Political Mojo | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2014/10/%3A/choices.truste.com/ca http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Mitt Romney Won't Run for President in 2016 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mitt-romney-not-running-2016 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>It's official: Mitt Romney will not seek the presidency for a third time. After <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2015/01/30/mitt-romney-is-running-for-president.html" target="_blank">some news outlets reported</a> he would announce a run on a call with donors this morning, a <a href="http://www.hughhewitt.com/romney-statement-not-running-ive-decided-best-give-leaders-party-opportunity-become-next-nominee/" target="_blank">statement leaked</a> in which Romney said, "I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee." Here's a look back at what Mitt 3.0 could have been, as well as some highlights from 2012.</p> <p><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/mitt-romney-progressive-champion" target="_blank">He was going to run as a liberal.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/mitt-romney-climate-change-shift" target="_blank">He had plans to be a born-again climate hawk.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/mitt-romney-koch-brothers-donor-network" target="_blank">He was going to face some resistance from the Kochs.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/mitt-romney-new-private-equity-problem-solamere-capital" target="_blank">He had a new private equity conflict-of-interest problem. </a></p> <p>We were deprived the chance to revisit the controversy over <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/mitt-romney-bain-outsourcing-flextronics-jabil-circuit" target="_blank">Romney's lengthy</a> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/bain-capital-mitt-romney-outsourcing-china-global-tech" target="_blank">history of outsourcing.</a></p> <p>Also, this little problem:</p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MU9V6eOFO38" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Thanks for the memories, Mitt:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eb7Qc6FwZes" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Mitt Romney 2016 Elections Top Stories Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:09:24 +0000 Sam Brodey 269356 at http://www.motherjones.com England Just Established "Yes Means Yes" Guidelines for Police Investigating Rape http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/england-rape-guidelines-consent%20 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Police departments in both England and Wales have been provided an unprecedented&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31037876" target="_blank">new set of recommendations</a> when it comes to investigating rape allegations. The guidelines, launched by the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders and Martin Hewitt of the Metropolitan Police, now require officers to establish sexual consent, rather than prove when a victim says&nbsp;"no."&nbsp;</p> <p>"This is really about making sure investigators and prosecutors look at the whole context, so we're able to put strong cases before the court and we don't just focus on what a victim did or said," Saunders told the <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31037876" target="_blank">BBC</a>. "We know there are too many myths and stereotypes around rape and consent &nbsp;and this is about making sure we really examine cases."&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;shift to a more <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/governor-andrew-cuomo-plans-yes-means-yes-policy-at-college-campuses-statewide-1421529943" target="_blank">"yes means yes"</a> context comes as a welcome move for sexual assault advocates, who have long blamed the&nbsp;"no" standard for discouraging victims to report assaults. The new guidelines also strongly <a href="http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/28/new-rape-guidelines-will-remove-any-grey-area-over-sexual-consent-5040439/" target="_blank">emphasize </a>the need to stop blaming rape victims "for confusing the idea of consent, by drinking or dressing provocatively" as Saunders states, and clearly outline what sexual consent is.</p> <p>While many in England and Wales are applauding the change, some have been more cautious, waiting to see if police forces actually adhere to the new guidelines.</p> <p>"The CPS's new rape toolkit might make welcome headlines, but I won't be celebrating until police officers and prosecutors are made to put existing policies and guidelines in practice or face appropriate sanction for failing to do so," Harriet Wistrich wrote in a <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/29/cps-rape-guidelines-victims-practice" target="_blank"><em>Guardian</em></a> column on Thursday.