MoJo Blogs and Articles | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/rss/blogs_and_articles/wp-login/wp-login.php http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en These Photos Reveal Moments From Hillary Clinton's Philadelphia Convention That Few Will Ever See http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/democratic-convention-photos-2016-hillary-clinton-brauer <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Photographer M. Scott Brauer is covering the Democratic National Convention for <em>Mother Jones'</em> Instagram account. Brauer, who has a kind of exaggerated paparazzi-esque style, also snapped photos at <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/photos-republican-national-convention-cleveland-brauer-rnc" target="_blank">Donald Trump's bizarre Republican National Convention in Cleveland,</a> which concluded June 21.</p> <p>The Democratic convention in Philadelphia has presented special challenges, Brauer said. Logistics, crowding, and rainy weather have made the event more difficult for he and other journalists to cover than the Republican convention, Brauer added.</p> <p>Using a harsh, direct flash &mdash; a style Brauer has been using throughout <a href="http://2016.mscottbrauer.com/" target="_blank">his coverage of the presidential campaign over the past year</a> &mdash; he photographed protesters on the streets as well as delegates, media, speakers and staff on the convention floor. Here are some of our favorite photos from Brauer's time at the DNC.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-576705modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>On Monday, activist Annette Elbaz walks along the perimeter of the Wells Fargo Center, where the convention is taking place, looking for a protest. Elbaz, who traveled from Vermont, said she "slept in the rough" on the way down to Philadelphia and did some day labor jobs to help fund the trip. On the way, Elbaz says, her 24-karat gold necklace was stolen. She had hoped to sell it to help pay for her travel. The jewlery came from Egypt, where&nbsp;Elbaz lived for a few years and witnessed the revolution there firsthand.&nbsp; It reinvigorated her activism. She is a Bernie Sanders supporter and said she's not sure if Hillary is right for the country right now. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-576735modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A group of organizations, including Veterans for Peace and the World Can't Wait handed out information about alleged crimes that they say have been perpetrated around the world by the American government. They were set up outside the United Methodist Church on Arch Street near City Hall. The church is a sort of "activist oasis," offering air conditioning, water, food, quietude, and other support to protesters. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-576714modcolor.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-576834modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Items seen in a sex shop window in Central Philadelphia. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-576546modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A small group of salespeople walked around downtown Philadelphia with politically themed condoms. Many featured puns or riffs on this year's campaign slogans. Bernie Sanders' "Feel the Bern" tagline was unchanged. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-576611modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A moment backstage at the Wells Fargo Center, where the Democratic National Convention is being held.</strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-576845modcolor.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-577010modcolor.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-577099modcolor.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-577064modcolor.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-577188modcolor.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-577206modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Members of the press sit in the stands in the Wells Fargo Center at the DNC. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-577353-duplex.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-577496modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Bernie Sanders supporters. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578076modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Bernie Sanders called for the nomination of Hillary Clinton by acclamation during the state-by-state roll call. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578138modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>After the official nomination of Hillary Clinton, many Bernie supporters in the DNC delegations were angry or sad. Here, three Colorado delegates embrace after the nomination. In the center is Anthony E. Graves, a Hillary delegate, who told these two Bernie delegates how much he appreciated what Sanders and his supporters brought to the Democratic party. Not long after this moment, many Bernie delegates walked out of the convention and staged a demonstration in the media tent outside the Wells Fargo Center. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578217modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Police stand near the media tent outside the Wells Fargo Center arena, where Bernie Sanders supporters protested. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578311modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A cameraman films the crowd as Sanders supporters speak to the media. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578332modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Maryland Senator Catherine Pugh (right) speaks to a journalist. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578413modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>People hold red, white, and blue signs reading "America" in the mezzanine level seats before of Bill Clinton's speech. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578455modcolor.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578614-duplex.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Left: Police and Secret Service stand guard near a SEPTA train station outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. </strong></div> <div class="caption"><strong>Right: Lukas Walsh, of Hartford, Conn., dressed as Uncle Sam in the protest area in FDR Park outside of the secure area surrounding the convention. Walsh took a satirical approach to his protest, saying he was there "to make sure big money stays in politics." He said he likes getting creative with activism. "Being silly and doing shenanigans is a crucial component [to activism]," he said.</strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578661modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Deb Ennis, 26, and her fiance Keith Traister, 23, both of Michigan, relax in the protest area in FDR Park. The two rollerbladed and walked from Central Philadelphia to the protest area. The couple have been staying with a Trump supporter who they found through Craigslist after the pair couldn't find a camping spot. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578625modcolor_0.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A man wears zip-tie handcuffs in his hair while he waits near the free food distribution area in FDR Park. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578722modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>MSNBC's Chris Matthews (left) prepares for a broadcast during a speech. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb578747-duplex.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Left: A woman wears a bedazzled patriotic hat and glasses while sitting in the delegate area during a speech. </strong></div> <div class="caption"><strong>Right: A Louisiana delegate wears a tie featuring former Democratic party politicians and presidents. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578739modcolor_0.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Delegates share food during a speech. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578749modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A catering worker stands on a palette in a backstage area at Wells Fargo Center. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578769modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>People wait near entrances to the mezzanine level seating area before Vice President Joe Biden speaks. Seats filled up early in the night and many attendees had difficulty entering the arena to see the evening's festivities. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578776modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>The crowd cheers while Vice President Joe Biden speaks. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-578865modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A reporter works in a backstage area. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-579051modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>People watch as President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention. </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-579118modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Photographers stand on a riser above the the stage while President Barack Obama and the Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton embrace and wave to the crowd.</strong> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/msb-579140modcolor.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A policeman blocks passengers from entering a packed subway train after the end of a day of activities at the Democratic National Convention</strong><strong>. </strong></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Politics Full Width Photo Essays 2016 Elections Elections photography Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:56:37 +0000 Photos by M. Scott Brauer; Text by Mark Murrmann 310261 at http://www.motherjones.com Glass Ceiling, Shattered: Watch Hillary Clinton's Acceptance Speech http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/hillary-clinton-democratic-national-convention-speech <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Hillary Clinton just made history. In a speech that covered her long track record of public service, attacked Donald Trump, and strongly emphasized her campaign slogan, "Stronger Together," Clinton formally accepted her nomination and provided a rousing end to the convention.</p> <p>Watch the full speech below.