Polls show 'no' wins

Sunday July 5th, 2015 06:15:00 PM Reuters
No exit polls were conducted, but three opinion polls by GPO, Metron Analysis and MRB all showed the 'No' camp' ahead by three points.

Summer blockbusters compete at box office

Sunday July 5th, 2015 05:51:07 PM
Entertainment correspondent Nikki Novak breaks down which summer box office hits are worth seeing with Richard Lui.

Cruz slams high court

Sunday July 5th, 2015 05:45:00 PM NBC News
Cruz called the decisions "an assault on democracy."

Trump fires back: Bush is 'out of touch'

Sunday July 5th, 2015 05:31:24 PM Rachel Kleinman
Donald Trump isn't taking fellow Republican Jeb Bush's criticism lying down.

Iran negotiations near the end

Sunday July 5th, 2015 05:18:22 PM
Mark Dubowitz, director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, joins Richard Lui to contemplate how Secretary Kerry could get a potential Iran deal through the Republican-controlled Congress.

Will Team USA win the women’s World Cup?

Sunday July 5th, 2015 04:54:35 PM
George Vecsey, sports reporter for the New York Times, talks to Richard Lui about the upcoming women’s World Cup final, and offers his opinion on the most talented team in the women’s finals.

Where is the safest seat on a plane?

Sunday July 5th, 2015 04:44:14 PM
Alex Witt sits down with Kelly Conniff, special projects editor for TIME Magazine, to discuss the second annual “Answers Issue,” which tackles questions about jobs, airplane seats and more.

Greece votes in historic ballot referendum

Sunday July 5th, 2015 04:32:57 PM
CNBC contributor Ron Isana offers his insights to Richard Lui on how the Greeks are likely to vote in their ballot referendum, which will have a major impact on their country’s economy.

Space probe suffers glitch

Sunday July 5th, 2015 04:21:23 PM Reuters
The probe has been barreling toward the dwarf planet and its primary moon, Charon, since January 2006.

GOP field split in reactions to Trump

Sunday July 5th, 2015 04:14:37 PM
Former DNC chair Howard Dean and Republican strategist Joe Watkins join Richard Lui to dissect the strategy behind the 2016 candidates’ responses to Donald Trump’s controversial statements.

The Latest from Walksconsin

Saturday July 4th, 2015 02:15:32 PM
Some delightfully revealing developments out of Wisconsin, where Scott Walker's Republican legislative majorities have passed out of committee a provision canceling Wisconsin's 'open records' law, some form of which exists in almost every state, though more comprehensively than most in Wisconsin. As the State Journal puts it, "The proposal blocks the public from reviewing nearly all records created by lawmakers, state and local officials or their aides, including electronic communications and the drafting files of legislation. The language was included in the final version of the state’s 2015-17 budget, which passed the Legislature’s budget committee on a party-line vote late Thursday. The budget bill next goes to the full Assembly and Senate." Perhaps best of all the new rule creates something called a “legislator disclosure privilege”, which does not appear to exist in any other state. In other words, something like executive privilege at the national level or spousal privilege at the personal level, legislators in Wisconsin rather than having a special obligation to release information on their work for the public will now have a special privilege to withhold information. Nor surprisingly, after the new proposal passed out of committee, suddenly no one would say who had come up with the idea and everyone professed to have no idea how the proposal got into the budget passed out of committee. Gov Walker's spokesperson now says he supports making "changes" to the new law but declined to say whether he had played a role in proposing them. And these folks have at least some suggestive evidence that they may have come from the Gov in the first place. I'm interesting in hearing more about the whodunnit here. So if anyone has more details (confidentiality guaranteed) please drop us a line.

139 Years Ago Today

Saturday July 4th, 2015 01:31:39 PM
July 4th, 1876: First newspaper report of General Custer killed at Little Big Horn.

Why Do We Pledge?

Saturday July 4th, 2015 01:28:38 PM
Where did the Pledge of Allegiance come from and when did we start doing it? Here's the story.

Alleged Muslim Massacre Plotter Freed As Judge Asks If He's A 'True Threat'

