Political Mojo | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2008/01 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Editor of Leading Conservative Magazine Declares That "Some Black Lives Don't Matter" to Activists http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/rich-lowry-someblacklivesdontmatter <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Rich Lowry, editor of <em>National Review</em><em> </em>magazine, has a plan for restoring stability to America's currently troubled inner cities: Arrest and imprison more black people. It's basically a long-running conservative argument, but can we get real for a minute about how he's making it?</p> <p>Here's the profoundly cynical and callous way that he's decided to tweak some social media language to argue <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/ferguson-freddie-gray-policing-118348.html#ixzz3bSA8v1K9" target="_blank">in <em>Politico</em></a> that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is "a lie." Its supporters, he suggests, are opportunistically anti-police and don't otherwise care about inner city deaths that don't make national news:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Lowry_Screen_new.jpg"></div> <p>That high-octane <a href="http://twitter.com/RichLowry/status/603907770996363264" target="_blank">trolling</a> is accompanied by an equally cynical take on the underlying problem. Baltimore reportedly saw an uptick in murders in recent weeks, which Lowry blames on police "shrinking from doing their job" in the wake of upheaval over <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/know-freddie-grays-death/" target="_blank">Freddie Gray's death</a> in police custody. The city's "dangerous, overwhelmingly black neighborhoods," he writes, "need disproportionate police attention, even if that attention is easily mischaracterized as racism. The alternative is a deadly chaos that destroys and blights the lives of poor blacks."</p> <p>Never mind that a rising awareness of policing problems in America may also have something to do with acute underlying socioeconomic ills, which, you know, destroy and blight the lives of poor blacks.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/LowryNRO_0.jpg"><div class="caption"> <p><strong>Rich Lowry. </strong><em><a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/author/rich-lowry" target="_blank">National Review Online</a></em></p> </div> </div> <p>Lowry's theme ignores the reality of what many Americans have found so outrageous about the cases that have drawn national media attention. Say, the fact that the white cop who instantly shot a 12-year-old black kid and then watched him bleed out on the pavement without providing any first aid <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/tamir-rice-investigation-cleveland-police" target="_blank">still hasn't been questioned by investigators six months after the killing</a>. Or the fact that a black woman whose family called 911 in need of mental health assistance for her <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/tanisha-anderson-killing-cleveland-police" target="_blank">ended up dead from police use of force less than two hours later</a>.</p> <p>Perhaps Lowry should spend a little time watching <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/police-shootings-caught-on-tape-video" target="_blank">these 13 videos from the past year</a> that show mostly white cops killing mostly black men who were mostly unarmed. They are a kind of vivid, disturbing evidence that may well bring some different hashtags to mind.</p></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Race and Ethnicity Top Stories Thu, 28 May 2015 20:45:05 +0000 Mark Follman 276146 at http://www.motherjones.com Nebraska Becomes First Conservative State in 40 Years to Repeal the Death Penalty http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/nebraska-repeals-death-penalty-thanks-conservatives <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Nebraska legislators on Wednesday overrode the Republican governor's veto to repeal the state's death penalty, a major victory for a small but growing conservative movement to end executions. The push to end capital punishment divided Nebraska conservatives, with 18 conservatives joining the legislature's liberals to provide the <a href="http://www.omaha.com/news/legislature/nebraska-senators-override-governor-s-veto-repeal-death-penalty/article_32726c27-0ef4-5415-9d07-f90f08707602.html" target="_blank">30 to 19 vote</a> to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto&mdash;barely reaching the 30 votes necessary for repeal.</p> <p>Today's vote makes Nebraska "the first predominantly Republican state to abolish the death penalty in more than 40 years," said Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, in a statement shortly after the vote. Dunham's statement singled out conservatives for rallying against the death penalty and said their work in Nebraska is "part of an emerging trend in the Republican Party." (Nebraska has a unicameral, nonpartisan legislature, so lawmakers do not have official party affiliations.)</p> <p>For conservative opponents of the death penalty, Wednesday's vote represents a breakthrough. &nbsp;A month ago, overcoming the governor's veto <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/04/nebraska-republicans-take-gop-governor-over-death-penalty" target="_blank">still looked like a long-shot</a>.&nbsp; Conservatives make a number of arguments against the death penalty, including the high costs and a religion-inspired argument about taking life. "I may be old-fashioned, but I believe God should be the only one who decides when it is time to call a person home," Nebraska state Sen. Tommy Garrett, a conservative Republican who opposes the death penalty, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/04/nebraska-republicans-take-gop-governor-over-death-penalty" target="_blank">said</a> last month.</p> <p>"I think this will become more common," Marc Hyden, national coordinator of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, said in a statement following the repeal vote. "Conservatives have sponsored repeal bills in Kansas, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Missouri, and Kentucky in recent years."</p> <p>But conservative opponents of the death penalty have a tough slog ahead. Though support for the death penalty has reached its lowest point in 40 years, according to the <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2015/04/16/less-support-for-death-penalty-especially-among-democrats/" target="_blank">latest Pew Research Center survey</a>, 77 percent of Republicans still support it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice death penalty Wed, 27 May 2015 21:59:14 +0000 Pema Levy 276031 at http://www.motherjones.com Scott Walker Says Mandatory Ultrasounds Are "Just a Cool Thing" for Women http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/scott-walker-mandatory-ultrasounds <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>After months of keeping a <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/where-is-scott-walker.html" target="_blank">low profile</a> for a man very likely running for president, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is back in the headlines today with quite the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/scott-walker-ultrasounds-should-be-mandatory-theyre-cool-thing-out-there" target="_blank">outrageous quote</a>. Walker, who was speaking in defense of a <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/wisconsin-governor-signs-abortion-bill-requiring-ultrasound-93762.html" target="_blank">controversial abortion bill </a>he signed into law that forces women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound, said in an interview on Friday the mandatory exams are "just a cool thing" for women.</p> <blockquote> <p>I'll give you an example. I'm pro-life, I've passed pro-life legislation. We defunded Planned Parenthood, we signed a law that requires an ultrasound. Which, the thing about that, the media tried to make that sound like that was a crazy idea. Most people I talk to, whether they're pro-life or not, I find people all the time who'll get out their iPhone and show me a picture of their grandkids' ultrasound and how excited they are, so that's a lovely thing. I think about my sons are 19 and 20, you know we still have their first ultrasound picture. It's just a cool thing out there.</p> </blockquote> <p>He went onto say Republicans shouldn't solely focus on abortion, but also embrace other key conservative issues. Nevertheless:</p> <blockquote> <p>It certainly is a part of who we are and we shouldn't be afraid to talk about it, and we shouldn't be afraid to push back. When you think about Hillary Clinton, and you think about some others on the left, you say, I think it's reasonable, whether you're pro-life or not to say that taxpayers dollars shouldn't be spent to support abortion or abortion-related activities. Most Americans believe in that. There are many candidates on the left who don't share that belief.</p> </blockquote> <p>Seriously, ladies. Why keep fighting for autonomous control over your bodies, when clearly mandatory ultrasounds are just so darn neat? Put down the pitchfork and embrace the red wave!