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pnXiy4D_I8g" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Donald Trump Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:19:33 +0000 Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn 310431 at http://www.motherjones.com You Go to War With the Hillary Clinton You Have http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/hillary-clinton-dnc-speech-message <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>When Bill Clinton spoke to the Democratic convention on Tuesday night, he warmly recalled the time in 1985 when Hillary Clinton learned about a preschool program in Israel that taught low-income mothers how to become the first teachers for their children and then introduced it in Arkansas. When Joe Biden was at the podium, he declared, "Hillary understood that for years, millions of people went to bed staring at the ceiling thinking, 'Oh my God, what if I get breast cancer or he has a heart attack? I will lose everything. What will we do then?'"</p> <p>Tim Kaine on Wednesday night pointed out that Clinton had fought "to get health insurance for 8 million low-income children when she was first lady." He added, "When you want to know something about the character of somebody in public life, look to see if they have a passion that began long before they were in office, and that they have consistently held it throughout their career." And President Barack Obama, in a rip-roaring stem-winder, asserted, "Hillary's still got the tenacity that she had as a young woman working at the Children's Defense Fund, going door to door to ultimately make sure kids with disabilities could get a quality education."</p> <p>With Hillary Clinton's disapproval ratings nearly as high as Donald Trump's record-setting numbers, the message of the Democratic gathering in Philadelphia this week has been simple: She is better than you think, whether you're a Republican predisposed to dislike a Democrat but now concerned about Donald Trump or a Bernie Sanders supporter who views Hillary Clinton as the flag carrier for a corrupt corporatist elite. Bill Clinton even acknowledged that his wife, thanks to her detractors, has become a "cartoon" for many. He added, "Cartoons are two-dimensional. They're easy to absorb. Life in the world is complicated."</p> <p>And so is Hillary Clinton. She is a onetime former McGovern Democrat who voted to let George W. Bush launch the Iraq War. She did help create a health insurance program for millions of low-income children in the 1990s but also supported welfare reform that progressive social policy experts decried. She has denounced big-money politics and called for overturning <em>Citizens United</em> but pocketed personal and campaign funds from Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street interests. She has resolutely stood up to false charges from her say-anything foes regarding the tragic Benghazi attack, but she did screw up with the emails. She can be highly competent and also possess tremendous blind spots. She knows policy and campaigns awkwardly. The Clinton White House years were marked by her unsuccessful but well-intentioned effort to achieve national health insurance, her husband's fight to beat back draconian GOP cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, environmental and education funding, and assorted controversies, some real (her cattle futures trading, last-minute pardons, the Lewinsky affair) and some trumped up (Travelgate, Filegate, Vince Foster's death). She has long supported progressive causes (abortion rights, affordable child care, LGBT rights, family leave, immigration reform, women's rights, gun safety, climate change) but was a partner in her husband's ideological triangulation and, more recently, has been less than steady in opposing the proposed TPP trade deal. It's no wonder that one leitmotif of the Dems' week in Philadelphia was the difficulty many Sanders delegates have coming to terms with Clinton as the Democratic nominee.</p> <p>As the the convention managers and leaders of the Clinton campaign pushed a message of party unity in celebration of the first woman to win a major party's nomination&mdash;and Sen. Bernie Sanders joined in by declaring in his prime-time speech that it was essential to support Clinton and that she would make an "outstanding" president&mdash;a large chunk of Sanders delegates noted they were not ready for her. Though the Sanders campaign had achieved so much more than past within-the-party insurgencies (Jesse Jackson in 1984 and 1988, Jerry Brown in 1992) by winning significant victories during the party platform and rules deliberations, many Sanders delegates during the week focused on grievances and slights: the leaked Democratic National Committee emails that showed (no shocker) that some Democratic staffers were not Sanders fans; the Clinton campaign's embrace of Debbie Wasserman Schultz after she resigned as party chairman; the convention managers <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/bernie-sanders-delegates-convention-protest-walk-out" target="_blank">preventing</a> a prominent Sanders supporter from speaking from the stage. Rather than celebrate their triumphs, many Sanders delegates groused repeatedly that the Clinton campaign had not reached out to them. They openly rejected Sanders' instruction to refrain from protests during the convention proceedings and to embrace Clinton in the crusade against Trump.