MoJo Blogs and Articles | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/rss/blogs_and_articles/wp-%3Cstrong%3Elogin%3C/strong%3E http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Clinton Campaign Fights Back Against Claim That She'd Support TPP http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/hillary-clinton-tpp-terry-mcauliffe <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Hillary Clinton's campaign is anxiously trying to reassure Bernie Sanders' supporters that she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, despite what one of her closest allies might be telling the press.</p> <p>On Tuesday night, Virginia governor and longtime Clinton pal Terry McAuliffe did what he does best, sticking his foot in his mouth in an interview right after his speech to the Democratic National Convention. <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/terry-mcauliffe-hillary-clinton-tpp-trade-226253">McAuliffe told <em>Politico</em></a> that he expects Clinton to come around on the TPP once she's in office. "Listen, she was in support of it," he said. "There were specific things in it she wants fixed." He followed up on MSNBC on Wednesday, noting that while Clinton would like to see parts of the deal changed, he still expects her to sign it eventually.</p> <p>The Clinton team did its best to refute McAuliffe, reiterating that Clinton is firmly opposed to the trade deal. "I can be definitive," campaign chairman John Podesta told reporters at a press conference Wednesday morning. "She is against it before the election and after the election." The AFL-CIO quickly latched onto that message as well on Tuesday night, blasting out a statement from the organization's president, Richard Trumka, saying "Terry McAullife is absolutely wrong. He should listen more closely to our candidate, just as Hillary has listened closely to America's workers."</p> <p>Clinton supported the trade deal in principle when she was a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet but has shifted to vocal opposition during her presidential campaign. Opposing the TPP has become a central cause for Sanders fans, with "No TPP" signs widespread inside the DNC hall this week. (It was one of the few party platform fights the Sanders camp lost, though that was at the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/06/29/obama-and-sanders-battle-over-tpp-and-the-democratic-platform/">behest</a> of Obama rather than Clinton.) It's the rare place where the Sanders crowd finds itself aligned with Donald Trump, who has regularly assailed the TPP and other free trade deals during his presidential campaign. "We all know it is gonna happen if she won," Trump warned during a press conference Wednesday, playing off McAuliffe's comments. It was enough of a concern for the Clinton campaign that immediately after selecting <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/tim-kaine-vice-president-hillary-clinton-virginia-senate" target="_blank">Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as Clinton's running mate</a>, the campaign <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tim-kaine-changes-course-on-tpp-after-vp-nod/" target="_blank">told the media</a> that Kaine, who had previously hedged on the TPP, was now firmly opposed to the deal.</p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:37:55 +0000 Patrick Caldwell 310221 at http://www.motherjones.com Donald Trump's Top Ten Giveaways to Vladimir Putin http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/07/donald-trumps-top-ten-giveaways-vladimir-putin <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The number of pro-Putin positions that Donald Trump has taken has assumed quite remarkable proportions:</p> <ol><li>He wants to reduce America's commitment to NATO and reorient its activities to the Middle East. This is perhaps Vladmir Putin's greatest foreign policy desire.</li> <li><img align="right" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_trump_russia.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 8px 0px 15px 30px;">Says America has no moral standing to complain about human and civil rights violations.</li> <li>Welcomed Russia's incursion into Syria.</li> <li>Considers Putin a great leader.</li> <li>Would consider eliminating sanctions against Russia and recognizing their annexation of Crimea.</li> <li>Wants to weaken American ties to its allies by insisting that he will walk away from them unless they pay us more for our military protection.</li> <li>Never mentions Russia in his otherwise endless litany of countries that are taking advantage of us.</li> <li>Opposes sending arms to Ukraine.</li> <li>Is pro-Brexit.</li> <li>Isn't sure he would defend the Baltics if Russia attacked them.</li> </ol><p>Have I missed anything? I probably have. It's hard to keep track.</p> <p>Most of these are defensible positions on their own. I don't support sending arms to Ukraine, for example. Plenty of conservatives are pro-Brexit. And plenty of lefties would like to see us reduce our military footprint worldwide.