Week in Geek - Planet fly-by edition

Sunday May 29th, 2016 04:10:43 PM Summer Ash
Tonight, Earth makes its closest approach to Mars.

Case highlights funding lawsuits for profit

Sunday May 29th, 2016 03:39:00 PM Martha C. White
The Gawker vs. Hulk Hogan invasion-of-privacy lawsuit brought to light a less salacious but equally controversial practice: third-party litigation funding.

Are the Libertarians ready for prime time?

Sunday May 29th, 2016 03:26:00 PM Jane C. Timm
The choice between making a serious play for the presidency or running to make a point is a barrier between the party and its most viable nominees.

Trump criticized for slow donation to vets

Sunday May 29th, 2016 02:00:48 PM
Donald Trump promised to give $1 million out of his own pocket for a fundraiser he held for veterans, but it took nearly four months for him to follow through. Co-founder of VoteVets.org Jon Soltz joins to discuss.

Judge orders release of docs in Trump U. suit

Sunday May 29th, 2016 01:57:16 PM Phil Helsel
The class action lawsuit alleges the now-defunct business owned by Trump defrauded students.

Sanders warns Clinton on running mate pick

Sunday May 29th, 2016 01:44:00 PM Jordan Frasier
Bernie Sanders doubled down on his warning to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton that her running mate pick will be critical to winning over his supporters.

The face of 'Reading Rainbow' on US education

Sunday May 29th, 2016 12:47:24 PM
Levar Burton, the face of "Reading Rainbow and co-executive producer of the "Roots" reboot, speaks to Rev. Al Sharpton about how he advised his son on dealing with police and the state of education in America.

'Roots' gets remade for a new generation

Sunday May 29th, 2016 12:34:33 PM
Nearly 40 years ago, 85% of American households were glued to their televisions for an epic event, a historical portrait of slavery in the mini-series "Roots". Now, the History Channel is updating it with a 21st century remake. Co-executive producer...

Could Obama have historic role in 2016 race?

Sunday May 29th, 2016 12:24:26 PM
President Obama is expected to campaign hard for the Democratic nominee. Jim Messina, Obama's 2012 Campaign Manager join to discuss.

PoliticsNation 5/29/16

Sunday May 29th, 2016 12:00:00 PM
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Trump Advisor: No, I Don't Believe Our Campaign Headquarters Are Bugged

Sunday May 29th, 2016 03:44:07 PM
Paul Manafort, advisor to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, said Suday that he didn't believe the real estate mogul's campaign headquarters were bugged. The New York Times reported in a story published Friday, citing three unnamed people "briefed on the conversations" that campaign staffers were beginning to feel paranoid and felt as if the headquarters might be bugged.Manafort was asked about it on ABC News' "This Week.""I don't know who said that," Manafort said. "Certainly there are people probably would like to, because there's a lot of good work going on there and we've been able to develop a campaign that is cohesive, that's working together, and in a record time thanks to a great candidate who has got a vision and connected to the American people, put the campaign in a position to win the presidency."Manafort then explicitly said that he didn't believe it and reitereated that he didn't know who said it.

Rubio: It's A 'Safe Assumption' I'll Run Again For An Elected Poisition

Sunday May 29th, 2016 03:20:29 PM
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said in an interview aired Sunday that it was a "safe assumption" that he would again run for an elected position. Rubio was asked on CNN's "State of the Union" if he would ever consider running again for president or another elected position."Yes, I -- I think that's a safe assumption," Rubio said. "But I don't know where I'm going to be in two years. I mean check back in two years."Rubio said days after he announced that he was ending his bid for the White House that he wanted to be a "private citizen" and would not run for re-election to the Senate or be anyone's vice president.Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump joined a handful of senators last week who have enoucouraged Rubio to run for reelection for his senate seat.

Rubio Says He Apologized To Trump For Mocking The Size Of His Hands

Sunday May 29th, 2016 03:05:02 PM
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said in an interview aired Sunday that he apologized to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump for mocking the size of his former opponent's hands. Trump's hands and manlihood made it into the headlines after Rubio questioned the size of his palms when he said Trump had "small hands." Rubio said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he apologized to Trump for the remark."I said, 'you know, I'm sorry that I said that. It's not who I am and I shouldn't have done it,'" Rubio said. "I didn't say it in front of the cameras, I didn't want any political benefit. I'm not a candidate now so I can say that to you."Rubio said that the comment was unlike him and that it embarrassed his family."It's not what I do," Rubio said. "And by doing it, I ended up hurting myself."

