'MHP' Syllabus: December 21

Sunday December 21st, 2014 04:26:09 AM Jamiles Lartey
We'll have the latest on the Brooklyn shooting that killed two NYPD officers. That, plus Russia's economy, Pakistan's terror attack, and more. 10am ET, msnbc.

Bratton: Officers 'quite simply assassinated'

Sunday December 21st, 2014 01:06:24 AM
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the two officers who were killed in New York City "were quite simply assassinated." Frances Rivera and Jim Cavanaugh discuss the latest developments.

LIVE VIDEO: Police discuss shooting deaths...

Sunday December 21st, 2014 12:01:38 AM
Two NYPD officers die when a man fires on a patrol car then escapes to the subway and turns the gun on himself.

Two NYC police dead in Brooklyn shooting

Saturday December 20th, 2014 10:44:00 PM David Taintor, Benjamin Landy
Two New York City police officers were killed Saturday by a gunman possibly seeking revenge against law enforcement.

NYPD officers killed in ambush

Saturday December 20th, 2014 10:32:21 PM
Two NYPD officers were killed in an ambush in Brooklyn Saturday. Frances Rivera has the latest.

Cleveland police under intense scrutiny

Saturday December 20th, 2014 09:02:00 PM
The Cleveland police department has been under intense scrutiny after the recent deaths of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and Tanisha Anderson, a 37-year-old woman with mental illness. Seema Iyer, Wesley Lowery, Jumaane D. Williams and Keith Sainten talk about...

The trouble with lone wolves

Saturday December 20th, 2014 07:38:00 PM Michael Kay
Are isolated but deadly events like the hostage situation in Sydney the new norm for terror?

New info developing on original Sydney target

Saturday December 20th, 2014 06:54:11 PM
Julia Baird, Author and journalist based in Sydney, talks with Alex Witt about new information on the possible original target of Monday’s terrorist attack in Sydney, Australia that left two hostages dead.

How will low gas prices impact the economy?

Saturday December 20th, 2014 06:26:29 PM
Tom Kloza, founder of Oil Price Information Services, joins Alex Witt to break down what falling oil prices mean for the U.S. economy, and whether they can slip any further.

Author on life without Internet in N. Korea

Saturday December 20th, 2014 05:53:24 PM
Suki Kim, author of “Without You, There is No Us,” a memoir detailing her experience working in North Korea as an English teacher, shares with Alex Witt her first-hand account of what life is like in the Hermit Kingdom.


1000 Percent

Sunday December 21st, 2014 06:13:40 AM
City Councilman Robert Cornegy (Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights): "This sets us back 1000 percent. I don't even know how you come back from this. If you wanted to articulate what the worst case scenario could be at a time when the city is trying to get back on track with police and community relations, this is it."

Priebus Vows To Get GOPers To Buy Tickets To 'The Interview' Movie

Sunday December 21st, 2014 12:48:07 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP is calling on supporters to buy a ticket to the movie "The Interview" if theater owners reverse their decision not to show the film amid threats of retaliation for its comedic take on assassinating North Korea's leader. The Republican Party chairman, Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), says in a letter to theater chain executives that he's concerned that a foreign regime would be allowed to dictate the movies Americans can and cannot watch.Noting that Hollywood and the GOP have had their differences, Priebus says the situation with "The Interview" is about freedom and free enterprise.Priebus says he will ask Republican supporters to buy tickets "to show North Korea we cannot be bullied into giving up our freedom," and suggests part of the proceeds go to military charities.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

WATCH: Glenn Beck's Warning Of 'The Dawn Of Progressivism' May Be His Strangest Yet

Saturday December 20th, 2014 11:09:17 PM
Conservative pundit Glenn Beck took his bizarre theatrics to another level during his show on Thursday, dressing as an old man and offering a dire warning from the future about the 2014 "dawn of progressivism." Right Wing Watch posted a clip from the episode in which Beck appeared in a dimly lit room, wearing a robe and a large, gray beard. He portrayed himself speaking from the year 2054, and looking back 40 years in the past to the year he said everything began to fall apart."Your history books claim that was the year of the dawn of progressivism, the dawn of a new beginning, the end of capitalism!" Beck said in the video, a finger raised. "I'll tell you now it was that. That this new era of equality, and diversity, and tolerance -- I beg to differ with your history book!"As part of his theatrics, Beck played clips about this year's disappearance of the Malaysian airliner as well as the standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government over unpaid grazing fees."I'm not crazy," Beck said near the end of the clip. "I was naive, but I was not crazy."Watch below, via Right Wing Watch:

Fox News Host: Stephen Colbert Owes His Success To Us

Saturday December 20th, 2014 06:31:24 PM
One of the hosts of the Fox News show "The Five" said on Friday night that comedian Stephen Colbert owes his success to conservative news network. The other four co-hosts of the Fox News show heaped a surprising amount of praise on Colbert after the comedian bid adieu to his acclaimed Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report" on Thursday night with a star-packed musical spectacle.But as the website Mediaite pointed out, co-host Greg Gutfeld used the moment to take a sly shot at Colbert, whose fake conservative newsman persona has been modeled after some of the overstuffed personalities at Fox."He should write an eight-figure check to Fox News," Gutfeld said, "because all of our gaffes made that man’s career."Colbert is planning to ditch his conservative shtick when he takes over as host of "The Late Show" on CBS next year.Watch video of Gutfeld's remarks over at Mediaite.