</p> <p>But even if you personally agree with an item or three on this list, the whole thing adds up to something unprecedented for an American candidate for president. Donald Trump considers America at odds with virtually the entire world. He's based his entire campaign on this. At various times he's mentioned China, Mexico, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, and the entire Pacific Rim. But never Russia. On the contrary, his list of positions toward Russia is basically Vladimir Putin's dream foreign policy. For a guy suffering under crippling sanctions, a tanking economy, low oil prices, and a demographic time bomb, Donald Trump is offering him everything he could possibly want. And what does Trump want in return? For Russia&mdash;and only for Russia&mdash;he wants nothing.</p> <p>As much as I loathe Putin, I'm not among those who now think Mitt Romney was right when he listed Russia as our #1 geopolitical threat. Conservative fearmongering on the subject leaves me cold. Nonetheless, this list is not a coincidence. There's something behind the scenes guiding it. But what?</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:59:19 +0000 Kevin Drum 310216 at http://www.motherjones.com Sanders Delegates to Bernie: You're Not the Boss of Me http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/bernie-sanders-delegates-convention-protest-walk-out <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>At a press conference held on Tuesday by the Bernie Delegates Network, an outfit independent of the Sanders campaign, none of the speakers indicated they had any knowledge that dozens of Sanders delegates later that day would walk out of the convention, stage a sit-in in the media workspace, and join a protest mounted by Sanders supporters outside the Wells Fargo Center. On Wednesday morning, Karen Bernal, a Sanders delegate who co-chairs the large and boisterous Sanders delegation from California, explained how that demonstration transpired. It was an organic action, with Sanders delegates deciding spontaneously to express their discontentment with a dramatic gesture. The protest signaled that some Sanders delegates were not looking for unity and had rejected Sanders' request that his delegates not stage such actions during the convention. The message from these delegates to Sanders: You're not the boss of me.</p> <p>At the Wednesday morning briefing conducted by the Bernie Delegate Network, it was clear that Sanders was not in full control of his delegates. The group noted that the previous day, it had polled the 1,846 Sanders delegates on two questions. The first query: Did listening to the speakers on the first night of the convention (which included Sanders, who made a strong pitch for Hillary Clinton) make you more or less enthusiastic about the Clinton-Tim Kaine ticket? Of the 311 delegates who responded, only one-fifth said the night had juiced them up. Fifty-five percent said they were less enthusiastic. The second question: How much had Sanders' message&mdash;work for Clinton in order to stop Donald Trump and don't disrupt the convention&mdash;influenced you? Of the 276 who responded to that query, 43 percent said considerably, 30 percent replied somewhat, and 27 percent said that Sanders' request had no influence on them.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Put that all together and here's the picture: There is a noisy and substantial portion&mdash;perhaps a minority&mdash;of Sanders delegates who do not want to go quietly into the good night of a Hillary-Rah-Rah convention. And they're not listening to the guy who brought them&mdash;or whom they brought&mdash;to the party.</p> <p>A pro-Clinton convention/infomercial is just too hard for these delegates to swallow. "They're accustomed to healthy granola," said Norman Solomon, a coordinator of the Bernie Delegates Network, "and they get into the convention and they hear puffy white bread. It's a shock to their system." It certainly did not ease any of their concerns, he pointed out, that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime pal of the Clintons, said on Tuesday night that he was sure that Hillary Clinton would reconsider her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal if she were to become president. As Solomon noted, his group's survey of Sanders delegates found that the opposing the TPP is their paramount issue.</p> <p>Speaking at the Bernie Delegate Network, Bernal explained that the Sanders delegates spoiling for a fight&mdash;or a protest&mdash;at the convention are beyond Sanders' control and are not an organized force. "No one organized yesterday's quiet walk-out," she said. "It was Occupy-style&hellip;It came together very organically in the most old-fashioned way. People were talking to one another."</p> <p>Bernal excoriated the Democratic establishment for not making room for the Sanders dissidents. "If you don't allow for the space for that type of dissent within the party, you basically say we don't have a place for you in the party," she said. As a leader of the California Sanders delegation, she added, she could not rein in the protesters even if she wanted to (which she does not). "It is not a top-down affair," she said. "We feel that we are not willing to go along with being extras in a scripted production."