Top Trump Aide Clarifies Remark On Possibility Of A Female Running Mate

Sunday May 29th, 2016 02:39:56 PM
Paul Manafort, an advisor to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, clarified on Sunday a comment he made about the real estate mogul selecting a woman or minority to serve as his running mate. "In fact, that would be viewed as pandering, I think,” Manafort told the Huffington Post. Trump later said that Manafort had been misquoted.Manafort himself didn't explicitly say whether he was misquoted during an appearance on ABC News' "This Week," but did expand on his comment, saying there was "more to it.""I said he was -- Trump was looking at the qualifications of all the candidates and that he wouldn't select someone only on the basis of gender or ethnicity. That's not to say that -- because that would be pandering," Manafort said."But the qualifications, if a female is qualified, that's totally different story. And there are many Republican women who are qualified, and several who might be on the list," Manafort continued.

Top Trump Aide: Debating Sanders Would Be A Waste Of Time

Sunday May 29th, 2016 01:58:32 PM
Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, said it would be a waste of time for him to debate Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Trump released a statement on Friday saying that debating Sanders would be an "easy pay day" but that he was focused on deafeating Sanders' opponent, Hillary Clinton.Lewandowski echowed that sentiment on "Fox News Sunday," saying that the campaign was "squarely focused" on beating Clinton in the general election."We're not going to waste our time debating Bernie Sanders when he's not going to be the Democratic nominee," Lewandowski said.Lewandowski said in the same interview that the campaign had narrowed the list of vice president possibilities for Trump, but didn't name who was in the running.

Top Trump Aide: Mitt Romney Is 'Jealous' Of Trump's Success

Sunday May 29th, 2016 02:27:47 PM
Paul Manafort, an aide to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, said Sunday that former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was "jealous" of Trump's success. "I mean Governor Romney, uh, you know, is jealous of the fact that the first businessman to be nominated by the Republican Party with record numbers, uh, is Mr. Trump," Manafort said on ABC News' "This Week."Romney once railed against the prospect of Trump as the nominee, criticizing the real estate mogul's business decisions and foreign policy. He has since quieted down his criticisms, but has vowed not to support Trump as the nominee."Romney had a chance to win it, he lost it," Manafort said.

Sanders Dodges Saying Whether He'd Be Clinton's Running Mate

Sunday May 29th, 2016 01:20:23 PM
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) dodged saying in an interview aired Sunday whether he would be Hillary Clinton's running mate if she wins the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders was asked on NBC News' "Meet the Press" if he would take the call from Clinton if she asked him to be her vice president."Well, right now, again, here we are in California, I'm knocking my brains out to win the Democratic nomination," Sanders said. Sanders said his focus right now is winning the nomination. But, he did say who he would like to see be Clinton's running mate if he doesn't win the nomination."So I would hope, if I am not the nominee, that the vice presidential candidate will not be from Wall Street, will be somebody who has a history of standing up and fighting for working families, taking on the drug companies whose greed is doing so much harm, taking on Wall Street, taking on corporate America, and fight for a government that works for all of us, not just the 1 percent," Sanders said.

NBC Host To Sanders: Your Take On Superdelegates Is A Bit 'Hypocritical'

Sunday May 29th, 2016 01:05:31 PM
NBC News host Chuck Todd told Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in an interview aired Sunday that his opinon on superdelegates was "a little bit hypocritical." The comment from the "Meet the Press" host came after Sanders said that he thought there were "three paths to victory" for him to clinch the nomination.Sanders said he wanted to go into the Democratic National Convention this summer with more pledged delegates than Clinton. He acknowledged that it would be an "uphill fight" to do so.Sanders also said his campaign would talk to the superdelegates in states where he had won "landslide victories" and tell them to, "Do what the people in your state want. They voted for Bernie Sanders, you as the superdelegates should follow their wishes."The Vermont senator went on to say that he would also talk with the superdelegates who sided with Clinton before the primary votes were cast."We're going to make the case for the superdelegates, "Your job is to make sure that Trump is defeated, that Bernie Sanders, in fact, for a variety of reasons, not just polling, is the strongest candidate.'"Todd told Sanders he was contradicting himself."You're saying you want them to respect the vote in their state, then at the same time, you say, 'But oh, by the way, for those of you that are a superdelegate in a state that Clinton won, why don't you think about the general election?' It's a little bit hypocritical to be on both sides of those issues," Todd said."No, no, no, that's not what I'm saying," Sanders responded, arguing that the superdelegates have a "grave responsibility" to make sure presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump doesn't become president.

