Political Mojo | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2009/08/succession-politics-and-health-care-reform/politics/2002/11/.http%3A/www.boston.com/news/politics/2002/11/%E2%80%9Dhttp%3A/www.accountingjobsdallas.info/photos/whitehouse/3818150328/%E2%80%9D http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en That Time Badass Feminist Queen Elizabeth II Gave Saudi Arabia's King a Lesson in Power http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/feminist-boss-lady-queen-elizabeth-gave-saudi-arabias-king-lesson-power <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is known to have a wicked sense of humor, and some mean driving skills. One day back in 1998, she deployed both spectacularly to punk Saudi Arabia's <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30945324" target="_blank">late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz</a>. Back then, Abdullah was a Saudi crown prince visiting Balmoral, the vast royal estate in Scotland. The Queen had offered him a tour of the grounds&mdash;here's what happened next, <a href="http://twitter.com/shashj/status/558564766021869569/photo/1" target="_blank">according to former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>The royal Land Rovers were drawn up in front of the castle. As instructed, the Crown Prince climbed into the front seat of the Land Rover, with his interpreter in the seat behind. To his surprise, the Queen climbed into the driving seat, turned the ignition and drove off. Women are not&mdash;yet&mdash;allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, and Abdullah was not used to being driven by a woman, let alone a queen. His nervousness only increased as the queen, an Army driver in wartime, accelerated the Land Rover along the narrow Scottish estate roads, talking all the time. Through his interpreter, the Crown Prince implored the Queen to slow down and concentrate on the road ahead.</p> </blockquote> <p>Royal custom discourages repeating what the Queen says in private, Cowper-Coles explained, but the anecdote was corroborated by Abdullah, and became, in the diplomat's words, "too funny not to repeat."</p> <p>Abdullah went on to <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/22/middleeast/saudi-arabia-king-abdullah-dies/" target="_blank">cultivate the image of a reformer as king</a>. One thing he didn't change, despite the Queen's badass stunt: women <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/abdullah-promised-reforms-but-basic-rights-still-missing-in-saudi-arabia/article22601331/" target="_blank">still can't drive in Saudi Arabia</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo International Sex and Gender Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:22:04 +0000 Sam Brodey 268736 at http://www.motherjones.com No Money Left Behind: Education Entrepreneur Cashes in on Bush Family Ties http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/jeb-bush-george-randy-best-voyager-new-yorker <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In this week's <em>New Yorker</em>, Alec MacGillis <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/01/26/testing-time" target="_blank">discusses</a> Jeb Bush's approach to education reform, the realm in which Bush, as Florida's governor, had sought to make his biggest mark. In 1995, his efforts to improve the state's public schools catalyzed his political career and, later, fueled competition with his brother George, who as president rolled out the No Child Left Behind Act:</p> <blockquote> <p>Jeb Bush made it known that he thought his own approach superior, because it sought to grade schools on improvements in individual students' scores, rather than just on schools' performance in a given year. "There were lots of conversations about the work in Texas and how Florida had improved on that," [school superintendent Jim] Warford said. According to education officials, Jeb's team had little respect for Rod Paige, the former Houston schools superintendent whom George W. Bush had named Secretary of Education. "It was a little prickly in Florida," Sandy Kress, who worked on the implementation of No Child Left Behind, said. "It was 'We're going to do it our way and can do it better.'"</p> </blockquote> <p>Their sibling rivalry notwithstanding, the Bush bros have common ties to one particularly controversial educational entrepreneur. Starting in the late 1990s, Randy Best, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2008/09/hooked-phonies" target="_blank">whom I profiled at the end of George W. Bush's second term</a>, used his connections to the president to transform a virtually unknown for-profit education company, Voyager, into a "selling juggernaut" (in his words) that he unloaded in 2005 for $360 million.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Best-and-Co-Final.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Randy Best </strong>Steve Brodner</div> </div> <p>The key to Voyager's success was the way it it used revolving doors in Bush's Education Department to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2008/09/no-contractor-left-behind" target="_blank">game the procurement process</a>. Its dealings prompted a scathing DOE inspector general's report in 2006 and a harshly worded Senate report the following year. "Many programs, including Voyager, were probably adopted on the basis of relationships, rather than effectiveness data," G. Reid Lyon, who co-wrote the No Child Left Behind Act and later consulted for Best, told me in 2008. "I thought all this money would be great; it would get into schools. But money makes barracudas out of people. It's an amazing thing."</p> <p>The controversy surrounding Voyager didn't dissuade Best from starting another education company. Founded in 2005, Academic Partnerships persuades colleges to outsource to the firm their degree programs in subjects such as business and education, which it puts online in exchange for a hefty chunk of the profits. Nor did Voyager dissuade Jeb Bush from partnering with Best. Here's MacGillis:</p> <blockquote> <p>Best needed someone to lend credibility to the company. Florida had spent heavily on Voyager during Jeb Bush's governorship, and, in 2005, when Bush was still in office, Best spoke with him about going into the education business. By 2011, Bush had joined Academic Partnerships as an investor and an adviser, and he became the company's highest-profile champion. Best told the Washington <em>Post</em> that Bush's annual salary was sixty thousand dollars, but he did not disclose the terms of Bush's investment stake. For the first time, Bush was making money in an educational enterprise.</p> </blockquote> <p>Last month, after announcing his intent to run for president, Bush resigned from Academic Partnerships and several other business affiliations. Yet if Bush's family history is any guide, Randy Best 2.0 is just getting started.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Bush Education Jeb Bush Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:12:32 +0000 Josh Harkinson 268701 at http://www.motherjones.com Mississippi Wouldn't Allow This Teacher to Show Kids How to Use a Condom. His Simple Solution Is Brilliant. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/condoms-sex-ed-video-how-to-put-on-a-sock <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In Mississippi, where education laws require "stressing" abstinence, teachers are <a href="http://statutes.laws.com/mississippi/title-37/13/37-13-171" target="_blank">prohibited</a> from "any demonstration of how condoms or other contraceptives are applied." Nonetheless, 76 percent of Mississippi teenagers <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2014/apr/02/nation/la-na-ms-teen-pregnancy-20140403" target="_blank">report having sex</a> before the end of high school, and a third of babies in the state are born to teenage mothers. One teacher came up with a creative solution for imparting some wisdom to students about condoms&mdash;watch it below. (<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/states-sex-education-gay-marriage" target="_blank">And read our full report on draconian sex-ed laws here</a>.)</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/06kT9yfj7QE" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Video Education Sex and Gender The Right Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:54:28 +0000 Julia Lurie 268661 at http://www.motherjones.com Terrifying Video Shows Black Man "With His Hands Raised" Shot To Death By New Jersey Cop http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/jerame-reid-police-shot-video <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A newly released <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dashcam-captures-police-shooting-death-n-man-article-1.2086928" target="_blank">dashcam recording</a> shows a New Jersey police officer fatally shooting a black man whose&nbsp;hands were raised in the air.</p> <p>The fatal encounter stems from a routine traffic stop on&nbsp;December 30, in which Bridgeton officers Braheme&nbsp;Days and Roger Worley pulled over a vehicle for running through a stop sign.&nbsp;</p> <p>While questioning the two men, Leroy Tutt and Jerame Reid, the video shows Days suddenly shouting to&nbsp;his partner, "We've got a gun in his glove compartment!"</p> <p>"Show me your fucking hands," Days, who appears to recognize Reid as he his heard calling him by his first name,&nbsp;warns. "<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">He's reaching for something!" &nbsp;</span></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ys0OzmH_EPg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>As the situation intensifies, Reid can be heard telling the officers, "I'm not reaching for nothing. I ain't got no reason to reach for nothing." He then tells Days, "I'm getting out and getting on the ground."</p> <p>Reid gets up and exits the car with his hands raised. Then the two officers fire at least six shots, killing Reid.</p> <p>"The video speaks for itself that at no point was Jerame Reid a threat and he possessed no weapon on his person," Walter Hudson of the civil rights group National Awareness Alliance said Wednesday.