</p> <p>The delegates who walked, she said, were upset by the Kaine pick and remain angry about numerous slights directed at the Sanders crowd by the Democratic powers that be. "We're still fighting an establishment orthodoxy we have pledged to fight against," Bernal explained. "This is our one shot of doing that. We're doing what we were elected to do."</p> <p>Solomon and Bernal both said they accept Sanders' analysis that Trump must be defeated and that means Sanders people should support Clinton. Asked whether walk-outs and protests during the convention are in sync with this mission of thwarting Trump, Bernal responded with a long explanation about how the Democratic Party must respect and incorporate the Sanders wing:</p> <blockquote> <p>It is a big experiment. The Democratic Party is being tested with our actions on how they will respond&hellip;We don't start out with a plan of agreement. If you're negotiating with an adversary&hellip;you don't start out with below your bottom line&hellip;If they don't provide that kind of space, the rank-and-file Bernie delegates say there is no place in this party for me.</p> </blockquote> <p>Sanders has declared that he and his delegates did succeed in winning victories during the deliberations over the party platform and the party rules governing future presidential contests. Yet Bernal said she and other delegates were still upset that they lost platform fights on several matters: fracking, single-payer health care, TPP, and Middle East policy. And she was not satisfied with the rules change that will diminish the influence of superdelegates in future elections. She explained passionately that it was hard for many Sanders delegates to sit through the roll-call vote the previous night that included superdelegate votes that heavily favored Clinton and "skewed" the overall count. The roll call, she said, "spat in the faces" of the Sanders delegates.</p> <p>Repeatedly, Bernal noted that a slice of Sanders delegates will not heed Sanders. "Sanders has a job to do," she said. "He's in a difficult position. We have a different job." But, she added, she thinks that Sanders is actually delighted to see delegates upset the order of the convention. "I have to believe that deep down, secretly, he's happy about some things," she said. He had the motto during the campaign: 'Not me, us.' And some of the Bernie delegates have taken this to heart."</p> <p>A reporter asked Bernal if Sanders had started a fire that he no longer controls. She quickly replied, "He was never in control of it." She then added, "We haven't gotten much instruction from the Sanders campaign at all. And that silence speaks volumes."</p> <p>Yet Sanders, with his direct messages to his delegates and his speech to the convention, has been clear that he wants his base to join the party to elect Clinton. But Bernal shows that there is a band of Sanders delegates who embraced his crusade but who now believe they have a better strategy than he does. She said she had no idea what this group might do on the final nights of the convention. (Will they disrupt Kaine's address on Wednesday night? There could be disorder. Or maybe not.) Their version of the Bernie revolution is not organized at this moment. The Sanders campaign empowered them, and now they are using that power on their own.</p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:46:17 +0000 David Corn 310206 at http://www.motherjones.com Donald Trump to Russia: Please Hack Hillary! http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/donald-trump-russia-please-hack-hillary-clinton <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HGHWou0h1kk" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><strong>Update, July 27, 12:55 p.m. ET: </strong></em><em>The Clinton campaign quickly blasted Trump's comments in a statement from Jake Sullivan, Clinton's top foreign policy adviser. "This has the be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent," Sullivan said. "This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue."</em></p> <p>Donald Trump encouraged Russian hackers to find Hillary Clinton's deleted emails during a bizarre press conference on Wednesday in Miami.</p> <p>"Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said, referring to the emails that were not handed over to investigators from Clinton's private email server. "I think you'll be rewarded mightily by our press."</p> <p>The call for foreign hackers to take down his opponent was only one of the many strange moments in the press conference. Other highlights included:</p> <ul><li>Trump claiming, "I don't know anything about him," when asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin and the growing amount of evidence that the Democratic National Convention hack was carried about by Russia. Trump has in fact praised Putin for years and <a href="https://twitter.com/DanielSchulman/status/758317238688546816" target="_blank">said in November</a> of Putin that "I got to know him very well."</li> <li>A repeat of the claim that American Muslims don't report terror plots to authorities. FBI Director James Comey <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-shooting-cooperation-idUSKCN0Z213U" target="_blank">said last month</a> after the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, that "some of our most productive relationships are with people who see things and tell us things who happen to be Muslim."