Citations for the October 30, 2014 TRMS

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LIVE VIDEO: Gov. Corbett Discusses Eric...

Friday October 31st, 2014 03:18:29 AM
Governor Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania law enforcement officers explain how Frein was caught.

Who said it: Mindy or Malala?

Friday October 31st, 2014 02:53:00 AM
In the wake of a man mistaking Mindy Kaling for Malala Yousafzai, Alex Wagner joins Lawrence O'Donnell to play a guessing game of who said which quotes.

Mayor Menino: ‘We are one Boston’

Friday October 31st, 2014 02:48:00 AM
Lawrence O’Donnell remembers Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, who died Thursday at the age of 71.

Do you have the right to die?

Friday October 31st, 2014 02:37:00 AM
Cancer patient Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon for its death with dignity law. Lawrence O’Donnell talks with Dr. Lawrence Wechsler and Barbara Coombs Lee.

Brittany Maynard's ‘death with dignity’

Friday October 31st, 2014 02:29:00 AM
29 year-old Brittany Maynard has launched a campaign to support "death with dignity" legislation in the U.S. after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

‘Chuck on a bus’ tour ends in New Orleans

Friday October 31st, 2014 02:18:00 AM
Chuck Todd ends his two-week, bus tour in Louisiana where he speaks with Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. He joins The Last Word.

Is Sen. Warren's secret crush Jon Stewart?

Friday October 31st, 2014 02:12:00 AM
From Attorney General Eric Holder's love for Denzel Washington to Sen. Elizabeth Warren getting grilled about her time with Jon Stewart, these are the week's most awkward political moments.

New hope in New Hampshire

Friday October 31st, 2014 02:05:00 AM
A slew of new polls are out tonight and one gives new hope to Democrats in New Hampshire. Alex Wagner and Chris Hayes join the show.

Surrogates hit the trail!

Friday October 31st, 2014 02:04:00 AM
Five days before the midterm election, party stars like Bill Clinton, Mitt Romney, and Hillary Clinton hit the trail to make closing arguments for the candidates.


California Candidate: Despite My Neo-Nazi Past 'I Am Not A Hater'

Thursday October 30th, 2014 09:13:49 PM
A California candidate's neo-Nazi past has taken center stage in a town council race in Apple Valley, Calif., television station KABC reported on Wednesday. Candidate Richard Bunck, whose ties to a neo-Nazi group date back to the 1970s, told KABC he knew his past would resurface during his political campaign but that he hadn't tried to hide his past."I left that organization that I was associated with for about nine months because I didn't agree with the rhetoric and I didn't agree with what they were doing," Bunck said.Bunck said much the same thing when he ran on an anti-tax platform for a city council seat in a Los Angeles suburb in 1998. Reporters at the time uncovered a 1971 arrest for disturbing the peace as part of a neo-Nazi rally, and a 1972 police booking photo of him dressed in a Nazi uniform and standing beneath a swastika, according to the Los Angeles Times. He ultimately lost the race.More recently, Bunck's past became an issue in December when residents in the small town of Rachel, Nevada learned that he was buying up property in their town, which sits adjacent to the fabled UFO site Area 51.His latest run at office is also stirring up ill will. Russ Blewett, a city councilman in nearby Hesperia was reportedly appalled by Bunck's past. He told KABC that, while he normally wouldn't get involved in another city's race, Bunck's past warranted an exception."Getting a man like Richard Bunck elected, who is a known, practicing neo-Nazi will bring disgrace, dishonor and horrible publicity for the High Desert," Blewett said. "Public office is a public trust, and I believe that with all my heart and I don't believe that I could trust a man like Richard Bunck."Although some voters expressed concern, Bunck told WABC that they shouldn't be put off by his past."Number one, I am not a hater," Bunck said. "I don't operate on hate. Number two, I am not a white supremacist and never even considered myself that, ever. … I'm not what they paint me to be."

Second Pollster Finds Big Shift In NH Governor's Race

Thursday October 30th, 2014 08:47:53 PM
For the second time this week, a poll has come out that showed potential trouble for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D). An American Research Group poll released Thursday showed Hassan leading Republican challenger Walt Havenstein by 2 percent.That's a big shift from an ARG poll conducted last week that had Hassan at a 10-point advantage. The firm's other recent polling on the race showed her leading by comfortable margins.The poll came on the heels of a New England College poll earlier this week that showed a large shift in favor of Havenstein. Whether both polls are outliers or are indicating a trend remains to be seen. A poll released Wednesday by the University of New Hampshire showed Hassan leading by 15 points.The ARG poll surveyed 600 likely voters from Oct. 27 through Oct. 29. The margin of error was 4 percent.The TPM PollTracker average on Thursday gave Hassan a 5.7 percent lead.

