Steve Kornacki reports the latest on the sunken South Korean ferry.
Does Michael Bloomberg and his money have what it takes to fight the NRA and reform America’s gun laws? Basil Smikle Jr., Patrick Murphy, Blake Zeff and Pia Carusone discuss.
The UP panel talks about the debate between gun control activists and gun owners and how the two sides could find common ground on gun control.
In light of the “Nuclear Option” being partially detonated by Harry Reid last year, what would happen to presidential nominees if Republicans win back the Senate in November? Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick joins UP to discuss.
Hillary Clinton supporters are striving to win over a key voter block, the same group of voters that helped Barack Obama derail her in 2008. Haley Adams from Yale Students for Hillary, USA Today’s Raul Reyes and Adam Green from Progressive Change...
The UP panel talks about the reasons young voters could be excited about supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016.
President Obama should act now, with bipartisan support, to tackle what has become one of the greatest civil rights atrocities in American history.
Around 150,000 revelers joined Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, in celebrating Easter Sunday in the Vatican.
Food manufacturer General Mills will no longer force customers into private arbitration procedures as a condition of interacting with the company.
Health care inflation has slowed, but Americans are still overpay wildly for drugs, tests and procedures.
This post has been updated.Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Sunday said he thinks that it's appropriate for justices to consider politics when weighing their decision to retire."It's an appropriate thing to think about your successor, not only in this job," Stevens said on ABC's "This Week." "I'm just finishing the book by former Secretary [of Defense Robert] Gates. He thought a lot about his successor, too. If you're interested in the job and in the kind of work that's done, you have to have an interest in who’s going to fill your shoes." Read More →
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last week told students that they should protest taxes in the U.S. if they become too high, according to CBS News.During a Tuesday speech at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Scalia said that the government has a right to impose the income tax, “but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.” Read More →
Glenn Greenwald said he expected his reporting on the National Security Agency's global surveillance programs to be recognized by the Pulitzer committee. He just wasn't sure how. Read More →
I've just launched a discussion in The Hive (sub req) about the transformation from reading paper books to digital books. Baffling as it is to me, since for decades I was not only a voracious reader but a devotee of the physical book itself, I made the transition about three years ago. I'm just not able to read paper books anymore. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that. But it's true. Are you the same? Are you resisting? Can't stand reading on a Kindle or other device? Join us for the discussion.
Ted Cruz's career in Washington has been defined thus far by his efforts to dismantle President Obama's signature legislation. On Friday, after the Texas senator's own bill was signed into law by Obama, Cruz thanked a president he's attacked repeatedly. Read More →
CNN's Jake Tapper echoed a complaint on Friday that's been brought up quite a bit throughout the incessant and at times ridiculous coverage of Hillary Clinton's newfound grandmother-to-be status. Read More →
It would be an understatement to say our tech team is truly gratified by the positive response (both numerically and in words) to our new comment system. So thank you. This is especially the case since initial reactions to significant changes on website with a long history are usually pretty negative at the beginning. (I was excited to see that in the first 24 hours online we had 3 stories that got into triple digits in comment count.) If you haven't tried it yet, I wanted to again flag this primer on how the new system works and some details about how to use it. Read More →
Amid news that the country's uninsured rate has fallen to its lowest level in years, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) claimed this week that the opposite is true in his state. Read More →
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. Read More →
A Nevada lawmaker who is showing solidarity with rancher Cliven Bundy told Chris Hayes last night that the federal government should expect Americans to "fire back" in an armed standoff. Read More →
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)'s primary challenger this time around is unusual, even for a long-shot candidate. His last name is also Ryan -- something he hopes will help him on election day, and he's haunted the Wisconsin state legislature as he rides around on his Segway during singing protests. Meet "Segway" Jeremy Ryan, an eccentric activist renowned in Wisconsin for mainly two things: citations for public disruptions and moving around virtually only on a Segway. Ryan, 25, filed to run in the Republican primary against Rep. Ryan. Read More →
I've already explained where we are on the Obamacare policy front. TPM Reader JL does a very good job explaining how the politics of Obamacare changes overnight on November 5th.On the politics of Obamacare, I think it’s important to realize how dramatically things will change on November 5th. We can debate how well anti Obamacare zealotry will work in the midterms, but I think most knowledgeable, reasonable observers would agree on some version of the following: if the goal is to preserve the majority in the House and to get 51 seats in the Senate, it will work tolerably well. Not a huge upside but most likely there’s enough anti Obamacare sentiment in the GOP base and limited enough pro Obamacare passion that for these limited goals, the old Obamacare playbook will work. Read More →
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Friday got some public pushback from fellow Nevada Sen. Dean Heller (R) for calling the supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy's standoff "domestic terrorists." Read More →
In case you missed it, check out my friend David Gelber's first post on the background to the creation of the Years of Living Dangerously series.