</li> <li>Trump appeared to confuse Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Clinton's running mate, with former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean.</li> <li>He said he wouldn't go to France, which has been the target of several recent terror attacks. "France isn't France anymore," he said, likely referring to the number of immigrants who now live in France. The French Embassy declined to comment.</li> </ul></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Donald Trump Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:35:41 +0000 Max J. Rosenthal 310201 at http://www.motherjones.com Trump asks Russia For Help Beating Hillary Clinton http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/07/trump-asks-russia-help-beating-hillary-clinton <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Donald Trump reaches out to his buddy Vladimir Putin for help:</p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you find the 33,000 emails that are missing. I think you'll be rewarded mightily by our press!" WTF WTF</p> &mdash; Josh Barro (@jbarro) <a href="https://twitter.com/jbarro/status/758316840665944064">July 27, 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">Trump just asked Putin to help him beat Clinton<br><br> We have fallen through the looking glass</p> &mdash; Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) <a href="https://twitter.com/ron_fournier/status/758316888556470272">July 27, 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">What the fuck? WHAT IN THE FUCKING FUCK??!! <a href="https://t.co/jGErUfMj9y">https://t.co/jGErUfMj9y</a></p> &mdash; Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) <a href="https://twitter.com/dandrezner/status/758317692256387073">July 27, 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">Setting aside every other level of craziness here, &ldquo;Russia, if you&rsquo;re listening&rdquo;&mdash;that clip will be in an ad.</p> &mdash; Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) <a href="https://twitter.com/brianbeutler/status/758318499378987010">July 27, 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 didn't think Trump could get any more pro-Putin but now he is saying he might lift sanctions &amp; recognize Crimea annexation. Unbelievable.</p> &mdash; Max Boot (@MaxBoot) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaxBoot/status/758334322671751168">July 27, 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">Quite a Trump news conference:<br> -I want to work with Russia<br> -Russia, please, please find Hillary&rsquo;s missing emails<br> -I wouldn&rsquo;t go to France</p> &mdash; Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) <a href="https://twitter.com/PhilipRucker/status/758316950766297088">July 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></blockquote> </blockquote> <p>Just another day in Trumpland.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:20:12 +0000 Kevin Drum 310196 at http://www.motherjones.com There's Little Support for ISIS in the Arab World http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/07/theres-little-support-isis-arab-world <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A trio of researchers set out to measure the support for ISIS in <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/07/27/what-do-ordinary-citizens-in-the-arab-world-really-think-about-the-islamic-state/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_mc-isispoll-925am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory" target="_blank">five Arab states:</a></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>The findings were stark: not many Arabs sympathize with the Islamic State.</strong> The percent agreeing with the Islamic State&rsquo;s goals range from 0.4 percent in Jordan to 6.4 percent in the Palestinian territories. The percent agreeing with the Islamic State&rsquo;s use of violence range from 0.4 percent in Morocco to 5.4 percent in the Palestinian territories. The percent agreeing that the Islamic State&rsquo;s tactics are compatible with Islam range from 1.0 percent in Jordan to 8.9 percent n the Palestinian territories.</p> </blockquote> <p>That's surprisingly&mdash;and gratifyingly&mdash;low. Good news.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:13:58 +0000 Kevin Drum 310191 at http://www.motherjones.com Prosecutors Drop All Remaining Charges Against Officers in Freddie Gray Case http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/freddie-gray-charges <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Maryland prosecutors announced Wednesday morning that they are <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/freddie-gray/bs-md-ci-miller-pretrial-motions-20160727-story.html" target="_blank">dropping all charges</a> against three officers still awaiting trial for their involvement in the death of <a href="https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=mother+jones+freddie+gray" target="_blank">Freddie Gray</a>, bringing to an unsuccessful close a legal saga that has become a focal point for the Black Lives Matter movement. The decision comes after a judge acquitted three other officers of all charges and the trial of a fourth officer ended in a mistrial. Gray died after suffering a spinal cord injury during a ride in the back of a police van last April.