Political Mojo | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2013/03/sarah-palin-cpac-2013-one-linersalon http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Even the Guy With the $100 Million Super-PAC Says Campaign Finance Is Broken http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/jeb-bush-citizens-united-new-hampshire <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>You can't avoid campaign finance reform in the run-up to Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. It feels a little weird to type that, given the continuous series of setbacks reformers have suffered on that issue over the last decade, but it's true. Talk to anyone at a Bernie Sanders rally and it's the first thing that comes up; on the Republican side, Donald Trump has made his lack of big donors a centerpiece of his campaign.</p> <p>Even Jeb Bush, whose $100-million super-PAC, Right to Rise, is blanketing the airwaves here in the Granite State (and has a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/12/uncampaign-2016-fiorina-trump-carson-pac" target="_blank">spin-off dark money group</a>, Right to Rise Policy Solutions), says something needs to be done. Taking questions at a Nashua Rotary Club on Monday afternoon, Bush told voters that it will take a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and stop the glut of dark money entering the political process:</p> <blockquote> <p>The ideal thing would be to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that allows effectively unregulated money [for] independent [groups], and regulated money for the campaigns. I would turn that on its head if I could. I think campaigns ought to be personally accountable and responsible for the money they receive. I don't think you need to restrict it&mdash;voters will have the ability to say I'm not voting for you because [some company] gave you money. The key is to just have total transparency about the amounts of money and who gives it, and to have it with 48-hour turnaround. That would be the appropriate thing. Then a candidate will be held accountable for whatever comes to the voters through the campaign. Unfortunately the Supreme Court ruling makes that at least temporarily impossible, so it's going to take an amendment to the Constitution.</p> </blockquote> <p>Now, Jeb hasn't turned into Bernie Sanders. He'd just like unlimited donations that aren't anonymous, and he'd like whatever is disclosed to be disclosed a lot quicker. The subtext here is that while Bush is benefiting from a non-profit that accepts anonymous unlimited donations, his backers have expressed a lot of frustration with outside groups supporting Jeb's rival, Sen. Marco Rubio. Right to Rise chief Mike Murphy <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/features/2015-10-21/mike-murphy-rubio-s-campaign-is-cynical-kasich-s-plays-close-to-the-line" target="_blank">said</a> last fall that Rubio is running a "cynical" campaign fueled by "secret dark money, maybe from one person."</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Jeb Bush Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:09:06 +0000 Tim Murphy 296256 at http://www.motherjones.com As the Flint Water Crisis Unfolded, Rick Snyder Bought This Luxury-Themed Birthday Cake for His Wife http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/rick-snyder-wife-birthday-cake <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Last month, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder issued a <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/michigan-governor-rick-snyder-apologies-for-flint-water-crisis/" target="_blank">formal apology</a> for the state's handling of Flint's contaminated water system. The crisis began with his decision to cut costs in the town by rerouting its water from Detroit's water system to the Flint River. The Flint River water contained dangerously high levels of lead and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/12/15/toxic-water-soaring-lead-levels-in-childrens-blood-create-state-of-emergency-in-flint-mich/" target="_blank">jeopardized the health of children</a>.</p> <p>The outrage over the public health emergency has only grown louder with the recent discovery of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/01/snyder-administration-started-trucking-clean-water-state-buildings" target="_blank">emails showing that state officials</a> were shipping themselves clean water before telling residents that their water was contaminated.</p> <p>But just a few weeks after begging his state for <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/michigan-governor-rick-snyder-apologies-for-flint-water-crisis/" target="_blank">forgiveness</a>, Snyder apparently thought it was a good idea to throw his wife an extravagant birthday party, replete with this eyesore of a birthday cake:</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="6" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BBOSHv-RRtG/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">One last detail shot. The necklace is made from fondant and royal icing attached to floral wire. It was a fun challenge to suspend the jewels over the side of the box.</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A photo posted by Sweet Heather Anne (@sweetheatheranne) on <time datetime="2016-02-01T00:15:21+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">Jan 31, 2016 at 4:15pm PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="6" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:47.0833333333% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BBOQkVdRRqL/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">@ceebear really outdid herself with the details on this @michaelkors purse. Everything here is edible. #pursecake</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A photo posted by Sweet Heather Anne (@sweetheatheranne) on <time datetime="2016-02-01T00:01:47+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">Jan 31, 2016 at 4:01pm PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/02/see_the_cake_michigan_governor.html" target="_blank">MLive.com,</a> the tone-deaf f&ecirc;te was held at an upscale restaurant in Ann Arbor, where cake designer Heather Anne Leavitt delivered the cake without knowing the recipient. "I had no idea, like seriously no idea," <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/02/see_the_cake_michigan_governor.html" target="_blank">Leavitt said.</a> "We delivered it to the West End Grill and put it down and I'm taking photos of the cake. Then Claudia, who was also working on the cake with me, looks up and sees Rick Snyder on all the photos in the room, and so we put two and two together."</p> <p>Upon learning about the party, local blogger Mark Maynard decided to drop by the restaurant, and discovered the windows were "blacked out." A cake smothered with Tiffany &amp; Co. and Michael Kors logos was a striking contrast to the residents of Flint attempting to get uncontaminated water out of their faucets.</p></body></html> MoJo Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:01:29 +0000 Inae Oh 296246 at http://www.motherjones.com Chris Christie Is Getting Down on One Knee to Plead With Undecided Voters http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/chris-christie-getting-down-one-knee-plead-undecideds <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Chris Christie is down in the polls in New Hampshire and he's got less than 24 hours to turn things around. So when Ann Antosca, an undecided voter from Nashua, asked him a question about Social Security at a Monday morning town hall, the New Jersey governor rushed over to her corner, dropped to one knee, put his hand on the shoulder of the man to her right, and begged her for her vote.</p> <p>Antosca's concern going in was that Christie's means-testing for Social Security would hurt people like her, with 401(k)s in the low six figures. But she was reassured that the ceiling would in fact be much higher. Christie, a shameless name-dropper who was joined at the event by the star of the reality TV show <em>Cake Boss</em>, recalled a conversation he had with Mark Zuckerberg in which the Facebook CEO expressed concern that he'd lose his Social Security. His response: "You get nothing, Mark."</p> <p>"They don't wanna talk about [Social Security] because they're afraid of you; I'm talking about this because I trust you," Christie concluded. A few minutes later, she spoke up again to say she'd made up her mind to vote for Christie.</p> <p>"That was cute, that was cute!" Antosca, a real estate agent who was deciding between Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Christie, told me afterward. Social Security "was really the only thing that was holding me back."</p> <p>Christie needs undecided voters to swing in his direction in a big way in the final days. But New Hampshire is a wonderland where the political cliches all happen to be true. Voters move late. Christie can only hope that movement is enough.</p></body></html> MoJo Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:42:11 +0000 Tim Murphy 296231 at http://www.motherjones.com Bernie Sanders Says He's Being "Lectured" by Hillary Clinton on Foreign Policy http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/bernie-sanders-portsmouth-rally-foreign-policy <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Bernie Sanders was defensive when he was asked at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate why he doesn't talk more about how he'd approach being commander-in-chief. So does he plan on changing course anytime soon? Not a chance.</p> <p>On Sunday afternoon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, speaking at the same community college that hosted Hillary Clinton on Saturday, Sanders did not mention foreign policy until the 50th minute of a 54-minute speech. Even then, he kept it short, telling supporters (and a few undecided voters) he was tired of being "lectured" by his opponent on the issue. "And by the way," he said, as he wrapped up his remarks, "as somebody who voted against the war in Iraq&mdash;who led the <em>opposition</em> to the war in Iraq, lately I have been lectured on foreign policy. The most important foreign policy in the modern history of this country was the war in Iraq. I was right on that issue. Hillary Clinton was wrong on that issue."