</p> <p>Throughout the week, numerous Sanders delegates said, "I'm not there yet." They insisted it was still up to Clinton, whom some dismissed as a "neoliberal hawk" and phony progressive, to win them over and to convince them she would stick to her opposition to the TPP (the policy issue that most engaged Sanders delegates). They voiced disappointment that Clinton had not adopted the Sanders position on fracking, single-payer Medicare for all, and Middle East policy.</p> <p>Norman Solomon, a Sanders delegate and coordinator of the Bernie Delegates Network (which is not affiliated with the Sanders campaign), complained that the convention was full of "cheerleading for war." Chuck Pennacchio, a Sanders delegate from Pennsylvania, warned that Sanders delegates were not content to "hand the ball" to Clinton. He added, "Clinton and her surrogates need to get out in the field and say [to Sanders supporters], 'I really want to hear you.' And that has not happened." He griped, "When I talk to the Hillary people, they say, 'Get over yourself.'"</p> <p>Older Sanders delegates routinely noted that the millennials who had boarded the Bernie Express as volunteers and delegates needed more time to process their defeat and that they had to be courted by Clinton. A senior Sanders strategist insisted that Clinton had to accept the responsibility of engaging with this group via texts, tweets, and videos. "There is a lot of mistrust among our young Bernie voters about how the process was conducted," said Donna Smith, the executive director of Progressive Democrats of America and a Sanders advocate. "To think young people would make a pivot in four days is not very realistic&hellip;It is not a given that people will hold their nose and vote for her." On the last night, many not-there-yet Sanders delegates attended the convention wearing yellow T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "Enough is enough."</p> <p>It was unclear how many Sanders backers were in such a dark place. Ten percent? Half? More? It did seem that some of the independent senator's supporters would never accept Clinton and that despite Sanders own statements many of his ardent followers had not absorbed the message that their insurgency had racked up impressive gains. After listening to several Sanders delegates say that Clinton was not addressing their concerns, Tony Russomanno, a Clinton delegate from California, wondered if the Sanders die-hards could ever be satisfied and deal with the reality that Clinton had won the nomination. Sanders "people are conflating being listened to to getting their own way," he said with a sigh.</p> <p>Whether or not energizing Sanders-ites is a top priority for the Clinton camp&mdash;and it's open to debate whether it's more important for her to excite the progressive base or to draw in moderates (or to do both) in order to bag the few swing states necessary for victory&mdash;she did reach out to independents and Republicans. Throughout the convention, speakers and videos made the case to moderate Rs and independents (see <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/michael-bloomberg-democrats-found-perfect-foil-donald-trump" target="_blank">Michael Bloomberg's speech</a>) that in a world where Trump could end up in the White House and in command of nuclear weapons, Clinton is a just fine if not perfect alternative.</p> <p>With her acceptance speech, Clinton sought to depict herself as an advocate of compromise, steady leadership, and across-the-aisle conversation. She came across as a workhorse. She noted, "I sweat the details of policies." The level of lead in drinking water. The cost of prescription drugs. The number of mental health facilities in a state. She confessed she might not be the best politician: "The service part has always come easier to me than the public part&hellip;I get it: Some people don't know what to make of me." And she went the Full Bernie, declaring she was prepared to collaborate with the Sanders crowd to advance the "progressive" platform the two campaigns developed together. Addressing Sanders supporters, she declared, "I heard you. Your cause is our cause." She touched all the Sanders issues: economic inequality, big-money corruption, Wall Street greed, climate change, unfair trade deals, expanding Social Security, tuition-free college, and more. It was an outright play for their support.</p> <p>Clinton slyly slammed Trump, casting him as the candidate of fear, division, and insult. She poked at his habit of stiffing small-business contractors. "Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again," she jabbed. "He could start by actually making things in America." She zeroed in on his temperament: "Imagine him in the Oval Office, facing a real crisis&hellip;A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons."</p> <p>Her overall theme was "stronger together." And she is trying to build a non-Trump coalition that stretches from Sanders progressives to Reaganesque Republicans who fear Trump. She juxtaposed her desire for communal politics with Trump's politics of the ego. It was an effective speech, and Clinton succeeded in illustrating the stark choice this presidential election presents.