Columbia Univ. faces sexual assault complaint

Thursday April 24th, 2014 09:51:30 PM Meredith Clark
Another Ivy League school is facing a complaint over its response to sexual assault reports.

Thursday's Mini-Report, 4.24.14

Thursday April 24th, 2014 09:30:20 PM Steve Benen
Today's edition of quick hits.

Palin, Cruz rally behind black GOP star

Thursday April 24th, 2014 09:59:52 PM Trymaine Lee
Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz are rallying for rising black GOP star T.W. Shannon, who is campaigning to fill the Senate seat vacated by Tom Coburn.

Cemetery refuses to bury gay couple's ashes

Thursday April 24th, 2014 09:26:14 PM Emma Margolin
An Idaho veterans cemetery is refusing to bury the ashes of a lesbian couple together because the state does not recognize same-sex marriages.

‘Fear is a natural emotion’

Thursday April 24th, 2014 09:25:02 PM
(Part 1 of 4) Since sustaining injury Afghanistan, Keith Sekora, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), has struggled with a memory that isn’t quite in order and moves at different speeds. Taking the Hill airs Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m.

'This is not net neutrality'

Thursday April 24th, 2014 09:33:58 PM Steve Benen
The future of the policy is not yet set in stone, but it would appear the future of net neutrality is in great jeopardy.

Poll: Should gay couple be buried together?

Thursday April 24th, 2014 08:55:20 PM
Should the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery bury the ashes of a lesbian couple together?

America's justice divide for rich and poor

Thursday April 24th, 2014 09:25:02 PM
Author Matt Tiabi joins Alex Wagner to discuss his new book, which explores the American wealth gap and how our country has become numb to rights that are enjoyed on a “sliding scale.”

Nas revisits debut album in 'Time is...

Thursday April 24th, 2014 08:55:01 PM
Rapper Nas joins Alex Wagner to discuss the documentary, “Time is Illmatic,” about his 1994 debut album, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Plus, the evolution of hip-hop and race in the Obama-era.

Campus sexual assault

Thursday April 24th, 2014 08:39:41 PM
Should there be universal rules for how colleges deal with sexual assault?


Not Sorry: Bundy Spends Another 20 Minutes Rambling About 'The Negro'

Thursday April 24th, 2014 09:18:14 PM
For about 20 minutes Thursday afternoon, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy restated his views on race in America.The press conference, originally expected to announce legal action against the Bureau of Land Management, instead featured Bundy offering a sort of stream-of-conscience take on the reaction to his comments about black people and slavery. He made no apology, and instead used part of his time to scold the media for its coverage of him.He stood on a makeshift outdoor stage decked with American flags, with supporters occasionally shouting their approval of him. At the end of the event, a few supporters cursed and yelled at the reporters. Bundy, meanwhile, continued sharing thoughts on "the Negro community" in comments that tracked with the attempted clarification Bundy had given to conservative radio hosts throughout the day. Read More →

Cliven Bundy: Minority Groups Are 'Against Us'

Thursday April 24th, 2014 09:16:24 PM
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, before making his comments about "the Negro," spoke about other racial minorities and their lack of support for his cause, according to additional video obtained by the Washington Post."Where is our colored brother? Where is our Mexican brother? Where is our Chinese -- where are they?" Bundy said. "They're just as much American as we are, and they're not with us. If they're not with us, they're going to be against us." Read More →

Bar Association Angered By Haley Attack Ad: Legal Defense Is 'Constitutional Right'

Thursday April 24th, 2014 09:11:43 PM
The South Carolina Bar Association is calling for Gov. Nikki Haley's (R) reelection campaign to take down an attack ad that hits her Democratic opponent's background as a defense attorney. The bar argues the ad wrongly attacks defense attorneys in bashing state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D). "That's a basic tenent of the Constitution," South Carolina Bar Association President Alice Paylor said on Wednesday according to the Post and Courier. "What they're attacking is the whole basis of the U.S. and the U.S. Constitution. According to them, I guess everyone accused of something is automatically guilty." Read More →

