Political Mojo | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2014/12/node/266626 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Ben Carson Just Showed the Other GOP Candidates How to Talk About Clean Energy http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/ben-carson-clean-energy-goals <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dNurUhVU8YY" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>When asked at a Friday appearance in Iowa if he'd support 50 percent clean energy in the United States by 2030, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson replied, "I want more than 50 percent."</p> <p>The 50 percent by 2030 mark comes from the advocacy group NextGen Climate, which has launched a campaign pushing candidates on the issue. And while Carson hasn't yet released any details on how he plans to accomplish this goal&mdash;and sometimes <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ben-carson-climate-change_560d9b3fe4b0dd85030b5354" target="_blank">struggles to explain</a> what climate change is, exactly&mdash;the former neurosurgeon has recently voiced his support for green issues.</p> <p>"I don't care whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, a liberal or a conservative, if you have any thread of decency in you, you want to take care of the environment because you know you have to pass it on to the next generation," he <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ben-carson-climate-change_560d9b3fe4b0dd85030b5354" target="_blank">said Wednesday.</a> "There is no reason to make it into a political issue."</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Climate Change Energy Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:26:35 +0000 Gabrielle Canon 286051 at http://www.motherjones.com Jeb Bush on Oregon Mass Murder: "Stuff Happens" http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/jeb-bush-reacts-oregon-massacre-stuff-happens <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XCB99OkmBpQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>While speaking to reporters during a campaign stop in Greenville, South Carolina, on Friday, <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanLizza/status/650028551522123776" target="_blank">Jeb Bush weighed in</a> on the latest school shooting to take place in the United States, this time in Oregon, just a day before.</p> <p>"We're in a difficult time in our country and I don't think more government is necessarily the answer to this," Bush said. "I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It's very sad to see. But I resist the notion, and I had this challenge&nbsp;as governor&mdash;look, stuff happens. There's always a crisis. The impulse is always to do something and it's not necessarily the right thing to do."</p> <p>You can watch the full video here:</p> <center> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-mWgPmgdk6Y" width="630"></iframe></p> </center> <p>When asked by a reporter if he stood by the "stuff happens" part of his quote, Bush did not back down:</p> <center><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TJp4WhIASVk" width="630"></iframe></center> <p>The astonishingly callous summation of Thursday's deadly rampage that killed 10 people and injured seven&nbsp;others was buffered by Bush's criticism against renewed calls for gun control.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Guns Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:45:33 +0000 Inae Oh 286011 at http://www.motherjones.com Senator Blumenthal to Introduce Gun Legislation After Oregon Shooting http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/senator-blumenthal-gun-control-oregon <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced a plan to introduce new gun legislation in the wake of Thursday's school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon that left <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/shooting-reported-oregon-community-college" target="_blank">10 dead and 7 others injured. </a></p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">My thoughts are with the victims of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UCCShooting?src=hash">#UCCShooting</a>. The frequency of mass shootings is beyond disturbing. We must act to end gun violence.</p> &mdash; Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenBlumenthal/status/649668305863733249">October 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>The proposed legislation, which seeks to ban gun sales without background checks pending beyond 72 hours, cites <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/victims-charleston-shooting" target="_blank">June's massacre</a> in Charleston, South Carolina, inside a historic church, and the revelation soon after that a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/fbi-background-check-failure-allowed-dylann-roof-secure-gun" target="_blank">loophole in the background check process</a> allowed shooter Dylann Roof to obtain a gun.</p> <p>"While certain facts remain unknown, the FBI has acknowledged that a fully completed background check would have uncovered Dylann Roof&rsquo;s prior arrest on a drug charge and his drug addiction, thereby barring him from purchasing the .45-caliber handgun with which he took nine lives," a <a href="http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/no-check-no-gun-blumenthal-murphy-introduce-legislation-barring-gun-sales-until-background-checks-are-complete?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">statement</a> released by Blumenthal's office said.</p> <p>This is hardly the first time the senator has been front and center of the gun control debate. Following the 2012 Newtown shooting massacre in Blumenthal's state of Connecticut that killed 26 people, including 20 children, he came in out in strong support of gun safety measures. Congress, of course, failed to pass the legislation.</p> <p>Back in May of 2014, he again<a href="http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/richard-blumenthal-revive-gun-control-debate" target="_blank"> pushed</a> lawmakers to revive the gun legislation debate, "saying Congress will be complicit" if members fail to act again. Despite repeated calls, the introduction of new gun control legislation today will likely meet the same fate.</p></body></html> MoJo Congress Crime and Justice Guns Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:55:30 +0000 Inae Oh 285966 at http://www.motherjones.com Oregon Sheriff Handling School Massacre Shared a Sandy Hook Conspiracy Video http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/oregon-sheriff-handling-oregon-massacre-promoted-sandy-hook-conspiracy-theory <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The month after the December 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, Sheriff John Hanlin of Douglas County, Oregon, posted a video called&nbsp;"The Sandy Hook Shooting - Fully Exposed" to his personal Facebook page. The video makes a number of conspiratorial claims, including about there being more than one shooter and that the grieving parents who appeared on news reports were acting.</p> <p>The sheriff, who has done an admirable job in not glorifying the perpetrator from yesterday's mass shooting at&nbsp;Umpqua Community College, is also an avid <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/oregon-sheriff-umpqua-massacre-white-house-gun-control-newtown" target="_blank">guns rights supporter</a> and a possible member of the <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/10/02/3708466/the-sheriff-investigating-the-oregon-shooting-believes-some-seriously-fringe-things-about-guns/" target="_blank">Oath Keepers</a>, a group that claims to be <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2010/03/oath-keepers" target="_blank">upholding their oath</a> to defend the Constitution from any perceived threats&mdash;such as expanded gun control.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/HANLINPOST.jpg"></div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Guns Top Stories Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:49:37 +0000 Becca Andrews 285961 at http://www.motherjones.com The Gun Violence Chart Obama Asked For http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/oregon-shooting-obama-gun-violence-chart <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>When President Barack Obama took the podium on Thursday night to speak about the mass shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/obama-takes-congress-over-gun-laws" target="_blank">he blasted Congress</a> for its inaction on gun safety legislation. "Our thoughts and prayers are not enough," he said, visibly angry.</p> <p>He also had a request for the media: "Have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who have been killed through terrorist attacks over the last decade and the number of Americans who have been killed by gun violence, and post those&nbsp;side by side on your news reports."</p> <p>Wish granted, Mr. President. We compared gun deaths with other highly publicized causes of death in the chart below. (Note that about <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/true-cost-of-gun-violence-in-america" target="_blank">two-thirds of American gun deaths</a> are <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/09/suicide-gun-stats" target="_blank">suicides</a>.) The numbers come from 2013&mdash;the most recent year that data is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="250" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" src="//mjdwcharts.s3.amazonaws.com/j3pXO/4/index.html" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="100%"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Guns Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:58:18 +0000 Julia Lurie 285946 at http://www.motherjones.com Here Are the NRA's Tweets Since the Oregon Shooting http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/nra-tweets-oregon-shooting <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Thursday morning, a gunman opened fire inside a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/shooting-reported-oregon-community-college" target="_blank">killing</a> 10 people and injuring 7 others. The massacre is the latest mass shooting to take place in the United States&mdash;and the 45th school shooting in 2015 alone, according to the gun safety coalition Everytown.