Rachel Maddow shows how Republicans worked to inflate Ronald Reagan's image to the point that they're stuck canonizing a politician they don't necessarily agree with or else spinning a story not supported by the facts of history.
Will Bunch, senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News and author of "Tear Down This Myth" talks with Rachel Maddow about how Republicans are burdened by the exalted image of Ronald Reagan that they created.
Rachel Maddow points out that the new generation of Republicans who are less compelled by the war on drugs than by reducing prison costs raises the question of how prison sentences will be taken as a political issue by Republican candidates.
John Stanton, Washington bureau chief for Buzzfeed, talks with Rachel Maddow about a change in the politics of extreme sentences for drug offenders and how new executive orders from President Obama are raising questions about how Republicans will respond.
Rachel Maddow explains how a peculiarity in the Alaska state legislative calendar could result in both marijuana legalization and raising the minimum wage being put on the ballot in November, two popular issues likely to boost voter turnout.
A Boy Scout troop in Seattle lost its charter after refusing to dismiss their openly-gay scout leader. Reverend Monica Corsaro joins Ari Melber.
The New York Police Department asked people to share stories using the hashtag #myNYPD, but the force got much more than it bargained for.
If being a deficit hawk is Rand Paul's goal, he may not be a Reagan Republican after all. Ari Melber talks to Richard Wolffe and Patricia Murphy.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed what some call the "most extreme gun bill in America" today. Frank V. Rotondo, Goldie Taylor and Ari Melber talk about big concerns with the new law.
Nineteen states (18 with Republican governors) are refusing federal money to expand Medicaid. Ari Melber talks with Jonathan Gruber and Krystal Ball.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) seemed to suggest Wednesday that any bloodshed spilled in the Bundy Ranch standoff will be the fault of the federal government. Read More →
An Associated Press reporter on Tuesday challenged a State Department spokesperson to name an achievement from an initiative launched under former Secretary Hillary Clinton.Spokeswoman Jen Psaki was discussing the start of the second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), a general assessment of the department's progress and opportunities. Read More →
Majorities of people surveyed in a trio of Southern states said they would rather keep Obamacare and improve than repeal and replace it, according to a New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday. Read More →
Families of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado shooting denounced Americans For Prosperity for photoshopping a picture of President Barack Obama and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) into a new ad attacking Udall on Obamacare. "The use of an image taken from the President's visit to Colorado to meet with us after our children were killed in the Aurora Theater shooting is an utter disgrace," the families said in a statement on Wednesday. "And to insinuate the somber expressions were for anything other than their compassionate response to our heartbreak is beyond unconscionable. Americans for Prosperity is exploiting our tragedy for political gain and this ad should be pulled from the air immediately. We hope Colorado television stations will exercise sound judgment and not air this ad until AFP removes the image." Read More →
The House Republican chairman who oversees the Justice Department slammed President Barack Obama's huge new clemency initiative unveiled Wednesday, characterizing it as a symptom of the president's lawlessness, even though Obama has been stingier on pardons than his modern predecessors. Read More →
Update: Americans For Prosperity said Wednesday afternoon that the photoshopped image would be removed from the ad. The Koch brothers'-backed outside group Americans For Prosperity photoshopped a picture of President Barack Obama and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) during a visit to a Colorado hospital after the shooting massacre in Aurora for a campaign ad attacking Udall on Obamacare. The cut-and-paste job was first reported by Buzzfeed's Evan McMorris-Santoro on Wednesday. Read More →
When the New York Police Department asked people to tweet photos of themselves with police officers on Tuesday, the campaign backfired, as many responded with photos depicting police brutality.The backlash then took on in other cities, like Los Angeles. Read More →
Months after he joined Fox News, George Will is a proud company man. Read More →
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) thinks Republicans may have "over-emphasized" the issue of voter fraud, according to The Washington Post. Read More →
We might not have seen the last shutdown over Obamacare: The Virginia legislature continued its stalemate over the health care reform law Wednesday, creeping closer toward shuttering this summer if the two sides can't agree. Read More →
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) is recovering after successful heart surgery on Tuesday, according to a statement from his office.The senator was diagnosed with acute aortic dissection and admitted for surgery immediately. Doctors said that Boozman responded well to the procedure and is still at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark. while he continues to recover. Read More →
Talk about not beating around the bush. Read More →
It appears Herman Cain has faded from public memory since his failed campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Read More →
New pages from the personal journal of the Hoboken, N.J. Mayor Dawn Zimmer became public this week, after she included them in a letter to New Jersey lawmakers. Read More →
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office swiped back Wednesday at the Republican National Committee after it filed an ethics complaint over the Nevada Democrat's use of his website and Twitter account to attack the billionaire Koch brothers. Read More →
Conservatives are not pleased with Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in yesterday's affirmative action case, even if they reaffirmed the right to ban it. Instead, Sahil Kapur reports they're complaining that she's "legally illiterate" and writing about "emotion." If those aren't codes for her race and gender, I don't know if I know what is.