New York Politician Explains Porn Star Twitter Following: I Was Hacked!

Saturday December 20th, 2014 05:44:56 PM
A New York politician claimed he'd been the victim of hacking this week after the New York Post discovered he was following a porn star on Twitter. A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (D) told the newspaper for an article published Friday night that a malicious attack had led the politician's own Twitter account to begin following that of adult actress Belle Knox.The porn star made headlines earlier this year by revealing she was making adult movies to pay her way through college at Duke University."County Executive Bellone’s Twitter account, which is operated by his staff, has been hacked and an obscene Twitter account was subsequently followed," Bellone's spokeswoman told the newspaper.She also told the Post the matter had been reported to law enforcement and "the Suffolk County Police Department is currently investigating."As the newspaper pointed out, another New York politician, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D), famously blamed hackers in 2011 for his X-rated interactions on the Internet. Weiner eventually admitted he was a serial sexter and resigned from Congress.h/t Mediaite

Ferguson Prosecutor: I Knew Witnesses Lied To The Grand Jury

Friday December 19th, 2014 10:50:23 PM
St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch told a St. Louis radio station on Friday that he knew some of the witnesses who testified before the Ferguson grand jury were lying. In an interview flagged by BuzzFeed, McCulloch told radio station KTRS that he allowed the witnesses to testify because he wanted to present as much testimony as possible.The grand jury eventually decided not to indict white Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown."I thought it was much more important to present everything and everybody, and some that, yes, clearly were not telling the truth," McCulloch told the radio station. "No question about it."McCulloch returned to the point several times, describing at least one witness who "clearly wasn’t present when this occurred.""Witness 40" submitted diary entries containing racist remarks that later appeared to have been fabricated after the fact. There is evidence the person lied about witnessing the shooting by piecing together information based on the officer's already-published account, according to a report by The Smoking Gun.McCulloch said he had no plans to pursue perjury charges against the witnesses, however."There were people who came in and yes, absolutely lied under oath," he said. "Some lied to the FBI. Even though they’re not under oath, that’s another potential offense — a federal offense.""I thought it was much more important to present the entire picture and say, 'Listen, this is what this witness says he saw,'" he added.Before he announced the decision on Nov. 24, McCulloch faced scrutiny and some criticism from the Brown family and former prosecutors, both for his personal history and approach toward presenting evidence to the grand jury.

Sony CEO: "We Have Not Backed Down"

Friday December 19th, 2014 10:33:41 PM
Sorry, Sony dude. If you want a mulligan you're gonna have to ask for it.

Sony CEO Hits Back At Obama: 'We Have Not Backed Down'

Friday December 19th, 2014 10:03:37 PM
The CEO of Sony Entertainment criticized President Obama on Friday for shaming the company over its decision to cancel the release of the movie "The Interview" after threats from hackers. President Obama told reporters earlier Friday that he believed Sony had made a mistake by bailing on the film's Christmas Day release."I'm sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake," Obama said.Michael Lynton, the head of Sony Entertainment, disputed the President's interpretation later in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria."I don't know exactly whether he understands the sequence of events that led up to the movie not being shown in the movie theaters," Lynton said."Therefore I would disagree with the notion that it was a mistake," he said.Sony Entertainment cancelled the release of "The Interview" on Wednesday, after threats from hackers calling themselves "Guardians Of Peace" caused several major theater chains to back out of showing the film.On Friday, the FBI released a statement saying the North Korean government — parodied in the film — was responsible for the threats and hacking."We have not given in. And we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie," Lynton told CNN.

Obama Flubs 'The Interview' Actor's Name: 'James Flacco'

Friday December 19th, 2014 08:14:14 PM
President Barack Obama caught the attention of NFL quarterback Joe Flacco on Friday after he misstated the name of one of the actors in Sony Picture's "The Interview" during a year-end press conference. Obama was responding to a question about Sony's decision to cancel the theatrical release of "The Interview" amid threats of violence that the FBI has since tied to North Korea."It says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all-out assault on a movie studio because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco," he said. "I love Seth, and I love James. But the notion that that was a threat to them, I think gives you some sense of the kind of regime we're talking about here."The actor's name is actually James Franco.Twitter quickly lit up over the flub, prompting Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback, to correct the President:.@barackobama It's James Franco, not James Flacco ;)— Joe Flacco (@TeamFlacco) December 19, 2014

