Political Mojo | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2011/10/us-says-bye-bye-its-biggest-killer-nuke%2C%20http%3A/motherjones.com/mojo/2011/10/us-says-bye-bye-its-biggest-killer-nuke http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Clinton's Pitch to New Hampshire: Electing a Woman Is the Real Revolution http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/hillary-clinton-women-revolution-sanders <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Hillary Clinton had some company at a rally for campaign volunteers in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Friday afternoon: four Democratic women who serve as US senators, and a fifth, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, who wants to join them next January. As she makes her final push in a state whose first-in-the-nation primary she won eight years ago, Clinton is traveling with a group of prominent women politicians who are saying explicitly what she dances around&mdash;that electing the first woman president would be a big effing deal, and you should absolutely think about that when you go to the polls.</p> <p>"This is the torch that must be passed on, that you'll be passing on when you're out there door-knocking&mdash;you know how important this historical moment is for us," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. She told a story about a photo of her late mother with Clinton that she keeps on her desk, and related an anecdote about a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee on the subject of paid maternity leave. "A male Republican across the table says, 'Well, I don't know why that'd be mandatory, I never had to use it,'" Klobuchar recalled. "Without missing a beat, Sen. Debbie Stabenow said, 'I bet your mother did!'" The audience ate it up.</p> <p>Stabenow, from Michigan, used her five minutes to tear into the sexist standards female candidates are subjected to&mdash;something that flared up recently when the <em>Washington Post</em>'s <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/bob-woodward-hillary-clinton-shouts-article-1.2519021" target="_blank">Bob Woodward</a> (among other male pundits) suggested the former secretary of state shouted too much. Stabenow was blunt:</p> <blockquote> <p>Anyone see the movie <em>Sufragette</em>, yeah? You need to see that if you haven't. We're almost at the 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote. But there's always a message we get about we're too this or too that. Wait your turn. You smile too much, you must not be serious. You don't smile enough, you must not be friendly! You talk too much and you're too serious and you know, I wouldn't want to have a beer with you&mdash;or I would want to have a beer with you but you can't run security for your country. Your hair! You know, that&mdash;Donald Trump's hair! What about <em>that</em> hair! Come on! So let me say this, and I say this particularly to the women. Guys, you can listen, but the women: Don't do this. Don't do this. This is the moment.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>"When folks talk about a rev-o-<em>lu</em>-tion," she said, elongating the final word in a brief Bernie Sanders impression, "the rev-o-<em>lu</em>-tion is electing the first woman president of the United States! <em>That's</em> the revolution. And we're ready for the revolution."</p> <p>The presence of Klobuchar, Stabenow, and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire had another effect: It reminded voters that, notwithstanding her claim to not be a member of the Democratic establishment, Clinton has the backing of almost all of Sanders' colleagues in the Senate Democratic caucus. And they're not shy about explaining why.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections hillary clinton Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:10:17 +0000 Tim Murphy 296026 at http://www.motherjones.com Ted Cruz Uses Rush Limbaugh in Radio Ad to Take Down Marco Rubio http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/ted-cruz-radio-ad-slams-rubio-rush-limbaugh <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Ted Cruz is hoping Rush Limbaugh can push him over the top in next Tuesday's New Hampshire Republican primary. Here's a spot that the senator from Texas is running on a Boston sports radio station, using the conservative yakker's words to brand Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who holds a slight edge in the race for second place, as a pro-amnesty hypocrite:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Rush Limbaugh:</strong> "If you're looking for the Republican candidate who is the most steadfastly opposed to liberalism, whose agenda is oriented toward stopping it and thwarting it and defeating it, it's Ted Cruz."</p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> "Rush is right. It's Ted Cruz who's led our fights in Washington. To secure our border. To stop taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants. And it was Cruz who stood up for us against the Washington establishment. When the Gang of Eight proposed amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants, it was wrong. Ted Cruz fought them. But what about Marco Rubio? When Rubio ran for Senate, he made this pledge:</p> <p><strong>Marco Rubio:</strong> "I will never support it, never have and never will support any effort to grant blanket legalization amnesty."</p> <p><strong>Rush Limbaugh:</strong> "That's what he said. It's not what he did. It was Marco Rubio that was a member of the Gang of Eight, and Ted Cruz that wasn't."</p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Ted Cruz, the only one we can trust."</p> </blockquote> <p>The ad is not an endorsement from Limbaugh, who made the comments on his radio show. Limbaugh isn't quite the voice of God, but in a tight Republican primary, he might be the next best thing. Cruz is talking about immigration every chance he can get in the Granite State&mdash;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/02/ted-cruz-heroin-epedemic-new-hampshire-undocumented-democrats" target="_blank">even when he's supposed to be talking about heroin</a>&mdash;as he tries to catch up to Donald Trump and keep his rival from Florida at bay.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Ted Cruz Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:46:00 +0000 Tim Murphy 296001 at http://www.motherjones.com Fed-Up Uber Drivers Aim to Disrupt Super Bowl 50—With Their Own Mobile App http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/uber-strike-united-app-super-bowl-50 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A disruptive smartphone app turned Uber into a $50 billion global juggernaut. Now a group of disgruntled Uber drivers, with the help of their own smartphone app, aims to kneecap the car-hailing service precisely when and where it will be most in demand: Super Bowl Sunday in the Bay Area.</p> <p>For Uber, the stakes are high. The big game is in Santa Clara, about an hour from Uber's San Francisco headquarters. The company has chipped in $250,000 to $500,000 in cash and services to sponsor the Super Bowl Host Committee, <a href="http://qz.com/597403/for-the-first-time-you-can-take-an-uber-to-the-super-bowl/" target="_blank">according to <em>Quartz</em></a>. In return, it gets to be the first ride-sharing service allowed to access a Super Bowl game. It will even have exclusive pick-up and drop-off zones at the stadium&mdash;a coup for Uber's marketing department, assuming the company doesn't fall on its face.</p> <p>And that's where Uber's labor problems may come back to haunt it. The drivers, who often <a href="https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/not-cool-uber-194198bed715#.k987vax0s" target="_blank">make less than minimum wage</a>, are angry because the company <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/carolineodonovan/uber-drivers-protest-fare-cuts-ahead-of-super-bowl#.enlMWZWyM" target="_blank">slashed fares</a> nationwide over the past month. On Monday, several hundred of them protested at Uber's offices in San Francisco and New York.</p> <p>The group behind the San Francisco protest, <a href="http://uniteduberdrivers.com/" target="_blank">United Uber Drivers</a>, has <a href="http://www.ridesharereport.com/uber-drivers-protest-in-san-francisco-plan-to-disrupt-super-bowl-50/" target="_blank">pledged to hold</a> a massive strike on Super Bowl Sunday, and some Uber drivers in other cities have said they will <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1123342764366976/" target="_blank">do the same in solidarity</a>. According to the industry publication <em>Ride Share Report</em>, the drivers intend to slow highway traffic near the stadium and inundate the streets around crowded Super Bowl events in San Francisco.</p> <p>That might not be all. United Uber Drivers did not respond to emails from <em>Mother Jones</em>, but downloading the group's special iPhone app offers a bit more insight into its plans:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/united-uber.gif"></div> <p>Other messages explain that when a push notification is received through the app, all drivers will be asked to go offline simultaneously, crippling Uber's network. "We need you to invite every Uber driver you know," urges the first message, written in November. "This communication technology will allow us to invite, unite and strike effectively without any fear or loss of the business relationship with Uber."</p> <p>But that might be easier said than done. With an estimated 40,000 Uber drivers in the Bay Area, the group will need a lot of downloads to mount an effective strike. Of course, people said the same thing about some startup's harebrained bid to defeat the taxi industry. Uber proved them wrong.</p></body></html> MoJo Labor Sports Tech Top Stories Uber Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:00:13 +0000 Josh Harkinson 295941 at http://www.motherjones.com Ted Cruz Attacks Sean Penn—and Here's Penn's Response http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/ted-cruz-sean-penn-el-chapo <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>At an addiction policy forum in Hooksett, New Hampshire, on Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz, the winner of the Republican Iowa caucuses, turned his talk about the awful consequences of addiction into <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/ted-cruz-sean-penn-el-chapo" target="_blank">a rant against&hellip;illegal immigration</a>. And, of course, the media and Hollywood. After describing how addiction has affected his family&mdash;his half sister died of a drug overdose in 2011&mdash;Cruz quickly pivoted to discuss the flood of "undocumented Democrats" (Freudian slip?) coming across the border from Mexico and the need to build a wall to keep them out. He suggested the wall was also needed to protect the United States from drug cartels. Then he turned to the entertainment industry and one member in particular:</p> <blockquote> <p>El Chapo. You know, Sean Penn seems to think he is a sexy and attractive character. I <em>so</em> appreciate Hollywood for glorifying vicious homicidal killers. What a cute and chic thing to celebrate. Someone who murders and destroys lives for a living. El Chapo's organization brings vast quantities of drugs into this country, vast quantities of heroin.