Political Mojo | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2009/08/succession-politics-and-health-care-reform/politics/2002/11/.http%3A/www.boston.com/news/politics/2002/11/%E2%80%9Dhttp%3A/www.accountingjobsdallas.info/photos/whitehouse/3818150328/%E2%80%9D http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Twitter Releases Its Diversity Stats. And Boy, Are They Embarrassing. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/twitter-diversity-stats-women-race-tech <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Twitter today followed in the footsteps of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/google-diversity-labor-gender-race-gap-workers-silicon-valley" target="_blank">Google</a>, <a href="http://yahoo.tumblr.com/post/89085398949/workforce-diversity-at-yahoo" target="_blank">Yahoo</a>, <a href="http://blog.linkedin.com/2014/06/12/linkedins-workforce-diversity/" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a>, and <a href="http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2014/06/building-a-more-diverse-facebook/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> by releasing statistics on the race and gender of its workforce. The company certainly deserves credit for voluntarily making its diversity stats public, unlike, say, Apple. "Like our peers, we have a lot of work to do," Janet Van Huysse, its VP of diversity and inclusion, <a href="https://blog.twitter.com/2014/building-a-twitter-we-can-be-proud-of" target="_blank">admits</a> on the company blog. But perhaps that's an understatement; Twitter actually lags far <em>behind</em> its peers on some key measures. For instance, only 1 out of every 10 Twitter tech employees is a woman:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Twitter%20gender_0.png"><div class="caption">Twitter</div> </div> <p>In case you're wondering, other large tech companies have significantly better gender diversity (though it's still abysmal compared to <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2012/12/more-women-are-doctors-and-lawyers-than-ever-but-progress-is-stalling/266115/" target="_blank">professions such as law or medicine</a>). At Facebook and Yahoo, 15 percent of tech workers are women. At Google and LinkedIn, it's 17 percent. In 2010, Mike Swift of the <em>San Jose Mercury News</em> <a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_14383730?source=pkg" target="_blank">found</a> that women held 24 percent of computer and mathematics jobs in Silicon Valley and 27 percent of those jobs nationally (though those categories may be broader than how they're defined by leading tech companies, as Tasneem Raja explores in t<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/06/computer-science-programming-code-diversity-sexism-education" target="_blank">his great piece</a> on America's growing gap in tech literacy).</p> <div><div id="mininav" class="inline-subnav"> <!-- header content --> <div id="mininav-header-content"> <div id="mininav-header-image"> <img src="/files/images/motherjones_mininav/rosie-mini-nav225.jpg" width="220" border="0"></div> <div id="mininav-header-text"> <p class="mininav-header-text" style="margin: 0; padding: 0.75em; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.2em; background-color: rgb(221, 221, 221);"> More <em>MoJo</em> coverage of diversity in tech. </p> </div> </div> <!-- linked stories --> <div id="mininav-linked-stories"> <ul><span id="linked-story-252316"> <li><a href="/media/2014/05/google-diversity-labor-gender-race-gap-workers-silicon-valley"> Silicon Valley Firms Are Even Whiter and More Male Than You Thought</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-253891"> <li><a href="/media/2014/06/computer-science-programming-code-diversity-sexism-education"> Is Coding the New Literacy?</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-254151"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/06/code-charts-tech-pipeline-problem"> Charts: Tech's Pipeline Problem</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-226426"> <li><a href="/mojo/2013/06/silicon-valley-race-gender-problem-income-inequality"> Silicon Valley's Awful Race and Gender Problem in 3 Mind-Blowing Charts</a></li> </span> </ul></div> <!-- footer content --> </div> </div> <p>Unlike its peers, Twitter can't <em>entirely</em> blame its dearth of female coders on the talent pipeline: About 18 percent of computer science graduates are women. Instead, Van Huysse points to a slew of efforts to "move the needle" at Twitter, such as supporting the groups <a href="http://girlswhocode.com/" target="_blank">Girls Who Code</a> and <a href="http://www.sfciti.com/initiatives/sf-girls" target="_blank">sf.girls</a> and hosting "Girl Geek Dinners."&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://fortune.com/2014/05/29/why-google-voluntarily-released-dismal-diversity-numbers/" target="_blank">As other reporters have noted</a>, major tech firms started releasing their workforce data shortly after I obtained a batch of Silicon Valley diversity figures from the Labor Department and began asking them for comment. But pressure to release the stats has also come from a campaign by <a href="http://www.colorofchange.org/" target="_blank">Color of Change</a> and Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition, which have demanded the stats during a string of private meetings with Valley execs, and last week <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/07/17/twitter-diversity-jesse-jackson-rainbow-push-color-of-change/12762445/" target="_blank">launched a Twitter-based campaign</a> to urge Twitter to make its diversity numbers public. Strikingly, only 1 percent of Twitter's tech workforce and 2 percent of its overall workforce is African-American:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="https://www.motherjones.com/files/twitter-diversity-charts630.png"></div> <p>Jackson argues that improving Twitter's diversity isn't just the right thing to do; it's also a good business decision. It turns out that "Black Twitter" isn't just a meme. According to <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/files/old-media//Files/Reports/2014/PIP_African%20Americans%20and%20Technology%20Use_010614.pdf" target="_blank">a recent Pew survey</a>, 22 percent of African-American internet users are on Twitter, while only 16 percent of White internet users tweet. Meanwhile, usage of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ is roughly the same between Blacks and Whites.</p> <p>In short, Twitter might make more money by hiring more people who reflect its audience. "There is no talent deficit, there's an opportunity deficit," Jackson said in a press release responding to Twitter's data. "When everyone is 'in,' everyone wins."</p></body></html> MoJo Charts Labor Sex and Gender Tech twitter Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:37:21 +0000 Josh Harkinson 256851 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 23, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/were-still-war-photo-day-july-23-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>US Navy sailors honor <span id="yui_3_16_0_rc_1_1_1406123148702_1478">Pearl Harbor survivor Motor Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Wesley E. Ford at a memorial service at Pearl Harbor. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Diana Quinlan.)</span></em><br> &nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Military Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:51:31 +0000 256801 at http://www.motherjones.com In Georgia, Perdue Win Ends One of the GOP's Craziest Senate Primaries http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/jack-kingston-david-perdue-georgia-senate <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In the run-up to last May's primary to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republicans flirted with a large field of candidates that included Reps. Paul Broun (who once called evolution a lie "from the pit of hell") and Phil Gingrey (who once defended Todd Akin). But when the dust settled, it was <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/georgia-senate-david-perdue-gender-pay-discrimination-lawsuit" target="_blank">former Dollar General CEO</a> David Perdue and 11-term congressman Jack Kingston who went on to a top-two runoff&mdash;a decision framed at the time as a victory for the Chamber of Commerce Republican establishment over the tea party fringe. On Tuesday, after trailing in every poll, Perdue won a narrow victory to claim the GOP nomination. He will take on Democrat Michelle Nunn (the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn) in November.</p> <p>But the real story may be the lack of influence wielded by Kingston's biggest supporter, the US Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber backed Kingston to the tune of <a href="http://blogs.rollcall.com/moneyline/chamber-of-commerce-buys-636k-in-ads-supporting-jack-kingston/?dcz=" target="_blank">$2.3 million</a> in TV ads during the primary, only to see him use its most precious issues as mallets with which to bludgeon Perdue. Take the Common Core State Standards, a set of national math and language-arts benchmarks for public schools that have become a bogeyman for conservatives. The Chamber supports Common Core and recently poured $1.38 million into a PR campaign to promote it. But that didn't stop Kingston from characterizing Common Core as an abomination and <a href="http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2014/05/08/david-perdues-common-core-stance-attacked-in-jack-kingston-mailer/" target="_blank">attacking</a> Perdue&mdash;who himself has been highly critical of the standards&mdash;for supporting "the Obamacare of education." In the final days of the race, Perdue fought back, running ads depicting Kingston as soft on immigration because of his support from the Chamber, which backs comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. "Kingston's pro-amnesty vote is bought and paid for," one ad <a href="http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2014/07/18/david-perdue-takes-u-s-chamber-attack-to-tv-with-amnesty-spot/" target="_blank">warned</a>. Kingston, in turn, had <a href="http://sat%20on%20a%20board%20promoting%20amnesty%20for%20illegal%20immigrants" target="_blank">falsely</a> accused Perdue of supporting amnesty during the runoff.