Political Mojo | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2013/02 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Happy Halloween From Mitch McConnell and Friends http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/happy-halloween-mitch-mcconnell-and-friends <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Republican lawmakers have been getting in the holiday spirit today by reminding people about their longstanding beef with Obamacare. Senate Republicans put out a list of articles on their <a href="http://www.republican.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2014/10/obamascare" target="_blank">website</a> under the headlines "Spooked by higher costs" and "All tricks, no treats".</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p>Today is full of ghosts, ghouls, and the frightening reality of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ObamaCare?src=hash">#ObamaCare</a> <a href="http://t.co/Ug0ZKmqTc1">http://t.co/Ug0ZKmqTc1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Halloween?src=hash">#Halloween</a> <a href="http://t.co/QniZcEsDJn">pic.twitter.com/QniZcEsDJn</a></p> &mdash; Senate Republicans (@Senate_GOPs) <a href="https://twitter.com/Senate_GOPs/status/528262703639719936">October 31, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p>Young people are experiencing premium increases for "essential health benefits" <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ObamaScare?src=hash">#ObamaScare</a> <a href="http://t.co/t9e0RNlJHZ">http://t.co/t9e0RNlJHZ</a> <a href="http://t.co/zbZ2WfikDv">pic.twitter.com/zbZ2WfikDv</a></p> &mdash; Richard Shelby (@SenShelby) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenShelby/status/528263823879577601">October 31, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Oh, there's also a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odCbnoK-3gA" target="_blank">video</a> floating around from the Republican-controlled House Financial Services committee. You can watch it below. It's really, really not scary:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/odCbnoK-3gA" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Congress Health Care Obama Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:35:36 +0000 Alex Park 263756 at http://www.motherjones.com Meet Another GOP Candidate Who's Pretending He's Pro-Choice http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/oregon-governor-richardson-abortion <!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/XioMqqN9upQ?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Over the past few weeks, a number of Republican candidates have run deceptive advertisements or used sneaky language to paper over their hardline views on reproductive rights. Pols who've done this include <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/scott-walker-wisconsin-governor-ban-abortion-rape-incest" target="_blank">Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker</a>, Senate hopeful Scott Brown in New Hampshire, and Colorado <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/beauprez-abortion-choice-colorado-governor" target="_blank">gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez</a>. Now you can add another name to the list of pro-life GOPers who are suddenly talking about choice: Oregon's Dennis Richardson.</p> <p>Richardson, a Republican state representative running for governor, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XioMqqN9upQ" target="_blank">cut an ad</a> (watch it above) featuring a self-described "pro-choice Democrat" named Michelle Horgan. Speaking directly into the camera, Horgan says: "I trust Dennis. He'll uphold Oregon's laws to protect my right to choose, and he'll work hard for Oregon families."</p> <p>The language in Richardson's ad&mdash;"He'll uphold Oregon's laws to protect my right to choose"&mdash;hews closely to the rhetoric used by <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/scott-walker-wisconsin-governor-ban-abortion-rape-incest">Walker</a>, <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/10/08/scott-brown-defends-pro-choice-record-responding-jeanne-shaheen-attack/BarZghZjJ9Se1qffEg87pI/story.html">Brown</a>, and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/beauprez-abortion-choice-colorado-governor">Beauprez</a>. All of those Republicans have previously sought to restrict women's reproductive rights (Walker supports eliminating <em>all</em> abortions). But during this election season, they have each tried to strike a moderate tone on the issue.</p> <p>Richardson's ad is particularly brazen given his <a href="http://flashalert.net/news.html?id=3856" target="_blank">long record</a> of opposing abortion rights. He wrote <a href="http://ppao.typepad.com/Dennis%20Richardson%201990%20Letter.pdf" target="_blank">a letter to the </a><a href="http://ppao.typepad.com/Dennis%20Richardson%201990%20Letter.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Oregonian</em></a><em> </em>in 1990 saying that "a woman relinquishes her unfettered right to control her own body when her actions cause the conception of a baby." As a state legislator, he <a href="https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/citizen_engagement/Reports/2005SummaryOfLegislation.pdf" target="_blank">sponsored</a>&nbsp;legislation to give&nbsp;unborn fetuses the rights of humans&nbsp;and <a href="https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/citizen_engagement/Reports/2005SummaryOfLegislation.pdf" target="_blank">to require</a>&nbsp;parental notification for abortions. In 2007, he <a href="https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2007R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2700/Enrolled" target="_blank">voted against</a> mandating that hospitals offer emergency contraception to women who have been sexually assaulted.</p> <p>What's more, Richardson has the <a href="http://ortlpac.org/pro-life-candidate-list.html">endorsement</a> and full-throated support of Oregon Right to Life, the state's main anti-abortion-rights group. Oregon Right to Life's PAC has donated $80,000 to Richardson's campaign. (Right to Life's $50,000 check in September remains the fourth-largest cash contribution of Richardson's entire campaign.) In an email blast to its list, the group touted Richardson as "an excellent gubernatorial candidate" who, if elected, would offer the "opportunity to reclaim political ground and hopefully start changing the way Oregon politics treat the abortion issue. We might actually be able to end our 'reign' as the only state in America lacking a single restriction on abortion."</p> <p>No mistaking that message: In Richardson, the pro-life community sees an opportunity to finally start curbing abortion access in the state of Oregon. But you probably won't see that message in Richardson's campaign ads any time soon.</p></body></html> MoJo Elections Health Care Reproductive Rights Top Stories Campaign Trail 2014 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:37:41 +0000 Andy Kroll 263506 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 30, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/were-still-war-photo-day-october-30-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>The USS George HW Bush travels through the Gulf of Aden after supporting strike operations in Iraq and Syria. <span class="meta-field photo-desc " id="yui_3_16_0_1_1414679081622_1596">(US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Abe McNatt)</span></em></p></body></html> MoJo Military Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:28:55 +0000 263596 at http://www.motherjones.com Attack Ad Accuses Democratic Governor of Wanting to Set a Mass Murderer Free http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/colorado-death-penalty-bob-beauprez-nathan-dunlap-rga-attack-ad <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A man's life literally hangs in the balance in this year's governor's race in Colorado. As I <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/colorado-death-penalty-john-hickenlooper-nathan-dunlap-beauprez" target="_blank">explained</a> earlier this month, Republican candidate Bob Beauprez has singled out a death row inmate by name and promised to ensure that he will be killed. "When I'm governor, Nathan Dunlap will be executed," Beauprez has said.