</p> <p>A visibly frustrated President Barack Obama noted hours after the rampage that Americans have come to view mass shootings as a "routine" experience&mdash;with news of senseless killings taking place only months, and sometimes days, apart. He <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/obama-takes-congress-over-gun-laws" target="_blank">exclaimed</a> in frustration, "It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun." As for the biggest foe of gun control, the National Rifle Association, here's how it reacted to the tragedy via its Twitter feed&hellip;Actually, it did not react. The NRA's usually active Twitter feed was silent. Nada. Not a peep. No condolences to the families of those killed or any statement of concern for those injured.</p> <p>But the NRA has recently been busy tweeting about other gun matters.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Montana?src=hash">#Montana</a> town moves ahead with ban on private gun sales <a href="https://t.co/HSMP9VoGvS">https://t.co/HSMP9VoGvS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/2A?src=hash">#2A</a></p> &mdash; NRA (@NRA) <a href="https://twitter.com/NRA/status/649640923966533632">October 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">WATCH: <a href="https://twitter.com/theArmaLite">@theArmaLite</a> visits the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NRA?src=hash">#NRA</a> World Shooting Championships <a href="http://t.co/2K58TgyMK7">http://t.co/2K58TgyMK7</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/2A?src=hash">#2A</a></p> &mdash; NRA (@NRA) <a href="https://twitter.com/NRA/status/649634887075434496">October 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Gov. Christie pardons 3 charged with unlawful gun possession <a href="http://t.co/VtLAsVn3Na">http://t.co/VtLAsVn3Na</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/2A?src=hash">#2A</a></p> &mdash; NRA (@NRA) <a href="https://twitter.com/NRA/status/649628340941271040">October 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Note the time stamps. Its tweets on Thursday halted around the time that news of the shooting emerged. This has become S.O.P. for the gun industry-backed group. When gun massacres occur, it tends to duck and cover&mdash;and wait for the expressions of outrage and calls for gun control to pass. Then it's back to the business of opposing any efforts to enact new gun safety measures.</p> <p><strong>Update, 12:52 p.m. EST: </strong>After more than a day of silence, the NRA finally weighed in on Twitter with information about a kid's gun program.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">There&rsquo;s a lot we can do to teach our kids about <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gunsafety?src=hash">#gunsafety</a>. The Eddie Eagle program is a good place to start <a href="http://t.co/JYiFLofAbq">http://t.co/JYiFLofAbq</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/2A?src=hash">#2A</a></p> &mdash; NRA (@NRA) <a href="https://twitter.com/NRA/status/649979146685292544">October 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Guns Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:54:34 +0000 Inae Oh 285921 at http://www.motherjones.com Vatican Clarifies Pope's Meeting with Kim Davis: "Should Not Be Considered Support" http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/pope-kim-davis-vatican <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Friday, the Vatican sought to provide a few more details concerning Pope Francis' meeting last week with <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/kim-davis-has-been-freed" target="_blank">Kim Davis</a>, the defiant Kentucky clerk who was jailed for her refusal to issue gay marriage licenses in Rowan County.</p> <p>"The pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis, and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects," official Vatican spokesman the Reverand Federico Lombardi <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/03/world/europe/pope-francis-kim-davis-meeting.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=second-column-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">said in a statement. </a></p> <p>The clarification follows a wave of controversy this week after <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/09/rumor-day-gay-marriage-martyr-kim-davis-met-pope-last-week" target="_blank">Kim Davis revealed</a>&nbsp;she had a private meeting with the pope during his historic visit to Washington, and claimed Francis gave her and her husband rosaries and told her to "stay strong."</p> <p>"Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we're doing and agreeing, you know, it kind of validates everything," Davis said in an interview with <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/exclusive-kim-davis-recounts-secret-meeting-pope-francis/story?id=34143874" target="_blank">ABC</a>.</p> <p>Days of speculation followed over whether the meeting in fact occurred, and if so, whether it put into question how truly progressive some believed the pope was. Some on social media professed to be shocked that the leader of the Catholic Church might endorse the politics of Davis and not support same-sex marriage, despite the church's clear stance opposing the issue.&nbsp;</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Why Pope Francis&rsquo; meeting with Kim Davis is such a disappointment. <a href="http://t.co/66R3LTRulK">http://t.co/66R3LTRulK</a> <a href="http://t.co/vFwiQnozmV">pic.twitter.com/vFwiQnozmV</a></p> &mdash; Slate (@Slate) <a href="https://twitter.com/Slate/status/649315956066545664">September 30, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Next you're going to tell me the Pope is Catholic... <a href="http://t.co/FVFVnEdaUx">http://t.co/FVFVnEdaUx</a></p> &mdash; Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) <a href="https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/649291273627660288">September 30, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">BREAKING: The Pope does not have your politics.</p> &mdash; Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) <a href="https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/649228334853947392">September 30, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Eventually the Vatican confirmed the encounter, but with scant detail. Friday's statement appeared to downplay the importance of their meeting.</p> <p>"Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City," Lombardi said.</p></body></html> MoJo Gay Rights Religion Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:58:29 +0000 Inae Oh 285916 at http://www.motherjones.com This Chart Shows How the "Unequal States of America" Compares to the World http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/chart-shows-how-unequal-united-states-really <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A new report <a href="https://www.allianz.com/v_1443702256000/media/economic_research/publications/specials/en/AGWR2015_ENG.pdf" target="_blank">finds</a> that the state of economic inequality in the United States is far more drastic than in other developed countries. The report, published by the German&nbsp;financial services company Allianz, even dubs us the "Unequal States of America."</p> <p>The company's latest <em>Global Wealth Report</em> calculates 55 countries' Gini coefficient, a measure of the distribution of wealth in which zero means total equality and 100 means total inequality. The average for all developed countries is 65. The United States' score is nearly 81.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/WealthInequalityWorldwideUnitedStates.jpg"><div class="caption">Allianz/Global Wealth Report 2015</div> </div> <p>Michael Heise, the chief economist at Allianz, <a href="https://www.allianz.com/en/economic_research/publications/specials_fmo/agwr15e.html/" target="_blank">described</a> the situation in the United States as "worrying." "Our calculations indicate that developments have not been quite as dramatic in the other countries," he said. "As usual, the US represents more the exception than the rule among market economies." The report's authors note the country's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/charts-income-inequality-recession-survival-richest" target="_blank">lackluster recovery</a> from the financial crisis has "caused a dramatic deterioration in wealth distribution." While the United States amassed nearly 42 percent of the world's private wealth in 2014 ($63.5 trillion), the top 10 percent of Americans <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-in-america-chart-graph" target="_blank">control more than two-thirds</a> of the country's <a href="http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html" target="_blank">net wealth</a>.</p> <p>The United States leads the pack, but it's not alone. Much of the world's developed nations saw "exceptionally large gaps" in the wealth gulf between the rich and the poor during since 2000, according to the report. Over the past decade and a half, it found, the number of countries that closed their wealth gaps was roughly the same as the number that grew more unequal.