</p> <p>Kingston will likely land on his feet&mdash;11-term congressmen beloved by the Chamber of Commerce tend to do pretty well in Washington!&mdash;but his days in Congress are now numbered. At least we'll always have this video of him explaining why evolution is a myth&mdash;because Jack Kingston is not descended from an ape.</p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hvsCVJA0v4E" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Congress Elections Top Stories Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:11:03 +0000 Tim Murphy 256771 at http://www.motherjones.com 785 of This Year's Unaccompanied Migrants Were Under 6 Years Old http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/unaccompanied-child-migrants-younger-than-five-pew-research <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/migrants-age-pew630.png"><div class="caption">Pew Research Center</div> </div> <p>Little kids, including a troubling number of children age five or younger, make up the fastest-growing group of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the US border in fiscal year 2014. So far this year, nearly 7,500 kids under 13 have been caught without a legal guardian&mdash;and 785 of them were younger than six.</p> <p></p><div id="mininav" class="inline-subnav"> <!-- header content --> <div id="mininav-header-content"> <div id="mininav-header-image"> <img src="/files/images/motherjones_mininav/migrants_225.jpg" width="220" border="0"></div> </div> <!-- linked stories --> <div id="mininav-linked-stories"> <ul><span id="linked-story-252671"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/06/child-migrants-surge-unaccompanied-central-america"> 70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them?</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-255056"> <li><a href="/mojo/2014/06/map-unaccompanied-child-migrants-central-america-honduras"> Map: These Are the Places Central American Child Migrants Are Fleeing </a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256016"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/immigration-courts-backlog-child-migrant-crisis"> Why Our Immigration Courts Can't Handle the Child Migrant Crisis</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256341"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/are-kids-showing-border-really-refugees"> Are the Kids Showing Up at the Border Really Refugees?</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256331"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/child-migrant-ellis-island-history"> Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island</a></li> </span> </ul></div> <!-- footer content --> <div id="mininav-footer-content"> <div id="mininav-footer-text" class="mininav-footer-text"> <p class="mininav-footer-text" style="margin: 0; padding: 0.75em; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.2em; background-color: rgb(221, 221, 221);"> See <em>MoJo</em>'s <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/topics/child-migrants">full coverage</a> of the surge of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's still mostly teens who travel solo to the United States from countries like El Salvador and Honduras, as the <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/07/22/children-12-and-under-are-fastest-growing-group-of-unaccompanied-minors-at-u-s-border/" target="_blank">Pew Research Center</a> revealed today in a new analysis of US Customs and Border Protection data. But compared to 2013, Border Patrol apprehensions of kids 12 or younger already have increased 117 percent, while those of teens have jumped only 12 percent. Apprehensions of the youngest group of kids, those under six, have nearly tripled.</p> <p>These new stats reveal a trend made all the more startling as details of the journey continue to emerge. In his <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/child-migrants-surge-unaccompanied-central-america" target="_blank">feature story</a> about this influx of child migrants, for instance, <em>MoJo</em>'s Ian Gordon tells of Adri&aacute;n, a Guatemalan kid who dodged attackers armed with machetes, walked barefoot for miles through Mexico, and resorted to prostitution to reach sanctuary in America. And Adri&aacute;n was 17. For the increasing number of kids under 13 making this harrowing trek without parents, the vulnerability to exploitation is only magnified, the potential for trauma and even death only amplified.</p> <p>That so many young kids feel compelled to leave home, or that their parents feel compelled to send them, sends a grim message about the state of their home countries. As El Salvadoran newspaper editor Carlos Dada told <em>On the Media</em>'s Bob Garfield <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/story/on-the-media-2014-07-18/" target="_blank">last week</a>, quoting a Mexican priest who runs a shelter in Oaxaca, Mexico: "If these migrants are willing to take this road, knowing everything they are risking, even their lives, I don't even want to imagine what they are running away from."</p> <p>Here's another Pew age breakdown, this time by country of origin:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/pew-kids-country310_0.png"><div class="caption">Pew Research Center</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> MoJo Charts Immigration child migrants Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:49:51 +0000 Maddie Oatman 256751 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 22, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/were-still-war-photo-day-july-22-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>Former US Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts joins President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House to be honored as the 9th living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. <span class="meta-field photo-desc ">(Department of Defense News photo by EJ Hersom)</span></em></p></body></html> MoJo Military Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:23:13 +0000 256691 at http://www.motherjones.com Rand Paul Flubs the Facts on the Minimum Wage http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/rand-paul-obama-minimum-wage <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the minimum wage, like Trix, is for kids. Speaking in San Francisco over the weekend, the likely 2016 presidential candidate took issue with the president and first lady over an interview they gave to <a href="http://parade.condenast.com/306214/parade/the-president-and-michelle-obama-on-work-family-and-juggling-it-all/" target="_blank"><em>Parade</em></a>, in which the Obamas suggested their daughters should work minimum wage jobs because "<span data-parade-clicks="false" data-parade-location-ids="article" data-parade-location-types="promoarea" data-parade-mouseovers="false" data-parade-touches="false" data-parade-type="promoarea" data-parade-views="false">that's what most folks go through every single day." It was a fairly innocuous comment. But Paul argued it sent the wrong message. Per <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/rand-paul-barack-obama-minimum-wage-109137.html" target="_blank"><em>Politico</em></a>:</span></p> <blockquote> <p>Speaking at a downtown conference for libertarian and conservative technology types, the Kentucky Republican and prospective 2016 White House contender said he had an "opposite" view from the Obamas when it comes to seeing his own sons work delivering pizzas and at call centers.</p> <p>"The minimum wage is a temporary" thing, Paul said. "It's a chance to get started. I see my son come home with his tips. And he's got cash in his hand and he's proud of himself. I don't want him to stop there. But he's working and he's understanding the value of work. We shouldn't disparage that."</p> </blockquote> <p>Paul, a libertarian, was echoing the argument made by those who oppose raising the minimum wage: That those jobs are largely filled by young adults just entering the job market&mdash;people who are taking these low-paying positions before moving on to the better-paying jobs&mdash;so it's no big deal if the compensation is at the bottom end of the scale. A low wage might even be beneficial, by providing an incentive to get to the next level. But this is not supported by the facts. Only a quarter of minimum wage workers are teenagers, according to the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2013.pdf" target="_blank">Bureau of Labor Statistics</a>. Nearly half of minimum wage earners are over 25, and 585,000 (18 percent) are over 45. These aren't kids just learning the value of the buck; they're adults who need income to support themselves and their families. As <em>Mother Jones</em> has reported previously, the current minimum wage doesn't come close to doing that. Just take a spin on our <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/costco-vs-walmart-how-many-hours-do-you-need-work-survive" target="_blank">living-wage calculator</a>.