary Clinton right now, only because she’s a little more relevant to our forward-looking lives," Halperin responded. "But when the Palins drink, apparently exciting things happen."Halperin was no doubt referring to the epic, booze-fueled fistfight that some members of the Palin family, namely Bristol and Track Palin, were involved in back in September at a house party. The story was revived this week after the Anchorage Police Department released photos and audio from the scene of the brawl.Sarah Palin herself finally addressed her family's involvement Thursday on Facebook."Looking at the reports, it strikes me as bitterly ironic that the same people who tell us there is a 'war on women' have no problem laughing at the recording of my daughter crying as she tells police about being assaulted by a man," Palin wrote. "I'd like to say shame on the media and those on the left laughing at her or at any young woman in a similar situation, but I no longer think they have any shame."h/t Mediaite

Gohmert: Gays 'Getting Massages All Day' Make The Military 'Vulnerable To Terrorism'

Friday October 24th, 2014 05:11:03 PM
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said during a radio interview this week that gays shouldn't be allowed in the military because their proclivity toward "getting massages all day" would make the nation vulnerable to terrorism. Gohmert's comments, highlighted on Friday by Mediaite, were made during an appearance Tuesday on Christian talk radio show "Point of View" as part of his criticism of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."I've had people say, "Hey, you know, there's nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks." Well, you know, they did have people come along who they loved that was the same sex and would give them massages before they went into battle. But you know what, it's a different kind of fighting, it's a different kind of war and if you're sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into the big, planned battle, then you're not going to last very long. It's guerrilla fighting. You are going to be ultimately vulnerable to terrorism and, you know, if that’s what you start doing in the military like the Greeks did, as people have said, "Louie, you have got to understand, you don't even know your history." Oh, yes, I do. I know exactly. It's not a good idea.Watch the video below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

Scott Brown: Opposition To Ebola Travel Ban Is 'Political Correctness'

Friday October 24th, 2014 04:20:35 PM
Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown expressed alarm on Friday about the first diagnosed case of Ebola in New York City, and attacked his opponent, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), for "waffling" on a travel ban."The way to stop mass infection is by swift and decisive action, including a travel ban and quarantining health workers returning from countries where Ebola is prevalent," Brown said in a statement. "This is not a time for political correctness; it's a time for common-sense prevention mechanisms." What Brown refers to as political correctness happens to be the consensus view among public health specialists, who warn that a travel ban would be ineffective at best, and counterproductive at worst in protecting Americans from Ebola. Experts have said a travel ban wouldn't stop affected individuals in the Ebola-stricken African countries from traveling elsewhere before coming to the U.S., and have argued that it would hamper the flow of aid to help stop the virus at its source.Brown's statement came on the morning after a doctor who treated Ebola patients in Guinea reportedly tested positive for the virus in New York City."Ebola has now spread to New York City, the largest city in the United States and less than 300 miles from New Hampshire," Brown said. "The person who brought it there passed through enhanced screening at the airport and exposed himself to countless other people by riding the subway, taking a taxi and going bowling. Still, Senator Shaheen is waffling on a travel ban."

Palin Speaks Out

Friday October 24th, 2014 04:05:34 PM
Palin says coverage of family's drunken brawl reveals depth of media's rage against conservative women.

Fox's Megyn Kelly Rushes To Call NYC Ebola Patient 'Irresponsible' (VIDEO)

