'MHP' Syllabus: 8.2.15

Sunday August 2nd, 2015 12:07:55 AM Ayanna Gill
This Sunday on MHP, the debate. We are less than a week away before the Republican presidential hopefuls hit the debate stage for the first time.

Women who won the week

Saturday August 1st, 2015 09:01:00 PM Kara Stiles
Here are four game-changing women who closed out the week like champs.

If Michelle Obama weren't first lady...

Saturday August 1st, 2015 08:08:14 PM Kara Stiles
If Michelle Obama weren't first lady, she knows exactly what she would do.

Conflicting reports on lion's death

Saturday August 1st, 2015 07:05:00 PM Elisha Fieldstadt
The brother of a famed lion that was killed by an American dentist in early July was feared dead after being shot, according to a conservation group..

L.A. bans large-capacity firearm magazines

Saturday August 1st, 2015 05:53:20 PM
City Councilman Paul Krekorian speaks with Alex Witt about the move to ban the possession of large-capacity firearm magazines in Los Angeles, as well as the NRA’s promise of an ensuing lawsuit.

Jon Stewart to end 'Daily Show' run Aug. 6

Saturday August 1st, 2015 05:45:03 PM
David Wiegand, TV critic from the San Francisco Chronicle, speaks with Alex Witt about Jon Stewart’s legacy on political satire, as well as the direction “The Daily Show” will take with Trevor Noah at the helms.

DuBose shooting reflects importance of video

Saturday August 1st, 2015 05:26:27 PM
Byron McCauley, editorial board member at the Cincinnati Enquirer, talks to Alex Witt about his recent op-ed, which asks what the public would have known about the Samuel Dubose shooting without the officer’s body camera.

Trump takes on chef for $10 million

Saturday August 1st, 2015 05:00:00 PM Kara Stiles
The developer behind Donald Trump’s plans to revamp Washington D.C.’s Old Post Office Pavilion is suing chef José Andrés.

Film captures rivalry of Buckley and Vidal

Saturday August 1st, 2015 04:51:48 PM
Robert Gordon, co-director and producer of “Best of Enemies,” joins Alex Witt to discuss his new film, which follows the ideological sparring of conservative William Buckley and liberal Gore Vidal.

Will the GOP play its Trump card?

Saturday August 1st, 2015 04:33:16 PM Michael Steele
Republicans should view Donald Trump’s popularity as a timely opportunity for the party and all of its presidential candidates to consider why he's surging.


Beau Biden Implored His Dad To Run For President Before His Death

Saturday August 1st, 2015 08:16:27 PM
Vice President Joe Biden's oldest son sought to persuade him to run for the presidency before his death in May, The New York Times reported Saturday. Times Columnist Maureen Dowd reported that both Beau Biden, who died after a battle with brain cancer, and Hunter Biden pushed their father to continue his public service with a presidential bid. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Biden's sons had urged him to jump into the 2016 race, citing anonymous friends and advisers of the vice president's.Beau Biden became adamant about his father's political future once his own health started to seriously deteriorate, according to Dowd. The source of Dowd's information is unclear."He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values," she wrote.Joe Biden has previously said that he'd likely make a decision about whether or not to seek the presidency by August.

Report: Trump's Companies Hire More Than 1,000 Foreign Workers

Saturday August 1st, 2015 06:22:16 PM
Companies owned by real estate mogul Donald Trump, who predicted in his presidential announcement speech that he'll "be the greatest jobs President that God ever created," have reportedly sought to secure visas for more than 1,100 foreign workers since 2000. Reuters reported late Friday on Trump's hiring practices, citing data from the U.S. Department of Labor. The report noted that Trump entities have sought the greatest number of workers through the H2-B temporary visa program, which mainly brings in workers from Mexico.Job creation and tougher immigration controls have been cornerstones of Trump's 2016 campaign. At his campaign launch, the billionaire pledged to "bring back our jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places." He also infamously disparaged immigrants crossing the U.S. border with Mexico as "rapists" and drug dealers (although later, Trump said he employs "so many Latinos, I have so many people working for me. The Latinos love Trump, and I Iove them.") Those positions have led Trump to the top of the polls ahead of Thursday's first Republican primary debate.It's not clear from the Reuters report how many workers Trump's companies may have brought in from Mexico. The Trump entity that has imported the most foreign workers is the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, which has sought 787 workers since 2006 to serve as cooks and cleaners, according to Reuters. Reuters reported that Trump Model Management and Trump Management Group LLC have also sought to bring in nearly 250 foreign fashion models.Trump's presidential campaign, as well as one of his attorneys, declined to comment to Reuters.

