Political Mojo | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2015/06/Twitter%20%3Cspan%20class%3D http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Hillary Clinton Says She Is "Very Disappointed" in Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/hillary-clinton-says-she-very-disappointed-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In a new interview with CNN, Hillary Clinton weighed in on the continuing controversy over Donald Trump's presidential announcement speech in which he characterized Mexican immigrants crossing the border as criminals and&nbsp; <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/donald-trump-does-not-avoid-women-mandrake" target="_blank">"rapists." </a></p> <p>"I am very disappointed in those comments," <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/07/politics/hillary-clinton-iowa-first-interview/index.html" target="_blank">Clinton said.</a> "I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and the Republican party for not responding immediately and saying 'enough stop it.'"</p> <p>Trump's remarks have sparked national outrage over their racist descriptions, even prompting several businesses and television networks long associated with the real estate mogul to sever business ties with him. While most of the GOP presidential field have distanced themselves from Trump's comments, some including <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/gop-candidates-defending-donald-trump" target="_blank">Sen. Ted Cruz</a> have applauded him "on the need to address illegal immigration."</p> <p>Trump has donated to Clinton's past campaigns on a number of occasions. He also contributed at least <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/donald-trump-donations-democrats-hillary-clinton-119071.html" target="_blank">$100,000</a> to the Clinton Foundation.</p> <center> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton">@HillaryClinton</a> tells CNN she is "disappointed" in <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> for his comments on immigration <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HillaryonCNN?src=hash">#HillaryonCNN</a> <a href="http://t.co/wRi1M5EH3K">http://t.co/wRi1M5EH3K</a></p> &mdash; CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) <a href="https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/618517652185616384">July 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> </center> <p>The full interview will air on the cable news network Tuesday evening.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Hillary Clinton Immigration Race and Ethnicity Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:03:24 +0000 Inae Oh 279176 at http://www.motherjones.com The Vast Majority of America's Elected Prosecutors Are White Men http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/new-study-most-elected-prosecutors-white <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A study released on Tuesday <a href="http://wholeads.us/justice/#" target="_blank">reveals</a> a glaring lack of diversity among America's elected prosecutors. The data, gathered by the Center for Technology and Civil Life and published by the Women's Donors Network, examines the racial and gender makeup of the more than 2,400 elected city, county and district prosecutors, as well as state attorneys general, serving in office during the summer of 2014. Here are the key findings:</p> <ul><li>95 percent of all elected prosecutors were white.</li> <li>79 percent of all elected prosecutors were white men.</li> <li>In 14 states, all elected prosecutors were white.</li> <li>Just 1 percent of the&nbsp;2,437 elected prosecutors serving were women of color.</li> </ul><p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="400" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" src="//mjdwcharts.s3.amazonaws.com/Ec4oZ/1/index.html" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>The study comes amid stark questions about race and the American criminal justice system, an issue thrust into the spotlight after a string of high-profile police <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/police-shootings-michael-brown-ferguson-black-men" target="_blank">killings of black Americans</a>. Most of the nation's police forces are <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/police-are-whiter-communities-they-serve" target="_blank">disproportionately white</a>. And while a high-profile prosecution in Baltimore is being led by <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/09/us/freddie-gray-case-marilyn-mosby/" target="_blank">a black woman</a>, other <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/tamir-rice-police-killing-911-call-investigation" target="_blank">controversial</a> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/tanisha-anderson-killing-cleveland-police" target="_blank">cases</a> in Cleveland, Ohio, and most famously <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/07/us/a-study-documents-the-paucity-of-black-elected-prosecutors-zero-in-most-states.html?_r=0" target="_blank">in Ferguson</a>, Missouri, have been in the hands of white men.</p> <p>See the full dataset on elected prosecutors <a href="http://wholeads.us/justice/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Race and Ethnicity Top Stories Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:45:51 +0000 Jaeah Lee 279146 at http://www.motherjones.com What Really Happened With Jesse Jackson's Reddit Appearance http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/reddit-victoria-taylor-firing-jesse-jackson-ama <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>You may have read about the situation at Reddit, the online community that devolved into mutinous turmoil after the firing of a popular employee last week. Well, I was pretty close to the center of the storm, and I can tell you that there's more to the story.</p> <p>The fired employee, Victoria Taylor, coordinated the "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) forum, where celebrities and regular people ranging from Bill Murray and President Obama to some random vacuum-cleaner repairman answer Redditors' questions in real time. In response to Taylor's dismissal, the site's army of volunteer moderators shut down hundreds of the discussion forums known as "subreddits," and while many of them have been revived, Redditors are now calling for the head of CEO Ellen Pao.</p> <p>Because Taylor was fired a day after overseeing a problematic <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3brf9s/i_am_rev_jesse_jackson_ama/?limit=500" target="_blank">AMA with Jesse Jackson</a>, many Redditors <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/07/06/reddit-ceo-ellen-pao-tries-to-soothe-ruffled-redditors/" target="_blank">speculated</a> that the two events were connected. Reddit's leaders and Jackson's people both say otherwise. In any case, I should weigh in, because I was on the phone with Taylor and Jackson during that AMA. Here's what I know:</p> <p>One of the criticisms of the Jackson AMA was that, in some cases, his responses seemed out of sync with the questions. But this wasn't the standard AMA format, wherein an interviewee reads questions off the screen and types in answers directly. As often happens with other celebrity AMAs, Taylor selected Redditors' questions and asked them to Jackson live. She then transcribed his verbal responses and posted them on his behalf. Yet Jackson's AMA was even more complicated than usual because it was also one of the first in a forthcoming series of <em>video</em> AMAs to be released this fall. In this setup, he answered the questions in front of a camera in a ballroom in Los Angeles' Hyatt Century Plaza while Taylor communicated with him remotely from New York.</p> <p>The interview was meant to be an opportunity for Jackson to further discuss his diversity initiatives in Silicon Valley, which I'd covered in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/tech-industry-diversity-jesse-jackson" target="_blank">this recent <em>Mother Jones</em> feature</a>. We suggested the AMA to him as a way to bring more attention to the issue&mdash;and to our piece. I was there in the Reddit feed during the AMA, identified as "Mother Jones," and also listening in on the call, where I helped Taylor identify questions relating to Jackson's work in the tech world. I could hear Jackson's verbal responses.</p> <p>From the beginning, Jackson attracted a lot of hostile questions. This happens all the time on Reddit, but it soon became clear that his critics on the thread outnumbered supporters. People on Reddit pages can "vote" comments up or down, with the most popular ones rising to the top. The most upvoted question began: "You are an immoral, hate-filled race baiter&hellip;" and went downhill from there. Another Redditor pointed out that at least one person posting to the AMA had also posted in a notoriously <a href="http://gawker.com/how-reddit-became-a-worse-black-hole-of-violent-racism-1690505395" target="_blank">racist</a> <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/bzfxk/white_nationalist_calls_for_systematic_discourse/" target="_blank">subreddit</a>.</p> <p>Taylor asked Jackson the upvoted question despite its confrontational nature. It was hard to blame her, since Reddit does call it "Ask Me <em>Anything</em>." Jackson's response was criticized as rambling and nonsensical, and to an extent it was, but the critics may not have realized that he didn't hear the full question. Out of politeness, perhaps, Taylor had paraphrased it to omit the most incendiary language. It's also worth noting that Taylor's transcriptions, while generally accurate, were not verbatim.