</p> </blockquote> <p>Of course, this was a reference to Sean Penn's recent <em>Rolling Stone </em><a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/el-chapo-speaks-20160109" target="_blank">article</a>, in which Penn conducted an interview with the fugitive drug cartel chieftain in a secret jungle location. The piece did not celebrate El Chapo&mdash;but Cruz was looking to blame all the usual suspects for the drug epidemic in New England: the media, Democrats, and a big-name actor.</p> <p>Asked to respond to Cruz's effort to link him to the addiction plague in the Granite State, Penn, in an email, told <em>Mother Jones</em>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Ted Cruz is a generically funny and dangerously adept thought-smith. Clearly, he watches too much television and neglected to read my article before criticizing. It's understood. He's busy trading genius and raising aspirations with Mr. Trump. Blame Canada.</p> </blockquote> <p>Penn's last sentence is a reference to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOR38552MJA" target="_blank">this</a>.</p> <p>We've asked the Cruz campaign if it would like to respond&mdash;and whether the senator is a fan of <em>South Park. </em></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:33:19 +0000 David Corn 295956 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is How Much the Koch Brothers Hate Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/koch-brothers-have-donald-trump-problem <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>There is one man standing in the way of the Koch brothers' plans to elect a free-market conservative to the White House in November. His name is Donald J. Trump.</p> <p>The Kochs, whose fascinating political evolution I detail in my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sons-Wichita-Brothers-Americas-Powerful/dp/1455518727" target="_blank">Sons of Wichita</a>,</em> are not fans of the bombastic real estate mogul whose positions on everything from taxes to foreign policy are at odds with theirs. Charles Koch has said Trump's plan to create a Muslim registry would <a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3a5c5d40-b4a3-11e5-b147-e5e5bba42e51.html" target="_blank">"destroy our free society"</a>&mdash;and for months Trump has been a source of debate and discussion within their donor network, which is <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/us/politics/kochs-plan-to-spend-900-million-on-2016-campaign.html?_r=0" target="_blank">raising nearly $900 million</a> for the 2016 elections. Early on in the race, some members of the network believed, as did almost everyone else, that Trump would implode on his own. Some still do. And a very small handful of Koch network donors are Trump supporters. But in recent months, the Kochs and their allies&mdash;who now are largely leaning toward Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz&mdash;have considered a campaign targeting Trump, whose candidacy they believe poses a threat to the Republican Party, if not the country at large.</p> <p>The Kochs' Trump problem is the topic of my <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/02/koch-brothers-take-on-trump" target="_blank">new piece,</a> just out at <em>Vanity Fair</em>. I report:</p> <blockquote> <p>But Trump's second-place Iowa finish was more a blow to his ego, in some respect, than the viability of his campaign. If he prevails in New Hampshire, where he's maintaining a huge lead in the polls, pressure is likely to mount within the Koch network to launch an offensive before a march to the nomination gains formidable momentum. When the Kochs and several hundred of their allies gathered last weekend for another summit, halting Trump was a major topic of discussion.</p> <p>What form might this attack take? According to <em>The Hill</em>, the Kochs' operatives have carefully assessed Trump's vulnerabilities&mdash;and those of the other candidates&mdash;and determined that highlighting his track record of bankruptcies and predatory business deals harms his standing with likely voters. (The Democrats deployed a similar strategy, to great effect, against Romney's "vulture capitalism.")</p> <p>"As to whether we would mount something like that, everything is on the table,&rdquo; one senior Koch official told me. "But there's no real plan. In all of our meetings we've discussed it."</p> <p>One thing that has held the Koch network back so far, in addition to the Trump backers within their ranks, is the concern that taking on Trump would inevitably draw the thin-skinned tycoon's legendary invective, which it almost certainly would. If the Kochs go after Trump, rest assured that he will take every opportunity to highlight how he's being attacked by a cabal of billionaires seeking to control the outcome of the election. And this more or less explains their caution to this point. By taking on Trump, the Kochs risk lending credence to his claims of being an outsider who is battling against a corrupt political system rigged by the elites.</p> </blockquote> <p>If Trump performs poorly in New Hampshire, the Koch network may be able to avoid a damaging showdown. But if he wins, it may already be too late to halt the runaway Trump train, especially if there's no Trump-targeting campaign in the can. So what happens if Trump seizes the nomination? Here's where things get very interesting.</p> <blockquote> <p>If Trump becomes the nominee and he faces self-declared socialist Bernie Sanders in November, the senior Koch official explains, members of the donor network are likely to hold their noses and back Trump's candidacy. But there's another scenario that could prove far more controversial and possibly damaging for the network: a Trump-versus-Clinton matchup. There is absolutely no love between the Clintons and the Kochs, whose company experienced one of the most traumatic periods in its history as it fought off regulators during Bill Clinton's presidency. But, so strong is the dislike for Trump within Koch network, that a Clinton-Trump race is a tough call. "I could see the network not participating in the presidential election at all," says the senior Koch official.</p> </blockquote> <p>This doesn't mean the Koch network would stand down in 2016 entirely. Under this scenario, donors would instead channel their resources into other races. If this were to occur&mdash;and it's a very big <em>if</em>&mdash;that would be a stunning development for a network of donors that has been amassing such a huge warchest for the presidential race.</p> <p>Read the full story <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/02/koch-brothers-take-on-trump" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:02:49 +0000 Daniel Schulman 295911 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch a Very Smug Martin Shkreli Invoke the Fifth Amendment http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/watch-very-smug-martin-shkreli-invoke-fifth-amendment <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Martin Shkreli, the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/12/pharma-ceo-martin-shkreli-was-just-arrested-securities-fraud" target="_blank">former pharmaceuticals executive</a> who sparked national outrage after it was discovered he price-gouged a drug by more than 5,000 percent, appeared before the House<strong> </strong>Oversight committee on Thursday for a hearing<strong> </strong>on pharmaceutical pricing. When members of the committee asked him about the price-fixing that led to a federal investigation of his company, Shkreli repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege "against self-incrimination" and refused to answer.</p> <p>He instead let his smug smile<strong> </strong>speak for itself<strong>, </strong>while Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md) described the struggles of his constituents to pay for their medicine.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MwHnqtqO2b4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>At one point, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) asked Shkreli how to pronounce his name, to which he received a rare response. Gowdy then said, "See, there you can answer some questions&mdash;that one didn't incriminate you!"</p> <p>Gowdy continued, "I just want to make sure you understand you are welcome to answer questions and not all of your answers are going to subject you to incrimination. You understand that, don't you?"</p> <p>"I intend to follow the advice of my counsel," Shkreli replied. "Not yours."</p> <p>Shkreli, who was once labeled the "most hated man in America," repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment, even when he was asked what he would say if given the chance to speak to people with HIV/AIDS who<strong> </strong>were unable to purchase the drug Darapim after his dramatic price hike. He also refused to discuss his $2 million purchase of a Wu-Tang clan album.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Video: MartinShkreli asked about <a href="https://twitter.com/WuTangClan">@WuTangClan</a> purchase during committee hearing. <a href="https://t.co/rNGHdjVw7y">https://t.co/rNGHdjVw7y</a></p> &mdash; Lisa Tozzi (@lisatozzi) <a href="https://twitter.com/lisatozzi/status/695277756523941889">February 4, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Shkreli's choice to remain silent comes after weeks of defiant Twitter rants and a bizarre diss video aimed at Ghostface Killah, after the rapper publicly mocked him:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lI9jywQ4cgc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>After he left the hearing on Thursday, however, Shkreli started communicating and posted this on Twitter:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.