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'MHP' Syllabus: 3.1.15

Saturday February 28th, 2015 10:42:47 PM
Sunday on MHP… We’ll discuss the upcoming speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before Congress

Poll: Homeland security funding

Saturday February 28th, 2015 10:32:57 PM
Do you think Congress is putting the country at risk by playing politics with funding for the Department of Homeland Security?

Sen. Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll

Saturday February 28th, 2015 10:32:35 PM
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., won the CPAC straw poll for the third year in a row, with 25.7% of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second place.

Wisconsinites to Scott Walker: #NotATerrorist

Saturday February 28th, 2015 10:30:37 PM Daniel Berger
Using the hashtag "#NotATerrorist", workers across Wisconsin took to Twitter to send messages to Scott Walker like "I'm a loving nurse #NotATerrorist."

College refutes claims it banned being gay

Saturday February 28th, 2015 10:06:50 PM Nick Ramsey
Erskine college says its statement is "a point of reference" and not "policy."

GOP united and divided on Clinton jabs

Saturday February 28th, 2015 08:54:00 PM Alex Seitz-Wald
Bashing Clinton may be the one thing that unites Republicans heading into 2016, but there's hardly agreement on how to do it.

Lawsuits accuse yoga guru of sexual assault

Saturday February 28th, 2015 07:36:36 PM Nick Ramsey
The yoga master behind the exercise practice known as "hot yoga" is facing at least six separate civil lawsuits from women who say he sexually assaulted them.

Town hall fosters immigration discussion

Saturday February 28th, 2015 06:52:15 PM
MSNBC contributor Victoria DeFrancesco Soto speaks to Alex Witt about last Wednesday’s immigration town hall, in which President Obama defended his executive actions against Republican charges of unconstitutionality.

11-year-old genius enrolled in college

Saturday February 28th, 2015 06:42:32 PM
Tanishq Abraham tells Alex Witt about his life as a child prodigy, part of MSNBC’s special “Seven Days of Genius” coverage.


Rand Paul Wins CPAC Presidential Straw Poll Again

Saturday February 28th, 2015 10:23:43 PM
NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) won the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll on Saturday. Paul came in first followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-KY) in third place, Dr. Ben Carson in fourth place, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) in fifth place. Paul got 25.7 percent of the vote followed closely by Walker with 21.4 percent. Cruz got 11.5 percent and Carson got 11.4. Bush got 8.3 percent. Seventeen potential 2016 presidential candidates were on the ballot for the 2015 straw poll.Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) won the straw poll in 2014.

Warren Hits Walker Over His Response On ISIL And Unions

Saturday February 28th, 2015 09:13:08 PM
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Saturday criticized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for his comment at the Conservative Political Action Conference arguing that since he could take on union protesters, he could address the Islamic State.If Scott Walker sees 100,000 teachers & firefighters as his enemies, maybe it's time we take a closer look at his friends.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) February 28, 2015 After his speech at CPAC on Thursday, an audience member asked Walker how he would handle threats like ISIL if he were president."I want a commander-in-chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists do not wash up on American soil. We will have someone who leads and ultimately will send a message not only that we will protect American soil but do not take this upon freedom-loving people anywhere else in the world," Walker answered. "We need a leader with that kind of confidence. If I can take on a 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world."The Wisconsin governor then tried to explain his answer later on Thursday.Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin and John Heilemann asked Walker if he really meant to compare unions to the Islamic State."Not by a landmine -- by a landslide out there difference, a Grand Canyon-sized difference," Walker told Bloomberg News. "My point was just if I can handle that kind of pressure, that kind of intensity, I think I'm up for the challenge for whatever might come if I choose to run for President."H/t The Hill

GOPer Slams 'Phony Conservatives' Who Tried To Defund DHS

Saturday February 28th, 2015 07:56:37 PM
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is not happy with the Republicans who defied House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and refused to vote for a bill on Friday that did not address President Obama's executive actions on immigration and would have funded the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks."I prefer to be in the arena voting than trying to placate a small group of phony conservative Members who have no credible policy proposals and no political strategy to stop Obama's lawlessness," Nunes told National Journal in an interview published Saturday. "While conservative leaders are trying to move the ball up the field, these other Members sit in exotic places like basements of Mexican restaurants and upper levels of House office buildings, seemingly unaware that they can't advance conservatism by playing fantasy football with their voting cards." Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) also lamented to National Journal that the House Republican conference could not agree on the bill, putting Boehner in a tough spot."This has got to have an affect on him, personally, just psychologically. To have to go to the mat on these issues. He ran for it, he knows what the job entails, but we certainly made it pretty difficult on him when we seem to fight so much among ourselves," he said. "I hate it that our conference has so many issues, so many factions among itself, that we can't get our team together and all be singing off the same sheet of music."