</p> <p>Dunlap was convicted and sentenced to death in 1996 for murdering four of his Chuck E. Cheese coworkers. But when his execution date neared last year, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a stay, though he refrained from offering permanent reprieve. Hickenlooper backed capital punishment in his 2010 campaign, but has since <a href="http://kdvr.com/2014/08/18/in-interview-hickenlooper-offers-new-anti-death-penalty-stance-light-support-for-keystone/" target="_blank">become an opponent</a>, citing studies demonstrating the death penalty is not an effective deterrent, the cost of executions, and evidence showing it is inconsistently applied. The governor has also expressed qualms about Dunlap's mental illness and regrets jurors expressed about the case after sentencing.</p> <p>The Republican Governors Association has joined Beauprez's cause in criticizing Hickenlooper for keeping Dunlap alive. The RGA recruited the father of one of Dunlap's victims to star in an ad and call Hickenlooper a "coward" who should be voted out of office. "There's not a day that goes by, I don't think about her,"&nbsp;Dennis O&rsquo;Connor says, looking right at the camera. "You thought you got your day in court and your justice, and I feel most of us were robbed of that."</p> <p>Here's the ad, which the RGA has <a href="http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2014/10/26/death-row-nathan-dunlap-john-hickenlooper-colorado-governor/114650/" target="_blank">reportedly</a> backed with $2 million worth of airtime:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0Ez2rdtpluI" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Hickenlooper's campaign <a href="http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2014/10/27/hickenlooper-death-penalty-nathan-dunlap-rga/114699/" target="_blank">has called foul</a>, saying the ad should <a href="http://kdvr.com/2014/10/27/back-on-tv-in-colorado-rga-attacks-hickenlooper-with-tough-dunlap-ad/" target="_blank">be pulled</a> for airing false information. At one point the ad suggests that Hickenlooper might "set him free." While Hickenlooper has said he would consider making the temporary reprieve permanent if he loses the race, that would just keep Dunlap off death row and reduce his sentence to life in prison. Hickenlooper isn't about to set Dunlap free to roam the streets of Denver.</p> <p><em>The Denver Post</em>, which is cited as the source for the RGA's disputed claim, <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_26817226/dunlap-full-clemency-ad-abandons-reality" target="_blank">published an editorial</a> on Tuesday calling the ad's claims "preposterous" and misleading. As the editorial board wrote, "The article in question says no such thing about the possible release of Dunlap, no doubt because freedom for Dunlap is unthinkable."</p></body></html> MoJo Elections Prisons death penalty Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:11:42 +0000 Patrick Caldwell 263541 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 29, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/were-still-war-photo-day-october-29-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>US Marines and sailors board a flight out of Afghanistan as all personnel withdraw from the region. <span class="meta-field photo-desc ">(US Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. John Jackson)</span></em></p></body></html> MoJo Military Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:57:53 +0000 263511 at http://www.motherjones.com Elizabeth Warren Challenges Chris Christie for the Science Behind His Ebola Quarantine http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/elizabeth-warren-slams-chris-christie-politicizing-ebola-unscientific-quaratine <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is demanding Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) <a href="http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/10/ebola_warren_tells_chris_christie_to_show_his_scientists_behind_nj_quarantine_policy.html" target="_blank">reveal the science</a> behind his controversial decision to place all health care workers returning back from Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone to be placed under a mandatory quarantine. Spoiler alert: the science does <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/bioethicist-7-reasons-ebola-quarantine-bad-bad-idea-n234346" target="_blank">not exist.</a></p> <p>"He should bring out his scientists who are advising him on that, because we know that we want to be led by science," Warren said Tuesday during an appearance on CBS's <em>This Morning. </em></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JuPzpDix0WM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>"That&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s going to keep people safe,&rdquo; she added. &ldquo;Science, not politics."</p> <p>Warren, who was promoting her book <em>A Fighting Chance</em>, was responding to a question about Christie's earlier comments in which he defended the mandatory quarantine against claims the policy is draconian.</p> <p>"I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s draconian,&rdquo; <a href="https://time.com/3543163/christie-ebola-quarantine-kaci-hickox/" target="_blank">Christie</a> said on the <em>Today</em> show. "The members of the American public believe it is common sense, and we are not moving an inch. Our policy hasn&rsquo;t changed and our policy will not change."</p> <p>Warren's criticism joins a widening chorus of politicians&ndash;both on the right and left&ndash;and health officials who have slammed Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) for placing involuntary quarantines in their respective states over the weekend after the first Ebola outbreak in New York City surfaced last Thursday.</p> <p>Both governors have been accused of playing politics at the expense of basic human rights&ndash;Christie hoping to recall the image of an <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/10/andrew-cuomo-and-the-politics-of-an-ebola-scare.html" target="_blank">unapologetic, bipartisan</a> leader in times of crisis (a la Sandy); Cuomo hoping to exert any level of control.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rOdEAQT6m8I" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Monday, in light of the newly implemented quarantines, the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention unveiled a new set of federal guidelines for local governments to adopt.</p> <p>United Nations Secretary General <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/27/us-health-ebola-usa-newyork-idUSKBN0IG12920141027" target="_blank">Ban Ki-moon</a> also released a statement praising medical officials as "exceptional people." Alluding to Christie and Cuomo's policies, Ban admonished against "restrictions that are not based on science."</p> <p><a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/elizabeth-warren-demands-christie-shows-the-science-behind-mandatory-ebola-quarantine/" target="_blank"><em>(h/t Mediate) </em></a></p></body></html> MoJo Video Health Ebola Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:46:44 +0000 Inae Oh 263411 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 28 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/were-still-war-photo-day-october-28 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>A US Army soldier plunges into the water in his parachute during a combat water survival test.