</p> <p>And then he moved on. In one of his final get-out-the-vote events before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, Sanders showed a willingness to continue taking the fight to Clinton on his own terms. The speech he gave on Sunday, his voice still hoarse from his appearance on <em>Saturday Night Live</em> with Larry David, was much the same speech he delivered in Boston in October, and in Burlington in May. He excoriated the oligarchs who he believes corrupt the political system and outlined a theory of change, from the suffrage movement to civil rights to gay rights, that he believes shows that grassroots movements like his own can overturn the system. The routine is so familiar that when he asked his audience who the biggest recipient of federal welfare is, about half of those in attendance were able to answer&mdash;"Walmart."</p> <p>What's changed is the crowd. When I saw him in Boston in October, the crowd booed 17 different times during his speech, prompted by references to Jeb Bush or the Koch brothers. On Sunday, that number was halved in a speech of equal length. (Targets of booing included the black and Latino unemployment rate, speaker fees from Goldman Sachs, and companies that exploit loopholes in the tax code to avoid "paying a nickel in federal income taxes.") Clinton refers to the animating ethos of Sanders' supporters as "anger," and there's certainly that, but increasingly, there's the optimism of an organization that truly thinks it can win.</p> <p>That's typified by one of the few tweaks he's made to his speech over the last few months: He now talks about the poll numbers. "We started this campaign at 3 percent in the polls," he told the crowd early on. "We were 30, 40 points down in New Hampshire. Well, a lot has changed." Except for all the stuff that hasn't.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections bernie sanders Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:37:26 +0000 Tim Murphy 296206 at http://www.motherjones.com Hillary Clinton’s Secret Weapon Is Bernie Sanders’ Colleagues http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/hillary-clinton-al-franken-friendship <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Sen Al Franken (D-Minn.) opened for Hillary Clinton Saturday night in Portsmouth with one very important message: she's good enough, she's smart enough, and doggone it, she's a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2002/10/remembering-paul-wellstone" target="_blank">Paul Wellstone</a> progressive.</p> <p>Clinton's final pitch to New Hampshire voters is as much about the people she surrounds herself with as it is the former secretary of state herself. On Friday, four woman senators were there to co-opt Bernie Sanders by arguing that the "revolution" America needs <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/hillary-clinton-women-revolution-sanders" target="_blank">is electing the first woman</a>. Stefany Shaheen, daughter of the New Hampshire senator, warmed up the crowd in Portsmouth by name-dropping celebrity backers Lena Dunham, Gloria Steinem, Abby Wambach&mdash;proof she's not only experienced, but maybe cool. Franken was there to follow-up on a subject of intense debate over the last week&mdash;what it means to be a progressive.</p> <p>"Let my clarify something: why they let a <em>guy</em> up here," Franken began, flanked by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Gov. Maggie Hassan, and the former secretary of state. He didn't waste any time invoking the legacy of the late Minnesota senator, a progressive icon who died in a plane crash in 2002 shortly before the midterm elections:</p> <blockquote> <p>I'm Al Franken, I'm a Senator from Minnesota, and I hold the seat that Paul Wellstone once held. And I can point to someone on this stage whom I wouldn't be senator from Minnesota [without], and that is Hillary Clinton. My first election was kind of close. I won by 312 votes. Hillary Clinton came twice for me, once in October and then I got a call from her the Sunday before the election, she said "I'm coming out." And we did a big rally in Duluth and got more than 312 votes at that rally, I gotta tell you. I'm a Paul Wellstone progressive. And let me tell you what that means: Paul said, "We all do better when we all do better." Now if I knew what a haiku was, I'd say that was a haiku. But evidently I'm told it isn't. But Paul knew that we all do better when we all do better.</p> </blockquote> <p>He launched into a personal story of growing up middle-class in Minnesota. And then he returned again to why they let the guy up there.</p> <p>"Sen. Shaheen, my colleague, and I, like the only other [Senate] Democrats who have endorsed in this race, have endorsed Hillary Clinton for a reason," he said. "Because this is serious stuff. This is serious stuff. This is Sherrod Brown. This is Cory Booker. This is Tammy Baldwin. We are progressives. And we know what it takes to <em>get things done</em>."</p> <p>None of these endorsers will shift many votes on their own (notwithstanding Franken's claims of Clinton in Duluth), but it's a death by a thousand cuts strategy. And with Sanders boasting just two members of Congress on his side, Clinton is all too happy to tell voters that the candidates they've worked so hard to get elected in the past&mdash;the Baldwins and Frankens of the world&mdash;are with her.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections hillary clinton Sun, 07 Feb 2016 03:35:02 +0000 Tim Murphy 296161 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch the Most Awkward Debate Kickoff Ever http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/watch-most-awkward-debate-kick-ever <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The beginning of the Republican primary debate in New Hampshire Thursday night may go down as the most awkward in memory.</p> <p>It all started when Ben Carson failed to walk onstage when his name was called, causing a bottleneck in the wings that the other candidates had to walk around. Then Donald Trump apparently didn't hear his name and stood by Carson while other candidates walked by the two of them. On top of it all, the ABC News moderators forgot about John Kasich, leaving an empty podium on stage and one Ohio governor hovering off to the side.</p> <p>Just watch this video, because a debate kickoff this awkward doesn't happen often.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uafScAiaC44" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Sun, 07 Feb 2016 02:03:20 +0000 Pema Levy 296156 at http://www.motherjones.com Someone in New Hampshire Is Leaving These Anti-Immigration Fliers on Cars http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/clinton-sanders-immigration-flier <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>At some point during Hillary Clinton's rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Saturday night, I got a note on my car. Thankfully it was not a parking ticket&mdash;closer inspection revealed that it was single-page double-sided leaflet hitting both Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders for their position on immigration. It accuses Sanders of choosing "to value current and future Hispanic votes over progressive principles" by supporting a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. And it asks Clinton, "Should the President of the United States primarily represent the interests of American families or the interests of families of other countries who have entered the United States illegally?"</p> <p>Fliers on windshields is standard practice in the final days before a big vote, through official or unofficial channels&mdash;or from random freelancers. This one had no name on it. Is it yours? Let us know:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/hillary0.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/hillary1.jpg"></div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Sun, 07 Feb 2016 01:50:52 +0000 Tim Murphy 296146 at http://www.motherjones.com Voters in New Hampshire Are Asking John Kasich About Ohio's Poisoned Water http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/john-kasich-sebring-ohio <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>John Kasich's town halls are different than anyone else's in New Hampshire, and the first person who will tell you that is John Kasich.&nbsp;"White Stripes at a Republican town meeting!" he said, after taking the floor to "Seven Nation Army" Friday evening in Bedford, New Hampshire. "That has never happened before in American history." He likes to make a lot of jokes, sometimes even funny ones, and to direct non-sequiturs at unsuspecting audience members. (Before taking questions, he paused to reflect on a snowball fight he'd taken part in earlier in the day: "I tackled one of my friends!") When it ended, there was a confetti machine and a triple-layer cake for the attendees.</p> <p>But there's a serious message underlying his irreverence: he's a results guy. Take a look at Ohio, and if you like what you see, you should vote Kasich on Tuesday. The problem arises when those voters look at Ohio and instead read about the town of Sebring, where elevated levels of lead were found in the drinking water and residents weren't notified for five months. (Read the <a href="http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/02/01/much-went-wrong-to-delay-public-notice-of-lead-in-sebring-water.html" target="_blank"><em>Columbus Dispatch</em></a> for a fuller accounting.) With Kasich in a fight for second place in New Hampshire, and the water crisis in Flint making national headlines, he's finding the issue impossible to avoid.</p> <p>Midway through the event, Kasich took a question from a man who had read about the crisis in Sebring this morning. He wanted to know one thing: "I was wondering if you've had a chance yet to personally apologize?"</p> <p>"Well first of all, our top administration, the [Ohio] EPA, went immediately to the village," Kasich said. "We had warned the village to tell everybody that there was a risk. We have sent tests out; we have had controllers in there working to make sure the chemicals are right, because the water coming in, sir, is clean. And so at the same time we have done that, we took the operator and we got rid of him. And the federal EPA came in and said he did more than was even federally required of him. So we worked on it all the time, we worked on it with the formulas, the chemicals, and we worked to make sure that at the end of the day people are gonna be okay."</p> <p>"Have you apologized?" the man asked again. Kasich wanted to move on, but the next question was about lead, too. A middle-aged woman in the second row, more sympathetic to Kasich than the first man, raised the spectre of the "800-pound donkey in the room" (that would be Hillary Clinton).