Friday July 3rd, 2015 08:43:58 PM
An ex-Congressional candidate who allegedly plotted to massacre a Muslim community in upstate New York was allowed to go free this week as his case proceeded, due to a federal judge's order. Meanwhile, another federal judge cast doubt on whether the defendant Robert Doggart – who is accused of planning to enlist a heavily-armed militia armed with assault rifles and machetes to attack a Muslim school and mosque – was a "true threat," effectively torpedoing a plea agreement that could have put Doggart behind bars for up to five years. Federal marshals arrested Doggart on April 10, after intercepting a call in which Doggart – who in 2014 ran an unsuccessful U.S. congressional campaign in Tennessee – allegedly threatened to attack a Muslim community in Hancock, N.Y. His lawyers and prosecutors came to an agreement where he would have pleaded guilty to a single charge of interstate communication of a threat, a charge that carries up to five years in prison.However, due to federal judge Curtis Collier's order, attorneys behind the deal have 21 days to prove that Doggart is “a true threat” in the eyes of the law. Both the prosecutor and government had acknowledged that it was a true threat, the Chattanoogan reported.With federal magistrate Susan K. Lee reversing her earlier ruling and releasing Doggart into home confinement, he must now wear an electronic monitoring device, undergo psychiatric treatment, and stay off the internet as conditions of his release, according to the Chattanoogan.An unsealed criminal complaint showed Doggart discussing how many men armed with assault rifles, Molotov cocktails, and even machetes would be necessary to burn down a school and mosque, and kill residents outside of the New York hamlet, nicknamed “Islamberg” by its residents. The complaint suggested Doggart tried to recruit participants through Facebook, referring to the community as “Target 3.”“Target 3 is vulnerable...and must be utterly destroyed in order to get the attention of the American People," Doggart wrote. He also told an FBI source that he’d set a April 15 deadline to carry out the armed attack, according to the plea agreement, which he said was “gonna start a civil war.”Doggart wrote in another post: “Our small group will soon be faced with the fight of our lives...We shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties upon the enemies of our Nation and World Peace.”Members of the conservative media have purported that Islamberg, where The Muslims of America is headquartered, to be a training ground of radical Islamic terrorists.A veteran and Christian National Church minister, Doggart spoke at last year’s Operation American Freedom protest.Read the full criminal complaint below: This post has been updated.

Huckabee Outlines Plan to Resist 'Judicial Tyranny' After SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling

Friday July 3rd, 2015 06:31:05 PM
In a strongly worded Fox News op-ed published Thursday, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee laid out exactly what he’d do as president to address the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. Calling the decision “an out-of-control act of unconstitutional judicial tyranny” issues by “five unelected lawyers,” Huckabee vowed to use executive orders to preserve Americans’ religious freedom. Huckabee mapped out a three-pronged approach, which he said would be carried out on the first day of his hypothetical administration. It involves signing religious liberty orders that protect businesses, churches and other organizations for “exercising their religious beliefs,” particularly where their marriage views are concerned; directing the attorney general to prosecute attacks against people of faith—including those who oppose gay marriage—as hate crimes; and preventing military chaplains from having to carry out same-sex marriages. Huckabee is an avowed opponent of same-sex marriage who has signed DefendMarriage.org’s civil disobedience pledge. In May, he told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that only Congress has the power to change federal laws. Other 2016 Republican candidates, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) have promised to ignore the ruling or take legislative action to undermine it. Jindal faces a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Louisiana on Tuesday for signing an executive order that he says protects local clerks who want to opt out of officiating gay marriages. Marriage equality advocates say Jindal's “Marriage and Conscience Order” goes beyond his constitutional authority as governor.

Mitt Romney To Host Chris Christie For A Sleepover At N.H. Compound

Friday July 3rd, 2015 05:39:51 PM
Former Massachusetts Gov. and GOP 2012 nominee Mitt Romney will host New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is running for president, and Christie's wife Mary Pat, for a sleepover Friday.The Washington Post reported that the Christies will stay at Romney's Wolfeboro, N.H. compound on Lake Winnipesaukee Friday night after they share a casual dinner. Christie aides confirmed the plans to the New York Times. Saturday Christie will march in Wolfeboro's Fourth of July parade, where Romney and his wife Ann are known to make an appearance. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), one of Christie's 2016 rivals, is also participating in the march and plans to meet with Romney as well, according to New York Times.Romney has signaled he intends to play an influential role in the 2016 race in the hopes of preventing another 2012 scenario, when his presidential run was often thrown off kilter by long-shot GOP candidates. He has teamed up with casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to shepherd major donors behind the Republican Party's most electable candidates and last month hosted a summit in Utah with some of the 2016 contenders.Christie announced his candidacy Tuesday. Once considered a rising star, the New Jersey governor has seen his popularity and favor with donors shrink due to scandals in the state.

Lawsuit Filed Against Ky. Clerk Denying Marriage Licenses After SCOTUS Ruling

Friday July 3rd, 2015 04:17:59 PM
A Kentucky clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples – gay or straight – after the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage now faces a class-action lawsuit filed by the ACLU-Kentucky Thursday.The challengers in the suit – two gay couples and two straight couples – say Rowan County Clerk Kimberly Davis violated their due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment and ask that Davis be compelled to begin issuing the licenses again, in addition to seeking compensatory and punitive damages.They also brought the complaint on behalf of the individuals who are otherwise qualified to be married in Rowan county, but can no longer do so because of Davis' refusal to grant licenses. "We have been citizens of Rowan County since the beginning of our relationship and love being members of this community," Aaron Skaggs, one of the challengers, said in ACLU's statement announcing the suit. "So, it only makes sense that we would want and should be granted our right to be recognized as a loving couple having freedom to marry here at home.”Davis is one of a number of clerks who stopped issuing marriage licenses entirely after last week's Supreme Court ruling out of religious objections to same-sex marriage. Davis previously told WKYT, "It is my deep conviction and belief that God ordained marriage between a man and a woman. I can't be a part of this." Dozens of demonstrators protested her decision outside the Rowan County Courthouse Tuesday morning, WKYT reported.In the ACLU statement, Laura Landenwich, ACLU-Kentucky's cooperating attorney, said, "Ms. Davis has the absolute right to believe whatever she wants about God, faith, and religion, but as a government official who swore an oath to uphold the law, she cannot pick and choose who she is going to serve, or which duties her office will perform based on her religious beliefs.”