</p> <p>Within the convention hall, there were plenty of Democrats excited to be led by Clinton, inspired by her work and stances over the years, and thrilled by the historic nature of the moment. But for many Democrats, progressives, independents, and GOPers horrified at the prospect of a bullying, bigoted, and erratic celebrity tycoon becoming president&mdash;and perhaps not fully enthused by Clinton&mdash;Clinton has to sell herself as the best option available. Hours before her speech, Robby Mook, the Clinton campaign manager, acknowledged that some voters are "skeptical" of Clinton and noted that she must show them her "core values and core motivations and her lifetime of work." In a way, her task in the next three months is to show those skeptical voters, in the words of Stuart Smalley, the Al Franken SNL character, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me." And if some voters feel they are settling by voting for her, so be it. Clinton has spent decades in public life, and there won't be a new Hillary in the weeks ahead. She is unlikely to become an inspirational candidate. She is unlikely to lower dramatically her approval ratings. She won't become a progressive hero. She won't become trusted by Republicans who have long eyed the Clintons with suspicion. She is, though, the only chance to stop Trump's takeover of America&mdash;and her job is to persuade voters that for now she is indeed the last best hope.</p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:15:19 +0000 David Corn 310376 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch the Father of a Slain Muslim Soldier School Trump on the Constitution http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/father-muslim-soldier-trump-constitution <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>One of the most emotionally charged moments of the last night of the Democratic convention came when the father of a Muslim American soldier killed in the line of duty took the stage. Humayun Khan, 27 years old when he died, was a graduate from the University of Virginia and a captain in the US Army when a suicide bomber attacked his unit in Iraq. He died protecting his fellow soldiers. On Thursday night, his father, Khizr Khan, gave an impassioned plea to the American people to vote for Hillary Clinton&mdash;and delivered an even sharper rebuke to Donald Trump.</p> <p>Khan described himself and his wife as patriotic American Muslims who came to the United States empty-handed and embraced American values. "If it were up to Donald Trump, [my son] never would have been in America," he said. He implored Trump to visit Arlington National Cemetery and read the names of the veterans who served the United States. Those names would include people of all religions, genders, and ethnicities, he said, telling Trump that in comparison to them, "You have sacrificed nothing."</p> <p>Khan drove home the point that Trump's anti-Muslim policy proposals are un-American. "Have you ever read the United States Constitution?" he asked Trump. "I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words 'liberty' and 'equal protection under the law.'"</p> <p>See the full speech here:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lPg1aPFCk64" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Politics Immigration Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:08:35 +0000 Sara Rathod 310441 at http://www.motherjones.com 4-Star General Opens Up a Can of Whup-Ass on Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/07/4-star-general-opens-can-whup-ass-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Hoo boy. Tonight is national security night at the Democratic convention. Retired General John Allen just gave a stemwinder of a speech delivered in the tones of a drill sergeant and about as hawkish as anything you've ever seen at a Republican convention. As Paul Begala put it, he opened up a huge can of whup-ass on Donald Trump. Allen's speech came right after a very good speech from the father of a Muslim soldier who died in Iraq, and right before a speech by a Medal of Honor winner. The convention floor was practically shaking for all three.</p> <p>Given Donald Trump's wishy-washy attitude toward military intervention, the Democrats have really stolen the national security mantle from the Republicans, who own it outright in most years. From an electoral standpoint, this is obviously great for Democrats. From an overseas intervention standpoint, it might be a little scary. It's great to steal the GOP's thunder, but do we really want to encourage Hillary Clinton's already hawkish instincts?</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:43:30 +0000 Kevin Drum 310446 at http://www.motherjones.com Japan Still Can't Figure Out How to Avoid Deflation http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/07/japan-still-cant-figure-out-how-avoid-deflation <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>No matter what it does, the Bank of Japan just can't seem to generate any inflation. The BOJ meets on Friday to decide on its next move, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/28/under-government-pressure-bank-of-japan-mulling-specific-steps-for-easing-sources.html" target="_blank">upped the ante yesterday</a> by announcing a large spending increase <img align="right" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_japan_usa_gdp_per_working_age_adult.jpg" style="margin: 20px 0px 15px 30px;">prior to the meeting. He hopes to get the BOJ to coordinate more monetary easing with his stimulus package, something that might finally push inflation up.