Lesbian couple sues NC over marriage ban

Friday April 18th, 2014 03:45:01 AM
Last Word guests Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin were legally married in Maine and are seeking recognition of that marriage in their home state.

'Glimmer of hope' in Ukraine?

Friday April 18th, 2014 03:45:01 AM
A possible deal was struck between Russia and Ukraine amid concerns Jews in Eastern Ukraine are being intimidated. Adrian Karatnycky joins The Last Word.

Obama gives insight into 2016

Friday April 18th, 2014 03:45:01 AM
The 2016 election comes up in a rare joint interview with President Obama and Vice President Biden. Blake Zeff, Nia-Malika Henderson and Ari Melber discuss.

GOP senators face another awkward moment

Friday April 18th, 2014 03:45:01 AM
A Kentuckian asked Sen. Paul why he endorsed Sen. McConnell, but he would only answer in private. Reporter Sam Youngman heard the whole thing and joins us.

Republicans ‘were wrong’ on ACA, says Obama

Friday April 18th, 2014 03:45:01 AM
Obamacare enrollment beats expectations-- and the president goes on offense, big time. Ari Melber discusses with Ezra Klein and former Rep. Patrick Murphy.

Obama revels in 8 million sign-ups

Friday April 18th, 2014 03:45:01 AM
President Obama announces that 8 million people have signed up for the Affordable Care Act through the exchanges.

Rand Paul fails to clear election-day hurdle

Friday April 18th, 2014 03:45:01 AM
Rachel Maddow discusses how the Kentucky legislature killed a bill that would have allowed Rand Paul to run for reelection in the Senate while possibly pursuing a White House bid at the same time.

Rand Paul's convictions part of his appeal

Friday April 18th, 2014 03:45:01 AM
Nicole Wallace, former communications director for the George W. Bush administration, talks to Rachel Maddow about Rand Paul’s prospects as a 2016 contender for both the Senate and the Presidency.

Putin names Ukraine ‘New Russia’

Friday April 18th, 2014 03:45:01 AM
Andrea Mitchell, NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, joins Rachel Maddow to share her perspective on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s remarks Thursday about the conflict in Ukraine.

Obama warns Ukraine conflict is not over

Friday April 18th, 2014 03:45:01 AM
Rachel Maddow discusses recent developments in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.


Students Demand That Officials Ban Confederate Flags From Va. Campus

Thursday April 17th, 2014 10:34:59 PM
Students at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. are demanding that the school ban Confederate flags on campus, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Students also want the school to stop allowing "neo-Confederate" marches on Campus on Lee-Jackson day, a Virginia holiday that falls on the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Read More →

Comments Live

Thursday April 17th, 2014 09:45:14 PM
We've now pushed our new commenting system live. It remains in a beta testing phase. Here's a primer on how to use the new system.

Embattled Hagan Hits GOPer On Giving Staffers 'Golden Parachutes' For Affairs

Thursday April 17th, 2014 09:36:27 PM
Sen. Kay Hagan's (D-NC) re-election campaign released its first attack ad of the cycle, which hits state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), running in the GOP Senate primary, for giving "golden parachutes" to two former staffers involved in a sex scandal. The radio ad follows the pro-Democratic Senate Majority PAC also attacking Tillis' handling of the affair. Read More →

GOP To Obama: 'No, We Can't' Move On From Obamacare

Thursday April 17th, 2014 09:03:30 PM
The partisan debate over Obamacare was accurately summed up in one simple tweet Thursday by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Read More →

Obama 'Surprised' By Cantor's Attack After 'Pleasant' Phone Call

Friday April 18th, 2014 04:08:02 AM
President Barack Obama said Thursday he was "surprised" by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's strong-worded attack on Democrats' immigration reform push after the president called the Virginia Republican and discussed the issue on Wednesday. Read More →

Obama Blasts GOP Govs Turning Down Medicaid Expansion: 'That's Wrong'

Thursday April 17th, 2014 08:41:51 PM
President Barack Obama was uncharacteristically blunt Thursday while addressing the Republican governors and state legislators who have turned down Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. Read More →

Chelsea Clinton Announces She's Pregnant

Thursday April 17th, 2014 09:25:27 PM
Chelsea Clinton announced on Thursday that she is expecting her first child.“I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me,” she said at an event with her mother, Hillary Clinton, according to the Washington Post. Read More →

Reason to be Skeptical

Thursday April 17th, 2014 08:27:42 PM
You've probably seen the deeply disturbing reports of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine telling Jews to "register" with their would-be break-away government. But there are reasons to be skeptical.