</p> <p>Prosecutors announced the decision in a pre-trial hearing for Baltimore police officer Garrett Miller, who would have been the fourth of six officers to stand trial on charges related to Gray's death. The case that ended in a mistrial in December, against officer <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/12/mistrial-freddie-gray-police-officer-william-porter" target="_blank">William Porter</a>, was due for another hearing, and charges were also pending against Sergeant Alicia White. Charges against all three are being dropped.</p> <p>Judge Barry Williams acquitted officers Edward Nero, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/ceasar-good-found-not-guilty-all-charges-freddie-gray" target="_blank">Caesar Goodson</a>, and Brian Rice in May, June, and July, respectively. Several officers have <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/freddie-gray/bs-md-ci-gray-officers-sue-mosby-20160525-story.html" target="_blank">sued</a> Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby for defamation, claiming she damaged their reputations by prosecuting officers in the case on what they say is little evidence.</p> <p>Legal experts had <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2015/05/01/marilyn-mosbys-amazing-press-conference/" target="_blank">speculated</a> that the prosecution would be a tough one for Mosby, and her decision to bring charges against all six officers involved in Gray's arrest and transport last April was seen as a bold move. She received criticism for what some observers called an apparent bias against the officers. "I hear your calls for 'no justice, no peace,'" she <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2015/05/01/marilyn-mosbys-amazing-press-conference/" target="_blank">told</a> Black Lives Matter protesters at a press conference announcing charges against the six officers last May. At the Republican National Convention last week, audience members <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ghccQ58jHo" target="_blank">cheered</a> as Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke criticized the "malicious prosecution of activist State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby."</p> <p>Throughout the earlier trials, prosecutors argued that officers had acted negligently and ignored their training by failing to buckle Gray's seatbelt after placing him in the back of a police van, handcuffed and shackled at the legs&mdash;a situation that ultimately resulted in his death. In explaining his rulings, Judge Williams repeatedly said prosecutors had failed to present sufficient evidence that officers intentionally sought to harm Gray. The decision to drop charges would appear to be a concession by prosecutors that their evidence would likely not have produced convictions had these three remaining cases gone to trial.</p></body></html> Politics Crime and Justice Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:11:01 +0000 Brandon Ellington Patterson 310181 at http://www.motherjones.com Bill O'Reilly Had the Worst Response to Michelle Obama's Convention Speech http://www.motherjones.com/media/2016/07/bill-oreilly-michelle-obama-dnc-speech-slaves-white-house <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Yj9pDExOpSs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On the first night of the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama delivered a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/michelle-obama-rebukes-donald-trump-without-mentioning-his-name" target="_blank">stirring speech</a> that was widely praised on both sides of the aisle. Even Donald Trump <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/donald-trump-defends-rnc-i-914650" target="_blank">commended </a>the first lady's performance, despite being the unnamed target of her forceful rebuke.</p> <p>But there was one line in her remarks that Fox News <a href="https://www.billoreilly.com/c/The-Killing-Series/1/174.html" target="_blank">historian </a>Bill O'Reilly felt needed more explanation. The line below:</p> <p>"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," Obama said. "And I watch my daughters&mdash;two beautiful, intelligent, black young women&mdash;playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all of our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States."</p> <p>On his show Tuesday, O'Reilly lauded Obama for "referring to the evolution of America in a positive way." But he then proceeded to fact-check her statement in a way that appeared to excuse the US government's use of slave labor.</p> <p>"Slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802," he said. "However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well. Got it?"</p> <p>And there you have it&mdash;the worst response to Michelle Obama's 2016 Democratic National Convention address.