</p> <p>So what's going on, anyway? Obviously I don't know, but the whole thing is peculiar because Japan's economy has actually done reasonably well since the Great Recession. As the chart on the right shows, real GDP per working-age adult has grown about as much as it has in the United States.</p> <p>Why have I carefully shown GDP growth this way? Because Japan's population is shrinking: over the past two decades, the number of working-age adults has declined from 86 million to 78 million. This means that GDP will shrink too. But that's pretty meaningless. Obviously a lower population means a lower GDP. What you want to know is how much economic activity you generate per person.</p> <p>So if economic growth is OK, why the inflation problem? Perhaps it's inevitable when a population shrinks and ages. If retired workers are too cautious to increase their spending, then stimulus is working against a huge headwind&mdash;and one that gets bigger every year as the population ages even more.</p> <p>But it's not as if everyone doesn't know this already, and even so nobody can figure out quite what Japan needs to do to avoid a deflationary spiral. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/29/upshot/helicopter-money-why-some-economists-are-talking-about-dropping-money-from-the-sky.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Maybe helicopter money will be next?</a></p></body></html> Kevin Drum Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:31:45 +0000 Kevin Drum 310436 at http://www.motherjones.com Fallen Police Officers Will Finally Be Recognized at the Democratic Convention http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/dnc-fallen-officer-tribute-stirs-more-controversy <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Tuesday night, members of Mothers of the Movement, mothers who lost children because of gun violence or police action, spoke at the Democratic National Convention.&nbsp;The women have become <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/02/hillary-clinton-moms-black-lives-matter" target="_blank">featured surrogates</a> for the Hillary Clinton campaign in recent months, appearing with her at events and in campaign ads to discuss gun violence and the excessive use of force by law enforcement. But their appearance caused a backlash from conservatives and the law enforcement community who charged that the Democrats had ignored the sacrifices of law enforcement officers.</p> <p>So tonight, as the convention wraps up and Hillary Clinton formally accepts the Democratic nomination for president, convention organizers have&nbsp; added a tribute to fallen law enforcement officers. Although convention organizers say this was part of the plan all along, the tribute wasn't on any of the planned speakers lists until Thursday morning.</p> <p>Last week, after an initial speakers lineup was released, the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police slammed Clinton and the DNC for "excluding the widows, and other family members of Police Officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit, and not implied racism and 'being on duty in blue,'" the <a href="http://fop5.org/page_id674/" target="_blank">group said in a statement</a>.</p> <p>The Clinton campaign responded by noting that Joe Sweeney, a 9/11 first responder and former NYPD detective, and Charles Ramsey, the former commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, had speaking roles at the convention, but acknowledged that no formal tribute had been planned<strong>. </strong>A <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/dnc-2016-schedule-of-events-and-speakers-225617" target="_blank"><em>Politico </em>story</a> published July 15 but then updated on the Monday of the convention made no mention of a tribute to fallen officers, although it did list Sweeney and Ramsey. But when the speaking lineup for the final night of the convention was <a href="http://fox8.com/2016/07/28/schedule-of-speakers-for-final-night-of-democratic-national-convention-released/" target="_blank">announced Thursday morning</a>, it included an item titled "Stronger Together: Tribute to Fallen Law Enforcement Officers."</p> <p>A source familiar with convention programming told <em>Mother Jones </em>Thursday afternoon that a tribute similar to the one for Thursday night was always in the plan: "After Dallas, Hillary Clinton gave a speech at AME here in Philadelphia where she sought to bring the country together, and asked everyone to walk in each other&rsquo;s shoes, and that message was always intended to be brought to the stage in Philadelphia."</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/mothers-movement-discuss-racial-justice-dnc-tonight" target="_blank">DNC was criticized by conservatives</a> for giving a prime-time spot to <a href="http://fusion.net/story/326016/mothers-of-the-movement-hillary-convention/" target="_blank">Mothers of the Movement</a>, an organization that includes the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, and Michael Brown. They were featured in a<strong> </strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRGP5kLTjpQ" target="_blank">video </a>that focused on Clinton's support of the families who've lost loved ones to police violence. The women called for respect between officers and the black community. Sabrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, praised Clinton's ideas for "common-sense gun legislation" and a "plan to repair the divide that so often exists between law enforcement and the communities they serve," <a href="http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-dnc-mothers-of-the-movement-20160726-snap-story.html" target="_blank">according to the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a>.