Wyoming Reverses Block On School Standards That Recognize Climate Change

Saturday February 28th, 2015 05:47:59 PM
The Wyoming legislature on Thursday passed a bill that would allow the state board of education to consider the Next Generation Science Standards, which acknowledge man-made climate change.The bill, which now heads to Gov. Matt Mead's (R) desk, reverses the legislature's budget amendment in 2014 that blocked the board from adopting the standards. Wyoming lawmakers originally opposed the standards because they acknowledge climate change and may have limited state control over education standards. Before the state House and Senate agreed on a bill allowing the state school board to consider the Next Generation Science Standards and create standards that "promote excellence," the legislature debated whether the science standards must be "unique" to the state.Sen. Eli Bebou (R) added an amendment to the Senate version of the bill that would have required the state Board of Education to develop "science standards that are unique to Wyoming." The House rejected the amendment, and the two chambers eventually agreed on the bill that passed on Thursday.Education groups and the state Board of Education support the Next Generation Science Standards."The board wishes that they would have all standards available to the committee for review so there would be no limit on what could be considered or adopted," Paige Fenton-Hughes, the Wyoming Board of Education coordinator, told the Casper Star Tribune. "We want the best science standards for kids, regardless of whoever develops them or wherever they come from."If the board approves the standards, Wyoming will become the fourteenth state to adopt them. The Utah Board of Education recently put approval of the Next Generation Standards on hold due to concerns over climate change and local input. West Virginia approved the standards last year, but originally included edits to the standards that cast doubt on the science behind climate change. In January, the board removed the language from the standards that questioned global warming.

GOP Rep. Bashes 'Self-Righteous, Delusional Wing Of The Party' (VIDEO)

Saturday February 28th, 2015 04:03:36 PM
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on Friday blasted his Republican colleagues for refusing to pass a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security."This madness has to end soon. We can’t keep doing this," he told MSNBC. After House Republicans failed to pass a bill funding DHS for three weeks, Democrats helped House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) pass a bill funding the department for one week.King blamed Republicans' refusal to pass a clean bill on the "wing within our party who is obsessed with the president’s executive order.""We should not put American lives at risk to win an immigration battle with the president," King said. "I’ve had it with this self-righteous, delusional wing of the party."The congressman said that he also opposes President Obama's executive actions on immigration, but that he believes funding DHS is more important."Many of these people are elected from parts of the country that live in an echo chamber," he lamented. "All they hear is everything is anti-Obama."Watch the clip via MSNBC:H/t Mediaite

Reset The Clock

Saturday February 28th, 2015 03:31:40 AM
Democrats just rescued House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) with the clock ticking down and averted a Homeland Security shutdown -- for a week.

Dems Rescue Boehner: Congress Averts Shutdown For One Week

Saturday February 28th, 2015 03:22:49 AM
WASHINGTON — Democrats bailed out House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) from a predicament on Friday by helping him pass a bill to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.For one week. The drama exploded when the House flamed out Friday afternoon by failing to pass a bill to fund DHS for a mere three weeks. The stunning failure of the GOP leadership's bill created uncertainty over DHS funding, prompting President Barack Obama to convene a meeting with key officials to brace for a shutdown.The Senate acted first to approve a one-week "continuing resolution" to keep DHS funds flowing at existing levels. The measure was passed by a voice vote, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) subsequently adjourned the chamber until Monday afternoon.The House went next, approving the one-week bill by an overwhelming 357-60 margin just two hours before the deadline, and sending the bill to Obama for his signature.Before the vote, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote a letter to Democrats urging them to support the legislation."Your vote tonight will assure that we will vote for full funding next week," she wrote.Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told reporters that the Speaker hadn't committed to bringing up a full DHS funding bill next week. In response a Democratic congressional aide disputed that characterization, saying Boehner had "100 percent, absolutely" committed to bring up a "clean" DHS bill through September next week.The underlying battle that has thrown DHS funding in disarray is over President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Conservatives in Congress have demanded that DHS funding be withheld until Obama agrees to reverse his policies to grant temporary reprieves to more than 4 million undocumented immigrants."This is actually a little bit of a side show. I think the decisive arena is actually the courts," Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), a Boehner ally, told reporters. "We can't achieve a complete victory in Congress. We don't have the Senate. The President does have a veto."The legislation means Congress has an extra week to keep DHS properly functioning.

Obama Prepares For DHS Shutdown

Saturday February 28th, 2015 01:26:04 AM
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama convened a meeting with key administration officials on Friday evening to prepare for an expected shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security after the House rejected a bill in the afternoon to fund the department. "Upon return from the Department of Justice, the President convened a meeting in the Oval Office with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, OMB Director Shaun Donovan and members of his senior team to discuss the impending deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement. "The President then called Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to get an update on efforts to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security does not shut down."Homeland Security funding expires at midnight on Friday.DHS released a memo detailing its procedures for a shutdown.DHS Lapse Contingency Plan 02-27-2015 0

Grand Bargain

Friday February 27th, 2015 11:55:21 PM
Obama agrees to meet Netanyahu. Netanyahu agrees to use juice with House GOP to fund DHS.