</p> <p>Listen to the Walker's interview, recorded by <em><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/" target="_blank">Right Wing Watch</a></em>, below:</p> <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="250" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/207319871&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Reproductive Rights Scott Walker Sex and Gender Wed, 27 May 2015 19:23:04 +0000 Inae Oh 275956 at http://www.motherjones.com Your City Is Probably Not Going to Be Hit By A Terrorist Attack http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/list-cities-most-risk-terrorist-attacks-probably-wont-suprise-you <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Americans are understandably<a href="http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/american-fear-74-see-catastrophic-terrorist-attack-inside-united-states/article/2558294" target="_blank"> terrified of terror attacks</a>. But good news! These fears have nothing to do with actual data. According to a new tool released last week, n<a href="http://maplecroft.com/portfolio/new-analysis/2015/05/20/abuja-cairo-nairobi-and-islamabad-among-12-capital-cities-facing-extreme-terrorism-risks-verisk-maplecroft/" target="_blank">o US cities are among the world's 50 most at risk of terror attacks</a>.</p> <p>The index, designed by UK based Verisk Maplecroft, a global risk assessment firm, calculates the risk of terror attacks in "1,300 of the world&rsquo;s most important commercial hubs and urban centers" using historic trends. By logging and analyzing every reported attack or event per 100 square meters and calculating the frequency and severity of those&nbsp;incidents, Maplecroft's tool establishes a baseline for the past five years. Then, it compares that data with the number, frequency, and severity of attacks for the most recent year. Depending on the most recent statistics, cities move up or down on the list of cities at risk for terror attacks.</p> <p>What cities are in danger? Cities near ISIS.&nbsp;Baghdad&nbsp;is the most terror prone city, followed by five other places in Iraq&mdash;including Mosul, an ISIS stronghold in northern Iraq, and Al Ramadi, ISIS's <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/26/middleeast/iraq-ramadi-inside-the-fight/" target="_blank">most recent </a>hostile takeover. In just one year, as of February, over 1,000 residents of Baghdad lost their lives in one of the almost 400 terror attacks the city endured.</p> <p>A total of 27 of the 64 countries at "extreme risk" are located in the Middle East, and 19 are in Asia. Residents living in the capital cities of Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Tripoli face some of the strongest risks of terror attacks as well. Maplecroft <a href="http://maplecroft.com/portfolio/new-analysis/2015/05/20/abuja-cairo-nairobi-and-islamabad-among-12-capital-cities-facing-extreme-terrorism-risks-verisk-maplecroft/" target="_blank">points</a> to the risk of terror incidents in high-ranking countries like Egypt, Israel, Kenya, Nigeria, and Pakistan as major threats to US commercial interests.</p> <p>And, recent events have triggered some cities to climb in the rankings. Prior to the Charlie Hebdo attack, Paris didn't even make the top 200 most at risk cities. But according to the current index, the French capital jumped over 100 spots, now coming in at&nbsp;97. Increasing violence purported by African militant groups, including Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al Shabaab in Somalia, have heightened the risk of terror incidents in African nations, landing 14 countries in the top 64.</p> <p>So stop freaking out about terror attacks, America.</p></body></html> MoJo Afghanistan Foreign Policy Human Rights International Top Stories National Security Wed, 27 May 2015 18:32:15 +0000 Jenna McLaughlin 275941 at http://www.motherjones.com Texas Wants Its Own Fort Knox http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/texas-fort-knox-gold-new-york <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Texas independence&mdash;or paranoia&mdash;strikes again. In&nbsp;recent years, some Lone Star officials, including former Gov. Rick Perry, have flirted with <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/12/rick-perry-secession_n_2120453.html" target="_blank">secession</a>. Last month the new Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, asked the state national guard to monitor a US military exercise that some residents fear is cover for a federal takeover of the state that will use Walmarts as staging areas. And now the state is on the verge of seizing the gold owned by the state that is stored in New York City and building a massive bunker to hoard&nbsp;this booty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2015/04/30/abbotts-letter-puts-jade-helm-national-stage/" style="line-height: 2em;" target="_blank">Per the </a><a href="http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Senate-Let-Texas-establish-its-own-Fort-Knox-6287035.php" target="_blank"><em>Houston Chronicle</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>AUSTIN &mdash; Texas could get its own version of Fort Knox, the impenetrable depository for gold bullion, if the Legislature gets its way.</p> <p>Under House Bill 483, approved unanimously on Tuesday by the state Senate, Comptroller Glenn Hegar would be authorized to establish and administer the state's first bullion depository at a site not yet determined.</p> <p>No other state has its own state bullion depository, officials said.</p> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">The state government has about $1 billion in gold bullion stored outside the state, mostly in the basement of the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan. The gold has been there for years&mdash;because it's so annoying to move, it's easier to keep everyone's gold in the same place, and the financial center of the world is the most obvious place. When bullion changes hands, it's mostly on paper. So</span>&nbsp;why does Texas now need to grab all its gold? Is it just because Texans don't trust New Yorkers? Is it really that simple?</p> <p><a href="http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Senate-Let-Texas-establish-its-own-Fort-Knox-6287035.php" target="_blank">Yes</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>"New York will hate this," [state sen. Lois] Kolkhorst said of the bill that now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott to be signed into law. "To me, that and the fact that it will save Texas money makes it a golden idea."</p> </blockquote> <p>The cost-cutting bit refers to the storage fees Texas has to pay to keep its gold offsite, although Texas would still have to shell out money for upkeep and security if it went the DIY route. Incidentally, Perry supported the Texas Bullion Depository when it was first proposed in 2013, <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/03/21/perry-some-lawmakers-want-states-gold-back-texas/" target="_blank">telling</a> Glenn Beck, "If we own it, I will suggest to you that that's not someone else&rsquo;s determination whether we can take possession of it back or not."</p> <p>But building a giant vault to house all the state's gold will be the easy part. The tough task? Safely and securely moving&nbsp;57,000 pounds of gold from Gotham to Texas. Perhaps we now know the plot for the <a href="http://www.bustle.com/articles/73979-when-will-fast-furious-8-be-released-the-story-isnt-over-for-the-crew-just" target="_blank">eighth <em>Fast and Furious</em> movie</a>.</p></body></html> MoJo Economy Texas Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:57 +0000 Tim Murphy 275936 at http://www.motherjones.com Bernie Sanders Has the Most Glorious 404 Error Page Ever http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/bernie-sanders-404-error-page <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Think you've landed on the wrong page of Bernie Sanders' campaign site? Fear not. In order to help guide you back<span class="message_content"> to the page you were trying to reach, </span>Sanders, who just announced his presidential bid,&nbsp;created the most terrific <a href="https://berniesanders.com/wtf" target="_blank">error page</a> of any 2016 candidate. Just take a look:</p> <center> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Dhot2OJKKZc" width="630"></iframe></p> </center> <p>Follow his directions: "Just scoot down to the bottom of the page and you'll find your way back home to where you should be!" The site is further enhanced by the perfect URL: <em>berniesanders.com/wtf</em>.