Bill O'Reilly Told Roger Ailes Biographer To 'Drop Dead' Last Night

Thursday April 17th, 2014 08:16:24 PM
Gabriel Sherman got an icy reception Wednesday night from the biggest personality on Fox News, confirmation that he's still persona non grata at the cable news channel following the publication of his devastating biography on Roger Ailes. Read More →

Your Thoughts on "Hard To Handle"

Thursday April 17th, 2014 07:59:27 PM
I just opened a thread at The Hive (sub req) to discuss the series of "Hard to Handle" Reader emails and personal testimonials discussing race in America. Curious to hear your thoughts, reactions, criticisms and stories.

Harry Reid Calls Bundy Supporters 'Domestic Terrorists'

Thursday April 17th, 2014 08:12:17 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday called Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters "domestic terrorists" at an event sponsored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, according to reporter Jon Ralston..@SenatorReid says Bundy "does not recognize the United States." Calls armed folks who backed him " domestic terrorists." Wow.— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) April 17, 2014 Read More →

Donald Trump Of Course Gave The Max Amount Of Money To Ted Cruz

Thursday April 17th, 2014 07:47:40 PM
Donald Trump donated to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) leadership political action committee in January. That's according to The Hill which said on Thursday that the real estate mogul gave $5,000 to Cruz's Jobs Growth and Freedom Fund. That amount is the maximum amount a person can donate to a political action committee under current election law. Read More →

Obamacare Tears Down Goalposts: 8 Million Sign-Ups

Thursday April 17th, 2014 08:45:59 PM
President Barack Obama announced Thursday that 8 million Americans had enrolled in private health coverage under Obamacare -- the final evidence that the law signed up far more Americans than most would have thought possible during the doldrums of last fall. Read More →

BLM Euthanized 2 Bulls During Bundy Standoff

Thursday April 17th, 2014 07:35:22 PM
The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday said that it euthanized two of Cliven Bundy's bulls in the week that led up to the Nevada ranch standoff on Saturday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.A BLM spokesperson told the Review-Journal that the bulls were a "safety hazard," but did not say why. Read More →

Wendy Davis Links GOP Opponent To 'Boats 'N Hoes' PAC

Thursday April 17th, 2014 07:26:56 PM
Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis's campaign is attacking her Republican opponent for his connections to a political action committee called the "Boats 'N Hoes" political action committee. "The language used by Greg Abbott's consultants is offensive to every Texas mother and daughter —and the men who love them— and has no place in politics," Davis spokeswoman Rebecca Acuña said according to The San Antonio Express-News on Thursday. Read More →

More Than One Thing Happened in 2008

Thursday April 17th, 2014 07:23:16 PM
TPM Reader JB adds to our "Hard to Handle" thread on the subject of race and reminds us of that other elephant in the room ...I've been following with interest the series of TPM posts on race. They touch on many points I think are correct, but so far at least are leaving out something important. Read More →

Conservative Pollster: GOP's Cotton Unfavorables Worse Than Dem Pryor's

Thursday April 17th, 2014 06:50:35 PM
Rep. Tom Cotton (R) has a worse unfavorable to favorable rating compared to Sen. Mark Pryor (D), who Cotton is challenging in the Arkansas Senate race, according to a new poll from Republican pollster Harper Polling on behalf of the conservative American Crossroads group. Thirty-nine percent of those surveyed have an unfavorable view of Cotton while 31 percent have a favorable view, the poll found. Thirty percent said they were unsure. By contrast, 42 percent of those surveyed said they have a favorable view of Pryor while 37 percent said they have an unfavorable view. Twenty-one percent said they were not sure. Read More →

Scientists Discover 'Earth Twin' Orbiting Another Star

Thursday April 17th, 2014 07:12:50 PM
Astronomers announced Thursday that they have discovered a planet most similar to earth orbiting a star 500 lightyears away, according to the New York Times.The planet, Kepler 186f, is larger and colder than earth, but its temperatures lie within the zone that could allow for liquid and therefore life. Scientists can only speculate about this, however, because the star is so far away. Read More →