Donald Trump: Maine Nurse 'Should Be Quarantined For 21 Days And Forget It'

Thursday October 30th, 2014 08:09:28 PM
Donald Trump, outspoken critic of the U.S. government's Ebola policies, weighed in on Thursday on the Maine nurse who refused to obey her state's voluntary quarantine. In a video uploaded to Instagram, complete with the hashtag #TrumpVlog, the real estate mogul and reality TV star shared his staunch belief that the nurse should undergo the quarantine."I can see that the nurse who just came back from Ebola-ridden West Africa has been taken over totally by the lawyers," Trump ranted. "She's having a field day. She should be quarantined for 21 days and forget it."Watch the video below: #TrumpVlog Quarantine the nurse!A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:33am PDT

Messing With Texas

Thursday October 30th, 2014 07:59:55 PM
Today's must-read: Rick Hasen takes on putting Texas back under federal voter supervision.

Messing With Texas Again: Putting It Back Under Federal Supervision

Thursday October 30th, 2014 09:15:26 PM
Readers of the entire 147-page opinion issued earlier this month by a federal district court striking down Texas’s strict voter identification law as unconstitutional and a violation of the Voting Rights Act might have been too exhausted to realize that the opinion’s very last sentence may be its most important. The court ended its opinion with a dry statement promising a future hearing on “plaintiffs’ request for relief under Section 3(c) of the Voting Rights Act.” That hearing, however, has the potential to require Texas to get federal approval for any future voting changes for up to the next decade, and to make it much more difficult for the state to pass more restrictive voting rules. It may be much more important than the ruling on the voter ID law itself. From 1975 through 2013, Texas was one of a number of (mostly Southern) states and jurisdictions which were subject to “preclearance” under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This meant that before Texas could make any changes in its voting rules (such as enacting a voter identification law or passing a new redistricting plan) it had to demonstrate either to the United States Department of Justice or to a three-judge federal court in Washington D.C. that its change was not intended, and would not have the effect, of making minority voters worse off.Texas enacted its voter identification law in 2011, but the Department of Justice believed it was discriminatory, and a three-judge court rejected Texas’s request to implement the law. In 2013, the United States Supreme Court in the Shelby County v. Holder case held that the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act could not be enforced against Texas or the other covered jurisdictions because the formula (contained in Section 4 of the Act) used to pick who was covered was outdated. The formula was based in part on voter turnout from the 1960s and 1970s. The Court held that such an infringement on state sovereignty could be justified only based on current evidence of racial discrimination in voting. As soon as the Court issued its ruling, Texas announced it intended to enforce its voter ID law, and it faced a new lawsuit. Importantly, the Supreme Court in striking the Section 4 coverage formula did not also strike Section 5, the preclearance provision itself. (Only Justice Thomas voted to do that.) And Section 3 of the Act provides that a Court could order a jurisdiction “bailed in” to Section 5 preclearance for up to ten years upon proof the jurisdiction engaged in current racially discriminatory conduct in violation of the Constitution. The federal court in the Texas voter identification has not held yet that Texas will be bailed back into federal oversight for its voting rules. The choice is discretionary on the part of the court upon a finding of intentional racial discrimination in voting. But the court already has found that Texas had enacted the voter identification law and its recent redistricting laws with racially discriminatory purpose to minimize the voting strength of Hispanics and African-American Texas voters. With that predicate, and detailed opinion providing specific examples of such discrimination, the court is poised to place Texas under court review. If the court puts Texas back under federal preclearance, it will be a victory for Eric Holder and the Department of Justice, which is using lawsuits in Texas and North Carolina as test cases to try to restore preclearance to those states that seem to be engaging in the most discrimination.The DOJ got lucky to draw as the trial judge in the Texas voter ID case Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, an Obama appointee who drafted a well-reasoned and comprehensive opinion slamming the state of Texas for discriminatory and unconstitutional conduct.Usually a judge’s factual findings, such as those that Texas engaged in racial discrimination, get deference from appellate courts as cases make their way through appeal. If so, Texas would likely have a hard time fighting a bail-in order given the strength of the judge’s findings.But Texas will get to appeal any bail in order to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, considered one of the most conservative courts in the Nation. And any further appeal will go to the U.S. Supreme Court, the same court which on an emergency basis allowed Texas to implement its voter ID law for its election despite Judge Ramos’s findings that the law was passed in a racially discriminatory and unconstitutional manner.One issue which will surely come up on appeal is whether what the trial judge characterized as racial discrimination is more properly thought of as discrimination against Democrats. Separating the two is kind of a silly exercise in Texas, where the majority Anglos are overwhelmingly Republicans and the majority of minority voters are overwhelmingly Democrats. But if the appellate courts see this as a political rather than racial struggle, they could reverse any bail-in order of the trial court. Sadly, the courts may hold that discriminating on the basis of party (rather than race) is perfectly legal. How this ends is uncertain.Despite the recent Supreme Court order letting Texas use its voter ID law in this election, the case is far from over, and in fact the most important ruling in the case is yet to come. Voters may get their protection from discriminatory laws yet.Professor Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is at work on a book on campaign finance reform and political equality for Yale University Press. Correction: This article originally said Texas came under preclearance in 1965.