</p> &mdash; Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) <a href="https://twitter.com/MartinShkreli/status/695264859907317761">February 4, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Pharma Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:53:47 +0000 Inae Oh 295896 at http://www.motherjones.com Chris Christie: I May Be Old and Smelly, but at Least I'm Not Ted Cruz http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/chris-christie-im-old-and-smelly-least-im-not-ted-cruz <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie likes to think of himself as a guy who tells voters what he believes, and as he makes a last-gasp attempt to climb out of sixth place in the New Hampshire Republican primary, what he's telling people is this: He really can't believe he's losing to these idiots.</p> <p>Speaking at a retirement community in Bow, New Hampshire, on Wednesday afternoon, Christie used an anecdote about the late actor James Gandolfini to rip into front-runner Donald Trump as a highly skilled magician deceiving the electorate with smoke and mirrors.</p> <p>As he told the seniors, when he was a US attorney from New Jersey, Christie had gone with his daughter to a Broadway performance of <em>Beauty and the Beast</em>. Gandolfini, whose daughter on the show, Jamie-Lynn Discala, played the role of Belle, saw Christie in the line for refreshments and tapped him on the shoulder. "He said, 'Um, I'm Jimmy Gandolfini,' Christie recalled. "I said, 'I know.' And he said to me&mdash;he's a big guy, he had a very strong firm handshake, as you might imagine, and he wasn't letting go of my hand, so he's shaking and he pulled me towards him&mdash;and he says, 'You know it's all make-believe, right?'"</p> <p>Christie paused for a moment, and then got to his point. "You know it's all make-believe, right?," he said, getting into it. "The guy who's running first in the polls right now&mdash;you know it's all make believe. You know that there's not really a board room he and Ivanka sit in, right? You know that when he says you're fired you're not really fired, right? Because it's not real! It is an all an act! It is all for TV!"</p> <p>Trump, who leads in the polls by double digits, has perhaps overshadowed the notoriously blustery Christie by being even more blustery. But Christie wasn't simply trying to take Trump down a few notches; he also wanted to bring down Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, the first- and third-place finishers in Iowa who are both now lapping him in the state where he's invested most of his energy. In the second truck-driving metaphor of his speech, he took aim at the two freshmen senators who don't know how to drive in the mud:</p> <blockquote> <p>New is great&mdash;it's shiny and pretty. It looks great. I understand that. New is really good. Even on a day like today, right, you went and passed the car dealer and saw a new pickup truck, and you said, "Look at that pickup truck! It looks good." So you go and you buy the new truck and you park that truck right in front of your house. Let's say this rain keeps going, I don&rsquo;t know what the forecast is, but if it keeps raining for a while you know what happens, rain turns everything into mud. And let's say you go outside to get your new car after a day or so in the rain. You get in that new truck the first time and start it up. You put it in gear and it's in the mud and the wheels start spinning. And you're thinking, why can't I get out of the mud? I gotta get out of the mud. You keep doing it, you're going back and forth, the wheels are spinning, and you're starting to get frustrated, and what's the only thing that's running through your mind? Where the heck is my old truck! My old truck always got me out of the mud. I never got stuck in the mud with my old truck. My old truck's banged up a little bit. It's scratched up a little bit. It doesn't smell nearly as good as it used to. It doesn't look as good as it used to, but I can't go anywhere in this new truck because it can't get out of the mud.</p> <p>There's two different kinds of trucks in this race, man. The Marco Rubio&ndash;Ted Cruz truck is the new, shiny, smells-nice truck. And then there's the Chris Christie truck. It&rsquo;s old. It's beat up. It's dinged up. It doesn't smell as good as it used to. But man, the Chris Christie truck knows how to get out of the mud. You know why? Because it's been in the mud before.</p> </blockquote> <p>Chris Christie is a smelly old truck, and he wants your vote, New Hampshire. Except, that is, when he's <a href="http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/chris_christie_comes_under_attack_for_use_of_state_helicopter_by_group_with_ties_to_hillary_clinton.html" target="_blank">a helicopter</a>.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:32:13 +0000 Tim Murphy 295906 at http://www.motherjones.com Study Shows Limiting Access to Planned Parenthood Hurts Poor Women Most http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/texas-family-planning-study <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Jan. 1, 2013, the state that has stood out in its<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/planned-parenthood-abortion-the-war-is-over" target="_blank"> assault on reproductive rights</a> eliminated Planned Parenthood clinics from its Medicaid public family planning program for low-income women. The result? By the end of 2014, fewer claims for contraception were filed, and more low-income Texas women had babies.</p> <p>According to a study published in the <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1511902" target="_blank"><em>New England Journal of Medicine</em></a>, when access to Planned Parenthood was taken away, women didn't find other options&mdash;they simply got less contraceptive care. The University of Texas at Austin study showed that prescriptions for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), such as IUDs and birth control implants, dropped by nearly 36 percent, and Depo Provera shots dropped by 31 percent.</p> <p>Texas' public family planning program covers single women who earn less than $1,800 per month, or less than $2,426 if they have a child.</p> <p>The study, which examined all pharmacy and medical claims from Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, filed under the public fee-for-service family planning insurance, also found adverse effects in the consistency of contraceptive care. In the <a href="http://fundtexaschoice.org/resources/texas-abortion-clinic-map/" target="_blank">23</a> of 254 counties in Texas that have a Planned Parenthood-affiliated clinic, there was a nearly 20 percent decrease the number of women who returned to receive another injection of Depo Provera after they had previously relied on it for birth control. (The Depo Provera shot must be administered every three months to be effective.) According to <a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/birth-control-shot-depo-provera" target="_blank">Planned Parenthood's website</a>, each individual shot can cost up to $100 without insurance, plus any applicable exam fees. An IUD can <a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/iud" target="_blank">cost up to $1,000.</a></p> <p>The study found no significant change for short-term contraception, such as the birth-control pill, in the wake of the coverage change. But it's important to note that IUD's and birth control implants <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/UnintendedPregnancy/PDF/Contraceptive_methods_508.pdf" target="_blank">are much more effective</a> in preventing pregnancy than the pill or condoms, and contraceptive injections are also slightly more effective. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists <a href="http://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/News-Releases/2015/ACOG-Strengthens-LARC-Recommendations" target="_blank">recommend</a> LARCs as the most reliable form of birth control.</p> <p>The rate of childbirth covered by Medicaid saw a relative increase of 27 percent within 18 months after the exclusion of Planned Parenthood from Medicaid programs in Texas counties with Planned Parenthood affiliates.</p> <p>&ldquo;The U.S. continues to have higher rates of unintended pregnancies than most rich nations, and we know that U.S. and Texas women face barriers as they try to access preventative services,&rdquo; said Amanda Stevenson, lead author of the study. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a public health issue that Texas women struggle to achieve their reproductive goals.&rdquo;</p></body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:29:39 +0000 Becca Andrews 295866 at http://www.motherjones.com Marco Rubio Is Very Upset That President Obama Went to a Mosque http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/marco-rubio-very-upset-president-obama-went-mosque <!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 Barack Obama <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/03/politics/obama-mosque-visit-muslim-rhetoric/" target="_blank">visited</a> a mosque for the first time as president, and offered perhaps the least controversial comment imaginable: "You're part of America too," he told his hosts. "You're not Muslim or American; you're Muslim and American."</p> <p>Sen. Marco Rubio was <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/03/trump-and-rubio-question-president-obamas-visit-to-a-mosque/" target="_blank">not impressed</a>, telling voters in New Hampshire:</p> <blockquote> <p>I'm tired of being divided against each other for political reasons like this president's done. Always pitting people against each other. Always. Look at today&mdash;he gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims. Of course there's going to be discrimination in America of every kind. But the bigger issue is radical Islam. And by the way, radical Islam poses a threat to Muslims themselves.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote>&nbsp;</blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>To be clear: America discriminates against Muslims.</p> <p><span class="lede" tabindex="-1">In 2012, <em>Wired</em> <a href="http://www.wired.com/2011/09/fbi-muslims-radical/" target="_blank">reported</a> that "[t]he FBI is </span>teaching its counterterrorism agents that 'main stream" [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a 'cult leader'; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity is no more than a 'funding mechanism for combat." That investigative series on federal law enforcement's prejudices against Muslims won a National Magazine Award. In 2011, the Associated Press <a href="http://www.ap.org/Index/AP-In-The-News/NYPD" target="_blank">reported</a> on how the NYPD, with the help of the CIA, spied on America mosques and even infiltrated Muslim student associations. That series won a Pulitzer. Last week, Buzzfeed <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/talalansari/welcome-to-america-now-spy-on-your-friends#.iuwqyY4Lp" target="_blank">reported</a> on the intense pressure applied by the federal government on Muslim immigrants who apply for citizenship. My colleague Kristina Rizga has <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/01/bullying-islamophobia-in-american-schools" target="_blank">reported</a> on the pervasiveness of anti-Muslim bullying in schools. One of the candidates who beat Rubio last week literally proposed banning Muslims from entering the country; the other limited his ban to people from predominantly Muslim countries.