&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Sex and Gender Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:15:06 +0000 Inae Oh 269311 at http://www.motherjones.com This Massive New Project Is Great News for Homeless Vets in Los Angeles http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/va-housing-homeless-veterans-west-los-angeles-medical-center <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>After a three-year legal battle, the US Department of Veterans Affairs <a href="http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2674" target="_blank">announced</a> on Wednesday that it will rededicate its <a href="http://www.losangeles.va.gov/documents/mapwlavamc.pdf" target="_blank">giant</a> West Los Angeles Medical Center campus to provide much-needed housing and services for the city's homeless veterans.</p> <p>The announcement stems from a settlement in a 2011 lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of disabled veterans. The Los Angeles property,&nbsp;nearly 400 acres, was deeded to the federal government in 1888 to house veterans with disabilities. Instead, the campus, which is located in an affluent area, has been used for commercial rental agreements with, among others, entertainment companies, UCLA, and hotel laundry services. According to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/01/29/382326954/after-years-of-wrangling-va-to-provide-vets-housing-on-west-la-campus" target="_blank"><em>NPR</em></a>, Veterans Affairs had accepted between $28 million and $40 million in leasing agreements that a federal judge ruled illegal.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-29%20at%2011.06.33%20AM.png" style="height: 533px; width: 350px;"></div> <p>The settlement includes a plan, set for completion by October, to build long-term housing combined with support services designed to <a href="http://www.huduser.org/portal/publications/hsgfirst.pdf" target="_blank">help ensure</a> that the formerly homeless, especially veterans who are physically and mentally disabled, remain housed.</p> <p>The effort is part of a larger Obama administration <a href="http://www.va.gov/homeless/about_the_initiative.asp" target="_blank">initiative</a> to house all homeless vets by the end of 2015. Los Angeles has the nation's <a href="https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2014-AHAR-Part1.pdf" target="_blank">highest number</a> of homeless vets&mdash;more than 3,700&mdash;and the newly announced plan could go a long way toward solving the problem.</p> <p>"This agreement offers VA a historic opportunity to build new community relationships in Los Angeles and continue the work needed to end veteran homelessness here," Veteran's Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said in a statement. "VA is proud of the progress we've made in ending veteran homelessness&mdash;down 33 percent since 2010&mdash;but we won't be satisfied until every veteran has a home."</p> <p>According to a <a href="https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2014-AHAR-Part1.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> released last January by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, close to 50,000 vets were homeless on any given night. States are now gearing up for their annual "Point-In-Time" count, a HUD-led event that deploys volunteers to conduct a census of the homeless in their communities. The results will indicate how much work remains to meet Obama's 2015 deadline. McDonald said he <a href="http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2673" target="_blank">plans to participate</a> in the Los Angeles count:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>"There is no question that the goal to end veteran homelessness is within reach, and we remain laser-focused on it," he said. "It's about helping communities put a system in place that can house every veteran."</p> </blockquote></body></html> MoJo Military Top Stories Homeless Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:19:44 +0000 Gabrielle Canon 269331 at http://www.motherjones.com Lawmaker: Cheerleaders Should Get Paid a Real Wage http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/california-cheerleaders-employees-lorena-gonzalez <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>While football fans are getting ready for the Super Bowl this weekend, California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has turned her attention to the women on the sidelines. Gonzalez, a former cheerleader and labor leader, introduced a bill today that would require California's professional sports teams to classify cheerleaders as employees, thus forcing teams to provide minimum wage, paid overtime, and workers compensation.</p> <p>The bill was inspired by a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/nfl-cheerleader-lawsuits-sexism" target="_blank">spate of lawsuits</a> last year in which NFL cheerleaders sued their teams for workplace violations. The first lawsuit, <em>Lacy T. et al vs. The Oakland Raiders</em>, exposed a "stunning system of abuses against cheerleaders," says Gonzalez, including sub-minimum wage pay, unpaid practices and appearances, and fines for things like <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/nfl-cheerleader-lawsuits-sexism" target="_blank">bringing the wrong pom-poms</a> to practice. According to an <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/10702976/just-cheer-baby-lacy-t-sues-oakland-raiders"><em>ESPN the Magazine</em> article</a>, a Raiderettes handbook simply says that it's possible to "find yourself with no salary at all at the end of the season." (Read more of our coverage of the indignities of NFL cheerleaders <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/nfl-cheerleader-lawsuits-sexism" target="_blank">here</a>, and of NHL's ice girls <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/philadelphia-flyers-ice-girls-los-angeles-kings-new-york-rangers-stanley-cup-finals" target="_blank">here</a>).