Abby meets up with the Green Power Ranger

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 12:59:00 AM
While at Comic Con Abby Huntsman had the opportunity to talk to Jason David Frank about what it is like to be the original Green Power Ranger.

Race to the bottom

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 12:50:26 AM Benjy Sarlin
A number of high-profile contests this year feature not one, but two candidates who are unpopular with voters. Is this the new normal?

Amazing video of Ottawa post office...

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 12:31:14 AM
Chris Hayes looks at stunning video of police escorting people out of an Ottawa post office after the shootings Wednesday.

Who was the Ottawa gunman?

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 12:20:04 AM
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, formerly Michael Joseph Hall, was the second Muslim convert to kill a Canadian soldier this week.

Another one jumps the fence

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 12:04:00 AM Rachel Kleinman
Another man jumped the fence at the White House Wednesday, getting as far as 20-25 yards from the fence before he was tackled by officers and dogs.

Tonight, the latest from Ottawa

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 12:03:00 AM
Cory Gnazzo, executive producer for The Rachel Maddow Show, previews Wednesday night’s show, with news of a shooting at the Parliament building in Ottawa, Canada still developing.

Shooting attack in Ottawa stuns Canada

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 12:00:13 AM
A gunman, recently converted to Islam, kills a soldier at the Ottawa War Memorial and fires shots in the parliament building before being killed by the sergeant at arms. Chris Hayes has the latest.

Christie takes a hard line on minimum wage

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 11:51:32 PM
Hardball Roundtable—Jay Newton Small, David Corn and John Stanton—join Chris Matthews to discuss Chris Christie’s latest comments on not raising the minimum wage.

New fence jumper apprehended at White House

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 11:39:18 PM
Kristen Welker joins Chris Matthews to discuss the latest reports of a new fence jumper at the White House.

New fence jumper at White House

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 11:37:33 PM
Hardball Roundtable—Jay Newton Small, David Corn and John Stanton—discuss the latest reports of a new fence jumper at the White House, and what political party benefits most from security threats.


Poll Shows Udall In Striking Distance Of Gardner In Colorado Senate

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 12:10:17 AM
Though he has trailed in most recent polling, Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) is within striking distance of Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday evening.Gardner held a 2-point lead, the new poll found, 47 percent to Udall's 45 percent. It is the pollster's first survey in the race, but some recent polling has shown Gardner with a more sizable lead, including another Wednesday poll from Suffolk University that put Gardner up seven points. Others, though, like a Tuesday Monmouth University poll, found a one-point race. The poll, conducted Oct. 13-20, surveyed 1,099 likely voters. Its margin of error is 3.4 points.According to TPM's PollTracker average, Gardner is currently leading Udall 46.3 percent to 43.1 percent.

Reports: Another Man Jumped White House Fence

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 12:07:04 AM
The Secret Service has detained a man who has jumped the White House fence on Wednesday evening, according to multiple reports. The man's name wasn't disclosed but the Secret Service said a dog was involved in apprehending the jumper, according to the New York Times. CBS News reported that the White House was in lockdown due to the incident. The Secret Service has come under scrutiny this year after it was revealed that a previous White House fence jumper, Omar Gonzalez, made it far further inside the building than previously thought. Its director, Julia Person, resigned earlier this month.

S.C. House Speaker To Plead Guilty To Ethics, Misconduct Charges

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 10:49:13 PM
South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R) will plead guilty to the ethics and corruption charges he was indicted with in September, the Post and Courier reported.Harrell was indicted on nine charges, including misusing campaign funds. The Post and Courier was unclear on how many of the charges Harrell plans to plead guilty to during his Thursday hearing. Harrell allegedly used campaign funds to reimburse himself for flights he never took and paid himself with money from his campaign. The Speaker suspended himself from his office when he was indicted in September.

GOP Rep. Southerland: I Didn't Read Senate Version Of VAWA

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 10:29:11 PM
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) said he didn't read the Senate version of a Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, and that was why he voted against it. Southerland, in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat's editorial board, defended that move, saying that the Senate version was different than the House version. The House GOP's reauthorization version didn't include expanded protections for gays and lesbians, undocumented immigrants and Native Americans, a change that was widely debated and reported at the time. "But the bill that was put on the floor, the last VAWA vote, came straight from the Senate, was thrown on the floor, it was a surprise, it wasn't given to us —there was no forecast that that bill was coming. And I'll be honest with you I think that was a political maneuver," Southerland said. He was then asked in the same interview if he has read the VAWA bill passed by both the House and the Senate. "No, I haven't read all the bill. It doesn't matter. I don't have it. It's law. The horse is out of the barn. I mean it's gone. Okay? And I didn't have a chance to read it," Southerland said. Southerland's comments come despite the fact that in his re-election campaign he's angled himself as a strong advocates of women's rights. His campaign also released an ad saying that he supported reauthorization of VAWA. The Senate's bipartisan version of the bill passed the chamber in a vote of 78 to 22 and eventually became law. Southerland has found himself in a tough re-election fight against Democrat Gwen Graham. Watch the video below:

EXCLUSIVE

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 10:19:35 PM
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) tells TPM he's going to vote to legalize pot in Oregon.

Exclusive Interview: Merkley First U.S. Senator To Back Legal Marijuana

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 10:46:19 PM
Sen. Jeff Merkley says he plans to vote for a ballot measure on Election Day to legalize marijuana in Oregon."I lean in support of it," the Democratic senator told TPM in an interview on Wednesday. Measure 91 would green-light marijuana for recreational purposes in Oregon and authorize the state to regulate and tax it. Colorado and Washington enacted similar measures in 2012."I think folks on both sides of the argument make a good case," Merkley said. "And there is concern about a series of new products — and we don't have a real track record from Colorado and Washington. But I feel on balance that we spend a lot of money on our criminal justice system in the wrong places and I lean in favor of this ballot measure."A vote for it would make Merkley the first U.S. senator to support making marijuana legal in his state.Merkley didn't point to a time when he came around to the view that pot should be legal, saying it has not been an issue in his reelection bid. He's in good shape to win, according to recent polls.

Yes, Mary Burke Voted For President Obama In 2008 And 2012

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 09:35:21 PM
Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. That fact seems pretty commonsense, since Obama is planning to campaign for Burke on Tuesday, as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on Thursday. Burke's campaign confirmed to TPM that she voted for Obama twice, first in 2008 and then in 2012. Earlier on Thursday Republicans thought they'd caught Burke redhanded as an example of yet another Democrat (after Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes) trying to avoid saying who she voted for when approached on the street. The Republican Governors Association on Thursday emailed out a clip of Burke being asked on the street whether she voted for Obama. She ignored the tracker. "In September 2008, Mary Burke was more than happy to express her support for Barack Obama’s presidential bid," RGA press secretary Jon Thompson said in the email. "But today, when confronted with the question of who she voted for in 2008 and 2012 – it’s nothing but crickets."Burke Communications Director Joe Zepecki called the clip a "mindless political stunt." "This is simply the latest desperate attempt by Scott Walker to distract from his own failures - which range from a lagging economy (Wisconsin is dead last in the Midwest in private sector job creation over the last three years, according to the most accurate data) to the ongoing scandals and criminal investigations following him at every turn," Zepecki said in an email to TPM. "Wisconsin voters see this for what it is, a mindless political stunt by a career politician desperate to hold onto his job."Republicans have repeatedly tried to create a repeat of the Grimes episode. In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn was asked the same question on the street. She later told The Washington Post that she voted for Obama. Burke is running in a tight election fight against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). The TPM Polltracker finds finds Walker leading Burke by 0.7 percentage points.

FBI: 'Active' Investigation Continues Into Scandal Embroiling GOP Senate Nominee

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 09:35:16 PM
The FBI confirmed Wednesday that its investigation into the South Dakota immigration-visa program that has ensnared Republican Senate nominee Mike Rounds remains "active," the Argus Leader reported."We have an active investigation," Kyle Loven, chief division counsel for the FBI's Minneapolis division, told the newspaper. "As it is an active investigation, I'm not in a position to provide any details." The scandal over the EB-5 program, which gives wealthy foreign investors an opportunity for U.S. residency, is devilishly complex, but has included a suicide by one of the principals and nagging questions about Rounds's knowledge about possible conflicts of interest in the program's administration during his time as South Dakota's governor. Vox and the Argus Leader have complied extensive overviews of the controversy.What seems certain, though, is it has opened up an unexpected opportunity for either Democratic candidate Rick Weiland or former GOP Sen. Larry Pressler, now an independent, to pull an upset in the three-way race. Rounds was getting only 55 percent of GOP voters in a poll earlier this month.According to TPM's PollTracker average, Rounds is currently at 36.3 percent, Weiland at 31 percent and Pressler at 26 percent.