</p> <p>Clinton had made clear at Thursday's debate that she would be campaigning on getting justice for Flint, this voter noted. And she "wasn't remotely nice" about it. "I understand sodium is being added back into the water and I understand that Sebring is a lot smaller than Flint. But she will, I am sure, bring it up. It's the Clinton machine. So my question to you is she will look at you and say, 'You hired Butler, he even went on television and said that he was a little slow in responding to the situation there.' How do you stand up to Hillary and debate?" (Craig Butler is the head of the Ohio EPA.)</p> <p>Kasich pivoted. "Look, our guys acted immediately and that's how we handle every crisis," he said. Then he switched gears and talked about how many Democrats he won over in his 2014 re-election. But it's a question that's not likely to go away any time soon.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections John Kasich Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:18:52 +0000 Tim Murphy 296086 at http://www.motherjones.com Clinton's Pitch to New Hampshire: Electing a Woman Is the Real Revolution http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/hillary-clinton-women-revolution-sanders <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Hillary Clinton had some company at a rally for campaign volunteers in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Friday afternoon: four Democratic women who serve as US senators, and a fifth, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, who wants to join them next January. As she makes her final push in a state whose first-in-the-nation primary she won eight years ago, Clinton is traveling with a group of prominent women politicians who are saying explicitly what she dances around&mdash;that electing the first woman president would be a big effing deal, and you should absolutely think about that when you go to the polls.</p> <p>"This is the torch that must be passed on, that you'll be passing on when you're out there door-knocking&mdash;you know how important this historical moment is for us," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. She told a story about a photo of her late mother with Clinton that she keeps on her desk, and related an anecdote about a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee on the subject of paid maternity leave. "A male Republican across the table says, 'Well, I don't know why that'd be mandatory, I never had to use it,'" Klobuchar recalled. "Without missing a beat, Sen. Debbie Stabenow said, 'I bet your mother did!'" The audience ate it up.</p> <p>Stabenow, from Michigan, used her five minutes to tear into the sexist standards female candidates are subjected to&mdash;something that flared up recently when the <em>Washington Post</em>'s <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/bob-woodward-hillary-clinton-shouts-article-1.2519021" target="_blank">Bob Woodward</a> (among other male pundits) suggested the former secretary of state shouted too much. Stabenow was blunt:</p> <blockquote> <p>Anyone see the movie <em>Sufragette</em>, yeah? You need to see that if you haven't. We're almost at the 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote. But there's always a message we get about we're too this or too that. Wait your turn. You smile too much, you must not be serious. You don't smile enough, you must not be friendly! You talk too much and you're too serious and you know, I wouldn't want to have a beer with you&mdash;or I would want to have a beer with you but you can't run security for your country. Your hair! You know, that&mdash;Donald Trump's hair! What about <em>that</em> hair! Come on! So let me say this, and I say this particularly to the women. Guys, you can listen, but the women: Don't do this. Don't do this. This is the moment.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>"When folks talk about a rev-o-<em>lu</em>-tion," she said, elongating the final word in a brief Bernie Sanders impression, "the rev-o-<em>lu</em>-tion is electing the first woman president of the United States! <em>That's</em> the revolution. And we're ready for the revolution."</p> <p>The presence of Klobuchar, Stabenow, and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire had another effect: It reminded voters that, notwithstanding her claim to not be a member of the Democratic establishment, Clinton has the backing of almost all of Sanders' colleagues in the Senate Democratic caucus. And they're not shy about explaining why.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections hillary clinton Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:10:17 +0000 Tim Murphy 296026 at http://www.motherjones.com Ted Cruz Uses Rush Limbaugh in Radio Ad to Take Down Marco Rubio http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/ted-cruz-radio-ad-slams-rubio-rush-limbaugh <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Ted Cruz is hoping Rush Limbaugh can push him over the top in next Tuesday's New Hampshire Republican primary. Here's a spot that the senator from Texas is running on a Boston sports radio station, using the conservative yakker's words to brand Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who holds a slight edge in the race for second place, as a pro-amnesty hypocrite:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Rush Limbaugh:</strong> "If you're looking for the Republican candidate who is the most steadfastly opposed to liberalism, whose agenda is oriented toward stopping it and thwarting it and defeating it, it's Ted Cruz."</p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> "Rush is right. It's Ted Cruz who's led our fights in Washington. To secure our border. To stop taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants. And it was Cruz who stood up for us against the Washington establishment. When the Gang of Eight proposed amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants, it was wrong. Ted Cruz fought them. But what about Marco Rubio? When Rubio ran for Senate, he made this pledge:</p> <p><strong>Marco Rubio:</strong> "I will never support it, never have and never will support any effort to grant blanket legalization amnesty."</p> <p><strong>Rush Limbaugh:</strong> "That's what he said. It's not what he did. It was Marco Rubio that was a member of the Gang of Eight, and Ted Cruz that wasn't."</p> <p><strong>Narrator:</strong> Ted Cruz, the only one we can trust."</p> </blockquote> <p>The ad is not an endorsement from Limbaugh, who made the comments on his radio show. Limbaugh isn't quite the voice of God, but in a tight Republican primary, he might be the next best thing. Cruz is talking about immigration every chance he can get in the Granite State&mdash;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/02/ted-cruz-heroin-epedemic-new-hampshire-undocumented-democrats" target="_blank">even when he's supposed to be talking about heroin</a>&mdash;as he tries to catch up to Donald Trump and keep his rival from Florida at bay.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Ted Cruz Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:46:00 +0000 Tim Murphy 296001 at http://www.motherjones.com Fed-Up Uber Drivers Aim to Disrupt Super Bowl 50—With Their Own Mobile App http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/uber-strike-united-app-super-bowl-50 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A disruptive smartphone app turned Uber into a $50 billion global juggernaut. Now a group of disgruntled Uber drivers, with the help of their own smartphone app, aims to kneecap the car-hailing service precisely when and where it will be most in demand: Super Bowl Sunday in the Bay Area.</p> <p>For Uber, the stakes are high. The big game is in Santa Clara, about an hour from Uber's San Francisco headquarters. The company has chipped in $250,000 to $500,000 in cash and services to sponsor the Super Bowl Host Committee, <a href="http://qz.com/597403/for-the-first-time-you-can-take-an-uber-to-the-super-bowl/" target="_blank">according to <em>Quartz</em></a>. In return, it gets to be the first ride-sharing service allowed to access a Super Bowl game. It will even have exclusive pick-up and drop-off zones at the stadium&mdash;a coup for Uber's marketing department, assuming the company doesn't fall on its face.</p> <p>And that's where Uber's labor problems may come back to haunt it. The drivers, who often <a href="https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/not-cool-uber-194198bed715#.k987vax0s" target="_blank">make less than minimum wage</a>, are angry because the company <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/carolineodonovan/uber-drivers-protest-fare-cuts-ahead-of-super-bowl#.enlMWZWyM" target="_blank">slashed fares</a> nationwide over the past month. On Monday, several hundred of them protested at Uber's offices in San Francisco and New York.</p> <p>The group behind the San Francisco protest, <a href="http://uniteduberdrivers.com/" target="_blank">United Uber Drivers</a>, has <a href="http://www.ridesharereport.com/uber-drivers-protest-in-san-francisco-plan-to-disrupt-super-bowl-50/" target="_blank">pledged to hold</a> a massive strike on Super Bowl Sunday, and some Uber drivers in other cities have said they will <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1123342764366976/" target="_blank">do the same in solidarity</a>. According to the industry publication <em>Ride Share Report</em>, the drivers intend to slow highway traffic near the stadium and inundate the streets around crowded Super Bowl events in San Francisco.</p> <p>That might not be all. United Uber Drivers did not respond to emails from <em>Mother Jones</em>, but downloading the group's special iPhone app offers a bit more insight into its plans:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/united-uber.gif"></div> <p>Other messages explain that when a push notification is received through the app, all drivers will be asked to go offline simultaneously, crippling Uber's network. "We need you to invite every Uber driver you know," urges the first message, written in November. "This communication technology will allow us to invite, unite and strike effectively without any fear or loss of the business relationship with Uber."</p> <p>But that might be easier said than done. With an estimated 40,000 Uber drivers in the Bay Area, the group will need a lot of downloads to mount an effective strike. Of course, people said the same thing about some startup's harebrained bid to defeat the taxi industry. Uber proved them wrong.