Political Mojo | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2013/11 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Smoking Will Kill 1 in 3 Young Men in China http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/smoking-set-kill-third-chinas-young-men <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Smoking will kill one in three young men in China unless rates of tobacco use drop dramatically, according to a new <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)00340-2/abstract" target="_blank">study</a> in the medical journal<em> The Lancet.</em></p> <p>The study, led by Oxford University epidemiologist Zhengming Chen, is full of eye-opening stats: In 2010 alone, smoking accounted for 1 million Chinese deaths, primarily of men. If the current trend continues, that number will double by 2030. (In the United States, cigarettes kill 480,000 people annually&mdash;a number that's been steadily declining over the last several decades and is expected to keep dropping.)<strong> </strong>"About two-thirds of young Chinese men become cigarette smokers, and most start before they are 20," explains Chen. "Unless they stop, about half of them will eventually be killed by their habit."</p> <p>The researchers came to these conclusions by conducting two nationally representative studies&mdash;the first in the 90s, the second 15 years later&mdash;that tracked the health outcomes of smoking among a total of 730,000 men and women.</p> <p>There is some good news: While smoking among men has increased dramatically in recent years, smoking among women has plummeted, to roughly 3 percent of the population. And the proportion of smokers overall who have chosen to quit rose from 3 percent to 9 percent between 1991 and 2006.</p> <p>The high smoking rates are fueled by low prices. "Over the past 20 years, tobacco deaths have been decreasing in Western countries, partly because of price increases," said Richard Peto, a co-author of the study. "For China, a substantial increase in cigarette prices could save tens of millions of lives." Pervasive myths don't help either, including beliefs that Asians are less susceptible to tobacco's effects and smoking is easy to quit. The World Health Organization <a href="http://www.wpro.who.int/china/mediacentre/factsheets/tobacco/en/" target="_blank">estimates</a> that only a quarter of Chinese adults have a "comprehensive understanding" of smoking's hazards.</p> <p>This lack of awareness is hardly surprising when you look into who's selling the cigarettes: An estimated 98 percent of the Chinese cigarette market is controlled by China National Tobacco Corporation, a government-owned conglomerate that runs more than 160 cigarette brands. According to a <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-12-11/the-chinese-government-is-getting-rich-selling-cigarettes" target="_blank">Bloomberg Business feature</a> on the topic, the industry accounts for 7 percent of the country's revenue each year and employs roughly 500,000 people. In 2013, the company manufactured 2.25 trillion cigarettes. (Philip Morris International, the second-largest producer, manufactured 880 billion.)</p> <p>"The extent to which the government is interlocked with the fortunes of China National might best be described by the company&rsquo;s presence in schools," writes Bloomberg's Andrew Martin. "Slogans over the entrances to sponsored elementary schools read, 'Genius comes from hard work. Tobacco helps you become talented.'"</p></body></html> MoJo China Health International Thu, 08 Oct 2015 23:03:16 +0000 Julia Lurie 286516 at http://www.motherjones.com House Tea Partiers to the World: Burn, Baby, Burn. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/house-tea-party-statement-mccarthy-withdrawal <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Chaos, chaos, and chaos. Rep. Kevin McCarthy's withdrawal from the speaker's race <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/10/kevin-mccarthy-bows-out-house-speakers-race" target="_blank">has caused disarray</a>&mdash;that is, <em>greater </em>disarray&mdash;within the House GOP conference. Hours after McCarthy's announcement, there was no word of what comes next. Who might jump in? Would a caretaker candidate emerge? How long could Speaker John Boehner stay in the job? And, it seemed, the House tea partiers who had somewhat caused this crisis&mdash;they had succeeded in driving Boehner from the job and had deemed McCarthy insufficiently conservative&mdash;were yearning for more chaos. The House Freedom Caucus, the tea party GOPers, put out this statement:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/freedom630.png"></div> <p>Note that last sentence: "The next Speaker needs to yield back power to the membership for the sake of both the institution and the country." In other words, we don't want a speaker who is going to try to govern in a time of divided government; we don't want a speaker who will endeavor to forge a compromise on behalf of the GOP conference and make the system work; and, as a government shutdown looms and a possible debt ceiling crisis approaches, we want a speaker who will step to the side and let the chaos reign. This is the congressional equivalent of "burn, baby, burn."</p></body></html> MoJo Congress Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:45:35 +0000 David Corn 286551 at http://www.motherjones.com The Pharma Jerk We All Hated Last Month Still Hasn’t Dropped the Price of That Drug http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/martin-shkreli-still-hasnt-dropped-price-daraprim <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Two weeks ago, Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli promised to drop the price of Daraprim, a parasite-fighting drug, after <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/09/heres-heartwarming-story-innovation-pharmaceutical-business" target="_blank">raising it</a> from $13.50 a tablet to $750 a tablet. But so far the price tag <a href="http://www.goodrx.com/daraprim" target="_blank">hasn't budged</a>.