Obama: U.S., Canada 'Coordinating Very Closely' On Ottawa Shootings

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 09:20:19 PM
President Obama on Wednesday expressed concern about the shootings in Ottawa, Canada and said that the U.S. is working with Canada to determine whether the shootings were a terrorist attack."Just two days ago, a Canadian soldier had been killed in an attack. We now know that another young man was killed today. And I expressed on the behalf of the American people, our condolences to the family and to the Canadian people as a whole," Obama said during brief remarks at the White House. "We don't yet have all the information about what motivated the shooting. We don't yet have all the information about whether this was part of a broader network or a plan or whether this was an individual or series of individuals who decided to take these actions," he continued.The President said that the national security teams in the U.S. and Canada are "coordinating very closely.""It is very important, I think, for us to recognize that when it comes to dealing with terrorist activity that Canada and the United States have to be entirely in sync," Obama said. "We have in the past and I'm confident we will continue to do so in the future."He said that the shooting "emphasizes the degree to which we have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terror."

Multiple News Reports Identify Suspected Ottawa Shooter

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 11:11:19 PM
This post has been updated.Multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday that a suspect involved in multiple shootings at and near the Canadian parliament building in Ottawa was named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. CBS News was the first to report the name on Wednesday afternoon, citing law enforcement sources and saying he was a Canadian man born in 1982. The news organization later updated its report and said his name was Michael Abdul Zehaf Bibeau."One source says he sometime dropped the name Michael and went by Abdul Zehaf Bibeau," CBS reported. "At other times he apparently dropped the Abdul."According to CBS, he sometimes went by Michael and at other times dropped his first name and went by Abdul Zehaf Bibeau.Fox News also reported on-air that the suspect was Zehaf-Bibeau, and Reuters also used the name in a tweet, citing a "source familiar with the matter."Sources told the Globe and Mail that Zehaf-Bibeau was on Canada's "high-risk traveller" list and his passport had been seized. The Globe and Mail noted that Martin Rouleau-Couture, the man who ran over two Canadian soldiers with his car on Monday had also had his passport seized.According to Reuters and CNN, Zehaf-Bibeau was a convert to Islam.

Very Interesting

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 09:12:33 PM
After the national Dems jump back into the Kentucky Senate race, McConnell's campaign releases a memo and internal poll showing him 8 points ahead of Grimes. The public polls have ranged from ties to healthy McConnell leads. But only one other recent poll - and that, Rasmussen - has shown an 8 point spread.

Shep Smith: Let's Not 'Freak Out' Over Ottawa Shooting (VIDEO)

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 09:04:16 PM
Fox News anchor Shep Smith opened his program Wednesday by quoting a member of Canadian parliament who said that the morning shooting in Ottawa "changes everything" in the largely tranquil nation.A little bit later on his show, Smith offered a powerful rejoinder to that very sentiment, saying "we don't have to change everything about our lives" in the wake of such incidents. "So, we're talking about one guy, one guy who has changed the focus of a nation for now and the foreseeable future as Canada will be re-evaluating itself and the way it conducts itself — internally and externally — because of the actions of one man on one morning over a period of less than ten minutes. That's how fragile it all is," Smith said, referring to the gunman who opened fired inside Canada's parliament building.Reminding viewers that the same deadly scenario that played out in Ottawa could happen anywhere, Smith called for a stiff upper lip. So at some point, our authorities warn us, at some point somebody, some lone wolf, somebody who's mad at somebody, somebody who's following some radical, ridiculous ideology will walk into a shopping mall or into a train station or something that is not tightly secured and start firing away.And on that day, at that time, we as a collective being must not give in. On that day, we don't have to change everything about our lives. We don't have to add things that make us not a free people.If and when it happens, as our leaders warn that it most likely will, we have to stand brave and tall as hopefully Canadians are doing today and realize if we want to have a free nation there's give and there's bend. If you see something say something, but beyond that don't freak out when it happens.Easier said than done, isn't it?