</p> <p>This is all pretty easy to find online, but in Rubio's defense, the Internet is pretty spotty in New Hampshire.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections marco rubio Thu, 04 Feb 2016 04:36:27 +0000 Tim Murphy 295886 at http://www.motherjones.com Chris Christie Promises to Beat Hillary Clinton's "Rear End" http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/chris-christie-promises-beat-hillary-clintons-rear-end <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">WATCH: <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisChristie">@ChrisChristie</a> promises to beat Clinton's "rear end" on debate stage <a href="https://t.co/TYKQ3wwG72">https://t.co/</a><a href="https://t.co/TYKQ3wwG72">TYKQ3wwG72</a><a href="https://t.co/j3XMYAFXJA">https</a><a href="https://t.co/j3XMYAFXJA">://t.co/j3XMYAFXJA</a></p> &mdash; ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCPolitics/status/694927597902278657">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <p>After capturing a whopping 1.8% of the vote&nbsp;during Monday's Iowa Republican caucus, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has turned his attention to the future. At a campaign event in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Christie&nbsp;promised to "beat [Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's]&nbsp;rear end" if given the nomination and the chance to debate against her for the presidency.&nbsp;</p> <p>"You know the last person she wants to see on that stage in September? You're looking at him," Christie said to a group of laughing New Hampshire citizens. "You know why? She's been running away from federal prosecutors for the last six months. Man, she sees a federal prosecutor on the stage&mdash;I'll beat her rear end on that stage, and you know what? After I do, she'll be relieved because she'd just be worried I'd serve her with a subpoena."</p> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:30:36 +0000 Miles E. Johnson 295801 at http://www.motherjones.com Rand Paul Drops Out http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/rand-paul-drops-out <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Rand Paul dropped his bid for the White House Wednesday morning after a <a href="http://www.cnn.com/election/primaries/states/ia" target="_blank">fifth-place</a> finish in the Iowa caucuses.</p> <p>"It's been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House," Paul <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/03/rand-paul-suspends-presidential-campaign/?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_paul-915am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory" target="_blank">said</a> in a statement. "Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty."</p> <p>The first-term Kentucky senator's Iowa finish, with 4 percent of the vote, was a poor showing compared with the <a href="http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/data/iowa-caucus/results/" target="_blank">third-place finish</a> of his father, former Rep. Ron Paul, there four years ago. Ted Cruz worked hard to win over the more libertarian-leaning voters who had caucused for Ron Paul four years ago. At many Cruz rallies, his campaign showed <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/09/29/ted-cruz-snags-former-ron-paul-supporters/" target="_blank">a video</a> of former Ron Paul supporters pledging their support to Cruz. "He's really picked up the mantle of Ron Paul in many ways,"&nbsp;<span class="message_body">Joel Kurtinitis,</span> Ron Paul's 2012 regional director, says in the video. In the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Ron Paul <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/01/rand-and-ron-paul-bring-the-revolution-back-to-iowa/" target="_blank">spoke</a> at his son's final rally on Sunday night in Iowa City, but his presence didn't give his son the lift he needed Monday night.</p> <p>Out of the presidential primary, Paul won't have a long reprieve from campaigning. He is up for reelection to the US Senate in November and already has <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/rand-pauls-bigger-problem-back-home/433830/" target="_blank">an opponent</a> in Jim Gray, the Democratic mayor of Lexington.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Rand Paul Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:26:41 +0000 Pema Levy 295786 at http://www.motherjones.com Trump Accuses Cruz of Fraud in Iowa http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/donald-trump-twitter-accuses-ted-cruz-fraud-iowa <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>After losing the Iowa Republican caucuses to Ted Cruz on Monday, Donald Trump was <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/donald-trump-concession-speech-iowa" target="_blank">uncharacteristically gracious</a> in conceding the contest. His cordiality didn't last long.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a series of more classically Trumpian tweets on Wednesday morning, Trump accused Cruz of using underhanded and fraudulent tactics to win in Iowa, and he called for Cruz's results to be nullified or a new election to be held.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/694890328273346560">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ted Cruz didn't win Iowa, he stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/694879900256354304">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">During primetime of the Iowa Caucus, Cruz put out a release that <a href="https://twitter.com/RealBenCarson">@RealBenCarson</a> was quitting the race, and to caucus (or vote) for Cruz.</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/694882228665507840">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Many people voted for Cruz over Carson because of this Cruz fraud. Also, Cruz sent out a VOTER VIOLATION certificate to thousands of voters.</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/694884902618165248">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The Voter Violation certificate gave poor marks to the unsuspecting voter(grade of F) and told them to clear it up by voting for Cruz. Fraud</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/694885775431835648">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">And finally, Cruz strongly told thousands of caucusgoers (voters) that Trump was strongly in favor of ObamaCare and "choice" - a total lie!</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/694888332099239936">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Elections Top Stories Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:33:02 +0000 Miles E. Johnson 295776 at http://www.motherjones.com One Hospital in This City Gave Vulnerable Women an Option. Now It's Gone. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/01/cincinnati-fetal-abnormality-ban <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>If a pregnant woman in the Greater Cincinnati area<strong> </strong>receives the diagnosis of a fetal abnormality such as<strong> </strong>Tay-Sachs disease or anencephaly&mdash;in which a major part of the fetus' brain does not develop&mdash;she is no longer able to terminate the pregnancy in a local hospital.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Christ Hospital in Mount Auburn was the last hospital in the city of more than 2 million to provide this service, but two months ago it enacted a new policy that prohibits physicians from performing abortions in fetal anomaly cases. The hospital will now only terminate pregnancies "in situations deemed to be a threat to the life of the mother," <a href="http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/26/abortion-ohio-department-health-christ-hospital-cincinnati/79060688/" target="_blank">the new policy</a> reads.</p> <p>"The cases are highly emotional and tragic," Danielle Craig, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, <a href="http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/26/abortion-ohio-department-health-christ-hospital-cincinnati/79060688/" target="_blank">told the Cincinnati <em>Enquirer</em></a>. "Under these circumstances, for many patients, an overnight stay in a hospital is better than an outpatient procedure, and women should have that option."</p> <p>Comprehensive fetal testing, like ultrasounds of the heart and anatomical sonograms, are <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2013/07/texas_abortion_ban_after_20_weeks_prenatal_testing_reveals_birth_defects.html" target="_blank">typically performed</a> at around 20 weeks' gestation and can reveal a host of disorders, from genetic problems to fetal development gone awry. Late mid-term abortions are less common than first-trimester abortions, so this option is likely taken by women who are facing some kind of severe fetal birth defect.</p> <p>For women in Cincinnati who decide to terminate their pregnancies after receiving this diagnosis, the only other option to get an abortion would be<strong> </strong>at the local <a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/ohio/cincinnati/45219/cincinnati-surgical-center-3347-91260/abortion" target="_blank">Planned Parenthood affiliate</a>. But if the abnormality comes with certain health risks that may complicate the procedure and endanger the life of the mother, the case would have to be referred back to a hospital outside the Greater Cincinnati area, according to Craig.</p> <p>According to the Ohio Department of Health's annual report, only 84 of more than 21,000 abortions were performed in hospitals in 2014&mdash;merely 0.4 percent of all abortions statewide. Christ Hospital reported performing a total of 59 such abortions in the past five and a half years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/datacenter/profiles/OH.jsp" target="_blank">Ohio has several abortion restrictions in place,</a> including requiring counseling with information to discourage abortions, a 24-hour waiting period between counseling and abortion, and the right for all medical professional and institutions to refuse to provide an abortion.