</p> <p>The next day, Ron Hosko, a former assistant director of the FBI and now president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/27/mothers-movement-michael-brown-black-lives-matter-justice-police-democrats-column/87581112/" target="_blank">in an op-ed in <em>USA Today </em></a>blasted the decision to showcase the mothers: "As Hillary Clinton and Democratic convention leaders pander for every last vote, leveraging the flawed imagery and rhetoric of Mothers of the Movement and Black Lives Matter, they disregard and disrespect the sacrifice of our law enforcement officers, who disproportionately apply their resources to neighborhoods and communities that are stricken by the ravages of drugs, gangs, violent crime and despair."</p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Democratic National Convention police Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:06:01 +0000 AJ Vicens 310361 at http://www.motherjones.com A Transgender Woman Just Made History at the Democratic National Convention http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/transgender-woman-makes-history-democratic-national-convention <!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/D4uW6C_HXlw" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Sarah McBride used her position as the first transgender person to speak at a major-party convention to argue that despite advances in LGBT rights, the fight for equality must continue.</p> <p>"Will we be a nation where there is only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live?" McBride asked the audience, which included the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/transgender-delegates-democratic-convention/" target="_blank">largest transgender delegation</a> in convention history.</p> <p>The 25 year-old Delaware native, who is the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, made headlines in April <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/leticiamiranda/trans-bathroom-selfie?utm_term=.uvqMgYYOQ#.uy2gK0093" target="_blank">after she posted a photo</a> of herself from inside a women's bathroom in a government building in Charlotte, North Carolina, defying a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/03/north-carolina-bill-lgbt-discrimination-law" target="_blank">controversial state law</a> that mandates people use the bathrooms that match the biological sex they were assigned at birth.</p> <p>During her convention remarks, McBride made a passionate plea for the rights of the transgender community, stressing the need for trans people to be seen as humans instead of as unfeeling symbols of the culture wars. "I worried that my dreams and identity were mutually exclusive," she said, referring to her life prior to coming out as transgender. "Since then I've seen that change is possible."</p> <p>In a speech introducing McBride, New York congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, one of the six openly gay co-chairs of the congressional LGBT caucus, spoke about the importance of marriage equality to his family and argued that Clinton was the only candidate who would ensure LGBT rights were protected.</p> <p>"I realized our family, our love, was no longer less than," he said of last year's Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. "It's a beautiful thing when your country catches up to you."</p> <p>LGBT rights have been a prominent topic during this week's Democratic National Convention, with the Democrats openly supporting the passage of the <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2016/07/25/the_democrat_dnc_2016_lgbt_platform_was_decades_in_the_making.html" target="_blank">most LGBT-inclusive platform</a> in party history and setting up all-gender restrooms inside Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. The GOP platform adopted at last week's Republican National Convention <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/us/politics/republican-convention-issues.html" target="_blank">calls</a> for a constitutional amendment overturning marriage equality, endorses the discredited conversion therapy, and supports states' abilities to pass restrictive bathroom laws similar to North Carolina's.</p> <p>That contrast was not lost on McBride. "Hillary Clinton understands the urgency of our fight," she said.</p></body></html> Politics Gay Rights Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:00:28 +0000 P.R. Lockhart 310386 at http://www.motherjones.com We Asked Bernie Die-Hards Inside Their Philly Tent City: “What Now?” http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/bernie-sanders-supporters-dnc-reactions-next-steps-video <!