PHOTOS: Filipino Protesters Hold March Against U.S. Independence Day

Friday July 3rd, 2015 03:59:08 PM
In the Philippines, the Fourth of July is celebrated as U.S.-Philippines Friendship Day. But protesters who resent America's ongoing military presence in the Philippine archipelago used the holiday to highlight what they see as a lopsided relationship between the two countries. In the photos below, taken on Friday, July 3, demonstrators from the women's group Gabriela marched to the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Protesters shout slogans during a rally near the U.S. Embassy in Manila. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Bubba Watson Says He Will Paint Over Confederate Flag On 'Dukes Of Hazzard' Car

Friday July 3rd, 2015 03:10:19 PM
As the tide continues to turn against Confederate flags, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson said Thursday that he too would remove the flag from one of its most visible cultural likenesses. On his verified Twitter account, Watson said:All men ARE created equal, I believe that so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee #USA— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) July 2, 2015The golf pro bought the 1969 Dodge Charger dubbed General Lee, which was used in the first "The Dukes of Hazzard" episode, in 2012. The news comes days after TV Land announced they'd discontinue reruns of the show, which ran from 1979 to 1985, given how prominently the show foists the Confederate flag as an icon of the South. Major retailers Amazon and Walmart have also said they'd stop selling products with the flag.The backlash started in the wake of the Charleston church shooting, when suspect Dylann Roof allegedly gunned down nine African-American parishioners. Roof's fondness for white supremacist emblems has been well documented.

Report: Others Could Be Charged In Charleston Church Shooting

Friday July 3rd, 2015 03:11:27 PM
Authorities are exploring pressing charges against associates of suspected Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, a report by The State suggests. Unnamed sources tell The State that the investigation has been widened to include Roof's possible associates, who may have known the alleged shooter was planning the June 17 attack, which left nine African Americans dead at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.From the report: Although it appears Roof traveled alone to and from Charleston on the day of the killings, it is possible others had some knowledge of what he planned to carry out, said the sources, who are not being identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.Investigators began to explore how much Roof’s associates knew, and when they knew it, after reviewing his cellphone and computer records, the sources said.Investigators are also weighing what charges they could bring across any suspected associates, according to The State report, which could include misprision of a felony—which refers to not informing a law enforcement officer when one has knowledge someone may commit a crime—or lying to a federal law enforcement officer.When The State inquired about Roof’s case, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said, “As the Attorney General (Loretta Lynch) said, ‘We have opened a file on this and are continuing to investigate this tragedy.’”He did not elaborate any further.

Drought-Parched West Coast States Restrict July 4 Fireworks Displays

Friday July 3rd, 2015 03:00:25 PM
Officials in several drought-stricken western states are imposing bans on Independence Day fireworks displays after severe wildfires broke out across Alaska, Washington and Oregon this week. As Reuters reports, several communities have imposed outright bans on pyrotechnics, and Cupertino, Calif., and Anchorage, Ala., have both canceled their fireworks shows over drought concerns. High temperatures have raised the fire risk in large swaths of the northwest, where blazes destroyed the central Washington town of Wenatchee this week. Twenty-six large wildfires were burning across Alaska as of Thursday, and eight burned across Oregon.Authorities urged fireworks enthusiasts to take precautions and avoid setting off large airborne fireworks that could emit dangerous sparks.As Sacramento municipal lawmaker Susan Peters put it, residents should only use products that are “safe and sane.”

Independence Day

Friday July 3rd, 2015 02:43:55 PM
On July 4, 1876, as Americans celebrated the nation’s centennial, rumors of a bloody clash on the frontier began trickling out. Sketchy stories, long on hearsay but short on accurate details, appeared that day in a western paper: George Armstrong Custer, a hero during the Civil War and a minor celebrity in the years since, had, along with hundreds of his subordinates in the Seventh Cavalry, been slaughtered by “Indians” on the banks of the Little Bighorn River in Montana Territory. The first report understated the carnage: “The situation now looks serious.” Not yet knit together by a reliable communications network, the United States, at moments of crisis, felt like a much larger country in 1876 than it does today. The engagement had actually taken place more than a week earlier, on June 25. Two days after that, Alfred Terry, Custer’s commanding officer, sent a report back east. But the telegraph line between Montana and Chicago was down, and so the Army high command, visiting the World’s Fair in Philadelphia, only learned of the debacle from a newspaper account just before Terry’s dispatch finally arrived on July 6. The next day, The New York Times ran an account of the “Little Horn Massacre” as its lead article and devoted most of its front page to stories of the bloodletting. Describing a “wholesale slaughter,” The Times reported that William Tecumseh Sherman and Phil Sheridan, principal architects of the Plains Indian Wars, laid the blame for the loss at the feet of the slain Custer.