Ammon Bundy Gets A New Defense Lawyer

Sunday May 29th, 2016 01:43:54 PM
Ammon Bundy, a leader in the January Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff in Oregon has attained new counsel, according to the Associated Press. Bundy has hired former Utah state lawmaker J. Morgan Philpot, who has been a strong advocate for states on land use issues. Philpot is currently running for state Senate, according to the Salt Lake Tribune and ran for Congress in 2010, but lost. "Morgan’s entrance into this case is a positive step forward and does not diminish our belief in the protestors or this case. We believe in Ammon Bundy," Bundy's former lawyer Mike Arnold wrote in a statement posted by the Oregonian. "He is a thoughtful and courageous man, a wonderful client and now a friend."Bundy was charged with conspiracy to impede law enforcement agents and will face additional weapons charges later this summer. He previously was represented by Arnold, who left the case citing his desire to spend more time with his family, according to the Oregonian. The AP reported that Arnold had also faced complaints from the Oregon bar association for his use of social media.

In San Diego, Trump Protests Lead To Arrests

Saturday May 28th, 2016 02:57:47 PM
Nearly three dozen people were arrested Friday night in San Diego after protesters and Trump supporters clashed, according to various reports.The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday that protesters had assembled peacefully outside of the convention center where Trump was speaking, but that after Trump supporters began filing out, chaos ensued. The newspaper reported that individuals began throwing things into the crowd and "several small street fights erupted." "Someone grabbed a man's "Make America Great Again" hat and burned it," the newspaper reported.Reporters at the event tweeted images of physical altercations and police in riot gear patrolling the streets.Video of a punch being thrown, as police move in pic.twitter.com/XQDW4XXc3S— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 27, 2016 Police make good on warning, detain protesters and shoot pepper spray balls. pic.twitter.com/HcmKmsptwk— Jacob Rascon (@Jacobnbc) May 28, 2016 By the end of the night, 35 individuals were arrested, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

'Keyboard Cowboy'Rubio Defends Decision To Help Trump In Tweet Storm

Saturday May 28th, 2016 02:09:09 PM
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) took to twitter Friday night to defend his decision to help GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The twitter rant was a bit Trump-esque in its off-the-cuff nature, but Rubio responded to a series of both fans and critics who were curious about why he would help Trump now after months of running against him More typical inaccurate context.I said I would be "honored" to help party beat Hillary.Stop your snarkathon https://t.co/iCW3p5QFRK— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 27, 2016 Wrong. Convention about more than just nominee.showcase for ideas within #GOP.1/2 https://t.co/iNvCK7GsDC— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 27, 2016 If I have chance to speak honored to share MY vision and ideas for GOP. https://t.co/iNvCK7GsDC— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 27, 2016 Some wanted to know why Rubio even discussed the issue on the first place with CNN after having addressed the question so many times. Rubio joked that he didn't answer the question the same time every time because he didn't want to sound "robotic," an allusion to an attack Rubio faced when he was running for the White House. Wish it worked that way.They ask EVERY time until they get answer little different from the others 1/2 https://t.co/X2hu2xqTVG— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 27, 2016 But if you give same answer too many times then they say you are "robotic" and "scipted". Sound familiar? Lol https://t.co/X2hu2xqTVG— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 27, 2016 Rubio tweeted more than two dozen times and as one reader pointed out, he had some problems with the punctuation. In his defense, it was indeed his first day as a "keyboard cowboy."Nerd. JK It's my first day on job as a "keyboard cowboy"cut me some slack https://t.co/7oT0hKnVcV— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 27, 2016 Some tweeted to Rubio that they were both #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary, Rubio tweeted back that he understood that decision. Rubio went on for quite awhile, long enough that one tweeter complained about "that feeling when you got @marcorubio notifications turned on and he's blowing up your phone... " Rubio responded "My bad. Sorry. Just having fun." All fun has to come to an end though. Family just got home. Have to sign off.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 27, 2016

Donald Trump Promises California That 'There Is No Drought'

Saturday May 28th, 2016 01:02:02 PM
Donald Trump told an an audience in California Friday that "there is no drought," according to a report from USA Today.The state saw a record dry year in 2015 and the problem is so bad that earlier this month Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. issued an executive order creating long-term standards for water use in the state. The order bans the practice of hosing off sidewalks, washing cars with the wrong kinds of hoses and requires individuals to report their water use, according to the state's website. Trump held rallies in the state as he prepares for the June 7 primary there. According to USA Today, Trump told the audience in Fresno, California that water was actually being withheld from people like farmers, but that the drought was not responsible. “We’re going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane. It is so ridiculous where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea,” Trump said according to USA Today. Trump said that if he were president, he'd have a simple solution. “If I win, believe me, we’re going to start opening up the water so that you can have your farmers survive," Trump said according to USA Today.