</p> <p>Bans on abortion because of fetal abnormalities are not common in the United States. <a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_SRSGAAB.pdf" target="_blank">Only North Dakota</a> has a statewide ban. Arizona, Minnesota, and Oklahoma require counseling if a hospital abortion is sought because of a lethal fetal abnormality. And in some cases, as with the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, a single hospital enacts the policy.</p> <p>During the 2012 presidential race, candidate Rick Santorum <a href="http://prospect.org/article/fetal-abnormalities-next-minefield-abortion-wars" target="_blank">declared</a> that 90 percent of fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted, but no comprehensive data exists on how many women choose to abort after a fetal abnormality is detected<strong>.</strong> In early 2013, Americans United for Life put forth draft model legislation <a href="http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2013/02/12/chipping-away-at-exceptions-forced-birth-for-fetal-anomailes/" target="_blank">that aimed to</a> end "discrimination based on genetic abnormalities," as AUL president and CEO Charmaine Yoest put it. The North Dakota ban was a result&mdash;Indiana and Missouri also picked it up, but the measures ultimately failed.</p> <p>The Zika virus&mdash;a virus transmitted by both mosquitos and <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/02/02/confirmed-zika-can-also-spread-via-sex.html?via=newsletter&amp;source=CSPMedition" target="_blank">sexual encounters</a> that <a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-01-29/sketchy-numbers-behind-brazil-s-zika-crisis" target="_blank">may be linked to microcephaly&mdash;</a>has focused attention on the issue of pregnancy termination in cases of fetal abnormalities.<strong> </strong>Women in<strong> </strong>El Salvador, Brazil, Honduras, and Colombia, where the virus is spreading, have been <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/26/world/americas/el-salvadors-advice-on-zika-dont-have-babies.html?_r=0" target="_blank">urged to avoid pregnancy</a>. While the North American climate is <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/01/28/zika-virus-who-announces-formation-of-emergency-committee-level-of-alarm-extremely-high/" target="_blank">inhospitable</a> to the mosquito population that is responsible for the spread closer to the equator, the potential reach of the virus does include a small sliver of the southern United States, according to <a href="https://twitter.com/WHO/status/692688757695385600/photo/1" target="_blank">a map by the World Health Organization</a>.</p> <p>Should the virus spread in the United States, women who live where fetal abnormality abortions are prohibited may still have an option. In the 1960s, when the rubella pandemic hit, the virus caused birth defects such as blindness and deafness. Although abortion was illegal in the decade before <em>Roe v. Wade</em>, "<a href="http://www.wired.com/2016/01/abortion-and-zika-south-america/" target="_blank">therapeutic abortions</a>"&mdash;meaning doctors verified that the procedure was medically necessary&mdash;were allowed.</p> <p>The specifics of the Zika virus are still being determined by scientists and medical professionals, but if the connection between the virus and microcephaly is confirmed, it could have a powerful impact on reproductive policy in Latin America and the United States.</p></body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:00:53 +0000 Becca Andrews 295251 at http://www.motherjones.com These Charts Show How the US Is Failing Syrian Refugees http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/these-charts-show-which-countries-are-taking-their-fair-share-syrian-refugees <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The United States and some other rich nations need to step up their game when it comes to helping millions of Syrians fleeing their country's brutal civil war, according to a new <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/file_attachments/bn-syria-fair-shares-analysis-010216-en.pdf" target="_blank">study</a> released this week by international aid group Oxfam.</p> <p>Since 2011, about <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34710483" target="_blank">250,000 people</a> have been killed and 11 million more have fled from their homes amid fighting between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the country's rebel groups. On Thursday, the United Nations is co-hosting a <a href="https://www.supportingsyria2016.com/about/" target="_blank">conference</a> in London to raise money for Syrians who have been affected by the crisis.</p> <p>Ahead of that conference, Oxfam crunched some data to figure out how much the United States and other rich countries donated in 2015&mdash;and whether, based on the relative size of their economies, they gave their "fair share" of the $8.9 billion total that Oxfam says was needed. For many of the countries, Oxfam found, the answer to that second question was a resounding no. The United States, for example, donated $1.56 billion in aid last year, more than any other country. But with the world's biggest economy, its "fair share" contribution should have been more than $2 billion, according to Oxfam&mdash;and it only gave 76 percent of that. Russia and France, which have also been deeply involved in Syria's civil war, were relatively stingy, too. By contrast, Kuwait, a smaller country, gave 554 percent of its fair share by donating $313 million in aid.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="890" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" src="//datawrapper.dwcdn.net/iDDdA/1/" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="100%"></iframe><br> Oxfam also evaluated whether countries have pledged to take in their fair share of Syrian refugees&mdash;again, based on the size of their economies. Oxfam has called on rich countries to resettle at least one-tenth of refugees living in Syria's neighboring countries&mdash;about 460,000 people&mdash;by the end of 2016, but notes that to date they have only collectively offered to resettle 128,612 people. Since 2013, the United States has agreed to take in only 7 percent of what Oxfam deems to be the country's fair share of refugees.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="780" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" src="//datawrapper.dwcdn.net/r86tF/2/" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="630px"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Human Rights International Wed, 03 Feb 2016 01:36:44 +0000 Samantha Michaels 295636 at http://www.motherjones.com Ted Cruz Took a Position on Fireworks Legalization in Iowa to Win 60 Votes http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/ted-cruz-fireworks <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?</p> <p>Then you probably voted for Ted Cruz. Bloomberg's Sasha Issenberg has <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-02-02/how-ted-cruz-engineered-his-iowa-triumph" target="_blank">the most intriguing analysis</a> of the Texas senator's victory in last night's Iowa caucuses, explaining how Chris Wilson, the Cruz campaign's pollster and director of analytics, carved up the state's eligible voters into 150 different categories with a borderline spooky precision. No issue was too small for the Cruz campaign&mdash;not even the legalization of fireworks sales, which are currently illegal in Iowa:</p> <blockquote> <p>When there was no way that a segment could be rolled up into a larger universe, as was the case with the sixty Iowans who were expected to make a priority of fireworks reform, Cruz's volunteers would see the message reflected in the scripts they read from phone banks, adjusted to the expected profile of the listener. A Stoic Traditionalist would hear that "an arbitrary ban of this kind is infringing on liberty," as a messaging plan prepared by Cambridge Analytica put it, while Relaxed Leaders are "likely to enjoy parties and community celebrations, such as the 4th of July, and thus a fun-killing measure of this kind is unlikely to sit well with them."</p> </blockquote> <p>But here's the best part:</p> <blockquote> <p>Unlike most of his opponents, Cruz has put a voter-contact specialist in charge of his operation, and it shows in nearly every aspect of the campaign he has run thus far and intends to sustain through a long primary season. <strong>Cruz, it should be noted, had no public position on Iowa's fireworks law until his analysts identified sixty votes that could potentially be swayed because of it.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>And it's true&mdash;fireworks reform might not be a big issue among Iowa voters, but it does look like a real pain to celebrate America's independence if you live in Des Moines, a healthy two-hour drive from the nearest place to purchase fireworks legally. If you didn't know what Iowa looked like, you could draw a near-perfect outline of the state just by connecting the dots of all the fireworks retailers on its borders seeking business from Hawkeye State fireworks enthusiasts:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/iowa_630.png"><div class="caption">Google Maps</div> </div> <p>The reasons why Cruz prevailed go well beyond his campaign's microtargeting. Maybe Trump should have considered spending real money, or investing in a better ground game himself, or&mdash;I'm reaching here&mdash;conducting his life in a way that didn't thoroughly alienate the evangelical voters who comprised two-thirds of the electorate. But Cruz has proven that he's a candidate who knows what he's doing.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Ted Cruz Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:56:30 +0000 Tim Murphy 295626 at http://www.motherjones.com Ted Cruz's College Roommate Can't Stop Talking Smack About Him http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/ted-cruz-princeton-roomate-won-iowa-caucuses-victory <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Craig Mazin is on a Twitter roll.</p> <p>His antipathy for his former Princeton roommate, Ted Cruz, has made him a public sounding board for Cruz haters and fun seekers, and a target for the senator's supporters. "I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States," <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/01/ted-cruz-jerk-hated" target="_blank">Mazin told</a> the <em>Daily Beast</em>. "Anyone. I would rather pick somebody from the phone book."</p> <p>Plenty of Cruz fans tweet at Mazin to take issue with his mini-diatribes or, since Monday, to gloat over their candidate's victory in Iowa. But Mazin politely gives as good as he gets. Here are his relevant exchanges from the past 48 hours or so. (Click the links for more context.)