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.www.goglobal.zulutrade.com/photos/whitehouse/3818150328/%E2%80%9D http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Everyone on the Far Right Loves Militia-Backed Rancher Cliven Bundy—Except Glenn Beck http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/right-wing-loves-militia-rancher-cliven-bundy-except-glenn-beck <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>Conservative activists and media outlets have generally embraced the cause of Cliven Bundy, a Nevada cattle rancher who inspired a gang of protesters&mdash;many of them armed&mdash;to face off with federal law enforcement this weekend. But one figure on the right has taken a surprising stand against Bundy's supporters: former Fox News host Glenn Beck.</p> <p>On Saturday, a large group of anti-government protesters converged on a Bureau of Land Management base camp in rural Nevada to protest the federal government's seizure of Bundy's cows. Bundy had for years grazed hundreds of cattle on protected lands controlled by the federal government and refused to pay the resulting court-ordered fines. This month, after nearly 20 years of consistently beating Bundy in court, the BLM moved to confiscate his cattle. A judge ordered Bundy not to physically interfere. In response, Bundy assembled protesters to confront the BLM officers who were holding his livestock.</p> <p>After a dramatic, two-day standoff, federal officers backed down and handed the cows over to Bundy to avoid violence. Astonishing <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nevada-rancher-feds-face-over-cattle-n79271" target="_blank">photos from the scene</a> show protesters perched on a highway overpass and hunkered down in the brush with long-range weapons; one photo appears to show a man on the bridge <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/15/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-long-fight-between-cliven-bundy-and-the-federal-government/" target="_blank">aiming down at the BLM base camp.</a></p> <p>The involvement of armed militiamen&mdash;and Bundy's promise to "do whatever it takes" to reclaim his cattle&mdash;doesn't appear to phase conservative activists who have turned Bundy into a cause c&eacute;l&egrave;bre. Before this weekend's confrontation, <em>National Review Online</em>, <em>Fox &amp; Friends, </em>and <em>American</em><em> Thinker</em> all blamed the government for <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/04/10/right-wing-media-are-throwing-gas-on-a-ranchers/198841" target="_blank">mounting tensions</a>. Two groups affiliated with Americans for Prosperity, a political organization funded primarily by the Koch brothers, spent the weekend tweeting their support for Bundy, <em>Media Matters</em> <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/04/11/feds-turn-from-landlords-to-warlords-koch-group/198857" target="_blank">reported</a><em>.</em> Sean Hannity, who on Friday <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=armAcbEO1PE#t=255" target="_blank">hailed Bundy</a> as a capitalist hero&mdash;"When your cattle graze there, that keeps the price of meat down for every American consumer"&mdash;invited Bundy back on the air Monday for <a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/04/14/hannity-gives-platform-for-lawless-rancher-to-d/198892" target="_blank">a second, easygoing interview</a> in which he made only glancing reference to the armed confrontation.</p> <p>Beck, though, in an episode of his show broadcast Monday, said he fully supports Bundy's principles but <a href="http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/04/14/inciting-violence-doesnt-solve-anything-glenn-denounces-violence-in-response-to-nevada-ranch-conflict/" target="_blank">couldn't look past</a> his supporters:</p> <blockquote> <p class="rteindent1">The problem here is that Bundy hasn't been all that clear on this&hellip;He's a rancher. And so he's not used to making his sound bite case in this sound bite world. But the problem with that lack of clarity is some of the supporters that he's attracting. He is drawing in the decent, small government proponents from groups such as the tea party&hellip;I know there's some people that listen [to] and watch me. And they are sick of the government regulations hampering themselves, small businesses, farming, I'm with you on that.</p> <p class="rteindent1">But when you're not really super clear, it also draws another element, drawing in the violent, anti-government groups. The, I think, right's version of Occupy Wall Street. We did some research online on PsyID [a social-media analysis tool] today, and found that there's about 10 to 15 percent of the people who are talking about this online that are truly frightening. They don't care what the facts are&mdash;they just want a fight. And you see it in some of these pictures.</p> </blockquote> <p>At this point, video played behind Beck of protesters scuffling with federal officers.</p> <blockquote> <p class="rteindent1">I don't know who these people are. They all might be great. But here they are, they're acting, they're enraged, they're enraged. And they're confronting the federal government officials. I get that. But this is not the way to win&hellip;I want to be clear, 100 percent clean on one thing all of us should agree on, and unfortunately, I don't believe we do, both left and right. And that is, we need to agree on, we condemn those who use violence. Inciting violence doesn't solve anything. I vehemently denounce anyone who even hints at such tactics&hellip;People can spot anger and vengeance from a mile away. And when I saw that video where they were lunging and jumping at the agents, calling them scumbags, I thought, this is our side's Occupy Wall Street. It's happening all over again, and it will end the same way.</p> </blockquote> <p>Beck didn't specifically call out the armed protesters, and the<em> Blaze</em>, a website that is part of his media empire, <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/04/10/right-wing-media-are-throwing-gas-on-a-ranchers/198841" target="_blank">played up</a> the federal government's role in bringing the crisis to a head. Beck claims the facts of the federal government's actions against Bundy are "convoluted" (when they're <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/15/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-long-fight-between-cliven-bundy-and-the-federal-government/" target="_blank">pretty well established</a>) and equates heavily armed protesters with Occupy Wall Street. But there's no doubt that he took a stand against the extreme elements among Bundy's supporters. And when Glenn Beck approximates a reasonable position on the same night that a blood moon rises, you've got to second-guess the folks who say <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/04/blood-moon-end-of-days-john-hagee" target="_blank">the world isn't coming to an end</a>.</p> </body></html> MoJo The Right Top Stories Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:36:32 +0000 Molly Redden 249866 at http://www.motherjones.com This is the Best/Worst Campaign Video of 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/what-is-this-chris-mcdaniel-video <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>Depending on where you stand, this is either the best piece of political performance art of the 2014 election or the worst. Or maybe it's both. Supporters of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/chris-mcdaniel-bryan-fischer-reparations" target="_blank">embattled</a> Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who is challenging longtime incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in the June primary, have composed this charming jingle, asking Cochran to "please come home." These kinds of supporter-generated videos can often be tacky and amateurish, or woefully off-message. But this&mdash;this is art. Watch:</p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/k27-HC90dzc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Lyrics below:</p> <blockquote> <p>Won't you come home Thad Cochran,<br> Won't you come home,<br> You've been there way too long,<br> We sent you up there, to do what's right,<br> But now you done us wrong</p> <p>Remember that crazy health care, that gun control,<br> You voted for was oh so wrong,<br> Well, it's really a shame,<br> And you're partly to blame,<br> Thad Cochran won't you please come home.</p> <p>2nd Chorus</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Won't you come home Thad Cochran,<br> Won't you come home,<br> Our party's gone off track,<br> With Chris McDaniel, we've got a chance,<br> To bring our party back,</p> <p>So pack your suitcase, and grab your hat,<br> Then catch a ride and get here fast,<br> We know you did your best,<br> But it's time for a rest,<br> We hope this term be your last!</p> <p>3rd Chorus<br> Won't you come home Thad Cochran,<br> Won't you come home,<br> You're spending way too much,<br> You've raised the ceiling of debt so high,<br> This country can't catch up...</p> <p>And your pork barrel, is filled so full,<br> I think that it just may bust!<br> Please hear our call, as we plead one and all,<br> Thad Cochran, won't you please come home.</p> </blockquote> <p>Note: Thad Cochran doesn't wear a hat:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"> <img alt="" class="image" src="/files/cochran.jpg"><div class="caption">Pete Marovich/ ZumaPress</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body></html> MoJo Elections Music Offbeat Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:54:19 +0000 Tim Murphy 249886 at http://www.motherjones.com GOP Senate Candidate Looks For Help From Radio Host Who Wants to Jail Gays http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/chris-mcdaniel-bryan-fischer-reparations <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>Mississippi GOP Senate candidate Chris McDaniel appeared&nbsp;on a radio program on Monday hosted by a controversial&nbsp;social conservative activist who has called for gay people to be <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fischer-make-homosexuality-criminal-offense" target="_blank">imprisoned</a> and has said the "the spirit of the Antichrist is at work" in the Obama White House.