McConnell Releases Internal Poll Showing He's Ahead By 8 Points After Dems Jump Back Into KY

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 09:56:04 PM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took the rare step of circulating an internal poll to reporters on Wednesday, which shows him leading by 8 points in the Kentucky Senate race.The move came within hours of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announcing that they're going back in Kentucky with a $650,000 investment on TV. Two recent polls have found McConnell with a narrow edge over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, but within the margin of error. A memo by McConnell's pollster, Jan R van Lohuizen, said the poll surveyed 815 likely voters in Kentucky from Oct. 16-19 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points."In these interviews we found that Senator McConnell led by a margin of 8%. Specifically we found that 49% of the voters intend to vote for Mitch McConnell, while 41% intend to vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes," van Lohuizen wrote. "Three percent of the voters plan to vote for David Patterson, while the remainder were undecided."Grimes' top aide said the release of the poll was a sign that McConnell's campaign is "terrified.""We knew the McConnell camp was scared, but the timing of this release — with public polls showing the wind at our back and undecideds breaking our way ... couldn't be more transparent," said Jonathan Hurst, Grimes' campaign manager. "Mitch McConnell can sense his 30 years in Washington are dangerously close to an end, and a two-paragraph memo from a pollster with a terrible track record only shows how terrified they've truly become." MM Jan Poll MemoThis article has been updated to include the Grimes campaign's response.

TV Ad: 'Strong Kentucky Women' Say They're Voting For McConnell (VIDEO)

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 08:42:55 PM
A new TV ad by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) features testimonials from four young women who say he represents them."Alison Lundergan Grimes wants me to think that I’m not good enough," says one woman identified as Caroline Anderegg."She thinks I'll vote for the candidate who looks like me," says Ashley Burkhead."Rather than the one who represents me," adds Anderegg."As a strong Kentucky woman, I’m voting for Mitch McConnell," says Allison Pawley. The McConnell campaign is making a "significant six figure" purchase on the spot, a campaign official told TPM. Titled "Represents Me" and released Wednesday, it is part of a concerted effort by McConnell to improve his standing with women voters (particularly younger and unmarried women) who typically favor Democrats in large margins.He has been remarkably successful.A Bluegrass Poll released Monday found that McConnell is actually leading Grimes with likely women voters, by a margin of 44 to 43 percent. Equally surprising was that the two are tied with likely men voters at 43 percent each. (The survey found McConnell leading by 1 percent overall.)

Poll: Shaheen Maintains Modest Lead Over Brown In New Hampshire

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 08:01:14 PM
Incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) still leads former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MS) in the New Hampshire Senate race, according to a Public Policy Polling poll sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters released on Wednesday.Among likely voters, 49 percent said they supported Shaheen and 45 percent said they supported Brown. Shaheen has held at least a small lead in most polls since the beginning of the race, though her lead has narrowed since June. In the last PPP poll released in September found Shaheen with a 6-point lead.According to TPM's Polltracker average, Shaheen leads Brown by 3.4 points.PPP surveyed 764 likely voters Oct. 20-21 with a margin of error plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

Sopranos Actor Who Played Role Of 'Big Pu**y' Calls Cuomo The Same Name

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 07:52:25 PM
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) took heat from a onetime "Sopranos" actor Wednesday in a brief video mocking the governor for not debating his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino.Vincent Pastore, who played the character of Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the famous HBO series, made the video that was published by the New York Post. “Andrew Cuomo won’t debate Rob Astorino on TV one-on-one," Pastore said in-character. "And they call me Big Pussy?”The mafioso character returned from the grave just in time to needle Cuomo ahead of New York's first gubernatorial debate on Wednesday, which will feature the Green and Libertarian candidates in addition to GOPer Astorino.The New York Post reported that Astorino's campaign had nothing to do with the clip but welcomed the Bronx-born actor's assessment."His interest in the race is greatly appreciated," a spokesman told the Post. "There’s something to be said for plain speaking."

Reporter Pens Damning Resignation After Writing Story On GOPer's Threat

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 09:39:23 PM
The Chicago Sun-Times reporter who co-wrote a story on how Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (R) allegedly threatened a business associate and then was reportedly targeted by the Rauner (pictured) campaign announced his resignation from the newspaper on Tuesday. The reporter, Springfield, Illinois bureau chief Dave McKinney, wrote a long letter about how after he co-wrote the story he was put on leave by the Sun-Times. He also described how, when he came back to the paper, he was "advised" not to have his byline on reporting related to the company that Rauner and his business associate argued over. He noted that he was pulled off his beat and his reporting for that day was "removed inexplicably from the Sun-Times website."McKinney, in his letter, did note that top members of the Sun-Times defended him against criticism from the Rauner campaign. McKinney also noted that the Sun-Times recently broke a three year no-endorsement policy and backed Rauner. McKinney suggested that there had been a "breach" in the wall between the owners of the paper and the newsroom. He concluded the letter saying that under the circumstances he had to resign. He wrote, "I’m convinced this newspaper no longer has the backs of reporters like me.""We reporters have a healthy suspicion of both parties and candidates," McKinney wrote. "It’s our job. It’s regrettable that this issue has emerged in the homestretch of an important election in Illinois, but respectfully, this isn’t about either candidate or the election. It’s about readers and their trust in us. So my decision could not wait. I hate to leave, but I must.""And so, it is with great sadness today that I tender my immediate resignation from the Sun-Times."In response, the Rauner campaign said the Sun-Times decision to post the story was "irresponsible" according to CBS's Chicago affiliate. Trover also said that McKinney had "an extraordinary conflict of interest" given that he is married to Democratic political operative Ann Liston. Read McKinney's full letter, posted to his wordpress blog, here. Rauner is the Republican candidate trying to defeat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D). The TPM Polltracker finds Rauner with a slim 0.3 point lead over Quinn.