</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">He took AP Shaming long before he arrived at Princeton. <a href="https://t.co/6uOpU9Wd1L">https://t.co/6uOpU9Wd1L</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/693866098299527168">January 31, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/Lin_Manuel">@Lin_Manuel</a>'s shortest musical. CRUZ. "I am not throwing away my--" BANG. "Is he dead?" "Yup." CURTAIN. APPLAUSE. <a href="https://t.co/LevPFjtLWD">https://t.co/LevPFjtLWD</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/693874758111227904">January 31, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"The Lord told me to vote for Ted Cruz." Remind me why the omnipotent creator of the universe would give a shit? <a href="https://t.co/4q55UucOOz">https://t.co/4q55UucOOz</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/693899956529180673">January 31, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">There is no book. There's only the cover. <a href="https://t.co/BazerdXx5X">https://t.co/BazerdXx5X</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/693955341277491201">February 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Some nice charities. Equality, Planned Parenthood, bone marrow registry, whatever you'd like. <a href="https://t.co/5gX5aBHCi5">https://t.co/5gX5aBHCi5</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/693967319156989954">February 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">By "friends" I assume you mean "most people" and by "mean girls" you mean "observant, thoughtful individuals?" Yes. <a href="https://t.co/fQiFwZW3ea">https://t.co/fQiFwZW3ea</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694250469867151360">February 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I'm not much of a drinker. Either way, I'll smile. With every passing day, the world gets a clearer view. <a href="https://t.co/pS2qIWwLcG">https://t.co/pS2qIWwLcG</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694259355470802944">February 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Yeah, turns out U.S. military commanders also think Ted is a jackass. Who's left at this point? <a href="https://t.co/AHpkxJnIbO">https://t.co/AHpkxJnIbO</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694265224422010880">February 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Where do you think he works now, sir? Where does the job he wants take place, sir? We'll wait. <a href="https://t.co/sZEpLf4rzc">https://t.co/sZEpLf4rzc</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694319138806759424">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hey everyone! Had a great time seeing Hail, Caesar! tonight. Anything else happen? Oh! Right! Ted won the Santorum-Huckabee prize!</p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694413629412642817">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Personally, I'm kinda thrilled. More Cruz! If I suffered for 10 months with this abomination, why should you people get off any easier?</p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694413974926815232">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"Once there was a walking personality disorder who ran for President..." <a href="https://t.co/NoCi0MXDve">https://t.co/NoCi0MXDve</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694414150684946432">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">No, it's new. I assume one wrist is local time, and the other is whatever time it is in the hellpit that spawned him <a href="https://t.co/4kFR5DVLLe">https://t.co/4kFR5DVLLe</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694415335005392896">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Are those "don't tread on me" snakes... or the alien worms piloting the meat suit you all call "Ted Cruz"? <a href="https://t.co/fjPrzU20Wm">https://t.co/fjPrzU20Wm</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694415606313938944">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">You think tonight bothers me? Please. Every day I'd come back to my room and find Ted shirtless in bed, hands behind his head, armpits out.</p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694417019962142720">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Yes, a character from a remaindered Left Behind knockoff novel who thinks his son is going to bring Jeebus back. <a href="https://t.co/sO0Rocg9iB">https://t.co/sO0Rocg9iB</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694417368613724165">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ummm, yes you can. You can watch them on TV right now if you want... <a href="https://t.co/DxpzoyJXrj">https://t.co/DxpzoyJXrj</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694425295378493440">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Sure. Two possibilities.<br> 1. Tragic coincidence<br> 2. I'm a character in a story, and the author is a dick <a href="https://t.co/xsHatgduDH">https://t.co/xsHatgduDH</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694425537373032448">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">You want "horrible." His sense of smell was fine. His actual smell was yucky. Linking verbs! <a href="https://t.co/nJX6GDUOMO">https://t.co/nJX6GDUOMO</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694426642127548416">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"I&auml;! Shub-Niggurath! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!" <a href="https://t.co/OxQRtGdV84">https://t.co/OxQRtGdV84</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694426952757710848">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ted Cruz focused all of his resources on a state with tailor-made demographics for him, and he got 50,000 votes. Dodger Stadium fits 56,000.</p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694433819949080577">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I wanted to read your comment, but I locked in on your Jesus Fire Flag and started astral projecting. <a href="https://t.co/ak0haIFmZV">https://t.co/ak0haIFmZV</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694450757962063872">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I know! Ten thousand more votes than President Huckabee got! Also, you want a comma before "you schmuck." <a href="https://t.co/QUHEnL2OhT">https://t.co/QUHEnL2OhT</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694451387661361152">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Maybe we were both gay for each other! IT'S TIME FOR HOMO PANIC EVERYONE! AAAHHHH GAY STUFF HELP ME LORD AHHHHHHHHH! <a href="https://t.co/ZNe1OpewKl">https://t.co/ZNe1OpewKl</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694582902068113408">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Your name is "Multi Automatic Round" and my rebuttal is complete. <a href="https://t.co/6V3Vq3bYQO">https://t.co/6V3Vq3bYQO</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694584428878630912">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Wow. Close one. I'm gonna say................ yup. Still me. <a href="https://t.co/y9qBbshhM5">https://t.co/y9qBbshhM5</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694585201402339328">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">More homo panic. I think there's a study somewhere that indicates something about... wait. Stickeehands? <a href="https://t.co/JlR98gwzE8">https://t.co/JlR98gwzE8</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694586291917164544">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I don't know for sure, but everything seems to indicate his J&ouml;rg is rather Tittel. <a href="https://t.co/m0ejQzFXJW">https://t.co/m0ejQzFXJW</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694587244884045828">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Ted Cruz Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:45:47 +0000 Michael Mechanic 295641 at http://www.motherjones.com Meet the Only Jeb Bush Supporter at His Caucus http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/meet-only-jeb-bush-supporter-his-caucus <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Kramer Howell was the only voter in his precinct to caucus for Jeb Bush Monday night. &nbsp;</p> <p>"I'm the lone Jeb supporter," said Howell, a senior at Drake University who voted in Republican precinct caucus 45, located on his campus in Des Moines, Iowa. "I was the only one."</p> <p>That means the woman who spoke on Jeb's behalf did not even vote for him. "Her pitch was basically, 'He's a good guy,'" Howell said. "It was like the least rousing speech I've ever heard." No one even spoke on behalf of Trump or Kasich.</p> <p>In all, 47 voters showed up at this caucus, with Marco Rubio dominating and Ted Cruz coming in second.</p> <p>Oddly, the person who spoke on behalf of Ben Carson kept referring to him as Bernie Sanders. "He went on this really incoherent tangent about gay marriage," said Howell. "He didn't seem like the brightest guy."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Jeb Bush Top Stories jeb Tue, 02 Feb 2016 04:24:23 +0000 Pema Levy 295591 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Donald Trump's Concession Speech After Losing the GOP Iowa Caucus to Ted Cruz http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/donald-trump-concession-speech-iowa <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Ted Cruz defeated Donald Trump in the Republican Iowa caucus tonight. Cruz's victory comes as a major surprise, as the <a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2016/01/30/donald-trump-reclaims-lead-latest-iowa-poll/79562322/" target="_blank">final two polls </a>preceding Monday's caucus projected a clear win for Trump.</p> <p>Below is Trump's unusually humble concession speech, which even included a rare congratulatory message for the Texas senator.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wRoUCjIeUSQ" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Tue, 02 Feb 2016 04:21:29 +0000 Inae Oh 295596 at http://www.motherjones.com Let These Legos Explain How the Iowa Democratic Caucus Works http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/let-these-legos-explain-how-iowa-caucus-works <!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/SJqv--jyXPg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Today, the state of Iowa reasserts its outsize importance in American politics with the official start of the presidential primary season, the Iowa caucus. For the huge amount of attention the Iowa caucus draws, there's also a ton of confusion about what exactly happens during it.