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/JuJf1shWmcM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Tents were being disassembled. Buttons and signs, stacked and packed away. A protester strummed a final, whimsical song. Several dozen bleary-eyed Bernie Sanders die-hards were preparing to head home on Thursday afternoon. Many had been camping out for days in Philadelphia's Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, not far from the Wells Fargo Center, where delegates met this week to nominate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate.</p> <p>Anger over party politics and Clinton's nomination lingered. But Sanders' supporters also vowed to fight on, to carry the revolution back to their hometowns, and to continue to campaign for third-party candidates. Many said they were switching their support to Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate.</p> <p>"This movement is the future, and we are the future&mdash;and we're coming in hot," said Chelsea Piner, a 29-year-old brewer in Detroit. "We're not lacking enthusiasm, and I think the whole world can see that."</p> <p>All the campers I spoke to agreed that Clinton and Donald Trump were essentially equally bad. Philadelphia local Jesse Ilnicki, 35, who described himself as "just another weird dude who gives a fuck," put it this way: "We're up against two oligarchic demons fornicating with each other, and then expecting us to pick one over the other when they're both fucking prostitutes."</p> <p>Wearing a T-shirt that read, "Over the Hill Hippies for Bernie," 63-year-old Arja Moy agreed: "Hillary is even more dangerous."</p></body></html> Politics Video 2016 Elections Elections Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:13:16 +0000 James West 310416 at http://www.motherjones.com These GOP Women Were Horrified by Trump http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/tonight-republican-women-hillary-will-hit-dnc-stage <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On the last night of the Democratic convention on Thursday that will culminate when Hillary Clinton accepts the nomination and addresses the audience, a representative from an unlikely group will be in the lineup of speakers preceding her: Jennifer Pierotti Lim, one of the leaders from <a href="http://www.facebook.com/republicanwomenforhillary/" target="_blank">Republican Women for Hillary</a>, will address the audience.</p> <p>"It's really important that Republican leaders, especially Republican women leaders, stand up right now and say we're not OK with Trump representing our party," Lim told <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/02/politics/republican-women-organize-to-support-clinton/" target="_blank">CNN</a> earlier this month.</p> <p>The organization began last May when Lim, whose day job is as the director of health policy at the Chamber of Commerce, teamed up with a few other young Republican women who have rallied behind key conservative and Republican causes throughout their careers: One has volunteered for anti-abortion groups, another was an intern in the Bush White House, and another once campaigned for Mitt Romney and Trent Lott<strong>.&nbsp;</strong>They were all uncomfortable with the candidacy of Donald Trump and sought an alternative. The group began by setting up social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and it soon moved on to in-person meetings, sometimes over drinks, in Washington, DC.<strong> </strong></p> <p>On their Facebook page, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/republicanwomenforhillary/" target="_blank">Republican Women for Hillary</a> lists a simple mission: "Vote to make sure women don't get Trumped." Lim acknowledges that there are many policy disagreements between this group's members and the Democratic nominee. But their goal is part get-out-the-vote and part an attempt to protect the Republican Party from being further fractured by Trump's candidacy.</p> <p>Lim, along with Meghan Milloy, a member of the group's steering committee, told CNN that the decision to start this group and align with the Democrats was difficult. "It has been tough for me to come to this point where I can vote for a candidate who has been very against what I've been working for for most of my professional career," <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/02/politics/republican-women-organize-to-support-clinton/" target="_blank">said Milloy</a>, who currently works at the American Action Forum, a right-leaning think tank. "That being said, I can't vote for someone like Donald Trump because he's overtly racist and misogynist."<a href="#correction">*</a></p> <p>The group has encountered its fair share of skepticism and pushback from fellow conservatives. When Milloy went on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0CJZ0tDotQ" target="_blank">Fox News</a> last week, correspondent Leland Vittert asked her how she could continue to call herself a Republican, given that Clinton has run "pretty far hard to the left." "None of the ideals that Donald Trump has been espousing are Republican ideals either," Milloy replied.</p> <p>In the months ahead, RWFH plans to hold events for other anti-Trump Republicans and sponsor voting efforts for Clinton. Lim told CNN she will even donate to the Democratic campaign, something she has never done before. &nbsp;</p> <p id="correction"><em>Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the name of Milloy's employer. </em></p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:57:50 +0000 Hannah Levintova 310401 at http://www.motherjones.com