</p></body></html> MoJo Charts Economy Income Inequality International Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:00:24 +0000 Edwin Rios 285856 at http://www.motherjones.com Angry Obama Blasts Congress for Failing America on Guns http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/obama-takes-congress-over-gun-laws <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QovJ_x9i5X8" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>At a press conference Thursday, President Barack Obama was visibly frustrated with a lack of action from Congress to prevent mass shootings like the one that happened today at <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/shooting-reported-oregon-community-college" target="_blank">Umpqua Community College in Oregon</a>.</p> <p>"It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun," Obama said.</p> <p>He recalled an interview in which he said that America is the only country on Earth that sees <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/mass-shootings-rising-harvard" target="_blank">these kinds of mass shootings regularly</a>. Hours later, there were reports of a <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33646704" target="_blank">shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater</a>.</p> <p>He continued: "We spend over $1 trillion on preventing terrorism&hellip;yet we have a Congress that prevents us from even collecting data on how to reduce gun deaths."</p></body></html> MoJo Guns Obama Top Stories Thu, 01 Oct 2015 22:59:53 +0000 Becca Andrews 285901 at http://www.motherjones.com Alabama Just Made It Even Harder for Black People to Vote http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/alabama-dmv-closes-voter-id <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In Alabama, you need a driver's license or other <a href="http://www.alabamavoterid.com/validIDatPolls.aspx" target="_blank">form of photo ID</a> to vote. But getting that ID just got a lot harder, especially in the state's majority-black counties.</p> <p>Due to budget cuts, Alabama is closing 31 satellite DMVs across the state. The biggest impact will be in rural, largely black counties that voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald <a href="http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/09/alabama_sends_message_we_are_t.html" target="_blank">put it this way</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Take a look at the 10 Alabama counties with the highest percentage of non-white registered voters. That's Macon, Greene, Sumter, Lowndes, Bullock, Perry, Wilcox, Dallas, Hale, and Montgomery, according to the Alabama Secretary of State's office. Alabama, thanks to its budgetary insanity and inanity, just opted to close driver license bureaus in eight of them. All but Dallas and Montgomery will be closed.</p> <p>Closed. In a state in which driver licenses or special photo IDs are a requirement for voting&hellip;</p> <p>Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one.</p> </blockquote> <p>Archibald predicted the move would invite a Justice Department investigation, <a href="http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/09/voter_id_and_drivers_license_o.html" target="_blank">as did his fellow columnist</a>, Kyle Whitmire:</p> <blockquote> <p>But put these two things together&mdash;Voter ID and 29 counties without a place where you can get one&mdash;and Voter ID becomes what the Democrats always said it was.</p> <p>A civil rights lawsuit isn't a probability. It's a certainty.</p> </blockquote></body></html> MoJo Civil Liberties Elections Race and Ethnicity Top Stories Thu, 01 Oct 2015 22:38:55 +0000 Pema Levy 285886 at http://www.motherjones.com Oregon Sheriff Handling Massacre Fought the White House on Gun Control After Newtown http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/oregon-sheriff-umpqua-massacre-white-house-gun-control-newtown <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>As the sheriff in Douglas County, Oregon, John Hanlin was front and center following <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/shooting-reported-oregon-community-college" target="_blank">Thursday's shooting</a> at Umpqua Community College, which left 10 dead and 7 others wounded.</p> <p>Two years ago, Hanlin was one of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/02/sheriff-richard-mack-gun-control-oath-keeper-obama" target="_blank">hundreds of sheriffs</a> around the country to vow to stand against new gun control legislation. In a January 15, 2013, letter to Vice President Joe Biden, he wrote, "Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings."</p> <p>Read more below:</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/letterVPBiden.jpg"></div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Guns Top Stories Thu, 01 Oct 2015 22:33:13 +0000 Becca Andrews 285896 at http://www.motherjones.com An Overwhelming Majority of Americans Still Support Universal Background Checks http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/americans-support-universal-background-checks <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Following today's mass shooting at <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/shooting-reported-oregon-community-college" target="_blank">Umpqua Community College</a> in Oregon, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/live/shooting-at-umpqua-community-college/white-house-calls-for-tougher-gun-laws/" target="_blank">said</a> that President Obama wants to see "sensible steps" to prevent gun violence, including expanding background checks to all gun purchases. While Congress has repeatedly punted on that proposal, a large majority of Americans say they are on board with it. According to a poll taken <a href="http://www.pollingreport.com/guns.htm" target="_blank">just last week</a> by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, 93 percent of registered voters said they would support universal background checks for all gun buyers&mdash;even as nearly half said they oppose stricter gun control laws.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen-Shot-2015-10-01-at-2.08ED_1.jpg"></div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> <p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/mojo/2015/10/americans-support-universal-background-checks"><strong><em>Continue Reading &raquo;</em></strong></a></p> MoJo Guns Obama Thu, 01 Oct 2015 22:13:36 +0000 Becca Andrews 285871 at http://www.motherjones.com Shooting at Oregon Community College Leaves 10 Dead, 7 Wounded http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/shooting-reported-oregon-community-college <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qpuqTRxjMyg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Update, 8:15 p.m. EDT: </strong>Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says the fatalities are less than originally reported by the attorney general&mdash; there are 10 fatalities and 7 injured. There are still no details on the shooter.</p> <p><strong>Update, 5:03 p.m. EDT:</strong> Oregon Gov. Kate Brown confirms that the shooter was a 20-year-old male. "I know I am joined by my fellow Oregonians and Americans in profound dismay and heartbreak at this tragedy at Umpqua Community College," Brown said.</p> <p><strong>Update, 4:52 p.m. EDT: </strong>Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin confirms that the shooter is dead. "I couldn't be happier [with the officer response today]," Hanlin said.</p> <p>Hanlin said the scene is still active and being investigated.</p> <p><strong>Update, 4:08 p.m. EDT: </strong>Oregon's attorney general confirms that at least 13 people were killed and 20 people wounded in today's shooting.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">UPDATE: 13 dead in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UCCShooting?src=hash">#UCCShooting</a> according to OR Attorney General <a href="https://t.co/MsDrfyQ6oM">https://t.co/MsDrfyQ6oM</a></p> &mdash; KGW News (@KGWNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/KGWNews/status/649673279737868288">October 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>In response to the shooting, the <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/255665-white-house-calls-for-tougher-gun-laws-in-wake-of-oregon-shooting" target="_blank">White House</a> repeated its call for increased gun control laws. "The issue of sensible steps that can be taken to protect our communities from gun violence continues to be a top priority of this administration," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Thursday.</p> <p><strong>Previously:</strong></p> <p>Multiple media outlets are reporting a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash">#BREAKING</a> Reports of active shooter at Umpqua Community College campus in Roseburg. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UCCShooting?src=hash">#UCCShooting</a></p> &mdash; KGW News (@KGWNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/KGWNews/status/649647072854020096">October 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>On MSNBC, Brian Williams interviewed a local firefighter who said he had been on the scene and witnessed "multiple deceased" and "multiple" injured people who were transported for emergency care. He said the campus had been evacuated.</p> <center> <div id="fb-root">&nbsp;</div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/uccmainstream/posts/1033393920024842" data-width="500"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/uccmainstream/posts/1033393920024842"> <p>Emergency responders are in the process of clearing buildings at Umpqua Community College now. Students are being escorted now to get off campus. Wayne Crooch building has just been secured.