</p> <p>Bravo, Bernie. <span class="message_content">The broken links may have turned into your first big win. </span></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Tue, 26 May 2015 20:38:29 +0000 Inae Oh 275851 at http://www.motherjones.com Hillary Clinton Store Features Pantsuit T-Shirt of Your Nightmares http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/hillary-clinton-store-features-pantsuit-t-shirt-your-nightmares <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Hillary Clinton's campaign <a href="https://shop.hillaryclinton.com/" target="_blank">store</a> is open for business! The online store, stocked with coffee mugs and items emblazoned with Clinton's official 2016 logo, appears to feature the usual swag expected from a political campaign. But one piece of merchandise stands out. That's the "pantsuit t-shirt," which looks like this:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="404" src="/files/pantsuit.png" width="616"></div> <p>Love seeing Clinton continue to embrace the pantsuit jokes! But for $30, will supporters put their sartorial reputations on the line by wearing what is essentially an awful <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=tuxedo+t+shirt&amp;oq=tuxedo+t+shirt&amp;aqs=chrome.0.0l6.5256j0j4&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;es_sm=91&amp;ie=UTF-8#q=tuxedo+t+shirt&amp;tbm=shop" target="_blank">tuxedo t-shirt?</a> As for the store's adorable <a href="https://shop.hillaryclinton.com/products/future-voter-onesie" target="_blank">"Future Voter" onesie</a>? Nailed it.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Hillary Clinton Tue, 26 May 2015 15:12:16 +0000 Inae Oh 275806 at http://www.motherjones.com Kansas Republicans Have Come Up with a Disgraceful New Way to Screw the Poor http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/heres-how-kansas-republicans-are-screwing-poor <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Starting in July, a new law in Kansas will restrict the amount of cash a welfare recipient can take out of ATM's to just $25 a day&mdash;a move that critics say introduces a whole new host of financial burdens&mdash;including high ATM fees and travel costs&mdash;when they access cash.</p> <p>Max Ehrenfreund at the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/21/kansas-has-found-the-ultimate-way-to-punish-the-poor/" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post </em></a>explains:</p> <blockquote> <p>Since&nbsp;most banking machines&nbsp;are stocked only with $20 bills, the $25 limit is effectively a $20 limit.&nbsp;A family seeking to withdraw even $200 in cash would have to&nbsp;visit an&nbsp;ATM 10 times a month, a real burden for a parent&nbsp;who might not have a car and might not live in a neighborhood where ATMs are easy to find.</p> </blockquote> <p>The law, backed by a GOP-dominated Kansas legislature and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, will benefit the pockets of large banks while taking money from poor families who rely on food stamps.</p> <blockquote> <p>In Kansas's system, every withdrawal incurs a $1 fee, and if the beneficiary doesn't have a bank account, they will have to pay the ATM fee, too. Those fees might be worth it for some families, though, because the card issued by the&nbsp;state of&nbsp;Kansas isn't like a debit card from&nbsp;an ordinary bank. Ordinary debit cards allow their holders to make purchases for free in stores.&nbsp;In Kansas, beneficiaries get two free purchases a month. After that, they pay 40 cents&nbsp;every time they&nbsp;use the card&nbsp;to buy something.</p> </blockquote> <p>The ostensible rationale for this redistribution of wealth is to minimize waste and prevent low income residents from spending their money on non-essentials like alcohol and the much-feared <a href="https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A2KLqID3R19Voj8AGCQsnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTByZWc0dGJtBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQDBGdwb3MDMQ--?p=Jon+Stewart+Welfare+Lobster&amp;vid=18b18abf873d9a1be0d926b9b75785fa&amp;l=4%3A46&amp;turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts3.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DWN.%252fdXqe5QFyMSifoOUVN2FVQ%26pid%3D15.1&amp;rurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DHxBDhoIpl5g&amp;tit=Jon+Stewart+slams+Kansas+for+welfare+hypocrisy+and+gun+insanity+%5BFULL+HD%5D&amp;c=0&amp;sigr=11bm6l0bl&amp;sigt=129lccqen&amp;sigi=12141uhgf&amp;age=1428684620&amp;fr2=p%3As%2Cv%3Av&amp;fr=yhs-mozilla-001&amp;hsimp=yhs-001&amp;hspart=mozilla&amp;tt=b" target="_blank">lobster feast</a>. This is the demonizing-the-poor trope that Republican lawmakers frequently deploy to justify punitive control over how low income people spend their money. In addition to the limit on withdrawals, the state's new law carries restrictions to ludicrous levels by prohibiting spending on items such as <a href="http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/documents/hb2258_02_0000.pdf" target="_blank">swimming pools and fortune telling sessions.</a></p> <p>As <em>Mother Jones </em>has written in the past, such <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/10-poverty-myths-busted" target="_blank">concerns</a> are wildly misplaced and seriously hurt the poor. President Obama recently addressed this conservative characterization, calling out Fox News for portraying the poor as <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/fox-news-probably-never-even-read-the-grapes-of-wrath" target="_blank">lazy "leeches"</a> eager to waste government funds.</p> <p>Fortunately, Kansas' controversial new provision may actually turn out to be <a href="http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/05/17/266888/kansas-could-lose-millions-for.html" target="_blank">illegal,</a> violating federal law that mandates welfare recipients "have adequate access to their cash assistance" without enduring high fees.<br> &nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Economy Income Inequality Fri, 22 May 2015 16:19:19 +0000 Inae Oh 275716 at http://www.motherjones.com Josh Duggar Resigns From Family Research Council Amid Molestation Allegations http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/josh-duggar-resigns-family-research-council-amid-molestation-allegations <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Thursday, Josh Duggar <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/05/21/josh-duggar-apologizes-resigns-from-family-research-council-amid-molestation-allegations/" target="_blank">resigned</a> as head of the Family Research Council's lobbying arm amid allegations from a sealed police report <a href="http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/bombshell-duggar-police-report-jim-bob-duggar-didn-t-report-son-josh-s-alleged-sex-offenses-for-more-than-a-year-58906" target="_blank">obtained by <em>In Touch Weekly</em></a> that he sexually molested multiple underage girls when he was a teenager.</p> <p>Duggar, the eldest son of the reality TV family on TLC's <em>19 and Counting</em>, expressed regret for his actions <a href="https://www.facebook.com/duggarfamilyofficial/posts/653931128073873" target="_blank">in a statement on the Duggar family's Facebook page</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.</p> </blockquote> <p>Josh's parents Jim Bob and and Michelle Duggar <a href="http://defamer.gawker.com/josh-duggar-accused-of-molesting-several-sisters-as-a-t-1706096839" target="_blank">reportedly knew</a> about the alleged sexual misconduct, which began in 2002, for more than a year before reporting it to the authorities. After the Springdale Police Department received an anonymous tip in 2006, they investigated, but Duggar was never charged with anything. You can read the partially redacted police report <a href="http://imgur.com/a/zqPMi#0" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Duggars <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/03/duggars-huckabee-santorum-2016" target="_blank">emerged</a> as political players for the social conservative right in 2007, when Jim Bob, a one-time state representative, endorsed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president. After the 2012 election, when the family backed Rick Santorum, Josh Duggar <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/05/21/josh-duggar-apologizes-resigns-from-family-research-council-amid-molestation-allegations/" target="_blank">catapulted</a> into conservative circles in Washington as the executive director of FRC Action.</p> <p>The family <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/01/rick-santorums-secret-weapon-duggars" target="_blank">remains</a> an influential force among social conservatives due to its <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/inside-duggar-familys-conservative-ideology-76547" target="_blank">pro-life views and strong Christian faith</a>. In December, Michelle Duggar <a href="http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2014/08/18/michelle-duggar-and-the-family-council-try-to-torpedo-fayetteville-non-discrimination-ordinance-with-lies" target="_blank">pushed</a> for the repeal of a measure in Arkansas that would have prevented housing and employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.</p> <p>In May, Jim Bob and Michelle endorsed Huckabee, <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/duggar-family-deserts-rick-santorum-for-mike-huckabee-2015-5" target="_blank">calling him "a man of faith."</a> As of Thursday night, Jim Bob's endorsement is still on Huckabee's presidential campaign site. <em>Mother Jones</em> has reached out to the Huckabee camp for comment.