Friday October 24th, 2014 04:11:56 PM
Reporting on Thursday night about news of the first Ebola patient in New York City, Fox News host Megyn Kelly was apoplectic. She lambasted the victim, Dr. Craig Spencer, who had recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea before testing positive for the disease himself, saying he had been "irresponsible" after his return to the United States.“You tell me if I am wrong, which very well might be the case," Kelly said to Dr. Marc Siegel, a Fox News contributor. "But you are over there treating Ebola patients. You’re well aware of the contagiousness of this disease. He comes back into New York City. He knows he’s been handling Ebola patients, and he’s here for a week? He doesn’t tell anybody and if he starts to feel symptomatic before his 103 fever, he’s still out there bowling and taking taxis and not quarantining, not just self-quarantining?”Siegel "completely agreed with that" and said it didn't sound like Spencer took "personal responsibility at all." But other officials abreast of the situation have not agreed with Kelly's assessment. New York City health commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett confirmed that Spencer, a physician for Doctors Without Borders, did not exhibit symptoms of Ebola until Thursday morning. That means that he wasn't symptomatic when he went bowling and took a taxi on Wednesday.Moreover, health officials on Friday were forced to revise their initial reports that Spencer had a 103-degree fever on Thursday. His fever was actually 100.3 degrees, they said.And as for Kelly's harsh assessment that Spencer had acted irresponsibly, well, other medical professionals seem to disagree."He is a committed and responsible physician who always puts his patients first," the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, where Spencer is on staff, said in a statement. "He has not been to work at our hospital and has not seen any patients at our hospital since his return from overseas. Our thoughts are with him, and we wish him all the best at this time."Dr. Irwin Redlener, an expert on disaster preparedness and a professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, echoed those sentiments, saying during a Friday morning radio interview that Spencer was "very responsible."

Sarah Palin: My Family's Alaska Brawl Was 'Humiliating'

Friday October 24th, 2014 03:10:16 PM
It's rare for Sarah Palin to admit embarrassment, but she said on Thursday her family's drunken brawl in Alaska was downright humiliating.The former GOP vice presidential nominee took to Facebook to finally address her family's involvement in a bloody, booze-fueled brawl that took place last month in Anchorage."What happened on the night in question wasn’t funny. It was humiliating and frightening," Palin wrote in her post. "My kids aren’t proud of what happened, nor are they seeking sympathy by playing the victim card – that’s why they haven’t commented on this for all these weeks." Palin posted links to two blog posts written by her eldest daughter, Bristol Palin, describing the night's events and criticizing the media for their coverage of the incident.Sarah Palin herself also had a sharp critique of the media."Looking at the reports, it strikes me as bitterly ironic that the same people who tell us there is a 'war on women' have no problem laughing at the recording of my daughter crying as she tells police about being assaulted by a man," Palin said. "I'd like to say shame on the media and those on the left laughing at her or at any young woman in a similar situation, but I no longer think they have any shame."Her post comes three days after Anchorage police released audio recordings and photographs gathered after the melee. Various eyewitnesses and the public records made it clear that Sarah Palin herself was at the party and even had brief interaction with police.Palin closed our her post with a short aside."Now Todd and I are headed to an exciting middle school girl’s basketball game along with dozens of other families proud to cheer on their daughters."See Palin's post below:

Steve King: I 'Don't Expect' To Meet Gays In Heaven

Friday October 24th, 2014 09:14:00 PM
Updated below. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suggested Wednesday that if he makes it to heaven, he won't find himself in the company of any gays. In an interview with the Jefferson Herald, King discussed a preliminary document produced during Catholic bishops' recent synod that stated gays had "gifts" to offer the Christian community. That historic welcome was utimately scrapped.King was asked specifically whether he thought divorce or cohabitation were sins. The synod's preliminary document had called for the church to respect divorced Catholics and stated that in regard to homosexual unions, "it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners."“I think that I’ll not comment on that part,” King told the newspaper. “I’ll just say that what was a sin 2,000 years ago is a sin today, and people that were condemned to hell 2,000 years ago, I don’t expect to meet them should I make it to heaven. So let’s stick with that principle.”The Iowa Republican demurred when the Jefferson Herald pressed him to say whom he included among the "condemned."“Let me say it isn’t to me to pass that judgment, and those who choose a lifestyle that I’ll say is not one that’s annointed [sic] and favored by my faith — or their faith, for that matter — that’s between them and God," he told the newspaper.Update 5:09 p.m. King addressed the remarks in an interview with Newsmax. "That's all false, that's fabricated," he said. "I said that's between them and God. And I said what was a sin 2,000 years ago is a sin today."Watch at the 3:30 mark.