</p> <p>McDaniel, a state senator who is challenging incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran for the GOP nomination, has taken heat over the last week for past comments he made on his own radio show, "The Right Side," which were&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/01/mississippi-senate-candidate-laments-lack-muslim-movie-villains-audio" target="_blank">reported</a> by <em>Mother Jones</em> in January. The comments, recently picked up by the <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/04/10/miss-senate-hopeful-chris-mcdaniel-riffed-on-mamacita-reparations/" target="_blank"><em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>, featured a riff on the merits of using taxpayer funds to pay reparations to the&nbsp;descendants of slaves. "If they pass reparations, and my taxes are going up, I ain't paying taxes," the tea party favorite said in 2006. His appearance Monday on "Focal Point" with host Bryan Fischer, the issues director for the American Family Association, was an opportunity to clear the record.</p> <p>"They're desperate," McDaniel told Fischer. "And when these politicians and the establishment in Washington feels threatened, they always react with desperation. I was a conservative talk radio [host], actually it was a Christian conservative talk radio show for three and a half four years I hosted that. Two hours a day. And this is the best they've got? Most of it is way out of context anyway. They were talking about reparations, for example&mdash;let me be real clear, I'm against reparations. I don't know why that's a bad thing to say. Maybe Sen. Cochran's <em>for</em> reparations? He should clarify that for us. But I'm against it. And some of the other things, we were just sitting there, no harm was meant."</p> <p>In other clips from "The Right Side," McDaniel alleged that Democrats were plotting to make polygamy legal in all 50 states, and that Hollywood was <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/01/mississippi-senate-candidate-laments-lack-muslim-movie-villains-audio" target="_blank">whitewashing</a> the evils of Islam. He mocked San Francisco "elites" by alleging a correlation between IQ and "gender misidentification," and blamed an uptick of gun violence in Canada on hip-hop. Shootings, McDaniels&nbsp;claimed, are "a problem of a culture that values prison more than college; a culture that values rap and destruction of community values more than it does poetry; a culture that can't stand education."</p> <p>But Fischer's show&nbsp;is an unusual choice for a politician looking to launder his reputation as a conservative shock-jock. In March, Fischer <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fischer-spirit-antichrist-work-obama" target="_blank">told</a> his listeners that while he didn't think President Obama is the antichrist, "the spirit of the Antichrist is at work" in the Oval Office. He has said that people turn to homosexuality (which he'd like criminalized) when the Devil <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bryan-fischer-urges-gay-people-remove-satanic-force-their-brain-makes-them-gay" target="_blank">takes over their brains</a>. He once called for a Sea World Orca whale to be Biblically stoned after it killed its trainer. He <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bryan-fischer-explains-why-he-only-hires-women-secretaries" target="_blank">said</a> the secretarial&nbsp;job in his office is "reserved for a woman because of the unique things that God has built into women." Even some Republicans have distanced themselves from Fischer&mdash;at the 2011 Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., Mitt Romney condemned Fischer's "poisonous language."</p> <p>McDaniel has received the backing of major Republican groups, including the Senate Conservatives Fund and Club for Growth, but still faces an uphill battle. An April survey from Harper Polling gave Cochran a double-digit edge over McDaniel, 52&ndash;35.</p> </body></html> MoJo Elections Gay Rights Religion Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:36:20 +0000 Tim Murphy 249771 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 15, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/were-still-war-photo-day-april-15-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/0415-630x354.jpg"></div> <div id="meta"> <div class="photo-desc" id="description_div"> <p class="rtecenter"><em>Cpl. Rashawn Poitevien, 6th Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Headquarters and Service Company, Scout Snipers Platoon, engages targets downrange with an M40A5 during the Talon Exercise at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., March 28, 2014. (<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/marine_corps/13777949135/" target="_blank">U.S. Marine Corps photo</a> by Lance Cpl. Christopher A. Mendoza/Released)</em></p> </div> </div> </body></html> MoJo Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:17:13 +0000 249786 at http://www.motherjones.com A Federal Judge Just Struck Down Part of Ohio's Gay Marriage Ban. See How Fast the Movement is Spreading. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/federal-judge-struck-down-ohio-gay-marriage-ban-map-gif <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>Ohio made strides toward marriage equality on Monday when <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/14/ohio-gay-marriage-court/7691313/" target="_blank">a federal judge ruled</a> that the state's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed out of state is unconstitutional.</p> <p>The ruling, from US District Judge Timothy H. Black of Cincinnati, overturns part of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. Ohio voters approved the amendment in 2004. "The record before this court ... is staggeringly devoid of any legitimate justification for the state's ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation," Black wrote in his opinion.</p> <p>Black didn't clear the way for same-sex couples to obtain marriage certificates in Ohio. But it does afford Ohio's same-sex couples the same rights under the law as any other married couple&mdash;so long as the ruling stands. On Tuesday, Black will decide whether to stay his ruling pending an appeal by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.&nbsp;</p> <p>Black announced that he would compel the state of Ohio to recognize existing marriages on April 4, after he heard <a href="http://www.wlwt.com/news/Judge-to-end-Ohio-ban-on-recognizing-gay-marriage/25321398" target="_blank">arguments</a> from three couples challenging the ban. The three lesbian couples were suing to place both parents' names on the birth certificates of their newborn children. For the couples, the ruling is a victory no matter what&mdash;Black has said he won't stay the part of the decision that compels Ohio to list both parents on their child's birth certificate.</p> <p>Ohio is the seventh state in the past six months where a federal judge has struck a blow to same-sex marriage bans. In March, a federal judge in <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/michigan-begins-same-sex-marriages-ceremonies/2014/03/22/320ff2ba-b1c5-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story.html" target="_blank">Michigan</a> handed down an opinion that would allow the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and a federal judge in Kentucky <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/19/kentucky-gay-marriage_n_4995364.html" target="_blank">moved the state closer</a> to recognizing out-of-state marriages. Judges in Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Texas have also issued rulings striking down bans on same-sex marriage.</p> <p>We've added Ohio to our animated map illustrating how fast the right to marriage is sweeping the county:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"> <img alt="gay marriage map gif" class="image" src="/files/SSMgifEdited-0414.gif"><div class="caption">Matt Connolly and Molly Redden</div> </div> <p>A few things to note about the map: Michigan, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Texas are not issuing marriage licenses due to the appeals, although in <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/michigan-begins-same-sex-marriages-ceremonies/2014/03/22/320ff2ba-b1c5-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story.html" target="_blank">Michigan</a> and <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-utah-marriage-rally-20140110,0,1238382.story#axzz2q9y0fDNs" target="_blank">Utah</a>, several hundred couples were married in the time it took the states to prepare appeals.</p> <p>The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy organization, <a href="http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/marriage-center" target="_blank">characterizes Wisconsin's domestic partnerships</a> as limited&mdash;the state law <a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/madisons-pride-parade-garners-strong-uu-support-implicitly-asks-old-questions" target="_blank">enumerates</a> 43 rights same-sex partners enjoy, whereas married couples of the opposite sex are entitled to more than 200. Under Wisconsin law, <a href="http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/765.pdf" target="_blank">it is illegal</a> for same-sex couples to travel out of state in order to marry; couples who do so, and continue living in Wisconsin, risk <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2014/0203/Same-sex-marriage-Four-Wisconsin-couples-challenge-state-ban-video" target="_blank">a $10,000 fine and nine months in prison</a>.