</p></body></html> Media 2016 Elections Race and Ethnicity Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:32:08 +0000 Inae Oh 310176 at http://www.motherjones.com The One Thing Hillary Cares About Most—When It Comes to Food http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/07/five-things-know-about-hillary-clinton-and-agriculture-policy <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>If Democratic presidential nominee&nbsp;Hillary Clinton wins in November, what kind of food and farm policy can we expect from her? Like most presidential campaign seasons, the current one has been lighter than a souffl&eacute; in terms of debate around food issues. Here's what we know so far.</p> <p><strong>(1) The <a href="https://www.demconvention.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Democratic-Party-Platform-7.21.16-no-lines.pdf" target="_blank">2016 Democratic Party platform</a> is mostly short on food policy details. </strong>Farm programs get all of two paragraphs, under the rubric of "Investing in Rural America." The section nods to "promoting environmentally sustainable agricultural practices" and "expanding local food markets and regional food systems," a likely reference to the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/06/foxx-guarding-ag-policy-coop" target="_blank">Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program</a> instituted under President Barack Obama. It also takes a stand on farm workers, advocating "stronger agricultural worker protections including regulation of work hours, elimination of child labor, ensuring adequate housing for migrant workers, and sanitary facilities in the field."</p> <p>In other notable sections, the platform mentions developing "science-based restrictions" to protect Alaska's wild salmon fisheries from a <a href="http://www.adn.com/opinions/2016/07/03/if-pebble-wants-it-mine-plan-to-go-through-federal-review-it-should-just-submit-a-plan/" target="_blank">controversial proposed mine</a>, and it vows to enforce antitrust laws to "protect competition and prevent excessively consolidated economic and political power, which can be corrosive to a healthy democracy." As I <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/07/will-democrats-stand-big-food-and-ag" target="_blank">noted a few weeks ago</a>, that section contains the first mention of antitrust policy in a Democratic Party presidential platform in three decades; and if a President Clinton were to make good on it, there could be profound implications for our highly concentrated food industry.</p> <p><strong>(2) ...except one: Clinton will likely defend hunger programs. </strong>The platform bluntly promises to protect "proven programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)&mdash;our nation's most important anti-hunger program&mdash;that help struggling families put food on the table." SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, has been in the Republican crosshairs for years. President Obama and Democrats in Congress fought off a <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/19/house-gop-food-stamp-cuts/2839343/" target="_blank">GOP attempt to slash SNAP in 2013</a>, and there's no reason to think Clinton won't hold the line.</p> <p><strong>(3) The State Department hotly promoted GMOs abroad under Clinton. </strong>Diplomatic cables dumped by WikiLeaks back in 2013 showed that Clinton's State Department lobbied foreign governments to weaken regulation of GMOs, including food labels, and operated public relations campaigns to improve their popularity. (More <a href="https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/sites/default/files/Biotech%20Ambassadors%20Report%20May%202013.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/05/us-state-department-global-marketing-arm-gmo-seed-industry" target="_blank">here</a>.) Back in 2012, Jack Bobo, then serving as senior adviser for biotechnology at the State Department, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/05/dinner-pesticides-monsanto-bayer-syngenta-dow-croplife" target="_blank">even lobbied <em>me</em></a> to take a less critical view of ag biotech. (Bobo is now the <a href="https://www.dna.com/Company/Management/Bobo" target="_blank">chief communications officer</a> of a biotech company.)</p> <p><strong>(4) She showed signs of appreciating organic ag as first lady. </strong>In the 1990s, before organic food went mainstream, Clinton was a fan. Walter Scheib, whom the first lady hired as White House chef in 1994, later <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/31/dining/31lett-THEPRESIDENT_LETTERS.html?_r=2&amp;partner=permalink&amp;exprod=permalink" target="_blank">reminisced</a> that the Clintons "dined regularly on organic foods" and favored "both wagyu and grass-fed beef." He added that "nearly all the product used was obtained from local growers and suppliers." While Michelle Obama is widely celebrated for her robust White House garden, Hillary Clinton kept a small one on the roof, Scheib noted.