Political Mojo | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2009/08/succession-politics-and-health-care-reform/politics/2002/11/.http%3A/www.boston.com/news/politics/2002/11/%E2%80%9Dhttp%3A/www.accountingjobsdallas.info/photos/whitehouse/3818150328/%E2%80%9D http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Elizabeth Warren's "Most Watched" Video Is Absolutely Fantastic http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/elizabeth-warrens-mad-as-hell <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren participated in a conference hosted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RecodeDotNet/videos/851341318289186/" target="_blank">tech website Re/Code</a>, where she was asked a policy question about infrastructure spending. What followed was an incredibly powerful response that touched upon the Massachusetts senator's signature issues&mdash;student loans, misplaced Washington interests, and the systematic problems hurting middle class Americans.</p> <p>"The only way we get change is when enough people in this country say, 'I'm mad as hell and I'm fed up and I'm not going to do this anymore,'" Warren said. "'You are not going to represent me in Washington, DC, if you are not willing to pass a meaningful infrastructure bill. If you are not willing to refinance student loan interest rates and stop dragging in billions of dollars in profits off the backs of kids who otherwise can't afford to go to college. If you don't say you're going to fund the NIH and the NISF, because that is our future.' We have to make these issues salient and not just wonky."</p> <p>The video is now officially Warren's <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenm/status/605099823981834240" target="_blank">most watched video</a>, according to her digital director. <strong>Watch below: </strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_b0obdnXfqg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.vox.com/2015/6/2/8700177/elizabeth-warren-video-viral" target="_blank">(h/t Vox)</a></em></p></body></html> MoJo Corporations Income Inequality Tue, 02 Jun 2015 22:05:26 +0000 Inae Oh 276401 at http://www.motherjones.com Google's New Diversity Stats Are Only Slightly Less Embarrassing Than They Were Last Year http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/google-diversity-statistics-barely-impoved <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Around this time last year, Google shocked Silicon Valley by voluntarily <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/google-diversity-labor-gender-race-gap-workers-silicon-valley" target="_blank">releasing statistics</a> on the diversity of its workforce. The move helped shame other large tech companies into doing the same, and the picture that emerged wasn't pretty: In most cases, only 10 percent of the companies' overall employees were black or Latino, compared to 27 percent in the US workforce as a whole. For its own part, Google <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/getting-to-work-on-diversity-at-google.html" target="_blank">admitted</a> that "we're miles from where we want to be," and pledged to do more to cultivate minority and female tech talent.</p> <p>Now Google has an update: Its 2015 diversity stats, <a href="http://www.google.com/diversity/" target="_blank">released yesterday</a>, show that it has moved inches, not miles, toward a workforce that reflects America. The representation of female techies ticked up by 1 percentage point (from 17 to 18 percent), Asians gained 1 point, and whites, though still the majority, slipped by 1 point. Otherwise, the numbers are unchanged:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/google-chart.WEB_.gif"><div class="caption">Google</div> </div> <p>"With an organization our size, year-on-year growth and meaningful change is going to take time," Nancy Lee, Google's vice president of people operations, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/02/googles-staff-worldwide-still-overwhelmingly-white-and-asian-men?CMP=share_btn_tw" target="_blank">told</a> the <em>Guardian</em>. Last year, Google spent $115 million on diversity initiatives and dispatched its own engineers to historically black colleges and universities to teach introductory computer science courses and help graduating students prepare for job searches. But unlike Intel, another big tech company that has prioritized diversity, Google has not set firm goals for diversifying its talent pool.</p> <p>"While every company cannot match Intel's ambitious plan, they can set concrete, measurable goals, targets, and timetables,"&nbsp;said a statement from the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who last year played a key role in convincing Google and other companies to disclose their diversity stats. "If they don't measure it, they don't mean it."</p></body></html> MoJo Charts Race and Ethnicity Tech google Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:36:48 +0000 Josh Harkinson 276446 at http://www.motherjones.com Mike Huckabee Wishes He Lied About Being Transgender So He Could Have Showered with High School Girls http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/mike-huckabee-transgender <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>While speaking at a religious convention in Nashville earlier this year, Mike Huckabee's trademark <a href="https://twitter.com/adamsmithtimes/status/605735618509975552" target="_blank">candor</a> reached a new level of absurdity, as he joked about wishing he&nbsp;"could have felt like a woman" back in high school&hellip;in order to get access to female locker rooms.