Nevada Police Union Calls Fiore ‘Embarrassment’ For Gun Comments

Friday May 27th, 2016 09:19:29 PM
Nevada’s largest police union has come out against Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R) for her recent suggestion that citizens can take aim at law enforcement officers so long as police point their weapons first. "Ms. Fiore, we no longer see you as a passionate advocate for your Second Amendment rights, which we support,” Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers Executive Director Rick McCann wrote in a letter to her office. “Rather, these comments were utterly irresponsible, an embarrassment to your District and our State, and they continue to demonstrate why you are unqualified to hold the position of United States Congresswoman."Fiore, a controversial advocate for firearm use who has called the Bureau of Land Management a “bureaucrat agency of terrorism,” is currently running for an open U.S. House seat in her state. Her role in brokering the end of the standoff by armed extremists at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon earlier this year helped raise her national profile. In an interview in late April, Fiore told KLAS-8 that she “would never ever point my firearm at anyone, including an officer of the law, unless they pointed their firearm at me.”“Now once you point your firearm at me,” she continued, “I’m sorry, then it becomes self-defense. Whether you’re a stranger, a bad guy, or an officer, and you point your gun at me and you’re gonna shoot me and I have to decide whether it’s my life or your life, I choose my life.”McCann called Fiore’s comments disrespectful to the “hard working men and women who put their lives on the line every day.”“Your comments underscore your distortion of the Second Amendment and essentially advise your followers that they may point a firearm at law enforcement with impunity and without life or death consequences,” he wrote.McCann noted in his letter that he had worked well with Fiore “on many occasions” during the 2015 legislative session. h/t KTNV

Donald Trump Finally Ends The Dream Of A Trump v. Sanders Debate

Friday May 27th, 2016 08:29:10 PM
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump finally announced Friday that he won't be debating Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) "Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. LIkewise the networks want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes, in this case women's health issues," Trump said in a released statement. "Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders–and it would be an easy pay day–I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be." The drama had played out for several days with Trump suggesting Thursday that he'd only do the debate if a network paid millions to charity.

McConnell On Trump: Our System Will Prevent 'Big Mistakes' (VIDEO)

Friday May 27th, 2016 07:41:49 PM
Apparently trying to reassure those worried about GOP nominee Donald Trump’s take-no-prisoners approach to politics, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is issuing a reminder that all commanders-in-chief face systemic and institutional “constraints” that will prevent "big mistakes." “Well, one thing I’m pretty calm about is that this is nowhere near the most divisive period in American history,” McConnell said in a preview of an upcoming CBS “Sunday Morning” interview. "But what protects us in this country against big mistakes being made is the structure, the Constitution, the institutions."“No matter how unusual a personality may be who gets elected to office, there are constraints in this country,” he continued. “You don’t get to do anything you want to.” Trump’s proposals to build a southern border wall that Mexico would pay for, temporarily ban Muslim immigrants, and forcibly deport 11 million undocumented immigrants are among his more extreme policy positions. McConnell endorsed Trump in early May after his win in Indiana effectively cleared the Republican field, though other Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) have withheld their endorsements for now. View More: Politics News|Live News|More News Videos.cbs-link {color:#4B5054;text-decoration:none; font: normal 12px Arial;}.cbs-link:hover {color:#A7COFF;text-decoration:none; font: normal 12px Arial;}.cbs-pipe {color:#303435;padding: 0 2px;}.cbs-resources {height:24px; background-color:#000; padding: 0 0 0 8px; width: 612px;}.cbs-more {font: normal 12px Arial; color: #4B5054; padding-right:2px;}

Tech Company Calls Donald’s Bluff: We’d Pay $10M For A Trump-Sanders Debate!

Friday May 27th, 2016 07:35:16 PM
A New York City-based technology company said Thursday it would meet presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s condition for a one-on-one debate with Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders by donating $10 million to charity. “Yesterday, Mr. Trump asked for a $10 [million] donation to charity in order to accept Mr. Sanders’ challenge to debate him,” Richie Hecker, chairman and CEO of Traction and Scale, said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “We are willing to offer that $10 [million] donation in return for the opportunity to host the debate.”Hecker said he hopes to host the debate June 6 in California, a day before the state’s primary, and would like to host it in the largest possible venue."The debate format would focus on compromise and solutions. We would invite the candidates to look at the forum less as a debate, and more as a negotiation for the future of America," he said in the statement.The offer comes after a day of back-and-forth between Trump and Sanders over a potential debate. The billionaire said in a Wednesday night late show appearance that he would consider debating Sanders if he donated to charity, a condition he later specified as a $10 million donation to women’s health issues.Sanders, for his part, has enthusiastically expressed his willingness to debate Trump in California, where Clinton declined to debate the Vermont senator.