<strong> </strong>Republicans gather and cast secret ballots, but Democrats get together and do...what? Whether you're in need of a quick refresher or new to the game, let this brilliant video produced by the folks at <a href="http://bgr.com/2016/02/01/iowa-caucus-clinton-trump-star-wars-lego/" target="_blank">Vermont Public Radio</a> outline what's taking place today when the Democratic Party holds their caucuses.</p> <p>For more of an in-depth look at Iowa and beyond, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/topics/2016-elections" target="_blank">check out our up-to-the-minute political coverage here.</a></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:21:19 +0000 Inae Oh 295446 at http://www.motherjones.com Trump's Iowa Campaign Gets Hit With a Sex Discrimination Complaint http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/trump-campaign-staffer-iowa-files-sex-discrimination-complaint <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A Donald Trump field organizer who was fired in January has filed a sex discrimination complaint against Trump's campaign.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/01/us/politics/trump-field-organizer-accuses-campaign-of-sex-discrimination.html?partner=rss&amp;emc=rss" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a> reported on Sunday that Elizabeth Mae Davidson, a 26-year-old field organizer for the Trump campaign in Davenport, Iowa, filed&nbsp; the complaint last Thursday with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission alleging that men who were doing the same work earned more money, were given more responsibility, and were treated more leniently in the campaign.&nbsp;</p> <p>Davidson recruited organizers for most of her region's 63 precincts and also opened the Trump campaign's second field office in Iowa. She was fired on January 14, the day after she was quoted in a different <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/14/us/politics/donald-trumps-iowa-ground-game-seems-to-be-missing-a-coach.html?_r=0" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a> article about problems with the campaign in Iowa. The quotes attributed to her were about the process of recruiting volunteers and said nothing disparaging about the campaign. Davidson told the <em>Times</em> in an interview for Sunday's story<strong> </strong>that she was paid $2,000 a month, while several men with her same title&mdash;district representative&mdash;were paid between $3,500 and $4,000 per month.&nbsp;</p> <p>In her complaint, Davidson alleges that male district representatives have been quoted in the media without getting fired, and that her male peers were given the opportunity to organize and speak at rallies while her requests to do this work were ignored. Her complaint also alleges that when she and another female volunteer met Trump at a rally last summer, the presidential hopeful said, in reference to their appearance, "You guys could do a lot of damage."</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/01/us/politics/trump-field-organizer-accuses-campaign-of-sex-discrimination.html?partner=rss&amp;emc=rss" target="_blank">the </a><em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/01/us/politics/trump-field-organizer-accuses-campaign-of-sex-discrimination.html?partner=rss&amp;emc=rss" target="_blank">Times</a>,</em> Trump denied making this comment and did not address the other allegations. He also explained that his staff had told him that Davidson "did a terrible job," and he criticized the paper for publishing this story the day before the Iowa caucuses. "A story like this," he said, "could damage my chances."</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:35:20 +0000 Hannah Levintova 295401 at http://www.motherjones.com Guess Where Jeb Bush Is Spending Iowa Caucus Night? (Hint: Not in Iowa.) http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/guess-where-jeb-bush-spending-iowa-caucus-night <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>As the campaigns of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and even Rand Paul&mdash;and their Democratic counterparts&mdash;prepare big parties Monday night to celebrate the Iowa caucuses, Jeb Bush supporters will have nowhere obvious to go. Because instead of spending the caucus night in Iowa, Bush will be in New Hampshire.</p> <p>The mammoth super-PAC backing Bush has spent more than any other on ads in the state, pouring <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/and-the-total-amount-spent-campaign-ads-iowa" target="_blank">$15 million</a> into Iowa. When you ask Iowans about the direct mail flooding their mailboxes, they often cite Bush as the candidate they get the most mail about. Bush was never as good a fit in the socially conservative Iowa Republican race as he hopes to be in New Hampshire. But Mitt Romney came in a close second in Iowa in 2012, proving that there is space for an establishment-style candidate to do well in Iowa if the state's more moderate Republicans can rally around one person.</p> <p>In 2016, that person is not Bush. When the highly anticipated <a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2016/01/30/donald-trump-reclaims-lead-latest-iowa-poll/79562322/" target="_blank"><em>Des Moines Register</em> poll</a> came out Saturday night, Bush was at just 2 percent. Time to move on to more promising territory, even if his <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/nh/new_hampshire_republican_presidential_primary-3350.html" target="_blank">superior poll numbers</a> in New Hampshire still put him in a distant fourth place, with less than a third of the support enjoyed by the front-runner, Trump.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Jeb Bush iowa caucuses Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:50:02 +0000 Pema Levy 295381 at http://www.motherjones.com What Donald Trump’s Short Fingers Mean for His Presidency http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/01/donald-trump-short-fingers-baby-carrots <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>For Achilles, it was the heel. For Samson, it was the hair. For Beast, twas' beauty. Donald Trump may appear impervious to the sharpest Republican barbs, but he has one proven weakness over the course of his four decades in overly public life: stubby fingers.</p> <p><span class="content" data-reactid=".m3hgmliw3k.5.1:2.1.0.0.5">Trump has presumably had short fingers for as long as he's had fingers, but it wasn't until 1988 that anyone called attention to it. That year, <em>Spy</em> magazine began the practice of needling Trump at every opportunity by referring to him in virtually every story as a "short-fingered vulgarian." ("Queens-born casino profiteer" would also do.) Trump defended his honor in the <em>New York Post</em>, <a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/nine-tales-of-trump-at-his-trumpiest/article/2000697" target="_blank">stating</a> that "</span>my fingers are long and beautiful, as, has been well-documented, are various other parts of my body."</p> <p><span class="content" data-reactid=".m3hgmliw3k.5.1:2.1.0.0.5">In an essay last fall, former <em>Spy </em>editor Graydon Carter <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/10/graydon-carter-donald-trump" target="_blank">revealed</a> how much this pissed Trump off: To this day, the Republican presidential front-runner continues to mail Carter photos of himself, and "[o]n all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers." </span><span class="content" data-reactid=".m3hgmliw3k.5.1:2.1.0.0.5">The most recent one even included a message: </span><span class="content" data-reactid=".m3hgmliw3k.5.1:2.1.0.0.5">"See, not so short!" </span>On Friday, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska even joined in on the fun, <a href="https://twitter.com/BenSasse/status/693252441232510976" target="_blank">responding</a> to an insult from Trump by joking, "you'd think I asked Mr <a class="twitter-atreply pretty-link js-nav" data-mentioned-user-id="25073877" dir="ltr" href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump"><s>@</s><b>realDonaldTrump</b></a> abt the length of his fingers or something important like that."</p> <p><span class="content" data-reactid=".m3hgmliw3k.5.1:2.1.0.0.5">So just what do Trump's Bart Simpson hands have to do with making America great again?</span> According to Madame La Roux's 1993 treatise on palm reading, <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=2yQxule_llcC&amp;dq=society+of+people+with+short+fingers&amp;q=short+fingers#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" target="_blank"><em>The Practice of Classical Palmistry</em></a>, quite a lot!</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202016-02-01%20at%209.48.56%20AM.png"><div class="caption">Google Books</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202016-02-01%20at%209.49.13%20AM.png"><div class="caption">Google Books</div> </div> <p>Disdain for detail? Impulsive? Impetuous? Hot-headed? Pushy? Obsessed with doing "big" things like <em>building enormous buildings</em>?</p> <p>This sounds like someone we know.</p> <p>Now, I don't think Trump's baby-carrot fingers have any bearing on his presidential temperament. But then, I'm not the one who routinely cites the results of post-debate online surveys conducted by the <em>Drudge Report</em> as some kind of science and <a href="https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/265895292191248385?lang=en" target="_blank">believes</a> that the "concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." It's only a matter of time before this shocking revelation hits voters in New Hampshire.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Donald Trump Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:26:36 +0000 Tim Murphy 295351 at http://www.motherjones.com Ted Cruz Defends Mailer Dubbed "Misleading" By Iowa's Secretary of State http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/01/ted-cruz-defends-voting-violation-mailer-iowa <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Ted Cruz on Saturday evening defended a mailer sent out by his campaign that has been <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/01/30/iowa-official-criticizes-cruz-campaign-over-mailer/" target="_blank">criticized</a> by Iowa's secretary of state as "misleading" and a violation of "the spirit of the Iowa caucuses.&rdquo;</p> <p>"I will apologize to no one for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote," Cruz said, speaking to reporters before a rally in Sioux City, Iowa.</p> <p>Earlier Saturday, the Cruz campaign came under fire for sending out a mailer, with the look of an official state document, that warns of a "voting violation." It informs voters they are receiving the notice "because of low expected voter turnout in your area" and says a "follow-up notice" may arrive after the Iowa caucuses.