</p> <p><strong>(5) She's tightly aligned with Tom Vilsack, Obama's US Department of Agriculture chief. </strong>The two veteran pols go way back&mdash;Vilsack <a href="http://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/vilsack-why-im-supporting-hillary-clinton-20150825" target="_blank">credits</a> Hillary Clinton's fundraising efforts on his behalf for boosting his successful run as Iowa governor back in 1998. A decade later, Vilsack <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-politics-vilsack-idUSN2637902820070326" target="_blank">endorsed</a> Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. Last year, Clinton put longtime Vilsack adviser Matt Paul in charge of her Iowa caucus campaign, plucking him from his post as the USDA's director of communications. The Clinton team aggressively floated Vilsack as a contender for vice president before settling on Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine for the post. But despite his getting passed over, there was a Vilsack angle&mdash;the campaign <a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2016/07/25/iowan-to-serve-as-chief-of-staff-for-tim-kaine/87537058/" target="_blank">quickly named Paul</a>, Vilsack's longtime right-hand man, as Kaine's chief of staff. Two Washington insiders who declined to be quoted directly have told me that Vilsack is and will likely remain Clinton's top ag adviser, on everything from policy details to choosing the next USDA chief. That tells me that if Clinton prevails, the next administration will look a lot like the current one on ag policy. Here's my <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/07/hillary-clinton-vilsack-veep-food-agriculture-companies%20" target="_blank">recent summary</a> of Vilsack's eight-year run as USDA chief.</p></body></html> Environment Food Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:00:28 +0000 Tom Philpott 310126 at http://www.motherjones.com The Trump Files: Donald Was Curious About His Baby Daughter's Breasts http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/donald-trump-files-tiffany-trump-breasts <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>Until the election, we're bringing you "The Trump Files," a daily dose of telling episodes, strange-but-true stories, or curious scenes from the life of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.</em></p> <p>Donald Trump's history of <a href="http://fusion.net/story/176716/heres-the-creepy-video-of-donald-trump-saying-hed-date-his-own-daughter/" target="_blank">creepy comments</a> about the looks of his eldest daughter, Ivanka, are well known. But his younger daughter, Tiffany, is a recent college graduate who has largely stayed out of the spotlight&mdash;much like her father's equally creepy comments about her anatomy.</p> <p>In September 1994, a little less than a year after Tiffany was born to Trump and his second wife, Marla Maples, the couple appeared on an episode of <em>Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.</em> "Donald, what does Tiffany have of yours and what does Tiffany have of Marla's?" asked host Robin Leach.</p> <p>"She's a very beautiful baby," Trump replied. "She's got Marla's legs. We don't know whether or not"&mdash;he put his hands to his chest to indicate breasts&mdash;"she's got this part yet, but time will tell."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1w2T1owSV0U" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>Read the rest of "The Trump Files":</em></strong></p> <ul><li>Trump Files #1: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/05/the-donald-trump-files-andrew-dice-clay-hookers" target="_blank">The Time Andrew Dice Clay Thanked Donald for the Hookers</a></li> <li>Trump Files #2: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-when-donald-tried-stop-charlie-sheens-marriage" target="_blank">When Donald Tried to Stop Charlie Sheen's Marriage to Brooke Mueller</a></li> <li>Trump Files #3: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/the-donald-trump-files-homeless-100-central-park-south" target="_blank">The Brief Life of the "Trump Chateau for the Indigent"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #4: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/05/the-trump-files-asbestos-mob-conspiracy" target="_blank">Donald Thinks Asbestos Fears Are a Mob Conspiracy</a></li> <li>Trump Files #5: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-donald-trumps-nuclear-negotiating-fantasy" target="_blank">Donald's Nuclear Negotiating Fantasy</a></li> <li>Trump Files #6: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-donald-wants-powerball-bombs" target="_blank">Donald Wants a Powerball for Spies</a></li> <li>Trump Files #7: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/donald-trump-gop-convention-chicago-1968" target="_blank">Donald Gets An Allowance</a></li> <li>Trump Files #8: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-donald-goes-apeshit-water-cooler" target="_blank">The Time He Went Bananas on a Water Cooler</a></li> <li>Trump Files #9: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-donald-and-great-geico-boycott" target="_blank">The Great Geico Boycott</a></li> <li>Trump Files #10: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/the-donald-trump-files-tax-hike-crusader" target="_blank">Donald Trump, Tax-Hike Crusader</a></li> <li>Trump Files #11: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/donald-trump-black-man-advantage" target="_blank">Watch Donald Trump Say He Would Have Done Better as a Black Man</a></li> <li>Trump Files #12: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-watch-trumps-not-be-able-multiply-17-6" target="_blank">Donald