Trump Says He 'Cannot Stand' Hillary Clinton 'Screaming'

Friday May 27th, 2016 06:49:25 PM
During a rally in California on Friday, Donald Trump complained to the crowd that he cannot stand the sound of Hillary Clinton "screaming."The Republican presidential candidate used a similar line last month, when he told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he had not "quite recovered" from Clinton "shouting" the night before. On Friday, he acknowledged that it wasn't politically correct for him to say certain things about Clinton. "Do you think Hillary looks presidential?" Trump asked the crowd. "I don't think so."He then teased out his feelings about Clinton's voice."I'm not going to say it," he said. "I refuse to say that I cannot stand her screaming into the microphone all the time."He said that he had to turn off the television on Thursday night when he heard Clinton speaking because he "just couldn’t stand it," though he did not specify what he was watching."But I won’t say it because we’re not allowed to say it, right?" he asked the crowd.

Peter Thiel's Political Awakening

Friday May 27th, 2016 09:01:38 PM
In our profile of Peter Thiel yesterday we didn't get into the details of his political awakening, as it were, at Stanford, mostly for brevity's sake. But it's an interesting episode, and TPM Reader PN shares some reflections:Just a few thoughts on Peter Thiel’s defense: I think Josh’s comments have been spot on.On the Gawker site, the most popular—I don’t say best--defense appears to be that “outing” Thiel was beyond the pale—so the suit accomplishes belated justice (that’s dubious in itself). Setting aside whether an outing actually happened or what prevailing ethical/journalistic standards are, I think Thiel’s time at Stanford (overlapping mine) bears renewed scrutiny. Keeping it brief: Thiel essentially got his public start by founding the Stanford Review. That publication quickly, if not at its inception, was devoted mainly to “anti-PC” arguments, defending in particular fellow reviewer Keith Rabois, another future PayPal zillionare who, as a Stanford Law student was involved in "screaming 'Faggot! Hope you die of AIDS!' and 'Can't wait until you die, faggot,' in the direction of the resident fellow cottage of lecturer Dennis Matthies.” According to a Stanford news release at the time: "first-year law student Keith Rabois ... sent a letter to the Stanford Daily confirming the allegations." "Admittedly, the comments made were not very articulate, not very intellectual nor profound," Rabois wrote, according to the news release. "The intention was for the speech to be outrageous enough to provoke a thought of 'Wow, if he can say that, I guess I can say a little more than I thought.' "Both Thiel and Rabois were/are gay.This wasn’t just a youthful indiscretion. ... Thiel rode the incident to a book deal and publication in the Wall Street Journal. I assume his conservative bona fides, rooted here, played a serious role in his public profile and early business network? They also weren’t straightforwardly voicing some political/religious position: they were rather rancidly scapegoating other gay men as part of some closeted psychodynamic. So Thiel’s high horse on speech about gay people runs rather contrary to his own actions (to the NYTimes: “Gawker has been a singularly terrible bully”?), which he has benefitted from—which he was only too happy to defend and promulgate on grounds of free speech/press. ... Don’t know why Gawker hasn’t called him out on this particularly: Thiel’s philosophical (come on) position hasn’t really diverged; while he’s now posing as a champion for liberal sensibilities about his sexuality and privacy he’s still happy to take positions against political correctness, immigrants, women’s suffrage and undermine the press he used as an exemplar of his own protections. Editor's Note: One correction to make. Rabois was not a party to Thiel's book deal, as the reader email initially said. It has been corrected to reflect that.

Cruz Wants A Say On Republican Platform At July Convention

Friday May 27th, 2016 06:26:18 PM
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday indicated that he will fight for "conservative principles" -- particularly on abortion -- in the Republican party platform at the convention in July.Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell asked Cruz whether he would make sure Republicans do not "screw around with the party platform and remove the abortion plank, or alter it," according to Politico. "You have my word. One of the reasons that we are continuing to work to elect conservatives to be delegates, even though Donald has the delegates to get the nomination, we intend to do everything we can to fight for conservative principles to prevent Washington forces from watering down the platform," Cruz replied, according to Politico. "The platform is a manifestation of what we believe as a party, and I think it is important that it continue to reflect conservative values, free-market values, constitutional liberties, Judeo-Christian principles, the values that built this country, and that is exactly what I intend to fight for."At one point in the interview, Campbell noted that Trump might not meet Cruz's standards, according to Politico."I hope that he will," Cruz responded.

RNC Falling Short On Its Ground Game Promises In Key Swing States

Friday May 27th, 2016 05:07:36 PM
A report from Politico Friday revealed that the Republican National Committee has not built the ground game infrastructure it promised and state committees are getting worried Democrats are gaining the edge From Pennsylvania to Arizona to Florida, the RNC had pledged to invest heavily in state staffers, but so far, the promises haven't materialized. Arizona’s state party chairman Robert Graham told Politico that he has just one paid state staffer from the RNC and he has had to scramble to even keep the person on payroll. In Ohio, Politico reported the RNC had promised 170 staffers by the first of July. At this point, they have delivered about two dozen. The issues persist in other swing states as well from New Hampshire to Florida. The fear for Republicans is that without the boost from the RNC, it's not just the presidential election that could be in jeopardy. Tight Senate races could also be affected if the top of the ticket is out-organized. Politico pointed out that the RNC had released a memo Thursday showing it planned to invest more heavily now on ground infrastructure, but many of the party chairmen Politico spoke with warned that it could be too little, too late.