Obama Administration To Take Over Oregon's Failed Obamacare Exchange

Thursday April 24th, 2014 08:46:13 PM
Oregon intends to surrender its dysfunctional Obamacare exchange to the Obama administration, which is making plans to take over the state's insurance marketplace, sources familiar with the matter confirmed. Read More →

WATCH LIVE: Cliven Bundy Holds News Conference At 4 PM

Thursday April 24th, 2014 08:04:35 PM
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the anti-government activist who has recently come under fire for saying that he wonders if African-Americans would be "better off as slaves," will speak at a press conference on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET. Read More →

Hannity Disgusted With Bundy: Race Comments 'Beyond Repugnant'

Thursday April 24th, 2014 08:46:38 PM
Conservative media titan Sean Hannity, formerly one of Nevada rancher Clive Bundy's strongest advocates, expressed his vehement disgust Thursday with the latter's remarks on slavery. Read More →

Scarborough Draws Comparison Between Cliven Bundy And George Zimmerman

Thursday April 24th, 2014 07:22:54 PM
Joe Scarborough on Thursday said that the prominent conservatives must be feeling "exposed" now that their anti-government hero Cliven Bundy was quoted wondering if African-Americans would be "better off as slaves."“This has happened before. It happened when conservatives raced blindly to put their arms around George Zimmerman, a man who they didn’t realize who gets in all these troubles," Scarborough said. "Because they basically pick their friends based on who their friends’ ‘enemies’ are. In this case, you have a lot of people in conservative media have raced to this guy’s defense. And they must be feeling very exposed this morning.” Read More →

Hate When That Happens

Thursday April 24th, 2014 07:06:43 PM
One minute you're keeping it real defending a far-right scofflaw rancher who's skipped out on a million dollars in back fees to the federal government for using public land and is now guarding himself with a crew of heavily armed militia types and the next thing you know he turns out to be kinda racist.

Perry Clarifies On Bundy's Slavery Remarks: 'Reprehensible'

Thursday April 24th, 2014 07:06:35 PM
After skipping the chance to denounce Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's slavery remarks earlier Thursday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) office made clear later in the day that the governor found the comments "reprehensible." Read More →

Karl Rove Unskews NYTimes Poll On Southern Senate Dems

Thursday April 24th, 2014 06:28:59 PM
Republican strategist Karl Rove added his name to the list of critics seeking to unskew a bunch of New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation polls which showed a number of Democrats in key Senate races running either neck-and-neck or ahead of their Republican competitors. Rove claimed the poll was "badly done."The polls' findings provoked criticism from The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, among others, who said that the surveys were wrong because of the findings on a subquestion over Arkansas voters. Read More →

Bundy's Biggest Gaffe?

Thursday April 24th, 2014 06:01:32 PM
Of all his comments, this little-noticed statement might be what really sinks Cliven Bundy with some of his diehard supporters.

Bundy Has A Surprisingly Nice Take On Undocumented Immigrants

Thursday April 24th, 2014 05:59:20 PM
More video has emerged of Cliven Bundy's slavery remarks, and they now include a bit about "the Spanish people" -- by whom Bundy appears to mean undocumented Hispanic immigrants. But there's a twist: The Nevada rancher actually seems quite fond of them."Now let me talk about the Spanish people," Bundy said in a new video unearthed by New York magazine, right after he concluded his thoughts on "the Negro." Read More →

Waiting On Hannity

Thursday April 24th, 2014 05:49:22 PM
What are the big Bundy defenders saying now about his pro-slavery remarks? Here's the definitive rundown.

Media Just Twisting Bundy's Words

Thursday April 24th, 2014 05:45:26 PM
Bundy Ranch Facebook page comes to Cliven Bundy's defense.