<span class="meta-field photo-desc " id="yui_3_16_0_1_1414518107174_1470"> (US Army photo by Capt. Thomas Cieslak) </span></em></p></body></html> MoJo Military Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:50:14 +0000 263416 at http://www.motherjones.com NRA Victory Means It's Still Perfectly Legal to Cook Dogs and Cats in Pennsylvania http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/nra-pennsylvania-pigeon-shoot-eat-dog <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>House Bill 1750 in Pennsylvania was supposed to <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pets/House-battle-over-live-pigeon-shoots-goes-down-to-the-wire-NRA-prevails.html" target="_blank">finally ban live pigeon shoots</a> and make it illegal to raise dogs and cats for consumption in the state. Animal rights activists, who have been lobbying for such an end for decades, had good reason to expect victory earlier this month: the bill had passed in the state Senate with a 36-12 margin and Gov. Tom Corbett (R) had signaled his support for it. <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/contest_kills/" target="_blank">75 percent</a> of Pennsylvania residents also agreed with the ban.</p> <p>The proposed law would have also been a piece of landmark legislation, considering only a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703574604574499880131341174" target="_blank">handful of states </a>prohibit slaughtering pets to cook and eat.</p> <p>But thanks to the last minute efforts of the ever-powerful National Rifle Association, the animal cruelty bill will not go to the floor for a vote. While we can't say for sure whether or not the NRA has any penchant for eating dogs, the "misguided" bill was ultimately blocked because of the pigeon shooting provision, and the NRA certainly does enjoy releasing pigeons from electronic cages to shoot and kill for targeting practice:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_C24itEMCFw" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Over the past few weeks specifically, NRA officials have been sounding the alarm over the bill, deeming the <a href="http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-legislation/2014/10/pennsylvania-senate-passes-firearms-preemption-legislation-also-votes-to-ban-pigeon-shoots.aspx" target="_blank">"radical"</a> Humane Society's proposal as a <a href="http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-legislation/2014/6/pennsylvania-senate-could-consider-pigeon-shoot-ban-as-early-as-tomorrow.aspx" target="_blank">"slippery slope"</a> to increased regulation. Unsurprisingly, Pennsylvania lawmakers caved.</p> <div class="copy-paste-block">"I've been through this so many times, sadly. This was the only time I didn't cry," Heidi Prescott of the Humane Society <a href="http://www.mcall.com/opinion/white/mc-bw-pigeon-shoot-vote-20141025-column.html" target="_blank">said after the defeat. </a></div> <div class="copy-paste-block">&nbsp;</div> <div class="copy-paste-block"><a href="http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/10/27/3584626/it-is-still-legal-to-breed-dogs-for-human-consumption-in-pennsylvania-thanks-to-the-nra/" target="_blank"><em>(h/t Think Progress)</em></a></div></body></html> MoJo Animals Guns Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:22:41 +0000 Inae Oh 263376 at http://www.motherjones.com The NRA Comes Out in Support of Warrior Cops http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/nra-warrior-cop-police-militarization <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The current issue of the National Rifle Association's <em>American Warrior</em> magazine just hit, and in it, the gun lobby comes out squarely in favor of warrior cops. An article titled, <a href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f58ad46a#/f58ad46a/144" target="_blank">"If You Were a Cop, What Would You Drive?"</a> opens with a photo of an armored personnel carrier-style vehicle juxtaposed with a Volkswagen van. Rick Stewart, the host of the NRA's Life of Duty Patriot Profile series, wonders, "Why should SWAT teams be forced to deploy in a glorified bread-truck?" (It is unclear why a hippie bus is the other alternative.)</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/vw-apc350_0.jpg"><div class="caption">NRA American Warrior</div> </div> <p>The NRA has long walked a delicate line between glorifying law enforcement and fanning fears of big, tyrannical government. In 1995, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/NRA-Defends-Vitriol-Toward-Federal-Agents-3034757.php" target="_blank">infamously wrote</a> of "jack-booted government thugs" and "federal agents wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms," and he still <a href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/a9f484ab#/a9f484ab/29" target="_blank">routinely warns</a> of imminent crackdowns on gun owners. As Stewart coyly acknowledges, "For many there is a certain Orwellian level of mistrust in government and law enforcement."</p> <p>Yet the NRA is also&nbsp;a trade lobby for firearms manufacturers, which may explain its soft stance on the militarization of American police. As I detail in the current issue of <em>Mother Jones</em>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/swat-warrior-cops-police-militarization-urban-shield">a multibillion dollar industry</a> has sprung up to provide ever-bigger weapons and military-style equipment to law enforcement. Since 2002, the Department of Homeland Security has given local police departments $41 billion to buy new gear.</p> <p>This puts the NRA in a tricky position. Ever since the Ferguson protests, people from&nbsp; all political persuasions have become wary of efforts like the Pentagon's 1033 program, which has transferred $5.1 billion worth of equipment to local law enforcement. Stewart's article makes the NRA's position on 1033 clear: "The program is not evil; it is responsible." He also defends the police's use of camouflaged battle dress "for tactical advantage," especially for those who "serve on the frontline of illegal activity along our southern border." It is "unconscionable," he maintains, to make cops wear their "everyday duty uniforms" in "extremely dangerous situations"&mdash;such as protests.</p> <p>The <em>American Warrior </em>article depicts police as victims: "Nobody seems more 'targeted' these days than those who serve in law enforcement." Not the communities where SWAT teams are routinely deployed; not people of color, who are targeted in 71 percent of of SWAT raids even though whites are more likely to be active shooters or hostage takers. The fact is police work is safer than it's been in decades. Assaults on cops are down 45 percent since their peak in 1971. Violent crime has fallen by nearly half since 1991.&nbsp;</p> <p>The real problem, according to the article, is not police abuse or an over-hyped need for military-like equipment, but the words we use. Terms like "armor," automatic" and "assault vehicles" are improperly used to demonize law enforcement, writes Stewart. The other issue is some Americans' tendency to criticize police abuse: "In the long run, we don't need a 'knee-jerk' reaction to every use of force situation caught on camera."