</p> <p>"Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE," <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/meganapper/huckabee-on-transgender-people-i-wish-i-couldve-said-i-was-t#.qlBYbz0op" target="_blank">Huckabee said on stage</a> at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention&nbsp;back in February. "I'm pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, 'Coach, I think I'd rather shower with the girls today.'"</p> <p>The remarks, reported by <em><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/meganapper/huckabee-on-transgender-people-i-wish-i-couldve-said-i-was-t#.qlBYbz0op" target="_blank">BuzzFeed</a></em> on Tuesday, were meant&nbsp;to warn the crowd about Americans' growing tolerance of the transgender community and &nbsp;support for laws protecting transgender people's access to the restroom of their choice.</p> <p>"For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your seven-year-old daughter&mdash;if she goes into the restroom&mdash;cannot be offended and you can&rsquo;t be offended if she's greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man," he said.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/unR7hfEnR6E" style="line-height: 2em;" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>For more on the conservative assault on where transgender people use the bathroom, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/03/transgender-bathroom-discrimination-bills" target="_blank">check out our primer here. </a></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Gay Rights Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:17:20 +0000 Inae Oh 276411 at http://www.motherjones.com SCOTUS Delivers Good News for Abusive Trolls http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/supreme-court-elonis-internet-trolls-first-amendment <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Trolls and libertarians rejoice. In a highly watched case that explored the tough question of what distinguishes protected free speech from illegal threats, the Supreme Court on Monday made it harder for the government to prosecute individuals who are making threatening statements toward others.</p> <p>The court voided the conviction of Anthony Elonis, who was found guilty of issuing unlawful threats over Facebook with rants that referred to killing his estranged wife. Elonis argued that his posts, which were presented as rap lyrics, were a form of expression protected by the First Amendment. He was convicted in federal district court in Pennsylvania under the "reasonable person" standard: Would a reasonable person consider Elonis' posts threatening?</p> <p>In a <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/13-983_7l48.pdf" target="_blank">7-2 decision</a>, Chief Justice John Roberts ruled that the reasonable person test wasn't sufficient for a criminal conviction like this one. Avoiding touchy First Amendment questions, the court determined that Elonis' posts should have been evaluated under a tougher standard that takes his mental state into account. That is, did he intend to follow through on his threats or did he know that his words would be seen as a threat?</p> <p>"Elonis's conviction was premised solely on how his posts would be viewed by a reasonable person, a standard&hellip;inconsistent with the conventional criminal conduct requirement of 'awareness of some wrongdoing,'" Roberts wrote. He noted that a criminal conviction could only be supported "if the defendant transmits a communication for the purpose of issuing a threat or with knowledge that the communication will be viewed as a threat."</p> <p>The case presented a difficult First Amendment question pitting freedom of expression against the freedom to not be threatened with violence. But the justices ducked the matter. The ruling was predicated on a statutory interpretation.</p> <p>Elonis was sentenced to 44 months in prison for threatening to harm and even kill his estranged wife in Facebook posts&mdash;threats that left his wife <a href="http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/13-983-Elonis-Op.pdf" target="_blank">afraid for her safety</a>. Elonis fought the charges, arguing that he could not be imprisoned because he never intended to hurt his wife. A criminal conviction for someone who had no intent to harm, he contended, violated the Constitution's guarantee of freedom of speech. But the trial court disagreed and instructed the jury to use the reasonable-person standard.</p> <p>The federal government <a href="http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/13-983-Elonis-Op.pdf" target="_blank">argued</a> that the reasonable person test is the best way to determine whether a statement is a threat. Its lawyers maintained that even if there is no intent to harm, such threats can severely disrupt the lives of those people targeted.