</p> <p>"NFL teams and their billionaire owners have used professional cheerleaders as part of the game day experience for decades.&nbsp; They have capitalized on their talents without providing even the most basic workplace protections like a minimum wage," Gonzalez said in a statement. Reached by phone, she added, "Nobody would never, ever question that the guy who brings you beer is going to get minimum wage, but we're not gonna pay the woman on the field who's entertaining you?" Asked whether she was concerned about pushback from NFL teams, she replied, "I don't think it's a good PR move for the NFL to be opposing minimum wage for women's workers. Let's be honest."</p></body></html> MoJo Corporations Income Inequality Sex and Gender Sports Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:18:47 +0000 Julia Lurie 269326 at http://www.motherjones.com Here's How Boehner and Netanyahu Really Screwed Up http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/watch-david-corn-bibi-netanyahus-obama-boehner-congress <!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 appeared on MSNBC's <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/hardball" target="_blank"><em>Hardball </em></a>to discuss the ongoing fallout from <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/netanyahu-boehner-congress-american-jews-get-lost" target="_blank">John Boehner's decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu</a> to address Congress:</p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe border="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_hardball_1net_150128_461535" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Congress International Media Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:22:31 +0000 269281 at http://www.motherjones.com FAA to Football Fans: Super Bowl Is a No-Drone Zone http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/faa-football-super-bowl-no-drone-zone <!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="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3jwPaFp8nMg" width="620"></iframe></p> <p>On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a 15-second warning to football fans eager to sneak a bird's-eye look at this Sunday's Super Bowl: Leave your drones at home. &nbsp;</p> <p>The No Drone Zone campaign is part of the FAA's ongoing efforts to regulate <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/drone-uav-white-house-crash" target="_blank">small drones</a> flying over crowded stadiums. The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-flying-of-unauthorized-drones-at-stadiums-prompts-safety-concerns/2014/11/09/20f3ae50-65d3-11e4-9fdc-d43b053ecb4d_story.html" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post </em>reported</a> last November that the aviation agency was investigating a rash of incidents involving drones hovering over major sporting events. A month earlier, the agency extended its ban on airplane flights over large open-air stadiums to include unmanned and remote controlled aircraft.&nbsp;</p> <p>Drones over sporting events have occasionally raised alarms. In August, <a href="http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/216106-faa-investigating-drone-that-flew-over-nfl-game" target="_blank">a man was detained</a> after he flew a drone that flew over a preseason NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs. A month later, police questioned a <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/ut-student-detained-who-flew-drone-over-stadium-du/nhDLW/" target="_blank">University of Texas student</a> who was flying a drone around Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.&nbsp;Last October, a drone carrying an Albanian flag during a soccer match between Serbia and Albania <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/29626827" target="_blank">sparked a riot</a> in Belgrade.</p> <p>Earlier this month, the FAA <a href="https://www.faasafety.gov/files/notices/2015/Jan/150102_Advisory_Super_Bowl_XLIX.pdf" target="_blank">issued an advisory</a> reiterating the civil and criminal penalties for pilots who drone the Super Bowl. (Also banned in the airspace above the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona: gliders, parachutes, hang gliders, balloons, crop dusters, model aircraft, and model rockets.) The <a href="http://www.goodyearblimp.com/news-and-events/schedule.html" target="_blank">Goodyear blimp</a> will be allowed.