</p> <p>The map does not show the District of Columbia, which has issued licenses to same-sex couples since March 2010. California issued marriage licenses beginning in June of 2008 but stopped doing so that November, when voters passed Proposition 8. A Supreme Court decision overturned Prop. 8 in June 2013.</p> </body></html> MoJo Maps Civil Liberties Gay Rights Top Stories gay marriage Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:23:19 +0000 Molly Redden 249161 at http://www.motherjones.com LISTEN: Alleged Kansas Gunman Frazier Glenn Miller Discusses the Tea Party, Obama, and Ron Paul http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/frazier-glenn-miller-interview-tea-party-ron-paul-obama-kansas <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <object height="354" width="630"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/MBl7-Q1CMlE?hl=en_US&amp;version=3"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"> <embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/v/MBl7-Q1CMlE?hl=en_US&amp;version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="630"></embed></object> <p>In a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBl7-Q1CMlE" target="_blank">2010 radio interview</a>, Frazier Glenn Miller, the man suspected&nbsp;of killing three people Sunday at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement center in Kansas, said he was interested in the tea party, voiced support for then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and spoke approvingly of Ron Paul, the Texas Republican congressman and presidential candidate. In late April&nbsp;2010, Miller, a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon, was a guest on <em><a href="http://www.davidpakman.com/" target="_blank">The David Pakman Show</a></em>, a nationally syndicated left-of-center radio and television program. At the time, Miller was running for US Senate as an independent in his home state of Missouri with the slogan "It's the Jews, Stupid," and Pakman pressed Miller on his extreme views.</p> <p>During the interview, Miller was unabashed about his anti-Semitic positions. When asked whether he thought the United States would be better off if Hitler had succeeded, Miller responded, "Absolutely, the whole world would&hellip;Hitler would have created a paradise on Earth, particularly for white people. But he would have been fair to other people as well." He added, "Germans are blamed collectively because of the alleged so-called Holocaust."</p> <p>Not surprisingly, Miller denigrated most American politicians, but cited one positively: "If I had my way [all US senators] would be in jail right now for treason, if not hung from a sturdy oak tree&hellip;Ron Paul is the only independent politician, representative in Washington." He also spoke highly of another conservative: "Patrick Buchanan, he's a great man, he's a great historian, he's one of the very few journalists who has the courage to speak out against Jewish domination in the country." Miller called Howard Stern&nbsp;"a Jew liar." When asked whether he supported the tea party, Miller replied, "The school's still out on them.&nbsp;They're a new movement.&nbsp;I'm watching them closely.&nbsp;I suspect, however, they'll be infiltrated by the Jews and therefore led into defeat."</p> <p>During the interview, Pakman asked Miller whom he would "elect, deport, and waterboard"&mdash;given the choices of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and former Fed chair Alan Greenspan. Miller answered, "I like Obama more than the other two, by far." He chose to elect Obama, deport Greenspan, and waterboard Biden. Miller said, "I have a great deal of admiration [for] Louis Farrakhan," and he called Ahmadinejad "a great man" because he "has guts and he tells the truth about the Jews."</p> <p>"I'm a convicted felon and I'm proud of it," Miller boasted, noting that he "was convicted of declaring war on the federal government and possession of illegal weapons." He added that Jews "were responsible for my conviction that prompted me to go underground and declare war&hellip;Morris Dees mainly, he's a Jew that runs the Southern Poverty Law Center." (The SPLC monitors hate groups.)</p> <p>In November 2013, Pakman had an exchange of <a href="http://www.davidpakman.com/glenn-miller-arrested-suspected-of-multiple-murders/" target="_blank">emails</a> with Miller in which Miller noted that he was "close friends" with Craig Cobb, a white supremacist who had attempted to form an all-white town in Leith, North Dakota. According to Miller, the two had worked together "on several White Nationalist projects, including the <em>Aryan Alternative</em> newspaper." Referring to the recent <a href="http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21591876-hardly-anyone-shares-craig-cobbs-dream-white-christmas-racist-mob-two" target="_blank">news</a> that a DNA test indicated that Cobb had African ancestry, Miller told Pakman, "I can't believe a man as intelligent as you, actually believes Craig Cobb is an octoroon. Surely, you know it's just another jewsmedia fraud."</p> </body></html> MoJo Guns Race and Ethnicity Top Stories Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:23:26 +0000 Tim Murphy and Dana Liebelson 249711 at http://www.motherjones.com The Lawyer Behind the Supreme Court's Latest Campaign Finance Decision Has a New Cause: Sarah Palin for Senate http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/sarah-palin-senate-alaska-dan-backer-mccutcheon <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>When the Supreme Court recently&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/supreme-court-mccutcheon-citizens-united">demolished yet another</a>&nbsp;chunk of the nation's campaign finance laws, Dan Backer&nbsp;arguably&nbsp;cheered louder than anyone. It was Backer, a <a href="http://www.dbcapitalstrategies.com" target="_blank">Washington, DC-area attorney</a> active in conservative politics, who had <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/03/10/dan-backer-campaign-finance-mccutcheon-supreme-court/6259863/">convinced</a> an Alabama businessman named Shaun McCutcheon to challenge the government's limit on the number of candidates, party committees, and political action committees an individual&nbsp;can contribute to in a single election cycle. (The basic limits on <em>how much </em>money that donor can give to each candidate, party, or PAC remain intact.) Backer, who represented McCutcheon, responded to the news of the Supreme Court's decision by <a href="https://twitter.com/DBCapStrategies/status/451359993896656896">tweeting</a>&nbsp;(in apparent reference to William Wallace in <em>Braveheart)</em>: "FREEEEDOMMMMM!!!!"</p> <p>Backer's victory is shining some light&nbsp;on another high-profile cause of his: Convincing Sarah Palin to run for US Senate.</p> <p>In an email headlined "Palin for Senate" recently blasted out by a PAC called the <a href="http://www.theteapartyleadershipfund.com/about/" target="_blank">Tea Party Leadership Fund</a>, Backer writes, "Sarah's the proven leader we need." He goes on, "She has a better grasp on world politics, and she knows what it means to cherish and protect our American freedoms far better than THE MAN WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE LEADING THE FREE WORLD." Backer slams incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) for spending "too much time in Washington, DC, begging the Obama administration for favors rather than representing the good people of Alaska." Palin supporters need to act quick, Backer warns:&nbsp;The window for her to get into the race "has almost closed."&nbsp;And so Backer asks recipients to sign a petition and gather enough signatures to "to push Sarah Palin over the top in a critical run for Alaska's Senate seat in 2014."</p> <p>In an interview, Backer said almost 100,000 people had signed the Palin for Senate petition. If Palin did enter the race,he said the Tea Party Leadership PAC would bolster her candidacy with&nbsp;direct mail and radio ads. "Nobody's going to be a greater agent for change than Sarah Palin from Alaska," Backer told me.&nbsp;"She will bring something to the race and she will disrupt the Senate. And disruption is good."</p> <p>Read the email:</p> <div class="DV-container" id="DV-viewer-1112091-backer-palin-senate-email">&nbsp;</div> <script src="//s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/viewer/loader.js"></script><script> DV.load("//www.documentcloud.org/documents/1112091-backer-palin-senate-email.js", { width: 630, height: 500, sidebar: false, text: false, pdf: false, container: "#DV-viewer-1112091-backer-palin-senate-email" }); </script><p>Backer's plea isn't entirely out of left field.&nbsp;Palin has made noises&nbsp;about running for Senate in Alaska. Last summer, she said on Sean Hannity's radio show that she was considering a run. "I've considered it because people have requested me considering it," she&nbsp;<a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/07/sarah-palin-may-run-for-senate.html">said</a>. "But I'm still waiting to see what the lineup will be and hoping that...there will be some new blood, new energy, not just kind of picking from the same old politicians in the state." But this email comes when it's getting late for a possible Palin campaign.&nbsp;(The filing deadline is six weeks away.) Right now, the much-watched Alaska Senate race pits Begich against Republican Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell.&nbsp;Most polling <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2014/senate/ak/alaska_senate_treadwell_vs_begich-3659.html">shows</a> Begich in the lead, but the seat is <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/fivethirtyeight-senate-forecast/">considered</a> a toss-up Senate race that could determine which party ends up controlling the upper chamber.