Obama Calls On Only Women Reporters At Year-End Presser

Friday December 19th, 2014 08:00:34 PM
President Barack Obama took questions from only women reporters at his year-end press conference on Friday — eight of them. The first question went to Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico. The next seven went to female reporters from Bloomberg BNA, The Associated Press, McClatchy, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and American Urban Radio Networks.The news conference lasted for about an hour.Reporters who asked questions today during Obama's final press conference of 2014. pic.twitter.com/YwHB2RVBzx— Chris Moody (@moody) December 19, 2014

Obama: 'Change Is Going To Come To Cuba -- It Has To'

Friday December 19th, 2014 07:28:05 PM
President Barack Obama declined Friday to say where he expects Cuba to be by the end of his presidency, after his decision to open formal relations with the country, but he did assert that the new policy will result in change."It would be unrealistic for me to map out exactly where Cuba will be. But change is going to come to Cuba," Obama said at his end-of-the-year press conference. "It has to." "They've been reliant for years on subsidies from the Soviet Union and then on subsidies from Venezuela. Those can't be sustained," he continued. "And the more the Cuban people see what's possible, the more interested they are going to be in change.""It could happen fast. It could happen slower than I would like," he concluded. "It's going to happen and this change in policy is going to advance that."

Obama Mocks: 'What Belgium Needs Is A Version Of Politico'

Friday December 19th, 2014 07:25:47 PM
President Barack Obama took a not-so-subtle dig at Politico during his year-end press conference on Friday. After answering a question from Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown, the President said he'd heard the reporter was moving to Europe. Brown replied that she would be relocating to Brussels, Belgium, which is the capital of the European Union, to help the publication expand into Europe."I think there's no doubt that what Belgium needs is a version of Politico," Obama said to hearty laughter from the reporters."The waffles are delicious there, by the way," he added.

Obama Shames Sony For Pulling Movie: 'That's Not Who We Are'

Friday December 19th, 2014 07:44:08 PM
President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony had "made a mistake" pulling the film "The Interview" after its email archives were hacked, the contents were leaked, and threats were made against theaters if they showed the film."Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees. I'm sympathetic to the concerns that they faced," Obama said at his end-of-the-year press conference. "Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake." The FBI announced Friday it had concluded that North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong Un is assassinated in the film, was responsible for the attack."We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States," he said. "Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don't like or news reports that they don't like.""Or even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don't want to offend the sensibilities of somebody's sensibilities who probably need to be offended," he continued. "So that's not who we are. That's not what America is about."The president also referenced the running of the Boston marathon a year after the attacks there."We can't start changing our patterns of behavior anymore than we stop going to a football game because there might be the possibility of a terrorist attack. Any more than Boston didn't run its marathon this year because of the possibility that somebody might try to cause harm. Let's not get into that way of doing business."Obama added that he wish Sony "had spoken with me first" before pulling the film, which starred Seth Rogen and James Franco. He also pledged a response."They caused a lot of damage, and we will respond," he said. "We will respond proportionately and we'll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose."

WATCH LIVE: Obama Holds Year-End Press Conference

Friday December 19th, 2014 06:38:32 PM
President Barack Obama is expected to address a number of issues, including U.S.-Cuban relations and the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, in a year-end press conference Friday.The President is expected to speak at 1:30 p.m ET. Watch below via NBC News.

Here's Every Cameo In The Epic Finale Of 'The Colbert Report'