Wilmore Urges Republican Voters to Keep Supporting Donald Trump's Campaign

Friday July 3rd, 2015 02:01:57 PM
Real estate mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump may have had a tough week—having been dropped by a number of major sponsors—but Trump found an unlikely cheerleader in Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore."You know, Republican voters, this one time—I’m not going to chastise you, I’m not going to ridicule you,” Wilmore said Thursday. “You keep doing what you’re doing so I can keep doing what I’m doing.” Wilmore praised Trump's reverse smear campaign in light of the recent rejection as a "tit-for-tat legal strategy-slash-presidential campaign rollout strategy-slash logic jujitsu."Trump has threatened to sue some of the companies that have cut ties with him in light of his recent derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants. “I am really looking forward to the Trump presidency,” Wilmore said, adapting a Trump impression. “To combat global warming, I’ll be suing icebergs and polar bears. I’m also suing that hurricane that’s approaching Florida.”In the last two weeks, Univision, NBC Universal, Macy’s and a Chicago-era brewery ended their business relationships with Trump after he said, among other things, that Mexican immigrants are "rapists" "bringing drugs" and "crime" across the border. In statements to the press, Trump is insisting that he is the one who initiated the termination of business relations with Macy’s and NBC, prompting Wilmore to ask if he’s “trying to gaslight us.”“Do you know how reporting works?” Wilmore asked. “We all know you were dumped.”The Nightly Show Get More: The Nightly Show Full Episodes,The Nightly Show on Facebook,The Nightly Show Video Archive

Wisconsin Man Threatened To Kill Barack Obama, Warrant Says

Friday July 3rd, 2015 01:49:55 PM
A Wisconsin man threatened to kill President Barack Obama while the president was traveling in the state, according to a warrant obtained by CNN.A criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Thursday suggesting that the man, 55-year-old Brian D. Dutcher from Tomah, Wisconsin, told a security guard a La Crosse library that if he had the chance he would "take him out," referring to Obama, and "take the shot." Dutcher confirmed to the Secret Service that he had made the remarks, the warrant said, and told La Crosse detectives he was serious about the threat. According the warrant, Dutcher had also posted to Facebook earlier this week, "that's it! Thursday I will be in La Crosse. Hopefully I will get a clear shot at the pretend president. Killing him is our CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY!"

The Paragraph On Slavery That Never Made It Into The Declaration Of Independence

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 09:23:37 PM
As with so many debates in our 21st century moment, the question of race and the Declaration of Independence has become a divided and often overtly partisan one. Those working to highlight and challenge injustice will note that Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration and its “All men are created equal” sentiment, was like many of his fellow founders a slave-owner, and moreover one who might well have fathered illegitimate children with one of his slaves. In responses, those looking to defend Jefferson and the nation’s founding ideals will push back on these histories as anachronistic, overly simplistic, exemplifying the worst form of “revisionist history.” If we push beyond those divided perspectives, however, we can find a trio of more complex intersections of race and the Declaration, historical moments and figures that embody both the limitations and the possibilities of America’s ideals. Each can and should become part of what we remember on the Fourth of July; taken together, they offer a nicely rounded picture of our founding and evolving identity and community.For one thing, Jefferson did directly engage with slavery in his initial draft of the Declaration. He did so by turning the practice of slavery into one of his litany of critiques of King George: He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation hither … And he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he had deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.Like so much in the American founding, these lines are at once progressive and racist, admitting the wrongs of slavery but describing the slaves themselves as “obtruding” upon and threatening the lives of the colonists. Not surprisingly, this complex, contradictory paragraph did not survive the Declaration’s communal revisions, and the final document makes no mention of slavery or African Americans.Yet the absence of race from the final draft of the Declaration did not keep Revolutionary-era African Americans from using the document’s language and ideals for their own political and social purposes. As early as 1777, a group of Massachusetts slaves and their abolitionist allies brought a petition for freedom based directly on the Declaration before the Massachusetts legislature. “Your petitioners … cannot but express their astonishment,” they wrote, “that it has never been considered that every principle from which America has acted in the course of their unhappy difficulties with Great Britain pleads stronger than a thousand arguments in favor of your petitioners.”When Massachusetts drafted its own state constitution in 1780, that document’s extension of the Declaration’s sentiments added more ammunition to such slave petitions. And so between 1781 and 1783, a number of court cases, including a trio focused on escaped slave Quock Walker, led Massachusetts courts to declare slavery illegal under that state constitution. With the Revolution and America’s political future still unfolding, these slaves and cases made clear that, elisions from the Declaration notwithstanding, the new nation’s ideals and actions would influence all of its communities.The nation as a whole did not follow Massachusetts’ example in the aftermath of the Revolution, of course. Indeed, the Constitution solidified the legality of slavery by defining slaves as 3/5ths of a person for the purposes of state populations and political representations. Yet the debate over race and the nation’s founding ideals did not cease, and more than 75 years after the Declaration Frederick Douglass gave voice to the most impassioned and potent argument in that ongoing debate. In his speech “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro,” delivered at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall on July 5th, 1852 and later renamed “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?,” Douglass lays into the hypocrisies and ironies of the occasion and holiday. “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?” he inquires, adding “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” Yet as he did throughout his long career, Douglass weds such biting critiques to powerful arguments for the urgency of moving toward a more perfect union, one inspired by our national ideals. “I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope,” he concludes. “While drawing encouragement from the Declaration of Independence, the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age.”Those tendencies did indeed result in the abolition of American slavery, an abolition begun by the same president who once more called upon the Declaration’s moment and history in his famous “Four score and seven years ago” opening to the Gettysburg Address. Yet as recent events and tragedies have so fully reminded us, the debate over race and American identity and ideals, and the role of slavery within those histories, continues. As we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, we would do well to remember not only Jefferson and his cohort, but Quock Walker and his, each in their own vital ways part of the nation’s Revolutionary founding. And as we recite the Declaration’s opening, we should quote Douglass’s speech as well, and engage with what the holiday has meant and means for all our fellow Americans, past and present.Ben Railton is an Associate Professor of English at Fitchburg State University and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