Trump Attacks Judge Overseeing The Case Against His Fake University: ‘He’s A Hater’

Saturday May 28th, 2016 02:49:53 PM Tara Culp-Ressler
Trump spent 12 minutes of his 58-minute speech focused on the judge, who is overseeing a case accusing Trump University of scamming students. The post Trump Attacks Judge Overseeing The Case Against His Fake University: ‘He’s A Hater’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Michigan Lawmakers Target Homeless With Ban On “Aggressive” Panhandling

Friday May 27th, 2016 04:36:04 PM Rachel Cain
The state joins a number of places criminalizing panhandling. The post Michigan Lawmakers Target Homeless With Ban On “Aggressive” Panhandling appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Surprise Ruling In Favor Of Labor Opens Up New Options For Workers Looking To Sue Their Employers

Friday May 27th, 2016 04:28:18 PM Alan Pyke
A new court ruling sets up a Supreme Court fight over whether or not bosses can ban their workers from class-action suits. The post Surprise Ruling In Favor Of Labor Opens Up New Options For Workers Looking To Sue Their Employers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

An Increasingly Popular Way To Fund Universities Makes No Sense, Report Says

Friday May 27th, 2016 03:27:47 PM Casey Quinlan
A new paper finds that focusing on outcomes when determining funding actually doesn't help needy students. The post An Increasingly Popular Way To Fund Universities Makes No Sense, Report Says appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New York City Homeless Take Action Against Police Efforts To Break Up Their Communities

Friday May 27th, 2016 02:39:21 PM Bryce Covert
"The police take advantage of our powerlessness as homeless people," one homeless person said. The post New York City Homeless Take Action Against Police Efforts To Break Up Their Communities appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Senate Favors Equal Pay For Women’s Soccer In Theory, Won’t Pass Equal Pay Legislation In Practice

Thursday May 26th, 2016 06:34:31 PM Bryce Covert
"Despite the international success of the members, [they] are consistently paid less than similarly situated members of the United States Men's National Team for doing the same job, regardless of the performance of the teams." The post Senate Favors Equal Pay For Women’s Soccer In Theory, Won’t Pass Equal Pay Legislation In Practice appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Minimum Wage Workers Can’t Afford Rent Anywhere In The Country

Thursday May 26th, 2016 02:44:56 PM Bryce Covert
A minimum wage worker who wants to afford a two-bedroom apartment has to hold down nearly three full-time jobs. The post Minimum Wage Workers Can’t Afford Rent Anywhere In The Country appeared first on ThinkProgress.

GOP Congressman Tries To Hijack Civil Rights Movement Language To Destroy Anti-Poverty Programs

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 07:30:53 PM Alan Pyke
A white professional politician who was in diapers when John Lewis got his skull broken by Alabama state troopers just tried to hijack Lewis' legacy in order to undermine poverty programs. The post GOP Congressman Tries To Hijack Civil Rights Movement Language To Destroy Anti-Poverty Programs appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Walmart Promised To Stop Punishing Pregnant Workers. So Why Did These Pregnant Workers Get Fired?

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 02:25:58 PM Bryce Covert
"Walmart claims to have a gold star policy... But we know it's far from the reality." The post Walmart Promised To Stop Punishing Pregnant Workers. So Why Did These Pregnant Workers Get Fired? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New Mexico Officials Accused Of Tampering With Documents To Deny Citizens Emergency Food Stamps

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 12:00:28 PM Bryce Covert
Rather than fix the problem of backlogged applications, agency employees say they were forced to forge data. The post New Mexico Officials Accused Of Tampering With Documents To Deny Citizens Emergency Food Stamps appeared first on ThinkProgress.

One Of The Few Bank Fraud Cases Obama Prosecutors Took To Court — And Won — Just Got Ripped Up

Tuesday May 24th, 2016 08:13:40 PM Alan Pyke
One of the government's few successful prosecutions of a bank for mortgage fraud just fell apart more than two years after a jury convicted Bank of America. The post One Of The Few Bank Fraud Cases Obama Prosecutors Took To Court — And Won — Just Got Ripped Up appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Elizabeth Warren Calls On Americans To Fight Wall Street

Tuesday May 24th, 2016 07:56:59 PM Bryce Covert
"No cheating, and no pushing the risks on taxpayers," Warren said. The post Elizabeth Warren Calls On Americans To Fight Wall Street appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A School Accused A Student Of Milk Theft. He Was Innocent But Is Still Going To Court.