</p> <p>Shkreli, a former hedge fund manager who acquired Turing in August, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/09/screw-martin-shkreli" target="_blank">first drew criticism</a> after a <em>USA Today</em> article <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2015/09/18/company-hikes-price-5000-drug-fights-complication-aids-cancer-daraprim/32563749/" target="_blank">reported</a> the 5,000 percent price hike. He then told <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/company-lower-drug-price-critics-called-4000-hike/story?id=33955820" target="_blank">ABC News</a> in September that the company would "lower the price of Daraprim to a point that is more affordable and is able to allow the company to make a profit, but a very small profit."</p> <p><em>Business Insider</em> <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/martin-shkreli-update-on-daraprim-price-2015-10" target="_blank">writes</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>That hasn't happened yet. <strong>A 30-day, 30-pill supply of Daraprim would cost me $27,006 at my local pharmacy.</strong></p> <p>That boils down to about $900 a pill, which includes the wholesale cost, along with specific pharmacy fees based on the zip code I gave the pharmacy.</p> <p>So while the price of the drug hasn't gotten any higher since Shkreli hiked it 5,000%, it hasn't gotten any lower since he promised to reduce it either. Turing did not respond to Business Insider's request for clarification about this price.</p> </blockquote></body></html> MoJo Health Care Pharma Science Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:41:26 +0000 Madison Pauly 286546 at http://www.motherjones.com Ben Carson Links Gun Control to Hitler's Rise http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/carson-links-gun-control-to-hitler-and-nazi-germany <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>As he defends a string of controversial <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/ben-carson-oregon-shooting" target="_blank">comments</a> he made in the wake of last week's mass shooting in Oregon, Ben Carson just keeps one-upping himself. Appearing on CNN on Thursday afternoon, Carson was questioned by Wolf Blitzer on a claim in his recent book, <em>A More Perfect Union</em>, in which he connects the rise of Adolf Hitler to gun control. "There were a number of countries where tyranny reigned,&nbsp;and before it happened, they disarmed the people," Carson said. "That was my point."&nbsp;</p> <p>When Blitzer&nbsp;pressed further and asked whether an absence of gun control laws in Europe would have saved 6 million Jews from being slaughtered, Carson responded: "I think the likelihood of Hitler&nbsp;being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DvKCIsRgY5M" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Elections Guns Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:23:36 +0000 Miles E. Johnson 286531 at http://www.motherjones.com Bobby Jindal Lashes Out at Father of Oregon Shooter: "He's the Problem Here" http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/jindal-blames-mass-shootings-on-cultural-decay <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>If, after last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, you held the gunman responsible, Bobby Jindal&nbsp;thinks you've missed the mark.</p> <p>On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Jindal&nbsp;published a self-described "<a href="https://www.bobbyjindal.com/jindal-we-fill-our-culture-with-garbage/" target="_blank">sermon</a>"&nbsp;on his campaign website, addressing what he believes are the root causes of mass shootings. These&nbsp;causes include, but are not limited to, "cultural decay," violent video games, absent fathers, and the general devaluing of human life.</p> <p>"It's the old computer axiom&mdash;garbage in, garbage out," Jindal <a href="https://www.bobbyjindal.com/jindal-we-fill-our-culture-with-garbage/" target="_blank">wrote</a>. "We fill our culture with garbage, and we reap the result."</p> <p>Jindal also lashed out at the shooter's father, who <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/04/us/oregon-shooting-father-gun-control/index.html" target="_blank">has called for</a> gun control in the wake of his son's rampage. "He's a complete failure as a father, he should be embarrassed to even show his face in public," Jindal wrote. "He's the problem here.</p> <p>Jindal's&nbsp;response to this instance of gun violence is similar to his reaction to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/lafayette-theater-shooting/awful-night-louisiana-gov-jindal-calls-prayers-praises-heroic-victims-n397611" target="_blank">shooting</a> at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, in which three people (including the gunman) were killed. Shortly after that happened, Jindal offered condolences to the families, resisted discussing gun control reform in lieu of praying for the victims' families, and even <a href="http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2015/07/jindal_responds_to_lafayette_s.html" target="_blank">criticized</a> President Barack Obama for "trying to score cheap political points." However, after the shooting at an army recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, just days later, the Louisiana governor reacted <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/07/24/3684231/causes-gun-violence-bobby-jindal-refuses-recognize/" target="_blank">quite differently</a>. Jindal&nbsp;was quick to politicize the issue by pinning&nbsp;the shooting on radical Islamic terrorism, a problem that he alleges the White House has largely ignored.