</p> <p>Backer's email asks for more than just a signature; it includes a plea to donate $5 or more to the Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC. (Backer is the PAC's treasurer.)&nbsp;A cynical political observer might wonder if this "Palin for Senate" effort could be more of a fundraising ploy than a realistic attempt to get Palin into the race. Campaign records show that the Tea Party Leadership Fund has so far raked in $3.8 million in the 2013-14 election cycle, and most of that money&mdash;almost $9&nbsp;of every $10&mdash;has gone to fundraising, legal fees (to Backer's own firm),&nbsp;consulting, and other related expenses.</p> <p>But Backer says the Tea Party Leadership PAC has spent so much non-electoral money because it was building its donor lists during 2013, an off year. This year, he says, the PAC plans to be a counterweight to the outside money from corporations and trade associations backing establishment Republican candidates. "We knew this was going to be a tough cycle and&nbsp;a tough year," he said.&nbsp;"You need resources you can put on the ground when you need them."</p> </body></html> MoJo Congress Dark Money Elections Money in Politics The Right Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:23:11 +0000 Andy Kroll 249696 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 14, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/were-still-war-photo-day-april-14-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/0414-630x354.jpg"></div> <p class="rtecenter"><em>FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. UH 60 Black Hawk helicopters from 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade "Wings of Destiny" transport Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans" 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), on to Landing Zone Red Crow during Operation Golden Eagle here April 8, 2014. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd BCT and 101st CAB moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment. (<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/13846390423/" target="_blank">Photo</a> by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)</em></p> </body></html> MoJo Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:48:37 +0000 249706 at http://www.motherjones.com White House Turned Down Request From Victims of First Fort Hood Attack for Meeting With Obama http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/read-obamas-letter-dissing-victims-first-fort-hood-attack <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>During last week's memorial service for victims of April 2 Fort Hood shooting, President Barack Obama <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/transcript-president-obamas-april-9-remarks-at-fort-hood-texas/2014/04/09/7a5690f0-c01c-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html" target="_blank">spoke</a> about the lingering hurt from the previous attack on the base in 2009. "Part of what makes this so painful is that we've been here before," Obama said. "This tragedy tears at wounds still raw from five years ago. Once more soldiers who survived foreign war zones were struck down here at home, where they're supposed to be safe." Yet, when victims of the first Fort Hood shooting invited the president to see those wounds up close, he refused, without explaining why.</p> <p>The morning of the memorial, retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who was shot seven times during the 2009 Fort Hood rampage, requested that Obama meet briefly with victims and their families while he was on base. Lunsford's letter, which was addressed to the president's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, also described survivors' disappointment with how they had been treated:</p> <blockquote> <p>As you may know, the President and high-ranking members of the military promised me, my family and the other Fort Hood terror attack survivors that the federal government would "make them whole." After more than four and one-half years, however, the government has yet to make good on this promise.</p> <p>We believe that if the President could hear, first-hand, our plight and our mistreatment at the hands of his bureaucracy, that he would take the steps needed to set things right. Therefore, we ask for ten minutes of his time.</p> </blockquote> <p>In the years since Major Nidal Hasan opened fire in a crowded Fort Hood medical center, killing 13 people and wounding another 32, victims have struggled to get medical care and financial benefits. This is largely because of how the incident has been labeled. Although Hasan is an <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/08/nidal-hasan-anwar-awlaki-emails-fbi-fort-hood" target="_blank">avowed jihadist with ties to Al Qaeda,</a> the Pentagon considers the attack to be workplace violence rather than terrorism or combat. Thus victims aren't eligible for many benefits and honors available to soldiers wounded or killed in action. (For more on this topic, see <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/how-white-house-military-failed-fort-hood-victims" target="_blank">"The White House Broke Its Promise to the Victims of the First Fort Hood Shooting. Will History Repeat Itself?")</a></p> </body></html> <p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/mojo/2014/04/read-obamas-letter-dissing-victims-first-fort-hood-attack"><strong><em>Continue Reading &raquo;</em></strong></a></p> MoJo Crime and Justice Guns Military Obama Top Stories Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:27:53 +0000 Mariah Blake 249681 at http://www.motherjones.com New Ad Hammers Gov. Andrew Cuomo For Abandoning His Pledge to Fight Corruption http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/andrew-cuomo-fair-elections-new-york-attack-ad-moreland-commission <!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/FoZSbGmbsX8" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>When Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) signed his new $140 billion budget into law last week, he <a href="http://www.wbng.com/news/local/New-York-State-budget-passes-on-time-253314581.html">hailed</a> it as a "grand slam." For New York State's ethics reformers and good government groups, however, the budget was an epic flop. And now one national pro-reform group is planning to hammer Cuomo on the airwaves for failing to make good on his pledge to overhaul the state's cash-fueled, noxious brand of politics.</p> <p>The new ad&mdash;paid for by the Public Campaign Action Fund, a non-profit funded by individuals, labor unions, and foundations&mdash;blasts Cuomo for signing a budget that doesn't include a so-called fair elections system for all statewide races. (The budget instead features a pilot program&nbsp;that half-heartedly applies the fair elections model to only&nbsp;this year's state comptroller race.) The ad also hits Cuomo for eliminating a commission&mdash;created by the governor just last year&mdash;devoted to rooting out corruption in state government. Public Campaign Action Fund has bought nearly $300,000 worth of airtime to run the ad, starting Saturday, for nine days in the Syracuse and Buffalo media markets.</p> <p>The ad's narrator says:</p> <blockquote>When Governor Cuomo introduced his ethics and reform plan, it was going to clean up Albany. But he let the rule limiting campaign contributions get cut. Then the commission that was supposed to investigate corruption in state government got cut. And the promise to reduce the influence of big money in all state races? All cut, except for one office. And now the governor says he&rsquo;s proud of what&rsquo;s been achieved? Gov. Cuomo, get back to work and deliver the reform you promised.</blockquote> <p>Reform groups had pressed especially hard this year for Cuomo and the New York State legislature to overhaul how state elections are funded by implementing so-called fair elections, a campaign funding system that rewards candidates who accept lots of small donations by matching those donations with public money. This type of system is already used in New York City, where it <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114567/bill-de-blasio-new-york-city-mayor-public-financing-helps-him">helped</a> progressive Bill de Blasio become mayor.</p> </body></html> MoJo Dark Money Money in Politics Regulatory Affairs Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:06:34 +0000 Andy Kroll 249671 at http://www.motherjones.com VIDEO: David Corn on Why Republican Strife Has Gotten Personal http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/video-david-corn-hardball-paul-cheney <!