Tuesday May 24th, 2016 02:39:05 PM Casey Quinlan
A student was handcuffed and will have to appear in juvenile court after an accusation he stole milk. He was on the free lunch program. He's still going to court. The post A School Accused A Student Of Milk Theft. He Was Innocent But Is Still Going To Court. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Pentagon Cafeteria Workers Faced Retaliation From Managers After Going On Strike

Tuesday May 24th, 2016 12:00:26 PM Alan Pyke
Even at the heart of the Pentagon itself, a contractor is depriving workers of their rights. The post Pentagon Cafeteria Workers Faced Retaliation From Managers After Going On Strike appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Texas’ Largest Jail Accused Of Jailing Poor People Because They Don’t Have Money

Monday May 23rd, 2016 08:13:22 PM Bryce Covert
55 people who couldn't afford bail died while waiting for their trials in the Harris County Jail. The post Texas’ Largest Jail Accused Of Jailing Poor People Because They Don’t Have Money appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Administrators Are Still Enforcing Antiquated Ideas About How To Celebrate Prom

Monday May 23rd, 2016 07:11:59 PM Casey Quinlan
It's the time of year when school administrators attempt to enforce the gender norms of their youth. The post Administrators Are Still Enforcing Antiquated Ideas About How To Celebrate Prom appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Fast Food Workers Are Starting To Win The Fight For $15. What About The Battle For Union Rights?

Monday May 23rd, 2016 03:22:50 PM Bryce Covert
“Fifteen dollars an hour is becoming a reality for millions of workers. Now, we want to zero in on the other part of our demand: union rights." The post Fast Food Workers Are Starting To Win The Fight For $15. What About The Battle For Union Rights? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Adjuncts Argue Low Pay Represents Changing Priorities At Universities

Monday May 23rd, 2016 12:10:30 PM Casey Quinlan
Adjunct instructors are fed up, and they're a vital part of today's campus activism. The post Adjuncts Argue Low Pay Represents Changing Priorities At Universities appeared first on ThinkProgress.

University of Chicago Students Protest The ‘Corporatization’ Of Their School

Thursday May 19th, 2016 08:15:50 PM Casey Quinlan
University of Chicago students protested Thursday against racist policing practices, campus worker rights, lack of services for disabled students, and the university's refusal to divest from fossil fuels. The post University of Chicago Students Protest The ‘Corporatization’ Of Their School appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Future Of Twitter Is Black

Thursday May 19th, 2016 05:26:18 PM Lauren C. Williams
Only 20 percent of adult internet users on Twitter are white, compared to 28 percent whom identify as black. The post The Future Of Twitter Is Black appeared first on ThinkProgress.


A New Memorial Day Tradition — Burning The Confederate Flag

Sunday May 29th, 2016 01:17:34 PM Judd Legum
"Burn and bury" The post A New Memorial Day Tradition — Burning The Confederate Flag appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Woman Treated Like A Criminal For Refusing To Testify Against Her Abusive Boyfriend

Saturday May 28th, 2016 06:13:02 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
During her custody, the woman developed frostbite symptoms. The post Woman Treated Like A Criminal For Refusing To Testify Against Her Abusive Boyfriend appeared first on ThinkProgress.

An FBI-Proof iPhone May Be In The Works

Friday May 27th, 2016 03:52:36 PM Lauren C. Williams
Apple has a major incentive to take precautions in making future devices with top-notch security measures. The post An FBI-Proof iPhone May Be In The Works appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Scalia Is Dead, But Texas Has A Devious Plan To Bring His Vote Back To Life

Friday May 27th, 2016 12:00:27 PM Ian Millhiser
A landmark lawsuit filed by several states that wish to preserve their ability to engage in anti-transgender discrimination will be heard by a judge with a record of hostility towards LGBT rights. This is not a coincidence. The post Scalia Is Dead, But Texas Has A Devious Plan To Bring His Vote Back To Life appeared first on ThinkProgress.