Pro-Russia Official Disavows Fliers Ordering Jews To 'Register' In East Ukraine

Thursday April 17th, 2014 06:49:42 PM
The head of the self-proclaimed provisional leadership in Eastern Ukraine's Donetsk has disavowed fliers issued in his name that call on the city's Jewish population to "register" with his separatist government. Read More →

Sen. Cornyn Keeps Debunked 'Firearm Tracking' Meme Alive

Thursday April 17th, 2014 06:28:10 PM
The notion that Attorney General Eric Holder was interested in some kind of "gun tracking bracelets" bounced around right-wing news outlets last week, before being quickly debunked. But just because an idea has been debunked, doesn't mean it's dead. Not in politics. Not online. Enter Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). Read More →


A Year After The Deadly West, Texas Explosion, No New Regulations

Thursday April 17th, 2014 04:45:32 PM
Fifteen people dead, millions of dollars' worth of damage, and a leaky patchwork of agency oversight still haven't prompted action.The post A Year After The Deadly West, Texas Explosion, No New Regulations appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Country’s Largest City Is Considering A $15 Minimum Wage

Thursday April 17th, 2014 12:55:23 PM
New York City lawmakers proposed raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for large chain stores and restaurants.The post The Country’s Largest City Is Considering A $15 Minimum Wage appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This State Will Offer Free College Tuition To High School Graduates

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 07:37:29 PM
Tennessee will be the first state to make attendance at a two-year college totally free.The post This State Will Offer Free College Tuition To High School Graduates appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Twitter Wants To Sell Information On Your Daily Routine To Advertisers

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 07:21:11 PM
Twitter is buying its longtime data partner, Gnip, for an undisclosed amount of cash so it can profit off users' data by selling it to advertisers. The post Twitter Wants To Sell Information On Your Daily Routine To Advertisers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Female CEO Says Man Told Her He’d Take A Job If She Slept With Him

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 03:39:56 PM
Yunha Kim, CEO of Locket, shares her experiences with inappropriate emails and worse.The post Female CEO Says Man Told Her He’d Take A Job If She Slept With Him appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Economy Is 11 Percent Bigger Thanks To Women’s Work

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 01:05:40 PM
Women's increased work hours have added more than $1.7 trillion to economic growth.The post The Economy Is 11 Percent Bigger Thanks To Women’s Work appeared first on ThinkProgress.

When Tax Refunds Aren’t Just A Bonus, But A Lifeline

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 05:05:46 PM
The Earned Income Tax Credit means the difference between buying the necessities and hardship for many poor families.The post When Tax Refunds Aren’t Just A Bonus, But A Lifeline appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 03:30:34 PM
"While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship," she writes. The post Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out About Tax Day, In Two Charts

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 02:40:09 PM
Filing taxes may feel like a drag, but tax rates are actually relatively low in the United States.The post Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out About Tax Day, In Two Charts appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 01:41:58 PM
The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.The post Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Rising Rents And Flat Wages Mean Americans Can’t Afford To Live In Cities

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 01:01:37 PM
Median rent exceeds what the median worker can afford in 90 separate U.S. cities, according to a new analysis.The post Rising Rents And Flat Wages Mean Americans Can’t Afford To Live In Cities appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Global Elites Are Hiding More Than $4.5 Trillion In Tax Havens

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 12:17:04 PM
If it were a country, that figure would represent the third largest economy in the world.The post Global Elites Are Hiding More Than $4.5 Trillion In Tax Havens appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Policy, Not Parenting, Keeps Single Mothers And Their Children Living In Poverty

Monday April 14th, 2014 08:13:50 PM
A lack of a strong safety net explains why so many American single mothers live in poverty compared to our peers.The post Policy, Not Parenting, Keeps Single Mothers And Their Children Living In Poverty appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Here’s One Place Where The Gender Wage Gap Is Actually Shrinking

Monday April 14th, 2014 03:20:47 PM
The gender wage gap among federal workers has shrunk from 30 percent to 13 percent over the last decade.The post Here’s One Place Where The Gender Wage Gap Is Actually Shrinking appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Budget Deficit In March Was The Smallest Since 2000

Monday April 14th, 2014 12:41:22 PM
The deficit continued to fall in the first part of 2014, continuing last year's steep decline.The post The Budget Deficit In March Was The Smallest Since 2000 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me