</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/uccmainstream">Umpqua Community College Mainstream Newspaper</a> on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/uccmainstream/posts/1033393920024842">Thursday, October 1, 2015</a></blockquote> </div> </div> </center> <p>As news of the shooting first broke, a student tweeted the following:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Omg there's someone shooting on campus.</p> &mdash; Kayla Marie (@KP_KaylaMarie) <a href="https://twitter.com/KP_KaylaMarie/status/649640272372994050">October 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Students are running everywhere. Holy God.</p> &mdash; Kayla Marie (@KP_KaylaMarie) <a href="https://twitter.com/KP_KaylaMarie/status/649640629459267584">October 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hi guys. I'm ok. Physically. We're being bused off campus.</p> &mdash; Kayla Marie (@KP_KaylaMarie) <a href="https://twitter.com/KP_KaylaMarie/status/649658424234344448">October 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>According to the gun safety coalition <a href="http://&lt;blockquote%20class=%22twitter-tweet%22%20lang=%22en%22&gt;&lt;p%20lang=%22en%22%20dir=%22ltr%22&gt;Now%2045%20school%20shootings%20in%202015.%20&amp;#10;&amp;#10;This%20graphic%20is%20only%2016%20hours%20old,%20and%20it&amp;#39;s%20already%20out%20of%20date.%20&lt;a%20href=%22https://t.co/y3NNzwnXrn%22&gt;https://t.co/y3NNzwnXrn&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&amp;mdash;%20Everytown%20(@Everytown)%20&lt;a%20href=%22https://twitter.com/Everytown/status/649651918059474944%22&gt;October%201,%202015&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;%20&lt;script%20async%20src=%22//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js%22%20charset=%22utf-8%22&gt;&lt;/script&gt;" target="_blank">Everytown</a>, today's shooting marks the 45th school shooting in 2015 alone.</p> <p><em>This is a breaking news post. We will update as more news becomes available.</em></p></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Guns Top Stories Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:44:20 +0000 Inae Oh and Becca Andrews 285851 at http://www.motherjones.com As His Rivals Tout Big Fundraising Numbers, O'Malley Vows to Take On Dark Money http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/omalleys-campaign-finance-dark-money <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>As the other Democratic candidates release their third quarter <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/bernie-sanders-raising-so-much-money" target="_blank">fundraising numbers</a>&mdash;$28 million for Hillary Clinton, $26 million for Bernie Sanders&mdash;Martin O'Malley has remained mum. But the former Maryland governor has seized the occasion of fundraising disclosures to put forward a <a href="http://martinomalley.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/OMalley-Campaign-Finance-Reform.pdf" target="_blank">campaign finance plan</a> that seeks to rein in runaway political spending.</p> <p>Like his two main Democratic rivals, O'Malley wants to overturn the Supreme Court's <em>Citizens United </em>decision that ushered in an era of unlimited political donations, increase disclosure rules, and set up a public campaign financing system. But O'Malley goes further in calling for an overhaul of the Federal Election Commission, the agency that is intended to regulate election spending but is instead so mired in dysfunction that it <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/party-politics-fec-at-loggerheads-on-how-to-celebrate-anniversary-1429228827" target="_blank">barely managed to organize</a> its own 40th anniversary party earlier this year. "The likelihood of the laws being enforced is slim," the chairwoman of the agency, Ann Ravel, told the <em>New York Times</em>. "People think the F.E.C. is dysfunctional. It&rsquo;s worse than dysfunctional.&rdquo;</p> <p>Because of the FEC's structure, with an equal number of Republican and Democratic commissioners, the agency is deadlocked. One of the things that the FEC is supposed to be doing is cracking down on illegal coordination between super-PACs, political nonprofits, and campaigns. As president, O'Malley says, he would push to reorganize the agency so that it is led by one independent administrator "serving a term independent from the president who appoints them." His plan would also increase the FEC's power to punish groups that break campaign finance laws.</p> <p>O'Malley's plan is unlikely to boost his <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/2016_democratic_presidential_nomination-3824.html" target="_blank">barely registering poll numbers</a>. If a strong campaign finance reform agenda were the golden ticket to success, then Larry Lessig's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/08/lessig-exploratory-committee-campaign-finance" target="_blank">single-issue campaign</a> would be atop the polls. (It's not.) But at least O'Malley can tout his plan in two weeks at the first Democratic debate&mdash;and find something to promote on a day when his rivals are showing off their big hauls.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Dark Money Hillary Clinton Money in Politics bernie sanders Thu, 01 Oct 2015 16:37:09 +0000 Pema Levy 285831 at http://www.motherjones.com Sanders Posts an Astounding Fundraising Haul, Nearly Matching Clinton http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/bernie-sanders-raising-so-much-money <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign brought in $26 million in the third quarter of fundraising&mdash;just $2 million less than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. For a candidate who's eschewed super-PACs and high-dollar fundraising, it's kind of an astounding figure. The <em>New York Times</em>'s Nick Confessore <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/us/politics/bernie-sanders-narrows-fund-raising-gap-with-hillary-clinton.html?_r=0" target="_blank">puts it</a> in perspective:</p> <blockquote> <p>Mrs. Clinton has relied on the full force and reach of one of the most prominent Democratic politicians in the world, rousing small donors but also investing far more time and energy than Mr. Sanders in courting those who can give the maximum $2,700 for her primary campaign.</p> <p>Mrs. Clinton attended at least 58 fund-raisers during the last three months, according to her campaign schedules, and sent her husband, former President Bill Clinton, or top aides to others.</p> </blockquote> <p>Despite all of that, her overall haul was negligible. And Sanders' reliance on small-dollar donors means he can hit them up again and again if he needs to. Consider that on Wednesday, Sanders' presidential campaign also hit its one millionth individual donation&mdash;the most, by far, of any 2016 candidate. (By contrast, then-Sen. Barack Obama didn't reach 1 million contributions until February 2008.)</p> <p>The national polls still point to a comfortable Clinton lead&mdash;and an overwhelming advantage with nonwhite voters&mdash;but Sanders just guaranteed he'll have plenty of money to get his message out in the first round of primaries and beyond.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections bernie sanders Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:23:25 +0000 Tim Murphy 285811 at http://www.motherjones.com Jeb Bush Defends Racist Name of Football Team Whose Owner Backed Him With Big Bucks http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/jeb-bush-washington-redskins <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Jeb Bush weighed in on the continuing controversy over the Washington, DC, pro football team's name this week, saying <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/topics/sports/football/washington-redskins.htm" target="_blank">he supported owner Dan Snyder's refusal</a> to abandon it, despite years of repeated calls to do so from Native Americans activists.</p> <p><em>Mother Jones</em>, like some other publications, does <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/08/ditching-redskins-nfl-dan-snyder-slate" target="_blank">not refer to the team by that name</a>.</p> <p>"I don't think it should change," the GOP presidential candidate said during an episode of Sirius XM's <em>The Arena</em> this week. "But again, I don't think politicians ought to be having any say about that, to be honest with you. I don't find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don&rsquo;t find it offensive."</p> <p>Adding that he witnessed a similar "flap" with Florida State University's team name, the Seminoles, the former Florida governor conceded that he may not understand all aspects of the debate.</p> <p>"It's a sport, for crying out loud," Bush said. "It's a football team. Washington has a huge fan base&mdash;I'm missing something here, I guess."</p> <p>It's worth mentioning Snyder donated <a href="http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/capitalcomment/politics/dan-snyder-gave-jeb-bushs-pac-100000.php" target="_blank">$100,00</a>0 to the Bush-supporting super-PAC Right to Rise back in June.</p> <p>Bush's remarks this week align the presidential hopeful's views with a long list of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/republicans-cannot-grasp-redskins-offensive" target="_blank">Republicans</a> who are also unable to grasp why the moniker may be an offensive term for many Native Americans. For many activists, Snyder is the unofficial face for keeping the name intact.</p> <p>"We will never change the name of the team," Snyder <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/redskins/2013/05/09/washington-redskins-daniel-snyder/2148127/" target="_blank">told</a> <em>USA Today</em> in 2013. "As a lifelong [redacted] fan, and I think that the [redacted] fans understand the great tradition and what it's all about and what it means."