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="und"><a href="https://twitter.com/RBPundit">@RBPundit</a> <a href="https://t.co/FBjxaipH9p">pic.twitter.com/FBjxaipH9p</a></p> &mdash; Braddock Massey (@Braddock_Massey) <a href="https://twitter.com/Braddock_Massey/status/693289869351612417">January 30, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The mailer looks like it is building on <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/01/30/cruz-mailer-inspired-by-political-scientists-is-condemned-by-iowa-secretary-of-state/" target="_blank">social science research</a> showing that guilt is a powerful way to mobilize voters to turnout.</p> <p>Cruz claimed that there was nothing wrong with the mailer&mdash;and that in fact mailers like this are routine. "Matt Schultz, who is a former secretary of state, is the chairman of our campaign, put out a public statement saying these mailers are routine," he said. "The Iowa Republican Party has done so in the past&mdash;in past elections."</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections iowa caucuses Ted Cruz Sun, 31 Jan 2016 02:13:44 +0000 Pema Levy 295301 at http://www.motherjones.com Ted Cruz's New Anti-Choice Group Is Headed by a Guy Who Thinks Abortion Caused the Drought http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/01/ted-cruz-anti-abortion-coalition-troy-newman <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>During a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said he's created an anti-abortion group that will "champion every child, born and unborn." The Pro-Lifers for Cruz coalition already has more than 17,000 members, according to a <a href="https://www.tedcruz.org/news/cruz-for-president-announces-pro-lifers-for-cruz-coalition-with-17334-members/" target="_blank">press release</a>, and will be chaired by Tony Perkins, the anti-LGBT president of the Family Research Council who <a href="http://www.advocate.com/election/2016/1/27/watch-hate-group-leader-tony-perkins-endorses-ted-cruz" target="_blank">recently said</a> same-sex marriage is responsible for "havoc in our homes and blood in our streets." Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has also <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/01/marco-rubios-latest-anti-abortion-move-pro-life-campaign-committee" target="_blank">created a committee</a>, but Cruz has cornered some of the more extreme members of the anti-abortion movement.</p> <p>Also heading up the coalition are 11 anti-abortion co-chairs "representing virtually every perspective on the pro-life spectrum." One of those perspectives is that of Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue and a <a href="http://www.operationrescue.org/about-us/who-we-are/" target="_blank">board member</a> of the Center for Medical Progress, the group behind the debunked Planned Parenthood videos, whose founder David Daleiden was recently indicted for alleged crimes in connection to the videos. In his announcement on Wednesday, Cruz called Newman's group "one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation."</p> <p>Newman has been involved in anti-abortion organizing for decades, and in 1999 he became the president of Operation Rescue, a group with a long history devoted to shuttering abortion clinics. In 2000 he published the book <em>Their Blood Cries Out</em>, in which <a href="http://www.thenation.com/article/ted-cruz-announces-a-terrifying-new-supporter/" target="_blank">he</a> <a href="http://www.operationrescue.org/about-us/history/how-troy-newman-rescued-operation-rescue/" target="_blank">calls</a> abortion doctors "blood-guilty." In a <a href="http://www.thenation.com/article/ted-cruz-announces-a-terrifying-new-supporter/" target="_blank">passage</a> of the book, which is now out of print, Newman wrote that "the United States government has abrogated its responsibility to properly deal with the blood-guilty. This responsibility rightly involves executing convicted murderers, including abortionists, for their crimes in order to expunge bloodguilt [sic] from the land and people."</p> <p>In 2002, Newman moved Operation Rescue headquarters from Southern California to Wichita, Kansas,<strong> </strong>the home of Dr. George Tiller, one of the only later-term abortion providers in the country at the time. Tiller was shot to death <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/01/us/01tiller.html?pagewanted=all" target="_blank">while volunteering</a> as an usher for his church. Scott Roeder, 51, who <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2009/06/01/43207/roeder-operation-rescue/" target="_blank">participated</a> in Operation Rescue events and protests in Wichita, was eventually <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/10/21/scott_roeder_murdered_george_tiller_is_it_his_right_to_threaten_another.html" target="_blank">sentenced</a> to 50 years in prison for the murder. Newman immediately distanced himself from Roeder following Tiller's death. Operation Rescue's senior vice president is Cheryl Sullenger, who in the late 1980s <a href="http://www.operationrescue.org/about-us/who-we-are/" target="_blank">served two years</a> in federal prison for conspiring to bomb an abortion clinic.</p> <p>A year after moving to Wichita, Newman commented on the state execution of Paul Hill, a man <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/04/us/florida-executes-killer-of-an-abortion-provider.html" target="_blank">convicted</a> of murdering a Florida-based abortion provider and his volunteer escort. In a <a href="https://archive.is/efBG9" target="_blank">joint press release,</a> Newman's Operation Rescue and another pro-life organization wrote that Hill's execution was unjust because "there are many examples where taking the life in defense of innocent human beings is legally justified and permissible under the law&hellip;Execution under these circumstances is nothing less than murder of a political prisoner."</p> <p>Last October, Newman, who had been scheduled to speak at an anti-abortion event, was <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/us-antiabortion-campaigner-troy-newman-loses-legal-bid-to-enter-australia-20151002-gk058e.html" target="_blank">deported</a> from Australia because government officials thought he would be "a threat to good order" and that his views on abortion could compromise the safety and well-being of women seeking abortions. Newman has recently <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/troy-newman-legal-abortion-blame-california-drought" target="_blank">claimed</a> that the ongoing drought in California is caused by abortion: "Is it no wonder that California is experiencing the worst drought in history when it is the largest child-killer in all of the United States?"</p> <p>Ken Cuccinelli, the former state senator and attorney general of Virginia who has said he opposes abortion even when the pregnancy is a health risk to the woman,<strong> </strong>is another co-chair of the committee. So is Gianna Jessen, who calls herself an "abortion survivor" because she was born after her mother failed an attempted saline abortion. A disability activist, she <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-planned-parenthood-hearing-abortion-20150909-story.html" target="_blank">testified</a> against Planned Parenthood during the House's investigation last year.</p> <p>"I always say that men are born to defend women and children, not sit idly by, or be passive when they are being harmed," Jessen is quoted as saying on Cruz's <a href="https://www.tedcruz.org/news/cruz-for-president-announces-pro-lifers-for-cruz-coalition-with-17334-members/" target="_blank">website</a>. "Senator Cruz has been absolutely courageous in his defense of the unborn, and willing to stand alone."</p> <p><em>This article has been revised.</em></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Elections Health Care Reproductive Rights Top Stories Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:56:17 +0000 Nina Liss-Schultz 295211 at http://www.motherjones.com How I Got Barred From Donald Trump’s Chaotic Anti-Fox Rally http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/01/donald-trump-bans-mother-jones <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Tonight I joined a small but growing club of reporters who have been banned from Donald Trump events. Officially, this is not true. Officially, as Trump's spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, told me in an email, Thursday night's event at Drake University in Des Moines was "well over capacity." However, every journalist I encountered got in&mdash;including a reporter from Canada who was promptly credentialed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> is apparently afraid of <a href="https://twitter.com/MotherJones">@MotherJones</a>, won't let me into tonight's event (Canadian reporter standing next to me got in)</p> &mdash; Pema Levy (@pemalevy) <a href="https://twitter.com/pemalevy/status/692866010429284353">January 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Every reporter, that is, except those who, like me, seem to be banned. Braving the cold to chat with the long line of people waiting to get into Trump's event, I came across other reporters blacklisted by Trump. There was <em>BuzzFeed</em>'s McKay Coppins, whom Trump apparently still hasn't forgiven for this <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/36-hours-on-the-fake-campaign-trail-with-donald-trump#.fmJPy9YYKY" target="_blank">story</a> from two years ago. Coppins had joined up with a German reporter who was also not allowed in. (I'm not sure why.) A student kindly suggested we warm up in the university's library, where we were joined by the<em> Daily Beast</em>'s Olivia Nuzzi, also barred from entering.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The reporters banned from <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> events have found each other. <a href="https://t.co/0CAvJq31Uw">pic.twitter.com/0CAvJq31Uw</a></p> &mdash; Pema Levy (@pemalevy) <a href="https://twitter.com/pemalevy/status/692891826705948672">January 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>More Trump events will take place this campaign season, and perhaps <em>Mother Jones</em> reporters' luck will change. But I'm not holding my breath. One of my colleagues was escorted from a Trump event last month by security. It seems that once Trump and his team have decided someone is not on the list, their word is just about final.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Donald Trump Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:33:07 +0000 Pema Levy 295156 at http://www.motherjones.com