</p> <p>"This shooting underscores the grave reality of the threat posed to us by Radical Islamic terrorism every single day," Jindal <a href="http://blogs.theadvocate.com/politicsblog/2015/07/16/bobby-jindal-radical-islam-chattanooga-tennessee/" target="_blank">said</a> in an official statement after the Chattanooga shooting. "It's time for the White House to wake up and tell the truth...and that truth is that Radical Islam is at war with us, and we must start by being honest about that."</p> <p>In the spirit of honesty, it <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/death-by-gun-top-20-states-with-highest-rates/20/" target="_blank">should also be noted</a> that Jindal's own state has the second-highest rate of deaths by firearm per 100,000 people, second only to Alaska.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Elections Guns Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:58:56 +0000 Miles E. Johnson 286291 at http://www.motherjones.com Dear Nevada, #&$% You. Sincerely, San Francisco. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/nevada-settles-busing-homeless-lawsuit-san-francisco <!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-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/housing-first-solution-to-homelessness-utah" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/HOMELESS_A_300_0.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/housing-first-solution-to-homelessness-utah" target="_blank"><strong>The Shockingly Effective, Surprisingly Cheap Way to End Homelessness </strong></a></div> </div> <p>For years, the Las Vegas Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital, Nevada's primary state mental facility, gave discharged patients a bus ticket out of town. Poor and mentally ill, they ended up homeless in cities around the country&mdash;especially in California, where more than 500 psychiatric patients were sent over a five year period.</p> <p>Twenty-four of these patients landed in San Francisco, costing the city hundreds of thousands<strong> </strong>of dollars in medical care, housing, and services. Now Nevada has agreed to cover the costs&mdash;or most of them at least. On Monday <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-Nevada-reach-tentative-settlement-in-6552026.php" target="_blank">a tentative settlement was reached</a> and the state agreed to pay $400,000, just short of the $500,000 San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued for back in 2013. The settlement is expected to be approved by San Francisco's Board of Supervisors and Nevada's Board of Examiners later this month.</p> <p>The class action lawsuit filed by Herrera followed an investigation by the <a href="http://www.sacbee.com/news/investigations/nevada-patient-busing/article2577586.html" target="_blank"><em>Sacramento Bee</em>,</a> which revealed that 1,500 Nevada homeless patients had been given bus tickets, and were advised to seek medical care elsewhere. A third were sent to California, landing in major cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, which are already <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/homeless-count-results-housing-affordability-crisis" target="_blank">struggling to house</a> a growing number homeless people.</p> <p>Chronically homeless people&mdash;especially those with mental illnesses&mdash;can cost millions. As we <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/santa-clara-silicon-valley-homelessness" target="_blank">reported earlier this year</a> the county of Santa Clara spent $520 million a year, mostly on the hospital stays and the cost of jailing the persistently homeless&mdash;a mere 2,800 people.</p> <p>Still, Nevada health officials tried for two years to get out of paying San Francisco. They argued that what happened in Nevada is similar to San Francisco's "Homeward Bound" program, which relocates homeless people to live with family or friends in other cities.</p> <p>But now, according <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-Nevada-reach-tentative-settlement-in-6552026.php" target="_blank"><em>The San Francisco Chronicle</em></a><em> </em>Nevada has decided to end the fight. After&nbsp;Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital lost its accreditation in 2013, Nevada invested $30 million to reform its system of care. Homeless patients are no longer bused to other areas and state officials want to move forward. The facility regained its accreditation this year.</p> <div style="width: 1px; height: 1px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: 10pt sans-serif; text-align: left; text-transform: none; overflow: hidden;"><br> Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/investigations/nevada-patient-busing/article2577586.html#storylink=cp</div> <p>"The settlement will bring an amicable resolution to this matter," Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement. "The settlement will also validate the patient management best practices and procedures which Nevada has had in place for two years."</p></body></html> MoJo Income Inequality Top Stories Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:18:52 +0000 Gabrielle Canon 286241 at http://www.motherjones.com Ben Carson on Oregon Shooting: "I Would Not Just Stand There and Let Him Shoot Me" http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/ben-carson-oregon-shooting <!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="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7UKCjDqwRIM?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Ben Carson says he would have led an effort to stop the shooter who killed 13 people last week in Roseburg, Oregon, had he been there during the attack.