</p> <p>Bush's stance on the Washington football team comes fresh off his eyebrow-raising comments about black voters receiving <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/09/30/jeb-bush-says-black-voters-get-free-stuff-so-does-he/" target="_blank">"free stuff</a>,"&nbsp;resurrecting a damaging trope that depicts African Americans exploiting welfare laws.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Race and Ethnicity Sports Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:14:44 +0000 Inae Oh 285676 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch These Dudes in Congress Tell Planned Parenthood How to Protect Women's Health http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/planned-parenthood-house-oversight <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards appeared today before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in the most recent congressional hearing examining the use of taxpayer funds by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. This was Richards' first appearance before Congress. She had not been invited to participate in either of the two hearings conducted by the House Judiciary Committee earlier in the month, in the wake of the heavily edited and controversial videos released by anti-abortion activist David Daleiden.</p> <p>Planned Parenthood receives approximately $450 million annually in federal funds, nearly all of which are reimbursements for women's health services from programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.<strong> </strong>According to Planned Parenthood, last year 41 percent ($528.4 million) of its revenue came from government health services grants and reimbursements.</p> <p><span class="message_content">"The question before us is: Does this organization&mdash;does Planned Parenthood&mdash;really need a federal subsidy?" said House Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). "Every time we spend a federal dollar, what we're doing is pulling money out of somebody's pocket and we're giving it to somebody else. What I don't like, what I don't want to tolerate, what I don't want to become numb to is wasting those taxpayer dollars." </span></p> <p>Here are some of the recurring themes from the hearing that attempted to answer his question.</p> <p><strong>1. Her salary is too high: </strong><span class="_Tgc">Chaffetz</span> spent much of his allotted time interrogating Richards about her $590,000 annual salary, which he characterized as "exorbitant." She corrected him, saying her annual salary is actually $520,000. (Female nonprofit CEOs still make <a href="http://www.guidestar.org/Articles.aspx?path=/rxa/news/news-releases/2015/2015-09-15-new-report-shows-proportion-of-female-ceos-decreased.aspx" target="_blank">markedly</a> less than male CEOs. In 2013, for example<strong>, </strong>Laurance Hoagland Jr., chief investment officer of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, made $2.5 million, and John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society, made $2.1 million.) Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jason-chaffetz-carolyn-maloney-planned-parenthood-defund_560a93f9e4b0768126ff1597" target="_blank"> responded angrily</a> to this inquisition. <span class="message_content">"The entire time I've been in Congress, I've never seen a witness beaten up and questioned about their salary," she said. "Ms. Richards heads a distinguished organization providing health care services to millions of Americans. I find it totally inappropriate and discriminatory." </span></p> <p><strong>2. Her apology was self-incriminating</strong>: Several times, Richards was subjected to loud, often aggressive mansplaining about when it is and is not appropriate to issue an apology. Members were referring to a video that PPFA released days after the first sting video in which Richards said, "Our top priority is the compassionate care that we provide. In the [sting] video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion. This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member&rsquo;s tone and statements." Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) repeatedly asked Richards to justify this. <span class="message_content">"Why did you apologize?" he asked over and over again. "You can't have it both ways. If nothing was done wrong, why did you apologize? You don&rsquo;t apologize if she didn&rsquo;t say anything that was wrong." </span></p> <p>Richards explained that her apology was more about the setting of the discussion. "I spoke with Dr. Nucatola, and it was inappropriate to have a clinical discussion in a nonconfidential, nonclinical setting," Richards said. "It was that she used bad judgment to have a clinical discussion in a nonclinical setting." The conversation in the sting video was over lunch and wine.</p> <p><strong>3. Planned Parenthood doesn't provide mammograms: </strong>Republican critics of PPFA were also upset that Planned Parenthood clinics don't provide mammogram services, despite the fact that radiology centers usually offer them because Medicaid reimbursements can't come close to covering their operational costs. This point seemed to be lost on committee members who considered the lack of mammography as evidence that Planned Parenthood did not really provide women's health services. Richards explained that when she goes to see her general practitioner and she gets a breast exam, she is <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/MammographyQualityStandardsActandProgram/ConsumerInformation/ucm113968.htm#general" target="_blank">referred</a> to a radiologist to get a mammogram. Centers that depend on Medicaid reimbursement are often unable to pay for the equipment and radiologists' salaries. New 3-D mammography technology is even more <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/health/breast-cancer-3d-mammography-test-x-ray.html?_r=0" target="_blank">expensive</a>. Rep. Marsha <span class="message_content">Blackburn (R-Tenn.) saw this as evidence that Planned Parenthood fell short in providing acceptable women's health services: "Do you acknowledge that community health centers offer a broader range of services, including mammograms?" To this, Richards replied, "I&rsquo;m not an expert on what all community health centers provide."</span></p> <p><strong>4. Taxpayer dollars</strong> <strong>are paying for abortions: </strong>The repeated expressions of outrage by Republicans over "taxpayer dollars" being used for abortion services was, according to committee member Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), "exhausting."&nbsp;</p> <p>"I know my colleagues are more intelligent than this," Lawrence said. "This is not a lump sum we give Planned Parenthood. It is a reimbursement."</p> <p>Under federal law, no taxpayer dollars are allocated to abortion services. PPFA has submitted its tax filings and reimbursement records, and so far there has been no evidence that it violated this law.<strong> </strong>That did not stop Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) from expressing concern that "taxpayer dollars are being used to free up services that you provide that are aberrant services in the view of many taxpayers."</p> <p><strong>5) Planned Parenthood provides too many abortions: </strong>Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) does not understand how the 327,000 abortions Planned Parenthood performed in 2014 amount to only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's services. Meadows claimed it was more like 12 percent. But as Richards explained, some patients visit more than once, and for multiple services, bringing the percentage down substantially.</p> <p>And as my colleague Kevin Drum <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/09/lying-charts-anti-abortion-edition" target="_blank">reported</a>, Chaffetz used a chart from anti-abortion group Americans United for Life that incorrectly claimed that Planned Parenthood's breast examinations have trended radically downward in recent years, while abortion services have substantially risen. In fact, cancer screenings have declined because, as Richards said, "some of the services, like pap smears, dropped in frequency because of changing medical standards about who should be screened and how often." Abortion rates for Planned Parenthood have only increased about 2 percent per year since 2006.</p> <p><strong>6) Planned Parenthood is in cahoots with President Barack Obama:&nbsp;</strong>Toward the end of the nearly six-hour hearing, Jordan asked Richards about the internal workings of her staff. "Since the videos, has anyone from HHS, CMS contacted you?" Richards replied that because she has a big staff, she can't answer that with 100 percent confidence. "Has the Attorney General of the United States Loretta Lynch contacted Planned Parenthood?" Jordan persisted. "Has anyone from the Justice Department contacted Planned Parenthood since the videos surfaced? There are potentially four federal crimes committed here, and all I'm asking is, has the Justice Department contacted you?" Richards repeated that she could not answer his questions with any certainty.</p> <p>Jordan then escalated his attack. "Have you had any conversations with the president of the United States?" he asked. "Since the videos have surfaced, how many times have you been to the White House? How many times have you been to the White House since Mr. Obama's been president?" Richards again said she couldn't be sure, but Jordan was ready with an answer. "Our count shows that you, your board members, and senior staff have been to the White House 151 times in six and a half years."</p> <p>Investigations are also ongoing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the House Judiciary Committee. So far, no wrongdoing has been found. Six state investigations that were triggered by the videos have also been <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/missouri-finds-no-wrongdoing-its-planned-parenthood-investigation" target="_blank">closed</a> after finding no evidence that Planned Parenthood violated law.