</p> <p>According to records, Reid was in prison for 13 years for <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dashcam-captures-police-shooting-death-n-man-article-1.2086928" target="_blank">shooting at a state trooper</a>&nbsp;when he was a teenager.&nbsp;</p> <p>On Tuesday, the Bridgeton&nbsp;Police Department expressed its disappointment over the <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dashcam-captures-police-shooting-death-n-man-article-1.2086928" target="_blank">video's release</a> "out of respect for the family." An investigation into the fatal shooting is being conducted.&nbsp;</p> <p>The recording comes amid reports the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown will be cleared of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/no-civil-rights-charges-michael-brown-shooting-report" target="_blank">federal civil rights charges.</a>&nbsp;The August shooting&nbsp;sparked massive protests around the country with the chant, "Hands up, don't shoot" serving as a symbolic call for justice in Brown's death.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Video Civil Liberties Crime and Justice Race and Ethnicity Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:44:44 +0000 Inae Oh 268641 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Molly Redden on the GOP Women Protesting the 20-Week Abortion Ban http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/watch-molly-redden-gop-women-protesting-20-week-abortion-ban <!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>reporter Molly Redden appeared on MSNBC's <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/gop-women-revolt-on-abortion-ban-387457603945" target="_blank"><em>Last Word </em></a>Wednesday night to discuss why Republican women are revolting against the 20-week abortion ban.</p> <p><iframe border="no" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_lw_Babortion_150121_453513" width="635"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights The Right Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:12:57 +0000 268636 at http://www.motherjones.com Federal Prosecutors Set to Clear Ferguson Cop Who Shot Michael Brown http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/no-civil-rights-charges-michael-brown-shooting-report <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The Department of Justice is reportedly preparing&nbsp;to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/us/justice-department-ferguson-civil-rights-darren-wilson.html?_r=0" target="_blank">clear Darren Wilson</a>, the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown last August, of civil rights charges. According to the <em>New York Times,</em> which&nbsp;broke the news Wednesday afternoon, federal prosecutors are in the process of finalizing a legal memo recommending no charges be made against Wilson. The <em>Times </em>notes, however, a final decision has yet to be officially announced.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">A broader </span><span style="line-height: 24px;">federal i<font face="Verdana, Arial, sans-serif">nvestigation into possible <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/department-justice-civil-rights-violations-investigation-ferguson" target="_blank">civil rights violations</a> by the Ferguson Police Department continues.&nbsp;</font></span></p> <p>The report follows November's decision by a grand jury <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/ferguson-darren-wilson-grand-jury-decision-reaction" target="_blank">declining to indict</a> the officer in Brown's death. Brown&nbsp;was 18-years-old and unarmed at the time of the shooting. From the <em>Times</em>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Three law enforcement officials discussed the details of the federal investigation on condition of anonymity because the report was incomplete and Mr. Holder and his top civil rights prosecutor, Vanita Gupta, had not formally made a decision. Dena Iverson, a Justice Department spokeswoman, declined to comment.</p> <p>Benjamin L. Crump, a lawyer for Mr. Brown's family, said he did not want to comment on the investigation until the Justice Department made an official announcement. "We've heard speculation on cases before that didn't turn out to be true," Mr. Crump said. "It's too much to put the family through to respond to every rumor." Mr. Crump said that at the end of last year that the Justice Department had told him that it was still investigating.</p> <p>The lawyer for Mr. Wilson did not return calls for comment.</p> </blockquote> <p>The shooting prompted <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/map-ferguson-protesters-shut-down-freeway-bridge" target="_blank">massive demonstrations</a> across the country with protestors demanding charges be brought against Wilson.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>This is a developing story.</em></p></body></html> MoJo Race and Ethnicity Top Stories Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:49:08 +0000 Inae Oh 268606 at http://www.motherjones.com Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks Citizens United Is the Supreme Court's Worst Ruling http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/why-ruth-bader-ginsburg-thinks-citizens-united-supreme-courts-worst-ruling <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>This <a href="http://billmoyers.com/2014/09/29/ruth-bader-ginsburg/" target="_blank">story</a> originally appeared at <a href="http://billmoyers.com" target="_blank">BillMoyers.com.</a></em></p> <p>In an interview with the <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119578/ruth-bader-ginsburg-interview-retirement-feminists-jazzercise" target="_blank"><em>New Republic</em></a>, 81-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that the current Court's worst ruling &mdash; and the one she would most like to overrule&mdash;was <em>Citizens United</em>.</p> <p>That decision is the one responsible, in large part, for making <a href="http://billmoyers.com/2014/09/23/record-midterm-dark-money-already-broken-new-anti-super-pac/" target="_blank">this midterm election a record breaker</a> in terms of outside spending. And that's before the really heavy spending comes into play, in the weeks leading up to Election Day.</p> <p>The 2010 <em>Citizens United v. FEC</em> decision struck down the limits on how much money corporations and unions can spend in federal elections. Ginsburg, who dissented in the case, explains here why <em>Citizens United</em> is top of her list and tackles the two runners-up.</p> <blockquote> <p>I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be. So that's number one on my list. Number two would be the part of the health care decision that concerns the commerce clause. Since 1937, the Court has allowed Congress a very free hand in enacting social and economic legislation. I thought that the attempt of the Court to intrude on Congress's domain in that area had stopped by the end of the 1930s. Of course health care involves commerce. Perhaps number three would be <em>Shelby County</em>, involving essentially the destruction of the Voting Rights Act. That act had a voluminous legislative history. The bill extending the Voting Rights Act was passed overwhelmingly by both houses, Republicans and Democrats, everyone was on board. The Court's interference with that decision of the political branches seemed to me out of order. The Court should have respected the legislative judgment. Legislators know much more about elections than the Court does. And the same was true of <em>Citizens United</em>. I think members of the legislature, people who have to run for office, know the connection between money and influence on what laws get passed.</p> </blockquote> <p>In her wide-ranging interview, she goes on to discuss her concerns for <a href="http://billmoyers.com/2014/08/08/justice-ginsburg-wants-equal-dignity-for-women-in-court-decisions/" target="_blank">women's reproductive rights</a>, why she's not going to step down, despite some calls from the left for her to do so, her <a href="http://billmoyers.com/content/great-moments-from-roberts-court-dissents/" target="_blank">scathing dissent</a> on the <em><a href="http://billmoyers.com/2014/07/01/why-harris-and-hobby-lobby-spell-disaster-for-working-women/" target="_blank"> Hobby Lobby</a></em> ruling and life as "Notorious R.B.G."</p> <p>Read the full interview at <em><a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119578/ruth-bader-ginsburg-interview-retirement-feminists-jazzercise" target="_blank">The New Republic.</a></em></p></body></html> MoJo Dark Money Money in Politics Supreme Court Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:45:34 +0000 268561 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch the Video of President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Right Here http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/watch-live-video-president-obamas-2015-state-union-right-here <!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="//www.youtube.com/embed/NPHH1Ykx1jY?rel=0&amp;controls=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/us/president-obama-will-seek-to-reduce-taxes-for-middle-class.html" target="_blank">early news</a> was that President Obama is going to announce a small tax increase that will mostly affect the very wealthy. Kevin Drum thinks this <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/01/obamas-small-ball-making-republicans-itch" target="_blank">sort of thing will play well</a> and Obama's approval rating surge is likely to continue. Meanwhile, after <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/joni-ernst-carlos-curbelo-spanish-state-union-republican" target="_blank">we pointed out some of the problems</a> with the Spanish-language version of the GOP's rebuttal to the State of the Union being a literal translation of Iowa Senator and English-only advocate Joni Ernst's planned remarks, the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/gop-changes-tune-spanish-language-sotu-address" target="_blank">party is now saying</a> that Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) will give his own, unique Spanish speech. So that happened. Here's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/joni-ernst-republican-obama-state-union" target="_blank">everything you should probably know</a> about Joni Ernst.