PHOTOS: Gov. Scott Walker Applauds Obama Arriving In Wisconsin

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 09:16:52 PM
President Barack Obama stopped in Wisconsin on Thursday, the same day Republican Gov. Scott Walker filed paperwork to launch a much-anticipated 2016 campaign. Obama talked middle class economics in a speech at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse. He also called anyone who wanted to deprive Americans of healthcare "mean" on the heels of the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare.Gov. Scott Walker @GovWalker applauds as President Obama @POTUS walks down the steps of Air Force in La Crosse. pic.twitter.com/DrLysQYgHb— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) July 2, 2015 Obama speaking to a packed auditorium Wednesday.

Jim Webb's Nascent Presidential Campaign Runs Into Domain Name Problems

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 07:17:35 PM
Another day, another presidential candidate who hasn't done his domain name homework. Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), who triumphantly announced his White House run via Twitter Thursday, didn't register JimWebb.com ahead of his candidacy.Those heading to JimWebb.com to find out more about his platform saw advertisements for web design lessons, or "webb" design lessons, instead. The domain appears to be operated by a D.C.-based web developer named Jim who offers tutorials on Internet programming. Webb, the Democratic presidential candidate, has settled on Webb2016.com for his campaign website. He is not the first White House contender who did not secure the URL bearing his or her name. Ex-HP exec Carly Fiorina, a GOP 2016er, caught flack when CarlyFiorina.org led to a page that highlighted the HP employees laid off under her tenure. TedCruz.com, referring to the firebrand senator from Texas also running for the Republican nom, directs to a page that reads, "Support President Obama. Immigration Reform Now!" Meanwhile, it does not goes unnoticed when variations of domain names only vaguely related to a potential campaign are aggressively bought up. Buzzfeed reported in April that almost every imaginable Chelsea Clinton-associated domain name was registered ahead of the announcement that her mother, Hillary Clinton, was running for president.

We're Looking For A Features Intern!

Saturday July 4th, 2015 01:21:07 PM
TPM is looking for a Features Intern to assist with TPMCafe, our op-ed section, and The Slice, our features section that gets to the gut-level, human side of (mostly) American culture and politics. The Slice publishes researched essays, personal narrative and voicey reported pieces on things like politics, sex, identity, crime, history, pop culture and family. Read what we’ve published so far here, and read more from the editor here and here. As TPM’s Features Intern, you’ll help build a still-very-new section from the ground up. You’ll be voraciously reading and pointing the editor to trends, thought-provoking concepts and underreported topics. You’ll be brainstorming story ideas and discovering writers, as well as fact-checking and providing some administrative support (sorry). You will also assist with finding stories and writers for TPMCafe, our op-ed section. And there will be opportunities to write.You should have:-Good taste in the Internet; knowledge and awareness of online subcultures as well as the tenor of the mainstream conversation-A wide range of interests; your daily reading list should consist of pieces about anything from Taylor Swift and sexting to Obamacare and police brutality, from breaking news to investigative longreads-Familiarity with TPM’s other sections-Attention to detail; ability to catch typos, tweak html, etc.-Great organizational skills-A robust presence on social media-Bonus points: experience fact-checking quickly and thoroughlyPlease submit a resume, brief cover email (no seriously, brief), any relevant websites or social media accounts, 2-3 clips, and links to 3 recent articles you read that would have been perfect for The Slice (with a few sentences about why for each). Send your application to talk@talkingpointsmemo.com and use the subject line “Job App: Features Intern.”This is a paid, 12-week internship in Talking Points Memo’s New York office, to start ASAP. The intern must have availability 25-30 hours a week. TPM's interns go on to places like The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The New Yorker and The Washington Post. And usually a third to a half of our staff is made up of former fellows and interns.Rising seniors, recent graduates and graduate students preferred. Qualified applicants can receive academic credit. Candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives strongly encouraged to apply.