</p> <p>A subpoena has been issued to anti-abortion activist Daleiden for his investigative materials, and according to Chaffetz, they have been received but not yet opened or examined.</p></body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:45:47 +0000 Becca Andrews 285521 at http://www.motherjones.com The Fetus Video Described by Carly Fiorina Was Just Released in Full. It Still Means Absolutely Nothing. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/planned-parenthood-fetus-video-carly-fiorina <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Tuesday, an anti-abortion activist released the <a href="http://time.com/4053578/abortion-carly-fiorina-planned-parenthood/" target="_blank">full recording of the video</a> discussed by Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina&nbsp;during a GOP debate earlier this month. In her remarks, Fiorina&nbsp;memorably described the video showing a "fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain."</p> <p><em>Time</em> first reported the full video today, despite the fact that activist Gregg Cunningham was unable to confirm where the video was found or if it even had anything to do with Planned Parenthood.</p> <p>"I am neither confirming or denying the affiliation of the clinic who did this abortion," Cunningham told <em>Time</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The video was released just hours ahead of today's much anticipated <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/video/watch-live-planned-parenthood-president-testifies-at-house-hearing-322519619939" target="_blank">Planned Parenthood hearing</a>&nbsp;before the House Oversight Committee, where Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's president,<strong> </strong>is speaking before Congress for the first time to defend the health organization against Republican attacks. The push to defund the organization comes in the wake of an ongoing sting campaign using secretly recorded and selectively edited videos that suggest Planned Parenthood officials are discussing the sale of fetal tissues from abortions.</p> <p>Fiorina's description of the abortion video during the September GOP debate was quickly praised by conservatives and her<strong> </strong>overall performance catapulted her to second place in several polls among the slew of Republican presidential hopefuls. But after the video described by Fiorina was questioned, her supporters scrambled <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/carly-fiorinas-super-pac-made-its-own-abortion-video" target="_blank">to create their own abortion</a> video using heavily edited footage of several different clips.</p> <p>Cunningham's refusal to state the video's source on Tuesday, combined with <em>Time</em>'s own observation that "there are no images on the full video of any attempt to harvest the brain of the fetus, and there is no sound," was ignored by many on social media who still insist the full recording lends credibility to Fiorina's initial description.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Please tell me again how <a href="https://twitter.com/CarlyFiorina">@CarlyFiorina</a> was lying during the debate about fetus organ harvesting. <a href="http://t.co/mgfmQANiJ8">http://t.co/mgfmQANiJ8</a></p> &mdash; gogman (@gogman) <a href="https://twitter.com/gogman/status/648881270844358656">September 29, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>But our own <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/09/carly-fiorina-now-even-wronger-about-planned-parenthood-video" target="_blank">Kevin Drum</a> points out the problem:</p> <blockquote> <p>The video was not taken at a Planned Parenthood clinic. The fetus shows some reflexive movement, but that's all. No one says the fetus has to be kept alive. No one harvests the brain.</p> <p>But other than that, Fiorina was 100 percent correct!</p> </blockquote></body></html> MoJo Congress Reproductive Rights Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:58:20 +0000 Inae Oh 285511 at http://www.motherjones.com Snowden Just Joined Twitter. Guess Who His First Follow Is. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/edward-snowden-just-joined-twitter-followed-nsa <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp;</div> <p>Fugitive leaker Edward Snowden has bunkered down in Russia, but he has remained in the public eye via media interviews, Skype chats, and the like. And now he's taken another step at increasing his profile: He's joined Twitter.</p> <p>On Tuesday, he put out his first tweet.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Can you hear me now?</p> &mdash; Edward Snowden (@Snowden) <a href="https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/648890134243487744">September 29, 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>And, in a way, he trolled the former government agency he once worked for as a contractor: His first and, initially, only follow was an <a href="https://twitter.com/NSAGov" target="_blank">NSA Twitter account</a>.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/snowden-twitter.jpg"></div> <p>Within half an hour of being a tweeter, Snowden had nearly 65,000 followers. As of now, the NSA has 74,000 followers.</p> <p><strong>Update</strong>: Snowden's first Twitter exchange was with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who <a href="https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/648895006472839168" target="_blank">welcomed</a> Snowden to Twitter. Snowden replied:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/neiltyson">@neiltyson</a> Thanks for the welcome. And now we've got water on Mars! Do you think they check passports at the border? Asking for a friend.</p> &mdash; Edward Snowden (@Snowden) <a href="https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/648899559507271680">September 29, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo Civil Liberties International Tech Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:33:55 +0000 Mother Jones Washington Bureau 285536 at http://www.motherjones.com There Are Thousands of Clinics That Could Replace Planned Parenthood, Right? Nope. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/clinics-map-planned-parenthood <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This week, the Congressional controversy over Planned Parenthood could come to a head as investigations continue through the House of Representatives. Today, Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will testify before the House Oversight Committee, one of several committees conducting an investigation in the wake of videos from anti-abortion activist David Daleiden, who is also expected to <a href="http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/254348-dems-invite-activist-behind-planned-parenthood-videos-to-testify" target="_blank">testify</a> in the continuing discussion.</p> <p>One of the claims they may address has been neatly presented in a <a href="http://dailysignal.com/2015/08/17/planned-parenthood-loses-government-funding-heres-map-health-clinics-take-place/" target="_blank">map</a> circulating on social media. The graphic claims that there are 13,540 clinics where women can find comprehensive health care, as opposed to a mere 665 Planned Parenthood locations. It has become a popular talking point in the conservative push to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/house-votes-defund-planned-parenthood" target="_blank">defund</a> Planned Parenthood&mdash;most notably mentioned by <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/09/second-republican-debate-reproductive-rights" target="_blank">Jeb Bush</a> in the GOP debate earlier this month. The map in question seems to be referring to <a href="http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/mlnProducts/Downloads/rhclistbyprovidername.pdf" target="_blank">a list of clinics, organized by state</a>, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services.</p> <p>But what the graphic doesn't mention is that most of the clinics listed don't even appear to have a certified OB-GYN on staff. The clinics are mostly general practice, meaning they may lack equipment and expertise to deliver reproductive health care to women. It's <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3051238/fast-feed/jeb-bushs-13000-womens-health-clinics-claim-is-suspect-heres-why" target="_blank">not clear</a> what criteria the groups circulating the map used to define viable options to replace Planned Parenthood's services, and the groups did not respond to requests for comment.</p> <p>While the clinics on this list do accept Medicaid, they are not set up to take the massive influx of patients that would result from a shutdown of Planned Parenthood. What's more, many private reproductive health care clinics&mdash;those that aren't represented on the list&mdash;don't take Medicaid at all. That's because the program pays just a <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterubel/2013/11/07/why-many-physicians-are-reluctant-to-see-medicaid-patients/" target="_blank">fraction</a> of what private insurers will reimburse.</p> <p>Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, is set up to handle large numbers of Medicaid patients. Nearly <a href="http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/medicaid-and-women/medicaid-101/" target="_blank">half</a> of all Planned Parenthood patients use Medicaid coverage, and more than a third of women who receive publicly funded family planning care rely on Planned Parenthood.