Saturday December 20th, 2014 12:58:26 AM
Stephen Colbert's final episode of "The Colbert Report" was filled with a mind-boggling amount of cameos from his friends in politics, the media and Hollywood. Some guests, like actor James Franco, seemed to pop up everywhere. Others, like Gloria Steinem, nearly managed to avoid the cameras altogether. Trying to determine just who was on set Thursday night is almost like playing a real-life game of Where's Waldo.So here's a list of everyone that bid farewell to Colbert with a group rendition of "We'll Meet Again" -- at least everyone that we could identify.Randy Newman plays the piano as Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart kick off "We'll Meet Again."From left to right: Willie Nelson, Bryan Cranston, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Francis Collins.From left to right: Tom Brokaw, Mandy Patinkin, Lil' Buck, Yo Yo Ma and Neil deGrasse Tyson.From left to right: Sam Waterston, Jeff Daniels, Cyndi Lauper, Big Bird, Trevor Potter and Keith Olbermann.From left to right: Andrew Sullivan, David Hallberg, Katie Couric, Ken Burns and Ric Ocasek.From left to right: Charlie Rose, Samantha Power, Michael Stipe, James Franco and Cookie Monster.From left to right: Toby Keith, Dean Kamen and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From left to right: James Franco, David Gregory, Jeff Tweedy, Christiane Amanpour, Sir Patrick Stewart and Andy Cohen.The cameos start getting harder to spot from here on out. Behind Colbert and Stewart are Bill de Blasio and Andrew Young. To the right is U.S. Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno and Barry Manilow, with George Saunders lurking behind them.Stone Phillips, Peter Frampton, Arianna Huffington and Naquasia Legrand, who is a fast food worker and activist.From left to right: Alan Alda, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), George Lucas, Alexi Lalas and Jonathan Batiste.From left to right: James Franco, Andy Cohen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Elijah Wood, Henry Kissinger, Mike Huckabee, Bob Costas and Tim Meadows.Pussy Riot.Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.U.S. forces in Afghanistan.Former President Bill Clinton.Astronaut Terry Virts joins in from the International Space Station.J.J. Abrams.From left to right: Jake Tapper, astronaut Garrett Reisman, Lesley Stahl, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Terry Gross, Jeffrey Toobin, Norm Ornstein and Ed Viesturs.From left to right: Ed Viesturs, Shepard Fairey, Emily Bazelon, David Leonhardt, Matt Taibbi, Steven Pinker (back row), Jonathan Alter, Father Jim Martin (back row) and Eliot Spitzer.Front row, from left to right: Colbert's son John, his daughter Madeleine, his wife Evie and Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. Back row, from left to right: cosmologist Brian Greene, Colbert's son Peter, and Paulina Porizkova. Nate Silver, who isn't pictured, is standing behind John.From left to right: Cliff Sloan, Thomas Friedman, David Remnick, Paul Krugman and Bing West. CNBC's Jim Cramer is hanging out behind Krugman's head.From left: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), Richard Clarke, Jimmy Wales, Grover Norquist, Maureen Dowd, Paul Rieckhoff, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Ann Patchett, Dan Savage and Robert Pinsky.You can spot Mark Cuban hiding behind Charlie Rose and Cass Sunstein hanging out to the far right. Marvel Comics' Joe Quesada stands to the left of Sunstein and behind Robert Pinsky.Watch the segment below: The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video ArchiveThis post has been updated.

Conservatives Just Forgot Nearly 150 Years Of History With Cuba

Friday December 19th, 2014 06:07:17 PM
The critics of President Obama’s actions on Cuba are trying to fit a decades-old problem into a post-9/11 “Axis of Evil” mindset. But while conservatives are condemning Obama for “coddling dictators” (just as they once attacked him for “palling around with terrorists”), their attack requires forgetting a huge amount of history. Here is what you need to know—and what they have forgotten. Many Americans have thought of Cuba as an enemy for more than half a century. Today’s critics of President Obama argue as if tensions began during the Cold War, when in 1960 Fidel Castro’s Cuba partnered with the Soviet Union, and have simmered ever since, almost bringing the world to war in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.A deeper view of history offers a very different picture. For more than 150 years, both American and Cuban leaders have dreamed of tying the nations together.In the late 1840s, Cuban slaveowner Narciso López led a series of revolts in an effort to gain independence from Spain, preserve slavery on the island, and ally with the United States—specifically, with the slave South. López’s efforts failed and he was executed in 1851, but a few years later, Franklin Pierce’s pro-slavery Minister to Spain, Pierre Soulé, pursued a similar plan on behalf of the United States. Soulé and others drafted the secret Ostend Manifesto (1854), which argued for a U.S. purchase or annexation of the island and, when made public, led to a diplomatic crisis that almost erupted in war.When military conflict came, in the Spanish American War of the late 1890s, the United States and Cuban revolutionaries allied in opposition to Spanish rule. This time, the Cuban leader was far more radical than López: José Martí, a poet, journalist, professor, and revolutionary who had spent decades as an exile in New York City and whose writings and efforts contributed greatly to the resistance against Spain. Martí’s death at the Battle of Dos Ríos in 1895 produced a surge of Cuban and American sympathy for the revolution, and thus in both life and death Martí played a prominent role in bringing the United States into the Spanish American War and into a relationship with Cuba that would last for half a century after the war’s end.Over the course of those decades, from 1895 until 1959, the United States participated both openly and covertly in Cuba’s political evolution, helping install and remove numerous leaders. Fulgencio Batista was at the center of those histories, from the time he led a 1933 military revolt that overthrew Cuba’s president through his own 1940 election to the presidency and finally a 1952 coup that returned him to power. In his earlier days Batista was more like Martí, a revolutionary dedicated to social reform and the people. But by the 1950s, he had evolved into a strident anti-Communist with deep ties to U.S. corporate interests on the island. So when Fidel Castro and his fellow Communist rebels led the 1959 revolution that overthrew Batista, the U.S. severed its longstanding ties to Cuba.Here is what Obama’s critics are missing: the fact that Cuban-American connections have evolved, shifted, and most of all, endured, across nearly two centuries. Pioneering Caribbean scholar Edouard Glissant described the Americas as created through a process of “creolization,” of interdependent relationships and influences across many nations. In announcing his decision, President Obama put it more simply, quoting none other than José Martí: “Todos somos Americanos.” Indeed we are, and if we start there, we can realize that 1960 to 2014 need not define the future of the U.S.-Cuba relationship. Indeed, it doesn’t even define the past.Ben Railton is an Associate Professor of English Studies at Fitchburg State University and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

Good Lord, People

Friday December 19th, 2014 06:06:25 PM
Michigan woman files trademark on phrase "I Can't Breathe" for hoodies and t-shirts.