</p></body></html> MoJo Labor Sports Tech Top Stories Uber Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:00:13 +0000 Josh Harkinson 295941 at http://www.motherjones.com Ted Cruz Attacks Sean Penn—and Here's Penn's Response http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/ted-cruz-sean-penn-el-chapo <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>At an addiction policy forum in Hooksett, New Hampshire, on Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz, the winner of the Republican Iowa caucuses, turned his talk about the awful consequences of addiction into <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/ted-cruz-sean-penn-el-chapo" target="_blank">a rant against&hellip;illegal immigration</a>. And, of course, the media and Hollywood. After describing how addiction has affected his family&mdash;his half sister died of a drug overdose in 2011&mdash;Cruz quickly pivoted to discuss the flood of "undocumented Democrats" (Freudian slip?) coming across the border from Mexico and the need to build a wall to keep them out. He suggested the wall was also needed to protect the United States from drug cartels. Then he turned to the entertainment industry and one member in particular:</p> <blockquote> <p>El Chapo. You know, Sean Penn seems to think he is a sexy and attractive character. I <em>so</em> appreciate Hollywood for glorifying vicious homicidal killers. What a cute and chic thing to celebrate. Someone who murders and destroys lives for a living. El Chapo's organization brings vast quantities of drugs into this country, vast quantities of heroin.</p> </blockquote> <p>Of course, this was a reference to Sean Penn's recent <em>Rolling Stone </em><a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/el-chapo-speaks-20160109" target="_blank">article</a>, in which Penn conducted an interview with the fugitive drug cartel chieftain in a secret jungle location. The piece did not celebrate El Chapo&mdash;but Cruz was looking to blame all the usual suspects for the drug epidemic in New England: the media, Democrats, and a big-name actor.</p> <p>Asked to respond to Cruz's effort to link him to the addiction plague in the Granite State, Penn, in an email, told <em>Mother Jones</em>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Ted Cruz is a generically funny and dangerously adept thought-smith. Clearly, he watches too much television and neglected to read my article before criticizing. It's understood. He's busy trading genius and raising aspirations with Mr. Trump. Blame Canada.</p> </blockquote> <p>Penn's last sentence is a reference to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOR38552MJA" target="_blank">this</a>.</p> <p>We've asked the Cruz campaign if it would like to respond&mdash;and whether the senator is a fan of <em>South Park. </em></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:33:19 +0000 David Corn 295956 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is How Much the Koch Brothers Hate Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/koch-brothers-have-donald-trump-problem <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>There is one man standing in the way of the Koch brothers' plans to elect a free-market conservative to the White House in November. His name is Donald J. Trump.</p> <p>The Kochs, whose fascinating political evolution I detail in my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sons-Wichita-Brothers-Americas-Powerful/dp/1455518727" target="_blank">Sons of Wichita</a>,</em> are not fans of the bombastic real estate mogul whose positions on everything from taxes to foreign policy are at odds with theirs. Charles Koch has said Trump's plan to create a Muslim registry would <a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3a5c5d40-b4a3-11e5-b147-e5e5bba42e51.html" target="_blank">"destroy our free society"</a>&mdash;and for months Trump has been a source of debate and discussion within their donor network, which is <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/us/politics/kochs-plan-to-spend-900-million-on-2016-campaign.html?_r=0" target="_blank">raising nearly $900 million</a> for the 2016 elections. Early on in the race, some members of the network believed, as did almost everyone else, that Trump would implode on his own. Some still do. And a very small handful of Koch network donors are Trump supporters. But in recent months, the Kochs and their allies&mdash;who now are largely leaning toward Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz&mdash;have considered a campaign targeting Trump, whose candidacy they believe poses a threat to the Republican Party, if not the country at large.</p> <p>The Kochs' Trump problem is the topic of my <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/02/koch-brothers-take-on-trump" target="_blank">new piece,</a> just out at <em>Vanity Fair</em>. I report:</p> <blockquote> <p>But Trump's second-place Iowa finish was more a blow to his ego, in some respect, than the viability of his campaign. If he prevails in New Hampshire, where he's maintaining a huge lead in the polls, pressure is likely to mount within the Koch network to launch an offensive before a march to the nomination gains formidable momentum. When the Kochs and several hundred of their allies gathered last weekend for another summit, halting Trump was a major topic of discussion.</p> <p>What form might this attack take? According to <em>The Hill</em>, the Kochs' operatives have carefully assessed Trump's vulnerabilities&mdash;and those of the other candidates&mdash;and determined that highlighting his track record of bankruptcies and predatory business deals harms his standing with likely voters. (The Democrats deployed a similar strategy, to great effect, against Romney's "vulture capitalism.")</p> <p>"As to whether we would mount something like that, everything is on the table,&rdquo; one senior Koch official told me. "But there's no real plan. In all of our meetings we've discussed it."</p> <p>One thing that has held the Koch network back so far, in addition to the Trump backers within their ranks, is the concern that taking on Trump would inevitably draw the thin-skinned tycoon's legendary invective, which it almost certainly would. If the Kochs go after Trump, rest assured that he will take every opportunity to highlight how he's being attacked by a cabal of billionaires seeking to control the outcome of the election. And this more or less explains their caution to this point. By taking on Trump, the Kochs risk lending credence to his claims of being an outsider who is battling against a corrupt political system rigged by the elites.</p> </blockquote> <p>If Trump performs poorly in New Hampshire, the Koch network may be able to avoid a damaging showdown. But if he wins, it may already be too late to halt the runaway Trump train, especially if there's no Trump-targeting campaign in the can. So what happens if Trump seizes the nomination? Here's where things get very interesting.</p> <blockquote> <p>If Trump becomes the nominee and he faces self-declared socialist Bernie Sanders in November, the senior Koch official explains, members of the donor network are likely to hold their noses and back Trump's candidacy. But there's another scenario that could prove far more controversial and possibly damaging for the network: a Trump-versus-Clinton matchup. There is absolutely no love between the Clintons and the Kochs, whose company experienced one of the most traumatic periods in its history as it fought off regulators during Bill Clinton's presidency. But, so strong is the dislike for Trump within Koch network, that a Clinton-Trump race is a tough call. "I could see the network not participating in the presidential election at all," says the senior Koch official.</p> </blockquote> <p>This doesn't mean the Koch network would stand down in 2016 entirely. Under this scenario, donors would instead channel their resources into other races. If this were to occur&mdash;and it's a very big <em>if</em>&mdash;that would be a stunning development for a network of donors that has been amassing such a huge warchest for the presidential race.</p> <p>Read the full story <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/02/koch-brothers-take-on-trump" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:02:49 +0000 Daniel Schulman 295911 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch a Very Smug Martin Shkreli Invoke the Fifth Amendment http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/watch-very-smug-martin-shkreli-invoke-fifth-amendment <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Martin Shkreli, the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/12/pharma-ceo-martin-shkreli-was-just-arrested-securities-fraud" target="_blank">former pharmaceuticals executive</a> who sparked national outrage after it was discovered he price-gouged a drug by more than 5,000 percent, appeared before the House<strong> </strong>Oversight committee on Thursday for a hearing<strong> </strong>on pharmaceutical pricing. When members of the committee asked him about the price-fixing that led to a federal investigation of his company, Shkreli repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege "against self-incrimination" and refused to answer.</p> <p>He instead let his smug smile<strong> </strong>speak for itself<strong>, </strong>while Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md) described the struggles of his constituents to pay for their medicine.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MwHnqtqO2b4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>At one point, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) asked Shkreli how to pronounce his name, to which he received a rare response. Gowdy then said, "See, there you can answer some questions&mdash;that one didn't incriminate you!"</p> <p>Gowdy continued, "I just want to make sure you understand you are welcome to answer questions and not all of your answers are going to subject you to incrimination. You understand that, don't you?"</p> <p>"I intend to follow the advice of my counsel," Shkreli replied. "Not yours."</p> <p>Shkreli, who was once labeled the "most hated man in America," repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment, even when he was asked what he would say if given the chance to speak to people with HIV/AIDS who<strong> </strong>were unable to purchase the drug Darapim after his dramatic price hike. He also refused to discuss his $2 million purchase of a Wu-Tang clan album.