Perry: Trump's Mexico 'Rapist' Remarks Don't 'Reflect' The GOP

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 06:41:43 PM
Presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday denounced comments made by his fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who recently called Mexican immigrants "rapists" and drug dealers."I don’t think Donald Trump’s remarks reflect the Republican party," Perry said when asked about Trump at a National Press Club event. "I think the Republican party is reflected in people like me. It’s reflected in individuals like Eva Guzman, who is the first Latina that (sic) was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court." Two other Republican presidential candidates, former New York Gov. George Pataki and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also condemned Trump's comments.Pataki sent a letter to his fellow Republican candidates, calling on them to denounce Trump's comments.But Graham indicated that Trump's comments had nothing to do with the Republican party."What Trump said says more about Trump than anybody else," Graham told reporters on Wednesday at an event in Iowa, according to the Huffington Post."I don't need a letter from Gov. Pataki," Graham said of Pataki's letter. "I said from day one, when you label a group of people as rapists and drug dealers, says more about you then it says about them."

Salon Staff To Unionize In Another Win For Organized Labor In Digital Media

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 06:37:07 PM
The staff of the liberal news site Salon.com announced on Thursday that it plans to unionize with the Writers Guild Of America (East), a month after Gawker Media staffers voted to organize in a win for organized labor in digital media. "We’re especially proud to work for a media organization that has championed progressive values for nearly twenty years," Salon staff wrote in a press release. "We believe this organizing campaign is a positive and public way for us to put those values into practice, right here at home."The release cited the Gawker union drive as an encouraging precedent. The staffers said that a system of collective bargaining would "solidify Salon’s position as a progressive leader, generate tremendous employee goodwill, and transform the workplace environment in positive ways."For the moment, Salon's chief executive Cindy Jeffers was approaching the drive with a light touch."Salon has, from its very inception, proudly embraced progressive values and a commitment to our workers and to labor," Jeffers said in an email to TPM."We look forward to discussing this initiative with the editorial staff and learning more about their objectives and goals," she added.To recognize the occasion, the splash on the Huffington Post's media page read simply, "BLOGGERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!"In June, Gawker's editorial staff voted to unionize by a margin of 80-27.The staff is now in the process of drawing up a contract with the guild to negotiate with management before voting on it as a union.

The Truth Behind Facebook’s Real Name Policy

Saturday July 4th, 2015 12:04:01 PM Lauren C. Williams

All it takes is one report for Facebook to ask for your ID. The post The Truth Behind Facebook’s Real Name Policy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The New Overtime Rules Explained In Less Than 2 Minutes

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 05:35:56 PM Igor Volsky

The Obama administration has announced new regulations that would dramatically expand the number of salaried workers eligible for overtime pay. The post The New Overtime Rules Explained In Less Than 2 Minutes appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Midair Collusion: Feds Probe Possible Conspiracy In U.S. Airline Industry

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 05:35:54 PM Alan Pyke

Antitrust investigators from the Department of Justice are demanding five years of internal and external correspondence from American domestic air carriers as part of an investigation into possible anti-competitive behavior to enrich shareholders and swindle passengers. The post Midair Collusion: Feds Probe Possible Conspiracy In U.S. Airline Industry appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New York City Bans ‘Poor Doors’

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 04:45:23 PM Bryce Covert

The city has also taken steps to ensure that low-income tenants will have equal access to building amenities. The post New York City Bans ‘Poor Doors’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Bill O’Reilly’s Producer Describes The Horrors Of Seeing Homeless People In A Train Station

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 01:06:14 PM Scott Keyes

Homeless shelters are currently stretched to the limit, accommodating nearly 60,000 homeless people in New York City every night. The post Bill O’Reilly’s Producer Describes The Horrors Of Seeing Homeless People In A Train Station appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Wages Are Stagnant Even As The Unemployment Rate Keeps Falling

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 12:30:45 PM Bryce Covert

The unemployment rate fell to the lowest rate since April 2008 but wages didn't budge. The post Wages Are Stagnant Even As The Unemployment Rate Keeps Falling appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why We Still Need Affirmative Action Policies In College Admissions

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 08:17:36 PM Casey Quinlan

The rehearing of Fisher v. University of Texas is renewing the conversation on class-based affirmative action. The post Why We Still Need Affirmative Action Policies In College Admissions appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Marijuana Is Legal In Oregon But That Doesn’t Mean You Can Buy Any

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 07:20:37 PM Alan Pyke

The cannabis legalization measure Oregon voters approved last year is now officially in effect. But it could be more than a year before the state's retail sales system catches up. The post Marijuana Is Legal In Oregon But That Doesn’t Mean You Can Buy Any appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What Will Happen When This City Gives Residents Income With No Strings Attached?