</p> <p>And, on cue, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is already <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/amatuer-phrase-coiner-coins-awful-phrase" target="_blank">making an ass</a> of himself.</p> <p>Stick around after the speech for David Corn's wrap-up article. They're usually really good.</p> <p>You can find the full text of the speech <a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/01/20/378680818/transcript-president-obamas-state-of-the-union-address?utm_campaign=storyshare&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_medium=social" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></body></html> MoJo Income Inequality Obama Top Stories Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:36:24 +0000 Sam Baldwin 268526 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is an Early Contender for the Worst #SOTU Tweet of the Night http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/amatuer-phrase-coiner-coins-awful-phrase <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>If you are one of those people who enjoys watching congressmen and women make fools of themselves&mdash;and you are&mdash;then things like the State of the Union are precious delicacies to be savored. The stately class dolls themselves in hashtags and tweets their "smart takes" and insightful "jokes" out into the world so they can inevitably get pulled over by the information superhighway police for being despicable, stupid, and possibly racist.</p> <p>The SOTU isn't for a few more hours but we've already got an early contender for the night's worst tweet from a sitting member of Congress. Quoth Rep. Steve King (R-Pleasantville):</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Obama?src=hash">#Obama</a> perverts "prosecutorial discretion" by inviting a deportable to sit in place of honor at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SOTU?src=hash">#SOTU</a> w/1st Lady. I should sit with Alito.</p> &mdash; Steve King (@SteveKingIA) <a href="https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/557673638066135045">January 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>"A deportable"!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:43:18 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 268516 at http://www.motherjones.com GOP's Big Spanish SOTU Response Will Be a Translation of English-Only Advocate Joni Ernst's Speech http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/joni-ernst-carlos-curbelo-spanish-state-union-republican <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Each year, the opposition party taps a member to deliver a response to the president's State of the Union address. For Tuesday night's speech&mdash;President Barack Obama's sixth&mdash;Republicans have awarded this duty to Iowa freshman <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/meet-joni-ernst" target="_blank">Sen. Joni Ernst</a>, who <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/joni-ernst-iowa-senate-bruce-braley" target="_blank">rose to prominence last spring</a> when she released a campaign ad about castrating a pig.</p> <p>The GOP has also announced it will be offering a Spanish-language rebuttal, which will be delivered tonight by freshman Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a young conservative from a diverse Miami congressional district. But there's a wrinkle. According to a <a href="http://www.gop.gov/rep-curbelo-to-deliver-republican-spanish-language-address/" target="_blank">press release from the House Republicans,</a>&nbsp;Curbelo will not be sharing his own thoughts and words with the public. Instead, he will only be reading a Spanish translation of Ernst's speech.</p> <p>Curbelo's office confirmed that he will not be delivering his own remarks.</p> <p>By the way, Ernst has <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/joni-ernst-english-official-language" target="_blank">endorsed</a> English as a national language and once <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/joni-ernst-english-official-language" target="_blank">sued</a> Iowa's secretary of state for offering voting forms in languages other than English. Her office did not respond to requests for comment.</p> <p>Curbelo has <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/house/224468-in-gop-a-new-voice-of-immigration-dissent" target="_blank">broken</a> with his own party on immigration to support a path to citizenship for undocumented residents. Ernst has repeatedly expressed opposition to "amnesty."</p> <p><em>Update: Following the publication of this article, House Republicans changed their tune. <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/gop-changes-tune-spanish-language-sotu-address" target="_blank">Read more here.</a></em></p></body></html> MoJo Race and Ethnicity The Right Top Stories Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:33:58 +0000 Tim Murphy and Patrick Caldwell 268441 at http://www.motherjones.com The Muslim Hero Who Saved Lives at a Paris Kosher Market Is Being Awarded French Citizenship http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/Lassana-Bathily-citizenship%20 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Lassana Bathily, the Muslim man from Mali who saved the lives of several customers during last week's hostage situation at a kosher supermarket in Paris, will be awarded <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/muslim-man-who-saved-lives-at-kosher-market-siege-awarded-french-citizenship/" target="_blank">French citizenship</a> for his heroic efforts.&nbsp;</p> <p>The news comes as many, including <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/01/12/the-muslim-who-risked-his-life-at-a-paris-kosher-market-to-save-seven-jews/" target="_blank">Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu</a>, have expressed their gratitude to Bathily for his bravery.&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">Nearly 300,000 people signed a petition calling for his citizenship.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>On Friday, Bathily, who works as an assistant at the market, risked his own life by&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">ushering a</span>&nbsp;group of customers downstairs and hiding them in the market's walk-in freezer. Needing to inform police of the situation,&nbsp;he managed to exit through the basement. Once out, however, police ordered him to lie down, in fear Bathily&nbsp;was working with the gunman inside. After he was able to convince authorities he was not working with the gunman, Bathily provided the necessary details and <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/01/12/the-muslim-who-risked-his-life-at-a-paris-kosher-market-to-save-seven-jews/" target="_blank">key to the market's metal blinds</a>, both of which helped&nbsp;rescue the fifteen people hiding in the freezer.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Yes, I aided Jews,&rdquo; Bathily <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/malian-hero-in-paris-market-attack-to-be-awarded-french-nati?bftw&amp;utm_term=4ldqpgc#.ja8Q26Zpl" target="_blank">said in an interview</a>. "We&rsquo;re brothers. It&rsquo;s not a question of Jews, Christians, or Muslims. We&rsquo;re all in the same boat. We need to help each other to get out of this crisis."</p> <p>Bathily has reportedly lived in France since <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/malian-hero-jewish-shop-attack-french-nationality-150004952.html" target="_blank">2006.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Correction:</em><span class="s1"><i>&nbsp;The original version of this post incorrectly stated that Bathily won the Legion d'Honneur.</i></span></p></body></html> MoJo International Religion Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:05:09 +0000 Inae Oh 268266 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch David Corn on Mitt Romney's Likely 2016 Run http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/watch-david-corn-mitt-romneys-likely-2016-run <!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>Washington bureau chief David Corn stopped by MSNBC's <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/hardball" target="_blank"><em>Hardball</em></a> Monday night to discuss Mitt Romney's possible presidential bid.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe border="no" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_hardball_2romney_150112_443417" width="635"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Media Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:08:08 +0000 268126 at http://www.motherjones.com Mitt vs. Jeb: Battle of the GOP Establishment Candidates http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mitt-romney-running-president <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>David Corn and Robert Costa joined host Chris Matthews on <a href="http://on.msnbc.com/1BewKc3" target="_blank">MSNBC's Hardball</a> to discuss the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mitt-romney-running-2016" target="_blank">recent news</a> that Mitt Romney is probably running for president, again. <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mitt-romney-8-best-gifs" target="_blank">LOL</a>. You'll recall what happened when <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/story-behind-47-video" target="_blank">David Corn reported on</a> the most recent failed Romney campaign. Anyways, we've got a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/topics/romney" target="_blank">deep archive</a> of great reporting on Mitt and we'll have lots more to come. Stay tuned.