Political Mojo | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2011/08 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en 2014 Donald Trump Landed a Sick Burn on 2017 Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2017/03/2014-donald-trump-landed-sick-burn-2017-donald-trump-1 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em><strong>Update, May 4, 2017: </strong>This is relevant AGAIN because today, May 4, is also a Thursday and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/05/heres-what-republicans-are-voting-thursday" target="_blank">the GOP is again supposed to vote for the American Health Care Act.&nbsp;</a></em></p> <p>FAST FACTS ABOUT TODAY, MARCH 23, 2017:</p> <p>1) Congressional Republicans are <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/03/republicans-now-considering-how-make-bad-health-care-plan-complete-wreck" target="_blank">supposed to vote on the American Health Care Act</a>, which would repeal Obamacare and be <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/24-million-people-will-lose-insurance-thanks-trumpcare" target="_blank">disastrous for millions of people</a>.</p> <p>2) <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/creeping-authoritarianism-trump-trumpocracy" target="_blank">Donald Trump is president</a>. Trump strongly supports the American Health Care Act, which would <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/obamacare-replace-repeal-trump-impact" target="_blank">be disastrous for millions of Americas</a> (see item 1).</p> <p>3) It is a Thursday.</p> <p>Why is 3 important? Well, I'm glad you asked, my attractive friend!</p> <p>Via my colleague Tim Murphy:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">It&rsquo;s Thursday. How many people have lost their healthcare today?</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/421398464472162304">January 9, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Trump tweets are like Shakespeare quotes: There's one for every occasion.</p></body></html> MoJo Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:27:23 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 328681 at http://www.motherjones.com President Obama Just Surprised Joe Biden With the Presidential Medal of Freedom http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2017/01/president-obama-just-surprised-joe-biden-presidential-medal-freedom <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>President Obama just awarded Vice-President Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Though he knew Obama was going to honor him, Biden apparently <a href="https://twitter.com/voxdotcom/status/819652950977114120" target="_blank">didn't know</a> he was going to receive the nation's highest civilian honor.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="354" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fdrumblog%2Fvideos%2F10154405523202144%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=630" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>You can watch the whole event here:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kqxvsgbuTyg" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:24:24 +0000 Mother Jones New York Bureau 323196 at http://www.motherjones.com Donald Trump Will Make His Son-In-Law A Senior White House Advisor, Which May Be Illegal http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2017/01/donald-trump-will-make-his-son-law-senior-white-house-advisor-which-may-be-illegal <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In November, Kevin Drum warned that liberals needed to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/11/time-pay-attention-jared-kushner" target="_blank">start paying more attention to Jared Kushner</a>.</p> <p>Looks like he was right:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">BREAKING: Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be named Senior Advisor to the President, per senior transition official. <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCNews">@NBCNews</a></p> &mdash; Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) <a href="https://twitter.com/PeterAlexander/status/818512441776766976">January 9, 2017</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>There's a law that Congress passed after RFK was Attorney General that <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/would-it-be-legal-for-trump-to-hire-jared-kushner-for-a-white-house-job/" target="_blank">forbids family from serving in the Executive</a>, but lawyers for Trump are expected to argue that as long as the President-Elect's son-in-law doesn't take a paycheck for his work in the White House his appointment would not run afoul of the prohibition.</p> <p>Buckle up.</p></body></html> MoJo Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:59:58 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 322816 at http://www.motherjones.com White Nationalist Leader Doubles Down on Support for Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/10/white-nationalist-super-pac-funds-radio-ads-backing-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Last May, William Johnson stepped down as a delegate for Donald Trump to the GOP national convention after <em>Mother Jones</em> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/05/donald-trump-white-nationalist-afp-delegate-california" target="_blank">revealed him to be</a> the leader of the white nationalist American Freedom Party. Reluctant to draw negative attention to Trump, Johnson has largely receded from view since then&mdash;until yesterday, when the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-live-updates-trailguide-1475796706-htmlstory.html" target="_blank">reported</a> that Johnson's white nationalist super-PAC is funding pro-Trump radio ads set to run in more than a half dozen states.</p> <p>"It is certainly to help Trump," Johnson told me. "If you look at the content of the radio ad, it promotes what Trump stands for. And every time people read these things, it helps convince them. There's been 50 years of propaganda on the other side, so it is going to take a long process to change people's opinion and this is just one step in that direction."</p> <p>The spot will begin running on Saturday on <em>The Political Cesspool</em>, a show hosted by <a href="http://american3rdposition.com/?cat=1019" target="_blank">AFP co-director James Edwards</a>, and on <em>Liberty RoundTable</em>, a radio program where Edwards is listed as a "<a href="http://www.libertyroundtable.com/columnists/james-edwards/" target="_blank">columnist</a>." Trump's son Donald Jr. has appeared on Liberty Roundtable with Edwards, and this week Trump's son Eric also appeared on the show.</p> <p>Unlike robocalls that Johnson recorded during the GOP primary in support of Trump, the new radio ads do not explicitly mention race. "Do you want a strong leader who will secure our borders and stop the flow of illegal aliens and radical Islamic terrorists," the ad says in part. The ad discloses that it is paid for by "William Johnson, a farmer and a deplorable."</p> <p>Johnson had originally wanted to call himself "a farmer and a white nationalist," he told me, but Edwards preferred "deplorable," a term that's been taken up by white supremacists on social media ever since Hillary Clinton <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/12/opinion/about-the-basket-of-deplorables.html?_r=0" target="_blank">thrust it into the election</a>. "It's tongue-in-cheek," Johnson says. "It's like the term 'gay' used to mean something else, and now it's positive in the homosexual community. Maybe 'deplorable' will become a positive term."