Rep. Chris Van Hollen, RNC chairman Michael Steele, and E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist, join Alex Wagner to discuss the GOP's inability to pass the border bill.
Syfy's TV movie about killer sharks in giant tornadoes had big ratings and a massive social media presence. BuzzFeed’s Ryan Broderick joins The Last Word.
President Obama says it might be time to rewrite U.S. currency to include women, and Lawrence O'Donnell has an idea about who should be on our money.
Justice Ginsburg says the Tumblr site Notorious RGB
Steve Kornacki talks to Washington Post reporter Eugene Robinson about the GOP’s failure to hold a vote on their own symbolic legislation to address the border crisis.
Steve Kornacki is joined by New York Times nation security correspondent Mark Mazzetti to discuss the implications of the CIA’s admission that the agency spied on Senate computers, despite previously denying such allegations.
U.S. Secy. of State John Kerry calls a new cease-fire
Steve Kornacki discusses day four of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption trial, where jurors inspected the Rolex watch that was given to the Governor by Virginia businessman Jonnie Williams.
Steve Kornacki talks to Blake Zeff, political editor at Salaon.com, about the new details emerging in the ethics investigation surrounding New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Steve Kornacki is filling in for Rachel tonight, which means he is the conductor of tonight’s Debunktion Junction.
On Tuesday I explained that after eight years using Skype as TPM's digital nervous system, we signed off the service for good. I've been surprised about the number of people, publicly and privately, who've asked me and other staffers what system we switched to. I didn't expect it. But it seems like there's a lot of interest. So here goes. Read More →
The brain scientist arrested last week for reportedly pointing an assault rifle at a woman and her daughter in an Arizona airport will hold a press conference on Monday, according to the Phoenix New Times.Peter Steinmetz was arrested for disorderly conduct after he brought his AR-15 to Sky Harbor International Airport. Read More →
The Fox News affiliates in Tampa and Detroit got into a bit of a fight Thursday afternoon after news broke that ace pitcher David Price had been traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Detroit Tigers. Read More →
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) shamed House Republicans on Thursday for failing to bring their bill to address the border crisis up for a vote."It's beyond belief that Congress is abandoning its post while our border crisis continues to create humanitarian suffering, and criminal aliens still represent a clear threat to our citizens and our nation," Perry said in a statement. Read More →
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has a fabulous collar collection to don with her black robe.During an extensive interview with Yahoo News' Katie Couric, Ginsburg showed off her assortment of collars. Read More →
A chaotic House Republican conference decided on Thursday to delay the start of the August recess until they muster the votes for legislation to address the border crisis."We'll stay until we vote," Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told reporters upon emerging from a full House GOP meeting that lasted more than one and a half hour.The meeting was called after Republican leaders abruptly pulled their $659 million supplemental legislation, which also toughened up border security laws, ahead of a scheduled vote Thursday. The decision was made in the face of strong opposition from conservatives. Some on the right — including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) — griped the plan didn't do enough to rein in President Barack Obama's executive actions on deportations. Read More →
Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) called for the resignation of CIA Director John Brennan in response to an inspector general report concerning the CIA's monitoring of Senate staffers' computers. Read More →
Monica Lewinsky will now be a contributing writer for Vanity Fair's website on an “ongoing basis,” a representative for the magazine told Politico on Thursday. Read More →
An anti-Abortion group in Minnesota has been campaigning against a new Planned Parenthood in Richfield, Minn., even though the clinic doesn't actually perform abortions, Cosmopolitan reported.The clinic opened at the end of June, and since then Pro-Life Action Ministries (PLAM) has been vigorously objecting to it. The group has started a petition, held meetings and are now distributing flyers around town. Read More →
Opponents of Obamacare who lost their legal case over federal subsidies last week are now appealing directly to the Supreme Court, CNBC reported, but it is not clear whether the Supreme Court will take the case.The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, who lost when a three-judge panel of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the subsidies on the federal Obamacare exchange, petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday to hear their case, rather than seeking a review from the entire 4th Circuit Court. The 4th Circuit, once the most conservative federal appellate court, now has a majority of judges appointed by Democratic presidents. The lawyers noted that after last week's ruling on the case, which came the same day that another federal appeals court ruled that the subsidies were not legal, millions of people "have no idea if they may rely on the IRS’s promise to subsidize their health coverage." Read More →
CNN anchor Bill Weir lashed out at an arm of Fox News on Wednesday after it posted a tweet mocking Al Gore's efforts to combat global warming, calling the writers “willfully ignorant f**ksticks.” Read More →
Conservative rocker Ted Nugent published a lengthy and rambling rant hitting back at his critics on Wednesday, writing that the reason he's been described as a racist is because he's "doing God's work." Read More →
Now that the Washington, D.C. City Council has passed a "yoga tax," which taxes gym and fitness center memberships in the city, yoga advocates are trying to contort their way out of the tax service at a "fitness club, fitness center, or gym the purpose of which is physical exercise."Richard Karpel, president of the Yoga Alliance, argues that yoga is not technically fitness, as its original purpose is not exercise. Read More →
Democrats of course are happy to watch House GOP flail:"Just record this smile on my face," said an impish Sen. Reid, asked about the House GOP failure to vote on a border bill.— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) July 31, 2014
House GOP totally has its act together now, y'all. See?