Rand Paul: GOP Brand 'Sucks' Like Domino's Pizza Did

Thursday October 30th, 2014 07:13:29 PM
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) declared on Wednesday that the Republican brand "sucks.""Remember Domino's Pizza? They admitted, 'Hey, our pizza crust sucks.' The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a Republican and for 80 years, African-Americans have had nothing to do with Republicans," Paul said, according to The Hill. Paul said that the party needs a makeover because "the perception is that no one in the Republican Party cares.""We’re also fighting 40 years of us doing a crappy job, of Republicans not trying at all for 40 years, so it’s a lot of overcoming," he said. "You got to show up, you got to have something to say and really we just have to emphasize that we’re trying to do something different."The senator has repeatedly emphasized that the party needs to work on its image and outreach to minority voters, and he has made the comparison to Domino's before.

Poll: Crist Pulls Slightly Ahead In Florida Governor's Race

Thursday October 30th, 2014 06:48:17 PM
In a race that has looked deadlocked in recent weeks, Democratic former Gov. Charlie Crist has opened up a 3-point lead over incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R), according to a poll released Thursday. The Quinnipiac University poll found Crist receiving support from 43 percent of likely voters, compared to Scott’s 40 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie received 8 percent.A Quinnipiac poll released the previous week had shown a tied race between Crist and Scott. The latest poll showed Crist gaining support from independent voters, where he led Scott by 18 points.Crist’s lead was just inside the 3.1 percent margin of error. The poll was conducted from Oct. 22 through Oct. 27 and surveyed 817 likely voters.The TPM PollTracker average on Thursday gave Crist a 1.7 percent lead.

Radio Host Calls Campus Rape Culture 'Big Lie' At Rick Scott Rally

Thursday October 30th, 2014 08:45:50 PM
At a rally to get out the vote for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Tuesday, conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager called the issue of campus sexual assault "a big lie" invented by "the feminist left." At the Sarasota Hyatt, Prager began by calling the idea of a war on women “a gargantuan lie to get votes," and then turned to his opinions on campus rape culture, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune."Did you ever look at what counts? An unwanted kiss is considered sexual assault. I'm stunned it's only 1 in 5," he said, according to the paper. "Four out of five women have not gotten an unwanted kiss?""My wife gets unwanted kisses every so often," he added.Prager said that the left, not the right, is insensitive to violence against women by "trivializing" the word rape."Culture of Rape? No. I'll tell you why it exists on the campus, and that is: a rape of the culture," Prager reportedly said.The head of the Sarasota Republican Party, Joe Gruters, appeared to disapprove of Prager's rant, telling the Herald-Tribune that campus sexual assault is a real problem.“It should never have been part of a political discussion at the rally,” Gruters told the Florida newspaper.No one from the Scott administration spoke at the event, and it was not put on by the campaign, the newspaper reported.Earlier this month, Prager discussed campus rape on his radio show with conservative columnist George Will, whose columns attempting to debunk rape statistics got him uninvited from speaking at a women's college and inspired protests at Miami University.This post has been updated.

Latest Colorado Senate Polls Show Everything From Tie To Big GOP Lead

Thursday October 30th, 2014 06:06:14 PM
A trio of new polls Thursday in the Colorado Senate race suggests the race is going to be a tough one to nail down: They show everything from Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) pulling into a tie with GOP challenger Cory Gardner to Gardner extending his lead to seven points. The Democratic firm Public Policy Polling showed Udall and Gardner tied, with both polling at 48 percent. The firm's last survey, in mid-October, had Gardner with a 3-point lead, 46 percent to 43 percent.The new poll was conducted by PPP for the League of Conservation Voters. Its mid-October poll was conducted without a sponsor.A new Quinnipiac poll showed Gardner with a 7-point advantage, 46 percent to 39 percent. That's up from a 5-point Gardner lead that the pollster found about a week ago.And the new Denver Post/Survey USA poll came down in the middle: It found Gardner leading by 2 points, 46 percent to 44 percent, the same as its last poll from the middle of the month.The two most closely-watched constituencies in the race are women and Hispanics, both of whom Udall is believed to need to win big in order to recreate the unlikely 2010 win by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO). The PPP poll gives Udall a 9-point lead with women, while trailing with men by 11 points. Quinnipiac had Udall winning women by 6 points and losing men by 21. SurveyUSA gave Udall a 6-point lead among women.Among Hispanics, PPP put Udall up big, 63 percent to 27 percent. SurveyUSA had him with just a 3-point lead. Quinnipiac did not break out the Hispanic vote, but they made up 10 percent of its sample versus 13 percent of PPP's.Most recent polling has shown Gardner with a consistent -- and sometimes sizable -- lead. But a handful of Democratic-leaning polls have pegged it as tied or Udall with a small lead. According to TPM's PollTracker average, Gardner is currently leading at 47.1 percent with Udall at 45.3 percent.