</p> <p>Some media accounts called the Jackson AMA a <a href="http://internet.gawker.com/redditors-stage-insane-nazi-themed-protest-after-admins-1710630950" target="_blank">"shitshow</a>," but by Reddit standards, <a href="http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-7-best-troll-questions-of-al-gores-reddit-ama/article/2537710" target="_blank">it wasn't all that unusual</a>. If you look past the awkwardness, there were some illuminating and <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3brf9s/i_am_rev_jesse_jackson_ama/csot4qx" target="_blank">thoughtful</a> <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3brf9s/i_am_rev_jesse_jackson_ama/csosrrf" target="_blank">responses</a> that were eventually elevated by other Reddit users. This is exactly what Taylor had predicted would happen. She is widely known and loved on the site as <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/07/06/who-is-victoria-taylor-the-woman-at-the-heart-of-the-reddit-revolt/" target="_blank">someone who just "got" Reddit</a> and worked hard to listen to the community.</p> <p>So was the Jackson AMA reason enough to fire Taylor? Probably not. Taylor didn't return my call, but Reddit Chairman Alexis Ohanian told a colleague of mine on Thursday that Taylor's firing "has nothing to do with the Reverend's AMA." He later <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/announcements/comments/3cbo4m/we_apologize/csu0kmv" target="_blank">said on Reddit</a>: "We're phasing out our role being in-between interesting people and the reddit audience so that we can focus on helping remarkable people become redditors, not just stop by on a press tour."</p> <p>A Jackson representative who helped coordinate the AMA told me last week that he wasn't even aware of Taylor's firing and had never complained to Reddit about how it went. That kind of trolling "is very typical for Rev. Jackson being online," he added. "We get that same Fox News/Hannity/Colmes/O'Reilly stuff almost every time."</p> <p>The Jackson rumor, however, is convenient for critics of CEO Pao, who now faces a Change.org <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3048236/fast-feed/reddit-users-push-for-ceo-ellen-paos-resignation" target="_blank">petition</a> signed by nearly 200,000 people calling for her removal. Pao is perhaps best known as the former Kleiner Perkins employee who unsuccessfully sued the venture capital firm for sex discrimination&mdash;a suit that in some ways dovetails with Jackson's efforts to diversify Silicon Valley. Pao has also made tolerance a priority at Reddit. She recently <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/06/10/these-are-the-5-subreddits-reddit-banned-under-its-game-changing-anti-harassment-policy-and-why-it-banned-them/" target="_blank">banned five subreddits</a> dedicated to various forms of harassment, including one focused on racism. Reddit's trolls <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/11/quelle-surprise/#.renceb:jyxQ" target="_blank">responded</a> by flooding the site with content that harasses Pao.</p> <p>Pao admits she made a mistake in firing Taylor in the way that she did. The moderators "should have been told earlier about the transition and we should have provided more detail on the transition plan," she told NPR. It also might have helped to consider the proximity of the firing with the Jackson AMA&mdash;though had Pao done so, Reddit being Reddit, another conspiracy theory would undoubtedly have risen to take its place.</p></body></html> MoJo Race and Ethnicity Tech Top Stories jesse jackson reddit Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:05:08 +0000 Josh Harkinson 279081 at http://www.motherjones.com Donald Trump Just Issued Another Insane Rant About Mexico http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/donald-trump-does-not-avoid-women-mandrake <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Donald Trump is a dumb person who is dumb. For a very long time that dumbness didn't really come with consequences. He had his TV show and his hotels and a lot of fans in the Republican party. Sure, <em>people</em> knew he was a lunatic, but none of his corporate business partners really cared. That changed a few weeks ago when from his mouth biliously flowed some totally racist nonsense about <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/02/donald-trump-racist-claims-mexico-rapes" target="_blank">Mexicans being rapists</a>. Ever since the blow back from businesses newly ashamed of their association with Trump has been unflagging. Univision? Gone. Macy's? Gone. NBC? Gone.</p> <p>Today, Donald Trump <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trumps-epic-statement-on-mexico-2015-7" target="_blank">issued a statement aimed presumably to stop the bleeding.</a> It is insane and will not have the desired effect.</p> <p>Read it! Or don't. You don't have to read it. Read it if you enjoy reading insane ramblings. Don't read it if that isn't your cup of tea.</p> <blockquote><em>Statement from Donald J. Trump:</em> <p><em>I don&rsquo;t see how there is any room for misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the statement I made on June 16th during my Presidential announcement speech. Here is what I said, and yet this statement is deliberately distorted by the media:</em></p> <blockquote><em>&ldquo;When Mexico (meaning the Mexican Government) sends its people, they&rsquo;re not sending their best. They&rsquo;re not sending you (pointing to the audience). They&rsquo;re not sending you (pointing again). They&rsquo;re sending people that have lots of problems, and they&rsquo;re bringing those problems to us. They&rsquo;re bringing drugs.They&rsquo;re bringing crime. They&rsquo;re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people! But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we&rsquo;re getting. And it only makes common sense. They&rsquo;re sending us not the right people. It&rsquo;s coming from more than Mexico. It&rsquo;s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it&rsquo;s coming probably from the Middle East. But we don&rsquo;t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don&rsquo;t know what&rsquo;s happening. And it&rsquo;s got to stop and it&rsquo;s got to stop fast.&rdquo;</em></blockquote> <p><em>What can be simpler or more accurately stated? The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc. This was evident just this week when, as an example, a young woman in San Francisco was viciously killed by a 5 time deported Mexican with a long criminal record, who was forced back into the United States because they didn&rsquo;t want him in Mexico. This is merely one of thousands of similar incidents throughout the United States. In other words, the worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government. The largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs are Mexican cartels that arrange to have Mexican immigrants trying to cross the borders and smuggle in the drugs. The Border Patrol knows this. Likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border. The United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world. On the other hand, many fabulous people come in from Mexico and our country is better for it. But these people are here legally, and are severely hurt by those coming in illegally. I am proud to say that I know many hard working Mexicans&mdash;many of them are working for and with me&hellip;and, just like our country, my organization is better for it.</em></p> <p><em>The Mexican Government wants an open border as long as it&rsquo;s a ONE WAY open border into the United States. Not only are they killing us at the border, but they are killing us on trade &hellip; and the country of Mexico is making billions of dollars in doing so.</em></p> <p><em>I have great respect for Mexico and love their people and their peoples&rsquo; great spirit. The problem is, however, that their leaders are far smarter, more cunning, and better negotiators than ours. To the citizens of the United States, who I will represent far better than anyone else as President, the Mexican government is not our friend&hellip;and why should they be when the relationship is totally one sided in their favor on both illegal immigration and trade. I have pointed this out during my speeches and it is something Mexico doesn&rsquo;t want me to say. In actuality, it was only after my significant rise in the polls that Univision, previously my friend, went ballistic. I believe that my examples of bad trade deals for the United States was of even more concern to the Mexican government than my talk of border security.</em></p> <p><em>I have lost a lot during this Presidential run defending the people of the United States. I have always heard that it is very hard for a successful person to run for President. Macy&rsquo;s, NBC, Serta and NASCAR have all taken the weak and very sad position of being politically correct even though they are wrong in terms of what is good for our country. Univision, because 70% of their business comes from Mexico, in my opinion, is being dictated to by the Mexican Government. The last thing Mexico wants is Donald Trump as President in that I will make great trade deals for the United States and will have an impenetrable border--only legally approved people will come through easily.