A study released this week by the University of Minnesota hit two areas of conservative ridicule: air pollution and racial disparities. Read More →
Add Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) to the growing list of Republicans who aren't buying what the Obama administration is selling on Obamacare enrollment.In an interview alongside Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Heller dismissed the 8 million sign-ups that President Obama announced Thursday as "all smoke and mirrors," according to Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston. Read More →
President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill blocking admittance to the U.S. by representatives to the United Nations that have "engaged in terrorist activity," such as Hamid Abutalebi, Iran's would-be U.N. ambassador, the Hill reported. Read More →
The wealthier you are, the longer you'll live. And if you're a low-income woman, you're less likely than an earlier generation to make it to your 55th birthday. Read More →
On Obamacare, the Republican party has bet big on failure for four years. Now the results are in. And they lost. Big time. Read More →
Big 'Duck Dynasty' music and faith jamboree cancelled due to low ticket sales.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will make less than someone who worked under her and was let go.The post Fired Yahoo Executive Made More Than The Company’s Female CEO appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest Americans is more than a decade.The post Poor People’s Lives Are Getting Shorter appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The single biggest predictor of whether someone will be out of work for a year or more is the state of the economy.The post The Long-Term Unemployed Are Stuck Without Work Thanks To Bad Luck appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Fifteen people dead, millions of dollars' worth of damage, and a leaky patchwork of agency oversight still haven't prompted action.The post A Year After The Deadly West, Texas Explosion, No New Regulations appeared first on ThinkProgress.
New York City lawmakers proposed raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for large chain stores and restaurants.The post The Country’s Largest City Is Considering A $15 Minimum Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Emergency personnel will see no pension cuts and others are getting a much smaller cut than had been offered before, but that's cold comfort for many.The post Detroit Retiree On Pension Cuts Deal: ‘The Damage Has Already Been Done’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Tennessee will be the first state to make attendance at a two-year college totally free.The post This State Will Offer Free College Tuition To High School Graduates appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Twitter is buying its longtime data partner, Gnip, for an undisclosed amount of cash so it can profit off users' data by selling it to advertisers. The post Twitter Wants To Sell Information On Your Daily Routine To Advertisers appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Yunha Kim, CEO of Locket, shares her experiences with inappropriate emails and worse.The post Man Told Female CEO He’d Take A Job If She Slept With Him appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Women's increased work hours have added more than $1.7 trillion to economic growth.The post The Economy Is 11 Percent Bigger Thanks To Women’s Work appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Earned Income Tax Credit means the difference between buying the necessities and hardship for many poor families.The post When Tax Refunds Aren’t Just A Bonus, But A Lifeline appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship," she writes. The post Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Filing taxes may feel like a drag, but tax rates are actually relatively low in the United States.The post Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out About Tax Day, In Two Charts appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.The post Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Median rent exceeds what the median worker can afford in 90 separate U.S. cities, according to a new analysis.The post Rising Rents And Flat Wages Mean Americans Can’t Afford To Live In Cities appeared first on ThinkProgress.
If it were a country, that figure would represent the third largest economy in the world.The post Global Elites Are Hiding More Than $4.5 Trillion In Tax Havens appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A lack of a strong safety net explains why so many American single mothers live in poverty compared to our peers.The post Policy, Not Parenting, Keeps Single Mothers And Their Children Living In Poverty appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The gender wage gap among federal workers has shrunk from 30 percent to 13 percent over the last decade.The post Here’s One Place Where The Gender Wage Gap Is Actually Shrinking appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The deficit continued to fall in the first part of 2014, continuing last year's steep decline.The post The Budget Deficit In March Was The Smallest Since 2000 appeared first on ThinkProgress.