</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Donald Trump Race and Ethnicity Top Stories william johnson Fri, 07 Oct 2016 22:33:17 +0000 Josh Harkinson 316016 at http://www.motherjones.com Michelle Obama Just Gave A Speech In Virginia and Hit Donald Trump Hard http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/09/michelle-obama-just-gave-speech-virginia-and-hit-donald-trump-hard <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Watch:</p> <iframe width="630" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CyMCkYN0Chk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></body></html> MoJo Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:02:51 +0000 Mother Jones Washington Bureau 314201 at http://www.motherjones.com One Perfect Tweet That Shows How Ridiculous Fox News' Latest Scandal Is http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/09/one-perfect-tweet-shows-how-ridiculous-fox-news-latest-scandal <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Roger Ailes used to be the head of Fox News but left after it was revealed that he was subjecting countless female employees to sexual harassment. The thing that got the whole thing moving was a lawsuit from former <em>Fox &amp; Friends</em> host Gretchen Carlson. When Ailes officially left the company, he did so with a $40 million golden parachute.</p> <p>Today, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2016/09/fox-news-gretchen-carlson-roger-ailes-settlement" target="_blank">Gretchen Carlson settled her suit with Fox News for a reported $20 million</a>, exactly half what her accuser walked away with.</p> <p>This is all to say, here is a tweet that will make your blood boil.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ailes got twice as much to leave Fox as Carlson got for being relentlessly harassed by him.</p> &mdash; Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) <a href="https://twitter.com/jesseberney/status/773146147586240512">September 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:48:33 +0000 Mother Jones Washington Bureau 313226 at http://www.motherjones.com Senate Democrats Just Began A Filibuster To Demand New Gun Laws http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/06/senate-democrats-just-began-filibuster-demand-new-gun-laws <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>There is something dramatic happening at the US Senate, per <em><a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/sen-chris-murphy-starts-talking-filibuster-over-gun-control-224369#ixzz4BfUnGIcE" target="_blank">Politico</a>.</em></p> <blockquote> <p>Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) launched a talking filibuster on the Senate floor &mdash; which was quickly joined by fellow Democrats &mdash; in an effort to pressure Republicans to accept legislation that would deny suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and require universal background checks.</p> <p>...</p> <p>I'm going to remain on this floor until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together on these two measures, that we can get a path forward on addressing this epidemic in a meaningful, bipartisan way,&rdquo; Murphy continued on the Senate floor on Wednesday, after he first started his filibuster at about 11:20 a.m.</p> </blockquote> <p>Watch live, courtesy of <em>NBC News</em>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.nbcnews.com/widget/video-embed/578880067504" width="560"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:04:32 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 306741 at http://www.motherjones.com Elizabeth Warren Just Endorsed Hillary Clinton http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/06/breaking-jennifer-lawrence-to-star-in-theranos-film-oh-wait-wrong-post <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In an interview with the <em>Boston Globe</em> this evening, Sen. Elizabeth Warren <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2016/06/09/elizabeth-warren-endorse-hillary-clinton-msnbc-tonight/QrjxIM24ZY7EbiXDb9mMAN/story.html?s_campaign=bostonglobe%3Asocialflow%3Atwitter" target="_blank">formally endorsed</a> presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton:</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m ready,&rdquo; said Warren in an interview with The Globe Thursday evening. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m ready to jump in this fight and make sure that Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States and be sure that Donald Trump gets nowhere near the White House.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>Earlier in the evening, Warren gave an "I'm going to light you on fire and burn you to the ground" speech attacking Donald Trump at the American Constitution Society of Law and Policy.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FACAend5Vfc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The Massachusetts senator (who also happens to be the left's secret internet girlfriend) is supposed to appear tonight on <em>The Rachel Maddow Show</em> (Maddow is also a secret internet girlfriend of the left) to talk about why she didn't endorse the left's secret internet <em>boy</em>friend, Bernie Sanders. (The left gets around&hellip;in secret&hellip;on the internet.) I'll update this with video when that happens.</p> <p><em><strong>UPDATE</strong></em>: Wow, that was a really powerful interview Warren just gave on <em>The Rachel Maddow Show</em>.</p> <p>Here's a clip from it. I'll post the rest as soon as MSNBC posts it.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lqHXrUNh88Y" width="630"></iframe></p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/SenWarren">@SenWarren</a> endorsing Hillary on <a href="https://twitter.com/maddow">@maddow</a>: "She's a fighter."<a href="https://t.co/ppzKyKbCaU">https://t.co/ppzKyKbCaU</a></p> &mdash; Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) <a href="https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/741098335013113856">June 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo Fri, 10 Jun 2016 01:10:27 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 306186 at http://www.motherjones.com Donald Trump Selected a White Nationalist as a Delegate in California. Here's His Campaign's Reponse. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/05/donald-trump-selected-white-nationalist-delegate-california-heres-his-campaigns-reponse <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>Mother Jones</em>' Josh Harkinson reported earlier today that the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/05/donald-trump-white-nationalist-afp-delegate-california" target="_blank">Trump campaign selected white nationalist leader William Johnson as a delegate in California</a>.</p> <p>Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks just issued <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/05/10/donald-trumps-delegate-ineptitude-stumbles-into-white-nationalism/?update" target="_blank">this statement</a> about it to the <em>Washington Post</em>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Yesterday the Trump campaign submitted its list of California delegates to be certified by the Secretary of State of California. A database error led to the inclusion of a potential delegate that had been rejected and removed from the campaign&rsquo;s list in February 2016.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/05/donald-trump-white-nationalist-afp-delegate-california" target="_blank">Read Harkinson's full story.</a></p> <p><strong>UPDATE, 5:48 p.m. ET: </strong>"Database error" was apparently the Trump campaign's second attempt at an explanation.