</p> <p>If Paul truly believes a low wage is "temporary" for most minimum-wage workers, perhaps he should take the Obamas' advice for their daughters and spend some time working in a fast-food joint.</p></body></html> MoJo Congress Economy Income Inequality Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:33:25 +0000 Tim Murphy 256581 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's Emotional Speech on Child Migrants http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/deval-patrick-child-immigration-shelter-speech <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/H-7nySPVcOU?start=321" width="630"></iframe></p> <p></p><div id="mininav" class="inline-subnav"> <!-- header content --> <div id="mininav-header-content"> <div id="mininav-header-image"> <img src="/files/images/motherjones_mininav/migrants_225.jpg" width="220" border="0"></div> </div> <!-- linked stories --> <div id="mininav-linked-stories"> <ul><span id="linked-story-252671"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/06/child-migrants-surge-unaccompanied-central-america"> 70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them?</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-255056"> <li><a href="/mojo/2014/06/map-unaccompanied-child-migrants-central-america-honduras"> Map: These Are the Places Central American Child Migrants Are Fleeing </a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256016"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/immigration-courts-backlog-child-migrant-crisis"> Why Our Immigration Courts Can't Handle the Child Migrant Crisis</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256341"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/are-kids-showing-border-really-refugees"> Are the Kids Showing Up at the Border Really Refugees?</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256331"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/child-migrant-ellis-island-history"> Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island</a></li> </span> </ul></div> <!-- footer content --> <div id="mininav-footer-content"> <div id="mininav-footer-text" class="mininav-footer-text"> <p class="mininav-footer-text" style="margin: 0; padding: 0.75em; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.2em; background-color: rgb(221, 221, 221);"> See <em>MoJo</em>'s <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/topics/child-migrants">full coverage</a> of the surge of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/07/18/emotional-deval-patrick-explains-plan-to-shelter-undocumented-children-video/" target="_blank">announced a plan</a> for his state to temporarily shelter up to 1,000 unaccompanied children who have <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/child-migrants-surge-unaccompanied-central-america" target="_blank">recently fled</a> to the United States as part of the ongoing <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/topics/child-migrants" target="_blank">border crisis</a>. He cited America's history of giving "sanctuary to desperate children for centuries," the "blight on our national reputation" when we refused to accept Jewish children fleeing the Nazis in 1939, and his Christian faith as reasons for the decision. "My faith teaches," he said, fighting back tears, "that if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him but rather love him as yourself." The Joint Base Cape Cod and Westover Air Base are the two facilities being considered as <a href="http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2014/07/18/immigrant-children-massachusetts-governor-patrick/" target="_blank">possible locations</a>.</p> <p>Notably, Patrick has said "<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2014/02/23/governor-patrick-says-maybe-presidential-run-after-election/vGG5tmuFRE7q2nbduEwrxL/story.html" target="_blank">maybe</a>" to a 2016 run for president.</p></body></html> MoJo Immigration International child migrants Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:56:35 +0000 Brett Brownell 256606 at http://www.motherjones.com Fighting in Gaza Bad for Mankind, Great for Right-Wing Website http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/fighting-gaza-bad-humans-great-right-wing-website <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Israel's ground offensive into Gaza, which began last Thursday after a week of air strikes, has come with a heavy price: 20 Israelis and 445 Palestinians have now died since the conflict flared up two weeks ago. But at least one group is happy about the news&mdash;<em>WorldNetDaily</em>, the far-right website, which <a href="http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/hamas-rockets-boon-to-israel-tour/" target="_blank">reports</a>, in a story titled "Hamas Rockets Boon to Israel Tour," that the ground offensive has been good for business:</p> <blockquote> <p>WASHINGTON &ndash; During the week Hamas fired thousands of rockets on Israel, interest in WND's Israel tour with Joseph Farah and Jonathan Cahn spiked, with 68 signups in seven days, the most in a one-week period since registration began in February,&nbsp;WND announced.</p> <p>"I thought news of thousands of rockets raining down on Israel would be a deterrent to Americans who were thinking about joining us on WND's Israel tour," said Farah. "It wasn't at all. In fact, it seems like Americans are eager to show solidarity with the Jewish state at this time."</p> <p>The second annual tour is on pace to match last year&rsquo;s size, with nearly 400 participants, most originating in the U.S.</p> </blockquote> <p>Congrats, guys.</p></body></html> MoJo Human Rights International Military Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:59:58 +0000 Tim Murphy 256591 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 21, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/were-still-war-photo-day-july-21-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>Two US Marines alongside two Japan Ground self-defense soldiers practice techniques at Kin Blue beach in Japan. <span class="meta-field photo-desc " id="yui_3_16_0_rc_1_1_1405949962974_1412">(US Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)</span></em></p></body></html> MoJo Military Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:47:11 +0000 256561 at http://www.motherjones.com David Vitter's Deportation Proposal Could Require More Planes Than There Are on Earth http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/david-vitter-deportation-proposal-requires-more-planes-exist-on-earth <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/vitter-planes-02.png"></div> <p>David Vitter has had it with undocumented immigrants. "Enough is enough," the Republican Senator and Louisiana gubernatorial candidate <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidVitter/status/490161152559939584" target="_blank">tweeted</a> on Friday. "I introduced a bill to require mandatory detention for anyone here illegally &amp; get illegal aliens on the next plane home."</p> <p>The legislation&nbsp;Vitter introduced Friday&nbsp;doesn't <em>actually</em> require all immigrants to be detained and deported. It&nbsp;mostly applies to child migrants,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/child-migrants-surge-unaccompanied-central-america" target="_blank">70,000 of whom</a>&nbsp;will make their way to the United States from Central America this year. Specifically, unaccompanied&nbsp;minors without asylum claims would be put "on the next available flight to their home countries within 72 hours of an initial screening."</p> <div><div id="mininav" class="inline-subnav"> <!-- header content --> <div id="mininav-header-content"> <div id="mininav-header-image"> <img src="/files/images/motherjones_mininav/migrants_225.jpg" width="220" border="0"></div> </div> <!-- linked stories --> <div id="mininav-linked-stories"> <ul><span id="linked-story-252671"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/06/child-migrants-surge-unaccompanied-central-america"> 70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them?</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-255056"> <li><a href="/mojo/2014/06/map-unaccompanied-child-migrants-central-america-honduras"> Map: These Are the Places Central American Child Migrants Are Fleeing </a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256016"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/immigration-courts-backlog-child-migrant-crisis"> Why Our Immigration Courts Can't Handle the Child Migrant Crisis</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256341"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/are-kids-showing-border-really-refugees"> Are the Kids Showing Up at the Border Really Refugees?</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256331"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/child-migrant-ellis-island-history"> Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island</a></li> </span> </ul></div> <!-- footer content --> <div id="mininav-footer-content"> <div id="mininav-footer-text" class="mininav-footer-text"> <p class="mininav-footer-text" style="margin: 0; padding: 0.75em; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.2em; background-color: rgb(221, 221, 221);"> See <em>MoJo</em>'s <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/topics/child-migrants">full coverage</a> of the surge of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>But if we really tried to do what&nbsp;Vitter's tweet suggests&mdash;and why not? He's a senator!