STUNNER: House GOP Votes Down Own Bill To Avert Shutdown

Friday February 27th, 2015 11:26:33 PM
WASHINGTON — In a huge embarrassment for Republican leaders, the House voted down their bill Friday to avert a Homeland Security shutdown hours before the midnight deadline. The House GOP plan was to pass a three-week stopgap bill to delay the immigration fight against President Barack Obama's executive actions until March 19.But even that failed to pass, losing conservatives who considered it too much of a surrender to a lawless president as well as Democrats who demanded a yearlong DHS funding bill without any restrictions on Obama's immigration policies.The vote was 203-224. Fifty-two Republicans voted against it, while 12 Democrats voted for it."This was a conscience vote about trying to uphold the Constitution," Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), one of the "no" votes, told TPM. "If you're supposed to cave in because you don't want 30,000 people to lose their paychecks — how do you make a stand if you don't take a stand? ... It's the only option we have."The vote was held open for long after time technically expired, in the hope that members would switch their votes and pass it. Numerous lawmakers yelled for "regular order" on the House floor, calling for the vote to end. After it was called, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) advised members that further votes may happen on Friday or the weekend. Unless both chambers act to avert a shutdown, DHS funding will expire on Saturday at 12:01 a.m.The House's next move is unclear, GOP lawmakers said."I wouldn't be surprised if there's a lapse" in DHS funding, Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) told reporters.After the bill was voted down, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called for Boehner to avoid a DHS shutdown by allowing a vote on the Senate-passed bill that fully funds the department."The Republican Congress has shown that it simply cannot govern. Two months into the Republican Congress, we are already staring a Homeland Security shutdown square in the face, even as terrorists around the world threaten to strike America," Reid said in a statement. "Now is the time to drop the partisan political games and come together to avoid a Homeland Security shutdown for the good of our country."Many House Republicans weren't ready to cave yet and pass a yearlong DHS funding bill, as the Republican-led Senate did on Friday morning. As it turned out, many weren't even ready to pass a short-term funding bill."I've been making statements, as has the Speaker, since [December] that the president's action was unconstitutional. So I'd have to be going back on that," Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) told reporters. "Right now I'm leaning to ... standing my ground that what I've been saying for the last three months hasn't been political bullshit. ... The bottom line is you've got to be able to explain yourself to your constituents that you are not a total hypocrite."Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) voted for the bill — a rare move given that the speaker typically doesn't vote. His allies tried in vain to persuade members that the real battle was in court and that they should pass the DHS bill."This is actually a little bit of a side show. I think the decisive arena is actually the courts," Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) told reporters. "We can't achieve a complete victory in Congress. We don't have the Senate. The president does have a veto."White House spokesman Josh Earnest earlier Friday excoriated Republicans for refusing to take up a full-year DHS appropriations bill that reflects existing priorities."It exposes the danger of playing politics with our homeland security," Earnest told reporters, while saying Obama would have signed a short-term bill if the alternative was a shutdown. "It represents an abject failure on the part of the new Republican Congress not to get this done."This article has been updated.

Trouble In The House

Friday February 27th, 2015 10:22:13 PM
The House is voting right now on a temporary funding bill for DHS that will avoid a shutdown tonight and extend this whole temper tantrum on immigration for another three weeks -- but the vote is surprisingly tight. The consensus was Boehner had enough votes to get this through without Democratic help. Democratic leadership was actively whipping against it. But Boehner may now need Democrats to get this through. It's very close. Stay tuned. Late Update: It failed. Amazing, really. Not surprising with this clown show. But still amazing.

Duck Dynasty Star Rambles About STDs And Nazis In CPAC Speech

Friday February 27th, 2015 10:01:32 PM
NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND — Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E's Duck Dynasty, delivered a bizarre, rambling, and at times incoherent, speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, in which he touched on sexually transmitted diseases, Muslims, Nazis, and the lack of pious figures in the White House. The speech started out normal enough for a speech at the main stage at CPAC, with Robertson describing the importance of capitalism and quoting past U.S. presidents. Then, inexplicably, he moved on to the topic of sexually transmitted diseases. "I got my facts from the CDC the day before yesterday," Robertson said, warning the audience that 110 million Americans now have an STD. "I'm looking at it, and I said 'I don't want you, America, to get sick. I don't want you to become ill. I don't want you to come down with debilitating diseases," Robertson said. Robertson said the millions of Americans who have STDs is the result of the "revenge of the hippies!" "Sex, drugs, and rock and roll have come back to haunt us in a bad way," Robertson said. "I report, you decide." The crowd laughed. The he started yelling that the Constitution was written for a "religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.""You know what's happened GOP? We've got too many any-others in the White House. It wasn't written for them," Robertson said to applause. "It wasn't written for them." Then Robertson said "stand on the Bible, stand on the Constitution. Hold on to your weapons." "We had to have all three to run the Brits back to where they came from, we had to have all three when the Nazis reared their head. 'You say, the Nazis: World domination is what Hitler had on his mind. Territorial conquest. There was no Jesus. None. And they were famous for murder."Robertson yelled "was there any Jesus among the communists? None!" Robertson then likened the Nazis to the Islamic State. "They took over half of Iraq and half of Syria! They're worldwide over there in Africa," Robertson said. "Any Jesus with them? No sir!"Watch the full speech here.Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) seemed to be getting a little impatient with Robertson's speech, which came before his. Backstage here at #CPAC2015, just waiting for Phil Robertson to wrap up! pic.twitter.com/PSIt86QcZy— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) February 27, 2015(Photo credit: Jeff Malet)