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> DC bureau chief David Corn spoke with <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/hardball" target="_blank">MSNBC's Chris Matthews</a> and Clarence Page this week about why the fight between Rand Paul and Dick Cheney is about more than just policy. Watch here:</p> <p><iframe border="no" height="497" scrolling="no" src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/EmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_hardball_4paul_140410" width="630"></iframe></p> </body></html> MoJo Video Congress The Right Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:23:50 +0000 David Corn 249651 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 11, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/were-still-war-photo-day-april-11-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/0411-630.jpg"></div> <p class="rtecenter"><em>Expert Infantryman Badge candidates wait at the start of the 12-mile foot march before the sun rises, April 3, 2014, on Fort Stewart, Ga. All of the 94 candidates who started the foot march arrived on Cottrell Field in the time allotted, where they were awarded the EIB. (<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/13746223765/" target="_blank">U.S. Army Photo</a> by Sgt. Joshua Laidacker, 4th IBCT, 3rd ID, Public Affairs)</em></p> </body></html> MoJo Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:57:03 +0000 249621 at http://www.motherjones.com Religious Right Fears the GOP Can't Handle a National Convention in Las Vegas http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/gop-las-vegas-convention-religious <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="GOP Hangover poster" class="image" src="/files/HangoverPoster630.jpg"></div> <p>Religious conservatives are urging the GOP to scratch Sin City off its list of potential locations for the 2016 Republican National Convention,<em> </em>the <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140409-religious-conservatives-warn-gop-against-holding-convention-in-vegas.ece" target="_blank"><em>Dallas Morning News</em></a> reports. According to the paper, advocates are concerned that Las Vegas' reputation as a gambling and prostitution haven will discourage conservatives from attending the event and that the city is a "trap waiting to ensnare" convention attendees.</p> <p>"The GOP is supposedly interested in reaching out to conservatives and evangelicals. Maybe that&rsquo;s just a front, but if they really mean it this is not the way to do it," James Dobson, founder of Family Talk, a Christian radio show that <a href="http://drjamesdobson.org/broadcasts/Stations" target="_blank">broadcasts</a> across the United States, told the paper. "Even though Vegas has tried to shore itself up and call itself family-friendly, it&rsquo;s still a metaphor for decadence. There's still 64 pages of escort services in the yellow pages."</p> <p>Dobson, along with leaders of the American Family Association, Eagle Forum, the Traditional Values Coalition, and Family-PAC sent a letter to Republican chairman Reince Priebus warning him to choose another destination.</p> <p>Las Vegas is considered a frontrunner for the 2016 convention. Other c<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/04/gop-rejects-phoenix-columbus-for-2016-convention/" target="_blank">ities under consideration</a> are Dallas, Denver, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Kansas City, Missouri. The Nevada city has<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/us/politics/las-vegas-seeks-to-host-the-gop-in-2016.html?_r=0" target="_blank"> never hosted a national political convention</a> for either Democrats or Republicans, but it's been aggressively courting the GOP. The city's promotional <a href="http://lasvegas2016.com/" target="_blank">video for the convention</a> does not feature any gambling. Instead, it emphasizes Las Vegas' hotels, sunshine, rock climbing, proximity to the Hoover Dam, NASCAR, places of worship, and the "growing Asian population." The video pans to&nbsp;Disney's logo.</p> <p>Las Vegas has a strong lobbying campaign behind it. The team includes casino magnate&nbsp;Sheldon Adelson, who spent over $98 million on GOP candidates in 2012, resort businessman Stephen Wynn, and Washington political strategists, according to the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/us/politics/las-vegas-seeks-to-host-the-gop-in-2016.html?_r=0" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a><em>. </em>Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, told <em>The</em> <em>Dallas Morning News</em> that while she supports Adelson, she fears that with all of the escorts and prostitutes available in the Las Vegas area, she "can see all the setups that are going to take place."</p> <p>Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of the conservative blog <em>RedState.com</em>, also <a href="http://www.redstate.com/2014/04/07/rnc-please-dont/" target="_blank">expressed concern</a> about the GOP choosing Las Vegas. "Good Christian delegates getting drunk, gambling, stuffing dollar bills in strippers' g-strings, etc. will be the toast of not just MSNBC, but the front page of the <em>New York Times</em>, ABC, CBS, NBC, the <em>Huffington Post</em>, and more." he wrote. Not to mention, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) might wake up with a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqxJ-MvrDRg" target="_blank">tiger in his bathroom.</a></p> </body></html> MoJo Elections The Right Top Stories Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:00:12 +0000 Dana Liebelson 249586 at http://www.motherjones.com A Heckler Threw a Shoe At Hillary Clinton. She Dodged It. Here's the Video. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/hillary-clinton-shoe-throwing-las-vegas-video <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>On Thursday, Hillary Clinton gave a speech before a meeting of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just after taking the stage, an as-yet unnamed woman rose from the crowd and <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/object-thrown-hillary-clinton-speech-23280934" target="_blank">threw something at her</a>. Thankfully, Clinton was unharmed, ducking and joking, "Was that a bat?...Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil? My goodness, I didn't know that solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn't play softball like I did."</p> <p>Here is a video, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/object-thrown-hillary-clinton-speech-23280934" target="_blank">courtesy of ABC: </a></p> <p><iframe height="360" src="http://abcnews.go.com/video/embed?id=23282477" style="border:none;" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The would-be assailant was taken into custody and is said to have later revealed that the item in question was a shoe, naturally.</p> <p>Clinton and Bush: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/14/bush-visits-iraq-for-fina_n_150832.html" target="_blank">Just more of the same.</a></p> <p>(Don't throw shoes at people.)</p> </body></html> MoJo Hillary Clinton Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:30:57 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 249611 at http://www.motherjones.com Wiretapping Advocate Condoleezza Rice Joins Dropbox http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/wiretapping-advocate-condoleezza-rice-joins-dropbox <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The internet is <a href="http://boingboing.net/2014/04/09/condoleeza-rice-supporter-of.html" target="_blank">not pleased</a> that Condoleezza Rice will be <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/09/condoleezza-rice-joins-dropboxs-board/" target="_blank">joining the board</a> of the filesharing service Dropbox. A lot of the concern has to do with the fact that she'll be helping Dropbox navigate "<a href="http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140410/07181926866/adding-condoleeza-rice-to-dropboxs-board-seems-incredibly-tone-deaf-following-nsa-concerns.shtml" target="_blank">international expansion and privacy</a>" issues. As Ars Technica <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/04/dropbox-adds-new-mailbox-clients-photo-syncing-and-condoleezza-rice/" target="_blank">notes</a>, the former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State isn't exactly the kind of person you'd trust to defend your data from Uncle Sam: In 2003, she authorized NSA wiretaps of members of the United Nations Security Council at the behest of George W. Bush, and later defended them. Of course, to be fair, maybe having an insider like Rice onboard will allow Dropbox to <a href="http://scripting.com/2014/04/10/dropboxTonedeafHardly.html" target="_blank">push back</a> against would-be government intrusions. Still, the news is likely to give a boost to Dropbox competitors <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/macworld-surveillance-nsa-idrive" target="_blank">that now market their cloud services, convincingly or not, as "NSA-proof."</a></p></body></html> MoJo Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:27:36 +0000 Josh Harkinson 249606 at http://www.motherjones.com GOP Senate Candidate: "I Have Big Boy Pants on Every Day” http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/thom-tillis-leaked-audio-big-boy-pants <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <div align="center">&acirc;&#128;&#139;<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-bdGosIxYzY?start=600" width="630"></iframe> </div> <p>At a closed-door meeting last year at the North Carolina General Assembly building, Thom Tillis, the state speaker of the house and frontrunner in the GOP primary to take on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in November, clashed with Republican activists and legislators who claimed that Tillis was blocking conservative legislation to bolster his chances in the Senate race. In a contentious exchange that was caught on tape, Tillis and a fellow Republican tried to put their disagreements behind them before stumbling into an argument over whether Tillis was wearing "big boy pants":</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Unidentified speaker:</strong> Sometimes in the heat of the moments things are said that maybe could be better stated had we had time to think about what we&rsquo;re gonna say. But sir, I think it&rsquo;s time now for us to put this behind us, put our big boy pants on and say okay we&mdash;</p> <p><strong>Tillis:</strong> I understand that, I understand that, but I have big boy pants on every day, with all due respect. That's why I'm sitting in this room trying to solve this problem. That was fine up to this point, I think that kind of comment&rsquo;s not really showing respect.