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">FWIW, before blaming &ldquo;database error&rdquo; here&rsquo;s what Trump spox Hope Hicks emailed first: "The report is totally false" <a href="https://t.co/mEaElFdAkw">pic.twitter.com/mEaElFdAkw</a></p> &mdash; Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) <a href="https://twitter.com/cam_joseph/status/730151624551874560">May 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo Tue, 10 May 2016 21:40:16 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 303736 at http://www.motherjones.com We Thought We Could Not Be Shocked by Donald Trump. Then He Tweeted This. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/05/donald-trump-did-something-stupid-cinco-de-mayo <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Today is Cinco de Mayo, and here's what presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump tweeted to celebrate the occasion:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Happy <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CincoDeMayo?src=hash">#CincoDeMayo</a>! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics! <a href="https://t.co/ufoTeQd8yA">https://t.co/ufoTeQd8yA</a> <a href="https://t.co/k01Mc6CuDI">pic.twitter.com/k01Mc6CuDI</a></p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/728297587418247168">May 5, 2016</a></blockquote> <p>Stop tweeting.&nbsp;</p> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Immigration International Thu, 05 May 2016 19:15:56 +0000 Miles E. Johnson 303381 at http://www.motherjones.com Here's How Unprecedented Carly Fiorina's Nomination Would Be http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/carly-fiorina-chester-arthur-unelected <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Ted Cruz may be mathematically eliminated from clinching the Republican presidential nomination before the convention, but that didn't stop the Texas senator from announcing a running mate on Wednesday: Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Fiorina, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race after the New Hampshire primary and previously lost a US Senate race in California, is a notable pick not just because she is a woman, or because she previously criticized Cruz for saying "whatever he needs to say to get elected," but because of her past experience&mdash;she would be the first vice president in 76 years to have ascended to the post without previously holding elected office.</p> <p>The last time a major party picked a vice presidential nominee without legislative or gubernatorial experience was in 1972, when Democrat George McGovern chose Sargent Shriver, who had previously run the Peace Corps and worked on President Lyndon Johnson's "war on poverty." But you have to put an asterisk next to that, since Shriver was chosen only after McGovern's original running mate, Sen. Thomas Eagleton, resigned amid reports about his previous mental health treatments. Four years earlier, Alabama Gov. George Wallace selected as his running mate Air Force General Curtis LeMay, but Wallace, a longtime Democrat, had chosen to run (and lose) under the American Independent Party.</p> <p>To find a running mate with no experience in elected office who actually won, you have to go back to 1940, when Franklin D. Roosevelt named Agriculture Secretary Henry Wallace as his second vice president, following eight years of John Nance Garner. Prior to that, Calvin Coolidge tapped Charles Dawes, President Warren Harding's budget director, to be on his victorious ticket in 1924. Dawes had lost a Senate race 23 years earlier and <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/28528/vice-president-who-wrote-hit-song" target="_blank">written</a> a hit song in the interim, before being dragged into the executive branch. Dawes himself seemed to recognize his lack of qualifications.<span class="contenttext"> </span><span class="contenttext">"I don't know anything about politics," he said after being <a href="http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/VP_Charles_Dawes.htm" target="_blank">selected</a> as Coolidge's running mate. "I thought I knew something about politics once. I was taken up on the top of a 20-story building and showed the promised land&mdash;and then I was kicked off."</span></p> <p>But okay, both of those vice presidents had some experience in the executive branch. The last true outsider to win was in the 19th century. Prior to becoming James A. Garfield's running mate in 1880, Chester A. Arthur had no political experience other than stints as port collector of New York City and chairman of the state Republican Party. In a nice bit of symmetry with Cruz's campaign, Arthur's future presidential campaign was marred by allegations that he was ineligible because he was born in Canada.</p></body></html> MoJo Ted Cruz Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:48:26 +0000 Tim Murphy 302831 at http://www.motherjones.com Bernie Sanders Is Laying Off Hundreds of Campaign Staffers http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/bernie-sanders-about-lay-hundreds-its-campaign-staff <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A day after losing to Hillary Clinton in four of five primaries in the Northeast, Bernie Sanders announced his campaign will soon start laying off "hundreds" of its staff members, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/us/politics/bernie-sanders-campaign.html?mtrref=undefined&amp;gwh=AD5FAF69DA85BF9EF0D04D2C85F6488E&amp;gwt=pay&amp;_r=0" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a> reports.</p> <p>"We have had a very large staff, which was designed to deal with 50 states in this country," Sanders said in an interview with the<em> Times</em>. "Forty of the states are now behind us. So we have a great staff, great people."</p> <p>The cuts to his staff, however, do not signal he is planning to bow out of the race anytime soon, the Vermont senator said. Instead, Sanders maintained he would remain in the race for the Democratic nomination at least until the end of the summer, and he hopes to rehire laid-off staff members eventually.</p> <p>Five people familiar with the cuts also confirmed the news to <em><a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/sanders-campaign-begins-laying-off-staff-222552" target="_blank">Politico</a></em>, hinting that Sanders was preparing to shift gears and potentially focus the rest of his campaign on influencing Clinton's platform.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:45:06 +0000 Inae Oh 302841 at http://www.motherjones.com Ted Cruz Will Announce Carly Fiorina as His Running Mate, According to Reports http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/ted-cruz-reportedly-announcing-carly-fiorina-his-running-mate <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In an announcement scheduled for later this afternoon, Sen. Ted Cruz will name former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate if he secures the Republican nomination, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/us/politics/ted-cruz-carly-fiorina.html?_r=0&amp;mtrref=undefined&amp;gwh=13AF9ED6B1BE32C3D3017ED182CDFF40&amp;gwt=pay" target="_blank">multiple outlets</a> are reporting.</p> <p><em>This is a breaking news post. We will update with more as information becomes available. </em></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:45:34 +0000 Inae Oh 302821 at http://www.motherjones.com This Guy Had the Worst Idea for How to Spend $13 Million http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/david-trone-maryland-congress-money <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>State Sen. Jamie Raskin won Tuesday's Democratic primary in Maryland's eighth congressional district. But the bigger story is who lost&mdash;that would be David Trone, a wine retailer who spent $12.7 million of his own money in the hopes of winning the seat.