When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) meets with members of the Congressional Black Caucus next week, he may have to explain his opinion of conservative social scientist Charles Murray. Read More →
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday asked a Cliven Bundy supporter how the "militia" that defended the ranch in its standoff with the federal government this month differs from the Occupy Wall Street movement.After discussing that Bundy broke the law by refusing to pay his grazing fees, O'Reilly quizzed Scott Shaw, co-founder of the Oklahoma Volunteer Militia, about conscientious objectors. Read More →
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) unapologetic criticism of the billionaire Koch brothers is clearly getting to Republicans. Read More →
Justice Sonia Sotomayor's impassioned defense of race-conscious admissions policies Tuesday hit a nerve with conservatives and inflamed an already bitter ideological chasm over race in the Obama era. Read More →
Boys are more likely to get an allowance for doing chores and to be paid more when they do.The post There’s Even A Gender Gap In Children’s Allowances appeared first on ThinkProgress.
New data on the explosion of student debt in recent years should guide efforts to overhaul the student loan system.The post Student Debt Nearly Tripled Over The Past Decade appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Seattle's paid sick leave law has come with few costs for the city's businesses and hasn't harmed its economy.The post Here’s Why This City’s Businesses Love Its Paid Sick Days Law appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Deadly Fertilizer Explosion ‘Should Never Have Occurred’ With Proper Regulation, Investigation FindsWednesday April 23rd, 2014 01:04:02 PM
The West, Texas fertilizer explosion that killed 14 and injured hundreds could have been prevented with better oversight.The post Deadly Fertilizer Explosion ‘Should Never Have Occurred’ With Proper Regulation, Investigation Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Funding for the IRS is lower than it was four years ago, which means it will bring in less tax revenue.The post The Spending Cuts That Actually Increase The Deficit appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Gov. Sam Brownback (R) just signed a bill that restores some Kansas school funding while cutting other education spending to the same schools.The post Kansas School Funding Bill Gives More To Some Students By Taking From Others appeared first on ThinkProgress.
At the country's top companies, female executives are still by and large in support and staff positions.The post Female Executives Still Don’t Get The Leadership Positions appeared first on ThinkProgress.
From coffee shops to law enforcement to ambulances, homeless people report widespread discrimination in their daily lives.The post Virtually All Homeless People Experience Discrimination appeared first on ThinkProgress.
“We’re keeping a full organizing effort going on in Chattanooga,” UAW President Bob King said.The post Union Will Keep Fighting To Organize Volkswagen Workers appeared first on ThinkProgress.
If they want to get their stuff back, they'll have to pay.The post Florida City About To Make It Illegal For Homeless People To Have Possessions In Public appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The United Auto Workers has decided to drop its objections to a failed vote to unionize at a Chattanooga plant.The post Union Ends Recent Fight To Organize Volkswagen Workers In Tennessee appeared first on ThinkProgress.
More than 3 million people got their smartphones stolen last year, many of which weren't sufficiently protected with as much as a simple passcode to keep the phone's data safe, according to a new survey.The post More Than 3 Million Smartphones Were Stolen Last Year appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will make less than someone who worked under her and was let go.The post Fired Yahoo Executive Made More Than The Company’s Female CEO appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest Americans is more than a decade.The post Poor People’s Lives Are Getting Shorter appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The CEO says he gets higher quality work and better morale when he gives his workers three-day weekends.The post This Company Has A 4-Day Work Week, Pays Its Workers A Full Salary And Is Super Successful appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The single biggest predictor of whether someone will be out of work for a year or more is the state of the economy.The post The Long-Term Unemployed Are Stuck Without Work Thanks To Bad Luck appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Fifteen people dead, millions of dollars' worth of damage, and a leaky patchwork of agency oversight still haven't prompted action.The post A Year After The Deadly West, Texas Explosion, No New Regulations appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A reminder of how dangerous it is to be homeless, even in warmer weather.The post Two Homeless People Freeze To Death Just Miles From The White House appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Kimberly Erin Caselman has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging its company-wide policy to put pregnant workers on leave violates the law.The post Pregnant Worker At Pier 1 Put On Unpaid Leave Even Though She Wanted To Keep Working appeared first on ThinkProgress.