</p> </blockquote> <p>This is funny, because who says "big boy pants"? (Besides Florida Dem <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78550.html" target="_blank">Debbie Wasserman-Schultz</a>, who used the term to diss Mitt Romney.) But the context is significant. At one point, according Chuck Suter, a North Carolina conservative activist who was in the meeting and posted the clip, Tillis slammed his chair into the table and began to walk out of the room before returning to finish a point. The chair-slam can be heard on the tape.</p> <p>Tillis, whose campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment, held the meeting to clear the air after Republican state Rep. Larry Pittman, who was also in attendance, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpD6Oa9S6y0&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">criticized</a> Tillis in a speech. The question of whether Tillis is conservative enough hasn't gone away. Heavyweights including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Americans for Prosperity have endorsed one of Tillis' rivals, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/12/rand-paul-endorse-greg-brannon-secessionist-rally" target="_blank">Greg Brannon</a>, an OBGYN who runs a chain of crisis-pregnancy clinics. The most recent survey of the primary from Public Policy Polling showed Tillis well short of the 40-percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff.</p> </body></html> MoJo Elections Top Stories Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:12:45 +0000 Tim Murphy 249556 at http://www.motherjones.com MAP: In 31 States, Daycare Is More Expensive Than College http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/daycare-more-expensive-college-map <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>Last month,&nbsp;Shanesha Taylor, a homeless single mom in Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested for allegedly leaving her two children in her car while she went to a job interview. Taylor's story, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/07/shanesha-taylor-left-kids-in-car_n_5106065.html" target="_blank">and her tearful mug shot, have attracted national attention</a> and an outpouring of donations. Debate the morals, but one thing is clear: child care is expensive. As the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/09/start-saving-now-day-care-costs-more-than-college-in-31-states/?wpisrc=nl_eve" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em> reported Wednesday</a>, infant daycare costs more than in-state college tuition in about two-thirds of the nation.</p> <p>In 31 states, parents have to shell out more annually for infant child care than for a year of tuition and fees at a mid-priced state college, according to a report released last fall by <a href="http://childcareaware.org/about-us" target="_blank">Child Care Aware America</a>, a national organization of child-care resource agencies. In New York, daycare for young children costs $8,000 more than in-state college tuition. Infant child care in Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado, Wyoming, Alaska and Oregon also costs thousands of dollars more per year than a state college education. Check it out, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/09/start-saving-now-day-care-costs-more-than-college-in-31-states/?wpisrc=nl_eve" target="_blank">via the </a><em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/09/start-saving-now-day-care-costs-more-than-college-in-31-states/?wpisrc=nl_eve" target="_blank">Post</a>.</em> (In red states, daycare costs more):</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-09%20at%2011.53.10%20PM.png"></div> <p>The difference in the cost of daycare and higher education among states is due to variances in costs of living, differing state regulations, and disparities in state spending on higher education.</p> <p>Child care costs have jumped over the past couple decades. In 1985, the <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/04/08/rising-cost-of-child-care-may-help-explain-increase-in-stay-at-home-moms/" target="_blank">average weekly cost of daycare in the US was $87 in 2013 dollars</a>. In 2010, child care cost $148 a week. That may help explain why more moms are choosing to stay at home today than at any point during the past 20 years. <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/04/08/rising-cost-of-child-care-may-help-explain-increase-in-stay-at-home-moms/" target="_blank">According to a Pew Research report released Tuesday</a>, the share of stay-at-home mothers rose from a low of 23 percent in 1999 to 29 percent in 2012.</p> </body></html> MoJo Economy Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:20:25 +0000 Erika Eichelberger 249501 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 10, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/were-still-war-photo-day-april-10-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/0410-630.jpg"></div> <div id="meta"> <div class="photo-desc" id="description_div"> <p class="rtecenter"><em>Solders assigned to Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team &ldquo;Rakkasans,&rdquo; 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire 60mm mortars during a live-fire exercise March 23. The exercise consisted of infantry, artillery and aircraft coming together as one to destroy targets on the range. (<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/13721922864/" target="_blank">Photo</a> by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton 3rd BCT Public Affairs)</em></p> </div> </div> </body></html> MoJo Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:00:05 +0000 249511 at http://www.motherjones.com Democratic Donors Are Gearing Up for Clinton in 2016 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/ready-hillary-fundraising <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>Democratic donors&nbsp;are apparently warming to&nbsp;the idea of a Hillary Clinton presidential run. On Thursday,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/02/ready-for-hillary-clinton-super-pac" target="_blank">Ready for Hillary</a>, a super PAC that aims to encourage Clinton to enter the 2016 race, released its&nbsp;fundraising numbers for the first quarter of 2014. Between January and March, it pulled in more than&nbsp;$1.7 million.</p> <p>In the realm of super PACs, $1.7 million might not seem like much<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">&mdash;c</span>ompared to the massive sums the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/03/koch-brothers-mark-begich-harry-reid" target="_blank">Koch brothers</a> regularly dump into campaigns, it's a pittance. But it's an impressive haul given Ready for Hillary's self-imposed limitations. The group started off as a small-scale operation, just <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/02/ready-for-hillary-clinton-super-pac" target="_blank">two Clinton superfans</a> agitating for their hero to make another run at the White House. Ready for Hillary capped donation&nbsp;at $25,000 to maintain little-guy cred, a restriction its founders have maintained even as major Democratic donors like George Soros have joined their cause. That $1.7 million was cobbled together from 32,000 donations, 22,000 of them from new donors, and 98 percent of them for less than&nbsp;$100.&nbsp;Nearly 10,000 contributions were for the group's suggested amount: $20.16.</p> <p>The group's funds are coming in at a faster clip with each reporting deadline. Ready for Hillary raised $1.2 million in the first half of 2013&nbsp;and more than $4 million last year total.&nbsp;The midterm elections are still seven months away, but a growing number of Democrats are already opening up their wallets for 2016.</p> <p>What's the point of raising <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">all that money </span>when Clinton isn't even a candidate yet? List-building. Ready for Hillary has no intention of running TV advertisements&mdash;that responsibility has fallen to Priorities USA, the super PAC that bolstered President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign but has retooled to support Clinton's presumed candidacy. Instead, Ready for Hillary is building a network of field staff and running online ads to collect the names and contact information of diehard Clinton supporters. Once Clinton makes her candidacy official&mdash;presumably sometime early next spring&mdash;Ready for Hillary will sell or lease its list to the official campaign, giving&nbsp;Clinton a leg up on any primary challengers. She'll launch her campaign with a national database of her most likely donors and volunteers. At the group's current pace, Ready for Hillary should have ample information to offer: It now boasts 1.7 million Facebook fans and, with the latest report, more than 55,000 donors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body></html> MoJo Dark Money Hillary Clinton Money in Politics Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:36:53 +0000 Patrick Caldwell 249481 at http://www.motherjones.com Most Senators Overseeing the Comcast-Time Warner Deal Have Taken Money From Both http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/senate-judiciary-comcast-time-warner-money <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>Today the Senate Judiciary Committee <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/04/09/live-blogging-the-comcasttwc-senate-hearing/" target="_blank">heard testimony</a> from Comcast and Time Warner executives about their extraordinarily controversial merger proposal. A <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/26/us-usa-antitrust-idUSBREA2P0BD20140326" target="_blank">recent poll</a> found that 52 percent of respondents believed mergers like it lead to reduced&nbsp;competition and poorer service for consumers.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">At today's hearing, a number of the senators expressed concern about the deal which, if approved, would result in a single company serving slightly less than <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/08/us-comcast-timewarnercable-fcc-idUSBREA3717820140408" target="_blank">30 percent</a> of the US paid television market and up to 40 percent of American broadband subscribers.