</p></body></html> MoJo Sports Tech Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:39:38 +0000 Edwin Rios 269186 at http://www.motherjones.com No One Can Agree on What to Call Drones http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/drone-uav-white-house-crash <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Early Monday morning, a small, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/spokesman-secret-service-recovers-device-white-house-28481147" target="_blank">temporarily unidentified</a> flying object crashed on the White House lawn. The mishap, possibly the result of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/28/us/white-house-drone.html" target="_blank">droning under the influence</a>, prompted a salvo of alarming headlines about a stealthy violation of presidential airspace. "A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House," <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/us/white-house-drone.html" target="_blank">declared</a> the <em>New York Times</em>. Fox News <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/01/27/why-white-house-quadcopter-is-drone-defense-wake-up-call/" target="_blank">announced</a>, "White House gets drone defense wake-up call," while <em>New York</em> magazine <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/white-house-defenseless-against-drones.html" target="_blank">warned</a>, "Secret Service Can't Protect White House From Drones."</p> <p>The most ominous-sounding word in those headlines is "drone," a term that's come to encompass everything from the two-pound <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/26/7917119/drone-crash-white-house-dji-phantom" target="_blank">DJI Phantom</a> quadcopter that flew over the White House fence to the nearly <a href="http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/FactSheets/Display/tabid/224/Article/104470/mq-9-reaper.aspx" target="_blank">5,000-pound MQ-9 Reaper</a>, which can be flown remotely via satellite and fire laser-guided missiles at targets eight miles below. As Dutch designer Ruben Pater's <a href="http://www.dronesurvivalguide.org/" target="_blank">Drone Survival Guide</a> conveys, there are drones and then there are <em>drones</em>:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/drone-survival630.gif"><div class="caption"><strong>The Drone Survival Guide (in English and Pashto) </strong><a href="http://www.dronesurvivalguide.org/index.html" target="_blank">Ruben Pater</a></div> </div> <p>Is there an easier way to differentiate a hi-tech toy from a killing machine? Why not just call that stray quadcopter a remote-controlled or model aircraft? (No one would write a headline such as "A Model Aircraft, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House.")</p> <p>The Federal Aviation Administration treats lightweight noncommercial drones as <a href="http://www.faa.gov/uas/" target="_blank">model aircraft</a>. (They must stay <a href="http://www.faa.gov/uas/publications/model_aircraft_operators/" target="_blank">under 400 feet</a> and can't fly beyond the operator's line of sight.) Yet a true hobby drone is different than a traditional remote-controlled plane in one significant respect: It can fly itself. As former <em>Wired</em> editor Chris Anderson explains on <a href="http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/a-newbies-guide-to-uavs" target="_blank">his site DIY Drones</a>, "Usually the UAV is controlled manually by Radio Control (RC) at take-off and landing, and switched into GPS-guided autonomous mode only at a safe altitude." The DJI Phantom can fly itself back home; users can program flight paths into <a href="http://www.dji.com/product/phantom-2/feature" target="_blank">top-of-the-line model</a>. DIY Drones uses the terms UAV and drone interchangeably.</p> <p>Even if equating personal drones with model aircraft might irk amateur remote pilots, it would help defuse the devices' death-from-above image. That would probably please the manufacturers of military and commercial drones, who would prefer if you don't use the D-word at all. Testifying before the Senate in 2013, the head of the <a href="http://www.auvsi.org/home" target="_blank">Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International</a> (the robot lobby) <a href="http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/10/11/dont-use-the-word-drones-theyre-uavs/" target="_blank">stated</a>, "I do not use the term 'drone.' The industry refers to the technology as unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, because they are more than just a pilotless vehicle&hellip;The term 'drone' also carries with it a hostile connotation and does not reflect how UAS are actually being used domestically." Besides UAS, other suggested alternatives to "drone" include Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/marilyn-drone400.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>The future Marilyn Monroe poses with a World War II-era Radioplane drone. </strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioplane_OQ-2" target="_blank">US Army via Wikimedia Commons</a></div> </div> <p>While the president and White House freely <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/23/remarks-president-national-defense-university" target="_blank">call them drones</a>, the military is also not keen on the designation. An Air Force spokeswoman <a href="http://archive.defensenews.com/article/20130326/C4ISR02/303260023/The-8216-D-8217-Word-What-Call-UAV" target="_blank">told <em>Defense News</em></a> that "There are some people who are offended by it." And UAS has its detractors: Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, <a href="http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122308" target="_blank">told a reporter</a> last year, "You will never hear me use the word 'drone,' and you'll never hear me use the term 'unmanned aerial systems.' Because they are not. They are remotely piloted aircraft."