</em></p> <p><em>Interestingly, Univision has just announced they are attempting to go public despite very poor and even negative earnings, which is not a good situation for a successful IPO or high stock price&mdash;not to mention that I am currently suing them for breach of contract. Remember, Univision is the one who began this charade in the first place, and they are owned by one of Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s biggest backers. After the speech was made, there were numerous compliments and indeed, many rave &ldquo;reviews&rdquo;&mdash;there was very little criticism. It wasn&rsquo;t until a week after my announcement that people started to totally distort these very easy to understand words. If there was something stated incorrectly, it would have been brought up immediately and with great enthusiasm.</em></p> <p><em>The issues I have addressed, and continue to address, are vital steps to Make America Great Again! Additionally, I would be the best jobs President that God ever created. Let&rsquo;s get to work!</em></p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:17:13 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 279096 at http://www.motherjones.com South Carolina Senator Rants Against Gay Marriage During Vote on Confederate Flag Removal http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/south-carolina-sen-lee-bright-gay-marriage <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In a historic 37-3 vote, members of South Carolina's Senate just <a href="https://twitter.com/AP_Politics/status/618157550706532352" target="_blank">voted to remove</a> the Confederate flag from its statehouse grounds. Monday's vote followed hours of debate, with lawmakers overwhelmingly making the case to do away with the racist symbol once and for all.</p> <p>Perhaps confused by the subject at hand, Sen. Lee Bright used Monday's debate as an opportunity to voice his support in keeping the flag and dually attack the Supreme Court's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/supreme-court-gay-marriage" target="_blank">gay marriage decision</a> last month, not to mention the "abomination colors" showcased by the White House to celebrate the court's decision.</p> <p>"This nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and they are under assault by men in black robes who were not elected by you," Bright warned.</p> <p>"Our governor called us in to deal with the flag that sits out front, let's deal with the national sin that we face today!" <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/the-devil-is-taking-control-watch-sc-senator-derail-confederate-flag-debate-with-insane-gay-marriage-rant/" target="_blank">he continued.</a> "We talk about abortion but this gay marriage thing, I believe will be one nation gone under like President Reagan said. If we&rsquo;re not one nation under God, we&rsquo;ll be one nation gone under."</p> <p>With more biblical references and anti-LGBT ranting, Bright went onto urge his fellow lawmakers to continue flying the battle flag. It was a rare moment of crazy, perhaps even for his two fellow Confederate flag supporters, who likely knew they had only one fight to lose on Monday.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7rCgtGgy1Ps" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Gay Rights Race and Ethnicity Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:16:03 +0000 Inae Oh 279086 at http://www.motherjones.com Rick Perry Reluctantly Accepts Gays in the Military http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/rick-perry-dont-ask-dont-tell <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A month before the 2012 Iowa caucuses, then-Texas governor Rick Perry tried to save his flailing presidential campaign by tacking hard to the religious right. At the center of his effort was an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAJNntoRgA" target="_blank">ad he released</a> in December 2011 titled "Strong," which opens with Perry looking at the camera and stating, "I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school."</p> <p>The Rick Perry of the 2016 campaign is sporting a new look, between the Buddy Holly frames, the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/02/rick-perry-african-americans_n_7716760.html" target="_blank">speeches</a> demanding that his party reconcile itself with its history and appeal to African Americans, and the <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/politics/rick-perry-donald-trump-does-not-represent-the-123295260376.html" target="_blank">denouncements</a> of Donald Trump's comments about immigrants. And on gay rights, while he's still far from marching in a pride parade&mdash;last month he <a href="https://rickperry.org/statement-on-supreme-court-gay-marriage-ruling" target="_blank">criticized</a> the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide&mdash;Perry is singing a different tune on President Obama's repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. As <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-07-05/rick-perry-on-don-t-ask-don-t-tell-the-horse-is-out-of-the-barn-" target="_blank">flagged</a> by <em>Bloomberg Politics</em>, Perry appeared Sunday on ABC's <em>This Week</em>, and when George Stephanopoulos asked if he stood by that ad, Perry sounded as though he still disliked the policy but was resigned to the fact that Don't Ask, Don't Tell wouldn't be restored. "I have no reason to think that is going to be able to be done," Perry said. "I think&mdash;you know, that clearly has already&mdash;you know, the horse is out of the barn."</p> <p>Watch Perry on <em>This Week</em>:</p> <p><iframe height="360" scrolling="no" src="http://abcnews.go.com/video/embed?id=32231138" style="border:none;" width="640"></iframe><br><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/us">ABC US News</a> | <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/us/video">World News</a></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Elections Gay Rights Military The Right Rick Perry Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:49:02 +0000 Patrick Caldwell 279051 at http://www.motherjones.com Guitarist and Songwriter Richard Thompson's 'Still' Got It http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/richard-thompsons-new-jeff-tweedy-produced-album-will-please-longtime-fans-and-new-come <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o-b2ACVhSzU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Richard Thompson<br><em>Still</em><br> Fantasy</strong></p> <p>Richard Thompson's latest album closes on an uncharacteristically sweet note with "Guitar Heroes," a jaunty, nearly eight-minute ode to the players who initially inspired him, namely, Chuck Berry, Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, James Burton, and The Shadows' Hank Marvin. This nostalgic salute is the only hint of advancing age on the typically stellar <em>Still</em>. While the production credit for Wilco's Jeff Tweedy might bring Thompson to the attention of some new listeners, he's really just doing the same thing he's done so well for more than four decades. Longtime fans know that means spiky rockers ("All Buttoned Up") and melancholy original ballads that sound like traditional English folk songs ("She Never Could Resist a Winding Road"), infused with rueful humor and marked by stirring vocals and virtuoso guitar, especially those scorching electric solos that make your jaw drop. Still, indeed: The talented Mr. Thompson has rarely been better.</p></body></html> MoJo Music Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:00:16 +0000 Jon Young 278886 at http://www.motherjones.com Obama Just Came Out Hard Against the Washington Football Team’s Racist Name http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/obama-just-came-out-hard-against-washington-football-team%E2%80%99s-racist-name <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In an irony that will surely be lost on team owner Dan Snyder, the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/08/ditching-redskins-nfl-dan-snyder-slate" target="_blank">Washington Redskins</a> are being kicked off their land.</p> <p>From the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2015/07/01/obama-administration-rebuffs-d-c-s-efforts-to-bring-back-the-redskins/" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser this spring that the National Park Service, which owns the land beneath Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, was unlikely to accommodate construction of a new stadium for the Redskins unless the team changes its name.</p> <p>Jewell&nbsp;oversees both national park land and America's trust and treaty relationships with Native American tribes.</p> <p>Her decision not to extend the District's lease of the RFK land badly hinders Bowser's bid to return the Redskins to D.C.&mdash;and boosts efforts to lure the team across the Potomac to Northern Virginia.</p> </blockquote> <p>Jewell, who has been an <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/09/us-interior-secretary-surprised-redskins-team-name-not-changed/" target="_blank">outspoken critic</a> of the team's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/timeline-history-offensive-sports-mascots-redskins-snyder" target="_blank">controversial</a> name, added that adjusting the federal lease on the property, which doesn't expire for another 22 years, is "not likely to be a priority for the administration." The team's owner Dan Snyder, who <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9259866/daniel-snyder-says-washington-redskins-never-change-team-name" target="_blank">has vowed</a> to never change the team's name, has <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24683402/daniel-snyder-redskins-have-started-process-of-planning-new-stadium" target="_blank">long been interested</a> in building a new stadium in the DC area.