Subway Jared Reportedly Texted About Paying A 16-Year-Old For Sex

Saturday August 1st, 2015 04:35:48 PM
Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle reportedly told one of the sandwich chain's female franchisees in a text message that he paid for sex with a 16-year-old girl he found on Craigslist. Business Insider reported on the text message exchange late Friday. An anonymous attorney for the female franchisee, who no longer works with Subway, told the news site that the FBI recently subpoenaed his law office for his client's text-message conversations with Fogle. A spokeswoman for the FBI would not confirm or deny the subpoena to the news site.The report comes nearly a month after federal authorities raided Fogle's Zionsville, Indiana home. While authorities did not comment on the nature of the raid, it took place a little more than two months after the then-executive director of Fogle's childhood obesity charity was arrested on child pornography charges. Subway dropped Fogle as its spokesman after the raid. Fogle has not been charged with any crime.The former spokesman repeatedly asked the former Subway franchisee to advertise herself on Craigslist in their text-message conversations, according to Business Insider, which reviewed the messages. Fogle's alleged solicitation of the 16-year-old girl came up in a conversation dated July 19, 2008, after he'd asked the former franchisee to advertise herself:FRANCHISEE: "Is this the same website you found that 16 year old girl you that you f*****? ...I still can't believe you only paid $100 for her."FOGLE: "It was amazing!!!!" FRANCHISEE: "What part of her ad made you think she was selling sex?"FOGLE: "U will have to read them to see." The former franchisee's attorney told Business Insider that his client alerted Subway management about the text messages and her concerns about Fogle being around young people. Subway told the news site that it had no record of the allegation.Fogle's attorney, Ron Elberger, did not respond to the news site's requests for comment.Read the full report here.

Trump Campaign Investigates Adviser's Racially Charged Facebook Posts

Saturday August 1st, 2015 03:13:44 PM
Real estate mogul Donald Trump's presidential campaign said late Friday that it was investigating a top adviser who reportedly called President Barack Obama a "Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser" and wrote other racially charged, birther-tinged Facebook posts. Business Insider surfaced the posts earlier Friday from Trump adviser Sam Nunberg's Facebook profile. Nunberg had been re-hired by Trump for his 2016 campaign after being fired for encouraging the billionaire to participate in a 2014 BuzzFeed News profile on his "fake" presidential aspirations.Nunberg posted repeatedly about President Barack Obama from 2008-2009, referring to him with such creative labels as "Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser" and "Pan Arabist Marxist Muslim," according to Business Insider. The report showed that Nunberg, like his boss, also bought into the "birther" conspiracy theory that Obama actually was born in Kenya. He made references to "universal Kenyan health care" and "Kenyan socialism" in his Facebook posts.Nunberg also wrote a racially charged post about Rev. Al Sharpton's daughter and took shots at Republican politicians including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to Business Insider.Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told CNN that he was working to verify whether or not Nunberg wrote the posts."They were offensive and they do not reflect Mr. Trump's position and we take them very seriously," Lewandowski told CNN. "If it determined that Mr. Nunberg made these statements then he will no longer be part of the campaign."For his part, Nunberg told CNN that he wasn't great with social media and asserted "anything that was posted under my name does not mean I posted it.""I would also point out that all of these things were done before Mr. Trump's campaign, if I even did them — which I deny," he added.

Jimmy Carter: America Is Not A Democracy Anymore (AUDIO)

Friday July 31st, 2015 10:00:17 PM
Former President Jimmy Carter called the United States an "oligarchy" with "unlimited political bribery," on a radio program this week. Responding to his thoughts on unlimited campaign financing, Carter told Thom Hartmann on the "Thom Harmann Program" that, "it violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system.""Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the President," Carter said. "And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members."Carter's comments are similar to the findings of a Princeton study released last year that the United States has morphed into an oligarchy from a democracy.Listen to the clip:h/t ThinkProgress