The Restaurant Industry Is Rife With Race Discrimination

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

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

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

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

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

Bank Manager Pressured Female Employee To Sleep With Executives, Employees Allege

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 02:35:55 PM Bryce Covert

The lawsuits accuse the bank of retaliating against employees who tried to report multiple instances of sexual harassment.The post Bank Manager Pressured Female Employee To Sleep With Executives, Employees Allege appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Mortgage Giant Accused Of Faking Documents To Justify Foreclosures

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 01:21:47 PM Alan Pyke

The fourth-largest mortgage servicing company has systematically faked key documents in foreclosures for years, according to a New York regulator, despite a national legal settlement in 2012 that was supposed to put a stop to such abuses by the industry.The post Mortgage Giant Accused Of Faking Documents To Justify Foreclosures appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Fort Lauderdale Votes To Make It Harder To Feed The Homeless, Joining Two Dozen Other Cities

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 05:38:02 PM Alan Pyke

With food charities around the country already stretched beyond capacity, a couple dozen towns are setting out to make it even harder to feed one of the neediest groups: homeless people.The post Fort Lauderdale Votes To Make It Harder To Feed The Homeless, Joining Two Dozen Other Cities appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Tech Company Will Offer 18 Weeks Of Paid Family Leave To Both Parents

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 04:34:08 PM Bryce Covert

Change.org's paid family leave benefits look to be the most generous in the tech industry.The post Tech Company Will Offer 18 Weeks Of Paid Family Leave To Both Parents appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Governor: I Don’t Know What The Minimum Wage Should Be Because ‘The Private Sector Decides Wages’

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 12:37:29 PM Bryce Covert

When asked what the minimum wage should be, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) responded, "How would I know?"The post Governor: I Don’t Know What The Minimum Wage Should Be Because ‘The Private Sector Decides Wages’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Fed Official To Big Banks: Change Company Culture Or Risk Being Broken Up

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 06:50:48 PM Alan Pyke

Unless bankers change the internal culture that rewards executives and employees for financial misdeeds, a top banking regulator said Monday, they will end up forcing the government to break their companies up into smaller firms.The post Fed Official To Big Banks: Change Company Culture Or Risk Being Broken Up appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Forgotten Victims Of A Capitol Hill Budget Fight

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 03:44:41 PM Bryce Covert

Sequestration may have faded from the headlines, but it's still very real for a variety of vital programs.The post The Forgotten Victims Of A Capitol Hill Budget Fight appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Virtually All Americans’ Wealth Has Dropped To Where It Was Three Decades Ago

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 01:06:34 PM Bryce Covert

At the same time, the share of wealth owned by the 1 percent has tripled since the 1980s.The post Virtually All Americans’ Wealth Has Dropped To Where It Was Three Decades Ago appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Venture Capitalist Says Tech Companies Are Diverse Because White People Have Different European Backgrounds

Monday October 20th, 2014 07:01:11 PM Bryce Covert

Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen claims tech companies aren't "systematically discriminatory."The post Venture Capitalist Says Tech Companies Are Diverse Because White People Have Different European Backgrounds appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Italian Prime Minister Proposes ‘Baby Bonus’ for New Mothers

Monday October 20th, 2014 04:48:21 PM Amelia Rosch

The bonus is an attempt to boost Italy's birthrate, which hit record lows this year.The post Italian Prime Minister Proposes ‘Baby Bonus’ for New Mothers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Indiana Plans To Cut Tens Of Thousands Off Food Stamps

Monday October 20th, 2014 01:35:27 PM Alan Pyke

Gov. Mike Pence (R) is moving to tighten the rules for food stamps even though federal officials say the Indiana economy is still too fragile to justify it.The post Indiana Plans To Cut Tens Of Thousands Off Food Stamps appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Company Accused Of Committing Fraud Will Pay Just $1 Million To Settle — Without Admitting Anything

Friday October 17th, 2014 06:35:52 PM Alan Pyke

The Securities and Exchange Commission says that a New York high-frequency trading firm committed fraud. But it's letting the company pay a million dollars to put the matter to rest without admitting or denying anything.The post Company Accused Of Committing Fraud Will Pay Just $1 Million To Settle — Without Admitting Anything appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Tech Company’s First Female CEO Will Make Less Than The Man Before Her

Friday October 17th, 2014 04:34:50 PM Bryce Covert

Lisa Su will be paid less as CEO of AMD than the man before her because she isn't new to the company, it says.The post Tech Company’s First Female CEO Will Make Less Than The Man Before Her appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Judge Won’t Delay Hearing For Lawyer’s Maternity Leave, Then Berates Her For Bringing Baby To Court