</p> <p>There's actually a great precedent for this. As <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/11/nazis-desegregating-washington-nfl-football-team" target="_blank">we explained in 2013</a>,</p> <blockquote>The showdown began in 1961, when John F. Kennedy's interior secretary, Stewart Udall, who'd committed to ending segregation anywhere in his sphere of influence, declared his intent to break pro football's last color bar...The call for integration was met with opposition, most notably from the team's owner, George Preston Marshall, a laundromat magnate turned NFL bigwig who had held firm for years. Udall had one advantage over Marshall: The team's new home field, DC Stadium (later renamed RFK Memorial), was federal property. With Kennedy's approval, Udall gave Marshall a choice: He could let black players on his team, or take his all-white squad to someone else's gridiron."</blockquote> <p>Don't worry, Washington fans: There's always <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/tug-of-war-for-new-redskins-stadium-is-complicated-by-name-debate/2015/04/11/015364de-d4b2-11e4-a62f-ee745911a4ff_story.html" target="_blank">Virginia</a> (or stay in Maryland).</p></body></html> MoJo Race and Ethnicity Sports Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:06:58 +0000 Edwin Rios 278991 at http://www.motherjones.com The Combined Black Workforces of Google, Facebook, and Twitter Could Fit on a Single Jumbo Jet http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/black-workers-google-facebook-twitter-silicon-valley-diversity <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>We already knew that Google, Facebook, and Twitter <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/google-diversity-labor-gender-race-gap-workers-silicon-valley" target="_blank">employed relatively few African Americans</a>, but new details show that the gap is truly striking. All three companies have disclosed their full <a href="http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/" target="_blank">EEO1 reports</a>, detailed accounts of their employees' race and gender demographics that the law requires them to submit to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The reports show that out of a combined 41,000 Twitter, Facebook, and Google employees, only 758, or 1.8 percent, are black. To put this in perspective, all of those workers could fit onto <a href="http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/the-biggest/the-10-biggest-passenger-airplanes/" target="_blank">a single Airbus A380</a>. Have a look:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="225" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" src="//mjdwcharts.s3.amazonaws.com/NLTAD/2/index.html" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>African Americans comprise 13 percent of the overall workforce, which means they are underrepresented at Google, Facebook, and Twitter by a factor of 7. Here's a visual comparison of the black employees&hellip;</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/single-airplane.gif"></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>versus all other employees:</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/lots-of-airplanes2.gif"></div> <p>Race and gender gaps in tech hiring have been hot-button issues as of late. Since last May, when Rev. Jesse Jackson showed up at Google's shareholder meeting, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/tech-industry-diversity-jesse-jackson" target="_blank">he has won some serious diversity concessions from major tech companies</a>&mdash;but the pace of minority hiring remains slow. <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/01/facebook-diversity-black-employees" target="_blank">As the <em>Guardian</em> noted yesterday</a>, Facebook hired 1,216 new people last year, and only 36 were black. Since last year, the percentage of black Google workers <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/google-diversity-statistics-barely-impoved" target="_blank">has not changed</a>.</p> <p>It should be easier to shift workplace demographics at smaller companies. Twitter, with fewer than 3,000 employees in 2014, has a huge black user base that is sometimes referred to as "<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/blacktwitter" target="_blank">Black Twitter</a>." Jackson wants the company to do more to move the needle. "I am very disappointed," he told <em>the Guardian</em>. "We are becoming intolerant with these numbers. There's a big gap between their talk and their implementation."</p> <p><em>Airplane image: <a href="https://thenounproject.com/search/?q=jumbo-jet&amp;i=15251" target="_blank">Anthony Lui/Noun Project</a></em></p> <p><em>Correction: An early version of this story misstated the number of black employees at Google and incorrectly suggested that Twitter had released its 2015 EEO1 report. Mother Jones regrets the errors.</em></p></body></html> MoJo Charts Race and Ethnicity Tech Top Stories Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:41 +0000 Josh Harkinson 278916 at http://www.motherjones.com Sorry, Obama. The Founding Fathers Loved Peas http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/actually-jefferson-was-obsessed-peas <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Wednesday, after the <em>New York Times </em><a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/616303020574441472" target="_blank">proposed</a> adding peas to guacamole (what's next, <a href="https://twitter.com/daudig/status/616353502525325317" target="_blank">mayonnaise</a>?), President Barack Obama <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/read-the-bill-president-guacamole" target="_blank">announced</a> that the proper way to make guacamole is with avocado, onions, garlic, and hot pepper. It wasn't the first time the leader of the free world had disparaged peas. In 2011, when Congress stalled on raising the debt ceiling, he announced that it was time for all parties involved to "<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-time-to-eat-our-peas-and-pass-debt-deal/" target="_blank">eat our peas</a>"&mdash;swallow the tough pill, if you will.</p> <p>But Obama's anti-pea polemic, published just days before the Fourth of July, puts him at odds with an important group of Americans&mdash;the Founding Fathers. The Founding Fathers loved peas.</p> <p>Thomas Jefferson's favorite vegetable, according to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, was the English pea. He cultivated <a href="https://www.monticello.org/site/house-and-gardens/thomas-jeffersons-favorite-vegetables" target="_blank">19 different kinds of peas</a> in the Monticello vegetable garden, including 15 kinds of English peas. Among them were Marrowfat, Hotspur, Blue Prussian, and Early Frame. (Jefferson even <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/02/thomas-jefferson-hour-clay-jenkinson" target="_blank">spoke with <em>Mother Jones</em></a> about his peas in February.) Letters to his daughter, Mary, often made <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=iOHNKGJGo94C&amp;pg=PA119&amp;dq=%22Thomas+Jefferson%22+peas&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=H4uUVdTpHcXk-QGr85XgCw&amp;ved=0CCoQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&amp;q=%22Thomas%20Jefferson%22%20peas&amp;f=false" target="_blank">reference</a> to the status of the peas. Here he is discussing peas in a letter to George Washington:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-07-01%20at%209.02.04%20PM_0.png"><div class="caption"><strong>Peas. </strong><a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=4ncEAAAAYAAJ&amp;dq=%22Thomas%20Jefferson%22%20peas&amp;pg=PA7#v=onepage&amp;q=%22Thomas%20Jefferson%22%20peas&amp;f=false" target="_blank">Observations on the writings of Thomas Jefferson</a>/Google Books</div> </div> <p>Peas weren't just sustenance for Jefferson. They were a way of life; every year he would hold a contest with his neighbor to see whose peas would sprout first. Per the Monticello <a href="http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/fun-fact-peas" target="_blank">website</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Though Jefferson's mountaintop garden, with its southern exposure to warmth and light, should have provided an advantage for the contest, it seems that the contest was almost always won by a neighbor named George Divers.</p> <p>As Jefferson's grandson recalled: "A wealthy neighbor [Divers], without children, and fond of horticulture, generally triumphed. Mr. Jefferson, on one occasion had them first, and when his family reminded him that it was his right to invite the company, he replied, 'No, say nothing about it, it will be more agreeable to our friend to think that he never fails.'"</p> </blockquote> <p>Divers, that clever knave! There's even a children's book, <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=VHXAAgAAQBAJ&amp;printsec=frontcover&amp;dq=%22Thomas+jefferson%22+peas&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=EI-UVfjNKIms-QGasYDYBg&amp;ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA" target="_blank"><em>First Peas to the Table</em></a>, inspired by Jefferson's fruitless obsession with winning at peas.</p> <p>Jefferson's friends in government got in on the action too. At his prodding, George Washington attempted to plant English peas at Mount Vernon, with&nbsp; mixed results. But Washington loved peas so much that when a bunch Tories attempted to kill him, they did so by <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=-yWdztzYJF4C&amp;lpg=PA39&amp;dq=%22George%20Washington%22%20peas&amp;pg=PA39#v=onepage&amp;q=%22George%20Washington%22%20peas&amp;f=false" target="_blank">poisoning</a> a dish of his favorite food&mdash;peas. Wise to the plot, a 13-year-old girl fed them to his chickens first as a precautionary measure. (Or at least, that's the legend. It's probably <a href="http://articles.mcall.com/2001-11-11/entertainment/3382677_1_assassination-attempt-skin-color-poison" target="_blank">apocryphal</a>.)