NYT Columnist Regrets Appearing At Anti-Gay Group's Fundraiser

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 07:28:21 PM
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat expressed regret on Wednesday for participating in a fundraiser earlier this month for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal group known for its virulent opposition to gay rights. In an email to TPM, Douthat said he wasn't aware the Oct. 16 event in Denton, Texas was a fundraiser for ADF and that he will not accept the money he received for speaking at the gathering.Media Matters reported Tuesday that ADF solicited donations at the conclusion of the event."I was not aware in advance that this event was a fundraiser and had I known, I would not have agreed to participate," Douthat said in the email. "I was invited by an events organizing group, not by ADF directly, and I understood this to be a public conversation about religious liberty. This was my fault for not doing due diligence, and I'll be declining the honorarium."New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal did not respond to TPM's request for comment. ADF has a long track record of opposing LGBT equality. As documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Arizona-based group even supported a law in Belize that criminalized gay sex. Douthat appeared at the event alongside conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt and twin brothers David and Jason Benham, whose planned reality show on HGTV was pulled earlier this year over anti-gay remarks.

S. Florida Officials Talk Secession Over Failure To Address Climate Change

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 07:23:30 PM
Officials in sunny south Florida are the latest to jump on board with the secession trend. South Miami Vice Mayor Walter Harris proposed a resolution that would split the state in half and make South Florida the 51st state in the union, the Orlando Sun-Sentinel reported Tuesday. That resolution passed the city commission by a vote of 3-2 on Oct. 7.Secession talk had notably bubbled up in far northern California and in northeast Colorado last year, with the latter state actually holding a vote on a 51st state initiative in 11 counties. Five of those 11 Colorado counties voted in favor of seceding from the state by strong margins.In both those states, secession advocates cited a lack of representation in a state government controlled by Democrats as motivation for breaking away. But Harris suggested a major motivating factor behind his proposal was the Republican-controlled state government's failure to address the effects of climate change on south Florida, where sea levels are rising at a rate that may put Miami underwater by the end of the century."We have to be able to deal directly with this environmental concern and we can’t really get it done in Tallahassee," Harris said, as quoted by the Sun-Sentinel. "I don’t care what people think -- it’s not a matter of electing the right people."South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, who once called Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) an "idiot" because of his views on climate change, concurred.“It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean," Stoddard said, as quoted by the Sun-Sentinel. "They’ve made that abundantly clear every possible opportunity and I would love to give them the opportunity to do that.”As will all proposed secession measures, however, individual counties would have to approve Harris' resolution. The state legislature and U.S. Congress would then have to approve of the split.Image via Shutterstock / GeorgeMPhotography

Report: GOP Rep. Rogers Wants To Charge Snowden With Murder

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 06:57:22 PM
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has already made it clear that he thinks former NSA contractor Edward Snowden committed treason, but now the congressman says that Snowden should be charged with murder."The government has pressed charges on Mr. Snowden," Rogers said during a meeting with the House of Commons in London, according to the Huffington Post UK. "We are treating him, as I would argue, the traitor that he is." "And by the way, and this is important, I would charge him for murder," he added.Rogers argued that Snowden's actions led to the deaths of American and British soldiers."He took information that allows force protection, not only for British soldiers, but for U.S. soldiers, and made it more difficult for us to track those activities. Meaning it is more likely that one of those soldiers is going to get their legs blown off or killed because of his actions," he said. "Anybody that provides information to the enemy is a traitor, period, pure and simple."He said that Snowden didn't only take materials related to the National Security Agency's spying practices, but also information "about tactical things, military plans and operations."