Friday October 17th, 2014 01:06:35 PM Carimah Townes

The incident raises questions about the state of maternity leave in the U.S.The post Judge Won’t Delay Hearing For Lawyer’s Maternity Leave, Then Berates Her For Bringing Baby To Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Hate Government Spending? Here’s Why You Should Love A Higher Minimum Wage

Friday October 17th, 2014 12:52:09 PM Bryce Covert

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would reduce spending on public assistance programs by $7.6 billion a year.The post Hate Government Spending? Here’s Why You Should Love A Higher Minimum Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.

PHOTOS: Walmart Workers Arrested In Protest For $15 Wage

Thursday October 16th, 2014 07:33:22 PM Bryce Covert

More than 40 workers and supporters were arrested in New York and DC while calling for a $15 wage.The post PHOTOS: Walmart Workers Arrested In Protest For $15 Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.

San Diego Considers Giving The Homeless One-Way Bus Tickets Out Of Town

Thursday October 16th, 2014 03:34:10 PM Scott Keyes

Rather than funding increased services for homeless people, the Port of San Diego is considering using money to buy them one-way tickets out of town.The post San Diego Considers Giving The Homeless One-Way Bus Tickets Out Of Town appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Microsoft CEO Apologizes For Equal Pay Remarks, Pledges Efforts On Diversity

Thursday October 16th, 2014 02:47:36 PM Bryce Covert

Satya Nadella said that his advice that women shouldn't ask for a raise was "just plain wrong."The post Microsoft CEO Apologizes For Equal Pay Remarks, Pledges Efforts On Diversity appeared first on ThinkProgress.


BREAKING: Six People Reportedly Shot At Seattle High School (Updated)

Friday October 24th, 2014 06:58:53 PM Ian Millhiser

A gunman reportedly opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Seattle on Friday, before killing himself his own gun.The post BREAKING: Six People Reportedly Shot At Seattle High School (Updated) appeared first on ThinkProgress.

NYC Mayor: Undocumented Immigrants Shouldn’t Hesitate To Seek Medical Care For Ebola

Friday October 24th, 2014 06:58:20 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

“No New Yorker, no one, no one here in this city should worry about their documentation status,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The post NYC Mayor: Undocumented Immigrants Shouldn’t Hesitate To Seek Medical Care For Ebola appeared first on ThinkProgress.

307 People Died Crossing The Southern Border Last Year, And That’s The Lowest It’s Been In 15 Years

Friday October 24th, 2014 05:40:14 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

For the first time, "Arizona was not the deadliest place to cross the border,” the Associated Press reported. The post 307 People Died Crossing The Southern Border Last Year, And That’s The Lowest It’s Been In 15 Years appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Lawmakers Sneak Big Gift To The NRA Into Bill Banning Copper Theft

Friday October 24th, 2014 04:27:20 PM Ian Millhiser

The law reduces the costs of bringing a pro-gun lawsuit, it deputizes the NRA to police gun laws enacted by city and town councils, and it gives the NRA an incentive to file as many suits as it can as quickly as possible.The post Lawmakers Sneak Big Gift To The NRA Into Bill Banning Copper Theft appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Pope Francis’s Radical Defense Of Prisoners’ Rights

Friday October 24th, 2014 02:09:53 PM Jack Jenkins

"A life sentence is a death sentence which is concealed," the pope said.The post Pope Francis’s Radical Defense Of Prisoners’ Rights appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Conservatives Flip Out Over ‘Amnesty’ Because The Government Solicited Bids For Card Stock

Friday October 24th, 2014 01:04:49 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

“I think those who are trying to read into those specific orders about what the president may decide are a little too cleverly trying to divine what the president’s ultimate conclusion might be,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said this week. The post Conservatives Flip Out Over ‘Amnesty’ Because The Government Solicited Bids For Card Stock appeared first on ThinkProgress.