</p> <p>The point is, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington loved peas. If avocados had even been around when they were president, they would have made pea guacamole. And they would have loved that, too. Pea hold these shoots to be self-evident.</p></body></html> MoJo Food and Ag Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:31:44 +0000 Tim Murphy 278921 at http://www.motherjones.com Wow, That's a Yooge Crowd to See Bernie Sanders http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/bernie-sanders-crowd <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called for a "political revolution" at a campaign rally at <span class="st">Veterans Memorial Coliseum in </span>Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday night, and just a few people showed up:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">With Bernie Sanders about to come on in Madison, the arena is more or less full. <a href="http://t.co/TXMV7Agtfz">pic.twitter.com/TXMV7Agtfz</a></p> &mdash; Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) <a href="https://twitter.com/danmericaCNN/status/616398284349947904">July 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Another view of the crowd for <a href="https://twitter.com/BernieSanders">@BernieSanders</a>. <a href="http://t.co/e0Oyf63pzs">pic.twitter.com/e0Oyf63pzs</a></p> &mdash; Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) <a href="https://twitter.com/aseitzwald/status/616432125223530496">July 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Sanders' campaign estimated the crowd at about 10,000 people, the largest rally by any candidate during the 2016 campaign. Granted, it's not even 2016 yet, but Sanders has continued to draw massive crowds everywhere he has gone (5,000 people in Denver; 300 people in an Iowa town of 240). It's not necessarily a barometer for public support&mdash;Hillary Clinton still holds a comfortable lead in national polls&mdash;but it does show that his popularity stems from something much deeper than just good name recognition.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections bernie sanders Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:29:18 +0000 Tim Murphy 278926 at http://www.motherjones.com Obama Just Gave the World the Perfect Guacamole Recipe http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/read-the-bill-president-guacamole <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The internet freaked out this afternoon after the <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/616303020574441472" target="_blank"><em>NYT</em> suggested we put peas in our guacamole</a>. What is this, Soviet Russia?</p> <p>Then <em>IJR</em>'s <a href="https://twitter.com/JGreenDC/status/616311940957253632" target="_blank">Justin Green</a> tweeted at President Obummer about it and he answered!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">respect the nyt, but not buying peas in guac. onions, garlic, hot peppers. classic. <a href="https://t.co/MEEI8QHH1V">https://t.co/MEEI8QHH1V</a></p> &mdash; President Obama (@POTUS) <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/616338528138608640">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></blockquote> </blockquote> </blockquote> <p>Obama is right. Peas in guacamole is disgusting.</p></body></html> MoJo Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:09:22 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 278901 at http://www.motherjones.com Obama Announces Plan to Open Embassies in Cuba and United States http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/obama-delivers-remarks-cuba <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Wednesday, President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in Washington and Havana to formally reestablish diplomatic ties after more than 54 years of broken relations.</p> <p>"This is a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people and begin a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas," Obama said.</p> <p>"We don't have to be imprisoned by the past," he added. "When something isn't working we can and will change."</p> <p>Obama said Secretary of State John Kerry will also be traveling to Havana later this summer to "proudly raise" the American flag over the new embassy.</p> <p>Wednesday's announcement, which follows last month's move by the United States to remove Cuba from a list of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/us-officially-removes-cuba-list-state-sponsors-terrorism" target="_blank">states sponsoring terrorism,</a> is another historic step in normalizing relations between the two countries. Shortly before the president's press conference, the Foreign Ministry of Havana also announced that diplomatic ties with Washington would be fully restored by <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/castro-obama-us-cuba-embassies" target="_blank">July 20.</a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FDZpyj98TwY" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo International Obama Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:41:58 +0000 Inae Oh 278851 at http://www.motherjones.com Jeb Bush Made Millions But Gave Little to Charity http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/how-much-money-jeb-bush-gave-charity-tax-returns <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Jeb Bush released <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/jeb-bush-tax-returns" target="_blank">33 years of tax returns</a> on Tuesday evening. So how much did he give to charity over the years?</p> <p>Not that much. Between 2003 and 2013, Bush gave 1.5 percent of his income to charity, according to the lists of charitable deductions in the tax returns. That's about half the national average of 3 percent, according to <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&amp;cpid=519#.VZMahaaGN_8" target="_blank">Charity Navigator</a>.</p> <p>In a letter posted on his website, Bush says he has given $739,000 to charity between 2007 and 2014, which indicates that he increased his annual rate of giving substantially last year. (His 2014 tax return will be released in the fall, according to his campaign.) "Since I left the&nbsp;governor's&nbsp;office I have tried to give back&mdash;and even though all of us strive to do more&mdash;I'm proud of what Columba and I have contributed," he wrote.</p> <p>Bush's charitable donations as a percentage of his income is substantially less than the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/obamas-gifts-to-charity-just-1-percent/2012/02/14/gIQAXuMDER_blog.html" target="_blank">13.8 percent</a> given by Mitt Romney in the year before he launched his last presidential campaign. Bill and Hillary Clinton gave away about $10 million in the years leading up to the 2008 election, with <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/04/05/ST2008040502593.html" target="_blank">much of that money</a> going to the family's foundation. That was about 10 percent of their income. The Obamas <a href="http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/04/11/tax-returns-reveal-exactly-how-much-obama-and-biden-give-to-charity-how-do-you-stack-up/" target="_blank">gave</a> 15 percent of their income to charity in 2014. (The Bidens' charitable giving was far lower: 2 percent.)</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="450" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" src="//mjdwcharts.s3.amazonaws.com/KDf5s/2/index.html" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="100%"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Top Stories Jeb Bush Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:45:34 +0000 Tim Murphy 278806 at http://www.motherjones.com The NSA Just Got Six More Months of Unlimited Snooping in Your Phone Data http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/nsa-just-got-six-more-months-unlimited-snooping-your-phone-data <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Almost as soon as Congress passed the USA Freedom Act earlier this month, which ended the National Security Agency's mass collection of phone records under the Patriot Act, the government moved to keep that program around for as long as it could. Administration lawyers went before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees government surveillance requests, and argued that because the new law gives the NSA six months to shut down the program, the NSA should be able to keep vacuuming up this metadata until then&mdash;even though the Patriot Act had briefly expired, ending the legal authorization for such bulk collection.</p> <p>Today we learned <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/court-revives-defunct-nsa-mass-surveillance-program-20150630" target="_blank">the government won that argument</a>: the <em>National Journal</em> obtained a ruling from the FISA court saying this bulk collection can continue for the next six months.</p> <p>"Congress deliberately carved out a 180-day period following the date of enactment in which such collection was specifically authorized," wrote Judge Michael Mosman in the ruling. "For this reason, the Court approves the application."