</p> <p>Civil liberties groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, <a href="http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/supreme_court_preview/BriefsV4/13-983_pet_amcu_aclu-etal.authcheckdam.pdf" target="_blank">supported Elonis</a>, fearing an encroachment on free-speech rights. Advocates for victims of domestic violence, though, argued that victims of domestic abuse "suffer the devastating psychological and economic effects of threats of violence, which their abusers deliver more and more often via social media," according to <a href="http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/supreme_court_preview/BriefsV4/13-983_resp_amcu_nnedv-etal.authcheckdam.pdf" target="_blank">an amicus brief</a>. This brief, filed by the National Network to End Domestic Violence and a number of state-based anti-domestic-violence groups, argued that threats are often a precursor to actual violence.</p> <p>The Elonis case was argued before the court in early December and the justices took a full six months to decide the case. Roberts was joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, and the court's liberal wing. Justice Samuel Alito joined in part and dissented in part. Justice Clarence Thomas dissented.</p></body></html> MoJo Civil Liberties Crime and Justice Supreme Court Top Stories Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:09:36 +0000 Pema Levy 276321 at http://www.motherjones.com Why Bernie Sanders Was Talking About "Fifty Shades of Grey" on "Meet the Press" http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/bernie-sanders-week <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This wasn't the way Bernie Sanders expected to conclude the first week of his presidential campaign&mdash;comparing <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/young-bernie-sanders-liberty-union-vermont" target="_blank">a 1972 essay he wrote</a> for the <em>Vermont Free</em><em>man</em> to E.L. James' <em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em>. But the article, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/young-bernie-sanders-liberty-union-vermont" target="_blank">first reported</a> in <em>Mother Jones</em>, quickly caught fire because of its description of a woman who "fantasizes being raped," and by the weekend, Sanders had taken steps to renounce it.</p> <p>Per <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-05-31/bernie-sanders-compares-rape-fantasy-essay-to-fifty-shades-of-grey" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>"This is a piece of fiction that I wrote in 1972, I think," the Vermont Senator said, appearing on Meet the Press. "That was 43 years ago. It was very poorly written and if you read it, what it was dealing with was gender stereotypes, why some men like to oppress women, why other women like to be submissive, you know, something like&nbsp;<em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em>."</p> </blockquote> <p>But if the 1972 essay ruined his media tour, it didn't do anything to suppress the enthusiasm of the progressive activists Sanders aims to make his base. Sanders spent his first week of the campaign speaking to overflow crowds across the Midwest (3,000 people in Minneapolis) and New Hampshire. And, evidently, he's turned some heads. Here's the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/01/us/politics/challenging-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-gains-momentum-in-iowa.html?_r=0" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>DES MOINES &mdash; A mere 240 people live in the rural northeast Iowa town of Kensett, so when more than 300 crowded into the community center on Saturday night to hear Senator <a class="meta-per" href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/01/us/elections/bernie-sanders.html?inline=nyt-per" title="More articles about Bernard Sanders.">Bernie Sanders</a> of Vermont, many driving 50 miles, the cellphones of Democratic leaders statewide began to buzz.</p> <p>Kurt Meyer, the county party chairman who organized the event, sent a text message to Troy Price, the Iowa political director for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mr. Price called back immediately.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>"Objects in your rearview mirror are closer than they appear," Mr. Meyer said he had told Mr. Price about Mr. Sanders. "Mrs. Clinton had better get out here."</p> </blockquote> <p>Clinton's strategy, to this point, has been to act as if her other prospective Democratic primary opponents don't exist. Sanders might have just changed that calculus.</p></body></html> MoJo Elections bernie sanders Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:02:21 +0000 Tim Murphy 276306 at http://www.motherjones.com Beau Biden, the Vice President's Son, Has Died http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/beau-biden-vice-presidents-son-has-died <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2015/05/30/e1ac5a2a-0731-11e5-a428-c984eb077d4e_story.html" target="_blank">RIP</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Joseph Robinette &ldquo;Beau&rdquo; Biden III, the son of Vice President Biden and former state attorney general of Delaware, died Saturday after battling brain cancer for several years.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Biden, 46, the oldest son of the vice president and the rising star of a family dynasty, had been admitted recently to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington as he fought the cancer, a battle that his father largely kept private in the last weeks as his son clung to his life.