How Can Politicians Oppose Reproductive Rights In Public—Yet Demand Risky Sex In Private?

Friday December 19th, 2014 06:05:34 PM
The tendency of many Texas districts to elect anyone, no matter how obviously embarrassing, to Congress so long as he has an “R” by his name, strikes again. This time, it’s Rep. Blake Farenthold, out of Corpus Christi, who is being sued by former communications staffer Lauren Greene for sexual harassment. The details of the lawsuit are just what you’d hope they’d be when considering a conservative Texas congressman who had a prior career as a Rush Limbaugh wannabe at a local talk radio station: Heavy drinking leading to harassing women at parties, hitting women up for pity sex by trotting out the “my wife won’t sleep with me” line, bragging that a lobbyist tapped him for a threesome. Greene-specific leering accusations include suggesting she had semen on her skirt, telling her he had “wet dreams” about her and talking about her nipples. These stories are still firmly in the “allegations” category; still, Farenthold’s comfort with lewdness and leering at women is evident from this picture of him in duck pajamas posing with lingerie models. But while Farenthold is inarguably comfortable being around sexed-up women and is alleged to be highly interested in committing adultery, when it comes to the basic health care women need in order to have all that sex safely and healthily, Farenthold, citing his strong Catholic values, cannot stand for it.Farenthold has a long anti-abortion record, sponsoring a bill that would ban abortion at the federal level and voting for a bill that would ban women from using their own insurance plans to cover abortion. He’s not particularly keen on contraception, either, co-sponsoring a bill that would ban Planned Parenthood from getting federal funding for contraception provision. When Hobby Lobby won their Supreme Court case, giving them the right to deny contraception coverage to employees, lingerie-loving but contraception-sour Farenthold celebrated on Facebook.It’s a story that gets told over and over in many ways and in many forms over the years: Conservatives who get high and mighty about the sexual choices of others, while using that same sexual freedom in order to have some fun of their own. And, since most of them aren’t hitting up post-menopausal women, we can guess they’re relying on the same reproductive technologies they denounce in the daylight to do so without baby-making. After all, the only love child to be produced in a political sex scandal, in my lifetime at least, was born to a pro-choice Democrat. Newt Gingrich, David Vitter, John Ensign: All eager to tell you that you have to live with the “consequences” of having sex, all eager to avoid those consequences themselves. Scott DesJarlais is opposed to abortion, except when he wanted his mistress to get one. Hell, the author of one of the most enduring bits of anti-abortion legislation, the Hyde Amendment—and who went hard after President Clinton for adultery—had been having an affair just a few short years before he decided that women on Medicaid should not be able to say no to giving birth if they accidentally get pregnant.How do these guys compartmentalize like this? There’s a temptation to call all this “hypocrisy” and leave it at that, but really, it happens so often and so egregiously that the word “hypocrisy” doesn’t seem to encompass all that is going on here. Really, what we’re seeing is an inability to even consider the internal lives, needs, and wants of women. Certainly, the past couple of years have exposed how many prominent conservative men who feel entitled to shame and stigmatize women for using contraception inadvertently reveal, at the very same time, that they have no idea how contraception works or how central it is to the life of nearly every single woman who has ever had intercourse, ever. Putting two and two together—realizing that female sexual accessibility that you want to enjoy requires women having access to reproductive health care—requires giving women minimal consideration as people, as opposed to just bodies in skirts for you to leer at. And once again we’re reminded how many conservative men just don’t want to go there.Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist who writes frequently about liberal politics, the religious right and reproductive health care. She's a prolific Twitter villian who can be followed @amandamarcotte.

Rand Paul Slams Marco Rubio Over Cuba As Feud Escalates

Friday December 19th, 2014 06:02:33 PM
The disagreement between Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) over America's changing relationship with Cuba is escalating quickly.Rubio was among the loudest opponents to President Barack Obama's announcement that the United States would begin normalizing relations with its Caribbean neighbor. After Paul said he supported the change, Rubio lashed out, saying Paul "has no idea what he's talking about."Both are considered potential 2016 presidential contenders, and Paul struck back on Friday on both Twitter and Facebook. Hey @marcorubio if the embargo doesn't hurt Cuba, why do you want to keep it?— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 19, 2014Senator @marcorubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat. I reject this isolationism.— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 19, 2014The United States trades and engages with other communist nations, such as China and Vietnam. So @marcorubio why not Cuba?— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 19, 2014.@marcorubio what about the majority of Cuban-Americans who now support normalizing relations between our countries? http://t.co/0qhSOeD9Va— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 19, 2014 (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

Woman Tries To Trademark 'I Can't Breathe' To Sell Merchandise

Friday December 19th, 2014 05:50:57 PM
An Illinois woman has applied for a trademark to the phrase "I Can't Breathe," made famous as the last words of New York man Eric Garner, who died in July after a police officer placed the unarmed black man in a chokehold. Catherine Crump, 57, submitted a petition to the the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Dec. 13, the Smoking Gun reported Thursday.Crump says she has made use of the phrase as early as August 18, one month after Garner was killed, according to the site. She intends to print the phrase on hoodies and t-shirts for sale.Since Garner's death, and the subequent grand jury decision on Dec. 3 not to indict the officer who choked him, protestors across the country have turned "I can't breathe" into a chant at demonstrations.Crump told The Smoking Gun she did not apply for a trademark to make money.