&mdash;it would entail increasing the nation's immigration detention capacity by a factor of <a href="http://www.immigrationforum.org/images/uploads/mathofimmigrationdetention.pdf" target="_blank">365</a>. And flying all those immigrants home would require more planes than currently exist.</p> <p>The math is simple. According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are 11 million people currently in the United States without permanent legal status, the bulk of them from Latin America. In 2011, the average flight to that region had room for 171.8 passengers. It would require 64,027 flights to move all those migrants. Unfortunately, there were only 7,185 commercial aircraft in the United States&nbsp;as of 2011, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, so the mass deportations might take a while, especially considering Tegucigalpa's Toncont&iacute;n International Airport <a href="http://jalopnik.com/5302783/honduras-worlds-trickiest-landing" target="_blank">boasts</a> "the world's trickiest landing."</p> <p>Even if other nations chipped in, it'd still be a tough row to hoe. According to <a href="http://www.boeing.com/assets/pdf/commercial/cmo/pdf/Boeing_Current_Market_Outlook_2013.pdf" target="_blank">Boeing</a>, there are only 20,310 commercial airliners in the world, although that figure is set to double by 2032, if we want to wait.&nbsp;</p> <p>These back-of-the-envelope calculations don't take into account other details, like the costs and logistics of finding and rounding up 11 million people. On the plus side, the amount of jet fuel required for Vitter's<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;"> plan&nbsp;would be a boon for the oil and gas industry&mdash;one of Louisiana's largest employers.</span></p></body></html> MoJo Congress Immigration child migrants Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:31:28 +0000 Tim Murphy 256546 at http://www.motherjones.com Obama Slams Putin and Calls for Ukraine Ceasefire http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/obama-putin-ukraine-malaysian-airlines-speech <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama demanded that Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine adhere to a cease fire, and he slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin for not keeping his vow to de-escalate in the Ukraine and for continuing to provide weapons and training to the rebels. Obama confirmed media reports noting that US intelligence has determined that a missile fired from the rebel-held area <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/07/malaysia-airlines-ukraine-crash-mh17-planes-military-shot-down" target="_blank">downed the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane</a>, killing over 300 people. Obama announced that one US citizen was on the flight. Watch the speech here:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/r7S6flVWy7w" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Video International Obama Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:32:33 +0000 Erika Eichelberger 256506 at http://www.motherjones.com AK-47 Manufacturer Fires Back at US Over Sanctions http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/ak-47-maker-rostec-fires-back-over-sanctions <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>When the US imposed more sanctions on Russia this week, some US gun owners <a href="http://www.texasguntalk.com/forums/news-articles/59772-obama-sanctions-kalashnikov-rifles.html" target="_blank">assumed</a> the move was a targeted assault on their constitutional rights. It's not. But according to Rostec, the Russian government-owned company whose Kalashnikov subsidiary makes the AK-47, the assault rifle will be much harder to come by for US customers. After Rostec was added to the sanctions list, it fired back. "For Kalashnikov...the US is an important market for selling arms," a spokesman told <a href="http://en.itar-tass.com/world/741107" target="_blank">ITAR-TASS</a>, a Russian government news agency. "It should be noted that the Kalashnikov products are very popular in the US... This means that the sanctions the US Administration has imposed on Kalashnikov contravene the interests of US consumers."</p> <p>AK-47's, which are cheap and durable (though not terribly accurate), are the world's most popular gun. As many as <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/business/a-kalashnikov-factory-in-russia-survives-on-sales-to-us-gun-owners.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">100 million</a> have been produced since its debut in 1947&mdash;by Kalashnikov and a multitude of imitators in China and Eastern Europe. Kalashnikov's fully-automatic models are illegal to own in the United States without a special permit. But the semi-automatic version are regulated under the same <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/17/everything-you-need-to-know-about-banning-assault-weapons-in-one-post/" target="_blank">patchwork</a> of state and local laws that regulate hunting rifles. In recent years, as the Russian military has reduced its orders, Kalashnikov has shifted its focus away from the full-auto weapons and toward semi-automatic models for the gun enthusiast market in the United States.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Izhmash_0.png"><div class="caption"><strong>Kalashnikov's Russian logo </strong>Wikimedia Commons</div> </div> <p>The new sanctions cut off the supply of AK-47s from the factory source, but gun stores with an old inventory and gun owners with one to spare are <a href="http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/faqs/Sanctions/Pages/answer.aspx#373" target="_blank">free to go about</a> their business as before. The only caveat is that Kalashnikov can't make any money off the deal.</p> <p>In an unsigned <a href="http://rostec.ru/en/news/4514019" target="_blank">statement</a> posted on its website, Rostec notes that its analysts are conducting a "full study" of the impact of the new sanctions on its business, and argues that sanctions are putting its partnerships with US businesses at risk: "Now it is possible to say that the measures taken by Washington will have a negative impact on the cooperation of several Russian and American companies, threatening to undermine mutual trust," the company maintains.</p> <p>The AK issue came up during a State Department media briefing on Thursday. Asked if the Kalashnikov sanctions would affect customers in the US, spokeswoman Jen Psaki responded, "We take into account the impact on the United States, on US businesses and consumers, and certainly we feel that peace and political stability and respect for international law are of critical importance to the global economy and to US&nbsp;businesses."</p> <p>Kalashnikov's exclusive US importer, <a href="http://www.rwcgroupllc.com/" target="_blank">RWC Group</a>, has not yet issued a statement.</p></body></html> MoJo Corporations Foreign Policy Guns Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:56:16 +0000 Alex Park 256411 at http://www.motherjones.com GOP Senate Candidate: I Forgot About My Bank Account With Oodles of Money in It http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/terri-lynn-land-forgot-bank-account <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Terri Lynn Land, the Republican candidate for US Senate in Michigan, has given nearly $3 million to her own campaign. That's perfectly legal&mdash;candidates can give as much as they want to their campaigns.</p> <p>Here's the trouble: On the financial disclosure forms she filed last year and this May with the Federal Election Commission, Land reported she has assets of only about $1.5 million. So how could she give herself twice as much?</p> <p>Don't fear, Land fans; her staff has an explanation. The other money was in a joint checking account she has with her husband Dan Hibma, a millionaire real estate developer. On Friday, the Land campaign <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140717/NEWS06/307170034/" target="_blank">told the <em>Detroit Free </em><em>Press </em>(which broke this story) that</a> in 2013 she "inadvertently" omitted the account from her disclosure form and in 2014 she "inadvertently" listed the account as solely owned by Hibma. In other words, Land claims she forgot about an account she had with an enormous amount of money in it&mdash;even as she was using that money to fund her campaign.</p> <p>The Land campaign <a href="https://twitter.com/tsspangler/status/490152758356758529" target="_blank">has not said</a> how much money is in that joint checking account. "A candidate suddenly coming into possession of several million dollars raises questions," Paul Ryan, a campaign finance expert at the Campaign Legal Center (no, not that Paul Ryan), told the <em>Free Press</em>.</p> <p>As Michigan's secretary of state from 2003 until 2011, Land was responsible for enforcing the state's campaign finance laws.