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Video: MartinShkreli asked about <a href="https://twitter.com/WuTangClan">@WuTangClan</a> purchase during committee hearing. <a href="https://t.co/rNGHdjVw7y">https://t.co/rNGHdjVw7y</a></p> &mdash; Lisa Tozzi (@lisatozzi) <a href="https://twitter.com/lisatozzi/status/695277756523941889">February 4, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Shkreli's choice to remain silent comes after weeks of defiant Twitter rants and a bizarre diss video aimed at Ghostface Killah, after the rapper publicly mocked him:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lI9jywQ4cgc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>After he left the hearing on Thursday, however, Shkreli started communicating and posted this on Twitter:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.</p> &mdash; Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) <a href="https://twitter.com/MartinShkreli/status/695264859907317761">February 4, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center></body></html> MoJo Crime and Justice Pharma Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:53:47 +0000 Inae Oh 295896 at http://www.motherjones.com Chris Christie: I May Be Old and Smelly, but at Least I'm Not Ted Cruz http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/chris-christie-im-old-and-smelly-least-im-not-ted-cruz <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie likes to think of himself as a guy who tells voters what he believes, and as he makes a last-gasp attempt to climb out of sixth place in the New Hampshire Republican primary, what he's telling people is this: He really can't believe he's losing to these idiots.</p> <p>Speaking at a retirement community in Bow, New Hampshire, on Wednesday afternoon, Christie used an anecdote about the late actor James Gandolfini to rip into front-runner Donald Trump as a highly skilled magician deceiving the electorate with smoke and mirrors.</p> <p>As he told the seniors, when he was a US attorney from New Jersey, Christie had gone with his daughter to a Broadway performance of <em>Beauty and the Beast</em>. Gandolfini, whose daughter on the show, Jamie-Lynn Discala, played the role of Belle, saw Christie in the line for refreshments and tapped him on the shoulder. "He said, 'Um, I'm Jimmy Gandolfini,' Christie recalled. "I said, 'I know.' And he said to me&mdash;he's a big guy, he had a very strong firm handshake, as you might imagine, and he wasn't letting go of my hand, so he's shaking and he pulled me towards him&mdash;and he says, 'You know it's all make-believe, right?'"</p> <p>Christie paused for a moment, and then got to his point. "You know it's all make-believe, right?," he said, getting into it. "The guy who's running first in the polls right now&mdash;you know it's all make believe. You know that there's not really a board room he and Ivanka sit in, right? You know that when he says you're fired you're not really fired, right? Because it's not real! It is an all an act! It is all for TV!"</p> <p>Trump, who leads in the polls by double digits, has perhaps overshadowed the notoriously blustery Christie by being even more blustery. But Christie wasn't simply trying to take Trump down a few notches; he also wanted to bring down Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, the first- and third-place finishers in Iowa who are both now lapping him in the state where he's invested most of his energy. In the second truck-driving metaphor of his speech, he took aim at the two freshmen senators who don't know how to drive in the mud:</p> <blockquote> <p>New is great&mdash;it's shiny and pretty. It looks great. I understand that. New is really good. Even on a day like today, right, you went and passed the car dealer and saw a new pickup truck, and you said, "Look at that pickup truck! It looks good." So you go and you buy the new truck and you park that truck right in front of your house. Let's say this rain keeps going, I don&rsquo;t know what the forecast is, but if it keeps raining for a while you know what happens, rain turns everything into mud. And let's say you go outside to get your new car after a day or so in the rain. You get in that new truck the first time and start it up. You put it in gear and it's in the mud and the wheels start spinning. And you're thinking, why can't I get out of the mud? I gotta get out of the mud. You keep doing it, you're going back and forth, the wheels are spinning, and you're starting to get frustrated, and what's the only thing that's running through your mind? Where the heck is my old truck! My old truck always got me out of the mud. I never got stuck in the mud with my old truck. My old truck's banged up a little bit. It's scratched up a little bit. It doesn't smell nearly as good as it used to. It doesn't look as good as it used to, but I can't go anywhere in this new truck because it can't get out of the mud.</p> <p>There's two different kinds of trucks in this race, man. The Marco Rubio&ndash;Ted Cruz truck is the new, shiny, smells-nice truck. And then there's the Chris Christie truck. It&rsquo;s old. It's beat up. It's dinged up. It doesn't smell as good as it used to. But man, the Chris Christie truck knows how to get out of the mud. You know why? Because it's been in the mud before.</p> </blockquote> <p>Chris Christie is a smelly old truck, and he wants your vote, New Hampshire. Except, that is, when he's <a href="http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/chris_christie_comes_under_attack_for_use_of_state_helicopter_by_group_with_ties_to_hillary_clinton.html" target="_blank">a helicopter</a>.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:32:13 +0000 Tim Murphy 295906 at http://www.motherjones.com Study Shows Limiting Access to Planned Parenthood Hurts Poor Women Most http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/texas-family-planning-study <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Jan. 1, 2013, the state that has stood out in its<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/planned-parenthood-abortion-the-war-is-over" target="_blank"> assault on reproductive rights</a> eliminated Planned Parenthood clinics from its Medicaid public family planning program for low-income women. The result? By the end of 2014, fewer claims for contraception were filed, and more low-income Texas women had babies.</p> <p>According to a study published in the <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1511902" target="_blank"><em>New England Journal of Medicine</em></a>, when access to Planned Parenthood was taken away, women didn't find other options&mdash;they simply got less contraceptive care. The University of Texas at Austin study showed that prescriptions for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), such as IUDs and birth control implants, dropped by nearly 36 percent, and Depo Provera shots dropped by 31 percent.</p> <p>Texas' public family planning program covers single women who earn less than $1,800 per month, or less than $2,426 if they have a child.</p> <p>The study, which examined all pharmacy and medical claims from Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, filed under the public fee-for-service family planning insurance, also found adverse effects in the consistency of contraceptive care. In the <a href="http://fundtexaschoice.org/resources/texas-abortion-clinic-map/" target="_blank">23</a> of 254 counties in Texas that have a Planned Parenthood-affiliated clinic, there was a nearly 20 percent decrease the number of women who returned to receive another injection of Depo Provera after they had previously relied on it for birth control. (The Depo Provera shot must be administered every three months to be effective.) According to <a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/birth-control-shot-depo-provera" target="_blank">Planned Parenthood's website</a>, each individual shot can cost up to $100 without insurance, plus any applicable exam fees. An IUD can <a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/iud" target="_blank">cost up to $1,000.</a></p> <p>The study found no significant change for short-term contraception, such as the birth-control pill, in the wake of the coverage change. But it's important to note that IUD's and birth control implants <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/UnintendedPregnancy/PDF/Contraceptive_methods_508.pdf" target="_blank">are much more effective</a> in preventing pregnancy than the pill or condoms, and contraceptive injections are also slightly more effective. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists <a href="http://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/News-Releases/2015/ACOG-Strengthens-LARC-Recommendations" target="_blank">recommend</a> LARCs as the most reliable form of birth control.</p> <p>The rate of childbirth covered by Medicaid saw a relative increase of 27 percent within 18 months after the exclusion of Planned Parenthood from Medicaid programs in Texas counties with Planned Parenthood affiliates.</p> <p>&ldquo;The U.S. continues to have higher rates of unintended pregnancies than most rich nations, and we know that U.S. and Texas women face barriers as they try to access preventative services,&rdquo; said Amanda Stevenson, lead author of the study. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a public health issue that Texas women struggle to achieve their reproductive goals.&rdquo;</p></body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:29:39 +0000 Becca Andrews 295866 at http://www.motherjones.com Marco Rubio Is Very Upset That President Obama Went to a Mosque http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/marco-rubio-very-upset-president-obama-went-mosque <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Wednesday, President Barack Obama <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/03/politics/obama-mosque-visit-muslim-rhetoric/" target="_blank">visited</a> a mosque for the first time as president, and offered perhaps the least controversial comment imaginable: "You're part of America too," he told his hosts. "You're not Muslim or American; you're Muslim and American."</p> <p>Sen. Marco Rubio was <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/03/trump-and-rubio-question-president-obamas-visit-to-a-mosque/" target="_blank">not impressed</a>, telling voters in New Hampshire:</p> <blockquote> <p>I'm tired of being divided against each other for political reasons like this president's done. Always pitting people against each other. Always. Look at today&mdash;he gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims. Of course there's going to be discrimination in America of every kind. But the bigger issue is radical Islam. And by the way, radical Islam poses a threat to Muslims themselves.