House Republican leaders abruptly pulled their border supplemental legislation prior to a scheduled vote on Thursday, a sign that they lacked the votes to pass it. It appeared members would go home for recess without acting, a situation that GOP leaders wanted to avoid.Immigration-weary conservatives said the $659 million supplemental, and the subsequent measure to end the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, didn't go far enough in rebuking the president's actions.It was a remarkable defeat for the new GOP leadership team on the day that Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) stepped down as majority leader. Read More →
The legal team for state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) is arguing that the Mississippi Republican Party is "prohibited" from designating Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate because doing so would have to accept "30,000 to 40,000" Democratic votes. Read More →
Stephen Colbert out of character and on camera for quite a long time, dispensing advice to teen girls. Really.
Just six more months until Michele Bachmann is out of Congress, but she's trying to make every day count.
Stephen Colbert can certainly dish out biting satire, but the comedian can also deliver some real, down-to-earth life advice when out of character. Read More →
President Obama's embrace of work/family policies marks a turning point after a long, tortured history.The post Why America Gave Up On The Fight For A Family-Friendly Workplace, And Why It’s Starting Again appeared first on ThinkProgress.
When her manager saw a Hispanic employee, she says he told her, "Didn't I tell you not to hire Hispanics?"The post Taco Bell Manager: I Was Fired For Hiring Hispanics appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Companies that want to do business with the government will have to take better care of their workers after a new Obama executive order takes effect.The post Executive Order Will Make It Harder For Federal Contractors To Violate Workers’ Rights appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Here's how the United States's lack of paid family leave stacks up to countries around the globe.The post U.S. Paid Family Leave Versus The Rest Of The World, In Two Disturbing Charts appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A company that lured servicemen and women into bad debt for consumer electronics gets busted for good by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.The post Lender That Preyed Upon 17,000 Military Men And Women Must Forgive Debts, Quit Business appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Twitter users took over the hashtag to talk about the company's lax harassment policies.The post Twitter CEO’s Hashtag Q&A Derailed By Users Challenging Online Harassment Policies appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Control over Detroit's water system was handed back to the mayor after widespread protests of the shutoffs to poor residents.The post Detroit Residents Going Without Water Will Get Relief appeared first on ThinkProgress.
San Diego's city council just passed paid sick leave and a minimum wage increase.The post Workers In These Cities Should Soon Be Able To Take A Day Off If They Get Sick appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The latest figures on Social Security's finances are out and there is no reason to panic.The post 4 Things You Need To Know About The State Of Social Security appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Household wealth has rebounded at the top, but continues to slide for families in the middle and at the bottom of the economic ladder.The post The Median Family Is Worth One Third Less Than It Was A Decade Ago appeared first on ThinkProgress.
More than half of American technology companies have no women in their leadership.The post The One Area Where Silicon Valley Lags Behind The Rest Of The World appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Fast food workers called for civil disobedience in their campaign for a $15 wage and the right to form a union.The post Fast Food Workers Will Now Use Civil Disobedience In Their Fight For Higher Wages appeared first on ThinkProgress.
While it used to be that women who were better educated than their husbands were more likely to divorce, that's reversed.The post Proof That Feminism Hasn’t Ruined Marriage appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Mark Cuban would rather see corporate America reinvest at home than pretend that shrinking tax liability by moving overseas is good for growth.The post Billionaire Blasts Companies That Jump Overseas To Duck Taxes: ‘I’m Selling Your Stock’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.
South Korea has left the United States far behind when it comes to attaining college degrees.The post What Can The United States Learn From South Korea’s Dominance In Higher Education? appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Adding one woman to its board isn't likely to bring about substantial change.The post After Firing CEO Over Sexual Harassment Charges, American Apparel Adds One Woman To Its Board appeared first on ThinkProgress.