</p> <p>Mark DeFrancesco, president of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, says it's common for practitioners not to accept Medicaid patients, because the reimbursement rates can't come close to offsetting the operating costs of their clinics. "The reimbursement is such that Medicaid just by definition doesn't pay anywhere near what private insurers pay for OB-GYN visits," says DeFrancesco.</p> <p>Sara Rosenbaum, a health law professor at George Washington University, agrees. In a blog post for <a href="http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2015/09/02/planned-parenthood-community-health-centers-and-womens-health-getting-the-facts-right/" target="_blank">Health Affairs</a>, she writes that the claim that community clinics could replace Planned Parenthood represents "a fundamental misunderstanding of how the health care system works."</p> <p>Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office estimated in a <a href="https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/costestimate/hr3134.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> issued earlier this month that if Planned Parenthood were defunded, as many as 650,000 women "in areas without access to other health care clinics or medical practitioners who serve low-income populations" would lose their reproductive health care. And a <a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/j.whi.2012.09.002.pdf" target="_blank">survey</a> by the Guttmacher Institute found that women often value specialized family planning clinics such as Planned Parenthood over primary care clinics for reasons such as affordability, increased confidentiality, and a greater range of contraceptive options. Guttmacher also reports that in <a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/guttmacher-cbo-memo-2015.pdf" target="_blank">103 counties</a>, Planned Parenthood is the only "safety net" family planning service, meaning that a large portion of their patients are either uninsured or reliant on Medicaid.</p> <p>If Planned Parenthood were to lose a <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-cost-of-defunding-planned-parenthood-20150922-column.html" target="_blank">third</a> of its entire budget, DeFrancesco warns, "these patients won't have anywhere else to go."</p></body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights Top Stories Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:00:11 +0000 Becca Andrews 284856 at http://www.motherjones.com George Zimmerman Posted a Photo of Trayvon Martin's Dead Body http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/george-zimmerman-retweeted-trayvon-martin-corpse <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Over the weekend, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/what-happened-trayvon-martin-explained" target="_blank">George Zimmerman</a> retweeted an image of Trayvon Martin's dead body. The image was first tweeted to him by a fan who wrote, "Z-Man is a one man army."</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-09-28%20at%2010.11.07%20AM.png"></div> <p>After the tweet was deleted, apparently by Twitter, Zimmerman posted a tweet directing media inquiries to the phone number of a car audio shop. When I called it, a disgruntled man said it was not affiliated with Zimmerman. I asked what he meant, and he said, "It's pretty cut and dry, dude. Do you understand English?" Then he hung up. The number, it turns out, belongs to a man Zimmerman has been waging a social media campaign against.</p> <p>Twitter would not comment on why they took down the photo, but the company directed me to its policy, which states that users "may not publish or post threats of violence against others or promote violence against others."</p> <p>Previously, Zimmerman's tweets have referred to black people as primates and "slime."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Good day to you, Ape. Dat mean u blocked cuz. <a href="https://t.co/lef6YH4SPG">https://t.co/lef6YH4SPG</a></p> &mdash; George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/TherealGeorgeZ/status/639838470073118724">September 4, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Cops lives matter, black slime doesnt. <a href="http://t.co/BKSp5wTYx1">pic.twitter.com/BKSp5wTYx1</a></p> &mdash; George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/TherealGeorgeZ/status/639437773980758016">September 3, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>In August, Zimmerman teamed up with the owner of a gun store with a no-Muslims-allowed policy to sell prints of his Confederate flag art, which he says "represents the hypocrisy of political correctness that is plaguing this nation."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">They thought, I wouldn't. They said, I couldn't. They told me I shouldn't. So, I did. <a href="http://t.co/PkgvfFCRZO">http://t.co/PkgvfFCRZO</a> <a href="http://t.co/zLfrkbwGFT">pic.twitter.com/zLfrkbwGFT</a></p> &mdash; George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/TherealGeorgeZ/status/633958354835144705">August 19, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">My confederate flag painting also represents the hypocrisy of political correctness that is plaguing this nation...</p> &mdash; George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/TherealGeorgeZ/status/633732731571081218">August 18, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Guns Race and Ethnicity Mon, 28 Sep 2015 18:52:26 +0000 Shane Bauer 285451 at http://www.motherjones.com Elizabeth Warren Just Showed Democrats How to Talk About Race in America http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/elizabeth-warren-black-lives-matter-speech <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IPEDI2hR0dM" style="line-height: 2em;" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In the modern-day fight against racial inequality, activists and policymakers alike should look to the past to change the present.</p> <p>That's the message Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent on Sunday in a stirring speech at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. Warren <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/09/27/elizabeth-warren-just-gave-the-speech-that-black-lives-matter-activists-have-been-waiting-for/" target="_blank">called for</a> wide-ranging civil rights reforms to combat racial inequality, from the restoration of voting rights to changes in policing practices.</p> <p>In a year marked by public outcry over police brutality, Warren echoed the sentiments of the Black Lives Matter movement, drawing connections between the group's push for social-justice reforms and the civil rights movement of the 1960s.</p> <p>"None of us can ignore what is happening in this country. Not when our black friends, family, neighbors literally fear dying in the streets,"&nbsp;Warren said. "This is the reality all of us must confront, as uncomfortable and ugly as that reality may be. It comes to us to once again affirm that black lives matter, that black citizens matter, that black families matter."&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are five issues Warren covered in her speech, which starts at the 12:25 mark in the video above:</p> <p><strong>On violence against African Americans:</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Fifty years later, violence against African Americans has not disappeared. Consider law enforcement. The vast majority of police officers sign up so they can protect their communities. They are part of an honorable profession that takes risks every day to keep us safe. We know that. But we also know&mdash;and say&mdash;the names of those whose lives have been treated with callous indifference. Sandra Bland. Freddie Gray. Michael Brown. We've seen sickening videos of unarmed, black Americans cut down by bullets, choked to death while gasping for air&mdash;their lives ended by those who are sworn to protect them. Peaceful, unarmed protestors have been beaten. Journalists have been jailed. And, in some cities, white vigilantes with weapons freely walk the streets. And it's not just about law enforcement either. Just look to the terrorism this summer at Emanuel AME Church. We must be honest: Fifty years after John Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out, violence against African Americans has not disappeared.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>On voting rights:</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>And what about voting rights? Two years ago, five conservative justices on the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, opening the floodgates ever wider for measures designed to suppress minority voting. Today, the specific tools of oppression have changed&mdash;voter ID laws, racial gerrymandering, and mass disfranchisement through a criminal-justice system that disproportionately incarcerates black citizens. The tools have changed, but black voters are still deliberately cut out of the political process.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>On economic inequality:</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Violence. Voting. And what about economic injustice? Research shows that the legal changes in the civil rights era created new employment and housing opportunities. In the 1960s and the 1970s, African American men and women began to close the wage gap with white workers, giving millions of black families hope that they might build real wealth.</p> <p>[...]</p> <p>Today, 90 percent of Americans see no real wage growth. For African Americans, who were so far behind earlier in the 20th century, this means that since the 1980s they have been hit particularly hard. In January of this year, African American unemployment was 10.3 percent&mdash;more than twice the rate of white unemployment. And, after beginning to make progress during the civil rights era to close the wealth gap between black and white families, in the 1980s the wealth gap exploded, so that from 1984 to 2009, the wealth gap between black and white families tripled.