</p> <p>During an interview of <em>Fox &amp; Friends </em>Tuesday, host Brian Kilmeade asked the GOP presidential candidate what he would do if a gunman asked him, "What religion are you?" The shooter <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/02/oregon-shooter-said-to-have-singled-out-christians-for-killing-in-horrific-act-of-cowardice/" target="_blank">allegedly asked</a> his victims their religion before shooting them and opted to fatally injure those who responded that they were Christian.</p> <p>"Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me," Carson <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/ben-carson-slam-obama-oregon-shooting-visit-214464" target="_blank">responded</a>. "I would say, 'Hey guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can't get us all.'"</p> <p>This is not the first time that Carson has weighed in on the shooting. Last Friday afternoon, Carson sent a tweet that went viral, proclaiming "I am A Christian."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="und">Yes, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IamaChristian?src=hash">#IamaChristian</a>. <a href="http://t.co/H25uHSfQ9q">pic.twitter.com/H25uHSfQ9q</a></p> &mdash; Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealBenCarson/status/650044758975479808">October 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Elections Guns Top Stories Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:54:50 +0000 Miles E. Johnson 286216 at http://www.motherjones.com Ben Carson Supports Arming Kindergarten Teachers to Combat Gun Violence http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/ben-carson-gun-control-arm-kindergarten-teachers <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0" height="390" id="flashObj" width="640"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isSlim=1"><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=4533673821001&amp;playerID=2207682275001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6Fnwgpz2JFHz_Jerf-MHxK_Ad&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true"><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com"><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=4533673821001&amp;playerID=2207682275001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6Fnwgpz2JFHz_Jerf-MHxK_Ad&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" height="390" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isSlim=1" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640"></embed></object> <p>Ben Carson has some thoughts on gun control.</p> <p>Less than a week after the massacre at an <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/shooting-reported-oregon-community-college" target="_blank">Oregon community college</a> that left 10 people dead, including the shooter, the Republican presidential candidate dismissed renewed calls for gun safety and called for kindergarten teachers to be armed.</p> <p>"If I had a little kid in kindergarten somewhere I would feel much more comfortable if I knew on that campus there was a police officer or somebody who was trained with a weapon," Carson told <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/topic/1d431661-9ab3-4a83-8e9c-920f3033e02a/capital-download/" target="_blank"><em>USA TODAY</em></a> on Tuesday. "If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn't."</p> <p>Carson's calls to arm teachers echoes similar views expressed by GOP presidential front-runner <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/03/politics/donald-trump-oregon-shooting-armed-teachers/" target="_blank">Donald Trump</a>, who suggested the Oregon shooting could have been avoided if school officials were armed. "Let me tell you, if you had a couple teachers with guns in that room, you would have been a hell of a lot better off," he told an event in Tennessee.</p> <p>The proposal comes just one day after Carson also suggested during a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/realbencarson/posts/537817656384705" target="_blank">Facebook Q&amp;A</a> that enacting gun control laws would be more "devastating" than the results of gun violence:</p> <p>"As a Doctor, I spent many a night pulling bullets out of bodies," he wrote on Monday. "There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking&mdash;but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away."</p> <p>The talk of arming teachers from Trump led Comedy Central comedian <a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/10/06/larry_wilmore_crushes_trumps_plan_to_arm_teachers_lets_not_elect_a_guy_whos_getting_his_policy_ideas_from_the_movie_kindergarten_cop/" target="_blank">Larry Wilmore</a> to respond on his Monday night show: "Let's not elect a guy who's getting his policy ideas from the movie <em>Kindergarten Cop</em>." Watch below:</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:520px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:comedycentral.com:a85e8fe1-fd0e-4a69-8b0e-6bf97e582ab8" width="512"></iframe> <p style="text-align:left;background-color:#FFFFFF;padding:4px;margin-top:4px;margin-bottom:0px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><b><a href="http://www.cc.com/shows/the-nightly-show">The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore</a></b><br> Get More: <a href="http://www.cc.com/shows/the-nightly-show/full-episodes">The Nightly Show Full Episodes</a>,<a href="https://www.facebook.com/thenightlyshow">The Nightly Show on Facebook</a>,<a href="http://www.cc.com/shows/the-nightly-show/video-clips">The Nightly Show Video Archive</a></p> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Guns Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:49:58 +0000 Inae Oh 286211 at http://www.motherjones.com The Latest Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Actually Good News http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/hobby-lobby-transgender-discrimination <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A year after its <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/supreme-court-hobby-lobby-decision" target="_blank">controversial</a> Supreme Court victory, Hobby Lobby found itself on the other side of a court decision&mdash;this time for denying a transgender employee access to the women's restroom.