‘I Don’t Deserve To Die On The Street': Inside A Funeral For The Homeless

Friday December 19th, 2014 08:45:16 PM Alan Pyke

For the 25th year in a row, homeless people and their advocates around the country commemorated National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day on Friday.The post ‘I Don’t Deserve To Die On The Street': Inside A Funeral For The Homeless appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Wealth Gap Between Rich And Poor Is The Widest Ever Recorded

Thursday December 18th, 2014 06:17:32 PM Joaquim Moreira Salles

It’s common knowledge that the wealth gap in the United States is growing, but what few seem to realize is just how wide that gap already is. The top 0.1 percent of Americans are now worth more than the entire bottom 90 percent.The post The Wealth Gap Between Rich And Poor Is The Widest Ever Recorded appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why Is This City’s Democratic Mayor Threatening To Veto A $10.10 Minimum Wage?

Thursday December 18th, 2014 02:43:16 PM Alan Pyke

There's a minimum wage fight brewing in Kentucky's biggest city.The post Why Is This City’s Democratic Mayor Threatening To Veto A $10.10 Minimum Wage? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Walmart’s New Pregnant Worker Protections Aren’t Protecting Pregnant Workers, Advocates Charge

Wednesday December 17th, 2014 05:16:39 PM Alan Pyke

Walmart revamped its pregnancy policies in March, but worker advocates filed a complaint on Wednesday saying the policy is failing.The post Walmart’s New Pregnant Worker Protections Aren’t Protecting Pregnant Workers, Advocates Charge appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Congress Could Finally Change The Nonsensical Way We Fund Schools

Wednesday December 17th, 2014 05:13:38 PM Lisette Partelow - Guest Contributor

A 1965 law might be getting a much-needed overhaul soon.The post How Congress Could Finally Change The Nonsensical Way We Fund Schools appeared first on ThinkProgress.

iTunes Is Not A Digital Music Monopoly, Jury Decides

Tuesday December 16th, 2014 08:46:35 PM Lauren C. Williams

Apple wins decade-long iTunes lawsuit after jury decides the company didn't break the law by using encryption that kept customers from playing music bought from third-parties.The post iTunes Is Not A Digital Music Monopoly, Jury Decides appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Payday Loan Mogul May Face Criminal Charges Under Laws That Targeted Mafia Loan Sharks

Tuesday December 16th, 2014 02:38:03 PM Alan Pyke

A law designed to crack down on mob loan sharks may soon bite online payday lending mogul Scott Tucker, whose business arrangements with Native American tribes have drawn legal scrutiny.The post Payday Loan Mogul May Face Criminal Charges Under Laws That Targeted Mafia Loan Sharks appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What Amazon Stands To Lose In Apple’s E-Book Price-Fixing Case

Tuesday December 16th, 2014 02:33:28 PM Lauren C. Williams

While Amazon is not a party in the case, the case has everything to do with the mega e-retailer.The post What Amazon Stands To Lose In Apple’s E-Book Price-Fixing Case appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Top Financier Skips Out On Train Fare, Gets Barred From His Profession For Life

Monday December 15th, 2014 08:39:36 PM Alan Pyke

A millionaire financier has been banned from his profession for life for skipping out on train fare. What can the story tell us about the industry?The post Top Financier Skips Out On Train Fare, Gets Barred From His Profession For Life appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Citigroup Lobbyists Just Gutted Accountability For Wall Street

Friday December 12th, 2014 08:32:40 PM Alan Pyke

The Wall Street deregulation measure that inspired a lefty revolt against the "cromnibus" spending deal shares some worrying characteristics with a fateful 2000 deregulatory move.The post How Citigroup Lobbyists Just Gutted Accountability For Wall Street appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Bosses Can’t Stop Workers From Using Company Email To Unionize

Friday December 12th, 2014 03:28:08 PM Lauren C. Williams

In a major win for labor unions, federal regulators ruled that workers can now organize via work email. The post Bosses Can’t Stop Workers From Using Company Email To Unionize appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Major U.S. City To Eliminate Homelessness Among Veterans In the Next 3 Weeks

Friday December 12th, 2014 01:49:09 PM Kira Lerner

"We were soldiers but I’m not a soldier no more,” one homeless veteran said. “I barely feel like a person sometimes." The post Major U.S. City To Eliminate Homelessness Among Veterans In the Next 3 Weeks appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Congress Is Showing How Eager It Is To Gut Financial Reform