Rasmussen Poll: Charlie Crist Leads Rick Scott

Thursday April 24th, 2014 05:36:47 PM
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) leads current Gov. Rick Scott ( R) in the Florida governor's race, according to a new poll from the conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports. The poll, released Thursday, found Crist leading Scott 45 percent to 39 percent with 6 percent saying they preferred another candidate and 10 percent who said they were undecided. Read More →

Militia Supporters Rally Around Bundy: 'Rumors' Won't Keep A 'Good Man' Down

Thursday April 24th, 2014 05:16:50 PM
Cliven Bundy's militia supporters came to his defense on Thursday after reports of a racist tirade last weekend in which the Nevada rancher wondered if "the Negro" was "better off" under slavery."There are new rumors going around about Cliven. We all know that with the media, words are taken out of context, meanings are twisted, and they can take anything and turn it into what they want it to be," a post on the official Bundy Ranch Facebook page reads. "Cliven is a good man, he loves all people, he is not a racist man. He wants what is best for everyone." Read More →

'I'm Not Racist'

Thursday April 24th, 2014 05:36:59 PM
Cliven Bundy tells Alex Jones(!) that the NYT should retract it's story on his pro-slavery remarks, then in a separate interview tries to explain what he meant -- and basically reiterates everything he said initially. Historically, threading the needle of pro-slavery/not racist has been exceedingly difficult.

RNC Chairman: Cliven Bundy '100 Percent Wrong On Race'

Thursday April 24th, 2014 05:24:12 PM
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday slammed Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's comments about "the Negro" and whether African-Americans would be "better off as slaves." "Bundy's comments are completely beyond the pale. Both highly offensive and 100 percent wrong on race," Priebus said in a statement on Thursday. Read More →

Vice Confirms Its Reporter Has Been Released In Ukraine

Thursday April 24th, 2014 05:21:27 PM
Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released in Ukraine, the website confirmed on Thursday. Read More →

West Virginia Secretary Of State Calls Out Koch Group For 'Misleading' Voters

Thursday April 24th, 2014 05:02:38 PM
West Virginia's Secretary of State, who also happens to be running for U.S. Senate as a Democrat, issued a statement this week criticizing the Americans For Prosperity Foundation for sending voters "misleading and confusing" documents regarding their voter registration status. Read More →


Fast Food Companies Pay CEOs 1,200 Times What They Pay Workers (And You’re Helping Them Do It)

Thursday April 24th, 2014 08:47:48 PM
The ratio of CEO-to-worker pay in the fast food industry has exploded and tax loopholes mean the public is funding that inequality.The post Fast Food Companies Pay CEOs 1,200 Times What They Pay Workers (And You’re Helping Them Do It) appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Lawmaker Says Women Make Less Because They Don’t Work As Hard

Thursday April 24th, 2014 05:20:58 PM
New Hampshire State Rep. Will Infantine (R) said that men make more because they take on riskier and harder work.The post Lawmaker Says Women Make Less Because They Don’t Work As Hard appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Missouri’s Huge Tax Break For The Rich Could Erase 60 Percent Of Its Annual Revenue

Thursday April 24th, 2014 01:14:59 PM
Republicans are pushing a regressive income tax cut with a sentence that could eliminate taxes on earnings above $9,000.The post Missouri’s Huge Tax Break For The Rich Could Erase 60 Percent Of Its Annual Revenue appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Here’s Why This City’s Businesses Love Its Paid Sick Days Law

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 03:59:41 PM
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 Finds

Wednesday 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.

The Spending Cuts That Actually Increase The Deficit

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 07:59:40 PM
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.

The Poor Are More Frugal Than The Rich

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 04:36:59 PM
The poor are spending less since the recession while trying harder to save their money.The post The Poor Are More Frugal Than The Rich appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How The Everest Avalanche Sparked A Labor Fight

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 02:40:24 PM
After the deaths of at least 13 Sherpas on Mount Everest, their peers are pushing back on wages and working conditions.The post How The Everest Avalanche Sparked A Labor Fight appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Kansas School Funding Bill Gives More To Some Students By Taking From Others

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 01:11:47 PM
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.

More Than A Fifth Of America’s Children Are Going Hungry

Monday April 21st, 2014 09:05:58 PM
The newest data on hunger in America offers a bleak portrait.The post More Than A Fifth Of America’s Children Are Going Hungry appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Female Executives Still Don’t Get The Leadership Positions

Monday April 21st, 2014 07:33:20 PM
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.

Virtually All Homeless People Experience Discrimination

Monday April 21st, 2014 05:16:39 PM
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.

Union Will Keep Fighting To Organize Volkswagen Workers

Monday April 21st, 2014 04:38:18 PM
“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.