</p> <p>Since she transitioned more than five years ago, frame shop manager <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/storywall/transgender-today/stories/meggan-sommerville" target="_blank">Meggan Sommerville</a> has been forced to either use the men's restroom in her Illinois Hobby Lobby store or wait until her lunch break, when she could slip into other businesses nearby to use a women's restroom. In a May decision made public for the first time <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Trans-woman-wins-decision-against-Hobby-Lobby/53025.html" target="_blank">on Sunday</a>, a state administrative judge <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/Sommervilleruling.pdf">ruled</a> that the chain's treatment of Sommerville violates Illinois' Human Rights Act, <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/Sommervilleruling.pdf" target="_blank">finding</a> "direct evidence of sexual related identity discrimination" in the store's decision to bar her from the women's restroom until she had gender reassignment surgery.</p> <p>The judge's order was a recommended ruling; a final decision from the state's Human Rights Commission is still pending. In the meantime, for Sommerville, nothing has changed: Hobby Lobby still requires her to use the men's restroom.</p> <p>Hobby Lobby hired Somerville in 1998, and two years later, she was transferred to the company's location in east Aurora, Illinois. By 2010, she was presenting and identifying as female and had legally changed her name to Meggan Renee. When she formally approached her employer to notify them of the transition, the company altered her personnel file to reflect the change, and Sommverville changed her nametag. Yet the company denied her request to use the women's restroom, demanding that she provide<strong>&nbsp;</strong>documents that would compel them to do so. Still, even after Sommerville did so, Hobby Lobby continued to deny her request, going so far as to issue her a written warning for using the women's restroom in February 2011. The company later insisted that she undergo gender reassignment surgery, which would allow her to change her birth certificate, before she could use the women's bathroom in the store.</p> <p>Sommerville filed a complaint, but it was dismissed by the Illinois Department of Human Rights in 2012 for lack of evidence, a decision that was later <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/transgender-rights-case-against-hobby-lobby-no-ones-talking-about-257362" target="_blank">overturned</a>.</p> <p>Sommerville's bosses instructed her not to use the restroom in part because another employee expressed "discomfort," the ruling revealed. "A co-worker's discomfort cannot justify discriminatory terms and conditions of employment," Judge William Borah wrote. "The prejudices of co-workers or customers are part of what the Act was meant to prevent." Furthermore, Borah found that Hobby Lobby's decision to build a unisex restroom for Sommerville's use was an example of segregation and "perpetuates different treatment."</p> <p>"Do I want to continue doing what I do? Yes," Sommerville <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Trans-woman-wins-decision-against-Hobby-Lobby/53025.html" target="_blank">told</a> the <em>Windy City Times</em>. "I enjoy it. Why should I quit? I'm good at what I do. I love what I do. If I quit, I give a right to any other company to discriminate against their employee in the hopes that they will quit so they will be done with them. No one should be forced to quit where they're being harassed and discriminated against. This case is bigger than me."</p></body></html> MoJo Civil Liberties Human Rights Labor Sex and Gender Top Stories Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:00:13 +0000 Madison Pauly 286116 at http://www.motherjones.com Bobby Jindal Sums Up His Struggling Campaign in One Chart http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/bobby-jindal-sums-his-disappointing-campaign-one-glorious-tweet <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Things are looking up for Bobby Jindal, according to Bobby Jindal.</p> <p>The Louisiana governor tweeted this afternoon about his campaign performance: "Momentum is building in Iowa." The tweet was accompanied by a chart showing Jindal's support among Iowa voters increasing exponentially.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Momentum is building in Iowa. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IAPolitics?src=hash">#IAPolitics</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IACaucus?src=hash">#IACaucus</a> <a href="https://t.co/qBAXANrb8s">https://t.co/qBAXANrb8s</a> <a href="http://t.co/DMDYZtbDOA">pic.twitter.com/DMDYZtbDOA</a></p> &mdash; Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) <a href="https://twitter.com/BobbyJindal/status/651127617131646976">October 5, 2015</a></blockquote> <p>The poll Jindal is proudly presenting is the latest NBC/Marist survey in Iowa, which shows him with a whopping 6 percent of the vote, tied with two candidates and behind four others. That looks impressive next to the 1 percent he got in a poll from the firm in July. But it's less impressive if you consider the 4.7 percent margin of error, which could more than account for his rise from the September poll that had him at 4 percent. Likewise if you look at the polling average from <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/ia/iowa_republican_presidential_caucus-3194.html" target="_blank">Real Clear Politics</a>, which puts Jindal at 3.5 percent in Iowa (in ninth place). A Gravis poll concluded on September 27 listed Jindal at only 2 percent (tied for eighth place).</p> <p>But who cares? Just look at this chart!