Can't Multiply 16 and 7</a></li> <li>Trump Files #13: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-watch-donald-sing-green-acres-theme-song-overalls" target="_blank">Watch Donald Sing the "Green Acres" Theme Song in Overalls</a></li> <li>Trump Files #14: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-the-time-donald-stopped-a-beating" target="_blank">The Time Donald Trump Pulled Over His Limo to Stop a Beating</a></li> <li>Trump Files #15: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-when-donald-wanted-help-clintons-buy-their-house" target="_blank">When Donald Wanted to Help the Clintons Buy Their House</a></li> <li>Trump Files #16: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/the-trump-files-trump-cards" target="_blank">He Once Forced a Small Business to Pay Him Royalties for Using the Word "Trump"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #17: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-time-donald-dumped-wine-reporter" target="_blank">He Dumped Wine on an "Unattractive Reporter"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #18: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-donald-almost-built-gigantic-christopher-columbus-statue" target="_blank">Behold the Hideous Statue He Wanted to Erect In Manhattan</a></li> <li>Trump Files #19: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-principal-for-a-day" target="_blank">When Donald Was "Principal for a Day" and Confronted by a Fifth-Grader</a></li> <li>Trump Files #20: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-files-watch-donald-beg-gop-presidential-candidates-be-civil" target="_blank">In 2012, Trump Begged GOP Presidential Candidates to Be Civil</a></li> <li>Trump Files #21: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/donald-trump-mikhail-gorbachev-impersonator" target="_blank">When Donald Couldn't Tell the Difference Between Gorbachev and an Impersonator</a></li> <li>Trump Files #22: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-donalds-football-team-treated-its-cheerleaders-hookers" target="_blank">His Football Team Treated Its Cheerleaders "Like Hookers"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #23: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-files-donald-tries-start-american-tour-de-france" target="_blank">Donald Tried to Shut Down a Bike Race Named "Rump"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #24: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-trump-buchanan-bigotry" target="_blank">When Donald Called Out Pat Buchanan for Bigotry</a></li> <li>Trump Files #25: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-files-was-donalds-nastiest-appearance-howard-stern" target="_blank">Donald's Most Ridiculous Appearance on Howard Stern's Show</a></li> <li>Trump Files #26: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-files-how-donald-tricked-new-york-huge-deal" target="_blank">How Donald Tricked New York Into Giving Him His First Huge Deal</a></li> <li>Trump Files #27: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-files-donald-told-congress-reagan-tax-cuts-were-terrible" target="_blank">Donald Told Congress the Reagan Tax Cuts Were Terrible</a></li> <li>Trump Files #28: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-files-when-donald-destroyed-priceless-art-build-trump-tower" target="_blank">When Donald Destroyed Historic Art to Build Trump Tower</a></li> <li>Trump Files #29: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-tower-building-donald-wanted-build-madison-avenue-sounds-horrible" target="_blank">Donald Wanted to Build an Insane Castle on Madison Avenue</a></li> <li>Trump Files #30: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/donald-trump-files-helicopter-crash" target="_blank">Donald's Near-Death Experience (That He Invented)</a></li> <li>Trump Files #31: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-files-when-donald-struck-oil-upper-west-side" target="_blank">When Donald Struck Oil on the Upper West Side</a></li> <li>Trump Files #32: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-files-trump-tower-trees" target="_blank">When Donald Massacred Trees in the Trump Tower Lobby</a></li> <li>Trump Files #33: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-files-time-donald-sued-someone-who-made-fun-him-500-million" target="_blank">The Time Donald Sued Someone Who Made Fun of Him for $500 Million</a></li> <li>Trump Files #34: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-files-donald-tried-make-his-ghostwriter-pay-his-book-party" target="_blank">Donald Tried to Make His Ghostwriter Pay for His Book Party</a></li> <li>Trump Files #35: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-files-watch-donald-shave-mans-head-national-television" target="_blank">Watch Donald Shave a Man's Head on Television</a></li> <li>Trump Files #36: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trump-files-how-donald-screwed-you-out-your-football-tickets" target="_blank">How Donald Helped Make It Harder to Get Football Tickets</a></li> </ul></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Donald Trump The Trump Files Wed, 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Rosenthal 309611 at http://www.motherjones.com