South Carolina Close To Raising Cutoff Age For Juvenile Offenders To 18

Thursday May 26th, 2016 05:48:55 PM Cory Herro
Forty-one other states already keep teenagers in the juvenile justice system until they turn 18. The post South Carolina Close To Raising Cutoff Age For Juvenile Offenders To 18 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

NYPD Commissioner Calls Rappers ‘Thugs,’ Blames Them For Violence At Concert

Thursday May 26th, 2016 02:44:13 PM Laurel Raymond
By calling rappers "thugs" Bratton is relying on coded language with specific, racist associations for black men. The post NYPD Commissioner Calls Rappers ‘Thugs,’ Blames Them For Violence At Concert appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Defendants In Freddie Gray Case Sue Marilyn Mosby For Defamation

Thursday May 26th, 2016 02:37:06 PM Carimah Townes
They're seeking at least $75,000 for defamation and invasion of privacy. The post Defendants In Freddie Gray Case Sue Marilyn Mosby For Defamation appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Meat And Poultry Workers Are Forced To Sacrifice Their Health Just To Do Their Jobs

Thursday May 26th, 2016 12:00:42 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
"The conditions that these workers are forced to endure is an outrage, and have no place in our nation." The post Meat And Poultry Workers Are Forced To Sacrifice Their Health Just To Do Their Jobs appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Bill Clinton-Era Law That Could Put The Charleston Shooter On Death Row

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 07:43:35 PM Kira Lerner
The number of people facing the federal death penalty has increased dramatically in the last few decades thanks to one significant policy change. The post The Bill Clinton-Era Law That Could Put The Charleston Shooter On Death Row appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Faith Groups Create Emergency Hotline For Immigrants To Call During A Deportation Raid

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 06:59:22 PM Jack Jenkins
“There is a rising movement of people of faith calling on ICE for moral accountability.” The post Faith Groups Create Emergency Hotline For Immigrants To Call During A Deportation Raid appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A Federal Judge Just Reacquainted Anti-Abortion Lawmakers With The First Amendment

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 03:24:30 PM Ian Millhiser
Judge Michael Barrett is not the sort of person you would expect to be overflowing with sympathy for abortion clinics. The post A Federal Judge Just Reacquainted Anti-Abortion Lawmakers With The First Amendment appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Immigrant Families Sue Mobile Home Company For Allegedly Discriminating Against Them

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 03:14:30 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
"A policy of this nature is bound to have a discriminatory impact on Latinos." The post Immigrant Families Sue Mobile Home Company For Allegedly Discriminating Against Them appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Trump Protesters Picked The Wrong Police Department To Clash With

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 02:38:14 PM Emily Atkin
If Trump protestors have a culture of violence, the Albuquerque Police Department has a culture of sheer brutality. The post Trump Protesters Picked The Wrong Police Department To Clash With appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why We Must Stand Against The Death Penalty, Even In The Case Of Racist Murderer Dylann Roof

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 01:42:38 PM Ian Millhiser
The death penalty is arbitrary. It discriminates on the basis of race and income. It kills the innocent. It is unconstitutional. And it may even deepen the wounds of families already grieving from the most terrible tragedy imaginable. Even in the worst of cases, it cannot be justified. The post Why We Must Stand Against The Death Penalty, Even In The Case Of Racist Murderer Dylann Roof appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Chicago Mayor Holds On For Dear Life In The Face Of Chicago’s Continuing Police Corruption

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 12:00:29 PM Carimah Townes
"But it is clear that a totally new agency is required to rebuild trust in investigations of officer-involved shootings..." The post Chicago Mayor Holds On For Dear Life In The Face Of Chicago’s Continuing Police Corruption appeared first on ThinkProgress.

I Got Gunsplained At The NRA Convention

Tuesday May 24th, 2016 08:16:32 PM Kira Lerner
"I would highly advise you to invest in your personal safety, just my $.02." The post I Got Gunsplained At The NRA Convention appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Indiana Judges Weigh Whether Woman Should Be Charged With Murder For Her Abortion

Tuesday May 24th, 2016 03:40:06 PM Alex Zielinski
"To hold a woman criminally culpable for her perceived pregnancy outcomes really takes us down a very slippery slope." The post Indiana Judges Weigh Whether Woman Should Be Charged With Murder For Her Abortion appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Is Hillary Clinton The Last Democratic Presidential Candidate To Support The Death Penalty?

Tuesday May 24th, 2016 02:59:02 PM Kira Lerner
Before she backed the practice, she helped save this man from execution. The post Is Hillary Clinton The Last Democratic Presidential Candidate To Support The Death Penalty? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

NYPD Commissioner Has Some ‘Extremely Dubious’ Claims About Marijuana

Monday May 23rd, 2016 08:36:57 PM Laurel Raymond
Given the scope of crime in New York City, pinning the vast majority of it on marijuana seems to be a big causal leap. The post NYPD Commissioner Has Some ‘Extremely Dubious’ Claims About Marijuana appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Justice Thomas Doesn’t See Anything Wrong With Excluding Jurors Based On Race

Monday May 23rd, 2016 07:09:39 PM Ian Millhiser
Justice Thomas on jury discrimination: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The post Justice Thomas Doesn’t See Anything Wrong With Excluding Jurors Based On Race appeared first on ThinkProgress.



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