</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Elections Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:15:29 +0000 Miles E. Johnson 286171 at http://www.motherjones.com Women in Texas May Have to Wait an Extra 20 Days for an Abortion http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/women-texas-may-have-wait-extra-20-days-abortion <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="https://utexas.box.com/shared/static/4ne8joivir5q019u4pkds73odcadzw12.pdf" target="_blank">New research</a> from the University of Texas&mdash;Austin has found that women seeking abortions in cities such as Dallas, Forth Worth, and Austin face staggering wait times of up to 20 days before they can get the procedure. The data, which researchers working for the Texas Policy Evaluation Project released Monday, provides a startling look at the effects of abortion clinic closures in Texas just as the Supreme Court is deciding whether or not to hear a case that could slash the number of remaining clinics by half.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-10-05%20at%203.23.29%20PM_0.png"><div class="caption"><strong>Wait times at abortion clinics in Austin, Texas. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp;</div> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp;</div> <p>Researchers documented wait times for clinics in Forth Worth, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston from November 2014 to September 2015. In Austin, the average wait over the course of those 11 months was 10 days. In Dallas and Fort Worth, the annual average was 5 days. They also calculated the average monthly wait times and the range of wait times in a given month and found that average wait times within a single month reached up to 20 days in the Dallas-Fort Worth area&mdash;where there are <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/planned-parenthood-abortion-the-war-is-over" target="_blank">five abortion clinics</a>&mdash;and wait times for individual patients could reach up to 23 days.</p> <p>The escalating wait times are a result of successful efforts to close more than half of Texas's abortion clinics. Most of those clinics were closed by HB 2, a 2013 anti-abortion law that many consider to be the harshest in the nation. Its provisions included a requirement that clinics must have admitting privileges with a hospital no more than 30 miles away. Before the measure, Texas had 41 clinics; four months after it took effect, <a href="http://fundtexaschoice.org/resources/texas-abortion-clinic-map/" target="_blank">there were only 22.</a> Today, <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/el-paso-abortion-clinic-reopens-amid-texas-court-142553677.html;_ylt=A0LEVvJ3mhJWYFAABzInnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--" target="_blank">there are 19</a>.</p> <p>A final provision of the law, which may be the subject of a Supreme Court battle later this year, would close <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/planned-parenthood-abortion-the-war-is-over" target="_blank">all but 10 clinics</a> if it goes into effect. That measure requires abortion clinics to be regulated similarly to hospitals, which makes it dramatically more expensive to operate an abortion clinic. Leading medical organizations, such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, maintain this level of medical infrastructure <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/planned-parenthood-abortion-the-war-is-over" target="_blank">is not necessary</a> to safely perform most abortions. Whole Woman's Health, a chain of abortion clinics with several providers in Texas, sued in federal court and succeeded in having the Supreme Court temporarily <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/texas-abortion-fight-supreme-court" target="_blank">block the law</a>. The court could make a decision to hear the full case as soon as this month.</p> <p>A wait time of almost three weeks has serious consequences for women seeking abortions, ranging from her ability to afford an abortion, which becomes more expensive as the pregnancy progresses,<strong> </strong>to intensity of the procedure. In the second trimester, <a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2011/12/16/" target="_blank">the cost of an abortion</a> may go up by a hundred dollars every week. The researchers found that if the Supreme Court were to allow all but 10 clinics to close, it would almost double the number of second-trimester procedures in Texas&mdash;from 6,600 in 2013 to 12,400.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-09-09%20at%209.29.08%20AM_0.png"></div> <p>The researchers also predicted that if the Supreme Court upheld HB 2, the 10 clinics that would remain open would not have the capacity to meet demand. Those clinics today provide only one-fifth of abortions in Texas. If they were the only clinics in Texas, they would probably experience consistent wait times of around three weeks. For instance, the Houston area saw an average wait time of less than five days. But Houston has six clinics. If the law were fully in place, it would only have two clinics. And as clinics closed around the state, the number of abortions taking place in Houston would rise from 3,900 in 2013 to more than 11,000.</p> <p>Clinics in states bordering Texas are already feeling the crush. Kathaleen Pittman, an official with Hope Medical Group of Shreveport, Louisiana, said in an interview that the proportion of Texans going to Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, Louisiana, has leapt from 15 percent of patients in 2011 to 23 percent in 2014.</p> <p>And the South isn't the only region where clinic closures have sent a wave of patients looking for new providers. The problem is also pronounced in Ohio, where eight clinics have <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/09/john-kasich-targets-abortion-providers" target="_blank">closed since 2011</a>. Officials for Preterm, a clinic in Cleveland, say the number of patients traveling from a different part of Ohio has jumped 160 percent, and the number of patients from out of state has almost doubled.