</p> <p>The good news for privacy advocates is that there was, for the first time, actually an argument at the FISA court on the issue. I wrote earlier this month about how the USA Freedom Act is <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/usa-freedom-act-fisa-court-transparency" target="_blank">meant to open up the&nbsp;court</a>, and one of the ways it does so is by giving federal judges who sit on the FISA court the option of bringing in what's called an "amicus panel," a group of outside experts who can advise the court on privacy concerns. That panel hasn't yet been appointed, but Mosman allowed former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to join the proceedings and argue against restarting bulk collection. Cuccinelli and FreedomWorks, the tea party-aligned conservative group, <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/ken-cuccinelli-asks-court-to-block-obama-admin-from-reviving-nsa-spying-program-20150608" target="_blank">already tried to block the program</a> earlier this month.</p> <p>But judges can also decline to use an amicus panel or a stand-in. Dennis Saylor IV, another federal district judge who sits on the FISA court, chose this path in a case two weeks ago because he considered his pro-government ruling one in which "no reasonable jurist would reach a different decision."</p> <p>That, civil liberties advocates say, is exactly why the amicus panel is needed. "His decision does not even acknowledge the existence of any other interpretation of the law," Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, notes in an email. "That&rsquo;s simply bad judging.&hellip;Congress may need to consider whether to make amicus participation mandatory rather than leave it to the court&rsquo;s discretion."</p> <p>A footnote in Saylor's decision revealed another potential basis for the FISA court to reject the privacy panel: money. "There may be other circumstances, as well, where appointment of an amicus curiae is not appropriate," Saylor wrote. "For example, such an appointment would in most instances result in some degree of additional expense and delay."</p> <p>Saylor didn't rule on whether time and cost are sufficient grounds not to appoint an amicus. But as Steve Vladeck of American University's Washington College of Law points out<em>, </em>"Judge Saylor tries hard to say he&rsquo;s not saying that, but he is surely suggesting it. That makes no sense to me, since there&rsquo;s no other context in which courts pay for amici." The footnote still leaves open the prospect that the FISA court could choose not to appoint outside experts simply because finding them could be a pain in the ass.</p></body></html> MoJo Civil Liberties NSA Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:34:47 +0000 Max J. Rosenthal 277891 at http://www.motherjones.com Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Landmark Bill Requiring Childhood Vaccinations http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/jerry-brown-signs-bill-requiring-childhood-vaccinations <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Amid heavy pushback from anti-vaccine groups, California Governor Jerry Brown signed <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billHistoryClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB277" target="_blank">legislation today</a> officially putting an end to the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/02/measles-outbreak-personal-belief-exemptions" target="_blank">personal belief exemptions</a> that let parents opt out of vaccinating their kids for reasons of philosophy or conscience. California is now just one of just three states that does not allow nonmedical exemptions.</p> <p></p><div id="mininav" class="inline-subnav"> <!-- header content --> <div id="mininav-header-content"> <div id="mininav-header-image"> <img src="/files/images/motherjones_mininav/screen_shot_2015-01-27_at_11.49.32_am_4.png" width="220" border="0"></div> <div id="mininav-header-text"> <p class="mininav-header-text" style="margin: 0; padding: 0.75em; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.2em; background-color: rgb(221, 221, 221);"> More stories on vaccines and outbreaks: </p> </div> </div> <!-- linked stories --> <div id="mininav-linked-stories"> <ul><span id="linked-story-250161"> <li><a href="/environment/2014/04/how-many-kids-die-vaccine-preventable-diseases"> Vaccines Work. These 8 Charts Prove It. </a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-243531"> <li><a href="/kevin-drum/2014/01/map-day-high-cost-vaccine-hysteria"> Map: The High Cost of Vaccine Hysteria</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-244996"> <li><a href="/environment/2014/02/vaccine-exemptions-states-pertussis-map"> How Many People Aren&acirc;&#128;&#153;t Vaccinating Their Kids in Your State?</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-252986"> <li><a href="/mojo/2014/05/measles-us-new-high"> Measles Cases in the US Are at a 20-Year High. Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers.</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-259976"> <li><a href="/environment/2014/09/nova-vaccine-special-whooping-cough"> This PBS Special Makes the Most Powerful Argument for Vaccines Yet</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-267816"> <li><a href="/blue-marble/2015/01/measles-outbreak-disneyland-anti-vaxxers"> Mickey Mouse Still Stricken With Measles, Thanks to the Anti-Vaxxers </a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-235641"> <li><a href="/environment/2013/10/vaccine-denial-conspiracy-theories-gmos-climate"> If You Distrust Vaccines, You're More Likely to Think NASA Faked the Moon Landings</a></li> </span> </ul></div> <!-- footer content --> </div> <p>The bill, introduced in February by Sen. Sen. Richard Pan (a pediatrician), came in response to the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/01/measles-outbreak-disneyland-anti-vaxxers" target="_blank">Disneyland outbreak</a>, which infected more than 100 people across the US and Mexico at the beginning of this year. Measles, a preventable but dangerous disease, has <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/05/measles-us-new-high" target="_blank">been on the rise in recent years</a> due in large part to the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/02/measles-outbreak-personal-belief-exemptions" target="_blank">increase in people claiming the exemption.</a> Many of those infected were too young, or medically unable to get the vaccine. Public health officials <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/02/measles-outbreak-personal-belief-exemptions" target="_blank">expressed concerns</a> that measles could become endemic again&mdash;putting everyone at risk&mdash;if vaccination coverage continued to fall.</p> <p>The new law should close those vaccination gaps by requiring that all children enrolled in school be up to date on shots against 10 childhood diseases, unless a doctor determines they are medically unable to receive vaccines. Parents who decide against these mandatory vaccines would be forced to homeschool.</p> <p>Vaccines <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/how-many-kids-die-vaccine-preventable-diseases" target="_blank">are extremely effective</a> at preventing illness and are championed across all health agencies, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the World Health Organization. Still, there's still a large contingent of anti-vaxxers, and the legislation was hotly contested. <em>The</em> <em>LA Times</em> <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-ln-california-legislature-expected-to-pass-tough-vaccination-law-20150628-story.html" target="_blank">reports</a> that Sen. Pan has received death threats and his foes have even filed for his recall.</p> <p>Gov. Brown acknowledged how divisive the issue has become, but stressed how important vaccination is to keeping people healthy: "The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases. While it's true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community."</p> <p>Here's his full statement:</p> <div class="DV-container" id="DV-viewer-2126887-ciw6scqvaaac67c">&nbsp;</div> <script src="//s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/viewer/loader.js"></script><script> DV.load("//www.documentcloud.org/documents/2126887-ciw6scqvaaac67c.js", { width: 630, height: 450, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-2126887-ciw6scqvaaac67c" }); </script><noscript> <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2126887/ciw6scqvaaac67c.pdf">CIw6scQVAAAc67C (PDF)</a> <br><a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2126887/ciw6scqvaaac67c.txt">CIw6scQVAAAc67C (Text)</a> </noscript></body></html> MoJo Health Regulatory Affairs Science Top Stories vaccines Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:50:02 +0000 Gabrielle Canon 278711 at http://www.motherjones.com Bree Newsome Explains Why She Tore Down the Confederate Flag in South Carolina http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/bree-newsome-explains-why-she-tore-down-confederate-flag <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Monday afternoon, Bree Newsome, the woman who scaled the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse on Saturday and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/watch-badass-woman-scale-statehouse-flagpole-take-down-confederate-flag" target="_blank">took down the Confederate flag</a>, made her first public comments since her arrest, which were published on the progressive website <a href="http://bluenationreview.com/exclusive-bree-newsome-speaks-for-the-first-time-after-courageous-act-of-civil-disobedience" target="_blank"><em>Blue Nation Review</em></a>. She detailed her recent history of activism and described her motivation:</p> <blockquote> <p>The night of the Charleston Massacre, I had a crisis of faith. The people who gathered for Bible study in Emmanuel AME Church that night&mdash;Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Myra Thompson and Rev. Clementa Pinckney (rest in peace)&mdash;were only doing what Christians are called to do when anyone knocks on the door of the church: invite them into fellowship and worship.