Officials: Joseph Aldrige Shot Several Relatives In Missouri Spree Killings

Friday February 27th, 2015 09:40:42 PM
Missouri law enforcement officials on Friday identified the man they said killed seven people and wounded one other in a shooting spree overnight before killing himself in a rural part of the state. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, shot and killed several family members at multiple locations in Tyrone, Mo., according to Texas County (Missouri) Sheriff James Sigman. The victims included two married couples, all of whom were cousins of the shooter, officials said.Aldridge was reportedly found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot in the middle of a highway in his GMC pickup truck.The body of Aldridge's elderly mother, Alice Aldridge, was also found by investigators, but her death was believed to have been due to natural causes. Joseph Aldridge reportedly had a minor criminal record and lived with his mother for "quite some time." However, Sigman said he couldn't specify whether the death of Aldridge's mother had triggered the shooting rampage and added that officials were still attempting to determine a motive.Sigman said some of the victims' homes were located within a 3-mile radius of the shooter's. He said there are about 50 people who live in the immediate area of the shootings and noted that it's a very small community.The four victims who were identified were Gerold Aldridge, 52, his wife, Julie Ann Aldridge, 47; as well as Harold Aldridge, 50, and wife Janell Aldridge, 48.The names of the other three victims weren't released, but Sigman said they weren't related to Aldridge. However, he wouldn't specify whether they were related to one another.Sigman would not identify the one victim who had been wounded or where she was shot, but said she was expected to survive. He noted that officials had obtained information about the incident from the wounded person. Sigman said officers weren't able to determine the sequence of the shootings but noted that all of the shootings were committed with one handgun. According to Sigman, there was additional ammunition found at the scene.

Jeb's Problem: Conservatives Say They're Tired Of Bush Dynasty

Friday February 27th, 2015 09:57:02 PM
NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND — If the audience at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference is any indicator, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has a big problem with the Republican party's conservative base. Attendees of the conference usually prefer the latest, flashiest upstarts to rally behind, and this year was no exception. When radio host Sean Hannity mentioned Bush during his speech, for example, the crowd booed. During an interview with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), conservative radio host and immigration reform opponent Laura Ingraham, repeatedly disparaged Bush's views on immigration, also sparking boos from the crowd. Bush was barely able to begin his remarks when a group of hecklers began yelling, "Common Core!", in protest against the former governor's support of the educational standards that have become a cause celebre of the Republican party.William Temple and James Manship, regular attendees of conservative conferences who were dressed in colonial clothing, staged a walkout of about 30 people. "His policies are contrary to the desires of most of grassroots America," Manship told TPM. "Now he's got lots of money and he can hire handlers that make lots of people think he's on their side." Manship cited Bush's immigration reform policies and support of Common Core as his major disagreements with the former governor; issues on which Bush is regularly attacked by conservatives.In addition to Manship's complaints, which are shared among many CPAC attendees, a third major complaint is frequently voiced about Bush: his name. Critics say that he comes from a mainstream Republican dynasty that's far too moderate. Zachary Werrell, the former campaign manager for now-Rep. David Brat (R-VA), joined in the walk-out of Bush's speech. "I was curious if he was going to say anything other than the cookie-cutter establishment GOP lines, and sure enough, that's what I got," Werrell said. "The Bushes have had 12 years and frankly Americans are sick of political dynasties. We're sick of the same retreaded, rehashed ideas."TPM pointed out that Werrell didn't listen to the whole speech before he walked out, to which Werrell replied, "I heard enough of it to know. I mean, I work in politics, so I know his speech was recycled."Along with another potential presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Bush is associated with the establishment wing of the Republican Party, although Bush seems to be getting far more of the rancor of the hard right. Conservatives tend to favor more hardline anti-establishment candidates like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Sen. Ted Cruz (R), and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).In an interview with TPM, Sylvia Noster, who sold luxury handbags lined with the Constitution at CPAC 2015, said there are legitimate questions about Bush's patriotism. "I think Jeb is from an old establishment Republican family, and establishment Republicans have never been best friends of real patriotism," Noster said. "Jeb, as far as I'm concerned, he's a moderate Republican and I just don't think that he's part of the establishment of the old guard, and I think we're looking for more leadership than that," Rick May, another CPAC attendee who's supporting Walker, told TPM. Protesters walked out of Jeb Bush's speech at CPAC. Bush isn't totally struggling in the early likely 2016 Republican presidential primary. He's been scooping up money, and Mike Allen's Playbook recently devoted two paragraphs to argue that the former Florida governor is highly likely to win the Republican nomination. But Bush hasn't been able to appease the hard right or opponents of immigration reform. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found of the 2016 field in Iowa found Walker leading the field, and Bush straggling behind by double digits. Bush may not have done himself any favors by skipping hardline immigration opponent Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) Iowa Freedom Summit event. Critics of Bush often say that Walker is a much more preferable alternative. As he's hinted at running for president in 2016, Walker has taken pains to stress his conservative bona fides and highlight his opposition to immigration reform, unions, and abortion. "I like Walker because I didn't go to college and he didn't finish," Manship told TPM. Werrell, the former campaign manager to Brat, said someone like Paul or maybe Walker would be a better choice than Bush. "Scott Walker's fine," Werrell said. "I'm worried because he's reaching out to Eric Cantor."Could Bush change anything to appeal the conservative critics?"I don't know that there's anything he can do. Take a few years off?" Werrell said. During a panel after Bush's speech (and the walkout), Rep. King was asked if Bush could still win the nomination. Although he declined to praise the former governor, King said, "There's no question he has a chance."