</p> <p>As <em>Mother Jones</em> reported in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/planned-parenthood-abortion-the-war-is-over" target="_blank">a recent feature</a>, a clinic called the Cherry Hill Women's Center in southern New Jersey is seeing more and more patients from Virginia, because clinics in Maryland and Delaware are overbooked, and from the Midwest, because many clinics there have closed. An analysis by <em>Mother Jones</em> found that clinics are closing at a rate of 1.5 per week. If the trend keeps up, the new data from Texas may turn out to be a bellwether for the rest of the nation.</p></body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights Top Stories Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:31:39 +0000 Molly Redden 286156 at http://www.motherjones.com Meet the Senate Candidate Who Sacrificed a Goat and Drank Its Blood http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/meet-senate-candidate-who-sacrificed-goat-and-drank-its-blood <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Of all the scandals that have dogged political campaigns, the one threatening Augustus Sol Invictus' US Senate run may be among the most unusual: ritual goat sacrifice.<a href="#correction">*</a></p> <p>In 2013, Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying. Upon his return home, the Associated Press <a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/gone-viral/os-ap-florida-senate-sacrificing-goat-20151005-story.html" target="_blank">reports</a>, Invictus sacrificed a goat and drank its blood in an apparent pagan ritual.</p> <p>"I did sacrifice a goat," Invictus told the AP. "I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness...Yes, I drank the goat's blood."</p> <p>Invictus&mdash;he changed his birth name but declined to provide it to the AP&mdash;is now running for Senate in Florida on the Libertarian Party ticket. But the party hasn't taken well to has candidacy. Its state chairman resigned in protest and called Invictus a "self-proclaimed fascist" who is "promoting a second civil war." Invictus denied these charges but said he "sees a cataclysm coming."</p> <p>In 2013, Invictus wrote <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/03/this-satanist-wants-to-be-your-senator.html" target="_blank">a letter</a> to his classmates at the DePaul College of Law in which he seemed to say he might start a new civil war. "<span class="s1">I have prophesied for years that I was born for a Great War; that if I did not witness the coming of the Second American Civil War I would begin it myself," he wrote. "Mark well: That day is fast coming upon you. On the New Moon of May, I shall disappear into the Wilderness. I will return bearing Revolution, or I will not return at all."</span></p> <p><span class="s1">He did return. But so far the only revolution he's bearing is the one within his own party.</span></p> <p id="correction"><em>Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated Invictus' role in the Libertarian Party.</em></p></body></html> MoJo Elections Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:05:32 +0000 Miles E. Johnson 286106 at http://www.motherjones.com Hillary Clinton Unveils Plan to Tackle Gun Violence Using Executive Action http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/hillary-clinton-gun-control-executive-action <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Monday, Hillary Clinton plans to unveil a series of proposals aimed at <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/hillary-clintons-gun-control-proposals-to-include-executive-action-1444017603" target="_blank">reducing gun violence</a> that includes the possible use of an executive action to close the "gun show loophole,"&nbsp;which&nbsp;currently allows gun sales to proceed even if background checks on individuals are still pending.</p> <p>The Democratic presidential candidate is expected to announce the plan at two town hall events in New Hampshire. In advance of the appearances, Clinton's campaign released a <a href="https://www.hillaryclinton.com/p/briefing/factsheets/2015/10/04/clinton-believes-its-time-to-tackle-gun-violence/" target="_blank">statement</a> outlining her proposals that detail her push for comprehensive background checks, the tightening of loopholes and internet gun sales even if "Congress fails to act," and efforts to block individuals with domestic abuse records and the mentally ill from obtaining firearms.</p> <p>In the wake of Thursday's deadly rampage at a community college in Oregon, the former secretary of state called on lawmakers to enact <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-gun-control_560e85d7e4b0af3706e05b04" target="_blank">stricter gun control legislation</a> and vowed to help loosen the grip of the National Rifles Association on Congress.</p> <p>"I'm going to try to do everything I can as president to raise up an equally large and vocal group that is going to prove to be a counterbalance," she said&nbsp;in response to the latest mass shooting in America. "And we're going to tell legislators, do not be afraid. Stand up to these people because a majority of the population and a majority of gun owners agree that there should be universal background checks. And the NRA has stood in the way."</p> <p>Gun control is one area in which Clinton has appeared markedly more progressive than Sen. Bernie Sanders.