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">Chairman Leahy (</span>D-Vt<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">.) started the proceedings, saying that "thousands of Americans have flooded the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] in recent weeks with comments supporting the restoration of open-internet rules. Their voices on this issue should be heard."</span></p> <p>But Leahy and most of his colleagues have already "heard" from both Comcast and Time Warner&mdash;in the form of generous campaign contributions. Out of the committee's 18 members, 15 have accepted donations from at least one of the two media giants since the 2010 election cycle; 12 have received money from both. The average contribution over that time: $16,285. Democrats were the biggest recipients, taking an average of $18,531 from the two cable and internet giants, nearly twice as much as their Republican counterparts.&nbsp;Here's the breakdown:&nbsp;</p> <table class="tableZebra"> <thead><tr> <th>Senator</th> <th>Comcast</th> <th>Time Warner</th> </tr></thead> <tbody> <tr class="oddRow"> <td>Chris Coons (D-Del.)</td> <td>$57,200</td> <td>$10,200</td> </tr> <tr class="evenRow"> <td>Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)</td> <td>$41,600</td> <td>$21,300</td> </tr> <tr class="oddRow"> <td>Orin Hatch (R-Utah)</td> <td>$36,750</td> <td>$6,000</td> </tr> <tr class="evenRow"> <td>Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)</td> <td>$28,373</td> <td>$23,575</td> </tr> <tr class="oddRow"> <td>Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)</td> <td>$22,500</td> <td>$62,650</td> </tr> <tr class="evenRow"> <td>Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)</td> <td>$21,831</td> <td>$20,275</td> </tr> <tr class="oddRow"> <td>Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)</td> <td>$20,600</td> <td>$0</td> </tr> <tr class="evenRow"> <td>Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)</td> <td>$17,000</td> <td>$2,333</td> </tr> <tr class="oddRow"> <td>Al Franken (D-Minn.)</td> <td>$14,750</td> <td>$11,600</td> </tr> <tr class="evenRow"> <td>Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)</td> <td>$13,000</td> <td>$4,000</td> </tr> <tr class="oddRow"> <td>Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.)</td> <td>$12,025</td> <td>$25,780</td> </tr> <tr class="evenRow"> <td>Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)</td> <td>$8,500</td> <td>$5,000</td> </tr> <tr class="oddRow"> <td>Ted Cruz (R-Texas)</td> <td>$7,500</td> <td>$0</td> </tr> <tr class="evenRow"> <td>John Cornyn (R-Texas)</td> <td>$6,000</td> <td>$3,500</td> </tr> <tr class="oddRow"> <td>Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)</td> <td>$0</td> <td>$3,000</td> </tr> <tr class="evenRow"> <td>Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)</td> <td>$0</td> <td>$0</td> </tr> <tr class="oddRow"> <td>Mike Lee (R-Utah)</td> <td>$0</td> <td>$0</td> </tr> <tr class="evenRow"> <td>Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)</td> <td>$0</td> <td>$0</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><em>Source: <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/" target="_blank">Center for Responsive Politics</a></em></p> </body></html> MoJo Congress Corporations Media Money in Politics Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:35:30 +0000 Alex Park 249456 at http://www.motherjones.com WATCH: GOP Lawmaker Compares Getting Abortion to Buying a Car and Picking Carpeting http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/missouri-gop-abortion-car-bill <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>A <a href="http://openstates.org/mo/bills/2014/HB1613/">bill</a> is making its way through the Missouri House of Representatives that would require women seeking abortions to undergo mandatory ultrasounds and increase the waiting period for an abortion from 24 to 72 hours&mdash;measures that are necessary, in the words of the bill's sponsor, because women should have as much information about pregnancy as he seeks out when he's shopping for a car or picking out carpeting for his house.</p> <p>Republican Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger made the comparison between cars and pregnancy while taking questions on the bill before the Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities. In his remarks, captured on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIQoV1KnvkE" target="_blank">video</a>, Gatschenberger noted that he has many sisters and daughters who put ultrasound images of their children on the fridge. An off-camera committee member then asked him, "Do you not trust your sisters to make their decisions for themselves?"</p> <p>Gatschenberger replied:</p> <blockquote> <p>"Well, yesterday, I went over to the car lot over here. I was just going to get a key made for a vehicle. And I was looking around because I'm considering maybe buying a new vehicle. Even when I buy a new vehicle&mdash;this is my experience, again&mdash;I don't go right in there and say I want to buy that vehicle, and then, you know, you leave with it. I have to look at it, get information about it, maybe drive it, you know, a lot of different things. Check prices. There's lots of things that I do, putting into a decision. Whether that's a car, whether that's a house, whether that's any major decision that I put in my life. Even carpeting. You know, I was just considering getting some carpeting or wood in my house. And that process probably took, you know, a month, because of just seeing all the aspects of it."</p> </blockquote> <p>In a later exchange between Gatschenberger and Rep. Stacey Newman, a Democrat on the committee, Newman called his remarks "offensive to every woman in this room." Gatschenberger replied to her that he wasn't comparing reproductive health decisions to buying a car&mdash;and then went on to compare reproductive health decisions to buying a car.</p> <p>Here's part of the exchange:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Newman: &nbsp;</strong>Your original premise, that a woman who is receiving any type of care with her pregnancy, regardless of what decisions are involved, is somehow similar to purchasing a key for an automobile&mdash;</p> <p><strong>Gatschenberger:</strong> If you were listening to my explanation, it had nothing to do [with] that&hellip;In making a decision&mdash;not making a life-changing decision&mdash;but making a decision to buy a car, I put research in there to find out what to do.</p> <p><strong>Newman: </strong>Do you believe that buying a car is in any way related to any type of pregnancy decision?</p> <p><strong>Gatschenberger:</strong> Did I say that?</p> <p><strong>Newman: </strong>That's what I'm asking you.</p> <p><strong>Gatschenberger:</strong> I did not say that. I'm saying my decision to accomplish something is, I get the input in it. And that's what this bill does, is give more information for people.</p> <p><strong>Newman: </strong>So you're assuming that women who are under care&hellip;for their pregnancy, need additional information that they're not already receiving?</p> <p><strong>Gatschenberger: </strong>I'm just saying they have the opportunity, it increases the opportunity. If you want to know what this bill does, [it] increases the opportunity.</p> </blockquote> <p>See the whole video here:</p> <object height="354" width="630"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/IIQoV1KnvkE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"> <embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/v/IIQoV1KnvkE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="630"></embed></object> </body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights The Right Top Stories Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:12:42 +0000 Molly Redden 249421 at http://www.motherjones.com GOP Chairman: Let's Get Rid of ALL Donation Limits http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/rnc-chairman-eliminate-donation-limits-adelson <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>Last week, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, <a href="https://twitter.com/Reince/status/451365388589465600" target="_blank">hailed</a> the Supreme Court's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/supreme-court-mccutcheon-citizens-united" target="_blank">recent decision in <em>McCutcheon vs. FEC</em></a>, which eliminated the cap on the number of contributions a donor can make to candidates, parties, and political action committees. Of course he would: The cash-starved parties now stand to rake in bag-loads more cash than they did before the decision.</p> <p>But Priebus wants to go further. On Hugh Hewitt's radio show Tuesday, Priebus <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/04/08/rnc-chairman-strike-down-all-contribution-limits/">called for eliminating</a> <em>all</em> limits on campaign contributions. <a href="http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/contriblimits.shtml" target="_blank">All of 'em</a>. The $2,600 limit on candidate donations, the $5,000 limit on PAC donations, the $32,400 limit on party committee donations, and so on. "I don't think we should have caps at all," he said.</p> <p>Priebus says he wants the RNC to get behind any effort to demolish those limits, just as it joined Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon in his recent legal fight. "Absolutely, I would" look to get the RNC involved in future deregulation lawsuits, Priebus said. "And I would look to cases that allow us to raise soft money, and I would look to cases that allow us to raise money for the conventions, and&mdash;but disclose it all. That's kind of where I'm at personally."