</p> </blockquote> <p>So sad.</p> <p>Here's the Vice President's statement:</p> <blockquote> <p>It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.</p> <p>The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau&rsquo;s spirit will live on in all of us&mdash;especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.</p> <p>Beau's life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo. A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware&rsquo;s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse.</p> <p>More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.</p> <p>In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.</p> </blockquote> <p>And the statement from the President:</p> <blockquote> <p>Michelle and I are grieving tonight. Beau Biden was a friend of ours. His beloved family &ndash; Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter &ndash; are friends of ours. And Joe and Jill Biden are as good as friends get.</p> <p>Beau took after Joe. He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware&rsquo;s Attorney General. Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched &ndash; and he lives on in their hearts.</p> <p>But for all that Beau Biden achieved in his life, nothing made him prouder; nothing made him happier; nothing claimed a fuller focus of his love and devotion than his family.</p> <p>Just like his dad.</p> <p>Joe is one of the strongest men we&rsquo;ve ever known. He&rsquo;s as strong as they come, and nothing matters to him more than family. It&rsquo;s one of the things we love about him. And it is a testament to Joe and Jill &ndash; to who they are &ndash; that Beau lived a life that was full; a life that mattered; a life that reflected their reverence for family.</p> <p>The Bidens have more family than they know. In the Delaware they love. In the Senate Joe reveres. Across this country that he has served for more than forty years. And they have a family right here in the White House, where hundreds of hearts ache tonight &ndash; for Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter; for Joe and for Jill; for Beau&rsquo;s brother, Hunter; his sister, Ashley, and for the entire Biden clan.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have believed the best of every man,&rdquo; wrote the poet William Butler Yeats, &ldquo;And find that to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at his best or even a good man swing his lantern higher.&rdquo;</p> <p>Beau Biden believed the best of us all. For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.</p> <p>Michelle and I humbly pray for the good Lord to watch over Beau Biden, and to protect and comfort his family here on Earth.</p> </blockquote> <p>And this old tweet from Beau is heartbreaking:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Happy Birthday to the best coach I could have asked for. Love you Pop. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TBT?src=hash">#TBT</a> <a href="http://t.co/LPf2QxuE9h">pic.twitter.com/LPf2QxuE9h</a></p> &mdash; Beau Biden (@BeauBiden) <a href="https://twitter.com/BeauBiden/status/535554962160631810">November 20, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo Sun, 31 May 2015 02:15:08 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 276286 at http://www.motherjones.com Martin O'Malley Is Running for President. Here's What You Need to Know http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/martin-omalley-running-president-heres-what-you-need-know <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The wait is over. Martin O'Malley is running for president. The former Maryland governor formally kicked off his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination on Saturday in Baltimore, the city he served as mayor for six years. O'Malley, who has been publicly weighing a bid for years, is aiming to present himself as a solidly progressive alternative to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. But it's going to be an uphill slog&mdash;in the most recent <a href="http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/2016-national-democratic-primary#!selectedpoll=22128" target="_blank">Quinnipiac</a> poll, he received just 1 percent&mdash;56 points behind Clinton, and 14 points behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was an independent until he entered the 2016 Democratic contest.</p> <p>Here are five things you should read about O'Malley right now:</p> <ul><li>He's the "best manager in government today," according to a 2013 profile by Haley Sweetland Edwards at the <a href="http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/may_june_2013/features/should_martin_omalley_be_presi044513.php?page=all" target="_blank"><em>Washington Monthly</em></a>:</li> </ul><blockquote> <p>The truth is, what makes O'Malley stand out is not his experience, his gravitas, nor his familiarity to voters (Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden crush him in those regards). Nor is it exactly his policies or speeches (New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, both rumored presidential aspirants, have cultivated similar CVs). Nor is it that he plays in a band. Nor is it even the <em>Atlantic</em>'s breathless claim last year that he has "the best abs" in politics. (Beneath a photo of the fit governor participating in the Maryland Special Olympics' annual Polar Bear Plunge, the author gushed, "What are they putting in the water in Maryland?") Instead, what makes O'Malley unique as a politician is precisely the skill that was on display in that windowless conference room in downtown Annapolis: he is arguably the best manager working in government today.