City Councilman Randomly Asks Muslim-American Constituent If She Will Condemn Sharia Law

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 09:24:18 PM Jack Jenkins

"I just want to be assured that your group in no way promotes or defends militant Islamic ideology or Sharia law," the alderman's email read.The post City Councilman Randomly Asks Muslim-American Constituent If She Will Condemn Sharia Law appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Leading Opponent of Marijuana Legalization Suggests Pot Contributed to Michael Brown’s Death

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 08:22:02 PM Nicole Flatow

“Brown’s death also should serve as a tragic reminder that marijuana is not harmless, that it is not just like alcohol or ‘safer than alcohol,’ that its consumption often leads to impairment that is very difficult for the public to measure."The post Leading Opponent of Marijuana Legalization Suggests Pot Contributed to Michael Brown’s Death appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Fake ‘Progressive’ Group Pits Blacks Against Immigrants In Nasty TV Ad

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 04:25:04 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

This group wants African Americans to think that immigration reform will take their jobs away. The post Fake ‘Progressive’ Group Pits Blacks Against Immigrants In Nasty TV Ad appeared first on ThinkProgress.

‘Biking While Black’ Can Get You A Criminal Summons In New York City

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 02:47:43 PM Ian Millhiser

The NYPD's propensity to target African Americans and Latinos extends even to the most banal offenses. The post ‘Biking While Black’ Can Get You A Criminal Summons In New York City appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why Evangelical Churches Are Getting Into The Legal Services Business

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 01:02:12 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

“People of God are responsible for treating our neighbors as ourselves,” Damon Schroeder, Immigration Alliance's executive director said. The post Why Evangelical Churches Are Getting Into The Legal Services Business appeared first on ThinkProgress.

San Antonio Cops Gave Out Over 12,000 Citations Targeting Homeless People Since 2013

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 12:59:27 PM Scott Keyes

On average, officers gave out 19 citations each day for the past 21 months.The post San Antonio Cops Gave Out Over 12,000 Citations Targeting Homeless People Since 2013 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Free Speech Ban Targeting Criminal Offenders

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 04:57:03 PM Ian Millhiser

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) isn't too keen on the First Amendment.The post Pennsylvania Governor Signs Free Speech Ban Targeting Criminal Offenders appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New York Agrees To A Fix Its Disastrously Broken Public Defender System

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 01:19:43 PM Nicole Flatow

New York State agreed to a settlement Tuesday that the New York Civil Liberties Union called "historic" for improving the abysmal access to lawyers available to indigent criminal defendants.The post New York Agrees To A Fix Its Disastrously Broken Public Defender System appeared first on ThinkProgress.

BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality, Mocks Other Judges In Angry Diatribe

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 02:05:50 AM Ian Millhiser

Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez's opinion accuses the overwhelming majority of federal judges who have sided with marriage equality of "inexplicable contortions of the mind or perhaps even willful ignorance."The post BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality, Mocks Other Judges In Angry Diatribe appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Is The Federal Government Trying To Put Gun Ranges Out Of Business?

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 07:46:58 PM Josh Israel

A tragic August death at an Arizona gun range made national headlines due to its horrific circumstance: a nine-year-old girl shooting and killing her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun.The post Is The Federal Government Trying To Put Gun Ranges Out Of Business? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Surprising Way Political Ads Are Impacting Judge’s Decisions On Alleged Criminals

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 06:56:20 PM Nicole Flatow

A new study found that rampant election spending is linked to more prosecution-friendly votes. The post The Surprising Way Political Ads Are Impacting Judge’s Decisions On Alleged Criminals appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How A Notorious Conservative Group Tricked A Scholar Into Joining Their Attack On Latino Voters

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 05:05:18 PM Ian Millhiser

Citizens United is back, and they are spreading conspiracy theories about Latinos.The post How A Notorious Conservative Group Tricked A Scholar Into Joining Their Attack On Latino Voters appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Nativist Roots Of Ebola Hysteria

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 03:35:54 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

"Let me emphasize something... Immigration is a part of Ebola," Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) told a local CBS affiliate last week. The post The Nativist Roots Of Ebola Hysteria appeared first on ThinkProgress.

North Carolina Police Officers Have Been Secretly Tracking Phones For Years

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 02:12:06 PM Lauren C. Williams

It's unclear how many other police departments are using the same technology.The post North Carolina Police Officers Have Been Secretly Tracking Phones For Years appeared first on ThinkProgress.



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