PETA wants to be the savior, but it's using veganism as a bargaining chip. The post PETA Offers To Help Pay Water Bills For Struggling Detroit Residents — But Only If They Go Vegan appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Women own 30 percent of the country's businesses but get a much smaller portion of business loans.The post Female Small Business Owners Aren’t Getting Enough Loans appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Rather than giving poor people the ability to decide what's best for their lives, Paul Ryan's poverty proposal calls for strict contracts they have to follow.The post Paul Ryan’s New Poverty Proposal Would Have Government Micromanage Poor People’s Lives appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Paul Ryan's new plan sounds logical -- but will it actually work?The post Poverty Experts Skeptical That Paul Ryan’s Plan Can Actually Reduce Poverty appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Boehner Encourages Obama To Take Executive Action, One Day After Voting To Sue Obama Over Executive ActionThursday July 31st, 2014 08:56:42 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
House Republicans say that the President can fix the border situation "without the need for congressional action."The post Boehner Encourages Obama To Take Executive Action, One Day After Voting To Sue Obama Over Executive Action appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Microsoft must hand over emails stored in its data center in Ireland in accordance with a federal warrant, a judge ruled Thursday. The post U.S. Judge: Federal Government Can Seize Emails Even If They’re Stored Overseas appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"Contraceptive protection is something every woman must have access to, to control her own destiny."The post Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Male Justices Don’t Understand What Hobby Lobby Meant For Women appeared first on ThinkProgress.
“They rape [the girls], then they cut their throats. Or if they don’t rape them [and kill them], they leave them pregnant. And if we try to rat them out or go to the police, they’ll kill us. They put us in plastic bags and leave us on the shore,” Carolina said.The post Meet Carolina, Who Brought Her Daughters 1,500 Miles To The U.S. So They Wouldn’t Be Raped appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The term "coonass" is considered deeply offensive by many of Cajun descent.The post Texas Lawmaker Uses Ethnic Slur To Describe Child Victims Of Hurricane Katrina appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Teens Dulce Medina, Mayeli Hernandez, and Saúl Ortíz have seen more violence in their home countries than many people see in a lifetime. They want Congress to help prevent other children from witnessing "the blood running on the ground.”The post These Three Central American Kids Who Fled Violence Are Asking Congress To Help Others Like Them appeared first on ThinkProgress.
How This Lawyer Who Dared To Call The Constitution ‘Progressive’ Just Became A Judge Without A HitchWednesday July 30th, 2014 04:46:16 PM Nicole Flatow
Watch what happens when you reform the rules. The post How This Lawyer Who Dared To Call The Constitution ‘Progressive’ Just Became A Judge Without A Hitch appeared first on ThinkProgress.
As unprecedented numbers of women and children cross the U.S.-Mexico border, the hustle to send them back may come at a cost.The post Inside A Converted New Mexico Detention Center, ‘Swift Process’ May Mean Asylum Claims Overlooked appeared first on ThinkProgress.
New statistics demolish unsubstantiated claims that migrant children rarely show up for their immigration hearings. The post More Than 90 Percent Of Child Migrants With Lawyers Show Up In Immigration Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.
How an NRA statement against a Washington gun safety bill turned into an anti-Semitic rant.The post NRA Lobbyist Compares Gun Safety Law To Nazi Germany appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Three senators who voted against the popular background check expansion are the target of the ad. And gun groups are betting constituent could sway them to vote for key domestic violence protections. The post Gripping New Ad Shows What Happens When You Mix Guns With Domestic Violence appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Florida's "physician gag rule" could have major implications as policymakers seek to address gun violence as a public health issue.The post Court Upholds Florida Law That Punishes Doctors For Talking About Guns appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Shaneen Allen is being charged under New Jersey's Graves Act, which eliminates judge's discretion. The post Single Mom Faces Mandatory Minimum Three Years In Prison For Apparent Inadvertent Gun Violation appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Immigration officials insisted, "we don't detain pregnant women," but a new investigation found hundreds of pregnant detainees. The post Immigration Officials Detained Hundreds Of Pregnant Women Despite Policy Change appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Even the most grotesque of jobs can be appealing in order to escape crushing debt and poverty.The post To Escape Poverty, Hundreds Vie To Become Executioners In India appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Cities across the country are passing new ordinances to crack down on homeless people sleeping in the only shelter many of them have: their vehicle.The post Video Shows Cop Ticketing Homeless Veteran For Sleeping In His Vehicle appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Texas lawmakers are expressing sympathy for migrant children. But for many, their rhetoric isn't reflected in reform proposals.The post At The Border, Migrant Crisis Tests Whether Politicians Can Translate Compassion Into Action appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A fake news site is spreading a false story that Michele Bachmann is calling for "Americanization Facilities" for migrant children.The post CORRECTED: Bachmann And Migrant Children appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Conservative columnist George Will wants to welcome the unaccompanied minors from Central America and help them become U.S. citizens.The post Fox News Contributor Calls On U.S. To Welcome Immigrant Children appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The bill could affect 5.5 million children and their families. The post House Votes To Gut Tax Benefit For Low-Income Immigrant Families appeared first on ThinkProgress.
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