</p> <p>If Priebus gets his way&mdash;and don't forget, he already has one major ally; Justice Clarence Thomas, in his separate opinion in <em>McCutcheon, </em>called for gutting all donation limits&mdash;we're looking at a pure free-for-all when it comes to money in politics. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who gave <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/summ.php?cycle=2012&amp;disp=D&amp;type=V">nearly $93 million</a> to outside groups during the 2012 campaign, or movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, who gave and raised <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/05/jeffrey-katzenberg-dreamworks-barack-obama-fundraiser">more than $30 million</a> to reelect President Obama, wouldn't need outside groups like super-PACs. Hell, they wouldn't need political parties. They could donate $1 million, or $10 million, or $100 million directly to their candidate of choice.</p> <p>Priebus might even go further. In the wake of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's ouster over his $1,000 donation to an anti-marriage equality ballot proposal, the RNC chairman suggested he was losing interest in disclosure laws, too. "Even [campaign finance laws] that I want to agree with are getting to be very difficult," he told Hewitt.</p> <p>No limits, (maybe) no disclosure: If Priebus gets his way, this is the shadowy, cash-drenched future of American politics.</p> </body></html> MoJo Congress Corporations Dark Money Elections Money in Politics Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:54:38 +0000 Andy Kroll 249381 at http://www.motherjones.com UMass' Derrick Gordon Is First Openly Gay Man In Major College Basketball http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/umass-derrick-gordon-gay-ncaa-basketball <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>University of Massachusetts shooting guard Derrick Gordon came out as gay to the rest of his team last week, making him the first openly gay player in Division 1 men's college basketball, according to <a href="http://www.outsports.com/2014/4/9/5582758/derrick-gordon-comes-out-umass-basketball" target="_blank">OutSports</a> and <a href="http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/10754317/espnw-university-massachusetts-minuteman-derrick-gordon-openly-smiling-decision-come-gay" target="_blank">ESPN</a>.</p> <p>"I was thinking about summer plans and just being around my teammates and how it was going to be," Gordon told ESPN. "I just thought, 'Why not now? Why not do it in the offseason when it's the perfect time to let my teammates know and everybody know my sexuality?"</p> <p>Gordon averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds a game this season for the Minutemen, who were bounced from the first week of the NCAA Tournament in March. He said he had had private conversations with prominent gay sports figures before coming out, including Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay active player in the NBA when he was <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/02/jason-collins-brooklyn-nets-nba" target="_blank">signed by the Brooklyn Nets</a> this season.</p> <p>Gordon posted this photo on Instagram after the announcement, expressing his relief:</p> <blockquote> <p><span><span data-reactid=".r[0].[0].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0]"><span data-reactid=".r[0].[0].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[2][1]"><span data-reactid=".r[0].[0].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[2][1].[0]">This is the happiest I have ever been in my 22 Years of living...No more HIDING!!!...Just want to live life happy and play the sport that I love...Really would love to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for supporting me....I would also like to thank my support team Wade Davis, Jason Collins, Brian Sims, Micah Porter, Anthony Nicodemo, Patrick Burke, Billy Bean, Gerald McCullough, Kirk Walker...You guys are AWESOME!!! Ready to get back in the gym with my teammates and get on the GRIND and get ready for next season!!!! </span><span data-reactid=".r[0].[0].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[2][1].[1]">#BETRUE</span><span data-reactid=".r[0].[0].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[2][1].[2]"> </span><span data-reactid=".r[0].[0].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[2][1].[3]">#BEYOURSELF</span><span data-reactid=".r[0].[0].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[2][1].[4]"> </span><span data-reactid=".r[0].[0].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[2][1].[5]">#HONEYBADGER</span></span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="710" scrolling="no" src="//instagram.com/p/mkmkBQuooq/embed/" width="612"></iframe></p> </body></html> MoJo Gay Rights Sports Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:48:56 +0000 Matt Connolly 249391 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 9, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/were-still-war-photo-day-april-9-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/0409-630.jpg"></div> <div id="meta"> <div class="photo-desc" id="description_div"> <p class="rtecenter"><em>Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion, perform a simulated Vertical Assault Exercise during Ssang Yong 14, at Old Army Tank Battalion, Pohang, South Korea, April 2, 2014. Exercise Ssang Yong is conducted annually in the ROK to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Pacific. (<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/marine_corps/13602160865/" target="_blank">U.S. Marine Corps Photo</a> by Cpl. Sara A. Medina/Released)</em></p> </div> </div> </body></html> MoJo Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:47:09 +0000 249386 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Elizabeth Warren Go After Paul Ryan for Blaming Unemployment on the Unemployed http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/elizabeth-warren-paul-ryan-culture-of-work <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body> <p>Last month, Paul Ryan generated a minor media storm for a racially tinged comment <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/paul-ryan-inner-cities-problem" target="_blank">lamenting the supposedly&nbsp;weak "culture of work" among "inner city" men.</a> "We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work,"&nbsp;Ryan told conservative radio host Bill Bennett. "There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with." Ryan later said that he had been "inarticulate" and <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/paul-ryan-poverty-remark-inarticulate" target="_blank">forswore any racial meaning</a> in his comments. He was, he promised, referring to our entire culture; not "the culture of one community."</p> <p>Now, you either buy that or you don't. If you don't think there is something racially loaded about decrying the lack of work ethic among inner city men, then I'm probably not going to be able to convince you that there is. (<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/paul-ryan-inner-cities-problem" target="_blank">But there probably is.</a>)</p> <p>Either way, Ryan's defense could be interpreted as amounting largely to, <em>I was not saying black people are lazy. I was saying poor people are lazy.</em> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/kathryn-edin-poverty-research-fatherhood" target="_blank">This is a myth about poverty.</a> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/10-poverty-myths-busted" target="_blank">It is not true.</a> (<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/poverty-myths-debunked-again" target="_blank">Really.</a>)</p> <p>Enter Elizabeth Warren. "Paul Ryan looks around, sees three unemployed workers for every job opening in America, and blames the people who can't find a job," the senior Senator from Massachusetts <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/07/elizabeth-warren-paul-ryan_n_5106395.html" target="_blank">said in a speech</a> at the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor&rsquo;s Humphrey-Mondale Dinner on March 29th.</p> <blockquote> <p>Paul Ryan says don&rsquo;t blame Wall Street: the guys who made billions of dollars cheating American families. Don&rsquo;t blame decades of deregulation that took the cops off the beat while the big banks looted the American economy. Don&rsquo;t blame the Republican Secretary of the Treasury, and the Republican president who set in motion a no-strings-attached bailout for the biggest banks &ndash; Nope. Paul Ryan says keep the monies flowing to the powerful corporations, keep their huge tax breaks, keep the special deals for the too-big-to-fail banks and put the blame on hardworking, play-by-the-rules Americans who lost their jobs. That may be Paul Ryan&rsquo;s vision of how America works, but that is not our vision of this great country.</p> </blockquote> <p>Warren is an <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/elizabeth-warren-ranked-hottest-politician" target="_blank">increasingly popular figure</a> and is set to play a large role in the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/elizabeth-warren-pccc-senate-democrats" target="_blank">Democratic fight to maintain control of the Senate in November</a>.</p> <p>Here's the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCKeE9_LXNs" target="_blank">whole speech</a>:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bCKeE9_LXNs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>(via <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/07/elizabeth-warren-paul-ryan_n_5106395.html" target="_blank">The Huffington Post</a>)</p> </body></html> MoJo Economy Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:03:30 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 249356 at http://www.motherjones.com