WWE Smackdown: Trump's Wrestling Buds Back Christie's Super PAC

Friday July 31st, 2015 08:40:06 PM
Apparently an induction into pro-wrestling's preeminent hall of fame will only get you so far.Despite Donald Trump's longstanding relationship with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) CEO Vince McMahon, McMahon's wife Linda appears to be backing the presidential efforts of one of Trump's rivals. Politico reports that Linda McMahon donated $250,000 to America Leads, the super PAC supporting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).For a quarter-century, Trump has played a prominent role in the McMahons' professional wrestling empire. He has hosted events at his venues and appeared in the ring. In 2013, he earned membership in the WWE Hall of Fame. However, this is not the first time Trump's unconventional brand of politics has been at odds with what otherwise has been a lucrative relationship.In 2012, when Linda McMahon was running for a U.S. Senate seat, her campaign attempted to deny she had donated to Trump's charity in a move to distance her from the Obama "birther" theory Trump was trumpeting at the time. Nevertheless, in the 2014 cycle, the McMahons showed a willingness to spread their wealth around, donating millions of dollars to various GOP candidates, party committees, and super PACs. A super PAC has been formed to support Trump, however the billionaire has signaled he is willing to finance his own White House run."I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money ... I'm really rich," Trump said in his campaign announcement speech.

Post-Cecil, Shit Gets Real

Friday July 31st, 2015 08:15:53 PM
Texas man injured after bullet ricochets off armadillo he was trying to shoot.

Iowa State Fair: No, Trump Can't Give Helicopter Rides To Kids Here

Friday July 31st, 2015 09:07:17 PM
Despite what Donald Trump said, he did not ask for permission to bring his helicopter to the Iowa State Fair — and his request would've been denied had he asked, a representative from the fair told The Des Moines Register. "I'm going to try giving kids lifts in the helicopter," Trump told The Daily Mail Wednesday, adding that he asked for permission from the Iowa State fair.He told the tabloid he would operate the rides at his own expense and risk.“He is welcome to land his helicopter anywhere outside the grounds and take people on rides or whatever he would like to do,” said Mindy Williamson, state fair spokeswoman told The Des Moines Register on Thursday. “But that will not be happening on Iowa State Fair grounds.”

Mike Huckabee Won't Rule Out Using FBI, Troops To Prevent Abortions

Friday July 31st, 2015 08:06:26 PM
Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is not above using the full reach of the executive branch to prevent women from getting abortions, according to multiple statements at campaign stops in Iowa. Huckabee left the door open when asked whether he would use federal troops or the FBI to stop abortions if elected, the Huffington Post reported on Friday."I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this," he said at Pizza Ranch in Jefferson, Iowa, citing the 14th Amendment, which guarantees equal protection to all citizens.In Rockwell City, Iowa, Huckabee affirmed his position."All American citizens should be protected," he said.To put it lightly, Huckabee has been a vocal opponent of Roe v. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion in 1973.

Sen. Chuck Grassley Is The Thomas Alva Edison Of Mowing Lawns (PHOTOS)

Friday July 31st, 2015 08:05:00 PM
When Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) tweets, the world takes pause.The senator's Twitter updates have long captured many on the social media platform, perhaps most notably, those related to his run-ins with deer that once inspired the meme "assume deer dead."On Friday afternoon, Grassley shared with his followers a way to more efficiently cut grass. It's a mechanism that, he claimed, saves money and time. And all you have to do is attach two push mowers to a riding mower, according to the senator's Twitter account. Ppl ask how I hv time to mow my lawn in Iowa. Here is how I do efficiently more picture to follow pic.twitter.com/gbLPIxLS2p— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) July 31, 2015Grassley was also quick to point out that his device, seemingly using tools he already had on hand, can be an inexpensive addition to the tool shed. However, the mechanism does need a large piece of property to properly maneuver, he warned.Pretty simple invention but very cheap and it works. But u need big lawn to maneuver in pic.twitter.com/whczT1SU2S— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) July 31, 2015

Lawyer: Cosby Never 'Bound' Or 'Gagged' Women To Stop Them From Coming Forward (VIDEO)

Friday July 31st, 2015 09:05:20 PM
Bill Cosby's lawyer, Monique Pressley, was in full damage control mode during her appearance Friday on HuffPost Live with Marc Lamont Hill, following the publication of New York magazine's viral cover featuring the photos of 35 women who have publicly accused the comedian of rape and/or sexual assault. Pressley focused on the legal implications of the allegations by those 35 women, arguing they could not be proven in a court of law.Pressley told Hill: I believe people are innocent until they’re proven guilty. And if you can’t prove them guilty in a court through prosecution then you don’t get the option of persecution instead. I don’t think that 10, 20, 30, 40 years later people get to decide to come forward when there is no opportunity – not just for Mr. Cosby to offer a defense for a criminal prosecution – there’s no opportunity for an alleged victim, an accuser, to prove up what actually happened.She said women have a "responsibility" to come forward as soon as possible if they want justice they seek and deserve.Pressley said: The only way for a woman to get the justice that she seeks — and that, if her allegation is true, that she deserves — is to come forward [soon after the crime]. And even if the reasons that the women did not do that are legitimate ones, what cannot happen – in my opinion, in the United States – is that 40 years later there is a persecution tantamount to a witch hunt where there was no prosecution timely and there was no civil suit timely.She also said the comedian did nothing to prevent these women from coming forward when the alleged incidences of rape and/or sexual assault and/or drugging occurred."There's not any testimony or any accusation from any of these women that Mr. Cosby in any way bound them, gagged them, prevented them from coming forward and saying whatever their truth was at the time," she said. "That's not what happened."While she said she understands the emotional response, Pressley said the legal aspects have always been very clear to her.“To me, this case has always been, very clear from the beginning on the legal issues," she said. "I understand why people … have different guttural reactions, but for me as an attorney, it's very clear.”Watch the full interview below:

Trump Sues Jose Andres After Mega-Chef Pulls Restaurant From DC Hotel

Friday July 31st, 2015 07:11:49 PM
Donald Trump filed a $10 million lawsuit on Friday against chef Jose Andres for a breach of contract after the restaurateur cancelled plans to open a restaurant in Trump's new hotel in Washington, D.C., Washingtonian reported.Andres pulled out of the deal after Trump made inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants, calling them "rapists" and drug dealers."More than half of my team is Hispanic, as are many of our guests. And, as a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status," Andres said earlier in July while explaining why he would cancel plans for the restaurant. Trump indicated in the lawsuit filed by Trump Old Post Office LLC that Andres should not have been surprised by Trump's remarks about immigrants."Mr. Andres' stated refusal to proceed with his obligations under the Lease were allegedly based on his personal offense to statements made by Mr. Trump with respects to illegal immigration during his June 16, 2015 presidential campaign announcement speech," the lawsuit reads. "Mr. Andres’ offense is curious in light of the fact that Mr. Trump’s publicly shared views on immigration have remained consistent for many years, and Mr. Trump’s willingness to frankly share his opinions is widely known."In the lawsuit, Trump's lawyer argues that Andres could not end his contract with the Trump hotel over the presidential candidate's remarks.According to the lawsuit, the Trump hotel "has already suffered and will continue to suffer millions of dollars in costs, expenses, losses and other damages" due to Andres' decision to "suddenly abandon" the restaurant.Read the lawsuit, courtesy of Washingtonian: Trump v Andres

White House Vows To Veto Budget Bill That Defunds Planned Parenthood

Friday July 31st, 2015 06:39:56 PM
The White House confirmed that President Obama would veto any budget legislation that included a Planned Parenthood defund measure, setting the stage for a government shutdown fight if Republicans decide to attach such a provision in a government spending proposal set to be debated this fall."What we have indicated in the past continues to be true today, that we have routinely opposed the inclusion of ideologically-driven riders in the budget process," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. "And certainly a rider that would on a wholesale basis defund Planned Parenthood, which is the proposal of some Republicans in the House, is certainly something that would draw a presidential veto." The Senate is expected to vote Monday on a standalone bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood in response to a series of undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group that purport to showing the reproductive health organization is illegally profiting the sale of tissue of aborted fetuses. That bill is unlikely to overcome a Democratic filibuster, let alone a presidential veto. So some conservative lawmakers, particularly a group of 18 Republicans in the House who wrote a letter to leaders this week, are now floating tying the effort to the must-pass budget package they will be considering when they return from their August recess. There is support for the strategy among Senate Republicans as well, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who led the effort to shut down the government in 2013 over Obamacare.Planned Parenthood has said that the heavily-edited videos are part of an "extremist" anti-abortion campaign and that their affiliates' participation in programs that donate fetal tissue to researchers meet legal and industry standards. Currently, the federal funding goes to the organization's non-abortion services such as well-women visits, family planning, and parenting classes.

Clinton Releases Medical Records Showing She's 'Fit To Serve As President'

Friday July 31st, 2015 09:06:33 PM
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has had a busy Friday.She took jabs at fellow candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), said the U.S. should end its embargo with Cuba, and now has released medical evaluations declaring she is "fit to serve as President of the United States." In a letter, Dr. Lisa Bardack detailed the former secretary of state's medical history, which includes a deep vein thrombosis in 1998 and 2009, seasonal allergies, and a concussion in 2012. Bardack has been Clinton's physician since 2001."Mrs. Clinton is a healthy female with hypothyroidism and seasonal allergies, on long-term anticoagulation. She participates in a healthy lifestyle and has had a full medical evaluation, which reveals no evidence of additional medical issues or cardiovascular disease. Her cancer screening evaluations are all negative. She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States," Bardack wrote.Clinton's current medications, according to the letter, include Armour Thyroid, antihistamines, Vitamin B-12 and Coumadin, an anticoagulant. Her latest physical exam was March 21, it said.Clinton is 67.Read the letter below:

Judge Rules Virginia Can Ban Confederate Flag License Plates

Friday July 31st, 2015 06:25:18 PM
A federal judge in Danville, Va., on Friday ruled that the state is allowed to stop issuing license plates with Confederate flag symbols, according to the Danville Register and Bee.After the deadly shooting at a historic black church in Charleston sparked a national debate on Confederate symbolism, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) directed the state to begin the process of removing Confederate flags from state-issued license plates. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring asked the court to vacate a 2001 injunction that prohibits the state from banning the flag from license plates, citing a June Supreme Court ruling, according to NBC News. The Supreme Court ruled that the state of Texas could refuse to issue license plates with Confederate flags.U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser said he would later issue a written order addressing whether the state can recall the Virginia license plates with Confederal flags that have already been issued, according to the Washington Post.

Mark Zuckerberg: We're Having A Girl!

Friday July 31st, 2015 06:04:35 PM
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on his FB page that he and his wife, Priscilla, are expecting a baby girl. "This will be a new chapter in our lives. We've already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people's lives around the world -- Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy," Zuckerberg said in his post. "Now we'll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation."He said the couple has tried to have a baby for a couple of years and had three miscarriages, according to the post."Cilla and our child are both healthy," he continued. "I'm extremely excited to meet her and our dog Beast has no idea what's coming. In our ultrasound, she even gave me a thumbs up "like" with her hand, so I'm already convinced she takes after me," Zuckerberg wrote.

Texas Man Hurt When Bullet Ricochets Off Armadillo He Tried To Shoot

Friday July 31st, 2015 09:03:55 PM
An East Texas man was hospitalized early Thursday morning after a bullet he fired at an armadillo ricocheted back at his head, KLTV reported. The man shot at the armadillo just before 3 a.m. on Thursday after seeing it on the freeway in the town of Marietta, Texas, according to Cass County Sheriff official.The bullet ricocheted back at his head. The man was treated for minor injuries. Local reports are unclear as to the condition of the armadillo.This was the second armadillo-shooting-followed-by-ricochet of the year. The first, in Georgia in April, injured the shooter’s mother-in-law. The man shot the armadillo, the bullet bounced and then passed through a fence and into her mobile home while she sat in a recliner. Her injuries were minor but the armadillo did not survive.Image via Heiko Kiera/Shutterstock

Ted Cruz Trashes Mitt Romney In Secret Audio Recording From Private Event

Friday July 31st, 2015 09:02:02 PM
Presidential candidate and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) hasn't abandoned his take-no-prisoners approach to politics after all.Cruz — who called former presidential candidate Mitt Romney "honorable" and "experienced" in his New York Times-best selling book — privately described Romney as the worst possible candidate during an event earlier this year, according to the National Journal on Friday. While giving a speech in May for the Council for National Policy, a secretive group of top conservative donors and activists, Cruz said Romney was the worst candidate the GOP could have nominated in 2012 because of his record on healthcare reform."We have had three elections since President Obama was elected. Two of them – 2010 and 2014 – were national referenda on Obamacare. It was the number one issue, twice. Both elections were tsunami, tidal-waves for Republicans -- historic victories," Cruz said in the audio recording obtained by National Journal.The "tidal-wave" victories still didn't end Obamacare, which was upheld by the Supreme Court again in June."Now, in between the two tidal waves, the Republican Party, in its infinite wisdom, sought out and found the one human being on the face of the planet who had designed and implemented a program just like Obamacare. Literally – there are 7 billion people on earth. You could have grabbed any other person and asked them, 'Excuse me, sir, have you designed and implemented Obamacare? No? You're a better candidate!'" Cruz said in the audio recording.Romney recently criticized Cruz's position on the Iran nuclear deal. Cruz said, with the Iran deal, the Obama administration became "the world's leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism."I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 30, 2015

Poll: Trump Running As Independent Would Crush GOP's 2016 Chances

Friday July 31st, 2015 05:17:45 PM
A poll released Friday showed that Donald Trump would completely blow the Republican Party's chances of winning the presidency in 2016 if he ran as an independent.The McClatchy-Marist Poll of potential voters nationwide showed that in a three-way general election, Democrat Hillary Clinton would lead with 44 percent of votes, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) with 29 percent, and Trump as an independent with 20 percent. In a two-way election with Bush, according to the poll, Clinton would have a 6-point lead — 49 percent to 43 percent.The survey was conducted with live interviewers over the phone among almost 1,249 adults throughout the nation from July 22 to July 28. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

Satisfied

Friday July 31st, 2015 05:46:59 PM
Critic who launched right-wing/RNC freakout over AP History standards says he's satisfied with revisions/cave in.