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote>&nbsp;</blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>To be clear: America discriminates against Muslims.</p> <p><span class="lede" tabindex="-1">In 2012, <em>Wired</em> <a href="http://www.wired.com/2011/09/fbi-muslims-radical/" target="_blank">reported</a> that "[t]he FBI is </span>teaching its counterterrorism agents that 'main stream" [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a 'cult leader'; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity is no more than a 'funding mechanism for combat." That investigative series on federal law enforcement's prejudices against Muslims won a National Magazine Award. In 2011, the Associated Press <a href="http://www.ap.org/Index/AP-In-The-News/NYPD" target="_blank">reported</a> on how the NYPD, with the help of the CIA, spied on America mosques and even infiltrated Muslim student associations. That series won a Pulitzer. Last week, Buzzfeed <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/talalansari/welcome-to-america-now-spy-on-your-friends#.iuwqyY4Lp" target="_blank">reported</a> on the intense pressure applied by the federal government on Muslim immigrants who apply for citizenship. My colleague Kristina Rizga has <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/01/bullying-islamophobia-in-american-schools" target="_blank">reported</a> on the pervasiveness of anti-Muslim bullying in schools. One of the candidates who beat Rubio last week literally proposed banning Muslims from entering the country; the other limited his ban to people from predominantly Muslim countries.</p> <p>This is all pretty easy to find online, but in Rubio's defense, the Internet is pretty spotty in New Hampshire.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections marco rubio Thu, 04 Feb 2016 04:36:27 +0000 Tim Murphy 295886 at http://www.motherjones.com Chris Christie Promises to Beat Hillary Clinton's "Rear End" http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/chris-christie-promises-beat-hillary-clintons-rear-end <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">WATCH: <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisChristie">@ChrisChristie</a> promises to beat Clinton's "rear end" on debate stage <a href="https://t.co/TYKQ3wwG72">https://t.co/</a><a href="https://t.co/TYKQ3wwG72">TYKQ3wwG72</a><a href="https://t.co/j3XMYAFXJA">https</a><a href="https://t.co/j3XMYAFXJA">://t.co/j3XMYAFXJA</a></p> &mdash; ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCPolitics/status/694927597902278657">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <p>After capturing a whopping 1.8% of the vote&nbsp;during Monday's Iowa Republican caucus, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has turned his attention to the future. At a campaign event in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Christie&nbsp;promised to "beat [Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's]&nbsp;rear end" if given the nomination and the chance to debate against her for the presidency.&nbsp;</p> <p>"You know the last person she wants to see on that stage in September? You're looking at him," Christie said to a group of laughing New Hampshire citizens. "You know why? She's been running away from federal prosecutors for the last six months. Man, she sees a federal prosecutor on the stage&mdash;I'll beat her rear end on that stage, and you know what? After I do, she'll be relieved because she'd just be worried I'd serve her with a subpoena."</p> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:30:36 +0000 Miles E. Johnson 295801 at http://www.motherjones.com Rand Paul Drops Out http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/rand-paul-drops-out <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Rand Paul dropped his bid for the White House Wednesday morning after a <a href="http://www.cnn.com/election/primaries/states/ia" target="_blank">fifth-place</a> finish in the Iowa caucuses.</p> <p>"It's been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House," Paul <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/03/rand-paul-suspends-presidential-campaign/?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_paul-915am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory" target="_blank">said</a> in a statement. "Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty."</p> <p>The first-term Kentucky senator's Iowa finish, with 4 percent of the vote, was a poor showing compared with the <a href="http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/data/iowa-caucus/results/" target="_blank">third-place finish</a> of his father, former Rep. Ron Paul, there four years ago. Ted Cruz worked hard to win over the more libertarian-leaning voters who had caucused for Ron Paul four years ago. At many Cruz rallies, his campaign showed <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/09/29/ted-cruz-snags-former-ron-paul-supporters/" target="_blank">a video</a> of former Ron Paul supporters pledging their support to Cruz. "He's really picked up the mantle of Ron Paul in many ways,"&nbsp;<span class="message_body">Joel Kurtinitis,</span> Ron Paul's 2012 regional director, says in the video. In the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Ron Paul <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/01/rand-and-ron-paul-bring-the-revolution-back-to-iowa/" target="_blank">spoke</a> at his son's final rally on Sunday night in Iowa City, but his presence didn't give his son the lift he needed Monday night.</p> <p>Out of the presidential primary, Paul won't have a long reprieve from campaigning. He is up for reelection to the US Senate in November and already has <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/rand-pauls-bigger-problem-back-home/433830/" target="_blank">an opponent</a> in Jim Gray, the Democratic mayor of Lexington.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Rand Paul Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:26:41 +0000 Pema Levy 295786 at http://www.motherjones.com Trump Accuses Cruz of Fraud in Iowa http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/donald-trump-twitter-accuses-ted-cruz-fraud-iowa <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>After losing the Iowa Republican caucuses to Ted Cruz on Monday, Donald Trump was <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/donald-trump-concession-speech-iowa" target="_blank">uncharacteristically gracious</a> in conceding the contest. His cordiality didn't last long.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a series of more classically Trumpian tweets on Wednesday morning, Trump accused Cruz of using underhanded and fraudulent tactics to win in Iowa, and he called for Cruz's results to be nullified or a new election to be held.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/694890328273346560">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ted Cruz didn't win Iowa, he stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/694879900256354304">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">During primetime of the Iowa Caucus, Cruz put out a release that <a href="https://twitter.com/RealBenCarson">@RealBenCarson</a> was quitting the race, and to caucus (or vote) for Cruz.</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/694882228665507840">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Many people voted for Cruz over Carson because of this Cruz fraud. Also, Cruz sent out a VOTER VIOLATION certificate to thousands of voters.</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/694884902618165248">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The Voter Violation certificate gave poor marks to the unsuspecting voter(grade of F) and told them to clear it up by voting for Cruz. Fraud</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/694885775431835648">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">And finally, Cruz strongly told thousands of caucusgoers (voters) that Trump was strongly in favor of ObamaCare and "choice" - a total lie!</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/694888332099239936">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Elections Top Stories Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:33:02 +0000 Miles E. Johnson 295776 at http://www.motherjones.com One Hospital in This City Gave Vulnerable Women an Option. Now It's Gone. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/01/cincinnati-fetal-abnormality-ban <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>If a pregnant woman in the Greater Cincinnati area<strong> </strong>receives the diagnosis of a fetal abnormality such as<strong> </strong>Tay-Sachs disease or anencephaly&mdash;in which a major part of the fetus' brain does not develop&mdash;she is no longer able to terminate the pregnancy in a local hospital.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Christ Hospital in Mount Auburn was the last hospital in the city of more than 2 million to provide this service, but two months ago it enacted a new policy that prohibits physicians from performing abortions in fetal anomaly cases. The hospital will now only terminate pregnancies "in situations deemed to be a threat to the life of the mother," <a href="http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/26/abortion-ohio-department-health-christ-hospital-cincinnati/79060688/" target="_blank">the new policy</a> reads.</p> <p>"The cases are highly emotional and tragic," Danielle Craig, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, <a href="http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/26/abortion-ohio-department-health-christ-hospital-cincinnati/79060688/" target="_blank">told the Cincinnati <em>Enquirer</em></a>. "Under these circumstances, for many patients, an overnight stay in a hospital is better than an outpatient procedure, and women should have that option."</p> <p>Comprehensive fetal testing, like ultrasounds of the heart and anatomical sonograms, are <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2013/07/texas_abortion_ban_after_20_weeks_prenatal_testing_reveals_birth_defects.html" target="_blank">typically performed</a> at around 20 weeks' gestation and can reveal a host of disorders, from genetic problems to fetal development gone awry. Late mid-term abortions are less common than first-trimester abortions, so this option is likely taken by women who are facing some kind of severe fetal birth defect.