Fort Lauderdale Votes To Make It Harder To Feed The Homeless, Joining Two Dozen Other Cities

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 05:38:02 PM Alan Pyke

With food charities around the country already stretched beyond capacity, a couple dozen towns are setting out to make it even harder to feed one of the neediest groups: homeless people.The post Fort Lauderdale Votes To Make It Harder To Feed The Homeless, Joining Two Dozen Other Cities appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Tech Company Will Offer 18 Weeks Of Paid Family Leave To Both Parents

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 04:34:08 PM Bryce Covert

Change.org's paid family leave benefits look to be the most generous in the tech industry.The post Tech Company Will Offer 18 Weeks Of Paid Family Leave To Both Parents appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Fed Official To Big Banks: Change Company Culture Or Risk Being Broken Up

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 06:50:48 PM Alan Pyke

Unless bankers change the internal culture that rewards executives and employees for financial misdeeds, a top banking regulator said Monday, they will end up forcing the government to break their companies up into smaller firms.The post Fed Official To Big Banks: Change Company Culture Or Risk Being Broken Up appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Virtually All Americans’ Wealth Has Dropped To Where It Was Three Decades Ago

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 01:06:34 PM Bryce Covert

At the same time, the share of wealth owned by the 1 percent has tripled since the 1980s.The post Virtually All Americans’ Wealth Has Dropped To Where It Was Three Decades Ago appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Venture Capitalist Says Tech Companies Are Diverse Because White People Have Different European Backgrounds

Monday October 20th, 2014 07:01:11 PM Bryce Covert

Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen claims tech companies aren't "systematically discriminatory."The post Venture Capitalist Says Tech Companies Are Diverse Because White People Have Different European Backgrounds appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Italian Prime Minister Proposes ‘Baby Bonus’ for New Mothers

Monday October 20th, 2014 04:48:21 PM Amelia Rosch

The bonus is an attempt to boost Italy's birthrate, which hit record lows this year.The post Italian Prime Minister Proposes ‘Baby Bonus’ for New Mothers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Indiana Plans To Cut Tens Of Thousands Off Food Stamps

Monday October 20th, 2014 01:35:27 PM Alan Pyke

Gov. Mike Pence (R) is moving to tighten the rules for food stamps even though federal officials say the Indiana economy is still too fragile to justify it.The post Indiana Plans To Cut Tens Of Thousands Off Food Stamps appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Company Accused Of Committing Fraud Will Pay Just $1 Million To Settle — Without Admitting Anything

Friday October 17th, 2014 06:35:52 PM Alan Pyke

The Securities and Exchange Commission says that a New York high-frequency trading firm committed fraud. But it's letting the company pay a million dollars to put the matter to rest without admitting or denying anything.The post Company Accused Of Committing Fraud Will Pay Just $1 Million To Settle — Without Admitting Anything appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Tech Company’s First Female CEO Will Make Less Than The Man Before Her

Friday October 17th, 2014 04:34:50 PM Bryce Covert

Lisa Su will be paid less as CEO of AMD than the man before her because she isn't new to the company, it says.The post Tech Company’s First Female CEO Will Make Less Than The Man Before Her appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Judge Won’t Delay Hearing For Lawyer’s Maternity Leave, Then Berates Her For Bringing Baby To Court

Friday October 17th, 2014 01:06:35 PM Carimah Townes

The incident raises questions about the state of maternity leave in the U.S.The post Judge Won’t Delay Hearing For Lawyer’s Maternity Leave, Then Berates Her For Bringing Baby To Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Hate Government Spending? Here’s Why You Should Love A Higher Minimum Wage

Friday October 17th, 2014 12:52:09 PM Bryce Covert

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would reduce spending on public assistance programs by $7.6 billion a year.The post Hate Government Spending? Here’s Why You Should Love A Higher Minimum Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.

PHOTOS: Walmart Workers Arrested In Protest For $15 Wage

Thursday October 16th, 2014 07:33:22 PM Bryce Covert

More than 40 workers and supporters were arrested in New York and DC while calling for a $15 wage.The post PHOTOS: Walmart Workers Arrested In Protest For $15 Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.