</p> <p>Trone, running in a district that includes the affluent Washington, DC, suburbs in Montgomery County, set a record for most money spent by a self-funding congressional candidate to win a House seat. (The previous record was $7.8 million, and that included both a primary and a general election; as of early April, Raskin's campaign had spent a little more than $1 million.)</p> <p>The irony is that Trone was running as a campaign finance crusader. Much like Donald Trump, who cites his $35 million investment in his campaign as proof he can't be bought, Trone believed his enormous personal wealth would insulate him from charges of corruption. "I certainly could have raised enough money to fund a competitive campaign," he <a href="http://davidtrone.com/in-the-news/truth-money-politics/" target="_blank">said</a> in a full-page <em>Washington Post</em> ad two weeks ago, when he had only spent a pedestrian $9.1 million. "But the PACs, lobbyists and big dollar donors who give money would expect special attention. No matter how well-intentioned, those contributions and the candidates who take them are part of the reason Washington is broken."</p> <p>That message carried him to the brink of success&mdash;or maybe it was just the deluge ads&mdash;but in the end, money alone didn't cut it. Trone won by large margins in the two counties that comprise a smaller portion of the district, but Raskin held a sizable edge in his home county, Montgomery. Trone's final receipt: a little more than $400 per vote.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Money in Politics Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:26:06 +0000 Tim Murphy 302646 at http://www.motherjones.com Donald Trump Celebrates Five-State Sweep: "I Consider Myself the Presumptive Nominee" http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/donald-trump-east-coast-primaries-victory-speech <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Donald Trump dominated all five states in Tuesday's East Coast Republican primaries, a sweep that brought him at least 105 delegates and pushes him further along his path to securing the Republican presidential nomination and avoid a contested convention.</p> <p>The Republican front-runner celebrated his impressive night from Trump Tower in New York, surrounded by his family and supporters including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, where he declared the Republican primary race all but over. He also continued his recent calls for Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Ted Cruz to end their campaigns.</p> <p>"I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely," Trump told reporters. "Senator Cruz and Governor Kasich should really get out of the race."</p> <p>The real estate magnate went on to ridicule&nbsp;his two rivals in light of their recent announcement that they were uniting to defeat Trump and force a brokered convention&mdash;a strategy that <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/john-kasich-not-coordinating-his-campaign-on-cruz-alliance" target="_blank">started to collapse</a> a day after it was announced.</p> <p>"Governor Kasich and Senator Cruz have really, really hurt themselves with a faulty deal," he said. "Politicians, all talk, no action."</p> <p>When asked about reports he would soon be striking a more "presidential" tone, Trump hinted that although he might act differently, his "thought process" would remain the same.</p> <p>"If you have a football team and you're winning, and you make it to the Super Bowl, you don't change your quarterback," Trump said.</p> <p>Trump concluded his victory speech by suggesting the only factor driving Hillary Clinton's success is the "woman's card" and that if she were a man, she wouldn't be able to get even 5 percent of the vote. In her victory speech, Clinton referred to Trump's previous reference to her playing the "woman's card" and said that if that meant standing up for equal pay for equal work, and health care for women, "deal me in."</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Wed, 27 Apr 2016 03:00:13 +0000 Inae Oh 302756 at http://www.motherjones.com Kansas Becomes the Latest State to Freak Out Over Syrian Refugees http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/kansas-becomes-latest-state-freak-out-over-syrian-refugees <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced on Tuesday that Kansas is withdrawing from the federal government's refugee resettlement program over concerns that Syrian refugees could be security threats.</p> <p>"Because the federal government has failed to provide adequate assurances regarding refugees it is settling in Kansas, we have no option but to end our cooperation with and participation in the federal refugee resettlement program," Brownback said in a press release.</p> <p>Brownback had already issued <a href="https://governor.ks.gov/docs/default-source/documents/protecting-kansas-from-terrorism----documents.pdf?sfvrsn=2" target="_blank">an executive order</a> in November stating that "no department, commission, board, or agency of the government of the State of Kansas shall aid, cooperate with, or assist in any way the relocation of refugees from Syria to the State of Kansas." Tuesday's announcement would apply to refugees from any country. But while the move sounds drastic, it's mostly a symbolic act that will have little on-the-ground impact for refugees or public safety.</p> <p>For one, pulling out of the federal resettlement program doesn't mean refugees won't be allowed to live in Kansas. While <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/11/indiana-syrian-refugee-family-connecticut" target="_blank">Indiana and other states</a> have tried to bar Syrians from entering their borders, they aren't actually able to do so. Like any other visa holders, refugees are able to go anywhere in the United States they'd like. It also doesn't mean that support for refugees who are currently living in Kansas or may move there will dry up. The funds that state agencies use for refugee aid are almost entirely federal money, and the Department of Health and Human Services retains control over the funds even if state employees or agencies don't take part. In those cases, Health and Human Services simply <a href="https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/45/400.301" target="_blank">appoints another organization</a> to administer the money. "This is the situation in some other states, usually because their resettlement program is very small," says Stacie Blake, the director of government and community relations at the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, one of the nonprofit groups that resettles refugees. "The money is not 'lost.'"</p> <p>According to data from the State Department, <a href="https://www.wrapsnet.org/HomeContacts/tabid/52/Default.aspx" target="_blank">only five Syrians</a> have settled in Kansas since October last year.</p></body></html> MoJo International refugees Syria Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:21:35 +0000 Max J. Rosenthal 302731 at http://www.motherjones.com Congressional Republicans Found the Most Useless Way to Combat Race and Sex Discrimination http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/congress-abortion-ban-race-sex-selection <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Republicans in Congress are trying to end race and sex discrimination&mdash;in the womb. <a href="http://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/4924?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22prenatal+nondiscrimination+act%22%5D%7D&amp;resultIndex=1" target="_blank">The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act</a> (PRENDA) would ban abortion on the basis of the race or sex of the fetus. Republicans say the measure is necessary to protect the civil rights of African Americans and women.