</p></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Guns Military Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:00:12 +0000 Shane Bauer 263356 at http://www.motherjones.com Duck Dynasty Guy's Ad for Duck Dynasty Candidate Is the Full Duck Dynasty http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/duck-dynasty-louisiana-zach-dasher <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><object height="354" width="630"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/cniX6o4nLXo?hl=en_US&amp;version=3"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/v/cniX6o4nLXo?hl=en_US&amp;version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="630"></embed></object> <p>Zach Dasher, a Republican businessman running for Congress in Louisiana's fifth district, has one major thing going for him: He's the nephew of Phil Robertson, patriarch of the <em>Duck Dynasty</em> clan. And he appears to be squeezing everything he can out of the connection. In a new ad, Robertson, who was suspended by A&amp;E last year over comments he made in a <a href="http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson" target="_blank"><em>GQ </em>interview</a> on homosexuality and race, holds up a Bible and a rifle, as an acoustic version of "Amazing Grace" plays in the background. "Hey, Louisiana," Robertson says. "Bibles and guns brought us here. And Bibles and guns will keep us here. Zach Dasher believes in both. That's why I'm voting for him."</p> <p>The ad's content isn't much of a surprise. Dasher has made his faith (and <em>Duck Dynasty</em> ties) a central part of his campaign, has said godlessness is driving America toward "<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/zach-dasher-duck-dynasty-tyranny-and-death" target="_blank">tyranny and death</a>," and worries that the term "YOLO" encourages atheism by discounting the idea of an afterlife. Robertson has also raised money for Dasher, at one fundraiser referring to the candidate as "my little nephew who came from the loins of my sister."</p> <p>Ahead of a special election for the seat in 2013, Willie Robertson, Dasher's cousin, cut an ad for Rep. Vance McAllister, but the incumbent congressman has fallen out of favor with the family since he was caught on tape kissing a staffer.</p></body></html> MoJo Elections Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:19:15 +0000 Tim Murphy 263351 at http://www.motherjones.com GOP Senate Hopeful: "Less Than 2,000" Women Sued My Company For Pay Discrimination http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/gop-senate-hopeful-less-2000-women-sued-my-company-pay-discrimination <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>David Perdue, the Republican nominee for Senate in Georgia, has a lady problem&mdash;at least according to recent polls, which show Democrat Michelle Nunn ahead with women voters in this toss-up election.</p> <p>In a Sunday night debate between Perdue and Nunn, the moderator suggested that ads about Perdue's time as the CEO of Dollar General, a discount chain, had damaged the GOPer's campaign. Shortly after Perdue stepped down as Dollar General's CEO, hundreds of female managers sued the company for <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/georgia-senate-david-perdue-gender-pay-discrimination-lawsuit" target="_blank">pay discrimination that allegedly took place during Perdue's tenure</a>. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTHlO7HSkLU&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">Nunn's campaign</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJaqpxrf-Sc" target="_blank">EMILY's</a> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EFpIkeFbJw" target="_blank">List</a> have both aired millions of dollars' worth of negative ads describing the class-action lawsuit. The moderator urged Perdue: "Talk to those women in particular."</p> <p>Here's how Perdue <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9m6jnN4bko" target="_blank">responded</a>: "If you look at Dollar General as an example, there was no wrongdoing there," he said. "That lawsuit, or that claim, or that complaint was settled five years after I had left&hellip;And it was less than 2,000 people. We had upwards of 70,000 employees in that company."</p> <p><a href="http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/29534/000002953411000004/f2010form10_kfinal.htm" target="_blank">An annual report </a>Dollar General submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission puts the actual number of female managers in that class action at 2,100. As <em>Mother Jones</em> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/georgia-senate-david-perdue-gender-pay-discrimination-lawsuit" target="_blank">reported in May</a>, the women had been paid less than their male peers between the dates of November 30, 2004 and November 30, 2007&mdash;almost exactly the dates that Perdue was CEO (from April 2003 to summer 2007.) The class action began in late 2007, and Dollar General settled the lawsuit <a href="http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/containers/fix041/29534/000110465912041627/R13.htm" target="_blank">for $18.75 million</a> without admitting to discrimination.</p> <p>"Two thousand women, that actually seems like quite a lot to me," Nunn said at the debate.</p></body></html> MoJo Elections Sex and Gender The Right Top Stories Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:18:48 +0000 Molly Redden 263286 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 27, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/were-still-war-photo-day-october-27-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>US Marines watch from the gunner's door of a Seahawk helicopter over the Atlantic ocean. <span class="meta-field photo-desc ">(US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek)</span></em></p></body></html> MoJo Military Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:58:10 +0000 263306 at http://www.motherjones.com Another Day, Another School Shooting http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/marysville-washington-shooting-87th-school-shooting-newtown <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A school shooting took place inside the cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state on Friday. The suspected gunman, a student at the high school, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/24/us/washington-school-shooting/" target="_blank">CNN.</a> Federal officials say up to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/24/us/washington-school-shooting/" target="_blank">five people</a> were shot. Roughly 50 people were present in the cafeteria at the time. At least one student has been killed, four others <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/24/us/washington-school-shooting/" target="_blank">injured. </a></p> <p>If you feel like you're stuck watching some kind of awful repeat programming, it's because you are: According to data gathered by the reform group <a href="http://everytown.org/article/schoolshootings/" target="_blank">Everytown for Gun Safety</a>, Friday's is the 87th shooting incident at a school since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary nearly two years ago.</p> <p>For a detailed look into the rise of mass shootings in America, see our latest coverage <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/mass-shootings-rising-harvard" target="_blank">here.</a></p></body></html> MoJo Guns Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:47:30 +0000 Inae Oh 263226 at http://www.motherjones.com We Spent Millions so Afghans Could Film Live Sports With Headless Goat Carcasses—And Screwed It Up http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/afghanistan-tv-truck-deal-went-wrong <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In <a href="http://www.sigar.mil/pdf/special%20projects/SIGAR-15-09%20IL.pdf" target="_blank">August 2011</a>, the State Department purchased broadcast trucks for Afghan TV stations, for $3.6 million (206 million Afghanis), to help them tape live sporting events, like "buzkashi, soccer, cricket, and other sports." (<a href="http://www.afghan-web.com/sports/buzkashi.html">Buzkashi</a>, Afghanistan&rsquo;s national sport, translates to "goat grabbing" where horse-mounted players drag a headless goat carcass towards opposing goals.)