Why People Are Upset Over This University’s Inclusive Language Guide

Friday July 31st, 2015 07:00:37 PM Casey Quinlan

A university's language guide became controversial after some argued it was too "p.c." The post Why People Are Upset Over This University’s Inclusive Language Guide appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Telecom Lobbyists Ignore 2,000 FCC Complaints, Demand Government Undo Net Neutrality In Lawsuit

Friday July 31st, 2015 05:19:43 PM Lauren C. Williams

Lobbyists representing almost every major telecom company have called on a federal court to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules implemented earlier this year. The post Telecom Lobbyists Ignore 2,000 FCC Complaints, Demand Government Undo Net Neutrality In Lawsuit appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Scott Walker Stresses Importance Of Education Days After Cutting Education Funding By $250 Million

Friday July 31st, 2015 03:18:47 PM Casey Quinlan

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is confident that education is the answer to economic inequities -- but his record as governor suggests education isn't a high priority for him. The post Scott Walker Stresses Importance Of Education Days After Cutting Education Funding By $250 Million appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Pressure Mounts For Obama To Ban The Box

Friday July 31st, 2015 02:10:30 PM Alan Pyke

"Let him give us the kind of support that he knows, but for the grace of God, he would need himself.” The post Pressure Mounts For Obama To Ban The Box appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This Is How Many Workers In Your State Will Soon Be Getting Overtime Pay

Thursday July 30th, 2015 03:20:26 PM Patrick Smith

On June 30, the Department of Labor proposed expanding overtime protections for workers. The post This Is How Many Workers In Your State Will Soon Be Getting Overtime Pay appeared first on ThinkProgress.

College Board Caves To Conservative Pressure, Changes AP U.S. History Curriculum

Thursday July 30th, 2015 03:04:33 PM Casey Quinlan

After complaints from conservatives about a lack of founding fathers, the AP American History standards will change. The post College Board Caves To Conservative Pressure, Changes AP U.S. History Curriculum appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Pennsylvania Employers Steal Tens Of Millions Of Dollars From Their Workers In Any Given Week

Thursday July 30th, 2015 02:59:19 PM Alan Pyke

Rampant wage theft is slicing hundreds of millions of dollars out of the Pennsylvania economy each year, a new analysis suggests. The post Pennsylvania Employers Steal Tens Of Millions Of Dollars From Their Workers In Any Given Week appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Key And Peele Sketch Raises An Important Question: Why Aren’t Teachers Paid More?

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 07:03:01 PM Casey Quinlan

Teacher salaries are low but some states are working on solutions. The post Key And Peele Sketch Raises An Important Question: Why Aren’t Teachers Paid More? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Missouri Rejects Lawmakers’ Attempt To Block Immigrants From Receiving Scholarships

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 03:41:00 PM Casey Quinlan

The Missouri Department of Higher Education rejected an attempt to prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving funds for college. The post Missouri Rejects Lawmakers’ Attempt To Block Immigrants From Receiving Scholarships appeared first on ThinkProgress.

House Republicans Invite Architect Of The Financial Crisis Over For Advice

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 02:25:15 PM Alan Pyke

Lawmakers have invited two of the most relentless opponents of Wall Street oversight to a hearing Tuesday amid ongoing efforts to undermine regulation. The post House Republicans Invite Architect Of The Financial Crisis Over For Advice appeared first on ThinkProgress.

NFL Team Adds First Female Coach

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 12:54:49 AM Judd Legum

She'll be coaching inside linebackers The post NFL Team Adds First Female Coach appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Tech Companies Team With Colleges To Make The Internet A Welcome Place For People With Disabilities

Monday July 27th, 2015 09:29:01 PM Lauren C. Williams

Tech companies and colleges team up to make sure students learn to think about how people with disabilities experience the internet. The post Tech Companies Team With Colleges To Make The Internet A Welcome Place For People With Disabilities appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Body Cams Are The Next Step In The Over-Policing Of Schools

Monday July 27th, 2015 12:00:43 PM Casey Quinlan

Some argue this is simply to protect the school's administrators. The post Body Cams Are The Next Step In The Over-Policing Of Schools appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Can Au Pairs Legally Be Paid Less Than $5 An Hour?