</p> <p>Yet for critics of remote-control warfare, the word economically delivers an explosive payload&mdash;much like a drone. The American Civil Liberties Union has endorsed using "drone" rather than the officially sanctioned abbreviations. "These acronyms are technical, bland, and bureaucratic. That's probably their principal advantage from the point of view of those who want to separate them from the ugly, bloody, and controversial uses to which they've been put by the CIA and U.S. military overseas," <a href="https://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty-national-security/should-we-call-them-drones-or-uavs" target="_blank">writes</a> ACLU senior policy analyst Jay Stanley. "[I]f the word continues to carry a reminder that this is an extremely powerful technology capable of being used for very dark purposes, then that's not necessarily a bad thing."</p> <p>To further complicate things, some people insist that "drone" only refers to unpiloted aircraft used for target practice&mdash;the term's original meaning. As analyst Steve Zaloga <a href="http://intercepts.defensenews.com/2013/05/the-origin-of-drone-and-why-it-should-be-ok-to-use/" target="_blank">explained to <em>Defense News</em></a>, it was coined by an American admiral who in 1935 witnessed a demonstration of a remote-controlled British aircraft dubbed the Queen Bee: He "adopted the name drone to refer to these aircraft in homage to the Queen Bee. Drone became the official US Navy designation for target drones for many decades." (Fun fact: Future bombshell <a href="http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/marilyn-monroe-assembled-drones-during-world-war-ii-696681799" target="_blank">Marilyn Monroe</a> assembled small target drones in a California factory during World War II.) According to Zaloga, the military kept calling all remote-controlled aircraft drones until the 1990s. (He's partial to calling them RPAs.)</p> <p>Drones will likely remain the most convenient way to describe the rapidly expanding variety of&hellip;drones. But whatever you do, don't call them "pilotless drones." That phrase especially infuriates pedants, like Drone Man, the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> reader who left an angry voicemail expressing his disgust at the paper's use of the seemingly redundant (yet <a href="http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004165.html" target="_blank">grammatically acceptable</a>) term. Here's the dance mix:&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2Jh47UQYQFk?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Military Tech Top Stories Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:00:10 +0000 Dave Gilson 268981 at http://www.motherjones.com Mormon Church Comes Out in Support of LGBT Rights http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mormon-church-comes-out-support-lgbt-rights <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In a groundbreaking news conference on Tuesday, the Mormon Church officially announced its support for some LGBT rights, on the condition that the same legal protections are extended to all religious groups. But in doing so, the church also made clear their<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;endorsement did not reverse the church's opposition to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/01/27/mormon-church-to-announce-support-for-legal-protections-for-gay-people/" style="line-height: 24px;" target="_blank">same-sex marriage.</a><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>"We call on local, state, and the federal government to serve all of their people by passing legislation that protects vital religious freedoms for individuals, families, churches, and other faith groups while protecting the rights of our LGBT citizens in such areas as housing, employment, and public accommodation in hotels, restaurants, and transportation," Elder Dallin Oaks, <a href="http://www.sltrib.com/home/2106982-155/in-major-move-mormon-apostles-call" target="_blank">a top official of the church</a>, said. "[These] protections are not available in many parts of the country."</p> <p>"We must all learn to live with others who do not share the same beliefs or values," church<strong>&nbsp;</strong>officials <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GAY_RIGHTS_MORMON_CHURCH?SITE=AP&amp;SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT" target="_blank">stated</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The announcement comes as an <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2015/01/27/mormon-church-backs-lgbt-protection.html" target="_blank">anti-discrimination</a>&nbsp;bill makes its way through Utah's state legislature that seeks to&nbsp;ban gender-based discrimination in the workplace and housing. In the past, the church has made overtures towards&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/04/prop-8-mormons-gay-marriage-shift" target="_blank">friendlier LGBT&nbsp;stances</a>,&nbsp;but Tuesday's press conference is by far its most clear endorsement of gay rights. <em>Mother Jones</em>' Stephanie Mencimer has covered the church's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/04/prop-8-mormons-gay-marriage-shift" target="_blank">evolution</a> on same-sex marriage:</p> <blockquote> <p>In the five years since the LDS church sent busloads of the faithful to California to canvass neighborhoods, and contributed more than $20 million via its members to support the initiative, it has all but dropped the rope in the public policy tug of war over marriage equality. The change stems from an even more remarkable if somewhat invisible transformation happening within the church, prompted by the ugly fight over Prop. 8 and the ensuing backlash from the flock.