</p> <p>But no one has been able to watch any goat carcasses filmed by those trucks in the past two years, because those trucks didn't show up until late July. And now, they're sitting around under tarps, unused&mdash;because the State Department could cancel the contract whenever it wants.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Buzkashi.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A scene from Buzkashi Boys depicting men playing buzkashi. </strong><a href="http://www.buzkashiboys.com/987419/gallery" target="_blank">Buzkashi Boys</a></div> </div> <p>John Spoko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), sent Secretary of State John Kerry a <a href="http://www.sigar.mil/pdf/special%20projects/SIGAR-15-09%20IL.pdf">letter</a> demanding an explanation for the delayed TV trucks on Friday.</p> <p>According to the letter, in addition to the late delivery, the price of the television trucks "more than tripled" since the original order date. And, one of the trucks "was damaged in transit." As of September, the trucks are still sitting under tarps as the SIGAR staff waits for the State Department to accept delivery.</p> <p>Spoko claims that, because the trucks were delivered so late, the State Department may elect to end the contract and take the trucks back. After the late delivery, the tripled unit cost and several contract modifications, Spoko is wary of how aboveboard this deal really is: "If this information is accurate, it suggests that something is seriously wrong with the way this contract was managed."</p> <p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that SIGAR had "teamed up" with State to purchase the trucks. SIGAR is investigating the arrangement. It was not involved in it.</em></p></body></html> MoJo Afghanistan Film and TV Foreign Policy International Media Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:25:55 +0000 Jenna McLaughlin 263211 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 24, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/were-still-war-photo-day-october-24-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>US Navy Sailors aboard a guided missile destroyer plot on a chart during a damage control drill. <span class="meta-field photo-desc " id="yui_3_16_0_1_1414160763597_1546">(US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Declan Barnes)</span></em></p></body></html> MoJo Military Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:38:38 +0000 263176 at http://www.motherjones.com Anti-Abortion Colorado Republican Candidate Tries to Pass Himself Off As Pro-Choice http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/beauprez-abortion-choice-colorado-governor <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Bob Beauprez, the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/colorado-death-penalty-john-hickenlooper-nathan-dunlap-beauprez" target="_blank">Republican candidate for governor of Colorado</a>, just joined a growing club of GOP politicians&mdash;including <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/scott-walker-wisconsin-governor-ban-abortion-rape-incest" target="_blank">Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker</a> and <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/10/08/scott-brown-defends-pro-choice-record-responding-jeanne-shaheen-attack/BarZghZjJ9Se1qffEg87pI/story.html" target="_blank">Senate hopeful Scott Brown of New Hampshire</a>&mdash;who have grossly misrepresented their stance on women's reproductive rights.</p> <p>In <a href="http://www.cpr.org/news/story/what-bob-beauprez-would-do-if-elected-colorado-governor" target="_blank">an interview aired Wednesday</a> on Colorado Public Radio, Beauprez, a former congressman, struck a decidedly pro-choice note when asked about abortion and birth control. He said he would not stand in the way of women having access to abortions, nor would he interfere with women choosing what kind of birth control to use. "I respect people's opinion, women's right to that choice," he said. He later added, "I don't want to run somebody else's family and make decisions for their family, their life; I want them to have the opportunity and the freedom to do that themselves."</p> <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/173582579&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Here's the full exchange (listen to the audio above):</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>CPR:</strong> On women's reproductive health, as governor would you be committed to your current stated position that while you're personally against abortions, you won't stand in the way of people having access to them or letting women choose their preferred method of birth control?</p> <p><strong>Bob Beauprez:</strong> That's correct. I respect people's opinion, women's right to that choice. I know what the law is. And my job is to enforce the law. The question of birth control has come up and let me be real clear&hellip;I think women ought to have the choice of whether to use birth control or not. I think women ought to have the choice of what type of birth control to use. I just don't think taxpayers need to be paying for it.</p> <p>I respect people's right to choose. I live my life the way I personally choose, but I'm not going to interfere with somebody else's. The job of a governor is less to govern the people, and more to govern the government. I don't want to make somebody else's decision, but I want them to have every opportunity to make their own. I don't want to run somebody else's family and make decisions for their family, their life; I want them to have the opportunity and the freedom to do that themselves. That's the kind of governor I'll be.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>Right to that choice</em>&hellip;<em>have the choice</em>&hellip;<em>right to choose</em>&hellip;<em>the way I choose</em>: Beauprez almost sounds like a Planned Parenthood activist. But his legislative record and past statements couldn't be more at odds with his seemingly pro-choice comments.</p> <p>In 2005, then-Rep. Beauprez <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/109th-congress/house-bill/552/cosponsors" target="_blank">cosponsored</a> the Right to Life Act, a measure that guaranteed "equal protection for the right to life of each born and pre-born human person." The bill defined life beginning with "the moment of fertilization," and could severely restrict abortions. In Colorado Right-to-Life's 2006 voter guide, he <a href="http://coloradopols.com/diary/55169/bob-beauprez-goes-both-ways-on-personhood-abortion-ban">said</a> he supported a constitutional amendment to "restore full protection to pre-born human beings." That same year, he <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_4264454">asserted</a>&mdash;incorrectly&mdash;that the abortion rate for black women was an "appalling" 70 percent. (The <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_4264454" target="_blank">actual rate</a> at the time, according to the Guttmacher Institute, was 49 per 1,000&mdash;or 4.9 percent.) And in 2013, in <a href="http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/bobbeauprez/2013/01/22/reconciling-roe-v-wade-n1494247" target="_blank">a column on TownHall.com</a>, he urged all Americans to reconcile the "tragedies" of abortions just as they reconciled the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/mass-shootings-rising-harvard" target="_blank">mass shootings</a> in Aurora, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut.</p> <p>As a gubernatorial candidate, Beauprez has not wavered from his decidedly anti-abortion position.&nbsp;He <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/election2014/ci_26619487/bob-beauprez-says-he-would-adhere-conservative-principles">continues to say</a> that he opposes all forms of abortion, even in cases of rape and incest unless the mother's life is at risk. He <a href="http://coloradopols.com/diary/55169/bob-beauprez-goes-both-ways-on-personhood-abortion-ban">bragged</a> to an interviewer in March about his "100 percent pro-life voting record." He also <a href="http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2014/10/21/race-truthful-attack-beauprez/113943/">claims</a> that an IUD is an abortifacient, not contraception. Beauprez has not said how he'd act on these beliefs, though he <a href="http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2014/10/21/race-truthful-attack-beauprez/113943/" target="_blank">says he would eliminate</a> all state funding for Planned Parenthood.</p> <p>But anyone listening to his recent Colorado Public Radio interview might think that Beauprez was a supporter of a woman's right to choose, just as Scott Walker and Scott Brown sought to imply in their own sneaky ads on the issue. Pro-choice women are a key voting bloc that Beauprez needs to win&mdash;and he appears willing to distort his record to get their votes.</p></body></html> MoJo Elections Health Care Reproductive Rights Top Stories Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:00:11 +0000 Andy Kroll 263141 at http://www.motherjones.com New York City Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/new-york-city-health-care-worker-being-treated-possible-ebola <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>The New York Times </em>reports Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who had recently been to West Africa to help treat Ebola patients, has tested <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/nyregion/craig-spencer-is-tested-for-ebola-virus-at-bellevue-hospital-in-new-york-city.html?smid=tw-share" target="_blank">positive for the disease</a>. Spencer is the first person in New York to be diagnosed.</p> <p>As Spencer's identity had been confirmed late Thursday afternoon, it became known he had been <a href="http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/10/23/cbs-2-officials-looking-into-possible-ebola-case-in-new-york-city/" target="_blank">bowling in Brooklyn</a> on Wednesday, traveling via an Uber ride to and from Manhattan.</p> <p>"Ebola is very difficult to contract, being on the same subway car or living near someone with Ebola does not put someone at risk," de Blasio told reporters at a news conference Thursday evening.</p> <p>Since coming back to the United States on October 14th, the city's health commissioner, Dr. Mary Bassett, confirmed Spencer used the subway's A, 1, and L lines and bowled at <a href="http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/10/the_gutter_bowl.html" target="_blank">The Gutter in Williamsburg</a>. Bassett said the city has been preparing for the possibility of an outbreak for the past few weeks, with Cuomo emphasizing healthcare workers have been well-trained for such an event.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WBH4m1U-0R0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">Earlier Thursday, Spencer was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan after suffering from Ebola-like symptoms, including a 100.3 fever and nausea.</span> The health department's initial report Spencer had a <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/nyc-ebola-patient-dr-craig-spencer-had-100-3-fever-n233031" target="_blank">103 degree fever</a> was corrected on Friday.</p> <p>The New York City Health Department released a statement indicating Spencer had returned to the United States<a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/diseases/ebola-stmt-nyc.shtml" target="_blank"> within the past 21 days. </a></p> <blockquote> <p class="rteindent1"><span class="bodytext">The patient was transported by a specially trained HAZ TAC unit wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).&nbsp; After consulting with the hospital and the CDC, DOHMH has decided to conduct a test for the Ebola virus because of this patient&rsquo;s recent travel history, pattern of symptoms, and past work. DOHMH and HHC are also evaluating the patient for other causes of illness, as these symptoms can also be consistent with salmonella, malaria, or the stomach flu.</span></p> </blockquote> <p><em>The New York Post</em> first identified <a href="http://nypost.com/2014/10/23/nyc-may-have-its-first-ebola-case/" target="_blank">Spencer,</a> who returned from <a href="https://twitter.com/NYTMetro/status/525382395789582336" target="_blank">Guinea on October 14</a> and reported his fever this morning.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HTlQ_x9uE8c" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em>CNN</em> producer Vaughn Sterling tweeted the following:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>BREAKING: Possible NYC <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ebola?src=hash">#Ebola</a> didn't self-quarantine; took an &uuml;ber to Williamsburg bowling alley yesterday; now has fever/pain/nausea</p> &mdash; Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) <a href="https://twitter.com/vplus/status/525373604767469568">October 23, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><em>Reminder, refrain from panicking. This post has been updated throughout. </em></p></body></html> MoJo Health Ebola Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:38:43 +0000 Inae Oh 263131 at http://www.motherjones.com Students at a Nebraska High School Can Now Pose With Guns in Their Senior Portraits http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/nebraska-high-school-guns-senior-portraits%20 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Seniors at Broken Bow High School in Nebraska have been granted their God-given right to <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/rural-nebraska-school-district-guns-yearbook-photos-article-1.1983551" target="_blank">pose</a> with guns for their upcoming senior portraits, just as long as the photos are taken off campus and done "tastefully."</p> <p>&ldquo;The board, I believe, felt they wanted to give students who are involved in those kinds of things the opportunity to take a senior picture with their hobby, with their sport, just like anybody with any other hobby or sport,&rdquo; Superintendent Mark Sievering explained to local paper, the <em><a href="http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/guns-in-senior-portraits-ok-if-done-tastefully-nebraska-school/article_e25a4c6e-593c-11e4-ae63-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=story" target="_blank">Omaha World-Herald. </a></em></p> <p>One would think such a bizarre proposal would prompt some level of debate, a modicum of sane opposition! After all, we're talking about mere teenagers eerily striking poses with weapons in their adolescent hands. Alas, the idea was met with a unanimous yes by all members of the Broken Bow school board.</p> <p>&ldquo;For me as a sportsman, I think the policy&rsquo;s important because it allows those kids who are doing those things a chance to demonstrate what they&rsquo;re doing and to celebrate that. I think that&rsquo;s important and fair in our country," board member Matthew Haumont said.</p> <p>As for the "tasteful" requirement, that means classy poses only folks: no photos with weapons pointed at the camera, no brandishing of weapons, and no "scantily clad girls."