</p> <p>That may not seem like a very flashy title&mdash;at first blush, "Best Manager" sounds more like a booby prize than a claim a politician might ride to the White House. But in an era where the very idea of government is under assault, a politician&rsquo;s capacity to deliver on his or her promises, to actually make the bureaucracy work, is an underappreciated skill.</p> </blockquote> <ul><li>He pursued a tough-on-crime policing strategy as mayor of Baltimore, according to a recent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/as-mayor-of-baltimore-omalleys-policing-strategy-sowed-mistrust/2015/04/25/af81178a-ea9d-11e4-9767-6276fc9b0ada_story.html" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em></a> article:</li> </ul><blockquote> <p>It was as a crime-busting mayor some 15 years ago that O'Malley first gained national attention. Although he is positioning himself as a progressive alternative to Hillary Clinton, O'Malley also touts a police crackdown during his time as mayor that led to a stark reduction in drug violence and homicides as one of his major achievements.</p> <p>Yet some civic leaders and community activists in Baltimore portray O'Malley&rsquo;s policing policies in troubling terms. The say the "zero-tolerance" approach mistreated young black men even as it helped dramatically reduce crime, fueling a deep mistrust of law enforcement that flared anew last week when [Freddie] Gray died after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody.</p> </blockquote> <ul><li>He's obsessed with the War of 1812 and discussed said obsession in an interview with the <em>Daily Beast</em>'s Ben Jacobs <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/09/the-presidential-hopeful-obsessed-with-the-war-of-1812.html" target="_blank">last September</a>, after dressing up in an 1812-vintage uniform and mounting a horse:</li> </ul><blockquote> <p>Win, lose, or draw, O'Malley said he is enthusiastic about the bicentennial and has read up on past commemorations to prepare. He recalled for <em>The Daily Beast</em> a 100-year-old <em>Baltimore Sun</em> editorial about the centennial in 1914 and searched excitedly through his iPad for it. PBS will broadcast the event nationwide on Saturday night, and it will feature what is planned to be the largest ever mass singing of the "Star-Spangled Banner" and an outdoor concert in Baltimore that will include a rock opera about the War of 1812, and O'Malley's own band, which he referred to simply as "a small little warm-up band of Irish extraction."</p> </blockquote> <ul><li>Though he was the model for the character of Baltimore Mayor Tommy Carcetti on the HBO series <em>The Wire,</em> he is not a huge fan of the show or its creator, David Simon, who <a href="http://davidsimon.com/within-the-acela-cocoon/" target="_blank">described</a> an awkward encounter with the governor last year on an Acela train:</li> </ul><blockquote> <p>This fellow was at the four-top table immediately behind me. I clocked him as we left New York, but as he is a busy man, and as most of our previous encounters have been a little edgy, I told myself to let well enough alone. I answered a few more emails, looked at some casting tapes on the laptop, checked the headlines. And still, with all of that done, we were only just south of Philadelphia.</p> <p>I texted my son: "On the southbound Acela. Marty O'Malley sitting just behind me," then joking, "Do I set it off?"</p> <p>A moment later, a 20-year-old diplomatic prodigy fired back a reply: "Buy him a beer."</p> <p>...I stood up, noticed that Mr. O'Malley was sipping a Corona, and I walked to the cafe car to get another just like it. I came back, put it on the table next to its mate, and said, simply, "You&rsquo;ve had a tough week." My reference, of course, was to the governor's dustup with the White House over the housing of juvenile immigrants in Maryland, which became something of a spitting contest by midweek.</p> <p>Mr. O'Malley smiled, said thanks, and I went back to my seat to inform my son that the whole of the State Department could do no better than he. Several minutes later, the governor of my state called me out and smacked the seat next to him.</p> <p>"Come on, Dave," he said, "we're getting to be old men at this point. Sit, talk."</p> </blockquote> <ul><li>Writing for the <em>Atlantic</em> in December, Molly Ball dubbed O'Malley, "the most ignored candidate of 2016."<em> </em>Another takeaway from the piece, which chronicled his trip to an Annapolis homeless-prevention center that provides job training, might be that <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/12/the-long-shot/382238/" target="_blank">he tries too hard</a>:</li> </ul><blockquote> <p>"I love kale," O'Malley told the chef, Linda Vogler, a middle-aged woman with blond bangs peeking out from a paper toque [who was teaching a cooking class]. "Kale's the new superfood!"