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 04:12:47 PM Bryce Covert

The city of Utrecht will conduct an experiment in giving residents a universal, unconditional income. The post What Will Happen When This City Gives Residents Income With No Strings Attached? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

An ‘Ugly Policy’ Systematically Devalues Poor Children. One State Is Ready To Stop It.

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 12:00:20 PM Bryce Covert

California is the only state fighting to remove a policy aimed at limit poor mothers' choices, but they exist across the country. The post An ‘Ugly Policy’ Systematically Devalues Poor Children. One State Is Ready To Stop It. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What You Need To Know About The Greek Debt Crisis

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 05:32:02 PM Alan Pyke

Greek leaders have called a national referendum Sunday on austerity measures proposed by European Union leaders, in hopes of gaining renewed leverage in bailout talks. The human toll of austerity is already so high that accepting the additional constraints the E.U. wants may be impossible. The post What You Need To Know About The Greek Debt Crisis appeared first on ThinkProgress.

White Racism, NIMBYism, And The Surprise Supreme Court Ruling That Could Finally Desegregate Cities

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 12:00:39 PM Alan Pyke

The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold a key plank of civil rights law surprised most observers. But while the decision preserves one of the most important tools in the anti-discrimination utility belt, victory is still far off in the fight to desegregate America's housing market. The post White Racism, NIMBYism, And The Surprise Supreme Court Ruling That Could Finally Desegregate Cities appeared first on ThinkProgress.

With New Labor Rule, 5 Million Americans Will Now Be Able To Get Extra Overtime Pay

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 11:40:01 AM Bryce Covert

The Department of Labor announced a proposed rule change to expand the overtime requirement for more workers. The post With New Labor Rule, 5 Million Americans Will Now Be Able To Get Extra Overtime Pay appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Meet One Of The First Home Care Workers In The Country To Win A $15 Minimum Wage

Monday June 29th, 2015 08:03:08 PM Bryce Covert

Home health aides in Massachusetts just became the first in the country to win a $15 minimum wage. The post Meet One Of The First Home Care Workers In The Country To Win A $15 Minimum Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why Google Plus Is At The Center Of Major Antitrust Lawsuit

Monday June 29th, 2015 06:37:23 PM Lauren C. Williams

"The easy and widely disseminated argument that Google's universal search always serves users and merchants is demonstrably false." The post Why Google Plus Is At The Center Of Major Antitrust Lawsuit appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Pennsylvania’s Contentious Charter School Fight

Monday June 29th, 2015 05:12:12 PM Casey Quinlan

Pennsylvania is one of many states pushing legislation that would allow a state-run district to transition low-performing traditional public schools into charter schools. The post Pennsylvania’s Contentious Charter School Fight appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Richest Have Claimed More Of The Country’s Income Than They Did In The Roaring 1920s

Monday June 29th, 2015 02:35:38 PM Bryce Covert

Income inequality got even worse last year despite some recovery for the bottom 99 percent. The post The Richest Have Claimed More Of The Country’s Income Than They Did In The Roaring 1920s appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This Move By The Supreme Court Probably Means The End Of Affirmative Action

Monday June 29th, 2015 02:22:06 PM Casey Quinlan

The Supreme Court will take up a case again that narrowly kept affirmative action policies in place. The post This Move By The Supreme Court Probably Means The End Of Affirmative Action appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Baltimore Police Quietly Evict Homeless Camp Under Bridge

Friday June 26th, 2015 06:53:04 PM Alan Pyke

Police and Public Works employees cleared a tent camp of homeless people out from under a bridge on the city's west side on Friday morning, to the surprise and chagrin of some of the city's homelessness advocates. The post Baltimore Police Quietly Evict Homeless Camp Under Bridge appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Report Still Shows Facebook Is Failing Miserably At Diversifying Its Workforce

Friday June 26th, 2015 04:51:43 PM Lauren C. Williams

"It’s clear to all of us that we still aren’t where we want to be. There’s more work to do." The post Report Still Shows Facebook Is Failing Miserably At Diversifying Its Workforce appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Police Union Fights To Keep The Names Of Officers Who Shoot Civilians Secret

Sunday July 5th, 2015 03:25:51 PM Sam P.K. Collins

While Ramsey welcomes the pushback, he told reporters that “we're within our rights to take the steps we took, have taken, and are going to take." The post Police Union Fights To Keep The Names Of Officers Who Shoot Civilians Secret appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Man Admits To Plotting To Massacre Muslims, Judge Sets Him Free Anyway

Sunday July 5th, 2015 01:01:03 PM Judd Legum

"We’re gonna be carrying an M4 with 500 rounds of ammunition, light armor piercing" The post Man Admits To Plotting To Massacre Muslims, Judge Sets Him Free Anyway appeared first on ThinkProgress.