Saturday July 25th, 2015 01:00:58 PM Bryce Covert

A class action lawsuit against American au pair agencies claims that their stipends, which can amount to just $4.35 an hour, are illegally kept low. The post Can Au Pairs Legally Be Paid Less Than $5 An Hour? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Hillary Clinton Wants To Get Companies To Invest In Workers Rather Than Shareholders

Friday July 24th, 2015 02:33:38 PM Bryce Covert

Clinton is calling out American corporations' focus on the short term at the expense of other investments. The post How Hillary Clinton Wants To Get Companies To Invest In Workers Rather Than Shareholders appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Company To Pay Record-Breaking Damages For Telling Pregnant Woman She Couldn’t Do Her Job Anymore

Thursday July 23rd, 2015 08:16:50 PM Bryce Covert

AutoZone was also accused of having a culture that deliberately kept women out of the top positions. The post Company To Pay Record-Breaking Damages For Telling Pregnant Woman She Couldn’t Do Her Job Anymore appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New York Fast Food Workers On Passage Of The $15 Wage: ‘It’s A Dream Come True’

Wednesday July 22nd, 2015 08:03:24 PM Bryce Covert

The New York wage board unanimously approved a $15 minimum wage for the state's fast food workers. The post New York Fast Food Workers On Passage Of The $15 Wage: ‘It’s A Dream Come True’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Student Loan Collector That Harassed And Lied To Borrowers Ordered To Pay $18.5 Million

Wednesday July 22nd, 2015 07:34:46 PM Alan Pyke

The federal agency that's been most aggressive at policing financial industry abuses could soon lose the independence that makes it fierce. The post Student Loan Collector That Harassed And Lied To Borrowers Ordered To Pay $18.5 Million appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Rick Santorum Says Schools Only Celebrate LGBT Marriage

Wednesday July 22nd, 2015 02:03:17 PM Casey Quinlan

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) said schools need to celebrate marriage between one man and one woman. The post Rick Santorum Says Schools Only Celebrate LGBT Marriage appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Obama Administration Announces New Rules Protecting Military Families From Predatory Lenders

Tuesday July 21st, 2015 06:27:46 PM Alan Pyke

The Military Lending Act was passed 8 years ago, but loopholes left military families exposed to payday lenders. The post Obama Administration Announces New Rules Protecting Military Families From Predatory Lenders appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Several Cities See A Sharp Uptick In Homicides After Record Low Rates

Saturday August 1st, 2015 05:28:37 PM Beenish Ahmed

The number of murders rose by one-third or more so far this year compared to the same period last year in Baltimore, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Milwaukee. Chicago saw a nearly 20 percent increase in homicides. The post Several Cities See A Sharp Uptick In Homicides After Record Low Rates appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A Staggering Number Of People Were Killed By Police In July

Saturday August 1st, 2015 01:00:07 PM Carimah Townes

In addition to police incidents, another major problem drew national attention in July: deaths behind bars. The post A Staggering Number Of People Were Killed By Police In July appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Twitter Uses #AllLionsMatter To Mock Race Baiting Over Black Lives Matter

Friday July 31st, 2015 06:39:59 PM Beenish Ahmed

An American dentist's killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe has drawn much ire -- and many comparisons to more persistent debates back home from ongoing police brutality against black people to new allegations against Planned Parenthood. The post Twitter Uses #AllLionsMatter To Mock Race Baiting Over Black Lives Matter appeared first on ThinkProgress.

These 3 Graphs Could Change Your Mind About Legalizing Sex Work

Friday July 31st, 2015 06:01:01 PM Andrew Breiner

Amnesty International sparked an outcry this week when it released a draft proposal calling for decriminalizing sex work. But is it a good idea? The post These 3 Graphs Could Change Your Mind About Legalizing Sex Work appeared first on ThinkProgress.