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Guns Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:14:30 +0000 Inae Oh 263116 at http://www.motherjones.com Elizabeth Warren's Latest Comment About Running For President Is the Most Cryptic Yet http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/elizabeth-warren-people-magazine-2016 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>With 106 weeks until the next presidential election, speculating about a potential Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) candidacy is like going on a long car ride with a six-year-old. "Are you running?" <em>No</em>. "How about now?" <em>No</em>. "Now?" <em>No</em>. "Now?" <em>No</em>. "What about now?" <em>No</em>. "Are you running?" <em>No</em>. "Are you running?" [<em>exasperated sigh]</em> "Aha!"</p> <p>But Warren does continue to do the things people who are considering a run for president tend to do&mdash;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/elizabeth-warren-was-fire-weekend-here-were-her-5-best-lines" target="_blank">flying to Iowa</a> to rally the troops on behalf of Rep. Bruce Braley, for instance, and going on tour to promote a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/elizabeth-warren-a-fighting-chance-2016" target="_blank">campaign-style book</a>. Her latest venture, a sit-down interview in the next issue of <a href="http://www.people.com/article/elizabeth-warren-interview-youtube-treasury-secretary-hillary-clinton" target="_blank"><em>People</em> magazine</a>, isn't going to do much to quiet the speculation, even as she once more downplayed the prospect of a run:</p> <blockquote> <p>[S]upporters are already lining up to back an "Elizabeth Warren for President" campaign in 2016. But is the freshman senator from Massachusetts herself on board with a run for the White House? Warren wrinkles her nose.</p> <p>"I don't think so," she tells PEOPLE in an interview conducted at Warren's Cambridge, Massachusetts, home for this week's issue. "If there's any lesson I've learned in the last five years, it's don't be so sure about what lies ahead. There are amazing doors that could open."</p> <p>She just doesn't see the door of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue being one of them. Not yet, anyway. "Right now," Warren says, "I'm focused on figuring out what else I can do from this spot" in the U.S. Senate.</p> </blockquote> <p>"Amazing doors"; "I don't think"; "right now"&mdash;<em>what does it all mean</em>? Warren's not really saying anything we haven't heard from her before. But after then-Sen. Barack Obama's furious denials about running for president eight years ago, no one's ready to take "no" for an answer. At least not yet, anyway.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Elections Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:59:20 +0000 Tim Murphy 263111 at http://www.motherjones.com Map: The Most Popular NFL Teams Everywhere in America—According to Twitter http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/nfl-team-twitter-map-popularity <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>For now, even after all the concussions, the domestic violence, and the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/timeline-history-offensive-sports-mascots-redskins-snyder" target="_blank">still-horribly named</a> team from Washington, DC, Americans still love their pro football. Twitter took a stab at measuring <a href="http://blog.twitter.com/2014/nfl-fan-map-where-are-your-team-s-followers" target="_blank">the popularity of every NFL franchise</a> by looking at the official Twitter handle for each team and then counting followers of those teams in each county. It's an imperfect measure, for sure, but it's a nifty interface and a lot of fun! Take a look:</p> <p><iframe src="https://interactive.twitter.com/nfl_followers2014/#?mode=team&amp;team=all" style="border:none;height:1100px;width:100%;"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Maps Sports Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:39:59 +0000 AJ Vicens 263066 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 22, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/were-still-war-photo-day-october-22-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>A US Marine Sgt. speaks with a local child while on patrol in Afghanistan. (US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal)</em></p></body></html> MoJo Afghanistan Military Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:28:42 +0000 263021 at http://www.motherjones.com Elizabeth Warren Demands An Investigation Of Mortgage Companies http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/elizabeth-warren-nonbank-mortgage-servicer <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on the Government Accountability Office to investigate non-bank companies that service Americans' mortgages, <a href="http://democrats.oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/documents/2014-10-20%20EEC%20%26%20EW%20to%20GAO%20re%20Non-Bank%20Servicers_0.pdf" target="_blank">noting in a letter</a> co-signed by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) that an increasing number of lawsuits has been filed in recent years against these firms&mdash;which are not regulated as strictly as banks.</p> <p>Mortgage servicers, whether they are owned by banks or not, handle mortgages after they've been sold to a customer. That means they take care of administrative business including collecting mortgage payments and dealing with delinquent borrowers. What Warren and Cummings are worried about is that the share of non-banks servicing mortgages has grown astronomically&mdash;300 percent between 2011 and 2013&mdash;and it appears that the increased workload has led to shoddier service.</p> <p>The rise of the industry, which typically services <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/30/us-mortgage-servicers-lending-idUSKBN0FZ1EY20140730" target="_blank">lower-income borrowers</a>, "has been accompanied by consumer complaints, lawsuits, and other regulatory actions as the servicers' workload outstrips their processing capacity," according to a recent report by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Last December, for instance, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau&mdash;the agency Warren helped create&mdash;entered a $2 billion settlement with the nation's largest non-bank servicer over mortgage mismanagement. Financial industry watchdogs and consumer advocates have <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/fhfa-inspector-general-cites-risks-on-nonbank-mortgage-servicers-1404187344" target="_blank">charged</a> that the non-bank home loan servicing companies are often unwilling to work with troubled borrowers to modify mortgages and prevent foreclosures.</p> <p>In their letter, Warren and Cummings also urge the Government Accountability Office to investigate how consumers might be harmed in the event that a large non-bank servicer collapses during a economic downturn. Non-bank mortgage companies are not subject to the regulations governing banks that perform the same functions, such as the requirement that they hold onto a certain amount of emergency funds in case of a financial collapse.