RINO Hunting: County GOP Weeding Out Members Who Endorsed AZ Dems

Thursday October 30th, 2014 05:43:25 PM
Arizona Republicans seem to be having a little trouble with defectors.The chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee is on a quest for committee members who have endorsed Democratic, independent or Libertarian candidates in the state, according to the Arizona Republic. In September, Chairman A.J. LaFaro wrote in a newsletter that he had received complaints about GOP committeemen endorsing non-Republican candidates and asked for people to name these individuals."It's bad enough these people endorse RINOs ('Republicans in name only') for elected office, but then turn around and endorse Democrats, independents and Libertarians over some of our Republican nominees," LaFaro wrote in the newsletter, according to the Arizona Republic. "I'm as outraged at these so-called Republicans as you are. We are in the process of trying to identify any Republican PCs who are endorsing and supporting Non-Republicans, and will be removing their voting rights and censuring them in accordance to the 2014 MCRC Bylaws."Members of the committee have apparently supported Fred DuVal, the Democratic candidate for governor and Felecia Rotellini, the Democratic attorney general candidate.On Tuesday, LaFaro sent letters to 12 members of the county GOP committee to tell them they may no longer be able to vote at committee meetings. The defectors will be able to defend themselves at a Nov. 6 meeting, according to the Arizona Republic.One letter sent to a committeeman, which was shared with the Arizona Republic, listed the members of the committee who identified those who supported Democratic candidates.Since the letters were sent, one member of the committee has already convinced LaFaro that he does not support DuVal.Committee member Susan Charlton received a letter, but had told the committee she would support DuVal when the GOP recruited her to run for the committee."This is not the Republican Party that I signed up for," she told the Arizona Republic. "And I wouldn't do it any differently — I would still support Fred. I'm always going to vote my conscience."

Analysts: House Republicans May Win Their Largest Majority Since 1920s

Thursday October 30th, 2014 05:16:01 PM
With five days to go before Election Day, House forecasters roundly project that Republicans will expand their already robust majority, and potentially gain their largest advantage in the chamber since the Roaring Twenties.Sabato's Crystal Ball projects a 9-seat gain for Republicans.The Rothenberg Political Report projects the GOP will pick up somewhere between five and 12 seats.The Cook Political Report projects a Republican net gain of 6 to 12 seats, "with slightly larger GOP gains not out of the question," according to an updated forecast released Wednesday. A gain of 13 seats would mean 247 House seats for the Republicans, who currently enjoy a 233-199 advantage. "If Republicans were to pick up 13 seats, they would win their largest majority since 1928, when Herbert Hoover was elected president," wrote David Wasserman, the House editor of the Cook Political Report.Retaining the House majority is a slam dunk for the GOP, due to the fundamentals: a poor approval rating for President Barack Obama, low expected turnout for Democrats and a map that strongly favors Republicans.Another 2010-style wave is unlikely because Republican gains since then don't leave much for the taking, but a nine-seat gain would give the party one more seat than it had after that election. Many competitive 2014 races are trending GOP down the stretch. For instance, of the 15 races rated "tossup" by Crystal Ball last week, 11 now lean Republican.An ideal bellwether for how well House Republicans will do on Election Night, the forecasters say, is New Hampshire's two districts — both have a knack for reflecting the political climate. They flipped from Republican to Democrat in the 2006 wave, then back to Republican in the 2010 wave, then back to Democrat in the 2012 election. The two incumbents face tough reelection bids."If Democrats manage to hold on to both of those seats in New Hampshire, then maybe they could keep their losses under 5 overall. And that would be a big win for them," Wasserman said recently by phone. "If New Hampshire splits one and one, then Democrats are probably on track to lose between 5 and 10 seats which is what we expect nationally. If Democrats lose both seats, then wow, you're looking at a really big Republican night and they could be on their way to winning double digits."

Michael Jordan: Just Sayin', Obama Is A 'Sh*tty Golfer' (VIDEO)

Thursday October 30th, 2014 05:15:11 PM
Given the chance, basketball icon Michael Jordan would not hit the green with President Barack Obama. Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad asked Jordan who his dream golf foursome would be in a Wednesday interview on the Back9Network golf channel. Jordan said he'd play a round with golf legend Arnold Palmer and the President, then quickly took it back because he said Obama would be too slow."I never played with Obama, but I would," Jordan said. "But nah, that's okay, I take him out. He's a hack, man, I'd be all day playing with him.""Do you really want to say that? He's the President of the United States, he's a hack?" Rashad asked."Don't worry about it," Jordan said. "I never said he wasn't a great politician, I'm just saying he's a sh*tty golfer."Watch below: Your browser does not support iframes.

Battle for Constitutiony Border Continues

Thursday October 30th, 2014 05:02:16 PM
Leader of self-styled 'militia' whose leaders took it upon themselves to start patrolling the US-Mexico border was arrested earlier this month. When feds searched his hotel room they found a big cache of weapons and a supply of ammonium nitrate which is of course used for making car bombs and other similar high explosive devices for freedom.

Thanks, Obama

Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:48:44 PM
Columnist who wrote that Michael Brown was an "animal" who had to be "put down" is now "no longer employed" by his paper.