</p> <p>The day after the massacre I was asked what the next step was and I said I didn&rsquo;t know. We&rsquo;ve been here before and here we are again: black people slain simply for being black; an attack on the black church as a place of spiritual refuge and community organization.<br> I refuse to be ruled by fear. How can America be free and be ruled by fear? How can anyone be?</p> <p>So, earlier this week I gathered with a small group of concerned citizens, both black and white, who represented various walks of life, spiritual beliefs, gender identities and sexual orientations. Like millions of others in America and around the world, including South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and President Barack Obama, we felt (and still feel) that the confederate battle flag in South Carolina, hung in 1962 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, must come down. (Of course, we are not the first to demand the flag&rsquo;s removal. Civil rights groups in South Carolina and nationwide have been calling for the flag&rsquo;s removal since the moment it was raised, and I acknowledge their efforts in working to remove the flag over the years via the legislative process.)</p> <p>We discussed it and decided to remove the flag immediately, both as an act of civil disobedience and as a demonstration of the power people have when we work together.</p> </blockquote> <p>Explaining why she worked together with fellow activist James Ian Tyson, she continued:</p> <blockquote> <p>Achieving this would require many roles, including someone who must volunteer to scale the pole and remove the flag. It was decided that this role should go to a black woman and that a white man should be the one to help her over the fence as a sign that our alliance transcended both racial and gender divides. We made this decision because for us, this is not simply about a flag, but rather it is about abolishing the spirit of hatred and oppression in all its forms.</p> </blockquote> <p>Read Newsome's whole statement <a href="http://bluenationreview.com/exclusive-bree-newsome-speaks-for-the-first-time-after-courageous-act-of-civil-disobedience" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Media Race and Ethnicity Charleston church shooting Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:29:03 +0000 By Mother Jones news team 278721 at http://www.motherjones.com The Supreme Court Just Stopped Texas From Closing Almost All Of Its Abortion Clinics http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/supreme-court-texas-abortion-clinics <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The Supreme Court on Monday <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/062915zr_6j37.pdf" target="_blank">halted</a> key portions of Texas's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/federal-court-texas-law-will-close-majority-abortion-clinics" target="_blank">anti-abortion law</a> from going into effect that would have shutdown all but nine abortion clinics in the state. The stay will remain in place while abortion rights advocates prepare to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/supreme-court-abortion-texas-election" target="_blank">take their case</a> seeking to overturn portions of the Texas law to the Supreme Court.</p> <p>The court's four most conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas, dissented from the order, indicating they would have let the clinics close.</p> <p>From the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/us/supreme-court-allows-texas-abortion-clinics-to-remain-open.html?smid=nytnow-share&amp;smprod=nytnow&amp;_r=0" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>The case concerns two parts of a state law that imposes strict requirements on abortion providers. One requires all abortion clinics in the state to meet the standards for &ldquo;ambulatory surgical centers,&rdquo; including regulations concerning buildings, equipment and staffing. The other requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.</p> <p>Other parts of the law took effect in 2013, causing about half of the state&rsquo;s 41 abortion clinics to close.</p> </blockquote> <p>Read the order:</p> <div class="DV-container" id="DV-viewer-2120406-the-supreme-court-just-stopped-texas-from">&nbsp;</div> <script src="//s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/viewer/loader.js"></script><script> DV.load("//www.documentcloud.org/documents/2120406-the-supreme-court-just-stopped-texas-from.js", { width: 630, height: 420, sidebar: false, text: false, pdf: false, container: "#DV-viewer-2120406-the-supreme-court-just-stopped-texas-from" }); </script></body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights Supreme Court Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:13:48 +0000 Pema Levy 278716 at http://www.motherjones.com Supreme Court Justice Calls Death Penalty Drug "Equiva­lent of Being Burned at the Stake" http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/sotomayor-death-penalty-burned-at-stake <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Monday, the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/supreme-court-approves-controversial-lethal-injection-drug" target="_blank">upheld</a> the use of the drug midazolam for lethal injections in a 5&ndash;4 decision that pitted the five conservative justices against the four liberal ones. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who wrote her own dissent, argued that the use of the drug, which prolongs the execution process and sometimes doesn't work at all, was in violation of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on "cruel and unusual punishment." Then she went a step further, comparing the drug to a more notorious form of punishment&mdash;the burning of heretics at the stake:</p> <blockquote> <p>[T]he Court today turns aside petitioners&rsquo; plea that they at least be allowed a stay of execution while they seek to prove midazolam&rsquo;s inadequacy. The Court achieves this result in two ways: first, by deferring to the District Court&rsquo;s decision to credit the scientifically unsup&shy;ported and implausible testimony of a single expert wit&shy;ness; and second, by faulting petitioners for failing to satisfy the wholly novel requirement of proving the avail&shy;ability of an alternative means for their own executions. On both counts the Court errs. As a result, it leaves peti&shy;tioners exposed to what may well be the chemical equiva&shy;lent of being burned at the stake.</p> </blockquote> <p>Later in her dissent, Sotomayor added a few more comparisons for good measure. "Under the Court's new rule, it would not matter whether the State intended to use midazolam, or instead to have petitioners drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake."</p> <p>Justice Stephen Breyer, in a separate dissent, went a step further, arguing that the death penalty itself might be unconstitutional.</p></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Supreme Court Top Stories Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:45:31 +0000 Tim Murphy 278651 at http://www.motherjones.com The Supreme Court Just Struck Down Obama Regulations on Power Plants. Read the Opinion Here. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/supreme-court-epa-regulations <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled against EPA&nbsp;regulations to limit mercury emissions and other pollutants at power plants. Read the opinion in its entirety below:</p> <div class="DV-container" id="DV-viewer-2115351-scotus-epa-decision">&nbsp;</div> <script src="//s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/viewer/loader.js"></script><script> DV.load("//www.documentcloud.org/documents/2115351-scotus-epa-decision.js", { width: 630, height: 420, sidebar: false, text: false, pdf: false, container: "#DV-viewer-2115351-scotus-epa-decision" }); </script></body></html> MoJo Climate Change Climate Desk Supreme Court Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:45:00 +0000 Inae Oh 278631 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Badass Woman Scale Statehouse Flagpole, Take Down Confederate Flag http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/watch-badass-woman-scale-statehouse-flagpole-take-down-confederate-flag <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A woman named Bree Newsome just scaled the flagpole in front of the South Carolina state capitol and took down the Confederate flag. She was then arrested. Badass. Too bad state workers promptly put it back up.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gr-mt1P94cQ?rel=0&amp;controls=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Race and Ethnicity Charleston church shooting Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:18:36 +0000 Mother Jones 278616 at http://www.motherjones.com Texas County Clerk Refuses to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/texas-county-clerk-refuses-to-issue-gay-marriage-licenses <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Despite this morning's landmark Supreme Court <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/supreme-court-historic-ruling-same-sex-marriage-obergefell-hodges" target="_blank">decision</a> to legalize gay marriage across the country, at least one county clerk in Texas <a href="http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20150626-denton-county-clerk-awaits-guidance-fron-da-on-issuing-licenses.ece" target="_blank">has refused</a> to issue marriage licenses to two same-sex couples.