</p> <p><iframe border="no" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_hardball_2romney_150112_443417" width="635"></iframe></p> <p><em>David Corn is </em>Mother Jones'<em> Washington bureau chief. For more of his stories, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/authors/david-corn">click here</a>. He's also on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/davidcorndc">Twitter</a>.</em></p></body></html> MoJo Mitt Romney 2016 Elections The Right Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:41:28 +0000 268111 at http://www.motherjones.com 8 Romney GIFs That Will Make You LOL http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mitt-romney-8-best-gifs <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>1. Mitt</strong></p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="320" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//giphy.com/embed/3xz2BBYOB4GPPCpdAs" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p class="inline-credit rtecenter"><a href="http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/22/21-mitt-romney-ice-bucket-challenge.w529.h352.2x.gif" target="_blank">New York</a></p> <p><strong>2. Mitt Romney</strong></p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//giphy.com/embed/lXiRLssJOTy2MZ64o" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p class="inline-credit rtecenter"><a href="http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/mittiron.gif" target="_blank">Huffington Post</a></p> <p><strong>3. Mitt Romney is</strong></p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="269" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//giphy.com/embed/3xz2BQa8sYonf9iMCI" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p class="inline-credit rtecenter"><a href="http://media.giphy.com/media/AcwNyxJAxdxDy/giphy.gif" target="_blank">Giphy</a></p> <p><strong>4. Mitt Romney is running </strong></p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="269" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//giphy.com/embed/pIQMGLb0CAmd2" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p class="inline-credit rtecenter"><a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/awkward-news-mitt-romney-pIQMGLb0CAmd2" target="_blank">Giphy</a></p> <p><strong>5. Mitt Romney is running for</strong></p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="261" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//giphy.com/embed/RPu5GNJVeicog" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p class="inline-credit rtecenter"><a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/politics-obama-election-2012-RPu5GNJVeicog" target="_blank">Giphy</a></p> <p><strong>6. Mitt Romney is running for Spiderman</strong></p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="268" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//giphy.com/embed/3xz2BwaxQLIgod3btm" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p class="inline-credit rtecenter"><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/19-things-mitt-romney-did-in-2013-instead-of-being-president#.dybPmKwB4" target="_blank">Buzzfeed</a></p> <p><strong>7. <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mitt-romney-running-2016" target="_blank">Mitt Romney is running for <strike>Spiderman</strike> president</a></strong></p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="273" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//giphy.com/embed/3xz2BuU9H3JhhlutDq" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p class="inline-credit rtecenter"><a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/3xz2BuU9H3JhhlutDq" target="_blank">Giphy</a></p> <p><strong>8. <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mitt-romney-running-2016" target="_blank">Mitt Romney is running for <strike>Spiderman</strike> president (probably)</a></strong></p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//giphy.com/embed/VonNiLIESKKbK" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p class="inline-credit rtecenter"><a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/reaction-mitt-romney-VonNiLIESKKbK" target="_blank">Giphy</a></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Media Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:42:23 +0000 Sam Brodey 268096 at http://www.motherjones.com Mitt Romney Is Probably Running for President. Here Are All the Times He Said He Wouldn't. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mitt-romney-running-2016 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Last Friday, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mitt-romney-officially-considering-16-presidential-bid" target="_blank">Mitt Romney confirmed</a> that he's considering running for president once more in 2016. On Monday, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/romney-moves-to-reassemble-campaign-apparatus-for-2016/2015/01/12/d968592e-9a88-11e4-96cc-e858eba91ced_story.html" target="_blank">the <em>Washington Post</em> reported</a> that Romney is quickly rebuilding his campaign network for an "almost certain" run. Here's a look at the evolution of Romney's statements regarding a possible third presidential run:</p> <p><strong>November 7, 2012: </strong>Romney concedes the election to President Obama. "I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction," <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/mitt-romneys-concession-speech-full-transcript/2012/11/07/99f9c98c-28a0-11e2-96b6-8e6a7524553f_story.html" target="_blank">he said to those gathered in his Boston headquarters.&nbsp;</a> He was reportedly so shocked by the loss that he had not prepared a concession speech.</p> <p><strong>March 3, 2013: </strong>In his first interview since losing the election, <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/mitt-romney-it-kills-me-not-to-be-president-88332.html" target="_blank">Romney says</a>, "It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done." On running in 2016: "I'm not doing it again," he declares.</p> <p><strong>January 18, 2014: </strong>In an <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/us/politics/an-interview-with-mitt-romney.html" target="_blank">interview with the <em>New York Times</em></a>, Romney was emphatic: "Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no. People are always gracious and say, 'Oh, you should run again.' I'm not running again."</p> <p><strong>March 23, 2014: </strong>On CBS's <em>Face the Nation</em>, <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/face-the-nation-transcripts-march-23-2014-romney-durbin-ayotte/" target="_blank">he again indicates he has no interest in another run:</a> "We have a very strong field of leaders who could become our nominee&hellip;I wholly anticipate that I'll be supporting one of them very vigorously."</p> <p><strong>June 15, 2014: </strong>On <em>Meet the Press</em>, <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/meet-press-transcript-june-15-2014-n131601" target="_blank">David Gregory asks Romney</a> about speculation within political circles of a <a href="http://draftmitt.org/" target="_blank">"Draft Romney"</a> movement. "I'm not running and talk of the draft is kind of silly," he says.</p> <p><strong>August 26, 2014: </strong>In a radio interview, Romney <a href="http://www.hughhewitt.com/mitt-romney-2016/" target="_blank">is slightly less certain</a> about not running, suggesting there might be a shift in his thinking. "You know, circumstances can change, but I'm just not going to let my head go there," he remarks.</p> <p><strong>September 30, 2014: </strong>The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/magazine/mitt-isnt-ready-to-call-it-quits-just-yet.html?partner=rss&amp;emc=rss&amp;smid=tw-nytimes&amp;_r=1" target="_blank"><em>New York Times </em>Magazine runs a profile of Romney</a> that is heavy on 2016 talk. "We've got a lot of people looking at the race," he says. "We'll see what happens." A lot of people? He did not specify what that meant.</p> <p><strong>October 7, 2014:</strong> With rumors flying that he would run if Jeb Bush, another establishment moderate, declines to enter the race, Romney <a href="http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2014/10/07/mitt-romney-president-bloomberg-politics/" target="_blank">doubles down</a> in a Bloomberg Politics interview on his previous ain't-gonna-do-it remarks: "I'm not running, I'm not planning on running, and I've got nothing new on that story."</p> <p><strong>January 9: </strong>At a private meeting with former donors in Manhattan, <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/mitt-romney-considers-2016-presidential-campaign-114132.html#ixzz3OdZpcHi9" target="_blank">Romney shows more leg.</a> "Everybody in here can go tell your friends that I'm considering a run," he says. And that one statement was enough to trigger a frenzy among the politerati.<br><br> In case you forgot, here's the secretly recorded video that was the most talked-about news of Romney's 2012 campaign:</p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MU9V6eOFO38" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Mitt Romney 2016 Elections Top Stories Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:51:52 +0000 Sam Brodey 268061 at http://www.motherjones.com Check Out This Amazing Presidential Debate Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush Just Had http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mitt-romney-jeb-bush-presidential-debate-2016 <!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 <em>Wall Street Journal</em> reported that Mitt Romney may be <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mitt-romney-officially-considering-16-presidential-bid" target="_blank">running for president</a> again in 2016. Meanwhile,&nbsp;Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is also considering a run! <em>Mother Jones</em> DC bureau chief David Corn, who broke the news of this little <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/watch-full-secret-video-private-romney-fundraiser" target="_blank">video</a> back in 2012, had a couple of thoughts about how that battle for the GOP nomination might play out:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Can you imagine a Romney versus Jeb Bush debate? Your head start in life was so much bigger than mine!