President Obama Says Goodbye To Leonard Nimoy: 'I Loved Spock'

Saturday February 28th, 2015 01:58:01 AM
President Obama offered a tribute honor actor Leonard Nimoy, who was best known for his role as Spock in the "Star Trek" television and movie franchise, and who died Friday at age 83.Here's Obama's statement, which was released by the White House: Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.I loved Spock.In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.” And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.Correction: Because of an editing error, this post originally referred to Nimoy's character as Dr. Spock. It has been corrected.

Alabama Gov. Defied His Own Pastor In Reaction To Gay Marriage Ruling

Friday February 27th, 2015 08:40:28 PM
When Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) declined to fight a federal court ruling that brought gay marriage to Alabama this month, he did so against the urgings of his own pastor, AL.com reported Thursday. In a Feb. 8 sermon surfaced by Christian News Network on Monday, Rev. Gil McKee of First Baptist Church - Tuscaloosa recounted trying to sway the governor during a 30-minute phone conversation."Governor, I don't care if all 49 other states go for this same-sex marriage business," McKee said he recalled telling the governor. "Let's be different in the state of Alabama. Let's do what we know is the right thing to do."McKee said he urged the governor to take advantage of widespread disapproval of gay marriage in Alabama. "We're still living in a very conservative state," he said. "It's like I said to our dear governor yesterday: There's nothing gray about this issue — not if you're going to go on what God says," McKee said. Bentley's office didn't return messages left by TPM seeking comment on Friday.Watch below via Right Wing Watch:

Missouri GOP Chair: Liberals Are Using Guv Candidate's Suicide To 'Smear' Me

Friday February 27th, 2015 08:27:58 PM
The chairman of the Missouri Republican Party on Friday alleged that his political opponents, as well as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor, were using the death of state Auditor Tom Schweich (R) to "smear" him and the state party, according to an email obtained by the newspaper. The Post-Dispatch obtained an email state GOP Chairman John Hancock sent to other party leaders in which he strongly denied spreading misinformation about Schweich's religion.Schweich died Thursday of an apparent suicide hours after arranging an interview with Post-Dispatch and Associated Press reporters. The auditor had told the reporters that he believed Hancock had been engaging a whisper campaign by telling people he was Jewish in order to handicap him among Christian voters during the Republican gubernatorial primary.Schweich was Episcopalian, although he had a grandfather who was Jewish."No one will ever fully understand what led to yesterday’s tragedy," Hancock wrote in the email to party leaders, as quoted by the Post-Dispatch. "Still, I am sad to have learned that some of Tom final moments were spent thinking of an ongoing disagreement with me."The chairman then suggested that other party leaders had already been aware of the allegations Schweich planned to level against him publicly."Many of you on this committee are aware of the issue, as it came up in several of our conversations during the past few months," Hancock wrote, as quoted by the Post-Dispatch. "While those who know me understand I would never denigrate anyone’s faith, Tom had mistakenly believed that I had attacked his religion."He went on to accuse his opponents of using Schweich's suicide for political gain. He singled out Post-Dispatch editorial page editor Tony Messenger, whom he labeled as "liberal.""Now, some political opponents—particularly liberal Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger—are using this tragic incident as an opportunity to criticize me and to smear the Missouri Republican Party," Hancock wrote, as quoted by the newspaper. "These attacks are not only disgusting; they are wrong."Messenger wrote a column Thursday in which he said he'd decided to reveal the contents of off-the-record conversations he'd had with Schweich in the days leading up to his death. Among the topics they discussed were Schweich's belief that Hancock had made anti-Semitic remarks about him to other people.Messenger also mused on the state's history of anti-Semitism, including notorious white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller's jailing on suspicion of gunning down three people at a Jewish community center near Kansas City."Division over race and creed is real in Missouri Republican politics, particularly in some rural areas," the editor wrote. "Schweich knew it. It’s why all week long his anger burned."