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Jim%20Bob%20Duggar%20Endorsement%20Huckabee.png"><div class="caption">mikehuckabee.com</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections The Right mike huckabee Fri, 22 May 2015 02:56:49 +0000 Edwin Rios 275706 at http://www.motherjones.com Could LA's $15 Minimum Wage Sweep the Nation? http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/how-15-minimum-wage-could-sweep-nation <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Tuesday, Los Angeles became the third major West Coast city to pass a $15 minimum wage ordinance. Though the law won't fully go into effect until 2020, it's a huge deal. LA is larger than San Francisco and Seattle, the two other $15-an-hour cities, combined. It also has a much larger contingent of low-wage workers. The ordinance will give a raise to an estimated 750,000 Angelenos, or about 46 percent of the city's workforce.</p> <p>LA's wage hike points to the potential for a major minimum wage boost to sweep the country. Although experts <a href="http://www.vox.com/2015/5/20/8631639/los-angeles-minimum-wage" target="_blank">disagree</a> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/opinion/a-15-minimum-wage-bombshell-in-los-angeles.html" target="_blank">about</a> the LA measure's impact on growth and employment, the City Council passed it by a 14-to-1 margin. The $15 wage polls well in LA <a href="https://www.nelp.org/content/uploads/2015/03/Minimum-Wage-Poll-Memo-Jan-2015.pdf" target="_blank">and nationally</a>, despite a dearth of national politicians pushing for such a large increase. If organizers play their cards right, this suggests a $15 wage could gain traction in other cities.</p> <p>So how did it happen? The original proposal, after all, was a more modest one. The measure's backers attribute their success to a combination of grassroots and national organizing. The umbrella group leading the push, the Raise the Wage Coalition, includes more than 260 local organizations from labor, business, entertainment, and the civil rights movement. It marshaled <a href="http://economicrt.org/publication/los-angeles-rising/" target="_blank">economic studies</a> to justify a $15 wage and delivered more than 100,000 petition signatures in favor. But it also benefited from what organizers call "air support"&mdash;the national campaign to pressure Walmart and McDonald's into implementing a $15-an-hour base wage.</p> <p>"It created a narrative that made it really hard for council members to simply look past the realities of what hard-working people are experiencing," says Rusty Hicks, executive secretary treasurer of the LA County Federation of Labor. "The facts and campaign brought to bear in LA were in many ways only a next step in the move to address income inequality."</p> <p>The organizers are already eyeing other SoCal cities. "It is not our intention to just stop in LA," says Laphonza Butler, president of the Service Employees International Union in California and co-organizer, with Hicks, of Raise the Wage Coalition. "We need to raise the wage all across the region."</p> <p>The group's next most likely contenders are Pasadena and West Hollywood.</p></body></html> MoJo Corporations Labor Top Stories minimum wage Thu, 21 May 2015 20:46:40 +0000 Josh Harkinson 275681 at http://www.motherjones.com Job-Seeker Hillary Clinton Posts Resume on LinkedIn http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/area-woman-looking-employment <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Have you heard the news? Hillary Clinton is on the hunt for a new gig.</p> <p>And in an effort to attract prospective employers, the former secretary of state just joined <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/hillaryclinton" target="_blank">LinkedIn with her very own profile</a>. She even dressed up her page with an article on how to "jump-start small business."&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/clintonlinkedin.png"></div> <p>Enjoy the imminent deluge of spammy messages, Hillary!&nbsp;Everyone deserves a distraction from <a href="http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/22/us/politics/first-batch-of-hillary-clinton-emails-captures-concerns-over-libya.html?_r=2&amp;referrer=" target="_blank">"sensitive but unclassified"</a> emails.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Hillary Clinton Tech Thu, 21 May 2015 14:38:28 +0000 Inae Oh 275641 at http://www.motherjones.com Here's What Osama bin Laden Wrote About Climate Change http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/read-bin-ladens-thoughts-climate-change <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Wednesday morning, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a trove of newly declassified documents discovered during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. Among the many letters, videos, and audio recordings <a href="http://www.odni.gov/files/documents/ubl/english/Letter%20Implications%20of%20Climate%20Change.pdf" target="_blank">is</a> an undated document apparently written by bin Laden discussing the "massive consequences" of climate change, a phenomenon he describes as having more victims than wars.</p> <p>The newly released document is <a href="http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCATRE69028P20101001?sp=true" target="_blank">very similar </a>in content and language to a recording released in 2010, in which the Al Qaeda leader expounded on climate change and criticized the international community's lackluster relief efforts in response to flooding in Pakistan. The speech, about 11 minutes in length, was accompanied by a video compilation that included images of natural disasters and Bin Laden.</p> <p>In the document, Bin Laden calls attention to the fate of Pakistani children, who, he says, had been "left in the open, without a suitable living environment, including good drinking water, which has exposed them to dehydration, dangerous diseases and higher death rates." He also laments that "countries are annually spending 100 thousand million euros on their armies" while failing to address the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan.</p> <p>This was not the only time Bin Laden spoke about climate change. In a <a href="https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2015-03-25/bureaucracy-terror" target="_blank">different letter</a> between Bin Laden and senior Al Qaeda leaders&mdash;also seized during the 2011 raid and written about by <em>Foreign Affairs</em> in March&mdash;Bin Laden remarked on a study about climate change and asked his associates to send it <em>Al Jazeera. </em>In 2010, <em>Al Jazeera</em> <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2010/01/20101277383676587.html" target="_blank">obtained</a> an audio recording of Bin Laden criticizing the "industrial states," the United States among them, for contributing to climate change.</p> <p>Read the full text of the undated letter below:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="DV-viewer-2084350-letter-implications-of-climate-change" class="DV-container"></div> <script src="//s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/viewer/loader.js"></script><script> DV.load("//www.documentcloud.org/documents/2084350-letter-implications-of-climate-change.js", { width: 630, height: 354, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-2084350-letter-implications-of-climate-change" }); </script><noscript> <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2084350/letter-implications-of-climate-change.pdf">Letter Implications of Climate Change (PDF)</a> <br><a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2084350/letter-implications-of-climate-change.txt">Letter Implications of Climate Change (Text)</a> </noscript></body></html> MoJo Climate Change Climate Desk Foreign Policy International Iraq Osama Bin Laden Wed, 20 May 2015 16:59:14 +0000 Jenna McLaughlin 275571 at http://www.motherjones.com Obama Finally Joins Twitter http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/barack-obama-finally-joins-twitter <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>After years of being bound to the occasional "-bo" sign-offs on the official <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/" target="_blank">@barackobama</a> Twitter account (run by his political group Organizing for Action), President Barack Obama finally got his own personal account today!</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.</p> &mdash; President Obama (@POTUS) <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/600324682190053376">May 18, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Here's a photo of President Obama sending the very first <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS">@POTUS</a> tweet from the Oval Office. <a href="http://t.co/EQGmVAlybh">pic.twitter.com/EQGmVAlybh</a></p> &mdash; Kori Schulman (@ks44) <a href="https://twitter.com/ks44/status/600349943354667008">May 18, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>The <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/05/17/introducing-potus-presidents-official-twitter-account" target="_blank">official word</a> from the White House informs us the new account will serve as a&nbsp; way for the president to "engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him."</p> <p>The shiny new @POTUS handle describes Obama as a "Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States." One probable mistake, though: He left his <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/05/barack-obama-joins-twitter-as-potus.html" target="_blank">DM's </a>wide open.