</p> &mdash; David Corn (@DavidCornDC) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/553671589842419712">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Romney versus Jeb Bush debate. I worked for Bain. I worked for Lehman.</p> &mdash; David Corn (@DavidCornDC) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/553671772269461505">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Romney versus Jeb Bush: "I've flip-flopped on immigration more than you!"</p> &mdash; David Corn (@DavidCornDC) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/553672119301976064">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Romney versus Jeb Bush: "I supported the Iraq War!" "Well, I did, too!"</p> &mdash; David Corn (@DavidCornDC) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/553672526115926016">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Romney versus Jeb Bush: "I worked for a hedge fund." "I started a hedge fund."</p> &mdash; David Corn (@DavidCornDC) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/553672848116834304">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Romney versus Jeb Bush: "You have a brand problem." "You have a brand problem."</p> &mdash; David Corn (@DavidCornDC) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/553674008571674624">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Romney versus Jeb Bush: "Two of your presidential campaigns failed." "Two of your presidencies failed."</p> &mdash; David Corn (@DavidCornDC) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/553675131802124288">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>We can't wait.&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Elections Fri, 09 Jan 2015 22:43:26 +0000 Inae Oh 267976 at http://www.motherjones.com WSJ: Mitt Romney Considering '16 Presidential Bid http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mitt-romney-officially-considering-16-presidential-bid <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Wow! The <em>Wall Street Journal </em>just ripped open everyone's Friday afternoon with this shocking, <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/romney-tells-donors-he-is-considering-2016-white-house-bid-1420839312?mod=wsj_nview_latest" target="_blank">game-changing scoop</a>:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p>Breaking: Mitt Romney told donors today that he is considering a White House bid in 2016. WSJ Exclusive: <a href="http://t.co/QDokYTGBDC">http://t.co/QDokYTGBDC</a></p> &mdash; Capital Journal (@WSJPolitics) <a href="https://twitter.com/WSJPolitics/status/553666870780641280">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <p>This would be a good time to watch the <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1757800/" target="_blank">2014 Netflix documentary </a><em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1757800/" target="_blank">Mitt</a>, </em>which was the first time Romney signaled that he'd run again.</p> <p>Have a good weekend, everyone.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Fri, 09 Jan 2015 22:01:06 +0000 Sam Brodey 267971 at http://www.motherjones.com Gunmen Suspected in Charlie Hebdo Attack Killed; Four Dead in Second Hostage Situation http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-attackers-hostages <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>This is a developing story and is being updated below.</em></p> <p>Police have closed in on two men they believe are the brothers suspected in Wednesday's terrorist attack at the <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> newspaper. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/10/world/europe/charlie-hebdo-paris-shooting.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=span-ab-top-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news" target="_blank"><em>The Times</em> </a>reports hundreds of security forces have descended upon a printing shop northeast of Paris, where at least one hostage has been taken.</p> <p>A second hostage situation is developing elsewhere in Paris, near Porte de Vincennes, with <a href="http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268777/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=tmSs8iSc" target="_blank">multiple </a>hostages being held inside a <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/553535441828605953" target="_blank">kosher supermarket</a><a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/553541676229472256" target="_blank">. </a></p> <p>The <em><a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_FRANCE_MARKET_ATTACK?SITE=AP&amp;SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT" target="_blank">AP</a></em> reports the hostage-taker inside&nbsp;the supermarket is believed to have fatally shot a&nbsp;French policewoman in a southern suburb of Paris on Thursday. He appears to be connected to the gunmen&nbsp;behind the <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> massacre.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Charlie Hebdo: this map pinpoints the four key locations in the dual sieges &ndash; live updates <a href="http://t.co/CbQCu50ckl">http://t.co/CbQCu50ckl</a> <a href="http://t.co/6Cpy1BmKQO">pic.twitter.com/6Cpy1BmKQO</a></p> &mdash; The Guardian (@guardian) <a href="https://twitter.com/guardian/status/553542208214036480">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>For live video of both situations, watch below:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BFwedk4dBCc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Update: Friday, January 9,&nbsp;11:10 a.m. EST:&nbsp;</strong>Gunshots and explosions have been heard &nbsp;at both&nbsp;the printing shop where the two suspected gunmen, brothers Ch&eacute;rif and Sa&iuml;d Kouachi, are holed up and the kosher supermarket.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Latest from printworks where <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CharlieHebdo?src=hash">#CharlieHebdo</a> suspects had taken one hostage. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ParisAttacks?src=hash">#ParisAttacks</a> <a href="http://t.co/64ZQoajDw9">http://t.co/64ZQoajDw9</a> <a href="http://t.co/LBwxBZMXmM">pic.twitter.com/LBwxBZMXmM</a></p> &mdash; Sky News (@SkyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/553581897792913408">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Six explosions heard at kosher supermarket where a number of hostages were taken <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ParisAttacks?src=hash">#ParisAttacks</a> <a href="http://t.co/0jxoozr8mN">http://t.co/0jxoozr8mN</a> <a href="http://t.co/BFuLAaMba6">pic.twitter.com/BFuLAaMba6</a></p> &mdash; Sky News (@SkyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/553586510260629505">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong style="font-size: 12.222222328186px; line-height: 23.9999980926514px;">Update: Friday, January 9,&nbsp;11:30 a.m. EST:&nbsp;</strong>There are multiple reports citing&nbsp;the gunmen in the Charlie Hebdo attack have been killed.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>BREAKING: Police official: Suspects in Charlie Hebdo massacre killed, hostage freed.</p> &mdash; The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP/status/553588993993232384">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CharlieHebdo?src=hash">#CharlieHebdo</a>. The two terrorists are dead. The hostage is alive.</p> &mdash; G&eacute;rard Araud (@GerardAraud) <a href="https://twitter.com/GerardAraud/status/553589869810028544">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Lib&eacute;ration d'otages au supermarch&eacute; casher - photo Thomas Samson <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AFP?src=hash">#AFP</a> <a href="http://t.co/OHY8KIKjwK">pic.twitter.com/OHY8KIKjwK</a></p> &mdash; Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) <a href="https://twitter.com/afpfr/status/553590659761057792">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>Update: Friday, January 9, 12:05 p.m. EST: </strong>Multiple reports are indicating that the hostage-taker at the kosher supermarket is dead, along with at least four hostages. Police officers are reportedly injured.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash">#BREAKING</a> Five dead, including gunman, in Paris supermarket hostage drama: security source</p> &mdash; Agence France-Presse (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/553597527325679617">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p>BREAKING: At least four hostages at Kosher supermarket siege in eastern Paris dead: police source <a href="http://t.co/aFcQM9dTZ5">http://t.co/aFcQM9dTZ5</a></p> &mdash; Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/553595957917790209">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p>Some police were injured ending the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Paris?src=hash">#Paris</a> kosher grocery siege, police union spokesman tells CNN. <a href="http://t.co/7Bxdhozq4H">http://t.co/7Bxdhozq4H</a></p> &mdash; CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) <a href="https://twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/553596675307372544">January 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>Update: Friday, January 9, 2:10 p.m. EST: </strong>President Hollande confirms at least&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/jan/09/charlie-hebdo-manhunt-kouachi-terrorist-links-live-updates#block-54b022e6e4b01f977f44914f" target="_blank">four people</a> were killed in the kosher market siege.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://api.dmcloud.net/player/embed/4e7343f894a6f677b10006b4/54b0083106361d1f24002da3/87843113a1b74d6e93cdccb6deb56842?exported=1" width="640"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Video International Fri, 09 Jan 2015 13:49:30 +0000 Inae Oh 267886 at http://www.motherjones.com Satellite Imagery Shows the Extent of Boko Haram Devastation in Nigeria http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/boko-haram-attack-nigeria-baga <!