Jeb Bush Gets Boos At CPAC, Pleads Unfamiliarity On 'Ways Of Washington'

Friday February 27th, 2015 08:16:22 PM
It was hardly a coronation for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) when he appeared onstage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. In a back and forth with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Bush took on boos from the crowd twice for standing by his support of a bill that allowed the children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition rates.“I know there’s disagreement here," Bush said to those in the crowd booing. "I feel your pain."Bush stressed that Republicans need to "start being for things again," rather than being defined as a purely oppositional party. He said that many Americans "don't know that they're conservative" yet and that the GOP had the policies to attract Latinos and young voters.Perhaps in an effort to prove his conservative credentials on the immigration issue, he told Hannity he wants to achieve a solution in which immigrants "don't get government benefits" and "learn English."When pressed by Hannity as to whether Republicans should blink in the the current standoff in Congress that threatens a government shutdown, Bush lifted his shoulders.“Look I don’t know,” he said, stepping back from his interviewer. “I’m not an expert on the ways of Washington," as muted applause broke out.“I’m not an expert on that,” he repeated.Hannity threw Bush a bone later when he ticked off a list of accomplishments on the former governor's record, noting that he "ended affirmative action" and "privatized government jobs."Bush won back some of the crowd when he began talking about his conservative views on repairing the economy, which he summed up as "growing the economic pie."

"I Have Been - And Shall Always Be - Your Friend"

Friday February 27th, 2015 11:38:26 PM
Leonard Nimoy died today. You've already heard this. We each have people that when we hear about their passing, it hits us with special force, because of a special mix of things unique to yourself and to that other person. For me, Nimoy is one of those people. As a fan from early boyhood, if you were a Trek fan and a Spock fan, if you got to know more about who Nimoy was, he was exactly who you would have wanted him to be. That is a very, very special thing. He will be missed. A light has gone out.

Hannity To Women At CPAC: I 'Have X-Ray Fox Vision' - You're Pregnant!

Friday February 27th, 2015 07:08:38 PM
Fox News host Sean Hannity joked during a speech on Friday about having "x-ray Fox vision" that enabled him to see that some of the women in the audience were pregnant. The comment came during his speech on the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference being held near Washington D.C. Hannity was explaining to the audience that those in the "young, good-looking crowd" were America's future."I can look out in the crowd -- I kind of have x-ray Fox vision -- and I can see some of you women, you don't even know it yet, but you're pregnant," Hannity said. "It's not your fault. It's not his fault. Who's fault is it?"Hannity then got "serious," without ever answering his question, and continued with his speech.


The Inside Story Of How A For-Profit College Hoodwinked Students And Got Away With It

Saturday February 28th, 2015 01:30:44 PM Alan Pyke

Corinthian Colleges left its students in massive debt and without much hope for the economic advancement their degrees were supposed to offer. Rather than help students shrug off those debts, the government decided to help the company sell its schools to a new brand. Now, students are fighting back. The post The Inside Story Of How A For-Profit College Hoodwinked Students And Got Away With It appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Fewer Labor Unions Means More Income Inequality

Friday February 27th, 2015 04:26:35 PM Bryce Covert

New research from the IMF finds that declining unionization has been a big contributor to growing income inequality. The post Fewer Labor Unions Means More Income Inequality appeared first on ThinkProgress.

City Destroys Homeless Man’s Encampment And Belongings Without Warning

Friday February 27th, 2015 02:00:40 PM Bryce Covert

The homeless man no longer has a sleeping bag, clothes, or other personal items. The post City Destroys Homeless Man’s Encampment And Belongings Without Warning appeared first on ThinkProgress.

There Are More Men Named John, Robert, James and William On American Boards Than All Women Combined

Thursday February 26th, 2015 02:21:30 PM Bryce Covert

Women hold just 16 percent of board seats on the largest American companies. The post There Are More Men Named John, Robert, James and William On American Boards Than All Women Combined appeared first on ThinkProgress.

State Lawmaker Says Common Core Contributed To Children’s Deaths

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 09:14:16 PM Will Ragland - Guest Contributor

South Dakota state Rep. Elizabeth May (R) claimed the Common Core State Standards was "part of the effect" of what caused the deaths. The post State Lawmaker Says Common Core Contributed To Children’s Deaths appeared first on ThinkProgress.

T.J. Maxx And Marshalls Will Raise Minimum Wage To $9 An Hour

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 03:54:45 PM Bryce Covert

The CEO said it was raising pay to "continue attracting and retaining the best talent." The post T.J. Maxx And Marshalls Will Raise Minimum Wage To $9 An Hour appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Even After Wage Increase, Walmart Shareholders Push To Help Low-Wage Workers

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 02:03:34 PM Bryce Covert

A large shareholder wants to tie executives' pay to employee morale. The post Even After Wage Increase, Walmart Shareholders Push To Help Low-Wage Workers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Wisconsin Workers Fight Back Against Right To Work

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 10:14:01 PM Alice Ollstein

"This is not just an attack on unions. It's an attack on all Wisconsin families. And we're not going to stand for it," said Cindy Oden with the United Steelworkers. The post Wisconsin Workers Fight Back Against Right To Work appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Former Correspondent Claims Bloomberg TV Fired Her For Taking Maternity Leave

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 09:19:24 PM Bryce Covert

Megan Hemmerlein says Bloomberg wouldn't let her cover certain stories, gave her a poor performance review, and then fired her. The post Former Correspondent Claims Bloomberg TV Fired Her For Taking Maternity Leave appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This Is The Most Economically Segregated City In America

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 03:04:53 PM Alan Pyke

Wealth is the primary driver of economic segregation, but new research helps to understand the key role that educational levels and the type of job opportunities available in a given metro area also play in determining how neighborhoods form and fill out. The post This Is The Most Economically Segregated City In America appeared first on ThinkProgress.