Arizona Dems Mailer Highlights Libertarian To Sap Votes From GOPer (PHOTOS)

Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:12:58 PM
The Arizona Democrats tried to pull a fast one on some voters to help Rep. Kyrsten Sinema's (D-AZ) re-election chances. The party has been mailing out campaign fliers focusing on Libertarian Powell Gammill. The goal was to move votes away from Sinema's main challenger, Republican Wendy Rogers. The fliers don't explicitly endorse Gammill but they do include facts that would appeal to Republican voters and not Democrats. One side of the fliers reads: Powell Gammill, Before you voteELIMINATE ALL FOREIGN AID TO ANY COUNTRY Powell doesn't believe in foreign aid. He believes other countries need to handle their own affairs and let Americans worry about America.ELIMINATE ALL GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR ABORTION Powell doesn't believe government should be in the business of abortion. If he had his way, not a single cent of government money would go to fund an abortion for any reason.ELIMINATE ALL GUN CONTROL LAWS Powell believes in the Second Amendment and opposes ANY violation of it. He believes EVERY citizen should be allowed to possess military-grade firearms as a defense against government tyranny. TPM made repeated requests for comment on Wednesday from the Arizona Democratic Party but Arizona Democratic Party communications director Barbara Lubin did not return calls or emails. The campaign for Sinema (pictured) also referred TPM to the Democratic Party. Arizona Democratic Party executive director DJ Quinlan, in an interview with the Arizona Republic published Wednesday night, said the mailers aren't deceptive. "It might be unconventional, sure, but deceptive it's surely not," Quinlan told the Arizona newspaper. "It says right there: 'Paid for by the Arizona Democratic Party.'" Quinlan added that the flier was just highlighting Gammill's positions. "Obviously we prefer Kyrsten Sinema," Quinlan said, before cautioning that "our calculation is there are probably a lot of conservative voters who realize [Gammill] is far more consistent than Wendy Rogers. …We're pretty much taking [Gammill's] positions directly from his website and sharing them." Gammill is a perennial congressional candidate. He ran for office in 2012 and got 17,000 votes. Sinema won the race that year by almost 10,000 votes, according to the Arizona Republic.Both RealClearPolitics and Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball rates the race for Arizona's 9th Congressional District as Likely Dem. Below is the flier, obtained by TPM, below:

Feds Found Ammonium Nitrate, AK-47 In Militia Leader's Hotel Room

Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:12:01 PM
Federal agents reportedly found a supply of the explosive ammonium nitrate, along with a pile of guns and ammo, when they searched the hotel room of a leader of a Texas border militia member earlier this month. The San Antonio Express-News reported on Wednesday about court records that showed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives dispatched agents to a hotel in Brownsville, Texas where Kevin "KC" Massey had been staying before his Oct. 20 arrest on weapons charges.Along with a box containing the chemical, the officers found "an AK-47 with six loaded magazines, a loaded handgun, a ballistic helmet and several cameras," according to the Texas newspaper.As the Express-News noted, ammonium nitrate is the substance used by the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in the attack that killed 168 people.Massey belonged to the paramilitary group "Camp Lonestar," and was described as a "CO," or commanding officer, in a September profile in the Texas Observer.He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was convicted of burglary in 1988.The Express-News reported further on the circumstances of Massey's arrest:Massey was arrested in connection to an Aug. 29 incident during which a Border Patrol agent fired four shots at a man pointing a weapon at the agent near the Rio Grande while pursuing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville, according to documents from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville.

Paper No Longer Employs Columnist Who Called Michael Brown An 'Animal'

Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:10:21 PM
The columnist who called Michael Brown an "animal" who had to be put down on his personal blog has parted ways with the Charleston Daily Mail.The paper's editor, Brad McElhinny, wrote in a blog post on Thursday that columnist Don Surber is no longer employed by the Charleston Daily Mail. "It’s the kind of conservative that believes in the power of the individual. That is, each individual has the possibility to flourish, succeed and prosper," McElhinny wrote. "That’s why it was so disheartening to see the careless words of one of our own editorial writers describing a young man whose life ended tragically too soon."McElhinny said that even though Surber wrote the controversial post about Brown on his own blog, his name is still associated with the newspaper."He selected words that were unfortunate, inflammatory and, in our view, inexcusable," McElhinny wrote. "It’s his own blog, but still, he’s known as a Daily Mail editorial columnist and many readers seemed to perceive the views stated to reflect on the Daily Mail’s editorial policy."The paper did not say whether Surber was asked to leave, or if he made the decision to go."As of this week, Mr. Surber is no longer employed by the Daily Mail," McElhinny wrote. "We thank him for his service and we wish Mr. Surber good luck."

Ted Cruz Has An Opinion On Apple CEO's Coming Out

Thursday October 30th, 2014 03:30:07 PM
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may not be the first person most people would go to for reaction to the news that Apple's CEO just publicly came out as gay. But on Thursday, CNBC asked the Texas Republican to weigh in on Tim Cook's announcement. And Cruz's answer showed just how tough it can be for a social conservative and potential 2016 contender to navigate the wave of marriage equality breaking across the country."Those are his personal choices, I’ll tell you I love my iPhone," Cruz said on CNBC's "Squawk Box," as quoted by The Hill."Listen, Tim Cook makes his personal decisions, and that is his life. My focus is on the constitutional question of who has the authority to make decisions," Cruz added.Cruz has called the Supreme Court's recent refusal to review same-sex marriage cases "judicial activism at its worst" and vowed to introduce a constitutional amendment to ban the federal government and the courts from overturning state marriage laws.CNBC's Rebecca Quick pressed Cruz to explain that position."You yourself have talked about introducing anti-gay marriage legislation, trying to protect the rights of the states," she said. "But at the same time, you've also said that what the Supreme Court did by not ruling on the states who have allowed gay marriage, that that was tragic and indefensible?""You're exactly right," Cruz responded. "Look, I believe in the Constitution. I think we need to follow the Constitution. What the Supreme Court did, effectively striking down the laws of 30 states, was wrong and it was judicial activism.""But if a state chooses to allow people of the same sex to marry, shouldn't they be allowed to do that?" Quick asked."Yes. No, no, I agree," Cruz said. "Perhaps you are not understanding my position. Marriage is a question for the states … the issue is, constitutionally, should the federal government or federal courts impose their policy views in the place of the policy views of citizens of states."Watch below via CNBC:

Get Ready

Thursday October 30th, 2014 02:44:21 PM
It's Mitch's Revenge Obama: Kiss your executive appointments goodbye starting next year. Sahil Kapur has the story.

Jeb Bush Disses His Own Son's 2016 Speculation

Thursday October 30th, 2014 02:35:37 PM
George P. Bush, son of former Florida governor and much-speculated 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush, raised eyebrows on Sunday when he said it was "more than likely" that his dad would run for president.His dad, however, doesn't sound too happy about it.“He’s got an opinion. He didn’t talk to me,” Jeb said in a Wednesday interview with MSNBC. “When you have kids you’ll probably have the same frustration," he continued. "You love them to death and they have their own opinions -- but I’ll make up my mind just as I’ve said at the end of the year.""Same as I’ve always said," Jeb concluded. "There’s nothing new here.”The New York Times also reported Sunday that George P., George W., and George H.W. were supportive of and pushing for a Jeb 2016 candidacy.“If it were up to his father, he would be a candidate,” Jim McGrath, a spokesman for George H.W., told the Times.


T.J. Maxx, Marshalls Will Be Closed To ‘Give Our Associates The Time To Enjoy The Thanksgiving Holiday’

Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:22:13 PM Bryce Covert

Other brands, like Macy's and Walmart, will be open on the holiday itself.The post T.J. Maxx, Marshalls Will Be Closed To ‘Give Our Associates The Time To Enjoy The Thanksgiving Holiday’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A Simple Seal Can Tell You Whether A Company Treats Its Female Employees Equally

Thursday October 30th, 2014 03:48:09 PM Bryce Covert

EDGE certification is the first global standard that tells employees, applicants, and consumers that a company meets metrics on gender equality.The post A Simple Seal Can Tell You Whether A Company Treats Its Female Employees Equally appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Government Threatens To Cut Off For-Profit Colleges Unless Their Students Start Getting Jobs

Thursday October 30th, 2014 01:37:19 PM Alan Pyke

The Education Department is finally issuing rules that would link for-profit colleges' access to taxpayer money to their graduates' economic success.The post Government Threatens To Cut Off For-Profit Colleges Unless Their Students Start Getting Jobs appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Bidding Farewell To The Federal Reserve’s Giant Experiment With Quantitative Easing

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 07:12:15 PM Alan Pyke

The Federal Reserve is ending the experimental $3.4 trillion bond-buying program known as quantitative easing. What did it achieve?The post Bidding Farewell To The Federal Reserve’s Giant Experiment With Quantitative Easing appeared first on ThinkProgress.

GameStop Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving ‘Out Of Respect For Our Store Associates’

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 06:55:05 PM Bryce Covert

GameStop makes at least eight national chains that have resisted the trend to open on Thanksgiving Day for Black Friday shopping.The post GameStop Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving ‘Out Of Respect For Our Store Associates’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ask Our Northern Neighbors Whether Higher Minimum Wages Kill Jobs

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 03:54:53 PM Bryce Covert

The evidence shows that higher minimum wages in Canada haven't hurt jobs.The post Ask Our Northern Neighbors Whether Higher Minimum Wages Kill Jobs appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The US Falls Behind Nicaragua, Rwanda, And The Philippines On Women’s Equality

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 12:53:35 PM Bryce Covert

The United States ranks at number 20 globally for women's equality.The post The US Falls Behind Nicaragua, Rwanda, And The Philippines On Women’s Equality appeared first on ThinkProgress.

UPS Decides To Stop Kicking Pregnant Women Out Of Their Jobs

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 03:03:30 PM Bryce Covert

Ahead of a Supreme Court decision on whether UPS discriminated against a pregnant employee, it will ensure better protections for current pregnant workers.The post UPS Decides To Stop Kicking Pregnant Women Out Of Their Jobs appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Patagonia Employees Can Stay Home On Thanksgiving Day

Monday October 27th, 2014 07:33:30 PM Bryce Covert

Patagonia is the seventh major chain so far to decide to stay closed on the holiday.The post Patagonia Employees Can Stay Home On Thanksgiving Day appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Stock Market Rallies Are Screwing Over Average Americans

Monday October 27th, 2014 04:39:26 PM Bryce Covert

The wealthiest are able to capitalize on market lows and are more likely to benefit from highs, increasing inequality.The post How Stock Market Rallies Are Screwing Over Average Americans appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Homelessness In The World’s Largest City Just Hit A Record Low