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, Thursday, January 15, 2015: </strong></em>New <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/14/satellite-images-reveal-devastation-boko-haram-massacre-nigeria?CMP=share_btn_tw" target="_blank">satellite imagery</a> released by Amnesty International shows the extent of the devastation Boko Haram has visited upon northern Nigeria over the past week. Below are before and after images of the town of Doron Baga. Healthy vegetation is colored red.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-15%20at%2010.00.21%20AM_0.png"></div> <p>The Islamist militant group may now control up to 20 percent of the country, <a href="http://nepr.net/news/2015/01/13/boko-haram-may-control-up-to-20-percent-of-nigeria/" target="_blank">according</a> to NPR. Journalists are unable to report on the killing in the north, because approaching the area would be a "death wish," <em>The New Yorker'</em>s Alexis Okeowo <a href="http://nepr.net/news/2015/01/13/boko-haram-may-control-up-to-20-percent-of-nigeria/" target="_blank">told host Melissa Block</a> Tuesday.</p> <p><em><strong>Update, Friday, January 9, 2015:</strong> </em>On Friday morning, Amnesty International said the latest Boko Haram attack <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/b2d7a0252dd04676b20697bd39356fcc/7-kids-reunite-parents-lost-nigeria-islamic-uprising" target="_blank">could be the "deadliest massacre" </a>in the group's history, if the early reports that as many as 2,000 people were killed turn out to be true.</p> <p>This week, Boko Haram, the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/boko-haram-why-media-attention-now" target="_blank">Islamist terror group</a> based in northern Nigeria, launched a massive attack on the town of Baga, killing dozens, <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/08/uk-nigeria-violence-toll-idUKKBN0KH1QD20150108" target="_blank">according to Reuters</a>. Other initial <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30728158" target="_blank">reports</a> put the number of dead in the hundreds or thousands. The attack is the latest in the group's increasingly bloody campaign to establish an Islamic state in the West African country. The group attained international infamy last April after it <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/nigeria-boko-haram-kidnapping-explained" target="_blank">abducted some 300 girls</a>. More than 200 of them are still missing.</p> <p>Over the course of this Tuesday and Wednesday, the militants set fire to buildings in Baga and shot indiscriminately at civilians. Nearly the entire town was torched, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30728158" target="_blank">according to the BBC</a>. Baga, which had roughly 10,000 residents, is now "virtually non-existent," Musa Alhaji Bukar, a senior government official, told the British news agency.</p> <p>Here's more from the BBC:</p> <blockquote> <p>Those who fled reported that they had been unable to bury the dead, and corpses littered the town's streets, he said.</p> <p>Boko Haram was now in control of Baga and 16 neighbouring towns after the military retreated, Mr Bukar said.</p> <p>While he raised fears that some 2,000 had been killed in the raids, other reports put the number in the hundreds.</p> </blockquote> <p>The attack follows an assault by Boko Haram on a military base in Baga on Saturday.</p> <p>The <a href="http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/international/315528/boko-haram-destroys-at-least-16-towns-villages-in-ne-nigeria" target="_blank">AFP reported late Thursday</a> that the terror group also decimated over a dozen towns and villages surrounding Baga:</p> <blockquote> <p>Boko Haram launched renewed attacks around a captured town in restive northeast Nigeria this week, razing at least 16 towns and villages, a local government and a union official told AFP.</p> <p>'They burnt to the ground all the 16 towns and villages including Baga, Dorn-Baga, Mile 4, Mile 3, Kauyen Kuros and Bunduram,' said Musa Bukar, head of the Kukawa local government in Borno state.</p> </blockquote> <p>Boko Haram has been terrorizing Nigeria for more than five years. Over the past year, the group has killed more than 10,000 people, <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/08/uk-nigeria-violence-toll-idUKKBN0KH1QD20150108" target="_blank">according</a> to the Council on Foreign Relations.</p></body></html> MoJo Human Rights International Thu, 08 Jan 2015 22:53:57 +0000 Erika Eichelberger 267861 at http://www.motherjones.com The GOP's New Attack on Obamacare May Be the Most Destructive Yet http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/republican-obamacare-full-time-work-cbpp <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Thursday, House Republicans will vote on an <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/obamacare-republican-congress-full-time-hours" target="_blank">anti-Obamacare bill</a> that could toss up to 1.5 million Americans off their employer-sponsored health plans. To make the case that this is a good idea, top GOPers are misrepresenting what the legislation would do. They claim the measure would help prevent companies from reducing worker hours in order to cut employees' health insurance benefits. Yet the legislation would likely encourage businesses to decrease hours so the firms could avoid providing health insurance to workers. "While political leaders often stretch the truth to make their case, they usually don't claim the <em>opposite</em> of the truth," Robert Greenstein, the president of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), <a href="http://www.offthechartsblog.org/republican-leaders-deploying-untruths-on-40-hour-health-bill/" target="_blank">noted Wednesday</a>. "That, however, is essentially what Republican congressional leaders are doing."</p> <p>The bill House Republicans introduced Wednesday would change the way the Affordable Care Act defines full-time work and, thus, who is eligible for employer-sponsored health care. Currently, the ACA <a href="http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-employer-mandate/" target="_blank">requires</a> companies with 50 or more employees to provide affordable health coverage to 95 percent of their full-time workers or pay a penalty. This measure, called the employer mandate, begins to go into effect <a href="http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-employer-mandate/" target="_blank">this year</a>. Under the 2010 health care law, full-time work is defined as 30 or more hours per week. The GOP bill would change the law's definition of full time to 40 hours per week.</p> <p>Such a move would obviously lead to the loss of employer-sponsored health insurance for many people who work between 30 and 39 hours per week. But there's the bill would have another impact too: It would give employers a powerful incentive to cut the hours of Americans who work 40-plus hours per week to escape the obligation to provide them health insurance. And health care policy experts note that it is more likely that a firm would slice the hours of a 40-hours-per-week worker than an employee who toils 30 hours a week. (More on that below.) Changing the full-time threshold to 40 hours would put some 1.5 million Americans at risk of having their hours docked and their insurance yanked, according to a <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-07/republicans-to-chip-at-obamacare-by-redefining-work-hours.html" target="_blank">recent report</a> by the Congressional Budget Office.</p> <p>Yet top Republicans are claiming the opposite. On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/01/06/obamacare-health-insurance-rep-paul-ryan-editorials-debates/21360381/" target="_blank">said</a> the bill would enable "more people [to] work full time." Late last year, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/john-boehner-and-mitch-mcconnell-now-we-can-get-congress-going-1415232759" target="_blank">argued</a> the measure would protect the 40-hour work week by "removing an arbitrary and destructive government barrier to more hours and better pay created by the Affordable Care Act."</p> <p>As I <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/obamacare-republican-congress-full-time-hours" target="_blank">reported</a> Monday, here's why companies would be more likely to reduce workers' hours under the GOP bill's 40-hour threshold than under the current 30-hour per week cutoff:</p> <blockquote> <p>The 30-hour threshold was intended to discourage companies from cutting workers' hours. Nearly half of Americans work 40 hours a week or more&mdash;meaning that, under current law, employers would have to cut those workers' hours by more than 25 percent to avoid buying them health insurance. But if the threshold were 40 hours, as the GOP envisions, many employers would only have to cut workweeks a tiny bit to avoid buying health insurance for their employees. "Raising the threshold to 40 hours would place more than <em>five times</em> as many workers at risk of having their hours reduced," Paul van de Water, a senior fellow at the [CBPP], <a href="http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&amp;id=4028" target="_blank">wrote</a> in 2013.</p> </blockquote> <p>A flock of prominent conservatives&mdash;including political analyst Yuval Levin and columnist Ramesh Ponnuru&mdash;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/06/us/politics/resistance-from-right-slows-gop-press-to-redefine-full-time-worker.html?ref=politics" target="_blank">have also chimed in</a> against the 40-hour bill.</p> <p>On Wednesday, President Obama vowed to veto the law if the Senate approves it. But that doesn't mean the bill won't become law. It's possible that Republicans will attach the measure to a must-pass spending bill this year that would be extremely difficult for Obama to oppose.