</p> <p>"It took the Civil War to make the state-sanctioned practice of human slavery come to an end," <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/15/prenatal-discrimination-act-house-hearing-asian-stereotypes" target="_blank">said</a> Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the bill's author, during a recent hearing on the measure. "One glaring exception is life itself, the most foundational civil right of all."</p> <p><a href="https://franks.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/civil-rights-struggle-will-define-our-generation" target="_blank">According</a> to Franks, who has introduced<strong> </strong>various versions PRENDA since 2008, ending race- and sex-selective abortions is the "civil rights struggle that will define our generation." During a hearing by an all-male committee earlier this month, Franks also <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/race-based-abortion-bill_us_570fe899e4b088aea430df26" target="_blank">noted</a> that upward of 50 percent of African American babies are "killed before they're born," and that "a Hispanic child is three times more likely to be aborted than a white child."</p> <p>The proposed measure would make it illegal for a physician to perform on abortion on a pregnant woman who wants the procedure because the fetus isn't her desired sex or race. Under the measure, the father of the unborn child and the pregnant woman's parents could sue a physician who performs such an abortion. Doctors would also be required to report suspected cases to law enforcement.</p> <p>It's unclear where Franks is getting his numbers. A 2012 Guttmacher <a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/about/gpr/2012/05/problem-and-solution-mismatch-son-preference-and-sex-selective-abortion-bans" target="_blank">report</a> found that evidence of sex- and race-based abortions in the United States is limited and inconclusive. According to the report, two studies using 2000 US census data found that although the sex ratio of first-born children was normal in families of Chinese, Indian, and Korean descent, those families did have a preference for sons in second and third births. The authors in that study were unable to conclude whether the imbalance was caused by abortion or fertility treatments.</p> <p>But in a single 2011 study, commonly cited by PRENDA advocates, 65 Indian Americans who were <a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/about/gpr/2012/05/problem-and-solution-mismatch-son-preference-and-sex-selective-abortion-bans" target="_blank">interviewed</a> had practiced sex selection, through either fertility treatments or abortion.</p> <p>More recent data suggests that contrary to some stereotypes, Asian American communities are not biased in sex selecting for sons. A 2014 <a href="https://napawf.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Replacing-Myths-with-Facts-final.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> by researchers at the University of Chicago Law School and two abortion rights groups analyzed population data from 2007 to 2011 and found that Chinese, Indian, and Korean Americans have more girls that white Americans.</p> <p>Evidence to suggest that black and Hispanic communities are targeting their abortions is even less clear. According to Guttmacher, abortions are more common in black communities than white ones because unintended pregnancies are also more common. As a result, African American women get abortions at a rate five times higher than white women. "The truth is that behind virtually every abortion is an unintended pregnancy," <a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/about/gpr/2008/08/abortion-and-women-color-bigger-picture" target="_blank">wrote</a> Susan A. Cohen in a 2008 article on abortion and women of color.</p> <p>In a <a href="http://www.civilrights.org/advocacy/letters/2016/oppose-the-prenda.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/?referrer=http://www.civilrights.org/advocacy/letters/2016/oppose-the-prenda.html" target="_blank">letter</a> to the House, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of 200 civil rights organizations, points out that health and economic disparities of black and Hispanic women are likely to blame for increased abortion. "African American women and Latina women have less access to contraception, prenatal care, and other critical reproductive health services, resulting in stark disparities across a number of sexual and reproductive health indicators," the Leadership Conference wrote.</p> <p>Loretta Ross, the national coordinator of SisterSong, a reproductive justice organization for women of color, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/12/race-gender-selection-abortion-bills-trent-franks" target="_blank">told</a> <em>Mother Jones </em>in 2011, "It's kind of hard to find evidence that a black woman is going to have an abortion because she's surprised to find her baby is black. It just strains credulity to think that's a problem. I mean, she wakes up in the morning and says 'Oh my God! My baby's black!'?"</p> <p>According to abortion rights advocates and Democratic legislators, the measure could increase discrimination against pregnant women, particularly women of color, by forcing doctors to speculate on the reasons their patients seek abortions, and then requiring the physicians to report suspected discriminatory abortions. Because of stereotypes that Asian communities prefer male children, advocates worry that Asian women would be<strong> </strong>especially vulnerable to profiling<strong> </strong>by their physicians.&nbsp;</p> <p>"This bill is so horrendous that I could not believe it when it was first brought up," <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/15/prenatal-discrimination-act-house-hearing-asian-stereotypes" target="_blank">said</a> Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.). "It is a nightmare. This is a piece of legislation that would impose criminal penalties on providers and limit the reproductive choices of women of color and all women."</p> <p><a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/spibs/spib_SRSGAAB.pdf" target="_blank">Seven</a> states already ban abortion based on sex selection. Only Arizona, which Franks represents, also bans race-selective abortions.&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Congress Race and Ethnicity Reproductive Rights Sex and Gender Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:46:48 +0000 Nina Liss-Schultz 302351 at http://www.motherjones.com Ted Cruz Launches Anti-Transgender Attack: It's Like Donald Trump Dressing Up as Hillary Clinton http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/ted-cruz-transgender-bathroom <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Sen. Ted Cruz has dived into the controversy surrounding the growing number of anti-transgender bills popping up around the country, arguing that in the absence of such ordinances people are vulnerable to <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-bathrooms-and-transgender-rights-have-become-a-flash-point-in-the-gop-race/2016/04/24/e7c7ad22-08d6-11e6-bdcb-0133da18418d_story.html" target="_blank">sexual "predators."</a></p> <p>"There is no greater evil than predators," Cruz said at a campaign event on Saturday. "If the law says that any man, if he chooses, can enter a women's restroom, a little girl's restroom, and stay there, and he cannot be removed because he simply says at that moment he feels like a woman, you're opening the door for predators."