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">On policing: </span></strong></p> <blockquote> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">Policing must become a truly community endeavor-not in just a few cities, but everywhere. Police forces should look like, and come from, the neighborhoods they serve. They should reach out to support and defend the community&mdash;working with people in neighborhoods before problems arise. All police forces&mdash;not just some&mdash;must be trained to de-escalate and to avoid the likelihood of violence. Body cameras can help us know what happens when someone is hurt.&nbsp;</span></p> </blockquote> <p><strong>On housing discrimination and predatory lending:</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>The 2008 housing collapse destroyed trillions in family wealth across the country, but the crash hit African Americans like a punch in the gut. Because middle class black families' wealth was disproportionately tied up in homeownership and not other forms of savings, these families were hit harder by the housing collapse. But they also got hit harder because of discriminatory lending practices&mdash;yes, discriminatory lending practices in the 21st century. Recently several big banks and other mortgage lenders paid hundreds of millions in fines, admitting that they illegally steered black and Latino borrowers into more expensive mortgages than white borrowers who had similar credit. Tom Perez, who at the time was the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, called it a "racial surtax." And it's still happening&mdash;earlier this month, the National Fair Housing alliance filed a discrimination complaint against real estate agents in Mississippi after an investigation showed those agents consistently steering white buyers away from interracial neighborhoods and black buyers away from affluent ones. Another investigation showed similar results across our nation's cities. Housing discrimination alive and well in 2015.</p> </blockquote> <p>You can read Warren's full remarks <a href="http://www.warren.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=967" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></body></html> MoJo Video Civil Liberties Crime and Justice Economy Income Inequality Race and Ethnicity Mon, 28 Sep 2015 18:48:23 +0000 Edwin Rios 285426 at http://www.motherjones.com Obama Issues Strong Condemnation of Russia in UN Speech http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/obama-united-nations-syria-speech <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>President Barack Obama issued a strong condemnation of Russian President Vladimir Putin's use of force in Ukraine in an address to the UN General Assembly on Monday, warning world leaders of "dangerous currents" that stand to threaten international stability.</p> <p>"We cannot stand by when the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a nation is flagrantly violated," Obama told world leaders at the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/world/middleeast/un-general-assembly-syria-isis-refugees.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=a-lede-package-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news" target="_blank">70th annual session</a> at the United Nations.</p> <p>"Imagine if instead Russia had engaged in true diplomacy and worked with Ukraine and the international community to ensure its interests were protected," Obama said. "That would be better for Ukraine, but also better for Russia and better for the world. This is why we continue to press for this crisis to be resolved."</p> <p>Obama's criticism of the Kremlin comes ahead of a scheduled <a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/09/27/443991809/obama-begins-visit-to-new-york-with-a-meeting-with-putin-on-itinerary" target="_blank">meeting</a> with Putin later today, where the two leaders will sit down to discuss their approaches to Syria.</p> <p>In his remarks on Monday, Obama also focused his attention on Syria, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a "tyrant."</p> <p>"We're told that such retrenchment is required to beat back disorder, that it's the only way to stamp out terrorism and prevent foreign meddling," he said. "In accordance with this logic, we should support tyrants like Bashar al-Assad, who drops barrel bombs to massacre innocent children because the alternative is surely worse."</p> <p>The president's speech pressed for international cooperation to help the United States combat rising dictatorships around the world. In appealing for peaceful negotiations, he touted the Iran nuclear deal and recent steps by the United States to ease relations with Cuba as examples of diplomacy's triumph over the use of force.</p></body></html> MoJo International Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:32:54 +0000 Inae Oh 285406 at http://www.motherjones.com Donald Trump Is Not Fit to Win the War on Christmas http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/donald-trump-says-he-will-win-war-christmas <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Donald Trump is pandering to some social conservatives today, so naturally he brought <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/donald-trump-woos-values-voters-by-waving-bible-and-promising-to-make-stores-say-merry-christmas/" target="_blank">up the nonexistent War on Christmas</a>:</p> <blockquote>"The word Christmas, I love Christmas," Trump said. "You go to stores, you don&rsquo;t see the word 'Christmas.' It says 'happy holidays' all over. I say, 'where's Christmas?'" <p>"I tell my wife, don&rsquo;t go to those stores," he continued, as the crowd began cheering. "I want to see Christmas. You know, other people can have their holidays, but Christmas is Christmas. I want to see 'Merry Christmas.' Remember the expression, 'Merry Christmas?' You don&rsquo;t see it anymore. You&rsquo;re going to see it if I get elected, I can tell you that right now."</p> <p>Trump did not explain how he would, as president, compel business owners to promote Christian expressions.</p> </blockquote> <p>But if President Trump really wants to defend Christmas, he's going to have to explain his earlier flirtations with the enemy:</p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/jaimeennis">@jaimeennis</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/examinercom">@examinercom</a> Thanks Jaime, Happy Holidays</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/282145881162141696">December 21, 2012</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/shanesgranny">@shanesgranny</a> Thanks and Happy Holidays.</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/273502495962193921">November 27, 2012</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></blockquote> </blockquote></body></html> MoJo Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:48:21 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 285316 at http://www.motherjones.com Pope Francis Just Said the "Very Existence of the Human Species" Is Under Threat http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/pope-francis-united-nations-general-assembly <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Pope Francis issued a stark warning to the United Nations on Friday morning, telling world leaders assembled for the General Assembly that "large-scale destruction of biodiversity can threaten the very existence of the human species." His speech urged leaders to tackle the unfettered capitalism that he believes is the root cause of environmental destruction, and outlined a religious duty to protect the planet. He also declared a "right of the environment" alongside other fundamental rights like education, work and religious freedom.</p> <p>"The ecological crisis, and the large-scale destruction of biodiversity, can threaten the very existence of the human species," he <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122916/pope-franciss-address-united-nations-transcript-his-full?utm_content=bufferacebb&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer" target="_blank">told</a> the General Assembly. "The baneful consequences of an irresponsible mismanagement of the global economy, guided only by ambition for wealth and power, must serve as a summons to a forthright reflection on man."</p> <p>Francis went on to commend the United Nations for its <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/09/united-nations-sustainable-development-goals-climate" target="_blank">sustainability efforts,</a> calling the upcoming summit an "important sign of hope&rdquo; for climate action. <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/pope-francis-obama-white-house-climate-change" target="_blank">Every speech</a> the pope has made so far in the United Stats has touched in some way on taking action to protect the planet.</p> <p>The leader of the Catholic Church also touched upon the church's stance on "moral laws" on issues such as abortion, saying that "absolute respect for life in all its stages" was part and parcel of the moral fight against inequality.</p> <p>Francis' address on Friday marks the <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/09/25/pope-francis-united-nations-address-migrants-climate/72746990/" target="_blank">fifth time</a> a pope has spoken before the General Assembly. For the remainder of his stay in New York, the pope is scheduled to visit the 9/11 Memorial and tour Central Park in his motorcade.</p></body></html> MoJo Climate Change Climate Desk International Religion Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:58:45 +0000 Inae Oh 285221 at http://www.motherjones.com