</p></body></html> MoJo Elections Money in Politics Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:45:04 +0000 Nick Baumann 256481 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 18, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/were-still-war-photo-day-july-18-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>Sgt. Louis Wood pays his respects to Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, who was killed in combat in Afghanistan. <span class="meta-field photo-desc ">(US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan)</span></em></p></body></html> MoJo Afghanistan Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:12:49 +0000 256476 at http://www.motherjones.com GOP Congressman Says Central America Too Dangerous for Congressmen—But Not for Kids http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/steve-pearce-honduras-safe <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), who spent the weekend visiting Honduras and Guatemala with six other members of Congress, reaffirmed his belief on Wednesday that the ongoing humanitarian crisis along the southern border is to send migrants home&mdash;even though he found his host city too dangerous to go outside.</p> <p>Per the <a href="http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/blogs/politics_and_news/rep-pearce-most-fled-central-america-for-economic-reasons/article_b3b5f43c-0d18-11e4-a454-0017a43b2370.html" target="_blank"><em>Santa Fe New Mexican</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><span class="paragraph-0">Congressman Steve Pearce said Wednesday that most immigrants from Central America who are crossing illegally into the United States are driven by economic reasons, not fear of physical danger in their homeland.</span></p> <p>...</p> <p>Pearce said he and the rest of the House delegation that visited Honduras and Guatemala did not venture from their hotel very often because of the dangers, but the message they received in both countries was consistent: "Send back our children."</p> </blockquote> <p>So to recap: Tegucigalpa is too dangerous for grown members of Congress to leave their downtown hotel rooms, but a perfectly fine place to send an eight-year-old kid. (According to a <a href="http://honduras.usembassy.gov/pr-071114-eng.html" target="_blank">press release</a>, the congressional delegation did leave their hotel to visit an outreach center funded by the US government. They also met with the president and first lady of Honduras.) Meanwhile, not content with the results of Pearce's investigation, <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/17/Issa-Leading-Rival-Delegation-To-Central-America" target="_blank">a rival Congressional delegation</a>, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), is en route to Central America now. We'll see if they find it safe enough to walk around.</p></body></html> MoJo Congress Human Rights Immigration child migrants Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:38:11 +0000 Tim Murphy 256426 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 17, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/were-still-war-photo-day-july-17-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>A guided-missile destroyer departs Pearl Harbor for deployment as a child plays with a radio-controlled boat at Dog Beach. <span class="meta-field photo-desc " id="yui_3_16_0_rc_1_1_1405613680551_1523">(US Navy photo by Canadian Armed Forces Sgt. Matthew McGregor</span>)</em></p></body></html> MoJo Military Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:20:49 +0000 256396 at http://www.motherjones.com 64 Percent of Women Scientists Say They've Been Sexually Harassed Doing Field Work http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/women-scientists-sexual-harassment-assault-plos-one <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Most women working in the sciences face sexual assault and harassment while conducting field work, according to a <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0102172;jsessionid=C78120459544C42151EB20655055583E#s3" target="_blank">study released Wednesday</a> that is the first to investigate the subject.</p> <p>The report surveyed 516 women (and 142 men) working in various scientific fields, including archeology, anthropology, and biology. Sixty-four percent of the women said they had been sexually harassed while working at field sites, and one out of five said they had been victims of sexual assault. The study found that the harassers and assailants were usually supervisors. Ninety percent of the women who were harassed were young undergraduates, post-graduates, or post-doctoral students.</p> <p>"Our main findings&hellip;suggest that at least some field sites are not safe, nor inclusive," Kate Clancy, the lead author of the study, <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-07/uoia-sha071414.php" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. "We worry this is at least one mechanism driving women from science."</p> <p>Many university science programs require students to complete fieldwork. Those who do work in the field are <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/17/young-scientists-face-rampant-sexual-harassment-in-the-field/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost" target="_blank">more likely</a> to receive research grants. Consequently, women scientists "are put in a vulnerable position, afraid that reporting harassment or abuse will risk their research and a professional relationship often critical to their academic funding or career," the <em>Washington Post </em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/17/young-scientists-face-rampant-sexual-harassment-in-the-field/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost" target="_blank">noted</a>.</p> <p>The study comes as Congress investigates the response of US colleges to campus sexual harassment and assault. Two out of five colleges and universities have not conducted any sexual assault investigations in the past five years, according to a <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/survey-rapes-not-investigated-2-5-colleges-174255721--politics.html" target="_blank">recent survey</a> by the office of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).</p> <p>Men vastly outnumber women in the sciences. According to Census data, women make up only <a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/acs-24.pdf" target="_blank">about a quarter</a> of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math fields.</p></body></html> MoJo Science Sex and Gender Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:50:42 +0000 Erika Eichelberger 256366 at http://www.motherjones.com Todd Akin Is Still Talking About Rape—and Suggests Bill Clinton Is a Rapist http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/todd-akin-still-talking-about-rape-some-reason <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Todd Akin won't stop talking. And he won't stop talking about rape. On Thursday, the former Republican Missouri congressman and failed Senate candidate&mdash;best known for suggesting that the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/08/rep-todd-akin-wrong-not-alone" target="_blank">female body could self-terminate a pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape"</a>&mdash;appeared on MSNBC's <em>The Daily Rundown</em> to talk about his new book, <em>Firing Back</em>, and to explain why he was totally right about the rape thing. During the 10-minute spot, he insisted that "legitimate rape is a law enforcement term." (He did not cite a source for this.) And he pointed out that Bill Clinton was accused of committing rape and "assault on women," yet the former president was applauded when he delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic convention. "Seems to me, it's a Democratic war on women," Akin remarked.</p> <p>Contradicting his comment about a woman's ability to "shut that whole thing down"&mdash;that is, to prevent conception following a rape&mdash;Akin claimed that he "had a number of people" working on his Senate campaign who "had been conceived in rape."</p> <p><a href="http://www.msnbc.com/the-daily-rundown/watch/akin--dems-and-the-media-use-sex-as-a-weapon-306777155532" target="_blank">Watch</a>:</p> <p class="rtecenter"><iframe border="no" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/EmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_rundown_akin_140717_261765" width="635"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Reproductive Rights Top Stories Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:12:33 +0000 Tim Murphy 256371 at http://www.motherjones.com GOP Congressional Candidate Mistakes YMCA Campers for Migrant Kids http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/gop-congressional-candidate-mistakes-ymca-campers-migrant-kids <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0" height="380" id="flashObj" width="630"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isSlim=1"><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=3676660375001&amp;playerID=2868544859001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAABvZFMzE~,IXjx0MpOF0rs6Zj6tTY84DVV4TqsG9K-&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true"><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com"><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=3676660375001&amp;playerID=2868544859001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAABvZFMzE~,IXjx0MpOF0rs6Zj6tTY84DVV4TqsG9K-&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" height="380" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isSlim=1" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="630"></embed></object></p> <p></p><div id="mininav" class="inline-subnav"> <!-- header content --> <div id="mininav-header-content"> <div id="mininav-header-image"> <img src="/files/images/motherjones_mininav/migrants_225.jpg" width="220" border="0"></div> </div> <!-- linked stories --> <div id="mininav-linked-stories"> <ul><span id="linked-story-252671"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/06/child-migrants-surge-unaccompanied-central-america"> 70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them?