Thursday December 11th, 2014 09:37:52 PM David Sanchez - Guest Contributor

A controversial Wall Street giveaway might sink Congress' last-minute deal to keep the government open. But it's just a preview of what legislators have in store for Dodd-Frank this spring.The post Congress Is Showing How Eager It Is To Gut Financial Reform appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Pope Francis’ Plan To Rescue Millions From Modern-Day Slavery

Thursday December 11th, 2014 09:21:01 PM Jack Jenkins

Pope Francis thinks we should all think twice before purchasing “items which may well have been produced by exploiting others.”The post Pope Francis’ Plan To Rescue Millions From Modern-Day Slavery appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A New Approach For How State Leaders Can Fight Concentrated Poverty

Thursday December 11th, 2014 05:30:27 PM Tracey Ross

After years of facing cuts to federal anti-poverty programs, frustrated advocates might consider looking toward another venue to make change for vulnerable communities.The post A New Approach For How State Leaders Can Fight Concentrated Poverty appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This Texas City’s Attempt To Fight Charities That Feed The Homeless Cost It 8 Years And $250,000

Thursday December 11th, 2014 02:36:45 PM Alan Pyke

One big city's attempt to restrict charities from feeding the homeless cost it most of a decade in court and a quarter-million dollars, only to arrive at a compromise solution that restores feeding programs. The experience should be a lesson to other towns, one advocate says.The post This Texas City’s Attempt To Fight Charities That Feed The Homeless Cost It 8 Years And $250,000 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Supreme Court Just Rejected A Wage Theft Suit Against Amazon. What Does It Mean For Other Workers?

Wednesday December 10th, 2014 09:14:10 PM Alan Pyke

Justices struck down wage theft complaints by Amazon.com's exploited warehouse workers, but the case differs in important ways from other high-profile efforts to combat corporate wage theft.The post The Supreme Court Just Rejected A Wage Theft Suit Against Amazon. What Does It Mean For Other Workers? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

35 Hours Before Deadline, Agreement To Keep Government Open Breaks Down

Wednesday December 10th, 2014 05:58:16 PM Judd Legum

With just 35 hours before funding for the federal government runs out, that agreement is in serious Jeopardy. The post 35 Hours Before Deadline, Agreement To Keep Government Open Breaks Down appeared first on ThinkProgress.

8 Things To Know About The ‘Cromnibus’ Budget Deal Congress Just Unveiled

Wednesday December 10th, 2014 05:26:27 PM Alan Pyke

The "cromnibus" has a cute name, but the details are devilish.The post 8 Things To Know About The ‘Cromnibus’ Budget Deal Congress Just Unveiled appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Big Banks Balk, So Colorado Has Created A Credit Union For The Marijuana Industry

Tuesday December 9th, 2014 02:40:47 PM Alan Pyke

Marijuana companies in Colorado must use cash and take the risks inherent in dealing with large amounts of paper money because banks won't do business with them. State officials hope a new credit union can change that.The post Big Banks Balk, So Colorado Has Created A Credit Union For The Marijuana Industry appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Police Union President Blames Protesters For Murder Of Two New York City Police Officers

Sunday December 21st, 2014 03:55:11 AM Judd Legum

"Blood on their hands"The post Police Union President Blames Protesters For Murder Of Two New York City Police Officers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Two NYC Police Officers Assassinated ‘Execution Style’

Sunday December 21st, 2014 01:11:10 AM Igor Volsky

Fighting back tears, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio described the murders as "an assassination" that were carried out in "execution style."The post Two NYC Police Officers Assassinated ‘Execution Style’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Welcome To Machine Gun America, Where 13-Year-Olds Can Fire AK-47s

Friday December 19th, 2014 07:53:23 PM Nicole Flatow

The new amusement attraction opens this week in Orlando, Florida — six miles away from Disney World. The post Welcome To Machine Gun America, Where 13-Year-Olds Can Fire AK-47s appeared first on ThinkProgress.

9 Travesties Of Justice In 2014 That Would Be Totally Unbelievable If They Weren’t True

Friday December 19th, 2014 02:44:19 PM Nicole Flatow

Every year, stories emerge that serve as a reminder that the American system of justice means injustice for too many, with some receiving little or no punishment for egregious offenses, while others receive harsh or faulty punishment for much less.The post 9 Travesties Of Justice In 2014 That Would Be Totally Unbelievable If They Weren’t True appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Video: NYPD Officers Caught Arresting, Repeatedly Punching Boy

Friday December 19th, 2014 02:09:00 PM Carimah Townes

NYPD officers are in hot water again. The post Video: NYPD Officers Caught Arresting, Repeatedly Punching Boy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

ACLU Sues To End Almost Total White Control Over Ferguson’s Majority Black School System

Thursday December 18th, 2014 09:51:03 PM Ian Millhiser

The election rules in Ferguson all but ensure that white school board members will set policies for black students.The post ACLU Sues To End Almost Total White Control Over Ferguson’s Majority Black School System appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Federal Court Stands Up For Gun Rights For People Who Have Been ‘Committed To a Mental Institution’