No Charges For Two Officers Who Backed False Version Of University Of Cincinnati Shooting

Friday July 31st, 2015 05:13:25 PM Aviva Shen

Two days after charging University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing with murder, a grand jury has declined to charge two cops who helped him cover his tracks. The post No Charges For Two Officers Who Backed False Version Of University Of Cincinnati Shooting appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Do Gun Rights Trump The First Amendment? One Federal Court Thinks So

Friday July 31st, 2015 03:08:26 PM Ian Millhiser

At least in Florida, however, the National Rifle Association will stand between the intimate relationship between patient and physician so long as Judge Tjoflat's opinion remains in effect. The post Do Gun Rights Trump The First Amendment? One Federal Court Thinks So appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Migrant Mothers Lodge Formal Complaint Over Lack Of Medical Care In Family Detention Centers

Friday July 31st, 2015 02:12:11 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

One woman who had broken bones in her hand was told to drink water. The post Migrant Mothers Lodge Formal Complaint Over Lack Of Medical Care In Family Detention Centers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Maryland Governor To Close Baltimore City Jail, Calling It ‘The Worst Prison In America’

Thursday July 30th, 2015 09:00:17 PM Kira Lerner

The 1,092 inmates will be immediately moved from the "disastrous" building. The post Maryland Governor To Close Baltimore City Jail, Calling It ‘The Worst Prison In America’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Trump’s Immigration Policy Doesn’t Make Much Sense But That’s OK Because He Knows ‘How To Manage’

Thursday July 30th, 2015 02:36:20 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

"It sounds cold. It sounds hard," Trump admitted. The post Trump’s Immigration Policy Doesn’t Make Much Sense But That’s OK Because He Knows ‘How To Manage’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

GOP Women’s Group Posts Shareable Graphic Of A Lynching To Facebook

Thursday July 30th, 2015 01:57:58 PM Ian Millhiser

If you are about to compare something to lynching, and it is not lynching, it's probably best to keep your mouth shut. The post GOP Women’s Group Posts Shareable Graphic Of A Lynching To Facebook appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why So Many African Americans Get Stuck In Jail, In One Chart

Thursday July 30th, 2015 12:50:39 PM Dylan Petrohilos

At least five black women have died in jail in July, not even convicted of any crime. The post Why So Many African Americans Get Stuck In Jail, In One Chart appeared first on ThinkProgress.

‘God’s Love Has No Borders': Meet The Faith Leaders Who Offer A Lifeline To Immigrant Detainees

Thursday July 30th, 2015 12:00:26 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

These two faith leaders help provide some semblance of normalcy. The post ‘God’s Love Has No Borders': Meet The Faith Leaders Who Offer A Lifeline To Immigrant Detainees appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Grand Jury Indicts University Of Cincinnati Cop Caught On Video Shooting Unarmed Man For Murder

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 06:53:34 PM Aviva Shen

Video evidence directly contradicted Tensing's version of events. The post Grand Jury Indicts University Of Cincinnati Cop Caught On Video Shooting Unarmed Man For Murder appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Video Shows Police Officer Throwing Peanuts At Handcuffed Homeless Man

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 05:49:17 PM Carimah Townes

The video captures systemic mistreatment of homeless people. The post Video Shows Police Officer Throwing Peanuts At Handcuffed Homeless Man appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Jail Guards Tortured Inmate With A Burmese Python, Lawsuit Says

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 05:28:13 PM Aviva Shen

A new federal lawsuit says correctional officers at an Alabama jail used giant snakes as a "means of torture, harassment, control and intimidation against the inmates." The post Jail Guards Tortured Inmate With A Burmese Python, Lawsuit Says appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Undocumented Immigrants Beg Ohio Governor To Protect Their Families From Deportation

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 02:05:04 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

"We would like to stay here with our son," Apaestegu said. "We made our life here. We work here. We pay taxes here." The post Undocumented Immigrants Beg Ohio Governor To Protect Their Families From Deportation appeared first on ThinkProgress.

‘Toe Tag Parole': What It’s Like To Live In Jail When You Know You Are Never Getting Out

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 12:00:09 PM Carimah Townes

"It gets into the whole philosophical human rights scenario." The post ‘Toe Tag Parole': What It’s Like To Live In Jail When You Know You Are Never Getting Out appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How The ‘Best Place To Live In America’ Treats People Of Color When They’re Pulled Over

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 12:00:00 PM Stephen Benavides

It's been nearly two months since police officers crashed a pool party in McKinney, Texas, forcing the affluent suburb into the national debate over how police interact with communities of color in America. The post How The ‘Best Place To Live In America’ Treats People Of Color When They’re Pulled Over appeared first on ThinkProgress.

At Least 5 Black Women Found Dead In Jail Since Mid-July

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 01:45:08 AM Carimah Townes

The death count is rising. The post At Least 5 Black Women Found Dead In Jail Since Mid-July appeared first on ThinkProgress.

NSA To Dump Phone Records In Surveillance Database

Tuesday July 28th, 2015 05:36:06 PM Lauren C. Williams

Remember, remember the 29th of November. The post NSA To Dump Phone Records In Surveillance Database appeared first on ThinkProgress.



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