</p></body></html> MoJo Corporations Economy Regulatory Affairs Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:12:28 +0000 Erika Eichelberger 262961 at http://www.motherjones.com Rwanda Hits Back at America's Ebola Paranoia http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/rwanda-ebola-americans-screening <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Rwanda will be begin <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/10/21/rwanda-united-statees-ebola-screening/17653947/" target="_blank">screening</a> all Americans entering the country for Ebola, regardless if they're exhibiting symptoms or not, government officials in the East African nation announced Tuesday. Coincidence? The new measure comes just days after <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/ebola-america-panic-hysteria" target="_blank">two Rwandan students </a>were denied enrollment at a New Jersey school over Ebola fears, even though Rwanda has had zero cases of Ebola. The United States, on the other hand, has had three confirmed cases. Rwanda is also more than <a href="http://www.nj.com/burlington/index.ssf/2014/10/amid_ebola_fears_students_from_africa_kept_home_in_south_jersey.html" target="_blank">2,500 miles</a> from the closest Ebola outbreak in West Africa.</p> <p>The US Embassy in Rwanda <a href="http://rwanda.usembassy.gov/mobile//sm-102114.html" target="_blank">explains the situation: </a></p> <blockquote> <p>On October 19, the Rwandan Ministry of Health introduced new Ebola Virus Disease screening requirements. Visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the last 22 days are now required to report their medical condition&mdash;regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms of Ebola&mdash;by telephone by dialing 114 between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for the duration of their visit to Rwanda (if less than 21 days), or for the first 21 days of their visit to Rwanda. Rwandan authorities continue to deny entry to visitors who traveled to Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, or Sierra Leone within the past 22 days.</p> </blockquote> <p>Although there's no way to tell if the screenings are indeed motivated by retaliation for the ignorant panic displayed by the New Jersey school, this sure is an interesting turn of events.</p></body></html> MoJo Health Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:40:55 +0000 Inae Oh 262946 at http://www.motherjones.com Everything You Need to Know About Ebola in America, in One Fantastic Quote http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/ebola-america-one-sentence-pan <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2014/10/man_not_worried_about_ebola_af.html" style="line-height: 2em;" target="_blank">Meet a man made of very stern stuff indeed</a><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">:</span></p> <blockquote> <p>Peter Pattakos spent 20 minutes Saturday in an Akron bridal shop, getting fitted for a tux for his friend's wedding. Thursday, his friend sent a text message, telling him that Ebola patient Amber Joy Vinson had been in the store around the same time.</p> <p>[...]</p> <p>Pattakos, 36, a Cleveland attorney who lives in Bath Township, called the health department, which told him to call back if he exhibits any Ebola symptoms. He called a doctor, who told him not to worry.</p> <p>"I didn't exchange any bodily fluids with anyone, so I'm not worried about it," he said. "I'm much more likely to be mistakenly killed by a police officer in this country than to be killed by Ebola, even if you were in the same bridal shop."</p> </blockquote> <p>Yep.</p></body></html> MoJo Ebola Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:13:21 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 262936 at http://www.motherjones.com Elizabeth Warren Was on Fire This Weekend. Here Were Her 5 Best Lines. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/10/elizabeth-warren-was-fire-weekend-here-were-her-5-best-lines <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>It's good to be Elizabeth Warren. The senior senator from Massachusetts spent her weekend campaigning for Democrats in <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/10/18/warren-in-minnesota-the-game-is-rigged/" target="_blank">Minnesota</a>, <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/election2014/ci_26750364/elizabeth-warren-helps-launch-udall-bus-tour-ignite" target="_blank">Colorado</a>, and <a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/19/elizabeth-warren-stumps-for-bruce-braley-in-iowa/17579175/" target="_blank">Iowa</a>, and by all accounts, she tore it up, and got <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/election2014/ci_26750364/elizabeth-warren-helps-launch-udall-bus-tour-ignite" target="_blank">more than a few calls</a> to run for president. (Breaking: <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/10/18/warren-in-minnesota-the-game-is-rigged/" target="_blank">she still insists</a> she isn't going to.) These were some of her biggest red-meat lines from the campaign trail:</p> <p><strong>1. "<a href="http://www.southernminn.com/northfield_news/news/local/article_c4b42b9a-155d-5f07-acdc-0bae1e04a6b9.html" target="_blank">The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it.</a> </strong>We can whine, we can whimper or we can fight back, and we&rsquo;re here to fight back. We know what we&rsquo;re fighting for and what we&rsquo;re up against. We&rsquo;ve got our voices, or votes and our willingness to fight. This is about democracy, about your future, and about the kind of country we want to build.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>2. <a href="http://www.radioiowa.com/2014/10/19/elizabeth-warren-urges-iowa-democrats-to-fight-back-in-2014-audio/" target="_blank">"[W]ho does this government work for?</a></strong>&hellip;Does it work just for the millionaires, just for the billionaires, just for those who have armies of lobbyists and lawyers or does it work for the people? That&rsquo;s the question in this race.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>3. "<a href="http://www.denverpost.com/election2014/ci_26750818/elizabeth-warren-helps-launch-udall-bus-tour-ignite" target="_blank">Republicans believe this country should work for those who are rich</a></strong>, those who are powerful, those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers."</p> <p><strong>4. <a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/19/elizabeth-warren-stumps-for-bruce-braley-in-iowa/17579175/" target="_blank">When conservatives came to power in the 1980s, the first thing they did was "fire the cops on Wall Street. </a></strong>They called it deregulation. But what it really meant was have at 'em boys. They were saying in effect to the biggest financial institutions: Any way you can trick or trap or fool anybody into signing anything, man, you can just rake in the profits."</p> <p><strong>5. <a href="http://www.radioiowa.com/2014/10/19/elizabeth-warren-urges-iowa-democrats-to-fight-back-in-2014-audio/" target="_blank">"They ought to be wearing a T-shirt [that says]...'I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.' </a></strong>We can hang back, we can whine about what the Republicans have done&hellip;or we can fight back. Me, I&rsquo;m fighting back!"</p> <p>Contrast Warren's rock star treatment with the President's reception this weekend: he spoke at a campaign event in Maryland, and attendees <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/19/us-usa-politics-obama-idUSKCN0I80V320141019" target="_blank">filed out as soon as he started speaking</a>. Obama is being <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/run-midterms-obama-scarce-campaign-trail/story?id=26155808" target="_blank">kept at arms' length</a> in close races&mdash;Warren, on the other hand, <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/10/20/elizabeth-warren-campaign-for-jeanne-shaheen-tight-race-against-scott-brown/CkGXN0DUKFbpFzQWmOjqWM/story.html" target="_blank">will head to New Hampshire</a> this weekend to campaign for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who's running against Warren's old nemesis, Scott Brown.</p></body></html> MoJo Elections Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:21:59 +0000 Sam Brodey 262891 at http://www.motherjones.com