</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-255056"> <li><a href="/mojo/2014/06/map-unaccompanied-child-migrants-central-america-honduras"> Map: These Are the Places Central American Child Migrants Are Fleeing </a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256016"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/immigration-courts-backlog-child-migrant-crisis"> Why Our Immigration Courts Can't Handle the Child Migrant Crisis</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256341"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/are-kids-showing-border-really-refugees"> Are the Kids Showing Up at the Border Really Refugees?</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256331"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/child-migrant-ellis-island-history"> Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island</a></li> </span> </ul></div> <!-- footer content --> <div id="mininav-footer-content"> <div id="mininav-footer-text" class="mininav-footer-text"> <p class="mininav-footer-text" style="margin: 0; padding: 0.75em; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.2em; background-color: rgb(221, 221, 221);"> See <em>MoJo</em>'s <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/topics/child-migrants">full coverage</a> of the surge of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Arizona congressional candidate Adam Kwasman was at a protest of a new shelter for migrant children when he got word that a busload of kids was headed in the protesters' direction. Kwasman, a Republican state lawmaker, raced toward the small yellow school bus. He gave a breathless account of what he saw to a local news crew: "I was able to actually see some of the children in the buses, and the fear on their faces. This is not compassion."</p> <p>But the local news crew had bad news for Kwasman: <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/story/brahm-resnik/2014/07/15/arizona-politician-mistakes-campers-for-migrant-children/12701279/" target="_blank">the kids on the bus weren't migrants</a>. They belonged to the Marana school district and were headed to the YMCA's Triangle Y Camp. Reporter Will Pitts said he could see the children laughing and taking photos of the news crews with their iPhones. "Do you know that was a bus with YMCA kids?" Brahm Resnick, of the <em>Arizona Republic</em> asked Kwasman. Kwasman replied, "They were sad too."</p> <p>Kwasman is one of three Republican candidates running for the nomination in Arizona's first district. Watch the full video of his interview with Resnick <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/story/brahm-resnik/2014/07/15/arizona-politician-mistakes-campers-for-migrant-children/12701279/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></body></html> MoJo Elections Immigration The Right child migrants Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:27:51 +0000 Molly Redden 256271 at http://www.motherjones.com We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 16, 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/were-still-war-photo-day-july-16-2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>The Village of Willowbrook Parks and Recreation department hosts a "Touch a Truck" community event where around 300 children interacted with military vehicles provided by the US Army on display in Illinois. <span class="meta-field photo-desc " id="yui_3_16_0_rc_1_1_1405518914956_1352">(US Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)</span></em></p></body></html> MoJo Military Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:59:31 +0000 256266 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Jon Stewart Try to Get Hillary Clinton to Admit She's Running For President http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/hillary-clinton-daily-show-jon-stewart <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Hillary Clinton is running for president. She has not officially announced this yet because it's 2014 and tradition dictates that prospective candidates pretend to "weigh all their options" and "talk about it with their family" for a few years before actually coming out and declaring. Presumably she'll announce sometime next autumn. Anyway, she's running for president.</p> <p>Her most recent non-campaign campaign stop was on <em>the Daily Show with Jon Stewart</em> last night. Clinton came on nominally to talk about her new memoir "Hard Choices" which documents her four years as Secretary of State in the Obama administration. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an incredibly complex and well-reasoned, eyewitness view to the history of those four years," Stewart begins, "and I think I speak for everybody when I say, no one cares. They just want to know if you&rsquo;re running for president.&rdquo;</p> <p>What followed was a very entertaining game wherein Stewart tried to trick her into betraying her presidential ambitions. (When Stewart asks whether she'd like her next office to come in a particular shape, Clinton replies, "You know, I think that the world is so complicated, the fewer corners that you can have, the better.&rdquo;)</p> <p>Watch the whole <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/8wmce1/exclusive---hillary-clinton-extended-interview-pt--1" target="_blank">extended interview</a>. It's pretty great.</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:6913b278-583f-4987-9b79-8d45123269f4" width="630"></iframe></div> </div></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Hillary Clinton Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:23:50 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 256261 at http://www.motherjones.com 8 Reasons Why Jose Antonio Vargas Won't Be Deported http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/jose-antonio-vargas-released-texas-immigration <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Tuesday morning, Jose Antonio Vargas, one of the most prominent and vocal undocumented immigrants in the United States, was <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/07/jose-antonio-vargas-detained-in-texas-192138.html" target="_blank">detained at a Texas airport</a> after traveling there to <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/texas-border-trapped-108826_Page2.html#.U8XRcJHN5g0" target="_blank">report on</a> the plight of unaccompanied minors crossing the border. The Border Patrol took him into custody when he <a href="https://twitter.com/joseiswriting/status/489038192616542209" target="_blank">showed them a Filipino passport</a> and no other form of identification. This was one of the few times Vargas, who <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/texas-border-trapped-108826.html#ixzz37YJjmDYN" target="_blank">self-identifies</a> as the "most privileged" undocumented immigrant in the US, has had that privilege seriously questioned. He was released on Tuesday evening and issued a statement through his nonprofit organization, Define American:</p> <blockquote> <p>I've been released by Border Patrol. I want to thank everyone who stands by me and the undocumented immigrants of south Texas and across the country. Our daily lives are filled with fear in simple acts such as getting on an airplane to go home to our family.</p> </blockquote> <p>Vargas reminds those watching his case that he is representative of so many more undocumented children. But there are also many reasons why his is a special case&mdash;and why he won't be deported:</p> <p></p><div id="mininav" class="inline-subnav"> <!-- header content --> <div id="mininav-header-content"> <div id="mininav-header-image"> <img src="/files/images/motherjones_mininav/migrants_225.jpg" width="220" border="0"></div> </div> <!-- linked stories --> <div id="mininav-linked-stories"> <ul><span id="linked-story-252671"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/06/child-migrants-surge-unaccompanied-central-america"> 70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them?</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-255056"> <li><a href="/mojo/2014/06/map-unaccompanied-child-migrants-central-america-honduras"> Map: These Are the Places Central American Child Migrants Are Fleeing </a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256016"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/immigration-courts-backlog-child-migrant-crisis"> Why Our Immigration Courts Can't Handle the Child Migrant Crisis</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256341"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/are-kids-showing-border-really-refugees"> Are the Kids Showing Up at the Border Really Refugees?</a></li> </span> <span id="linked-story-256331"> <li><a href="/politics/2014/07/child-migrant-ellis-island-history"> Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island</a></li> </span> </ul></div> <!-- footer content --> <div id="mininav-footer-content"> <div id="mininav-footer-text" class="mininav-footer-text"> <p class="mininav-footer-text" style="margin: 0; padding: 0.75em; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.2em; background-color: rgb(221, 221, 221);"> See <em>MoJo</em>'s <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/topics/child-migrants">full coverage</a> of the surge of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America. </p> </div> </div> </div> <ol><li><strong>He's a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a celebrity.