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Media Obama Tech Mon, 18 May 2015 16:44:24 +0000 Inae Oh 275416 at http://www.motherjones.com Obama Just Announced a Plan to Restrict Police Use of Military-Style Equipment http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/obama-police-military-equipment <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Monday, the White House announced a plan to set new restrictions on local police departments from obtaining <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/18/obama-military-equipment-police_n_7304504.html" target="_blank">military-style equipment</a> from the federal government. The limitation on military gear is part of an ongoing effort to rebuild trust between community members and law enforcement officials following the unrest seen in Ferguson, Missouri, particularly the police response to protesters there.</p> <p>The announcement is in response to a report put forth by a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/12/18/obama-names-task-force-to-examine-trust-between-police-and-minority-communities/" target="_blank">task force</a> created by the president in December to address broken police relations, especially in minority communities, across the country. <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/10785eac6d3e4c26a1baed8f0d796b48/obama-bans-some-military-style-equipment-provided-police" target="_blank">Banned items </a>include wheeled-armored vehicles, battering rams, grenade launchers, and more.</p> <p>"We are, without a doubt, sitting at a defining moment in American policing," Ronald Davis, head of the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/us/politics/obama-to-limit-military-style-equipment-for-police-forces.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=first-column-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=first-column-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news" target="_blank">told reporters on Monday.</a> "We have a unique opportunity to redefine policing in our democracy, to ensure that public safety becomes more than the absence of crime, but it must also include a presence for justice."</p> <p>For a deeper look into how local police departments became so militarized, check out our in-depth report, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/swat-warrior-cops-police-militarization-urban-shield" target="_blank">"The Making of the Warrior Cop," here.</a></p></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Military Obama Top Stories Mon, 18 May 2015 12:42:46 +0000 Inae Oh 275401 at http://www.motherjones.com Grinning, Sparring, Losing: Mitt Romney's Surreal Night Inside a Salt Lake City Boxing Ring. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/evander-holyfield-emerges-victorious-bout-mitt-romney <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Muhammad Ali's winning formula for boxing was to "<a href="http://youtu.be/bNpFiZDqcog?t=1m47s" target="_blank">float like a butterfly and sting like a bee</a>." There was plenty of floating, but not much stinging, for former presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday night, during a two-round charity bout in Salt Lake City, against former five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.</p> <p>Revealing some prime #grandpabod in bright red satin shorts (remember, he <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/09/report-monsanto-man-mitt-romney-eats-organic" target="_blank">only ate organic on the campaign trail</a>?), and sporting an "I can't believe I'm doing this but WTF" grin, the former governor's sparring skills just couldn't cut it.</p> <p>The <em>Associated Press</em> <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/mitt-romney-evander-holyfield-fight-charity-event-31071058" target="_blank">captured</a> what's been dubbed the "<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/16/politics/mitt-romney-boxing-evander-holyfield-rumble/" target="_blank">Quake on the Lake</a>":</p> <blockquote> <p>Romney, 68, and Holyfield, 52, sparred, if you could call it that, for just two short rounds before Romney ran away from the boxer and threw in the towel, giving up a round early in the lighthearted fight that came amid several other fights by professional boxers and an auction.</p> <p>The two barely threw any punches and largely just danced around, occasionally lightly jabbing each other in the midsection in what was much more of a comedic event than an actual bout.</p> </blockquote> <p>Let's be honest: Holyfield, who once famously <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1997/06/29/sports/tyson-disqualified-for-biting-holyfield-s-ears.html" target="_blank">lost part of his ear</a> in a fight with Mike Tyson, could have knocked out the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/mitt-romney-david-corn-advice-47-percent" target="_blank">former governor of Massachusetts</a> with a single punch. But the joyous thing, the <em>meaningful</em> thing, was that <em>he tried</em>. Please proceed, governor:</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/eKxU6hul7QL/embed/simple" width="100%"></iframe><script src="https://platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js"></script>Romney landed at least one solid jab, it seems:</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/AP122253876126_0.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Kapow! </strong>Rick Bowmer/AP</div> </div> <p>Holyfield then took a fall to make things interesting:</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/eKxPppqIzUn/embed/simple" width="100%"></iframe><script src="https://platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js"></script>In the end, a ring-side Anne Romney&mdash;who always has her boyfriend's back&mdash;threw in the towel on Mitt's behalf, and Holyfield emerged victorious:</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/eKx2tIVE2XJ/embed/simple" width="100%"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/eKx3ti9Vhrq/embed/simple" width="100%"></iframe>The black-tie affair raised at least $1 million for <a href="http://charityvision.net/" target="_blank">Charity Vision</a>, a Utah-based nonprofit that helps doctors perform surgeries for the blind in developing countries. That amount of money is apparently equivalent to Holyfield's net worth, and 1/25 of Romney's, <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/sarahburton/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-romney-holyfield-fight#.qo4MJJ78a" target="_blank">according to <em>Buzzfeed's</em> Tale of the Tape</a>.</p> <p>After the match, Holyfield apparently quipped to Romney: "You know what? You float like a bee and sting like a butterfly."</p> <p>And so everyone had an enjoyable time, especially Ann Romney:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Loved being part of Mitt's posse tonight. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CVfightnight?src=hash">#CVfightnight</a> <a href="http://t.co/gBc89JFObV">pic.twitter.com/gBc89JFObV</a></p> &mdash; Ann Romney (@AnnDRomney) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnnDRomney/status/599429322928050176">May 16, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo Sports Top Stories Sat, 16 May 2015 16:06:06 +0000 Edwin Rios 275376 at http://www.motherjones.com BREAKING: Jury Sentences Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Death http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/breaking-jury-reaches-verdict-boston-marathon-bomber-dzhokhar-tsarnaev <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Update</strong>: They sentenced him to death.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="cy">Jurors sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing <a href="http://t.co/scXY4yDfBy">http://t.co/scXY4yDfBy</a></p> &mdash; Mark Berman (@markberman) <a href="https://twitter.com/markberman/status/599295611771453440">May 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>They are reading the verdict right now. The jury only has two choices: sentence him to life in prison or death.</p> <p>Here's<a href="http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Boston-Marathon-Jury-Decides-Tsarnaev-Death-Life-Prison-302988491.html" target="_blank"> a live stream from NECN</a>:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="UTF-8" src="http://www.necn.com/portableplayer/?cmsID=160432365&amp;videoID=xZN_oIINgKBR&amp;lvshell=160432365&amp;origin=necn.com&amp;sec=news&amp;subsec=new-england&amp;width=600&amp;height=360"></script><p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Fri, 15 May 2015 19:19:04 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 275341 at http://www.motherjones.com Important Advice From the CDC: Don't Poop in the Pool http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/dont-poop-in-the-pool <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Thursday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a very important message for anyone planning to swim this summer: Don't poop in the pool. Also, try not to be in a pool where someone else has pooped. At least, if you can avoid it, don't swim with your mouth open in a pool if you, or someone else, has pooped nearby.