Florida City About To Make It Illegal For Homeless People To Have Possessions In Public

Monday April 21st, 2014 03:34:31 PM
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.

Union Ends Recent Fight To Organize Volkswagen Workers In Tennessee

Monday April 21st, 2014 12:37:09 PM
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 Smartphones Were Stolen Last Year

Sunday April 20th, 2014 04:52:13 PM
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.

Fired Yahoo Executive Made More Than The Company’s Female CEO

Friday April 18th, 2014 05:18:25 PM
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.

Poor People’s Lives Are Getting Shorter

Friday April 18th, 2014 03:17:41 PM
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.

This Company Has A 4-Day Work Week, Pays Its Workers A Full Salary And Is Super Successful

Friday April 18th, 2014 02:13:33 PM
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 Long-Term Unemployed Are Stuck Without Work Thanks To Bad Luck

Friday April 18th, 2014 12:46:44 PM
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.


Justice Stevens Supports Federal Marijuana Legalization

Thursday April 24th, 2014 08:50:22 PM
"The distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of a distinction."The post Justice Stevens Supports Federal Marijuana Legalization appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Conservatives Slow To Denounce Cliven Bundy Over Racist Comments

Thursday April 24th, 2014 05:22:31 PM
Conservatives are championing Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy as a patriot, but his recent assertion that black people were better off as slaves is sure to put his supporters in an awkward position.The post Conservatives Slow To Denounce Cliven Bundy Over Racist Comments appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Oklahoma Legislators Want to Impeach Justices Who Suspended Death Sentences

Thursday April 24th, 2014 05:02:48 PM
The state of Oklahoma narrowly avoided a constitutional crisis over the death penalty Wednesday night. But lawmakers are still attempting to exert influence over the court. The post Oklahoma Legislators Want to Impeach Justices Who Suspended Death Sentences appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Can You Really Be Arrested For A Parody Twitter Account?

Thursday April 24th, 2014 03:31:52 PM
Police raided a 28-year old's house over a parody Twitter account, raising questions about how law enforcement navigate online speech. The post Can You Really Be Arrested For A Parody Twitter Account? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Obama Is On Course To Reduce Hundreds, If Not Thousands, Of The Longest Prison Sentences

Thursday April 24th, 2014 03:09:14 PM
Details of a new executive program that could shorten the outdated sentences of many federal inmates suggest as many as 23,000 inmates could have a shot. The post How Obama Is On Course To Reduce Hundreds, If Not Thousands, Of The Longest Prison Sentences appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Meet The Companies That Just Promised To Pull 60 Million Dollars From Private Prisons

Thursday April 24th, 2014 01:00:25 PM
Will divestment be a new strategy for phasing out America's massive private prison companies? The post Meet The Companies That Just Promised To Pull 60 Million Dollars From Private Prisons appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How The New Internet Rules Could Undermine Net Neutrality

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 11:10:02 PM
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.

Arizona Police Stopped This Future Schoolteacher Four Times in Three Years For Driving While Latino

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 07:47:54 PM
“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.

Georgia Governor Signs Bill Allowing Guns In Bars, Churches, Libraries And Schools

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 05:13:01 PM
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.

Here’s The History Of NYPD Abuse That Turned Its PR Campaign Into A Twitter Assault

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 03:55:09 PM
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.

Meet The Militia Rushing To Cliven Bundy’s Defense

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 02:52:43 PM
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 Proposal

Wednesday 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.

Woman Who Allegedly Spit On Police Officer Charged With Criminal Transmission Of HIV

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 01:00:47 PM
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.

KKK Forms Neighborhood Watch To Complement Police In Pennsylvania Town

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 08:21:09 PM
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 Out

Tuesday 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.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 05:01:22 PM
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.

Nebraska Enacts Progressive Reform To Expand Voting Rights

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 03:39:25 PM
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.

How Medical Marijuana Went From Political Poison To Popular Policy

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 01:16:57 PM
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.

This May Be The Most Atrocious Political Ad Of 2014

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 01:05:47 PM
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.

President Obama Could Grant Clemency To Thousands Of Non-Violent Drug Offenders

Monday April 21st, 2014 05:39:24 PM
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.



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