</p> <p>"We're learning quinoa next," Vogler said.</p> <p>"You're going to teach what? Keen-wa?," O'Malley asked, genuinely puzzled. "What's keen-wa?"</p> <p>"It looks like birdseed," she replied, hurrying on with the lesson. As the class counted off the seconds it took to boil a tomato, O'Malley changed their "One Mississippi" chant to "One Maryland! Two Maryland!"</p> </blockquote></body></html> MoJo Elections Top Stories Sat, 30 May 2015 14:56:16 +0000 Tim Murphy 276276 at http://www.motherjones.com A New Poll Has Good News for Pro-Choicers http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/pro-choice-pro-life-abortion-gallup <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>After seven years on the outs, choice is back. For the first time since 2008, significantly more Americans identify as pro-choice (50 percent) than pro-life (44 percent), according to a <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/183434/americans-choose-pro-choice-first-time-seven-years.aspx" target="_blank">Gallup poll</a> released Friday.</p> <p>"This is the first time since 2008 that the pro-choice position has had a statistically significant lead in Americans' abortion views," the survey notes. In the intervening years, Americans were split fairly evenly on the issue of abortion&mdash;except in 2012, when pro-life sentiment outpaced pro-choice views 50 percent to 41 percent.</p> <p>The poll found that in the past three years, women have become more pro-choice (54 percent) than men (46 percent). Since 2012, Democrats, Republicans and independents have all become increasingly pro-choice. But Democrats show the biggest long-term jump in pro-choice views, from 55 percent in 2001 to 68 percent today. By contrast, 30 percent of Republicans were pro-choice in 2001 and 31 percent identify as pro-choice today&mdash;a statistically insignificant change.</p> <p>The years since the last pro-choice peak in 2008 have been rough for abortion rights advocates. Republican legislatures across the country have sought to roll back access to abortions&mdash;banning the procedure after 20 weeks (and even earlier in some cases), requiring additional doctor visits and ultrasounds, and placing onerous regulations on clinics that forced many to shut their doors. Gallup didn't touch on these issues, simply noting that "the momentum for the pro-life position that began when Barack Obama took office has yielded to a pro-choice rebound."</p> <p>Gallup raised the possibility that abortion views are riding on the coattails of a "broader liberal shift in Americans' ideology of late" that "could mean the recent pro-choice expansion has some staying power."</p></body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights Fri, 29 May 2015 17:07:48 +0000 Pema Levy 276246 at http://www.motherjones.com US Officially Removes Cuba From List of State Sponsors of Terrorism http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/05/us-officially-removes-cuba-list-state-sponsors-terrorism <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Friday, the State Department <a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/05/242986.htm" target="_blank">announced</a> the decision to drop Cuba from a list of states sponsoring terrorism. The official press release:</p> <blockquote> <p>In December 2014, the President instructed the Secretary of State to immediately launch a review of Cuba&rsquo;s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and provide a report to him within six months regarding Cuba's support for international terrorism. On April 8, 2015, the Secretary of State completed that review and recommended to the President that Cuba no longer be designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.</p> <p>Accordingly, on April 14, the President submitted to Congress the statutorily required report indicating the Administration&rsquo;s intent to rescind Cuba&rsquo;s State Sponsor of Terrorism designation, including the certification that Cuba has not provided any support for international terrorism during the previous six-months; and that Cuba has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future. The 45-day Congressional pre-notification period has expired, and the Secretary of State has made the final decision to rescind Cuba&rsquo;s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, effective today, May 29, 2015.</p> <p>The rescission of Cuba&rsquo;s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission. While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba&rsquo;s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation</p> </blockquote> <p>The decision is a major step toward normalizing diplomatic relations with Havana. Among other activities, Friday's announcement will allow Cuba to do <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32926821" target="_blank">banking</a> in the United States. However, the move does not lift the <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-29/u-s-takes-cuba-off-terror-list-paving-the-way-for-normal-ties" target="_blank">trade embargo,</a> which requires congressional approval.&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo International Fri, 29 May 2015 15:45:55 +0000 Inae Oh 276231 at http://www.motherjones.com 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