</p> <p>These are just a few of the ways you can try to avoid getting <a href="http://www.webmd.com/children/norovirus-symptoms-and-treatment" target="_blank">norovirus</a>&mdash;a nasty and highly contagious stomach virus that sometimes <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/cruise-ship-outbreak-2015-disgusting-stomach-bug-norovirus-sickens-more-150-star-1918277" target="_blank">makes its way onto cruise ships</a>&mdash;as you enjoy all sorts of aquatic activities that are not limited to pools. Lakes have high levels of poop-related-risks it seems, as the CDC announcement describes how some people in Oregon swam in a lake last year and ended up getting the virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea. The outbreak ended up sickening 70 people, some of whom didn't even swim in the lake (state health officials found, however, that swimmers were over twice as likely to get sick).&nbsp;</p> <p>Other important tips include not peeing in the water, not vomiting in the water, and maybe skipping swimming that day if there's a chance you might do any of those things.</p> <p>This important message comes in honor of <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/" target="_blank">Healthy and Safe Swimming week</a> and is mostly geared toward children (or parents of children) who are not only more at risk for norovirus but are also prime suspects of doing things in water that one shouldn't do. They also, apparently, are bad at swimming with their mouths closed. Per the CDC's press <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/a0514-norovirus-from-swimming.html" target="_blank">release</a>:</p> <p>"Children are prime targets for norovirus and other germs that can live in lakes and swimming pools because they&rsquo;re so much more likely to get the water in their mouths," said Michael Beach, Ph.D, the CDC's associate director for healthy water. "Keeping germs out of the water in the first place is key to keeping everyone healthy and helping to keep the places we swim open all summer."</p></body></html> MoJo Health Thu, 14 May 2015 21:04:17 +0000 Gabrielle Canon 275291 at http://www.motherjones.com Alan Grayson Just Called a Reporter a "Shitting Robot" http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/alan-grayson-shitting-robot-senate <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.)&mdash;known as something of an active volcano ever since he said in a 2010 floor speech that the Republican health care plan was to "die quickly"&mdash;is considering running for Senate next year. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has already settled on a candidate, Rep. Patrick Murphy, but Grayson <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/12/rep-alan-grayson-florida-man/" target="_blank">believes</a> that "our voters will crawl over hot coals to vote for me."</p> <p>That feeling of invincibility extends to his dealings with reporters. To wit, today's interview with Adam Smith of the <em>Tampa Bay Times</em>:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Good talk w <a href="https://twitter.com/AlanGrayson">@AlanGrayson</a>: "R u some kind of sh*ttng robot?! U go around sh*tting on people?!" he inquired, loudly</p> &mdash; Adam Smith (@adamsmithtimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/adamsmithtimes/status/598481550909513728">May 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Alan Grayson!</p></body></html> MoJo Elections Wed, 13 May 2015 15:23:59 +0000 Tim Murphy 275206 at http://www.motherjones.com Obama Just Called Out Fox News For Making the Poor Out to Be "Leeches" http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/fox-news-probably-never-even-read-the-grapes-of-wrath <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Via<em> <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/05/obama-accuses-fox-news-of-portraying-poor-people-as-206995.html" target="_blank">Politico</a>,</em> oh snap:</p> <blockquote> <p>President Barack Obama criticized Fox News on Tuesday, accusing the network of portraying poor people as "leeches."</p> <p>In a discussion at Georgetown University, Obama said the media made an effort to &ldquo;suggest the poor are sponges, leeches, don't want to work, are lazy, are undeserving," and he then singled out Fox News for special rebuke.</p> </blockquote> <p>From the White House transcript:</p> <blockquote>There&rsquo;s always been a strain in American politics where you&rsquo;ve got the middle class, and the question has been, who are you mad at, if you&rsquo;re struggling; if you&rsquo;re working, but you don&rsquo;t seem to be getting ahead. And over the last 40 years, sadly, I think there&rsquo;s been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top, or to be mad at folks at the bottom. And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leaches, don&rsquo;t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction. And, look, it's still being propagated.</blockquote> <blockquote>I mean, I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu&mdash;they will find folks who make me mad. I don&rsquo;t know where they find them. They&rsquo;re like, "I don&rsquo;t want to work, I just want a free Obama phone"&mdash;or whatever. And that becomes an entire narrative, right? That gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress&mdash;which is much more typical&mdash;who&rsquo;s raising a couple of kids and is doing everything right but still can&rsquo;t pay the bills.</blockquote> <blockquote>And so if we&rsquo;re going to change how John Boehner and Mitch McConnell think, we&rsquo;re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we&rsquo;re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues and how people&rsquo;s impressions of what it's like to struggle in this economy looks like, and how budgets connect to that. And that&rsquo;s a hard process because that requires a much broader conversation than typically we have on the nightly news.</blockquote> <div id="fb-root">Amen.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Here's the video, courtesy of <em>Media Matters</em>:</div> <blockquote><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="true" data-href="/Mediamatters/videos/vb.26595441166/10152894312231167/?type=1"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="/Mediamatters/videos/10152894312231167/"> <p>BOOM. President Obama just called out Fox News by name for their awful coverage of poverty in America and for regularly pushing false stereotypes about poor people. Watch:</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Mediamatters">Media Matters for America</a> on Tuesday, May 12, 2015</blockquote> </div> </div> </blockquote></body></html> MoJo Tue, 12 May 2015 19:50:00 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 275151 at http://www.motherjones.com West Virginia Democrats' Best Hope Might Be This Billionaire Coal Magnate http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/jim-justice-west-virginia-governors-race <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Over the last six years, West Virginia Democrats have seen their grip on state politics slip away in no small part due to their alleged collaboration with President Barack Obama's "War on Coal." The solution: put a coal kingpin on the ballot.</p> <p>On Monday, Jim Justice, owner of Southern Coal Corp., announced he would run for governor as a Democrat in 2016, to replace the retiring incumbent Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Justice, the state's richest citizen with an estimated net worth of $1.6 billion, is a political novice but a state icon. In 2009, he purchased the Greenbrier, a historic mountain resort that had fallen on hard times, and restored it into a first-class resort. During his gubernatorial campaign kickoff event, Justice drew a parallel between his state's lackluster reputation, and the derelict condition of the White Sulphur Springs retreat. "[Times] were tough at the Greenbrier, too," he said.</p> <p>In Justice, Democrats have found a walking counterpoint to the war-on-coal attacks. (The attacks are also largely unfounded&mdash;under Tomblin the state has rolled back mine safety regulations.) In contrast to, say, frequent Greenbrier guest Don Blankenship, who as CEO of Massey Energy famously re-designed his property so he wouldn't have to use his town's polluted drinking water and is currently awaiting trial on conspiracy to violate mine-safety laws, Justice has always styled himself as a man of the people. A 2011 <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/wva-billionaire-jim-justices-mission-to-restore-the-greenbrier-resort/2011/02/09/AB5NO5M_story.html" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em></a> profile began with a surprise sighting of Justice at an Applebee's near his hometown. The richest man in the state, it turned out, was grabbing a late snack after coaching his hometown's high school girls basketball team.