Saturday April 12th, 2014 05:18:44 PM
New research finds that average citizens have next to no influence on passing public policy.The post The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Retirees Lose Last Shield Against Pension Cuts As Judge Approves Detroit’s Payoff To Banks

Friday April 11th, 2014 06:49:30 PM
Detroit will pay banks 31 cents on the dollar to cancel the deals that bankrupted the city in the first place, leaving retirees vulnerable.The post Retirees Lose Last Shield Against Pension Cuts As Judge Approves Detroit’s Payoff To Banks appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Labeling Retirement Plans Like We Label Cigarettes Could Save Workers A Fortune

Friday April 11th, 2014 06:25:49 PM
Weak rules for how retirement advisers disclose their fees are stealing years from workers' retirements.The post How Labeling Retirement Plans Like We Label Cigarettes Could Save Workers A Fortune appeared first on ThinkProgress.

If You Want Better Rights For Domestic Workers, Organize The Parents

Friday April 11th, 2014 05:20:44 PM
A new campaign focuses on improving conditions for domestic workers by targeting the people who employ them.The post If You Want Better Rights For Domestic Workers, Organize The Parents appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Pastor Blocked From Feeding The Homeless Because He Doesn’t Have A $500 Permit

Friday April 11th, 2014 01:35:11 PM
A pastor who served food to the needy for the past six years was recently blocked for not having a permit.The post Pastor Blocked From Feeding The Homeless Because He Doesn’t Have A $500 Permit appeared first on ThinkProgress.


New Hampshire Falls One Vote Short Of Repealing The Death Penalty

Thursday April 17th, 2014 05:17:29 PM
New Hampshire remains the last state in New England with a death penalty after a tie vote in the state Senate.The post New Hampshire Falls One Vote Short Of Repealing The Death Penalty appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Imaginary Rule That Keeps Obama’s Judges From Being Confirmed

Thursday April 17th, 2014 05:00:02 PM
Even if someone masters the Senate's arcane rules, they will encounter roadblocks that are written nowhere in the Senate's standing rules and that have little grounding in its history. One of these is a practice that lets each senator veto anyone named to a federal judgeship in their state.The post The Imaginary Rule That Keeps Obama’s Judges From Being Confirmed appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Anti-Immigration Group Uses Earth Day To Recycle Argument That Immigrants Destroy Environment

Thursday April 17th, 2014 04:47:17 PM
Although immigrants and other people of color are the ones who mostly bear the brunt of climate change, one anti-immigration organization is using Earth Day to blame immigrants for ruining California's environment. The post Anti-Immigration Group Uses Earth Day To Recycle Argument That Immigrants Destroy Environment appeared first on ThinkProgress.

5 Ways Gun Safety Advocates Are Using The NRA’s Playbook Against It

Thursday April 17th, 2014 01:32:12 PM
One year after Congress failed to pass a background check bill that 90 percent of Americans supported, groups to combat the National Rifle Association are pledging to take the gun lobby head on like never before.The post 5 Ways Gun Safety Advocates Are Using The NRA’s Playbook Against It appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Transgender Youth Confined In Adult Prison Writes Of Experiencing Extensive Past Sexual Abuse

Thursday April 17th, 2014 01:19:51 PM
Connecticut sent a transgender teenager to an adult prison despite no charges against her. The state's Department of Children and Families has stated that she demonstrated a pattern of violence, but she has also been a victim of repeated sexual abuse under the department's custody. The post Transgender Youth Confined In Adult Prison Writes Of Experiencing Extensive Past Sexual Abuse appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Philadelphia Police Will No Longer Hold Immigrants Without A Warrant

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 06:43:11 PM
A decrease in Philadelphia's deference to federal immigration requests could lead to an uptick in trust by the city's immigrant community. The post Philadelphia Police Will No Longer Hold Immigrants Without A Warrant appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This Man Would Have Spent 3.5 Extra Years In Prison For A Typo, If Not For Obama’s Clemency

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 04:14:30 PM
Years after his sentencing, Ceasar Huerta Cantu discovered "on a lark" that he had been over-sentenced because of a clerical error. But a judge ruled that a statute of limitations meant he had to stay in prison. The post This Man Would Have Spent 3.5 Extra Years In Prison For A Typo, If Not For Obama’s Clemency appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Iowa Supreme Court Preserves Voting Rights For Some Former Offenders

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 01:00:33 PM
The ruling paves the way for potential future expansion of the franchise in a state with one of the most restrictive ex-offender voting policies. The post Iowa Supreme Court Preserves Voting Rights For Some Former Offenders appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Pennsylvania Teen Convicted Of A Crime For Recording Bullies At School

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 08:13:24 PM
One boy took action to stop people from bullying him, but was further victimized by school officials. The post Pennsylvania Teen Convicted Of A Crime For Recording Bullies At School appeared first on ThinkProgress.