</p> <p>At the same event in Indiana, the Republican presidential candidate took aim at front-runner Donald Trump, who initially said North Carolina's version of the law was "problematic" and that transgender people should be able to use the bathroom of their choice. (The real estate magnate has since backtracked.)</p> <p>"You know the most interesting thing about Donald Trump embracing the PC police is it shows who he really is," Cruz said. "It shows that Donald Trump is a creature of the elite New York liberals."</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">WATCH: <a href="https://twitter.com/tedcruz">@tedcruz</a>: "If Donald Trump dresses up as Hillary Clinton, he still can't go to the girl's bathroom." <a href="https://t.co/RYB8iZDx2n">https://t.co/RYB8iZDx2n</a></p> &mdash; ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCPolitics/status/724399870199640065">April 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>The issue over <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/north-carolina-lgbt-bathrooms-hb2-enforcement" target="_blank">bathroom laws</a>, which opponents say are enacted to force transgender people to use the bathroom assigned to their birth gender, has proved to be a contentious question for the three remaining Republican presidential candidates, with everyone from Fortune 500 company CEOs and celebrities publicly rebuking the measures as a form of discrimination.</p> <p>Gov. John Kasich, who is reportedly aligning with Cruz to beat Trump out of winning the party's nomination outright, has said he would not have <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/john-kasich-i-would-not-have-signed-transgender-restroom-bill-2016-election/" target="_blank">signed North Carolina's bill into law. </a></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Gay Rights Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:37:32 +0000 Inae Oh 302641 at http://www.motherjones.com The John Kasich-Ted Cruz Alliance Is Already Unraveling http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/john-kasich-not-coordinating-his-campaign-on-cruz-alliance <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Sunday night, it finally happened. Just before 11 p.m., the campaigns of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz released matching statements promising to work together to stop Donald Trump from clinching the Republican nomination before the convention. The agreement they struck was that Kasich would stop campaigning in his neighboring state of Indiana, to give Cruz a chance to catch Trump there, and Cruz would stop campaigning in his neighboring state of New Mexico, as well as Oregon, in the hopes of boosting Kasich there. Anti-Trump voices had been calling for candidates to work together for months (Cruz trampled over Marco Rubio's frantic appeal for help in Florida); the alliance was a sign that reality had set in.</p> <p>But one thing missing from the agreement was any indication that Kasich and Cruz would actually tell their voters in Indiana, New Mexico, or Oregon, to support the other guy. And sure enough, while eating at a diner in Philadelphia on Monday morning, Kasich decided to pour water on the whole plan. Would the governor, a reporter asked, tell his supporters in Indiana to vote for Cruz? No, Kasich said. "I've never told them not to vote for me; they ought to vote for me." He <a href="https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/724608650875121664" target="_blank">explained</a> that the deal had nothing to do with strategic voting&mdash;it was only about whether to campaign or not campaign. Sounds like a strong alliance!</p> <p>This is the most passive-aggressive thing Kasich has done <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/13/politics/john-kasich-ohio-florida-marco-rubio/" target="_blank">since the last time someone tried to make a deal with him</a>:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Kasich spox Rob Nichols on Rubio news: "We were going to win in OH without his help, just as he's going to lose in FL w/o ours"</p> &mdash; Kathleen Ronayne (@kronayne) <a href="https://twitter.com/kronayne/status/708335515532140545">March 11, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:51:57 +0000 Tim Murphy 302631 at http://www.motherjones.com A Frame-by-Frame Analysis of the Worst Campaign Ad of 2016 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/mike-pape-donald-trump-bad-ad <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Mike Pape is a Republican running for Congress in Kentucky's first district. On Wednesday, he released the worst ad of the 2016 campaign. For similar reasons, it might also be the best ad of the 2016 campaign.</p> <p>Pape's prospective district gave a combined 75 percent of the vote<strong> </strong>to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, and Pape seems to have taken that message to heart. The ad features three men and one very bad mustache cutting through the US border fence in order to get to America, so they can stop Trump, Cruz, and Pape from building the wall and repealing Obamacare. Because you can't cut down a wall with a wire-cutter, my friend.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PloH-AaM2f4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Let's break it down:</p> <h3 class="rtecenter">0:00</h3> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/sto.jpg"></div> <p>This is not what the border looks like. Speaking of borders! Kentucky's first district includes the famous <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Bend" target="_blank">Kentucky Bend</a>, which was separated from the rest of the state by a surveying error and is accessible only by driving through Tennessee. This is what happens when you neglect your borders, folks.</p> <h3 class="rtecenter">0:03</h3> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/stopcruz.jpg"></div> <p>The guy on the right has a flashlight. Smart. But why does the guy in the middle have a lantern? Did they rob a stagecoach?</p> <h3 class="rtecenter">0:03</h3> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/papepp.jpg"></div> <p>These guys have been talking about Republican politics for hours, maybe days, and no one thought to ask the guy on the left why his shirt said "Stop Pape" until now.</p> <h3 class="rtecenter">0:12</h3> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/tape.jpg"></div> <p>You never know when you'll need duct tape. For instance, if the adhesive on your mustache starts to wear off.</p> <h3 class="rtecenter">0:20</h3> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/gasp.jpg"></div> <p>Let's not overstate the quality of the acting in this production, but this moment represents a rare bright moment. We see a look of genuine surprise when this man is told that Pape will help Cruz repeal Obamacare. (We've previously been told he'll help Trump build the wall, which is confusing; are Cruz and Trump going to share the presidency?) Perhaps, in the hopes of eliciting a more authentic expression during filming, the director told the actor beforehand<strong> </strong>that Pape was for single-payer. This <a href="http://sploid.gizmodo.com/alan-rickman-fell-for-real-in-die-hard-plus-six-other-f-1666327722" target="_blank">calls to mind</a> the story about why Alan Rickman looked so surprised at the end of <em>Die Hard</em>.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/letsgo.jpg"></div> <p>The ad has subtitles throughout, but "v&aacute;monos" is the only Spanish word that is ever translated to English.