</p> <p>Although the LDS's prophet hasn't described a holy revelation directing a revision in church doctrine on same-sex marriage or gay rights in general, the church has shown a rare capacity for introspection and humane cultural change unusual for a large conservative religious organization.</p> </blockquote> <p>"I am proud that the LDS Church has seen fit to lead the way in non-discrimination," state senator and founder of the Utah Pride Center&nbsp;Jim Dabakis said in a news release following the announcement. "As a religious institution, Mormons have had a long history of being the victims of discrimination and persecution. They understand more than most the value and strength of creating a civil society that judges people by the content of their character and their ability to do a job."</p> <p>Watch Tuesday's announcement below:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/047m-KbkkX8" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Gay Rights Religion Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:38:22 +0000 Inae Oh 268946 at http://www.motherjones.com The Pentagon Is Holding an Essay Contest to Honor Saudi Arabia's Brutal King. Here's Our Entry. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/pentagon-essay-contest-honor-dead-saudi-arabia-king <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Shortly after Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz, the 90-year-old king of Saudi Arabia, died <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/breaking-saudi-arabias-king-abdullah-dead" target="_blank">last Friday</a>, the Pentagon and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, <a href="http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128034" target="_blank">paid their respects</a> by inviting college students to participate in a "research and essay competition" in the late monarch's honor. No prize has been announced, but the Pentagon issued a press release about the contest listing the deceased monarch's considerable accomplishments: "the modernization of his country's military," his "lifetime" support of Saudi Arabia's alliance with the United States, his support of "scholarly research," and what Dempsey called the king's "remarkable character and courage." Although, as a woman, I wouldn't be recognized as a full human being by the king, here is my essay contest submission:</p> <p><strong>On women's rights:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://hrfssaudiarabia.org/" target="_blank">Amnesty International, December 11, 2014: Saudi Arabia</a>: Two women arrested for driving.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/01/23/truth-about-saudi-king-abdullah-s-human-rights-record" target="_blank">Human Rights Watch, April 20, 2008:</a> Male guardianship laws forbid women from obtaining passports, marrying, studying, or traveling without the permission of a male guardian.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/12/02/saudi-arabia-release-women-driving-activists" target="_blank">Human Rights Watch, December 2, 2014:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>The informal prohibition on female driving in Saudi Arabia became official state policy in 1990. During the 1990-91 Gulf War, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1990/09/25/world/confrontation-in-the-gulf-army-women-and-the-saudis-the-encounter-shocks-both.html?pagewanted=all&amp;src=pm" target="_blank">female American soldiers were permitted to drive on military bases in Saudi</a><u> Arabia</u>, and Saudi women organized a protest demanding the right to drive in Saudi Arabia as well. Dozens of Saudi women drove the streets of Riyadh in a convoy to protest the ban, which then was just based on custom. In response, officials arrested them, suspended them from their jobs, and the Grand Mufti, the country&rsquo;s most senior religious authority, immediately declared a fatwa, or religious edict, against women driving, stating that driving would expose women to &ldquo;temptation&rdquo; and lead to &ldquo;social chaos.&rdquo; Then-Minister of Interior Prince Nayef legally banned women&rsquo;s driving by decree on the basis of the fatwa.