Monday October 27th, 2014 02:13:37 PM Scott Keyes

Why does Tokyo have a rate of homelessness 67 times lower than the largest American city?The post Homelessness In The World’s Largest City Just Hit A Record Low appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why The Container Store Pays Its Workers About $50,000 A Year

Monday October 27th, 2014 01:05:25 PM Bryce Covert

The Container Store pays more than double the industry average and says it reaps the benefits in high productivity and low turnover.The post Why The Container Store Pays Its Workers About $50,000 A Year appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Fox News Host Calls Out Chris Christie For Putting Millionaires Over State’s Economy

Sunday October 26th, 2014 02:27:54 PM Josh Israel

Christie defended his record by noting that the state's unemployment rate is now 6.5 percent -- well higher than the national average.The post Fox News Host Calls Out Chris Christie For Putting Millionaires Over State’s Economy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This Store Won’t Make Its Employees Come To Work On Thanksgiving

Saturday October 25th, 2014 01:19:32 PM Bryce Covert

Nordstrom is one of the major chains resisting the trend of opening on Thanksgiving Day.The post This Store Won’t Make Its Employees Come To Work On Thanksgiving appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Restaurant Industry Is Rife With Race Discrimination

Friday October 24th, 2014 07:16:52 PM Carimah Townes

You don't want to be a person of color working in the restaurant industry. The post The Restaurant Industry Is Rife With Race Discrimination appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Costco Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving Because Employees ‘Deserve The Opportunity’ To Be With Family

Friday October 24th, 2014 02:32:01 PM Bryce Covert

At least five chain stores have decided workers won't have to come in on Thanksgiving.The post Costco Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving Because Employees ‘Deserve The Opportunity’ To Be With Family appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Chipotle Accused Of Stealing From Its Workers

Friday October 24th, 2014 01:06:20 PM Bryce Covert

Chipotle and Papa John's are the latest fast food chains to be accused of wage theft.The post Chipotle Accused Of Stealing From Its Workers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Four Chain Stores Will Close On Thanksgiving Day To Let Workers Spend Time With Family

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 06:20:30 PM Bryce Covert

Dillard's, Burlington, and American Girl confirmed they'll be closed, unlike stores that are deciding to begin Black Friday a day early.The post Four Chain Stores Will Close On Thanksgiving Day To Let Workers Spend Time With Family appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Bank Manager Pressured Female Employee To Sleep With Executives, Employees Allege

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 02:35:55 PM Bryce Covert

The lawsuits accuse the bank of retaliating against employees who tried to report multiple instances of sexual harassment.The post Bank Manager Pressured Female Employee To Sleep With Executives, Employees Allege appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Mortgage Giant Accused Of Faking Documents To Justify Foreclosures

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 01:21:47 PM Alan Pyke

The fourth-largest mortgage servicing company has systematically faked key documents in foreclosures for years, according to a New York regulator, despite a national legal settlement in 2012 that was supposed to put a stop to such abuses by the industry.The post Mortgage Giant Accused Of Faking Documents To Justify Foreclosures appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Federal Judge Orders Sheriff Joe Arpaio To Undergo Racial Profiling Training

Thursday October 30th, 2014 03:16:10 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

“I will order Sheriff Arpaio to take the training," U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow said. "I will order that today.”The post Federal Judge Orders Sheriff Joe Arpaio To Undergo Racial Profiling Training appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Yelp Lawsuit Could Expose Anonymous Online Commenters

Thursday October 30th, 2014 01:30:16 PM Lauren C. Williams

Virginia Supreme Court to decide whether businesses can request customers identity for giving them bad reviews on social media sites. The post Yelp Lawsuit Could Expose Anonymous Online Commenters appeared first on ThinkProgress.

On Tuesday, Californians Can Take A Big Step Toward Ending Mass Incarceration

Thursday October 30th, 2014 12:20:12 PM Scott Keyes

If Proposition 47 passes, as many as 10,000 non-violent offenders locked up in California could see their felony convictions reduced to a misdemeanor.The post On Tuesday, Californians Can Take A Big Step Toward Ending Mass Incarceration appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Disturbing Treatment Of Black Kids In Minneapolis

Thursday October 30th, 2014 12:19:12 PM Nicole Flatow

And African Americans are 11.5 times more likely to be arrested for pot possession. The post The Disturbing Treatment Of Black Kids In Minneapolis appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Inmate Sues Prison Claiming His Religious Liberty Entitles Him To Dress Like A Pirate

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 05:29:26 PM Ian Millhiser

After Hobby Lobby, it's not entirely clear that he will lose.The post Inmate Sues Prison Claiming His Religious Liberty Entitles Him To Dress Like A Pirate appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ferguson Police Chief Pressured To Step Down Before Grand Jury Decision

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 01:32:43 PM Carimah Townes

A police shakeup may not be enough to help Ferguson before the grand jury verdict next month.The post Ferguson Police Chief Pressured To Step Down Before Grand Jury Decision appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Autopsy Finds Black Man Killed By Utah Cops Was Shot 6 Times In The Back

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 01:07:19 PM Nicole Flatow

Victim Darrien Hunt was carrying a sword his mother said was a toy, wearing what many believe was a cosplay outfit. The post Autopsy Finds Black Man Killed By Utah Cops Was Shot 6 Times In The Back appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Terrible Ordeal One Texas Man Went Through Just To Learn He Wouldn’t Be Able To Vote