<strong><strong><strong><strong>&acirc;&#128;&#139;</strong></strong></strong></strong> </strong></li> <li value="2"><strong>He's been detained, and released, before: </strong>Two years ago, a year after he revealed his status as an undocumented Filipino immigrant, Vargas was driving through Minneapolis without a legal license while wearing headphones,<a href="http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2012/10/reporter-who-wrote-about-life-undocumented-immigrant-arrested-minnesota" target="_blank"> according to <em>MinnPost</em></a>.&nbsp;Although the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office was signed up for a Bush administration initiative called Secure Communities that encourages local law enforcement to hold booked undocumented immigrants for ICE, Vargas was released after roughly five hours. It's unclear how much information authorities had about Vargas' citizenship, though <a href="http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2012/10/reporter-who-wrote-about-life-undocumented-immigrant-arrested-minnesota" target="_blank"><em>MinnPost</em> points out</a> that it was unusual for police to haul him in, given that those suspected of driving without a license tend to be issued a citation on the scene.</li> <li value="3"><strong>He's dared the ICE to deport him, and it did nothing:</strong> <a href="http://www.vox.com/2014/7/12/5893711/jose-antonio-vargas-stuck-border-immigration-checkpoints" target="_blank">As <em>Vox</em> points out</a>, Vargas essentially surrendered to the feds in 2012 when he called ICE and "asked what the government wanted to do with him." The agency declined to comment. Technically, they can come knocking anytime they want to deport him, and they have not done so.</li> <li><strong>He's not a priority: </strong>The Obama administration <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dhs-secretary-reevaluating-deportation-priorities" target="_blank">claims</a> it prioritizes cases having to do with "national security, public safety, and border security," including repeat offenders who have crossed the border after deportation, convicted criminals, and <a href="http://www.vox.com/2014/7/12/5893711/jose-antonio-vargas-stuck-border-immigration-checkpoints" target="_blank">"recent border crossers."</a> Vargas doesn't fit these descriptions, considering he's been convicted of no crime and has lived in the United States since he was 12 years old. (Though CBP has its own policies on what constitutes a recent border crosser, prioritizing any unauthorized entry regardless of how long ago it occurred.)</li> <li><strong>The courts are already backlogged: </strong>As <em>MoJo</em>'s Stephanie Mencimer wrote earlier this week, immigration courts are <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/07/immigration-courts-backlog-child-migrant-crisis" target="_blank">drowning in cases,</a> especially with the sudden influx of unaccompanied minors. There are currently 30 vacancies on the immigration bench, dozens more judges eligible for retirement, and a backlog of 375,503 cases&mdash;up 50,000 since 2013. A case like Vargas' could've sat around for years before it was addressed.</li> <li><strong>Prosecutorial discretion might have favored him anyway: </strong>Even if Vargas' case were taken up by ICE, the government could have chosen at any time not to proceed. <a href="http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/how-immigration-enforcement-authorities-decide-whether-grant-prosecutorial-discretion.htm" target="_blank">ICE can waive</a> deportation in cases where a defendant has "positive priorities," including status as a veteran, longtime US residency, a degree from a US college or university, or even just "ties to the United States," including a "role in the community" or "work as a volunteer." Vargas arrived as an undocumented minor and was unaware of his status until he was older. He's been a journalist since he was 17. He's a graduate of San Francisco State University. And now he's the founder of nonprofit advocacy group Define American. Not only does he fit many of the positive criterion, he <em>doesn't</em> fit into the clearly defined "negative" categories: He is not a clear threat to national security, a gang member, or a convicted criminal.</li> <li><strong>He has a slew of lawyers, immigration groups, and public figures supporting him: </strong>Chris Rickerd, a policy council expert in the American Civil Liberties Union, says Vargas' "equities are such that he should be allowed to continue his stay in the US." Allegra McLeod, a law professor at Georgetown University, claimed that she thought "his long-standing ties to this country would make the claim that it would be a moral disaster for this country" if officials were forced to consider his deportation. Cristina Jimenez, a representative of the youth immigration group United We Dream, <a href="http://unitedwedream.org/press-releases/jose-antonio-vargas-detained-border-patrol-mcallen-airport-attempted-leave-border/" target="_blank">declared in a statement</a>: "We stand in solidarity with Jose Antonio and demand for his immediate release, but we must remember that there are thousands of people along the border that live with this same fear every day." New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also <a href="http://gothamist.com/2014/07/15/de_blasio_vargas.php" target="_blank">announced his support</a> for Vargas in a public statement Tuesday, describing him as an "exemplary man whose tireless work has helped raise awareness around the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants living on American soil" and encouraging authorities to use discretion when it came to his case.&nbsp;</li> <li value="8"><strong>He'd be a giant headache when the government already has plenty. (See also No. 1.) </strong>We'll just have to see if the outcry over Vargas'&nbsp; release would be any less of a headache for the Obama administration than his deportation might have been.</li> </ol></body></html> MoJo Immigration Top Stories child migrants Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:00:17 +0000 Jenna McLaughlin 256236 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is How The Right Will Try to Destroy Chris Christie http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/chris-christie-iowa-judges-attack-ads <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is crisscrossing Iowa. Officially, the visit is a fundraising trip tied to his side job as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. But like most any big-time politician choosing to spend some of the summer in the first caucus state, the visit is drawing the kind of speculation&mdash;and attacks&mdash;befitting a potential presidential contender.</p> <p>Take the Judicial Crisis Network, which has seized the chance to target him with online ads and a <a href="http://www.christiebadonjudges.com/" target="_blank">website</a> criticizing him for failing to turn the New Jersey Supreme Court into a bastion of right-wing judicial activism. JCN has established itself as significant player in judicial nomination fights and elections over the past several years, and has strong ties to conservative factions that don't trust the governor's record on social issues&mdash;and who would prefer a 2016 nominee more in line with the evangelical strain of the GOP.</p> <p>The online ads take Christie to task for reappointing&mdash;gasp!&mdash;a Democrat as the chief justice of the state's supreme court, and criticize him for failing to live up to earlier campaign promises to remake the court as a conservative body.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8U3NwlwvNyE" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>The gripes about Christie's judicial appointments are pretty bogus. He's a Republican governor of a democratic state, and he's been thwarted again and again in his attempts to install conservatives on the high court:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/christie_facing_resistance_drops_nj_supreme_court_nominee.html" target="_blank">only three of his six nominees</a> have been able to get past the Democratic controlled state legislature's judiciary committee. One of those nominees only got through because Christie agreed to a deal where he re-nominated the aforementioned sitting chief justice, a Democrat.</p> <p>In a response to the ads, one of Christie's top advisers has argued that JCN is a Johnny-come-lately to New Jersey's nomination battles, suggesting that they don't really care about the composition of the court&mdash;but care plenty about dissing Christie. "This group has been noticeably absent from any judicial fight we've had in New Jersey, showing up only to criticize after the fights are over," Mike DuHaime said in a CNN appearance.</p> <p>As DuHaime's complaint suggests, the Judicial Crisis Network's campaign is likely just another shot across the bow by social conservatives who think Christie is too liberal on issues like gay marriage and abortion, and don't want to see him become the GOP nominee for president in 2016. Indeed, the people behind the organization seem like just the sort who would much rather see a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/rick-santorum-iowa-caucus-second-place" target="_blank">President Rick Santorum</a> than a President Christie.