San Diego Considers Giving The Homeless One-Way Bus Tickets Out Of Town

Thursday October 16th, 2014 03:34:10 PM Scott Keyes

Rather than funding increased services for homeless people, the Port of San Diego is considering using money to buy them one-way tickets out of town.The post San Diego Considers Giving The Homeless One-Way Bus Tickets Out Of Town appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Microsoft CEO Apologizes For Equal Pay Remarks, Pledges Efforts On Diversity

Thursday October 16th, 2014 02:47:36 PM Bryce Covert

Satya Nadella said that his advice that women shouldn't ask for a raise was "just plain wrong."The post Microsoft CEO Apologizes For Equal Pay Remarks, Pledges Efforts On Diversity appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Netflix Is Taking The News Of HBO’s Streaming Subscription

Thursday October 16th, 2014 01:56:44 PM Lauren C. Williams

Change is coming to TV (finally) and Netflix seems to be caught in the middle.The post How Netflix Is Taking The News Of HBO’s Streaming Subscription appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Nearly 1 Million Walmart Workers Will Have To Work On Thanksgiving Day

Thursday October 16th, 2014 01:30:23 PM Bryce Covert

Walmart will also have special Black Friday shopping hours that day.The post Nearly 1 Million Walmart Workers Will Have To Work On Thanksgiving Day appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Here’s The First Victory In The Government’s Effort To Crack Down On Tax Dodgers

Thursday October 16th, 2014 01:05:00 PM Alan Pyke

American drugmaker AbbVie is dropping a planned merger with the Irish company that makes Adderall, saying that new Treasury Department rules meant to crack down on deals done solely for tax purposes had nixed the plan.The post Here’s The First Victory In The Government’s Effort To Crack Down On Tax Dodgers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Companies Warn That Income Inequality Is Hurting Their Business

Wednesday October 15th, 2014 04:04:59 PM Alan Pyke

Retail companies are saying that middle-class earnings stagnation is bad for business. Are lawmakers listening?The post Companies Warn That Income Inequality Is Hurting Their Business appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Home Care Workers Demand $15 An Hour: ‘Otherwise, I Don’t Know How I’m Going To Survive’

Wednesday October 15th, 2014 03:33:50 PM Bryce Covert

This week, home health aides are kicking off a campaign to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage and better work protections.The post Home Care Workers Demand $15 An Hour: ‘Otherwise, I Don’t Know How I’m Going To Survive’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Macy’s To Cut Workers’ Thanksgiving Dinner Short

Wednesday October 15th, 2014 12:56:47 PM Carimah Townes

Other stores are bound to follow. The post Macy’s To Cut Workers’ Thanksgiving Dinner Short appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Seattle Cops Bring Lawsuit Claiming They Have A Constitutional Right To Use Excessive Force

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 06:00:13 PM Nicole Flatow

A federal judge says no way.The post Seattle Cops Bring Lawsuit Claiming They Have A Constitutional Right To Use Excessive Force appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Free Speech Ban Targeting Criminal Offenders

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 04:57:03 PM Ian Millhiser

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) isn't too keen on the First Amendment.The post Pennsylvania Governor Signs Free Speech Ban Targeting Criminal Offenders appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New York Agrees To A Fix Its Disastrously Broken Public Defender System

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 01:19:43 PM Nicole Flatow

New York State agreed to a settlement Tuesday that the New York Civil Liberties Union called "historic" for improving the abysmal access to lawyers available to indigent criminal defendants.The post New York Agrees To A Fix Its Disastrously Broken Public Defender System appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Republican Official Censors Student Newspaper Because It Covered A Democratic Senator’s Campaign

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 01:13:32 PM Ian Millhiser

Apparently, they don't have something called the "First Amendment" out in Colorado.The post Republican Official Censors Student Newspaper Because It Covered A Democratic Senator’s Campaign appeared first on ThinkProgress.

BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality, Mocks Other Judges In Angry Diatribe

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 02:05:50 AM Ian Millhiser

Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez's opinion accuses the overwhelming majority of federal judges who have sided with marriage equality of "inexplicable contortions of the mind or perhaps even willful ignorance."The post BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality, Mocks Other Judges In Angry Diatribe appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Is The Federal Government Trying To Put Gun Ranges Out Of Business?

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 07:46:58 PM Josh Israel

A tragic August death at an Arizona gun range made national headlines due to its horrific circumstance: a nine-year-old girl shooting and killing her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun.The post Is The Federal Government Trying To Put Gun Ranges Out Of Business? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Surprising Way Political Ads Are Impacting Judge’s Decisions On Alleged Criminals

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 06:56:20 PM Nicole Flatow

A new study found that rampant election spending is linked to more prosecution-friendly votes. The post The Surprising Way Political Ads Are Impacting Judge’s Decisions On Alleged Criminals appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How A Notorious Conservative Group Tricked A Scholar Into Joining Their Attack On Latino Voters

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 05:05:18 PM Ian Millhiser

Citizens United is back, and they are spreading conspiracy theories about Latinos.The post How A Notorious Conservative Group Tricked A Scholar Into Joining Their Attack On Latino Voters appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Nativist Roots Of Ebola Hysteria

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 03:35:54 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

"Let me emphasize something... Immigration is a part of Ebola," Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) told a local CBS affiliate last week. The post The Nativist Roots Of Ebola Hysteria appeared first on ThinkProgress.