</p> <h3 class="rtecenter">0:24</h3> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/papeawol.jpg"></div> <p>So at the end of the ad, the camera pulls back to reveal that Mike Pape, candidate for Congress, has been right there all along, and continues to talk to the camera even as the ostensible Mexicans sneak into the country. It's tough to figure out who is worse at their jobs here. The tough-talking Pape turns his back on the border fence and lets people cut a hole in it. But the three migrants have explicitly come to the United States to <em>stop</em> Pape, only to walk right past him. You're all fired.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:38:54 +0000 Tim Murphy 302521 at http://www.motherjones.com More Than 200,000 of Virginia's Ex-Felons Will Soon Have Their Voting Rights Restored http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/virginia-former-felons-voting-rights-restored <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Friday, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that more than 200,000 of the state's former felons will soon have their voting rights restored&mdash;a move that will allow convicted felons who have completed their sentences to vote in this year's presidential election. McAuliffe described the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/23/us/governor-terry-mcauliffe-virginia-voting-rights-convicted-felons.html?smid=tw-nytnational&amp;smtyp=cur" target="_blank">executive order</a> as a step towards correcting the state's longstanding history of disenfranchising African Americans from the voting process.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/GovernorVA">@GovernorVA</a> signs executive action restoring voting and civil rights to over 200k Virginians <a href="https://t.co/XUyEP0NoOn">pic.twitter.com/XUyEP0NoOn</a></p> &mdash; Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA) <a href="https://twitter.com/GovernorVA/status/723536456531226624">April 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>"There's no question that we've had a horrible history in voting rights as relates to African Americans&mdash;we should remedy it," McAuliffe said on Thursday.</p> <p>The executive order bypassed Republicans in the state, who view former felons as potential Democratic voters. Their angry response was swift:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">STUNNING: <a href="https://twitter.com/TerryMcAuliffe">@TerryMcAuliffe</a> literally just gave murders and rapists the right to vote in Virginia. <a href="https://t.co/X7x8ZBVLD2">https://t.co/X7x8ZBVLD2</a></p> &mdash; Virginia GOP (RPV) (@VA_GOP) <a href="https://twitter.com/VA_GOP/status/723532212239491073">April 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Nearly every state&mdash;with the exception of Maine and Vermont&mdash;has restrictions on the voting rights of felons. Virginia's restrictions have been in place since after the Civil War, when the state's constitution permanently barred former felons from being able to vote.</p> <p>Recently, the McAuliffe administration<strong> </strong>has loosened the strict ban by allowing former felons who were convicted of <a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/voting-rights-restoration-efforts-virginia" target="_blank">non-violent crimes</a> to be automatically eligible to have their rights restored. Today's announcement expands the right to include those who were found guilty of committing both violent and non-violent crimes but, as the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/04/22/about-200000-convicted-felons-in-virginia-will-now-have-the-right-to-vote-in-november/" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em></a> reports, restoration will no longer be automatic. The governor will be required to review each case on an ongoing basis.</p> <p>For more on the movement to restore voting rights and the impact of disenfranchisement, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/02/felony-convictions-voting-rights-black-american-african-disenfranchisement" target="_blank">read our explainer here.</a></p></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:09:40 +0000 Inae Oh 302526 at http://www.motherjones.com Trump's Delusional Plan to Win in November Isn't Even Original http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/donald-trump-republican-delusion-map <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Donald Trump's political director told a room full of Republican bigwigs on Thursday that if the tower-dwelling steak magnate is the party's nominee for president, he will redraw the electoral map in November. Per the <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/us/politics/donald-trump-to-reshape-image-new-campaign-chief-tells-gop.html?smid=tw-share" target="_blank">New York Times</a></em>:</p> <blockquote> <p class="story-body-text story-content" data-para-count="395" data-total-count="5247">As the Republicans ate oysters in a dim, stuffy conference room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Mr. [Rick] Wiley walked them through a slide show that predicted victory for Mr. Trump not just in swing states with large Hispanic populations like Nevada, Colorado and Florida, but in states that Republicans have not captured since the 1980s: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Connecticut.</p> </blockquote> <p>This sounds crazy because it is, but it's not a kind of crazy that's unique to Trump. Republican nominees (or prospective nominees) always say this.</p> <p>In a video for Republican donors in June 2008, John McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, showed off a map highlighting states McCain had in the bag and states that might be in play. The list of states that were Republican locks included three that Barack Obama ultimately won: Indiana, North Carolina, and Virginia. The list of states that McCain's campaign considered battlegrounds included California and Connecticut. Oh, and Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4tiDACmM4eM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Okay, that was 2008. It was a long time ago. We didn't have self-driving cars or even face-swap back then. But in 2012, Republican nominee Mitt Romney again proposed to redraw the electoral map by flipping Midwestern states the party hadn't won since the Ronald Reagan era. His campaign spent much of the final week of the race in Pennsylvania. It considered Wisconsin <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/26/mitt-romney-2012-campaign_n_2026484.html" target="_blank">the new Ohio</a>. In October, Romney and his backers went on the air in Michigan and Minnesota.</p> <p>Trump is out of step with his party's previous standard-bearers on many things, but when it comes to overstating his electoral chances in blue states, he talks a lot like the establishment.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:23:46 +0000 Tim Murphy 302511 at http://www.motherjones.com Uber Agrees to Pay $100 Million to Drivers in Historic Class Action Settlement http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/uber-announces-it-will-pay-100-million-drivers-historic-class-action-settlement <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Ride-sharing giant Uber <a href="https://newsroom.uber.com/growing-and-growing-up/" target="_blank">announced</a> that it has agreed to pay $100 million to settle two class action lawsuits, in which thousands of drivers alleged that they were improperly classified as independent contractors instead of employees.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;California and Massachusetts lawsuits were set to go to trial in June.</p> <p>As part of the agreement, which was announced Thursday evening, drivers will keep the contractor classification, but Uber will pay out $84 million to the drivers, and an additional $16 million if the company goes public and the Uber's valuation hits certain growth levels.