&nbsp;In the past, the Vermont senator&nbsp;has drawn criticism from Democrats for his more <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/bernie-sanders-president-change-politics" target="_blank">libertarian stance </a>on the issue, including his controversial support for a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-07-27/bernie-sanders-defends-gun-record-but-progressives-remain-wary" target="_blank">2005</a>&nbsp;law that&nbsp;protects gun makers against lawsuits from victims of violence. In her plan on Monday, Clinton will reportedly&nbsp;announce her efforts to repeal that law as well.</p> <p>Following Thursday's massacre, Sanders said he agreed with President Barack Obama's statements saying prayers and condolences were not enough to tackle gun violence in America.</p> <p><a href="https://www.hillaryclinton.com/p/briefing/factsheets/2015/10/04/clinton-believes-its-time-to-tackle-gun-violence/" target="_blank">Read Clinton's sweeping plan here. </a></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Guns Hillary Clinton Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:58:14 +0000 Inae Oh 286086 at http://www.motherjones.com The CIA Is Still Refusing to Release Its Files on This Alleged War Criminal http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/el-salvador-military-cia-lawsuit-ochoa-perez <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In November 1981, early in what would become a 12-year civil war, Lt. Colonel Sigifredo Ochoa P&eacute;rez led an estimated 1,200 Salvadoran troops into a rural region near the Honduran border. As part of an eight-day campaign to eliminate guerrillas in the area, the soldiers allegedly <a href="http://unfinishedsentences.org/god-alone-was-with-us/" target="_blank">killed dozens, even hundreds</a>, of fleeing civilians near the community of Santa Cruz.</p> <p>Now, nearly 34 years later, a group of human rights experts is trying to help bring Ochoa P&eacute;rez to justice&mdash;and is taking the fight to the CIA, as well. On Friday, the University of Washington Center for Human Rights (UWCHR) filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the CIA after the agency would neither confirm nor deny the existence of documents surrounding the Santa Cruz massacre. That includes files on Ochoa P&eacute;rez, who <a href="http://www.laprensagrafica.com/2014/12/15/sigifredo-ochoa-perez-se-retira-de-la-politica" target="_blank">until recently</a> was a member of Congress in El Salvador.</p> <p>According to UWCHR project coordinator<strong> </strong>Phil Neff, the massacre was emblematic of the Salvadoran government's scorched-earth campaigns to "cleanse" areas of guerrillas while often claiming the lives of civilians. Ochoa P&eacute;rez, whom Neff calls "one of the US's top <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=W9du-K7-6tsC&amp;lpg=PR1&amp;dq=El%20Salvador%20at%20War%3A%20An%20Oral%20History%20from%20the%201979%20Insurrection%20to%20the%20Present.&amp;pg=PA339#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" target="_blank">counterinsurgents</a> during the '80s," is currently facing a criminal investigation in El Salvador in connection to the offensive. Now that Ochoa P&eacute;rez's congressional immunity has run out, the UWCHR is hoping to use CIA intelligence from that era to move the long-stalled cases against him.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/ochoa-perez-web_1.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Ochoa P&eacute;rez marches with supporters in a 2012 protest. </strong>Luis Romero/AP</div> </div> <p>"There have been no successful prosecutions of this kind in El Salvador," Neff says. "In comparison to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/08/us-guatemala-archives-idUSTRE8172D220120208" target="_blank">Guatemala</a>, the advances have been insignificant. So it's thought that he may be low-hanging fruit&mdash;but he's not an insignificant guy."</p> <p>Kate Doyle, a senior analyst of US policy in Latin America at the <a href="http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/" target="_blank">National Security Archive</a>, says the UWCHR faces an uphill battle. "The CIA has been traditionally very well protected against the efforts of citizens to gain records through the legal channels we have open to us," she says, noting that most CIA documents are exempt from FOIA thanks to a <a href="http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB138/" target="_blank">1984 law</a> signed by President Ronald Reagan. The declassifications that do occur, Doyle says, generally happen because the agency releases the information on its own or is forced to by presidential order. That very thing happened in 1993, when President Bill Clinton, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1993/11/09/world/us-aware-of-killings-worked-with-salvador-s-rightists-papers-suggest.html?pagewanted=all" target="_blank">under pressure from Congress</a>, pushed the CIA to declassify an estimated 12,000 documents on the Salvadoran civil war, including some on Ochoa P&eacute;rez.</p> <p>"The CIA has got a lot of tricks up its sleeve to protect itself from responding to something like this," Doyle says, noting that the courts rarely overrule the agency when it invokes national security. Still, she says the FOIA suit is a valuable public reminder that the US government has been knowingly sitting on records with important details of grave human rights abuses.</p> <p>"The lawsuit has the tremendously positive effect," Doyle says, "of bringing that gap between the rhetoric of human rights policy in the United States and the practice into the light."</p> <p><em>This story has been updated. For more on the Santa Cruz massacre, check out this short documentary from </em>the <em>University of Washington Center for Human Rights:</em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hKPTfH3gch4" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo International Military Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:00:10 +0000 Ian Gordon 285866 at http://www.motherjones.com 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