While Iowa Was Hellbent On Finding Voter Fraud, It Disenfranchised At Least 12 Legitimate Voters

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 05:51:47 PM
Among those denied the right to vote were individuals improperly included on the list of felons who cannot vote, and former felons whose names had not been removed from the list even though they had their voting rights restored.The post While Iowa Was Hellbent On Finding Voter Fraud, It Disenfranchised At Least 12 Legitimate Voters appeared first on ThinkProgress.

On Tax Day, A Reminder That Undocumented Immigrants Pay Billions In Taxes

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 04:41:56 PM
Undocumented immigrants paid more than $10.6 billion in state and local taxes in 2010, but immigration reform could greatly increase those tax revenues. The post On Tax Day, A Reminder That Undocumented Immigrants Pay Billions In Taxes appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Allies Of Lawless Rancher Planned To Put Women ‘Up At The Front’ If Showdown With Feds Turned Violent

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 02:09:39 PM
"If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot," former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack said.The post Allies Of Lawless Rancher Planned To Put Women ‘Up At The Front’ If Showdown With Feds Turned Violent appeared first on ThinkProgress.

WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He’s Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 01:22:45 PM
Half a century after it was passed, there are still Republicans unsure about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The post WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He’s Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Florida House Passes Bill Making It Easier For People To Arm Themselves During A Natural Disaster

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 01:00:40 PM
Thanks to the Florida House of Representatives, a bill allowing for the concealed carry of a firearm without a permit during natural disasters may reach the governor's desk.The post Florida House Passes Bill Making It Easier For People To Arm Themselves During A Natural Disaster appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Four People Could Face Execution Again After Their Death Sentences Were Thrown Out In Court

Monday April 14th, 2014 03:02:12 PM
The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear two cases Monday over the fate of four prisoners whose sentences were thrown out under North Carolina's now-repealed Racial Justice Act.The post Four People Could Face Execution Again After Their Death Sentences Were Thrown Out In Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What Happens When An Entire City Becomes A Drug-Free School Zone

Monday April 14th, 2014 02:06:54 PM
Why a drug offense in the city has bigger consequences that the same crime in the suburbs. The post What Happens When An Entire City Becomes A Drug-Free School Zone appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Wisconsin Republican Committee Votes To Uphold ‘Wisconsin’s Right… To Secede’

Monday April 14th, 2014 01:49:00 PM
The Wisconsin Republican Party's Resolutions Committee voted to endorse a proposal expressing the party's support for "legislation that upholds Wisconsin's right, under extreme circumstances, to secede."The post Wisconsin Republican Committee Votes To Uphold ‘Wisconsin’s Right… To Secede’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Denver School District Actively Seeks Out Undocumented Immigrants To Be Teachers

Monday April 14th, 2014 12:38:19 PM
"I now have the opportunity to impact my students and show them that they too can achieve at the highest levels,” Alejandro Fuentes Mena said. The post Denver School District Actively Seeks Out Undocumented Immigrants To Be Teachers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

For Some Woman Immigrants, Fear Of Sexual Abuse Is A Constant

Friday April 11th, 2014 07:52:29 PM
Some women buy contraceptives in Mexico because they fear the consequences of being raped while they’re crossing the border.The post For Some Woman Immigrants, Fear Of Sexual Abuse Is A Constant appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Armed Right-Wing Militia Members Descend On Nevada To Help Rancher Defy Court Order

Friday April 11th, 2014 05:37:04 PM
The conflict arises out of rancher Cliven Bundy's many years of illegally grazing his cattle on federal lands, in violation of multiple court orders.The post Armed Right-Wing Militia Members Descend On Nevada To Help Rancher Defy Court Order appeared first on ThinkProgress.



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