New York City lawmakers proposed raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for large chain stores and restaurants.The post The Country’s Largest City Is Considering A $15 Minimum Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Net neutrality advocates quickly derided the proposed regulations, arguing that they would "be a disaster for startups, nonprofits and everyday Internet users." The post How The New Internet Rules Could Undermine Net Neutrality appeared first on ThinkProgress.
“I proved I wasn’t drunk, but they still impounded my car,” Jose Patino, an undocumented immigrant, said. The post Arizona Police Stopped This Future Schoolteacher Four Times in Three Years For Driving While Latino appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The new law allows guns in bars, churches nightclubs and libraries. It expands Georgia's Stand Your Ground law so that felons may invoke this defense. And it permits certain schoolteachers and administrators to carry firearms inside their schools.The post Georgia Governor Signs Bill Allowing Guns In Bars, Churches, Libraries And Schools appeared first on ThinkProgress.
An NYPD Twitter campaign to elicit positive stories and photos devolved into a "bash tag" as photos of abuse poured in. The post Here’s The History Of NYPD Abuse That Turned Its PR Campaign Into A Twitter Assault appeared first on ThinkProgress.
They call themselves militia members, oath keepers, protesters and patriots. Senator Harry Reid calls them “domestic terrorists.” So which is it? The post Meet The Militia Rushing To Cliven Bundy’s Defense appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Hours After Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban, Wisconsin Lawmaker Offers Copycat ProposalWednesday April 23rd, 2014 01:43:51 PM
If Michigan's history is any guide, Grothman's amendment would drastically reduce minority admissions in Wisconsin's top schools. At the University of Michigan's flagship Ann Arbor campus, black enrollment dropped 30 percent after that state's affirmative action ban passed in 2006.The post Hours After Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban, Wisconsin Lawmaker Offers Copycat Proposal appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Myths about HIV transmission are still criminalizing the illness. The post Woman Who Allegedly Spit On Police Officer Charged With Criminal Transmission Of HIV appeared first on ThinkProgress.
George Zimmerman was a self-appointed neighborhood watch coordinator when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. The post KKK Forms Neighborhood Watch To Complement Police In Pennsylvania Town appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Three Dozen Asylum Seekers End Hunger Strike In ICE Detention, But They Have No Idea When They Will Get OutTuesday April 22nd, 2014 06:52:41 PM
Some immigrants have been sitting in a detention center for more than six months waiting for an immigration judge to review their asylum cases. The post Three Dozen Asylum Seekers End Hunger Strike In ICE Detention, But They Have No Idea When They Will Get Out appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Tuesday's ruling is the latest to effectively weaken affirmative action without killing it.The post U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Cornhusker State residents will now be allowed to register and vote on the same day during early voting.The post Nebraska Enacts Progressive Reform To Expand Voting Rights appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Last year, as all eyes turned to the sudden emergence of state recreational marijuana laws, a quiet revolution happened in another area of marijuana policy.The post How Medical Marijuana Went From Political Poison To Popular Policy appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Republican Party wants you to know that, if you want to run for office some day, you better not believe that everyone is entitled to legal counsel before they are locked up for a crime that they may not have committed.The post This May Be The Most Atrocious Political Ad Of 2014 appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The White House plans to revamp the process for clemency applications, potentially affecting hundreds of not thousands of inmates behind bars for nonviolent drug offenses. The post President Obama Could Grant Clemency To Thousands Of Non-Violent Drug Offenders appeared first on ThinkProgress.
More than one-quarter of African American middle school students in Seattle received short-term suspensions each year since 1996.The post Black Students In Seattle Are Suspended Or Expelled 5 Times More Often Than White Students appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Senate Democrats' decision to cut Supreme Court nominees out of the nuclear option could prove deadly for any Supreme Court nomination Obama sends to the Senate.The post There’s A Hidden Timebomb In The Senate Rules That Will Go Off If A Supreme Court Justice Retires appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The remark was in response to a question about the constitutionality of a federal income tax.The post Justice Scalia Tells Law Students ‘Perhaps You Should Revolt’ If Taxes Become Too High appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Baltimore will stop automatically cooperating with federal immigration authorities.The post Baltimore Will Stop Automatically Detaining Immigrants, Maryland Governor Says appeared first on ThinkProgress.
One mother doesn't want her children to be killed in Mexico if she gets deported. The post Court-Ordered Deportations Plunge, But This Mother Is Still Caught In The Deportation Dragnet appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The move will roll back a Reconstruction-era policy that disenfranchises one in five African American adults in Virginia. The post Governor Will Automatically Restore Voting Rights For All Virginians With A Drug Record appeared first on ThinkProgress.
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