</p> <p>The JCN was founded by Gary Marx, who wooed family values voters for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, organizing church-sponsored voter drives in Ohio. <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/meet-group-trying-stop-president-obama-filling-vacancies-federal-courts" target="_blank">According to Right Wing Watch</a>, he was encouraged to start the organization, originally called the Judicial Confirmation Network, by <a href="http://aclj.org/jay-sekulow" target="_blank">Jay Sekulow,</a> a veteran Christian soldier. As president of the American Center for Law and Justice, Sekulow has litigated numerous church-state cases before the US Supreme Court, including a recent one that allowed a Utah park to keep a Ten Commandments statute installed.</p> <p>In 2004, Marx joined with <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jcns-wendy-long-resurfaces-run-senate" target="_blank">Wendy Long</a>, a former clerk for US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to set up the Judicial Confirmation Network to bolster President Bush's efforts to install staunch social conservatives on the federal bench. When Obama was elected, the group changed its name and focus to blocking the new president's nominees. (Marx went on to spend three years as executive director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a conservative evangelical group founded by Ralph Reed.<a href="#correction">*</a> Long left the JCN in 2012 to pursue an unsuccessful GOP Senate campaign against New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat.)</p> <p>JCN also has close ties to the anti-gay marriage movement, sharing a treasurer with the National Organization for Marriage. Indeed, <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/382763/chris-christies-abysmal-record-judges-carrie-severino" target="_blank">in a piece published</a> this week by the <em>National Review Online</em> in coordination with the campaign bashing Christie's judges, the Judicial Crisis Network's current director,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.judicialnetwork.com/about-jcn/carrie-severino/" target="_blank">Carrie Severino</a>, wrote that Christie's "conservative" justices took part in the court's unanimous decision last year to allow same-sex marriage in New Jersey. She also contends that Christie's most recent nominee has a record of being pro-choice. Severino&mdash;who is also a former Thomas clerk&mdash;concludes, "If these are Christie's conservative nominees, then Christie's definition of a conservative sounds an awful lot like a liberal."</p> <p>Christie is likely to see similar attacks as he makes further steps towards a 2016 campaign after the ignominy of Bridgegate. He'll be in New Hampshire later this month.</p> <p id="correction"><em>Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Gary Marx is currently the head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Marx left that post in December 2013 and now runs a political consulting firm, Madison Strategies. </em></p></body></html> MoJo 2016 Elections Elections The Right Top Stories Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:00:12 +0000 Stephanie Mencimer 256176 at http://www.motherjones.com This Group Is Starting the Elizabeth-Warren-for-President Campaign http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/elizabeth-warren-ready-for-warren-president-2016 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Move over, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/02/ready-for-hillary-clinton-super-pac" target="_blank">Ready for Hillary</a>. You've got competition.</p> <p>A group of progressive activists have unveiled <a href="http://ready4warren.com" target="_blank">Ready for Warren</a>, a new outfit aimed at convincing <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2009/11/bank-buster-elizabeth-warren" target="_blank">Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)</a> to run for president. Ready for Warren's website asks supporters to sign a petition urging Warren to get in the 2016 race. "It's time that the American people had a lobbyist of our own, and that lobbyist is Elizabeth Warren," the petition reads. "By standing up to Wall Street to defend Main Street, Warren has proven herself to be the spine that the Democratic Party forgot it had."</p> <p>The <em>Huffington Post</em> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/15/ready-for-warren_n_5588792.html?utm_hp_ref=tw">reports</a> that Ready for Warren's campaign manager is Erica Sagrans, an alum of President Obama's 2012 campaign. League of Young Voters founder Billy Wimsatt will serve as a senior adviser to the group. The group also has a <a href="https://twitter.com/Warren4Prez" target="_blank">Twitter account</a> and a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/ReadyForWarren" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p> <p>Here's more from <em>HuffPost</em>:</p> <block quote=""><blockquote> <p>Ready for Warren supporters will be bringing a van full of supporters to Netroots Nation, the annual gathering of progressive activists that is taking place in Detroit this week.</p> <p>"We don't want to say too much about our exact plans, but we'll definitely be out in force and supporting Warren when she speaks on Friday," said Sagrans, adding, "We're planning on using Netroots as an opportunity to build on a lot of the momentum she's seen elsewhere and to show not only that she has progressive support&mdash;because I think we know that&mdash;but that there is an organized effort and people who are working on harnessing that support and building it into a real Draft Warren campaign."</p> <p>The Ready for Warren supporters will have some competition at the conference. Ready for Hillary and its splashy bus will be there, and Vice President Joe Biden will be addressing the gathering for the first time.</p> <p>Going forward, the campaign will make sure there are Warren supporters to greet her and encourage her to run as she goes around the country stumping for Democratic candidates. Sagrans said they haven't yet decided what shape the campaign will officially take&mdash;whether it will be a super PAC or a hybrid PAC like the Ready for Hillary effort&mdash;but they're going to step up volunteer efforts, fundraising and make sure they're a presence in the early primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. An explosive amount of fundraising could be one way to entice Warren into the race.</p> </blockquote> <p>Warren has insisted she's not running for president. Asked by the <em>Boston Globe</em> about a potential White House bid, she&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2013/11/11/six-factors-that-weigh-speculation-about-elizabeth-warren-and-run-for-presidency/qoL48WoLSh0OxhX3evIg2M/story.html">replied</a>, "No, no, no, no, no." Yet there are signs that suggest she hasn't completely closed the door on&nbsp;2016. Her recently published book,&nbsp;<em>A Fighting Chance</em>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/elizabeth-warren-a-fighting-chance-2016" target="_blank">read like something</a> a politician eyeing higher office would&nbsp;write. And in an interview with&nbsp;<em>Washington Post&nbsp;</em>columnist Ruth Marcus, Warren appeared to leave herself <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ruth-marcus-elizabeth-warren-says-she-is-focused-on-fighting-for-the-little-guy/2014/06/20/467f9544-f896-11e3-8aa9-dad2ec039789_story.html" target="_blank">some wiggle room</a> about a future presidential bid.</p> <p>Recently Warren&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pressherald.com/2014/07/14/sen-warren-rise-fundraiser/">has traveled the country</a> campaigning and raising boatloads of cash for fellow Democrats on the 2014 ticket&mdash;and in the process, raising her national profile. Her super-PAC <a href="http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/us_politics/2014/07/elizabeth_warren_s_super_pac_raking_in_dough">hauled in</a> $620,000 in April, May, and June, a four-fold increase from the previous three months.</p> <p>The launch of Ready for Warren is yet more evidence&nbsp;that just about every progressive out there&nbsp;wants Warren to run&mdash;every progressive, that is, but Warren herself.</p> </block></body></html> MoJo Economy Elections Money in Politics Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:21:47 +0000 Andy Kroll 256216 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Explain Why "It's Your Fault You're Not Rich" Is Bullshit http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/07/last-week-tonight-john-oliver-rant-income-inequality <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Sunday's&nbsp;<em>Last Week Tonight</em>, host and comedian John Oliver ripped into American politicians' colossal mishandling of the US&nbsp;wealth gap, which <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/10/yes-indeed-income-inequality-really-growing" target="_blank">continues</a> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/05/imf-christine-lagarde-income-inequality" target="_blank">to grow</a> to ever more&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-in-america-chart-graph" target="_blank">astronomical proportions</a>. As Oliver points out, plenty of lawmakers insist the game isn't rigged against the poor&mdash;ahem, <a href="http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=66bd09d9-2acc-41c0-b853-b43ee6f27ad2" target="_blank">Marco Rubio</a>&mdash;while others recognize the problem&nbsp;but&nbsp;are&nbsp;too afraid to be gung-ho on the issue because of, well, politics.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfgSEwjAeno" target="_blank">Take a look</a>:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LfgSEwjAeno" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Video Income Inequality Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:42:17 +0000 Hannah Levintova 256211 at http://www.motherjones.com