3 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Net Neutrality And The FCC

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 01:57:46 PM Lauren C. Williams

The top myths and misconceptions still plaguing the net neutrality debate days before the FCC votes on its final proposal. The post 3 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Net Neutrality And The FCC appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Wall Street Siphons Billions From Retirees — And Gets Away With It

Monday February 23rd, 2015 06:56:57 PM Bryce Covert

On Monday the Obama administration will announce its support for efforts underway at the Department of Labor to broaden current regulations so that financial advisers would actually have to put clients’ interests first. The post How Wall Street Siphons Billions From Retirees — And Gets Away With It appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Port Authority Didn’t Want Homeless People To Get ‘Too Comfortable’ With Free Blankets

Monday February 23rd, 2015 01:56:23 PM Bryce Covert

A group of volunteers was turned away when it tried to give blankets to the homeless in New York City bus and train stations. The post Port Authority Didn’t Want Homeless People To Get ‘Too Comfortable’ With Free Blankets appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Scott Walker’s Latest Anti-Union Plan Is ‘Cowardly,’ Says Former Republican Leader

Saturday February 21st, 2015 05:23:20 PM Aviva Shen

"This is going to hurt Wisconsin employers terribly in the long run, as the workforce gets more angry," Schultz told ThinkProgess. The post Scott Walker’s Latest Anti-Union Plan Is ‘Cowardly,’ Says Former Republican Leader appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Portland Raises Minimum Wage For City Workers To $15

Friday February 20th, 2015 01:50:41 PM Bryce Covert

Portland, OR employees and contractors will now be paid a $15 minimum wage. The post Portland Raises Minimum Wage For City Workers To $15 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Illinois Governor Seeking To Raid Higher Education Budget A Month After Being Sworn In

Friday February 20th, 2015 01:32:02 PM Alice Ollstein

The multimillion dollar cut would hit a system already struggling with crumbling buildings, disappearing scholarships and declining enrollment. The post Illinois Governor Seeking To Raid Higher Education Budget A Month After Being Sworn In appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Walmart CEO Divulges Why The Company Raised Its Minimum Wage to $10

Thursday February 19th, 2015 06:17:12 PM Bryce Covert

The company is betting its billion-dollar investment in higher wages will eventually pay for itself. The post Walmart CEO Divulges Why The Company Raised Its Minimum Wage to $10 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Eric Garner’s Family Hasn’t Received Money Raised In His Name On Crowdfunding Sites

Thursday February 19th, 2015 02:38:29 PM Lauren C. Williams

Despite tens of thousands of dollars collected in his name, Eric Garner's family members haven't seen any of the money people raised through crowdfunding sites. The post Eric Garner’s Family Hasn’t Received Money Raised In His Name On Crowdfunding Sites appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Walmart Will Raise Its Minimum Wage To $10 An Hour

Thursday February 19th, 2015 02:06:03 PM Bryce Covert

About 500,000 Walmart employees will get a raise from the wage changes. The post Walmart Will Raise Its Minimum Wage To $10 An Hour appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Crunched By His Big Tax Cuts, Scott Walker Will Skip $108 Million In Debt Payments

Thursday February 19th, 2015 01:45:44 PM Bryce Covert

Gov. Scott Walker (R) wants to delay a debt payment to cover a budget shortfall, which will end up costing the state more in the future. The post Crunched By His Big Tax Cuts, Scott Walker Will Skip $108 Million In Debt Payments appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Norquist: Democrats Only Support Criminal Justice Reform ‘Because All Their Relatives Are In Prison’

Friday February 27th, 2015 09:21:09 PM Alice Ollstein

Norquist was sitting right next to a Republican whose brother has been incarcerated. The post Norquist: Democrats Only Support Criminal Justice Reform ‘Because All Their Relatives Are In Prison’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Who Faced Police Brutality In February

Friday February 27th, 2015 07:12:45 PM Carimah Townes

Shot, tackled, and slapped. The post Who Faced Police Brutality In February appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Problem With Congress’ Plan To Fund Homeland Security For Just 3 More Weeks

Friday February 27th, 2015 05:54:24 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

"What are we going to tell people that are keeping us safe?" Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) asked during a press call Friday. The post The Problem With Congress’ Plan To Fund Homeland Security For Just 3 More Weeks appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Rick Perry Takes Blaming Obama For Stuff To A Ridiculous New Low

Friday February 27th, 2015 05:12:29 PM Nicole Flatow

"No one should be surprised that dictators like Assad would cross the President’s red line because he knows the President won’t even defend the line that separates our nation from Mexico." The post Rick Perry Takes Blaming Obama For Stuff To A Ridiculous New Low appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Gunman Opens Fire In Missouri, Leaving 8 Dead And 1 Wounded