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>On migrant worker's rights:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/11/30/saudi-arabia-labor-crackdown-violence" target="_blank">Human Rights Watch, December 1, 2013</a>: Hundreds of thousands of workers were arrested and deported, some reporting prison abuses during their detentions. No standard contract for domestic workers was ever drafted. Human Rights Watch interviewed migrant workers about the arrests:</p> <blockquote> <p>One of the Ethiopians, a 30-year-old supervisor at a private company, said he heard shouts and screams from the street, and left his home near Manfouha to see what was happening. When he arrived near Bank Rajahi on the road to the Yamama neighborhood, west of Manfouha, he saw a large group of Ethiopians crying and shouting around the dead bodies of three Ethiopians, one of whom he said had been shot, and two others who had been beaten to death. He said six others appeared to be badly injured.<br><br> He said he saw Saudis whom he called&nbsp;<em>shabab</em>&nbsp;(&ldquo;young men&rdquo; in Arabic), and uniformed security forces attack the Ethiopians who had gathered. The&nbsp;<em>shabab</em>&nbsp;were using swords and machetes, while some of the uniformed officers were beating the migrants with metal police truncheons, and other officers were firing bullets into the air to disperse the crowd. He said that he narrowly escaped serious injury when a Saudi man swung a sword at his head. It missed, but hit his arm, requiring stitches to close the wound.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>On peaceful protest:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.hrw.org/reports/2013/12/17/challenging-red-lines" target="_blank">Human Rights Watch, December 18, 2013:</a> Authorities arrested and charged many peaceful protestors for "sowing discord" and challenging the government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE23/036/2014/en/fe9d2b7e-6309-41ae-9bda-e3c43415bc20/mde230362014en.html" target="_blank">Amnesty International, December 4, 2014:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>On 6 November, the authorities sentenced Mikhlif al-Shammari , a prominent human rights activist and an advocate of the rights of Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s Shi&rsquo;a Muslim community, to two years in prison and 200 lashes on charges related to his peaceful activism. In a separate case, on 17 June 2013 Mikhlif al-Shammari had already been sentenced by the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) to five years in prison, followed by a 10-year travel ban, on charges related to his peaceful activism. The court also banned him from writing in the press and on social media networks, and from appearing on television or radio.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/01/10/saudi-arabia-free-blogger-publicly-flogged" target="_blank">Human Rights Watch, January 10, 2015:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>King Abdullah of <a href="https://www.hrw.org/middle-eastn-africa/saudi-arabia">Saudi Arabia</a> should overturn the lashing and prison term for a blogger imprisoned for his views and immediately grant him a pardon. Saudi authorities lashed Raif Badawi 50 times on January 9, 2015, in front of a crowded mosque in Jeddah, part of a judicial sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for setting up a liberal website and allegedly insulting religious authorities.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>On torture:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60916-2004Nov18.html" target="_blank">The Washington Post, November 19, 2004: </a></p> <blockquote> <p>A federal prosecutor in Alexandria made a comment last year suggesting that a Falls Church man held in a Saudi Arabian prison had been tortured, according to a sworn affidavit from a defense lawyer that was recently filed in federal court in Washington.</p> <p>The alleged remark by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon D. Kromberg occurred during a conversation with the lawyer, Salim Ali, in the federal courthouse in Alexandria, according to Ali's affidavit.</p> <p>The document was filed Oct. 12 in connection with a petition by the parents of the detained man, Ahmed Abu Ali, who are seeking his release from Saudi custody.The lawyer stated in the affidavit that he asked Kromberg about bringing Abu Ali back to the United States to face charges so as "to avoid the torture that goes on in Saudi Arabia."</p> <p>Kromberg "smirked and stated that 'He's no good for us here, he has no fingernails left,' " Salim Ali wrote in his affidavit, adding: "I did not know how to respond [to] the appalling statement he made, and we subsequently ceased our discussion about Ahmed Abu Ali."</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/01/23/truth-about-saudi-king-abdullah-s-human-rights-record" target="_blank">In conclusion, from Human Rights Watch:</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>For [Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz's half-brother and successor, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salman_bin_Abdulaziz_Al_Saud">Salman bin Abdulaziz]</a> to improve on Abdullah&rsquo;s legacy, he needs to reverse course and permit Saudi citizens to peacefully express themselves, reform the justice system, and speed up reforms on women&rsquo;s rights and treatment of migrant workers.</p> </blockquote></body></html> MoJo Foreign Policy Human Rights International Top Stories Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:29:45 +0000 Jenna McLaughlin 268811 at http://www.motherjones.com 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