</p> <p>But Southern Coal Corp. isn't without its issues. An NPR investigation last fall found that the company <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/11/15/363024382/billionaire-spent-millions-in-charity-but-avoided-mine-fines" target="_blank">owed</a> nearly $2 million in delinquent fines for federal mine safety violations. (After the report was published, Justice agreed to work out a payment plan.) And he may not have the Democratic field to himself, either; senate minority leader Jeff Kessler (D) <a href="http://wvmetronews.com/2015/05/11/no-justice-effect-on-kessler-who-calls-himself-only-real-democrat-in-gov-race/" target="_blank">filed</a> his pre-candidacy papers in March. No Republicans have thrown their hats into the ring yet.</p></body></html> MoJo Elections Mon, 11 May 2015 22:21:51 +0000 Tim Murphy 275081 at http://www.motherjones.com Creeper Rand Paul Staffer Licks Camera Lens at Town Hall Event http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/rand-paul-staffer-licks-camera-lens-town-hall-event <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Rand Paul is frequently dubbed the <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/rand-paul-is-not-the-most-interesting-man-in-politics#.dlOM4N9kj" target="_blank">most interesting man</a> in politics, but one of his staffers is apparently attempting to best the Republican presidential candidate for the dubious distinction. In the case of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2016-elections/rand-paul-lick-20150511" target="_blank">David Chesley</a>, Paul's political director in New Hampshire, however, "interesting" may be generous. Straight up bizarre is more like it.</p> <p>An innocent tracker was recording <a href="https://twitter.com/lachlan/status/597819080746360832" target="_blank">video</a> for a town hall event today, when Chesley, a bald middle-aged man, started bobbing his head directly in front of the camera, taking up the entire field of vision. After a few seconds of bobbing&mdash;perhaps pondering his next disruptive move&mdash;he opened his mouth, stuck out his tongue, and licked the lens.</p> <p>Yes, lick.</p> <p>The campaign has not yet explained why the man who is charged with helping Paul win the key state to New Hampshire did this. But frankly, who cares.<strong> Watch the incident below:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/v3EAwGXE1vs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Rand Paul Mon, 11 May 2015 18:40:47 +0000 Inae Oh 275061 at http://www.motherjones.com J.K. Rowling Reveals "Elizabeth Warren" Was a Ravenclaw http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/jk-rowling-elizabeth-warren-ravenclaw <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Is Elizabeth Warren actually just an enigmatic adolescent ghost? Maybe! On Monday, <em>Harry Potter</em> author (and greatest living British person) J.K. Rowling dropped a bombshell in response to a question from a Twitter fan:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/HotmHayles">@HotmHayles</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/lankytwat">@lankytwat</a> Moaning Myrtle's full name was Myrtle Elizabeth Warren.</p> &mdash; J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) <a href="https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/597730858808782848">May 11, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Nothing to do with the United States Elizabeth Warren I hasten to add! 'Elizabeth' is just one of those classic British middle names.</p> &mdash; J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) <a href="https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/597734378328821760">May 11, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>According <a href="http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Myrtle" target="_blank">Harry Potter Wiki</a>, Moaning Myrtle was a member of Ravenclaw House. Five points for Ravenclaw!</p></body></html> MoJo Books Congress Mon, 11 May 2015 16:05:48 +0000 Tim Murphy 275046 at http://www.motherjones.com Video Visitation Giant Promises to Stop Eliminating In-Person Visits http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/securus-prison-phones-video-visitation <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Video visitation is the hot new trend in the corrections industry. Companies like Securus and Global Tel*Link, which have made big bucks charging high prices for inmate phone services, are increasingly pitching county jails new systems that will allow inmates to video-chat with friends and family. Using new terminals installed onsite, inmates can communicate with approved users who log in remotely on a special app similar to Skype. For inmates whose loved ones don't live anywhere near their corrections facility, that can be good news.</p> <p>But as I <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/jail-prison-video-visitation" target="_blank">reported for the magazine in February</a>, those video-conferencing systems sometimes come with a catch&mdash;jails that use the systems are often contractually obligated to eliminate free face-to-face visits, leaving family members no choice but to pay a dollar-a-minute for an often unreliable service.</p> <p>In a press release last week Securus <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/securus-technologies-revises-video-visitation-policy--defers-to-prisonjail-officials-on-rules-for-onsite-visits-300077180.html" target="_blank">has announced</a> it will no longer require jails to ditch in-person visitation:</p> <blockquote> <p>"Securus examined our contract language for video visitation and found that in 'a handful' of cases we were writing in language that could be perceived as restricting onsite and/or person-to-person contact at the facilities that we serve," said Richard A. ("Rick") Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies, Inc.&nbsp; "So we are eliminating that language and 100% deferring to the rules that each facility has for video use by inmates."</p> </blockquote> <p>Translation: Nothing to see here, move along! But while inmates might be getting their face-to-face visitation back, Securus' concession on in-person visits comes even as it's fighting the Federal Communication Commission's efforts to regulate the cost of intrastate prison phone calls (it capped the price of interstate prison phone calls in 2014 at 25 cents per minute). And the corrections technology industry isn't the only group defending the status quo&mdash;the executive director of the National Sheriffs&rsquo; Association told <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/why-american-jails-may-drastically-curtail-inmate-phone-calls-1904855?ft=95p2z" target="_blank"><em>IB Times</em></a> earlier this month that if the FCC interferes with phone prices (corrections facilities often get a cut of the profits), some jails may just decide to cut off access to phone calls.</p></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Mon, 11 May 2015 15:30:20 +0000 Tim Murphy 274856 at http://www.motherjones.com That Time Mike Huckabee Preached Against Booze, Sex, and Monty Python http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/mike-huckabee-monty-python-life-brian <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Good luck tracking down sermons from Mike Huckabee's two decades as a Baptist preacher. The GOP presidential candidate, who once started a television station out of his church to broadcast his sermons, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2007/12/huckabee-hides-his-full-gospel" target="_blank">kept those tapes under wraps</a> during the 2008 presidential campaign.</p> <p>Among the handful of sermons open to the public is a partial recording of a 1979 sermon in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, at the congregation Huckabee had tended as a pastor a decade earlier when he was a student at Ouachita Baptist University. The sermon, included in the school's special collections, catches a young Huckabee confident in his beliefs and fluid in his rhetoric, riffing from one New Testament passage to the next in critiquing the most "pleasure-mad society that probably has ever been since Rome and Greece, in the days when there was just absolute chaos and debauchery on the streets":</p> <blockquote> <p>It's a sad thing but it's true in this country: 10,000 people a year are directly killed by alcohol in this country. Ten thousand. But we license liquor. There's one person a year on average killed by a mad dog, just one. But you know what we do? We license liquor, and we shoot the mad dog. That's an insane logic! But it's what's happening, it's because we love pleasure more than anything else. A lot of times we look around our society we see this problem we see pornography and prostitution and child abuse and all the different things that we're all so upset about. You know why they're there? You know why they're in the communities? You say "because the Devil"&mdash;they're there because of us.