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/12/uber-lawsuit-drivers-class-action-shannon-liss-riordan" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Uber-inline_0.jpg"></a> <div class="caption"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/12/uber-lawsuit-drivers-class-action-shannon-liss-riordan" target="_blank"><strong>Meet "Sledgehammer Shannon" Uber's Worst Nightmare </strong></a></div> </div> <p>The settlement is one of the largest ever achieved on behalf of workers who alleged that they were improperly classified as independent contractors, wrote Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney who represented the workers in both cases, in an email. Depending on how many miles they've driven and several other factors, individual drivers could receive up to $8,000 in settlement money, she said.</p> <p>The agreement has several other significant terms, including that Uber will now be required to tell passengers that tips are not included in their fare. Drivers will be allowed to put small signs in their cars that say as much. Uber will also facilitate and help fund the creation of driver associations in both California and Massachusetts, where drivers will be able to elect peers to leadership positions, and bring drivers' concerns to management.&nbsp;</p> <p>For two years, Uber <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/12/uber-lawsuit-drivers-class-action-shannon-liss-riordan" target="_blank">pulled out all the stops</a> to fight this case. The company hired lawyer Ted Boutrous, who successfully represented Walmart before the Supreme Court in the largest employment class action in US history and it twice inserted <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/12/uber-tries-maneuver-out-its-giant-driver-lawsuit" target="_blank">arbitration clauses</a> into contracts to prevent more drivers from signing on to the class action.</p> <p>That's likely because classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees is a major cost-saver that has helped Uber grow into a $60 billion company; losing that classification could have cost the company untold millions.</p> <p>And Uber is not alone: Classifying workers as independent contractors is a common cost-cutting strategy among popular Silicon Valley startups&nbsp;(Lyft, Postmates, Washio, and more) that have relied on cheap, gig economy freelancers to provide services and have grown rapidly as a result.</p> <p>While this historic agreement is a significant win for her clients, the question of worker classification in Silicon Valley has yet to be resolved, Liss-Riordan said in an email.</p> <p>"No court has decided here whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors and that debate will not end here," Liss-Riordan wrote. "This case, however, with this significant payment of money, and attention that has been drawn to this issue, stands as a stern warning to companies who play fast and loose with classifying their workforce as independent contractors, who do not receive the benefits of the wage laws and other employee protections."</p></body></html> MoJo Tech Top Stories Fri, 22 Apr 2016 04:30:39 +0000 Hannah Levintova 302506 at http://www.motherjones.com The FBI Spent More Than $1 Million to Hack One Potentially Useless Phone http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/fbi-spent-more-1-million-hack-one-potentially-useless-phone <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>It turns out the FBI's 11-hour solution to its huge public fight with Apple didn't come cheap.</p> <p>FBI director James Comey said on Thursday that the agency paid more than $1 million to unnamed private-sector hackers for help in unlocking the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI first attempted to make Apple write software that would allow law enforcement to unlock the phone quickly, but the company refused and said the request could unconstitutionally expand government authority. The case sparked an uproar over digital privacy as well as a major court battle, which stopped only when the FBI announced it had received the hackers' help and withdrew its order to Apple.</p> <p>Comey, speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, didn't give a specific price for the hack, but said it <a href="https://twitter.com/evanperez/status/723199354274611200" target="_blank">cost the agency</a> more than he would make in the next seven years of his term as director. The FBI director <a href="https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/salary-tables/14Tables/exec/html/EX.aspx" target="_blank">makes at least</a> $181,500 a year <a href="https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/directors/the-position-of-fbi-director" target="_blank">by law</a>, putting the cost of the hack at a minimum of $1.27 million, by Comey's estimate. An FBI press officer could not confirm the accuracy of Comey's estimate or provide a specific cost.</p> <p>"It was worth it," Comey told the audience in Aspen. But it's not clear how much value the hacking method or the phone actually has. Comey has <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-fbi-apple-iphone-5c-20160407-story.html" target="_blank">repeatedly said</a> that the method used to break into the phone would work only on an iPhone 5C running iOS 9, like the San Bernardino phone, and that Apple could discover and fix the security flaw that allowed the hack to work. And on Tuesday, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/19/politics/san-bernadino-iphone-data/index.html?sr=twnwsrm041916san-bernadino-iphone-data0318PMVODtopLink&amp;linkId=23593819" target="_blank">CNN reported</a> that the phone "didn't contain evidence of contacts with other ISIS supporters or the use of encrypted communications during the period the FBI was concerned about." The FBI argues the lack of information is valuable evidence in and of itself.</p></body></html> MoJo Civil Liberties Tech Apple fbi Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:08:07 +0000 Max J. Rosenthal 302486 at http://www.motherjones.com We Dare You to Not Break Down Watching Prince's Tribute to Freddie Gray http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/04/watch-princes-black-lives-matter-tribute-video <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Prince wasn't just a major pop icon&mdash;he was also a staunch supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Last May, after weeks of protests in Baltimore that followed the death of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/12/police-trial-freddie-gray-william-porter" target="_blank">Freddie Gray</a> in police custody, he released a tribute song, "Baltimore," which honored Gray and those demonstrating against police brutality. Prince performed the song live that month at a free show in Baltimore. He also gave a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement while <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/grammys-prince-says-black-lives-771588" target="_blank">presenting</a> the award for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys. "Albums still matter," he <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdE5bAGIyC4" target="_blank">said</a>. "Like books and black lives, albums still matter."</p> <p>Today <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2016/04/breaking-pop-megastar-prince-has-died-age-57" target="_blank">fans are mourning the death of the legendary pop star</a>. This week also marks the one-year anniversary of Freddie Gray's death. Check out the video for Prince's tribute to Gray below.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cieZB0Ab7xk" width="560"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Video Media Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:19:30 +0000 Brandon E. Patterson 302451 at http://www.motherjones.com