Friday February 27th, 2015 03:56:06 PM Carimah Townes

The gunman reportedly shot himself dead in his car. The post Gunman Opens Fire In Missouri, Leaving 8 Dead And 1 Wounded appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Supreme Court’s About To Hear A Case That Could Make Partisan Gerrymandering Even Worse

Friday February 27th, 2015 02:23:54 PM Ian Millhiser

Arizona's Republican-controlled legislature thinks that congressional elections are too competitive. And they want the Supreme Court to fix that problem for them. The post The Supreme Court’s About To Hear A Case That Could Make Partisan Gerrymandering Even Worse appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Latino Conservatives Beg Republicans To Pass Immigration Reform

Thursday February 26th, 2015 10:06:21 PM Alice Ollstein

Republican lawmakers say there is no way they will take up comprehensive immigration reform now that they control both chambers of Congress. The post Latino Conservatives Beg Republicans To Pass Immigration Reform appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What Criminal Justice Activists Really Think Of Loretta Lynch

Thursday February 26th, 2015 04:45:31 PM Carimah Townes

The Senate Judiciary Committee raved about Loretta Lynch's previous work, and criminal justice advocates share that enthusiasm as well. The post What Criminal Justice Activists Really Think Of Loretta Lynch appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Obama: Someday There’s Going To Be A President Rodriguez Or Chin

Thursday February 26th, 2015 04:43:09 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

The president said that in the long run, immigration reform will be inevitable because of changing demographics. The post Obama: Someday There’s Going To Be A President Rodriguez Or Chin appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Republican Lawmaker Undercuts A Key Claim At The Heart Of The Supreme Court Case Against Obamacare

Thursday February 26th, 2015 04:00:39 PM Ian Millhiser

The justices will be personally responsible for the chaos and lost lives that will result from a decision against Obamacare. The states are not going to bail them out. The post Republican Lawmaker Undercuts A Key Claim At The Heart Of The Supreme Court Case Against Obamacare appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Weed Is Now Legal In DC. Here’s Why Drug Dealers Aren’t Worried.

Thursday February 26th, 2015 01:00:54 PM Carimah Townes

Just ask Seymour! The post Weed Is Now Legal In DC. Here’s Why Drug Dealers Aren’t Worried. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Kansas Bill Could Send Teachers To Jail For Six Months For Teaching ‘Harmful’ Materials

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 10:10:24 PM Kay Steiger

A Kansas bill could put teachers at risk of criminal charges for using typical educational materials if a parent objects, advocates argue. The post Kansas Bill Could Send Teachers To Jail For Six Months For Teaching ‘Harmful’ Materials appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Supreme Court Just Explained Why The Case Against Obamacare Should Lose

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 09:19:41 PM Ian Millhiser

An obscure case about fish may offer a hint on how the justices will resolve a much more high-profile attack on the Affordable Care Act. The post The Supreme Court Just Explained Why The Case Against Obamacare Should Lose appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Insurance Companies Preparing For Disaster If The Supreme Court Guts Obamacare

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 05:03:16 PM Ian Millhiser

Insurance actuaries fear that the Supreme Court will be a death panel for many insurance companies. The post Insurance Companies Preparing For Disaster If The Supreme Court Guts Obamacare appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Majority Of Republican Primary Voters Want To Violate The First Amendment

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 01:56:53 PM Ian Millhiser

The Constitution disagrees with them. The post Majority Of Republican Primary Voters Want To Violate The First Amendment appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Facing Yet Another Shutdown, TSA Union President Warns Of Employee Burnout, Compromised Security

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 07:00:25 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

"I think we're missing the mark when in the process we're hurting our own people," a Transportation Security Administration local union president said. The post Facing Yet Another Shutdown, TSA Union President Warns Of Employee Burnout, Compromised Security appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Video Shows Cop Making Unprovoked Attack On Homeless Man

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 02:59:16 PM Carimah Townes

The criminalization of homeless people in Ft. Lauderdale continues. The post Video Shows Cop Making Unprovoked Attack On Homeless Man appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Study Details Deadly Consequences Of Gutting Obamacare

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 02:13:15 PM Ian Millhiser

It should go without saying, but health care is not a luxury good. The post Study Details Deadly Consequences Of Gutting Obamacare appeared first on ThinkProgress.

NRA’s Revenue Has Skyrocketed Since The Sandy Hook Massacre

Monday February 23rd, 2015 10:04:52 PM Kira Lerner

The group's revenue in 2013 was almost $93 million higher than 2012. The post NRA’s Revenue Has Skyrocketed Since The Sandy Hook Massacre appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How The U.S. Could Spend Billions Instead Of Deporting Immigrants Protected By Obama’s New Policy

Monday February 23rd, 2015 07:23:20 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

For roughly the amount it costs to deport five million immigrants, the government could provide housing for 4.97 million homeless people. The post How The U.S. Could Spend Billions Instead Of Deporting Immigrants Protected By Obama’s New Policy appeared first on ThinkProgress.



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