New research finds that average citizens have next to no influence on passing public policy.The post The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Senate Democrats' decision to cut Supreme Court nominees out of the nuclear option could prove deadly for any Supreme Court nomination Obama sends to the Senate.The post There’s A Hidden Timebomb In The Senate Rules That Will Go Off If A Supreme Court Justice Retires appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The remark was in response to a question about the constitutionality of a federal income tax.The post Justice Scalia Tells Law Students ‘Perhaps You Should Revolt’ If Taxes Become Too High appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Baltimore will stop automatically cooperating with federal immigration authorities.The post Baltimore Will Stop Automatically Detaining Immigrants, Maryland Governor Says appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Brain injuries may affect the likelihood that teens up in jail in the first place, and their behavior while they're there. The post Half of New York City Teens Behind Bars Have A Brain Injury, Study Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress.
One mother doesn't want her children to be killed in Mexico if she gets deported. The post Court-Ordered Deportations Plunge, But This Mother Is Still Caught In The Deportation Dragnet appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The move will roll back a Reconstruction-era policy that disenfranchises one in five African American adults in Virginia. The post Governor Will Automatically Restore Voting Rights For All Virginians With A Drug Record appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A limited number of undocumented immigrants could qualify for this limited pathway to citizenship. The post Florida House Republican: ‘Only’ Way To Citizenship May Be Through Military appeared first on ThinkProgress.
No, "I will take what is mine with fire & blood" is not a reference to an AK-47.The post Professor Suspended After College Deems His Daughter’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ T-Shirt A Threat appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The bill passed with "little fanfare," said a spokesperson for the Governor.The post Nebraska Will Now Bar Employers From Asking Job Applicants About Criminal Records appeared first on ThinkProgress.
New Hampshire remains the last state in New England with a death penalty after a tie vote in the state Senate.The post New Hampshire Falls One Vote Short Of Repealing The Death Penalty appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Even if someone masters the Senate's arcane rules, they will encounter roadblocks that are written nowhere in the Senate's standing rules and that have little grounding in its history. One of these is a practice that lets each senator veto anyone named to a federal judgeship in their state.The post The Imaginary Rule That Keeps Obama’s Judges From Being Confirmed appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Although immigrants and other people of color are the ones who mostly bear the brunt of climate change, one anti-immigration organization is using Earth Day to blame immigrants for ruining California's environment. The post Anti-Immigration Group Uses Earth Day To Recycle Argument That Immigrants Destroy Environment appeared first on ThinkProgress.
One year after Congress failed to pass a background check bill that 90 percent of Americans supported, groups to combat the National Rifle Association are pledging to take the gun lobby head on like never before.The post 5 Ways Gun Safety Advocates Are Using The NRA’s Playbook Against It appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Connecticut sent a transgender teenager to an adult prison despite no charges against her. The state's Department of Children and Families has stated that she demonstrated a pattern of violence, but she has also been a victim of repeated sexual abuse under the department's custody. The post Transgender Youth Confined In Adult Prison Writes Of Experiencing Extensive Past Sexual Abuse appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A decrease in Philadelphia's deference to federal immigration requests could lead to an uptick in trust by the city's immigrant community. The post Philadelphia Police Will No Longer Hold Immigrants Without A Warrant appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Years after his sentencing, Ceasar Huerta Cantu discovered "on a lark" that he had been over-sentenced because of a clerical error. But a judge ruled that a statute of limitations meant he had to stay in prison. The post This Man Would Have Spent 3.5 Extra Years In Prison For A Typo, If Not For Obama’s Clemency appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The ruling paves the way for potential future expansion of the franchise in a state with one of the most restrictive ex-offender voting policies. The post Iowa Supreme Court Preserves Voting Rights For Some Former Offenders appeared first on ThinkProgress.
One boy took action to stop people from bullying him, but was further victimized by school officials. The post Pennsylvania Teen Convicted Of A Crime For Recording Bullies At School appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Among those denied the right to vote were individuals improperly included on the list of felons who cannot vote, and former felons whose names had not been removed from the list even though they had their voting rights restored.The post While Iowa Was Hellbent On Finding Voter Fraud, It Disenfranchised At Least 12 Legitimate Voters appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Undocumented immigrants paid more than $10.6 billion in state and local taxes in 2010, but immigration reform could greatly increase those tax revenues. The post On Tax Day, A Reminder That Undocumented Immigrants Pay Billions In Taxes appeared first on ThinkProgress.
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