Thursday December 18th, 2014 07:03:58 PM Ian Millhiser

A man who was once determined to be a serious threat to himself and others is likely to be allowed to own a gun again soon.The post Federal Court Stands Up For Gun Rights For People Who Have Been ‘Committed To a Mental Institution’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Justice Department Declares Victory Over Town That Barred Muslims From Setting Up A Worship Center

Thursday December 18th, 2014 04:16:55 PM Ian Millhiser

The Islamic Center was rejected after many residents reportedly made “disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith" in opposing their plan. The post Justice Department Declares Victory Over Town That Barred Muslims From Setting Up A Worship Center appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why Obama Just Sent 8 Drug Inmates Home Early

Thursday December 18th, 2014 02:08:46 PM Nicole Flatow

Among those who will be released in the spring are Barbara Scrivner, who has already spent 19 years in prison for a minor conspiracy and possession role in assisting her then-husband sell methamphetamine. The post Why Obama Just Sent 8 Drug Inmates Home Early appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Even John Yoo Says The Court Decision Rejecting Obama’s Immigration Policy Is Problematic

Wednesday December 17th, 2014 06:46:35 PM Ian Millhiser

When even the torture lawyer thinks you've gone too far, it might be time to rethink.The post Even John Yoo Says The Court Decision Rejecting Obama’s Immigration Policy Is Problematic appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Largest City To Implement Policy Body Cam Policy In America

Wednesday December 17th, 2014 02:31:43 PM Carimah Townes

A step in the right direction. The post The Largest City To Implement Policy Body Cam Policy In America appeared first on ThinkProgress.

ACLU Says Immigrants Are Being Indiscriminately Held In Detention As A ‘Deterrent’

Wednesday December 17th, 2014 02:18:51 PM Nicole Flatow

Before an influx of southern border crossings this summer, most migrant families who asserted potential claims of asylum were not held in lock-up while they waited for a court date. The post ACLU Says Immigrants Are Being Indiscriminately Held In Detention As A ‘Deterrent’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

BREAKING: Republican Judge Strikes Down Obama’s Immigration Order

Tuesday December 16th, 2014 08:06:07 PM Ian Millhiser

Judge Schwab's legal analysis is thin. He spends nearly as much time making what appear to be political attacks on the president as he does evaluating actual legal matters. And what little legal analysis he does provide fails to cite key Supreme Court decisions that seem to contradict his conclusion.The post BREAKING: Republican Judge Strikes Down Obama’s Immigration Order appeared first on ThinkProgress.

In Immigrant-Heavy Cities, Law Enforcement Leaders Say Executive Action Will Make Communities Safer

Tuesday December 16th, 2014 04:33:41 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Law enforcement officials who oversee counties with many undocumented immigrants believe that the president's executive action is necessary to curb dangerous mistrust between immigrants and the police. The post In Immigrant-Heavy Cities, Law Enforcement Leaders Say Executive Action Will Make Communities Safer appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Game-Changing Election Reform That Could Soon Be The Law In Maine

Tuesday December 16th, 2014 02:52:39 PM Scott Keyes

Maine voters will likely decide whether to adopt Ranked-Choice Voting next year.The post The Game-Changing Election Reform That Could Soon Be The Law In Maine appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Shady For-Profit Company Poised To Take Over DC Prison Healthcare (Updated)

Tuesday December 16th, 2014 02:07:10 PM Alice Ollstein

The contract would give the company jurisdiction over the medical care of the more than 10,000 DC residents that cycle through the jail every year.The post The Shady For-Profit Company Poised To Take Over DC Prison Healthcare (Updated) appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Judicial Ethics of Serial

Tuesday December 16th, 2014 01:58:45 PM Billy Corriher - Guest Contributor

Will judges feel pressure to overturn the conviction of celebrity defendant Adnan Syed? The post The Judicial Ethics of Serial appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Supreme Court Says Ignorance Of The Law Is An Excuse — If You’re A Cop

Monday December 15th, 2014 08:00:33 PM Nicole Flatow

A fundamental legal concept is that ignorance of the law is no excuse. Except, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday, if you're a cop. The post Supreme Court Says Ignorance Of The Law Is An Excuse — If You’re A Cop appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Today’s Good News For Abortion Rights Is Brought To You By The Supreme Court

Monday December 15th, 2014 06:39:15 PM Ian Millhiser

In the conservative Roberts Court, no news is typically good news for abortion rights supporters.The post Today’s Good News For Abortion Rights Is Brought To You By The Supreme Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why People Of Color Don’t Call For An Ambulance

Monday December 15th, 2014 06:09:02 PM Sam P.K. Collins

A new study suggests that many low-income Latinos are too wary of the police to call 911.The post Why People Of Color Don’t Call For An Ambulance appeared first on ThinkProgress.



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