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 01:01:03 PM Ian Millhiser

Texan Eric Kennie has voted in every single general election since his 18th birthday — his parents raised him to understand the importance of the right to vote for African Americans like himself. Yet Kennie will not be voting in next week’s election. He can’t, thanks to Texas’s new voter ID law.The post The Terrible Ordeal One Texas Man Went Through Just To Learn He Wouldn’t Be Able To Vote appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Extraordinary Racial Implications Of Legalizing Pot In The Nation’s Capital

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 06:03:45 PM Nicole Flatow

In the nation's capital, the marijuana legalization ballot initiative is very likely to pass. And the conversation is all about race.The post The Extraordinary Racial Implications Of Legalizing Pot In The Nation’s Capital appeared first on ThinkProgress.

GOP Official Defends Billing Taxpayers For Partisan Lawsuit: The $34k Pricetag Was ‘Very Reasonable’

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 04:50:48 PM Josh Israel

Kansas taxpayers will be on the hook for more than $34,000 in legal fees paid to a controversial former Bush Department of Justice appointee, thanks to Kris Kobach's failed illegal gambit.The post GOP Official Defends Billing Taxpayers For Partisan Lawsuit: The $34k Pricetag Was ‘Very Reasonable’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Federal Court: ‘We Have Our Doubts That Imprisonment Is An Appropriate Treatment’ For Marijuana Use

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 03:55:06 PM Ian Millhiser

If this panel of judges agrees that imprisonment is not the correct punishment for marijuana offenders, it is likely that many other judges hold the same view.The post Federal Court: ‘We Have Our Doubts That Imprisonment Is An Appropriate Treatment’ For Marijuana Use appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Minnesota Atheists Sue For Right To Perform Marriages Just Like Ordained Ministers

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 01:02:04 PM Ian Millhiser

The group that brought this lawsuit says that "many atheists who want to be certified as marriage celebrants do not want to engage in the hypocrisy of pretending they are ministers of phony churches."The post Minnesota Atheists Sue For Right To Perform Marriages Just Like Ordained Ministers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

‘Friends Don’t Deport Friends’: DREAMers Interrupt Democratic Senator At Campaign Event

Monday October 27th, 2014 04:15:50 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Though Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) said, "I support bipartisan commonsense immigration reform," she has not always backed pro-immigration reform policies. The post ‘Friends Don’t Deport Friends’: DREAMers Interrupt Democratic Senator At Campaign Event appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What It Means That Even The Koch Brothers Want To Provide Lawyers To The Poor

Monday October 27th, 2014 03:57:47 PM Nicole Flatow

The very same brothers who have made a name for themselves cutting government services are now funding an initiative to provide more lawyers to the poor.The post What It Means That Even The Koch Brothers Want To Provide Lawyers To The Poor appeared first on ThinkProgress.

You Can Still Eat This Corgi In Pennsylvania, Thanks To The NRA

Monday October 27th, 2014 01:06:26 PM Ian Millhiser

The NRA's primary objection to the animal cruelty bill was a separate provision banning what are known as "pigeon shoots."The post You Can Still Eat This Corgi In Pennsylvania, Thanks To The NRA appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Teenage Boy May Have Shot Up His School Because His Girlfriend Broke Up With Him

Saturday October 25th, 2014 04:35:43 PM Aviva Shen

A student told the Seattle Times that the girl in question was one of the victims.The post Teenage Boy May Have Shot Up His School Because His Girlfriend Broke Up With Him appeared first on ThinkProgress.

BREAKING: Six People Reportedly Shot At Seattle High School (Updated)

Friday October 24th, 2014 06:58:53 PM Ian Millhiser

A gunman reportedly opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Seattle on Friday, before killing himself his own gun.The post BREAKING: Six People Reportedly Shot At Seattle High School (Updated) appeared first on ThinkProgress.

NYC Mayor: Undocumented Immigrants Shouldn’t Hesitate To Seek Medical Care For Ebola

Friday October 24th, 2014 06:58:20 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

“No New Yorker, no one, no one here in this city should worry about their documentation status,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The post NYC Mayor: Undocumented Immigrants Shouldn’t Hesitate To Seek Medical Care For Ebola appeared first on ThinkProgress.

307 People Died Crossing The Southern Border Last Year, And That’s The Lowest It’s Been In 15 Years

Friday October 24th, 2014 05:40:14 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

For the first time, "Arizona was not the deadliest place to cross the border,” the Associated Press reported. The post 307 People Died Crossing The Southern Border Last Year, And That’s The Lowest It’s Been In 15 Years appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Lawmakers Sneak Big Gift To The NRA Into Bill Banning Copper Theft

Friday October 24th, 2014 04:27:20 PM Ian Millhiser

The law reduces the costs of bringing a pro-gun lawsuit, it deputizes the NRA to police gun laws enacted by city and town councils, and it gives the NRA an incentive to file as many suits as it can as quickly as possible.The post Lawmakers Sneak Big Gift To The NRA Into Bill Banning Copper Theft appeared first on ThinkProgress.



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