North Carolina Police Officers Have Been Secretly Tracking Phones For Years

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 02:12:06 PM Lauren C. Williams

It's unclear how many other police departments are using the same technology.The post North Carolina Police Officers Have Been Secretly Tracking Phones For Years appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Right To Vote Just Lost A Battle In The Supreme Court, But The War Comes After The Election

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 01:16:02 PM Ian Millhiser

It is likely the Supreme Court will have much more to say about voting rights before the term ends in June. The post The Right To Vote Just Lost A Battle In The Supreme Court, But The War Comes After The Election appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New York Mayor Campaigned Against Pot Crackdowns, But Possession Arrests Are Still Soaring

Monday October 20th, 2014 08:21:47 PM Nicole Flatow

During the campaign, Mayor Bill de Blasio said marijuana possession arrests can have "disastrous consequences for individuals and their families."The post New York Mayor Campaigned Against Pot Crackdowns, But Possession Arrests Are Still Soaring appeared first on ThinkProgress.

GOP Attorney General Says It Is ‘Unethical’ To Keep Fighting Marriage Equality In Court

Monday October 20th, 2014 12:59:47 PM Ian Millhiser

Arizona's Attorney General says the legal arguments supporting marriage discrimination are so weak that he risks formal sanctions if he continues to present these arguments to a court.The post GOP Attorney General Says It Is ‘Unethical’ To Keep Fighting Marriage Equality In Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Dangerous Legal Rule Behind The Supreme Court’s Latest Voter Suppression Decision

Saturday October 18th, 2014 06:59:52 PM Ian Millhiser

Saturday's order reinstating the voter ID law is an early sign of how much easier it will be for states to enact voter suppression laws under the Roberts Court's narrow vision of voting rights.The post The Dangerous Legal Rule Behind The Supreme Court’s Latest Voter Suppression Decision appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Supreme Court Says Texas Can Implement Voter ID Law This November

Saturday October 18th, 2014 02:22:07 PM Igor Volsky

The law could potentially disenfranchise 600,000 voters. The post Supreme Court Says Texas Can Implement Voter ID Law This November appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What The Republican Party’s New, Unspeakably Racist Attack Ad Is Really About

Friday October 17th, 2014 04:45:30 PM Ian Millhiser

The National Republican Congressional Committee wants you to believe that Nebraska state Sen. Brad Ashford, the Democratic challenger to incumbent Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), unleashed a very scary looking black man on the people of Nebraska to commit multiple murders.The post What The Republican Party’s New, Unspeakably Racist Attack Ad Is Really About appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Some Migrants Deported Back To Violent Home Countries Are Hiding In Fear, Report Finds

Friday October 17th, 2014 04:36:44 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Migrants who claimed that they would return to violence in their home countries were often ignored or even fast-tracked for deportation by immigration officials. The post Some Migrants Deported Back To Violent Home Countries Are Hiding In Fear, Report Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Milwaukee Fires Cop For Shooting And Killing Schizophrenic Man Who Was Sleeping In The Park

Friday October 17th, 2014 03:33:22 PM Nicole Flatow

The firing may have been the result of a shift in law and policy that divorced the police disciplinary decision from a criminal investigation. The post Milwaukee Fires Cop For Shooting And Killing Schizophrenic Man Who Was Sleeping In The Park appeared first on ThinkProgress.

State Supreme Court Gives A Leg Up To Deceptive Election Polling

Friday October 17th, 2014 01:02:37 PM Ian Millhiser

The court's decision highlights just how fully the deck is currently stacked against campaign finance regulation.The post State Supreme Court Gives A Leg Up To Deceptive Election Polling appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Jon Stewart Schools Bill O’Reilly On White Privilege

Thursday October 16th, 2014 05:53:56 PM Amelia Rosch

Stewart got O'Reilly to admit that white privilege is a factor in the challenges that racial minorities face.The post Jon Stewart Schools Bill O’Reilly On White Privilege appeared first on ThinkProgress.



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