</p> </blockquote> <p>It was dark days indeed, he argued, when "an x-rated theater can open up down the street from a church." Above all, Huckabee was upset with Monty Python's 1979 movie, <em>Life of Brian</em>. Huckabee was hardly alone in condemning <em>Life of Brian</em>, which follows the story of a Jewish man, Brian, who is mistaken for the Messiah because he was born on the same day as Jesus. The film was banned in Ireland; picketed in New Jersey; <a href="http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive/pdf?res=9B0CE5D61339E732A25757C0A96F9C946890D6CF" target="_blank">denounced</a> by a coalition of Christian and Jewish leaders; and canceled in Columbia, South Carolina after a last-minute intervention from Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond. (On the other hand, the movie does have a score of 96 at <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/monty_pythons_life_of_brian/" target="_blank">Rotten Tomatoes</a>.) Per Huckabee:</p> <blockquote> <p>There was a time in this country when a movie like <em>The Life of Brian</em> which, I just read&mdash;thank God the theaters in Little Rock decided not to show, but it's showing all over the Fort Worth&ndash;Dallas area, which is a mockery, which is a <em>blasphemy</em> against the very name of Jesus Christ, and I can remember a day even as young as I am when that would not have happened in this country or in the city in the South.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>But friend, it's happening all over and no one's blinking an eye, and we can talk about how the devil's moved in and the devil's moved in but what's really happened is God's people have moved out and made room for it. We've put up the for sale sign and we've announced a very cheap price for what our lives really are. We've sold our character, we've sold our convictions, we've compromised we've sold out and as a result we've moved out the devil's moved in and he's set up shop. And friend [he's] praying on our own craving for pleasure.</p> </blockquote> <p>No word on whether Huckabee will defund the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV2ViNJFZC8" target="_blank">Ministry of Silly Walks</a> if elected.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Elections Religion mike huckabee Fri, 08 May 2015 17:34:42 +0000 Tim Murphy 274941 at http://www.motherjones.com This Study Will Add Fuel to the Abortion Wars http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/new-study-premature-infants-abortion-20-week-ban <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Thursday, the <em>New York Times</em> carried a front-page story reporting new research that could have a profound impact on the nation's abortion debate: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/health/premature-babies-22-weeks-viability-study.html?_r=0" target="_blank">a study</a> concluding that a small number of premature infants born at 22 weeks can survive with intensive treatment.</p> <p>The study, which appears in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>, followed 5,000 infants born between 22 and 27 weeks of gestation. Seventy-eight of those infants were born at 22 weeks and given treatment to increase their chances of survival; 18 of them survived. Of the 18, which the researchers followed up on as toddlers, 6 experienced severe impairments, from blindness to debilitating cerebral palsy, and 7 were relatively healthy.</p> <p>The news has huge implications for the the medical community, where there has been debate about how much treatment to provide to babies born at this stage of gestation. But it could also have sweeping consequences for the fight against abortion rights&mdash;giving abortion opponents new support for a popular abortion ban, while possibly undermining their quest to overturn <em>Roe v. Wade, </em>the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a right to abortion.</p> <p>In the immediate future, the news is most likely to impact <a href="https://www.lifesitenews.com/pulse/gop-leader-promises-vote-redux-on-20-week-abortion-ban-may-7-protest-remain" target="_blank">the coming congressional debate</a> over House Republicans' proposed 20-week abortion ban, which many see as a direct challenge to <em>Roe</em>. In that ruling, the justices forbid the states from banning abortion before a fetus was viable outside the womb. A 20-week ban, mainstream medical groups have argued, bars abortion before viability.</p> <p>But abortion foes may use this new study to argue that 20 weeks is indeed within the range of viability, and a ban on procedures after 20 weeks is legal. (When abortion opponents talk about 20-week bans, technically, they mean 22-week bans. <a href="#correction">Click here to read a full explanation</a>.)</p> <p>Viability, however, is not a bright red line. And this new research is less of a breakthrough and more of a rigorous confirmation of what smaller, less systematic studies have already observed. One such study <a href="http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/126/3/443.full.pdf%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC%C2%AC___" target="_blank">found</a> that 85 percent of infants born at 22 weeks (or 20 weeks, in political parlance) die within 12 hours. Another study <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19491184" target="_blank">found</a> that 98 percent of 22-week-old infants are born with major health issues such as brain hemorrhaging, and 93 percent die within a year. (The University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, by contrast, <a href="http://www.ansirh.org/_documents/research/late-abortion/Viability.FactSheet.8-2010.pdf" target="_blank">states</a> that no infants born earlier than 23 weeks have survived.) Some major medical groups have been debating whether to move average viability to 23 weeks from 24 weeks. But there are no signs that the study will cause medical organizations to set 22 weeks as the new average viability.</p> <p>Abortion foes have always had dual motives for pushing 20-week abortion bans. (About 2 percent of all abortions would be affected by a 20-week abortion ban. About <a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html" target="_blank">13,000 women</a> sought these abortions in 2011, the most recent year for which there is reliable data.) In public, they insist that these bans are only preventing abortions of viable infants. The majority of the medical community wouldn't agree, but there is broad public support for the idea of banning abortion on viable pregnancies.</p> <p>At the same time, as I <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/republican-abortion-ban-20-weeks" target="_blank">reported</a> earlier this year, 20-week bans are designed to bring a challenge to <em>Roe v. Wade</em> before the Supreme Court. In <em>Roe</em>, the justices ruled that states could not set a specific date for viability. (That determination was left up to doctors.) The legal wing of the abortion rights movement is fighting some 20-week bans, which have been <a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_PLTA.pdf" target="_blank">passed in 10 states</a>, on the grounds that they violate <em>Roe</em>. If one of those cases were to make it to the Supreme Court, it could be an opportunity for the justices to overturn <em>Roe</em>'s viability standard altogether.</p> <p>Here's Samuel Lee, a former lobbyist for Missouri Citizens for Life, explaining how a measure he wrote, requiring doctors to perform viability tests before providing abortions to women who appeared to be at least 20 weeks pregnant, was designed to overturn <em>Roe</em>:</p> <blockquote> <p>The 20 weeks gestational age was chosen to push the envelope on when the state's interest in protecting the life of the unborn child could take place. It was designed as an opportunity to attack the Roe trimester framework, while still giving the Court some wriggle room (the statute required a determination of viability, not a prohibition of abortion after viability). It was an opportunity for the Court to discuss an interest by the state in protecting unborn human life earlier than the viability line of demarcation permitted&hellip;It was chosen because it was earlier than the earliest limits of viability at the time, but not so early that the unborn child could never be viable.</p> </blockquote> <p>The Supreme Court upheld Lee's provision in 1989. Later, Justice Thurgood Marshall's papers revealed that the conservative majority in <em>Webster</em> had come within one vote of using the 20-week provision to strike down <em>Roe</em> entirely.</p> <p>If the average age of viability were to inch backward toward 22 weeks&mdash;with this study being the first step&mdash;then 20-week abortion bans would cease to pose a broad constitutional challenge to <em>Roe. </em>At the time of its ruling, after all, the Supreme Court majority noted that average viability began at 28 weeks (the start of the third trimester), but it was possible that fetuses would someday be viable as early at 24 weeks.</p> <p>In other words, the medical advances behind this new research don't automatically undermine <em>Roe</em>&mdash;especially when it comes to something as nebulous as viability. But they may fuel the drive for a national 20-week abortion ban.</p> <p id="correction"><em>*Abortion opponents typically count the weeks of pregnancy from the date of fertilization, while the medical community uses the more rigorous method of counting the weeks of pregnancy from the start of a woman's last menstrual period. In medical terms, then, the House Republicans' 20-week abortion ban is actually a 22-week abortion ban. Unless we're talking about the bans, this article uses the medical method of dating a pregnancy.</em></p></body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights Supreme Court Top Stories Thu, 07 May 2015 20:16:27 +0000 Molly Redden 274896 at http://www.motherjones.com