</p> <p>For women in Cincinnati who decide to terminate their pregnancies after receiving this diagnosis, the only other option to get an abortion would be<strong> </strong>at the local <a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/ohio/cincinnati/45219/cincinnati-surgical-center-3347-91260/abortion" target="_blank">Planned Parenthood affiliate</a>. But if the abnormality comes with certain health risks that may complicate the procedure and endanger the life of the mother, the case would have to be referred back to a hospital outside the Greater Cincinnati area, according to Craig.</p> <p>According to the Ohio Department of Health's annual report, only 84 of more than 21,000 abortions were performed in hospitals in 2014&mdash;merely 0.4 percent of all abortions statewide. Christ Hospital reported performing a total of 59 such abortions in the past five and a half years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/datacenter/profiles/OH.jsp" target="_blank">Ohio has several abortion restrictions in place,</a> including requiring counseling with information to discourage abortions, a 24-hour waiting period between counseling and abortion, and the right for all medical professional and institutions to refuse to provide an abortion.</p> <p>Bans on abortion because of fetal abnormalities are not common in the United States. <a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_SRSGAAB.pdf" target="_blank">Only North Dakota</a> has a statewide ban. Arizona, Minnesota, and Oklahoma require counseling if a hospital abortion is sought because of a lethal fetal abnormality. And in some cases, as with the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, a single hospital enacts the policy.</p> <p>During the 2012 presidential race, candidate Rick Santorum <a href="http://prospect.org/article/fetal-abnormalities-next-minefield-abortion-wars" target="_blank">declared</a> that 90 percent of fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted, but no comprehensive data exists on how many women choose to abort after a fetal abnormality is detected<strong>.</strong> In early 2013, Americans United for Life put forth draft model legislation <a href="http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2013/02/12/chipping-away-at-exceptions-forced-birth-for-fetal-anomailes/" target="_blank">that aimed to</a> end "discrimination based on genetic abnormalities," as AUL president and CEO Charmaine Yoest put it. The North Dakota ban was a result&mdash;Indiana and Missouri also picked it up, but the measures ultimately failed.</p> <p>The Zika virus&mdash;a virus transmitted by both mosquitos and <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/02/02/confirmed-zika-can-also-spread-via-sex.html?via=newsletter&amp;source=CSPMedition" target="_blank">sexual encounters</a> that <a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-01-29/sketchy-numbers-behind-brazil-s-zika-crisis" target="_blank">may be linked to microcephaly&mdash;</a>has focused attention on the issue of pregnancy termination in cases of fetal abnormalities.<strong> </strong>Women in<strong> </strong>El Salvador, Brazil, Honduras, and Colombia, where the virus is spreading, have been <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/26/world/americas/el-salvadors-advice-on-zika-dont-have-babies.html?_r=0" target="_blank">urged to avoid pregnancy</a>. While the North American climate is <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/01/28/zika-virus-who-announces-formation-of-emergency-committee-level-of-alarm-extremely-high/" target="_blank">inhospitable</a> to the mosquito population that is responsible for the spread closer to the equator, the potential reach of the virus does include a small sliver of the southern United States, according to <a href="https://twitter.com/WHO/status/692688757695385600/photo/1" target="_blank">a map by the World Health Organization</a>.</p> <p>Should the virus spread in the United States, women who live where fetal abnormality abortions are prohibited may still have an option. In the 1960s, when the rubella pandemic hit, the virus caused birth defects such as blindness and deafness. Although abortion was illegal in the decade before <em>Roe v. Wade</em>, "<a href="http://www.wired.com/2016/01/abortion-and-zika-south-america/" target="_blank">therapeutic abortions</a>"&mdash;meaning doctors verified that the procedure was medically necessary&mdash;were allowed.</p> <p>The specifics of the Zika virus are still being determined by scientists and medical professionals, but if the connection between the virus and microcephaly is confirmed, it could have a powerful impact on reproductive policy in Latin America and the United States.</p></body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:00:53 +0000 Becca Andrews 295251 at http://www.motherjones.com These Charts Show How the US Is Failing Syrian Refugees http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/these-charts-show-which-countries-are-taking-their-fair-share-syrian-refugees <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The United States and some other rich nations need to step up their game when it comes to helping millions of Syrians fleeing their country's brutal civil war, according to a new <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/file_attachments/bn-syria-fair-shares-analysis-010216-en.pdf" target="_blank">study</a> released this week by international aid group Oxfam.</p> <p>Since 2011, about <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34710483" target="_blank">250,000 people</a> have been killed and 11 million more have fled from their homes amid fighting between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the country's rebel groups. On Thursday, the United Nations is co-hosting a <a href="https://www.supportingsyria2016.com/about/" target="_blank">conference</a> in London to raise money for Syrians who have been affected by the crisis.</p> <p>Ahead of that conference, Oxfam crunched some data to figure out how much the United States and other rich countries donated in 2015&mdash;and whether, based on the relative size of their economies, they gave their "fair share" of the $8.9 billion total that Oxfam says was needed. For many of the countries, Oxfam found, the answer to that second question was a resounding no. The United States, for example, donated $1.56 billion in aid last year, more than any other country. But with the world's biggest economy, its "fair share" contribution should have been more than $2 billion, according to Oxfam&mdash;and it only gave 76 percent of that. Russia and France, which have also been deeply involved in Syria's civil war, were relatively stingy, too. By contrast, Kuwait, a smaller country, gave 554 percent of its fair share by donating $313 million in aid.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="890" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" src="//datawrapper.dwcdn.net/iDDdA/1/" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="100%"></iframe><br> Oxfam also evaluated whether countries have pledged to take in their fair share of Syrian refugees&mdash;again, based on the size of their economies. Oxfam has called on rich countries to resettle at least one-tenth of refugees living in Syria's neighboring countries&mdash;about 460,000 people&mdash;by the end of 2016, but notes that to date they have only collectively offered to resettle 128,612 people. Since 2013, the United States has agreed to take in only 7 percent of what Oxfam deems to be the country's fair share of refugees.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="780" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" src="//datawrapper.dwcdn.net/r86tF/2/" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="630px"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Human Rights International Wed, 03 Feb 2016 01:36:44 +0000 Samantha Michaels 295636 at http://www.motherjones.com Ted Cruz Took a Position on Fireworks Legalization in Iowa to Win 60 Votes http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/ted-cruz-fireworks <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?</p> <p>Then you probably voted for Ted Cruz. Bloomberg's Sasha Issenberg has <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-02-02/how-ted-cruz-engineered-his-iowa-triumph" target="_blank">the most intriguing analysis</a> of the Texas senator's victory in last night's Iowa caucuses, explaining how Chris Wilson, the Cruz campaign's pollster and director of analytics, carved up the state's eligible voters into 150 different categories with a borderline spooky precision. No issue was too small for the Cruz campaign&mdash;not even the legalization of fireworks sales, which are currently illegal in Iowa:</p> <blockquote> <p>When there was no way that a segment could be rolled up into a larger universe, as was the case with the sixty Iowans who were expected to make a priority of fireworks reform, Cruz's volunteers would see the message reflected in the scripts they read from phone banks, adjusted to the expected profile of the listener. A Stoic Traditionalist would hear that "an arbitrary ban of this kind is infringing on liberty," as a messaging plan prepared by Cambridge Analytica put it, while Relaxed Leaders are "likely to enjoy parties and community celebrations, such as the 4th of July, and thus a fun-killing measure of this kind is unlikely to sit well with them."</p> </blockquote> <p>But here's the best part:</p> <blockquote> <p>Unlike most of his opponents, Cruz has put a voter-contact specialist in charge of his operation, and it shows in nearly every aspect of the campaign he has run thus far and intends to sustain through a long primary season. <strong>Cruz, it should be noted, had no public position on Iowa's fireworks law until his analysts identified sixty votes that could potentially be swayed because of it.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>And it's true&mdash;fireworks reform might not be a big issue among Iowa voters, but it does look like a real pain to celebrate America's independence if you live in Des Moines, a healthy two-hour drive from the nearest place to purchase fireworks legally. If you didn't know what Iowa looked like, you could draw a near-perfect outline of the state just by connecting the dots of all the fireworks retailers on its borders seeking business from Hawkeye State fireworks enthusiasts:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/iowa_630.png"><div class="caption">Google Maps</div> </div> <p>The reasons why Cruz prevailed go well beyond his campaign's microtargeting. Maybe Trump should have considered spending real money, or investing in a better ground game himself, or&mdash;I'm reaching here&mdash;conducting his life in a way that didn't thoroughly alienate the evangelical voters who comprised two-thirds of the electorate. But Cruz has proven that he's a candidate who knows what he's doing.