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20150626-denton-county-clerk-awaits-guidance-fron-da-on-issuing-licenses.ece" target="_blank">Denton Record-Chronicle reports</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Denton County Clerk Juli Luke issued a statement that she would defer to guidance from Denton District Attorney Paul Johnson before issuing any marriage licenses in Denton County today to same sex couples.</p> <p>"It appears this decision now places our great state in a position where state law contradicts federal law," Luke wrote.</p> </blockquote> <p>A sign <a href="http://ntdaily.com/first-marriage-license-for-gay-couple-denied-in-denton/" target="_blank">posted</a> at the clerk's office stated that it would not issue licenses until it addressed "a vendor issue." But county officials may also be <a href="http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/texas-attorney-general-says-u-s-supreme-court-gay-marriage/article_cb1bfefc-1c15-11e5-ab77-e3ee0d003e38.html" target="_blank">waiting for guidance</a> from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who criticized the high court's ruling in a statement on Friday, <a href="http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/texas-attorney-general-says-u-s-supreme-court-gay-marriage/article_cb1bfefc-1c15-11e5-ab77-e3ee0d003e38.html" target="_blank">calling</a> it "a dilution of marriage as a societal institution." The <em>Austin American-Statesman</em> <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/supreme-court-approves-gay-marriage/nmmWq/" target="_blank">reported</a> that at least two other counties are holding off issuing licenses, but that three&mdash;Travis, Bexar, and Dallas&mdash;had already done so following the ruling.</p> <p>Tod King and Casey Cavelier, who visited the Denton County clerk's office on Friday morning to obtain a license after being together for 19 years, told the college newspaper <a href="http://ntdaily.com/first-marriage-license-for-gay-couple-denied-in-denton/" target="_blank"><em>North Texas Daily</em></a>: "We were really excited this morning...We took a rainbow flag and hung it on the house. Then we came down here and got a little disappointed that they weren&rsquo;t prepared for this."</p> <p>Other couples were <a href="https://twitter.com/KWatsonDRC/status/614470390925119488" target="_blank">disappointed</a> as well:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Second couple Sara Nickell and Laura Hernandez refused license. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SCOTUSMarriage?src=hash">#SCOTUSMarriage</a> <a href="http://t.co/UorDEQBhU4">pic.twitter.com/UorDEQBhU4</a></p> &mdash; Kristen Watson (@KWatsonDRC) <a href="https://twitter.com/KWatsonDRC/status/614470390925119488">June 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <p>Obstacles to same-sex marriage weren't just remaining in Texas. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood <a href="http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/06/26/hinds-not-issuing-same-sex-marriage-licenses/29333011/" target="_blank">said in a statement</a> on Friday that clerks would have to wait until the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals lifts a stay on a federal judge's order to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage.</p></body></html> MoJo Gay Rights Supreme Court Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:38:57 +0000 Edwin Rios 278556 at http://www.motherjones.com Genius Conservative Compares Gay Marriage to 9/11, Pearl Harbor http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/10-years-ago-we-had-bob-hope-johnny-cash-and-steve-jobs-now-were-gay <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>So, you're a conservative and you're upset that every state is going to be forced to be nice to gay people, so you take to Twitter to share your outrage and you reach for a simile. Not just any simile but, like, a <em>good simile</em>&mdash;one that has a strong tradition and is emotionally evocative and will let everyone know you mean business. <em>Ding! Ding! Ding! </em>You've <a href="http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5166" target="_blank">got it</a>!</p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">June 26, 2015: a date which will live in infamy.</p> &mdash; Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) <a href="https://twitter.com/BryanJFischer/status/614446550413115392">June 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></blockquote> </blockquote> </blockquote> <p>Now you're getting those faves, you're getting those retweets, you're getting those hateful replies. You're liking this feeling. You're flying high. You're on a cloud. You're on the moon, my love. You are a starship leaving this goddamned solar system! You want to chase the feeling. You want more. You want to never stop feeling like this. <em>Why would anyone ever want to not feel like this?</em> But how can you top Pearl Harbor?</p> <p>You know what to do, baby. You know what to do:</p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">From a moral standpoint, 6/26 is now our 9/11.</p> &mdash; Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) <a href="https://twitter.com/BryanJFischer/status/614446235194363904">June 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></blockquote> </blockquote> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2010/09/bryan-fischer-values-voter-summit" target="_blank">Bryan Fischer, ladies and gentleman.</a></p></body></html> MoJo Gay Rights gay marriage Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:18:50 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 278521 at http://www.motherjones.com Mike Huckabee Set the Bar Really High for the Worst Reaction to the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/mike-huckabee-just-set-bar-really-high-worst-reaction-same-sex-marriage <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>As of 10:01 a.m. on Friday, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/supreme-court-historic-ruling-same-sex-marriage-obergefell-hodges" target="_blank">marriage equality was the law of the land</a>, effectively ending one of the most divisive debates in American politics over the last decade.</p> <p>Unless you're former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, that is. Earlier this week, even before the Supreme Court issued its ruling, the GOP presidential candidate called on conservative Christians to engage in a massive "<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/santorum-huckabee-join-anti-gay-extremists-vowing-resist-marriage-equality-ruling" target="_blank">Biblical disobedience</a>" campaign against the "false god of judicial supremacy," <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mike-huckabee-fight-gay-marriage-dred-scott-ruling-civil-disobedience" target="_blank">comparing</a> the widely expected majority decision in the gay marriage case to the <em>Dred Scott</em> case that upheld the Fugitive Slave Act:</p> <blockquote> <p>For a lot of believers, the question comes, do we have civil disobedience, or do we have Biblical disobedience? For many of us, civil disobedience&mdash;when we believe that the civil government has acted outside of nature, and nature's god, outside of the bounds of the law, outside of the bounds of the Constitution&mdash;we believe that it's the right and the moral thing to do. Now I understand that's a very controversial thing to say. But Todd, what if no one had acted in disobedience to the Dred Scott decision of 1857? What if the entire country had capitulated to judicial tyranny and we just said that because the Supreme Court said in 1857 said that a black person wasn&rsquo;t fully human&mdash;suppose we had accepted that, suppose Abraham Lincoln, our president, had accepted that, would that have been the right course of action? And I don't know of anyone, I mean seriously, I don't know of anyone who believes that the Supreme Court made the right decision in Dred Scott.</p> </blockquote> <p>In the war for marriage equality, Huckabee is the lonely Japanese soldier dutifully defending his island bunker years <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_holdout" target="_blank">after the last shots were fired</a>. He just doesn't know it yet.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Gay Rights mike huckabee Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:22:29 +0000 Tim Murphy 278501 at http://www.motherjones.com The Supreme Court Just Legalized Gay Marriage Everywhere. Read the Opinion Here. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/supreme-court-gay-marriage <!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 Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage in the historic case of <em>Obergefell v. Hodges</em>, a decision which effectively invalidates bans on gay marriage.</p> <p>Read the opinion in its entirety below:&nbsp;</p> <div class="DV-container" id="DV-viewer-2111822-obergefell-v-hodges-decision">&nbsp;</div> <script src="//s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/viewer/loader.js"></script><script> DV.load("//www.documentcloud.org/documents/2111822-obergefell-v-hodges-decision.js", { width: 630, height: 420, sidebar: false, text: false, pdf: false, container: "#DV-viewer-2111822-obergefell-v-hodges-decision" }); </script><div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/ssm_scotus1.5_0.gif"></div></body></html> MoJo Gay Rights Sex and Gender Supreme Court Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:02:45 +0000 Inae Oh 277851 at http://www.motherjones.com