</p></body></html> MoJo Congress Health Care Top Stories Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:30:05 +0000 Erika Eichelberger 267731 at http://www.motherjones.com Fox News Gives Paris Massacre the Benghazi Treatment http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/fox-news-paris-charlie-hebdo-terrorism-benghazi <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><script type="text/javascript" src="http://video.foxnews.com/v/embed.js?id=3976145463001&amp;w=630&amp;h=354"></script></head><body><noscript>Watch the latest video at <a href="http://video.foxnews.com">video.foxnews.com</a></noscript> <p>On Wednesday afternoon, Fox News's Gretchen Carlson focused on portraying the Obama administration as weak-kneed and out of touch in its response to the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-shooting-paris" target="_blank">massacre in Paris</a>. After interviewing pundit Ari Fleischer, who served as a principal spokesman for President George W. Bush's global war on terror, Carlson went with a familiar script:</p> <p>"It is what it is. It, meaning terrorism. Terrorism is what it is," Carlson said. "So why does the administration continue to have such a problem telling the American people and the rest of the world just that? Is that a disservice to all of us? In some way giving us a false sense of security? That since our own leaders don't see any of these attacks as terrorism right away, neither should we?"</p> <p>The problem is, her premise was plain false. Earlier in the day, Secretary of State John Kerry <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/obama-paris-newspaper-shooting-react-114029.html#ixzz3OAazHrtJ" target="_blank">described the attacks</a> as an "act of terror" in direct, forceful terms. "The murderers dared proclaim, '<em>Charlie Hebdo</em> is dead.' But make no mistake: They are wrong," Kerry said. "The freedom of expression that it represented is not able to be killed by this kind of act of terror."</p> <p>Also prior to Carlson's commentary, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/deadly-shooting-reported-french-satirical-newspaper-office/story?id=28050771" target="_blank">a statement</a> from President Obama was equally clear on this point:</p> <blockquote> <p>I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time. France is America's oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers. We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.</p> </blockquote> <p>We've seen this script before, of course, when Fox News, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/oct/17/romney-obama-benghazi-defeated-debate" target="_blank">GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney</a>, and other conservatives <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/09/chart-day-foxs-benghazi-obsession" target="_blank">obsessively criticized</a> the Obama White House over the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in 2012. The argument was that the president didn't call the Benghazi attack "terrorism" quickly enough (before quickly morphing <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/11/benghazi-conspriacy-theory-no-conceivable-motive" target="_blank">into a conspiracy theory</a>&nbsp;about a massive cover-up of some sort). That was despite the fact that Obama had used the phrase "act of terror" three times in the initial aftermath <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/obamas-claim-he-called-benghazi-an-act-of-terrorism/2013/05/13/7b65b83e-bc14-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_blog.html" target="_blank">to describe the attack on the consulate.</a></p> <p>In Wednesday's segment Carlson also went on to insinuate that Obama's policy of releasing prisoners from Guant&aacute;namo Bay may lead to a Paris-like attack in the US: "Keep in mind this administration is more concerned about executive actions for manufacturing and even climate control today, and releasing Gitmo detainees," she said. "We now know many of those detainees go back to join the jihad. So at this crucial moment, after a horrific attack on one of our allies, will politics continue to trump the reality... In the last few months we've seen terrorism hit Australia, Canada, and now France. Will the United States once again be next?"</p></body></html> MoJo International Media The Right Top Stories Wed, 07 Jan 2015 22:34:25 +0000 James West 267741 at http://www.motherjones.com What We Know So Far About the Newspaper Massacre in Paris http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-shooting-paris <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, 'Bitstream Vera Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">This story is developing, and being updated below.</em></p> <p>Hooded gunmen carrying automatic weapons opened fire at the offices of French satirical publication <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> on Wednesday, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/world/europe/charlie-hebdo-paris-shooting.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=span-ab-top-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">killing at least </a><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/07/satirical-french-magazine-charlie-hebdo-attacked-by-gunmen" target="_blank">12 people</a> and seriously injuring 10. The<em> Guardian</em> is reporting that three attackers are still at large, after they were seen escaping in a&nbsp;car.</p> <p>French President Fran&ccedil;ois Hollande <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/world/europe/charlie-hebdo-paris-shooting.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=span-ab-top-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">said</a> the shooting was "undoubtedly a terrorist attack." France has since raised its terror alert to the highest level.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Map showing the location of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CharlieHebdo?src=hash">#CharlieHebdo</a> offices and the direction the attackers fled <a href="http://t.co/N28zmSCwVV">http://t.co/N28zmSCwVV</a> <a href="http://t.co/q9EYxtcjJy">pic.twitter.com/q9EYxtcjJy</a></p> &mdash; Guardian news (@guardiannews) <a href="https://twitter.com/guardiannews/status/552814974511628289">January 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>According to several news reports, the gunmen were heard <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30710883" target="_blank">shouting</a> "we have avenged the Prophet Muhammad" as they stormed into the magazine's offices armed with Kalashnikov rifles. <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>, a newspaper known for its caustic, no-holds-barred cartoons, has previously sparked ire from some Muslims for its satirical take on Islam, including several caricatures of the Prophet <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/charlie-hebdo-mohammed-cartoons_n_1896244.html" target="_blank">Muhammad.</a> (The publication of the likeness of the prophet is forbidden under Islam). In 2011, the magazine was firebombed after publishing an issue <a href="http://www.poynter.org/news/mediawire/151803/french-magazine-firebombed-in-response-to-satire-of-prophet-muhammad/" target="_blank">"guest-edited" </a>by the prophet.&nbsp;</p> <p>President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/d06631a519ed40e2b00d23f7a68647e0/shots-fired-french-satirical-paper-say-police-witness" target="_blank">condemned</a>&nbsp;Wednesday's&nbsp;attack.&nbsp;</p> <p>Several prominent cartoonists, including Jean Cabut and the magazine's editor in chief, Stephane&nbsp;Charbonnier, were among those <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/shooting-at-paris-office-of-charlie-hebdo-magazine-kills-12-1420630438" target="_blank">killed.&nbsp;</a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZlwHZmWdsgs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Since news broke of the attack this morning, the hashtag #JesuisCharlie has been spreading on Twitter in support of the victims. The US Embassy in France also <a href="https://twitter.com/USEmbassyFrance" target="_blank">changed</a> their Twitter profile photo to include the hashtag.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>My thoughts &amp; prayers are with the family, friends &amp; colleagues of <a href="https://twitter.com/Charlie_Hebdo_">@Charlie_Hebdo_</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KeepSpeechFree?src=hash">#KeepSpeechFree</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JeSuisCharlie?src=hash">#JeSuisCharlie</a> <a href="http://t.co/pZ0JfbxaNF">pic.twitter.com/pZ0JfbxaNF</a></p> &mdash; Mark Pullen (@markpullen) <a href="https://twitter.com/markpullen/status/552812477462102016">January 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>I am a Muslim, and I dislike the way they portraited our prophet. But NO! I never support an action harming a living, so <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JeSuisCharlie?src=hash">#JeSuisCharlie</a> .</p> &mdash; Hakan &Ouml;zerdem (@hakanozerdem) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakanozerdem/status/552816111214149632">January 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>A tragic day for the freedom of speech <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/jesuischarlie?src=hash">#jesuischarlie</a> <a href="http://t.co/ZkIOXpHeSq">pic.twitter.com/ZkIOXpHeSq</a></p> &mdash; Guy Verhofstadt (@GuyVerhofstadt) <a href="https://twitter.com/GuyVerhofstadt/status/552816010752167936">January 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JeSuisCharlie?src=hash">#JeSuisCharlie</a> trending Worldwide - over 56,000 tweets (via <a href="https://twitter.com/Trendsmap">@Trendsmap</a>). More via <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCtrending">@BBCTrending</a> <a href="http://t.co/k5ArXMMyr9">http://t.co/k5ArXMMyr9</a> <a href="http://t.co/ZFQ8krnE7U">pic.twitter.com/ZFQ8krnE7U</a></p> &mdash; BBC Outside Source (@BBCOS) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCOS/status/552835339325558785">January 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Cartoonists around the world have also shown their solidarity with <em>Charlie Hebdo&nbsp;</em>with powerful images:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CharlieHebdo?src=hash">#CharlieHebdo</a> <a href="http://t.co/jIBbrIShe8">pic.twitter.com/jIBbrIShe8</a></p> &mdash; Francisco J. Olea (@oleismos) <a href="https://twitter.com/oleismos/status/552829704785633280">January 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>I am devastated by what just happened in France. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CharlieHebdo?src=hash">#CharlieHebdo</a> <a href="http://t.co/IxEbScqYFh">pic.twitter.com/IxEbScqYFh</a></p> &mdash; jean jullien (@jean_jullien) <a href="https://twitter.com/jean_jullien/status/552829637215408128">January 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Can't sleep tonight, thoughts with my French cartooning colleagues, their families and loved ones <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CharlieHebdo?src=hash">#CharlieHebdo</a> <a href="http://t.co/LqIMRCHPgK">pic.twitter.com/LqIMRCHPgK</a></p> &mdash; David Pope (@davpope) <a href="https://twitter.com/davpope/status/552844593046097920">January 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>Update:&nbsp;Thursday, January 8, 2015, 8:30 a.m. EST:</strong> Two suspects believed to be behind the deadly Paris attack, Said and Cherif Kouachi, <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeednews/manhunt-continues-for-two-paris-terrorists#.bqLZBQ8JO" target="_blank">remain at large. </a>A third suspect, Hamyd Mourad, surrendered to authorities.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>French Police issue wanted poster for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CharlieHebdo?src=hash">#CharlieHebdo</a> suspects, Kouachi brothers: "on the loose, armed &amp; dangerous" <a href="http://t.co/TrnPk9h6Mm">pic.twitter.com/TrnPk9h6Mm</a></p> &mdash; Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) <a href="https://twitter.com/WilliamsJon/status/553006787931439106">January 8, 2015</a></blockquote></body></html> MoJo International Wed, 07 Jan 2015 14:01:51 +0000 Inae Oh 267686 at http://www.motherjones.com Elizabeth Warren Slams GOP for Hypocritical Push on Keystone XL http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/elizabeth-warren-keystone-gop <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="354" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" noresize scrolling="no" src="http://launch.newsinc.com/?type=VideoPlayer/Single&amp;widgetId=1&amp;trackingGroup=69016&amp;siteSection=bostonherald&amp;videoId=28315868" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><span class="st">Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is attacking Republicans for trying to force the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline while simultaneously promising Democrats a renewed spirit of bipartisanship in Congress.</span></p> <p>"There's going to be an energy hearing on Wednesday, and right now, the Republicans say they're going to move forward on the Keystone pipeline," <a href="http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/us_politics/2015/01/elizabeth_warren_blasts_gop_on_keystone" target="_blank">Warren said Monday</a>.&nbsp;"If we're going to move forward on something how about something that more of us can agree on?"</p> <p>"A bill that's about energy conservation, energy efficiency, and about jobs and has strong bipartisan support. There is a place we can start."&nbsp;</p> <p>Separately, <a href="http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/01/sen_elizabeth_warren_discusses.html" target="_blank">Warren told the editorial board of <em>MassLive.com</em></a><em> </em>that the GOP's push for Keystone belied the party's purported eagerness to work with Democrats. "This tells me that with the Republican rhetoric that they are going to find things for us to work together on&mdash;their actions don't match their words."</p> <p>Warren's criticisms came a day before the White House formally announced that President Obama will veto legislation forcing his hand on the pipeline. Senate Democrats have previously expressed confidence that Republicans would be unable to override a veto.</p> <p>"I think there will be enough Democratic votes to sustain the president&rsquo;s veto,&rdquo; Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/schumer-democrats-can-back-obama-if-he-vetoes-keystone-pipeline-bill/" target="_blank"> told</a> CBS's <em>Face the Nation</em> Sunday<em>.</em></p> <p>During last month's end-of-year press conference, the president signaled his skepticism over the pipeline's purported advantages for Americans, calling it a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/12/obama-reject-keystone-pipeline-press-conference" target="_blank">"nominal" benefit</a> for US consumers and a boon for Canadian oil producers.&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Climate Desk Energy Tue, 06 Jan 2015 21:44:35 +0000 Inae Oh 267641 at http://www.motherjones.com Tea Party Heartthrob Ben Carson Once Lived the Hobo Life Hopping Freight Trains http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/ben-carson-rode-freight-trains <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Before he was a prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson was just another disaffected teenager who hopped freight trains in search of thrills.</p> <p>Carson, a <a href="http://townhall.com/columnists/armstrongwilliams/2013/07/02/dr-carson-q--a-following-his-retirement-from-johns-hopkins-hospital-n1632290/page/full" target="_blank">retired neurosurgeon</a> who plans to make a final decision about running for president by the end of May, became a tea party favorite after ripping into President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013. Since then, he has staked out far-right positions on issues like gay rights (which <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ben-carson-explains-how-gay-marriage-marxist-plot-impose-new-world-order" target="_blank">he believes</a> are part of a Marxist plot), the AP US History curriculum (which he <a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/09/29/foxs-ben-carson-ap-history-curriculum-would-mak/200933" target="_blank">fears</a> will be an ISIS recruiting tool), and the 2016 election itself (which he believes might be <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ben-carson-looming-anarchy-may-cancel-2016-elections" target="_blank">canceled</a> due to a societal breakdown).</p> <p>Carson's rags-to-riches story, as a one-time juvenile delinquent raised by a single mom who rose to the top of the medical profession, is at the core of his personal appeal. It has been the subject of a best-selling book and a feature-length movie. His youthful habit of hopping aboard moving freight trains is considerably less well known. But as Carson explained in his 2008 book, <em>Take the Risk</em>, he and his older brother, Curtis, began riding freight trains after moving back to Detroit from Boston for middle school:</p> <blockquote> <p>We didn't think twice about it at the time, and Mother certainly didn't know about the risks we took, but just getting to and from school in our new neighborhood was a dangerous proposition. The fastest and most exciting way to commute was to hop one of the freight trains rolling on the tracks that ran alongside the route Curtis and I took to Wilson Junior High School. Curtis liked the challenge of fast-moving trains, tossing his clarinet onto one flatcar and then jumping to catch the railing on the very last car of the train. He knew if he missed his chance, he risked never seeing his band instrument again. But he never lost that clarinet.</p> <p>Since I was smaller, I usually waited for slower trains. But we both placed ourselves in great danger we didn't ever seriously stop to consider. Not only did we have to run, jump, catch the railing, and hold on for dear life to a moving freight train, but we had to avoid the railroad security who were always on the lookout for people hopping their trains.</p> <p>They never caught us. And we never got seriously injured like one boy we heard of who was maimed for life after falling onto the tracks under a moving train.</p> </blockquote> <p>As I <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/01/bo-keeley-corporate-hobo-adventures" target="_blank">reported in the January/February issue of <em>Mother Jones</em></a>, freight-hopping has always attracted a certain brand of (usually male) individualists who are skeptical of centralized authority. Carson's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/01/bo-keeley-corporate-hobo-adventures" target="_blank">Bo Keeley</a> phase came to an end, however, after a run-in with a gang of racist youths. "We stopped after an encounter I had with a different threat as I trotted along the railroad tracks on my way to school along one morning," he wrote. "Near one of the crossings, a gang of bigger boys, all of them white, approached me. One boy, carrying a big stick, yelled, 'Hey, you! Nigger boy!'"</p> <p>If elected, Carson wouldn't be the first president with a hobo past. When Harry Truman was 18, he got a job with the Santa Fe Railroad, which required him to manage the migrant workers who rode the rails to do manual labor for the company. "Some of those hoboes had better educations than the president of Harvard University, and they weren't stuck up about it either," he later recalled.</p></body></html> MoJo Elections Tue, 06 Jan 2015 21:15:11 +0000 Tim Murphy 267596 at http://www.motherjones.com RIP Mario Cuomo http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/rip-mario-cuomo <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Former three-term governor of New York Mario Cuomo <a href="http://auburnpub.com/blogs/eye_on_ny/70111d08-9218-11e4-813a-8b9e45ea8d40.html" target="_blank">died</a> Thursday, the same day his son Andrew was inaugurated to a second term of his own as governor of the Empire State.</p> <p>Here is Mario Cuomo's famous speech criticizing Ronald Reagan from the 1984 Democratic Convention.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kOdIqKsv624?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Fri, 02 Jan 2015 01:10:28 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 267456 at http://www.motherjones.com