For At Least 4,000 Immigrants, This Independence Day Has Special Meaning

Saturday July 4th, 2015 01:00:36 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

"It's a sense of being more free," one recently naturalized woman said. "We don’t have to be in fear." The post For At Least 4,000 Immigrants, This Independence Day Has Special Meaning appeared first on ThinkProgress.

South Carolina Officials: Lightning Caused Greeleyville Church Fire

Friday July 3rd, 2015 06:34:49 PM Lauren C. Williams

"The cause of the fire was best classified as natural." The post South Carolina Officials: Lightning Caused Greeleyville Church Fire appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Sister Of Alleged Charleston Shooter Complains Massacre Ruined Her Wedding Day, Seeks Donations

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 05:54:52 PM Judd Legum

"It was going to be the PERFECT day!" The post Sister Of Alleged Charleston Shooter Complains Massacre Ruined Her Wedding Day, Seeks Donations appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Birth Control Scores Important Symbolic Win In Federal Appeals Court

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 04:55:56 PM Ian Millhiser

The Obama administration's winning streak in birth control cases continues. The post Birth Control Scores Important Symbolic Win In Federal Appeals Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Baltimore Is Putting Cameras In The Back Of Every Police Van

Thursday July 2nd, 2015 03:51:18 PM Carimah Townes

"Rough rides" may not get any better. The post Baltimore Is Putting Cameras In The Back Of Every Police Van appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Department of Homeland Security Colluded With Anti-Immigrant Groups, Report Alleges

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 09:09:06 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Anti-immigrant organizations allegedly "cultivated spokespersons from within these unions who are willing to echo their messaging and to advocate for their policy goals," according to the report. The post Department of Homeland Security Colluded With Anti-Immigrant Groups, Report Alleges appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why ‘Unconnected’ Church Burnings Can Still Be Racist

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 06:17:09 PM Jack Jenkins

Many African Americans see the difference between an official hate crime and an act of “vandalism” as an issue of semantics. The post Why ‘Unconnected’ Church Burnings Can Still Be Racist appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Californians Are Waking Up Without Internet And The FBI Wants To Know Why

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 04:54:53 PM Lauren C. Williams

The bizarre power grid attacks in the Bay Area are more common than you might think. The post Californians Are Waking Up Without Internet And The FBI Wants To Know Why appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Macy’s Fired Donald Trump With This Epic Statement

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 03:45:20 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

“Respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture,” the company said. The post Macy’s Fired Donald Trump With This Epic Statement appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This Is How Many People Police Have Killed So Far This Year

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 12:00:43 PM Carimah Townes

The number keeps on growing. The post This Is How Many People Police Have Killed So Far This Year appeared first on ThinkProgress.

BREAKING: African American Church In South Carolina, Previously Burned Down By The KKK, Is On Fire

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 02:02:36 AM Judd Legum

There have been seven black churches on fire since Charleston. The post BREAKING: African American Church In South Carolina, Previously Burned Down By The KKK, Is On Fire appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Liberals Pitched A Near-Perfect Game This Supreme Court Term

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 07:39:10 PM Ian Millhiser

Absent a change in the Court's membership, it's unlikely that liberals will see another term like the one that just concluded any time soon. The post How Liberals Pitched A Near-Perfect Game This Supreme Court Term appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Secret Court Approves NSA Bulk Collection Spying Through End Of 2015

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 06:27:22 PM Lauren C. Williams

The decision takes on an earlier federal appeals court ruling that deemed the government's bulk data collection illegal. The post Secret Court Approves NSA Bulk Collection Spying Through End Of 2015 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

BREAKING: Supreme Court To Hear Case Seeking To Gut Public Sector Unions

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 03:01:25 PM Ian Millhiser

Should this case prevail, it could be an existential threat to many public sector unions, potentially draining them of the money they need to operate. The post BREAKING: Supreme Court To Hear Case Seeking To Gut Public Sector Unions appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Justice Department Report Says Police Exacerbated Violence In Ferguson

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 01:31:57 PM Carimah Townes

The third of 4 Ferguson reports claims police were at fault last August. The post Justice Department Report Says Police Exacerbated Violence In Ferguson appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Death Penalty Abolitionists Optimistic After SCOTUS Ruling

Monday June 29th, 2015 08:13:17 PM Carimah Townes

"States are continually on a quest to find a way of killing people that complies with the Constitution." The post Death Penalty Abolitionists Optimistic After SCOTUS Ruling appeared first on ThinkProgress.

BREAKING: Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics To Remain Open

Monday June 29th, 2015 07:50:26 PM Ian Millhiser

Justice Kennedy joined the Court's liberals to temporarily halt Texas's anti-abortion law. The post BREAKING: Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics To Remain Open appeared first on ThinkProgress.

NBC Ditches Donald Trump Over His Anti-Immigrant Comments

Monday June 29th, 2015 06:48:45 PM Tara Culp-Ressler

"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values," the network said. The post NBC Ditches Donald Trump Over His Anti-Immigrant Comments appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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