</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Ted Cruz Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:56:30 +0000 Tim Murphy 295626 at http://www.motherjones.com Ted Cruz's College Roommate Can't Stop Talking Smack About Him http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/ted-cruz-princeton-roomate-won-iowa-caucuses-victory <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Craig Mazin is on a Twitter roll.</p> <p>His antipathy for his former Princeton roommate, Ted Cruz, has made him a public sounding board for Cruz haters and fun seekers, and a target for the senator's supporters. "I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States," <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/01/ted-cruz-jerk-hated" target="_blank">Mazin told</a> the <em>Daily Beast</em>. "Anyone. I would rather pick somebody from the phone book."</p> <p>Plenty of Cruz fans tweet at Mazin to take issue with his mini-diatribes or, since Monday, to gloat over their candidate's victory in Iowa. But Mazin politely gives as good as he gets. Here are his relevant exchanges from the past 48 hours or so. (Click the links for more context.)</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">He took AP Shaming long before he arrived at Princeton. <a href="https://t.co/6uOpU9Wd1L">https://t.co/6uOpU9Wd1L</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/693866098299527168">January 31, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/Lin_Manuel">@Lin_Manuel</a>'s shortest musical. CRUZ. "I am not throwing away my--" BANG. "Is he dead?" "Yup." CURTAIN. APPLAUSE. <a href="https://t.co/LevPFjtLWD">https://t.co/LevPFjtLWD</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/693874758111227904">January 31, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"The Lord told me to vote for Ted Cruz." Remind me why the omnipotent creator of the universe would give a shit? <a href="https://t.co/4q55UucOOz">https://t.co/4q55UucOOz</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/693899956529180673">January 31, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">There is no book. There's only the cover. <a href="https://t.co/BazerdXx5X">https://t.co/BazerdXx5X</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/693955341277491201">February 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Some nice charities. Equality, Planned Parenthood, bone marrow registry, whatever you'd like. <a href="https://t.co/5gX5aBHCi5">https://t.co/5gX5aBHCi5</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/693967319156989954">February 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">By "friends" I assume you mean "most people" and by "mean girls" you mean "observant, thoughtful individuals?" Yes. <a href="https://t.co/fQiFwZW3ea">https://t.co/fQiFwZW3ea</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694250469867151360">February 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I'm not much of a drinker. Either way, I'll smile. With every passing day, the world gets a clearer view. <a href="https://t.co/pS2qIWwLcG">https://t.co/pS2qIWwLcG</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694259355470802944">February 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Yeah, turns out U.S. military commanders also think Ted is a jackass. Who's left at this point? <a href="https://t.co/AHpkxJnIbO">https://t.co/AHpkxJnIbO</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694265224422010880">February 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Where do you think he works now, sir? Where does the job he wants take place, sir? We'll wait. <a href="https://t.co/sZEpLf4rzc">https://t.co/sZEpLf4rzc</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694319138806759424">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hey everyone! Had a great time seeing Hail, Caesar! tonight. Anything else happen? Oh! Right! Ted won the Santorum-Huckabee prize!</p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694413629412642817">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Personally, I'm kinda thrilled. More Cruz! If I suffered for 10 months with this abomination, why should you people get off any easier?</p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694413974926815232">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"Once there was a walking personality disorder who ran for President..." <a href="https://t.co/NoCi0MXDve">https://t.co/NoCi0MXDve</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694414150684946432">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">No, it's new. I assume one wrist is local time, and the other is whatever time it is in the hellpit that spawned him <a href="https://t.co/4kFR5DVLLe">https://t.co/4kFR5DVLLe</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694415335005392896">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Are those "don't tread on me" snakes... or the alien worms piloting the meat suit you all call "Ted Cruz"? <a href="https://t.co/fjPrzU20Wm">https://t.co/fjPrzU20Wm</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694415606313938944">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">You think tonight bothers me? Please. Every day I'd come back to my room and find Ted shirtless in bed, hands behind his head, armpits out.</p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694417019962142720">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Yes, a character from a remaindered Left Behind knockoff novel who thinks his son is going to bring Jeebus back. <a href="https://t.co/sO0Rocg9iB">https://t.co/sO0Rocg9iB</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694417368613724165">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ummm, yes you can. You can watch them on TV right now if you want... <a href="https://t.co/DxpzoyJXrj">https://t.co/DxpzoyJXrj</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694425295378493440">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Sure. Two possibilities.<br> 1. Tragic coincidence<br> 2. I'm a character in a story, and the author is a dick <a href="https://t.co/xsHatgduDH">https://t.co/xsHatgduDH</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694425537373032448">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">You want "horrible." His sense of smell was fine. His actual smell was yucky. Linking verbs! <a href="https://t.co/nJX6GDUOMO">https://t.co/nJX6GDUOMO</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694426642127548416">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"I&auml;! Shub-Niggurath! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!" <a href="https://t.co/OxQRtGdV84">https://t.co/OxQRtGdV84</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694426952757710848">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ted Cruz focused all of his resources on a state with tailor-made demographics for him, and he got 50,000 votes. Dodger Stadium fits 56,000.</p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694433819949080577">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I wanted to read your comment, but I locked in on your Jesus Fire Flag and started astral projecting. <a href="https://t.co/ak0haIFmZV">https://t.co/ak0haIFmZV</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694450757962063872">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I know! Ten thousand more votes than President Huckabee got! Also, you want a comma before "you schmuck." <a href="https://t.co/QUHEnL2OhT">https://t.co/QUHEnL2OhT</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694451387661361152">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Maybe we were both gay for each other! IT'S TIME FOR HOMO PANIC EVERYONE! AAAHHHH GAY STUFF HELP ME LORD AHHHHHHHHH! <a href="https://t.co/ZNe1OpewKl">https://t.co/ZNe1OpewKl</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694582902068113408">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Your name is "Multi Automatic Round" and my rebuttal is complete. <a href="https://t.co/6V3Vq3bYQO">https://t.co/6V3Vq3bYQO</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694584428878630912">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Wow. Close one. I'm gonna say................ yup. Still me. <a href="https://t.co/y9qBbshhM5">https://t.co/y9qBbshhM5</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694585201402339328">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">More homo panic. I think there's a study somewhere that indicates something about... wait. Stickeehands? <a href="https://t.co/JlR98gwzE8">https://t.co/JlR98gwzE8</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694586291917164544">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I don't know for sure, but everything seems to indicate his J&ouml;rg is rather Tittel. <a href="https://t.co/m0ejQzFXJW">https://t.co/m0ejQzFXJW</a></p> &mdash; Craig Mazin (@clmazin) <a href="https://twitter.com/clmazin/status/694587244884045828">February 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Ted Cruz Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:45:47 +0000 Michael Mechanic 295641 at http://www.motherjones.com Meet the Only Jeb Bush Supporter at His Caucus http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/meet-only-jeb-bush-supporter-his-caucus <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Kramer Howell was the only voter in his precinct to caucus for Jeb Bush Monday night. &nbsp;</p> <p>"I'm the lone Jeb supporter," said Howell, a senior at Drake University who voted in Republican precinct caucus 45, located on his campus in Des Moines, Iowa. "I was the only one."</p> <p>That means the woman who spoke on Jeb's behalf did not even vote for him. "Her pitch was basically, 'He's a good guy,'" Howell said. "It was like the least rousing speech I've ever heard." No one even spoke on behalf of Trump or Kasich.</p> <p>In all, 47 voters showed up at this caucus, with Marco Rubio dominating and Ted Cruz coming in second.</p> <p>Oddly, the person who spoke on behalf of Ben Carson kept referring to him as Bernie Sanders. "He went on this really incoherent tangent about gay marriage," said Howell. "He didn't seem like the brightest guy."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Jeb Bush Top Stories jeb Tue, 02 Feb 2016 04:24:23 +0000 Pema Levy 295591 at http://www.motherjones.com