If the new law is so offensive, why is the NAACP telling its own protesters of the supposedly racist policy to be sure to have photo identification on them?
Truth in American politics today is often stranger than fiction. A vivid example: a rally organized by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP last weekend in Raleigh to protest a voter-identification requirement passed by the Republican-majority legislature and signed into law by a Republican governor. The protesters contended that being compelled to produce a photo ID would disenfranchise poor, elderly, and minority voters, rolling back the clock to the Jim Crow days of the racist South.
Several states are pushing bills to block aide to public universities that got on board with the decision to stop working with Israeli universities over the Jewish State’s human rights record.
What’s the best way to beat back a boycott? By boycotting the boycotters, of course!At least that is what several states are doing in response to a decision by the American Studies Association to boycott Israel over human rights. That boycott bars official collaboration with Israeli universities—but not Israeli scholars—and brought forth a torrent of criticism, even from those who were sympathetic to the boycott’s aims, but who feared that such a move would hurt academic freedom.
The Republicans’ warring factions have moved beyond simply exchanging angry rhetoric to an actual call to arms. Could we be on the precipice of a seeing the GOP engage in a massive Battle of Gettysburg-type clash?
Look, we have all seen the sabre rattling between the Republican factions—especially between the Tea Party and establishment wings of the Party. In December, House Speaker Boehner seemed to reach a breaking point when he called conservative groups like The Heritage Foundation and FreedomWorks “ridiculous” and exclaimed that they had “lost all credibility.” And certainly conservative groups have been seething over the recent budget deal and the passage of the farm bill because it didn’t include the wholesale cuts they sought.
Republicans are slamming Wendy Davis for abandoning her kids to go to law school, even as they praise Cathy McMorris Rodgers for being a working mom in Congress.
The Republican Party has mom schizophrenia. It seems that some members and supporters of the GOP can’t seem to make up their minds about whether being an ambitious, successful working woman with children in politics is something to be vilified or lionized. That’s going to be a problem in a few months when the 2014 mid-term elections roll around. It’s no secret that the Republicans know they have a woman problem. They announced it themselves with the creation of a program to “train” their members on how to engage—and not to engage—with women.
Billionaire Tom Perkins thinks money should buy you votes. The good news for him is that we're almost there.
Tom Perkins, who last made news after warning of a progressive “Kristallnacht” against the wealthy, took to the stage last night to further explain his views on the political economy of the United States. Not only does he still the country as a dangerous place for the one percent—liberals, in his view, threaten “economic extinction” with their call for higher taxes on the rich—but he sees income inequality as a product of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, which he calls a “fiasco.
A federal judge in Virginia strikes down the state's same-sex marriage ban. America's come a long way in eight years.
In 2006, Virginians voted to ban same-sex marriage with an amendment to the state constitution. Since then, however, support for marriage equality has rocketed into the mainstream. President Obama endorsed same-sex marriage during the 2012 presidential election, and he’s been followed by countless other Democrats, a few Republicans, and majorities of all voters.The federal courts have picked up this change in public opinion, and have begun to act accordingly.
Workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee could decide the future of unionization in the South today. Why the right is possibly breaking the law to get them to vote ‘no.’
Sometime today, we’re expected to find out whether the workers in that Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen plant have decided to unionize. I hope very much that they didn’t let Sen. Bob Corker’s intimidation campaign—which strikes me as a possible violation of the Wagner Act, a point to which I’ll return—scare them out of voting yes.The vote is the perfect occasion to recall that, on the right’s very long hate list of abortionists and gays and undocumented workers and Kenyans and so on and so on, very few groups—perhaps none—occupy a higher spot than labor unions.
Before he became Chris Christie’s man at the Port Authority, David Wildstein was his de facto publicist online.
Today, he’s one of the key players in the George Washington Bridge scandal. But David Wildstein was once the anonymous force behind a powerful New Jersey political website that gave disproportionate attention to a heroic, Springsteen-loving “corruption buster” named Chris Christie.Wildstein started the insidery PoliticsNJ.com in 2000. His rundown of must-know stories, The Inside Edge, reads like the early aughts' Jersey version of Politico’s Playbook.
Vivek Murthy is before the Senate and could be the youngest doctor to ever hold the post. That’s not the only reason he’s an unorthodox selection.
Dr. Vivek Murthy is on the table before the Senate, undergoing all of the invasive procedures that could make him the nation’s youngest surgeon general ever. When President Obama announced his new surgeon general nominee in November, Murthy’s credentials seemed first-rate. He was an internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston with an impressive pedigree. He attended Harvard as an undergraduate and then Yale Medical School, and completed his residency at Brigham, where he’s now employed as an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical.
The head of the Media Research Center has allegedly been phoning it in for years.
The news that L. Brent Bozell, the ginger-bearded conservative ideologue who runs the Media Research Center, doesn’t write his own columns landed in Washington with a thud Thursday. Jim Romenesko reported that Bozell uses Tim Graham, the MRC’s Director of Media Analysis as his ghostwriter. One former Media Research Center employee reacted to the news with a deep sense of befuddlement, “I thought everyone knew it.”Bozell was once relatively important in the conservative movement, playing off his connections to his uncle William F.
A new Kansas proposal would legalize discrimination against gay couples in the state, echoing one of the ugliest parts of American history.
On Wednesday, the Kansas House of Representatives took a step back to the 1890s with a shameful bill that borrows from Jim Crow to legalize discrimination against gay couples. Approved by a vote of 72 to 49, House Bill No. 2453 would allow businesses and government employees to deny service to same-sex couples on the basis of their religious beliefs. The law specifies businesses with “public accommodations,” but—in effect—that covers almost everything.
Without Chris Christie running, there aren't many good establishment options left in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
Chris Christie's presidential ambitions are almost certainly over and done with but where does that leave the rest of the GOP field in 2016?The New Jersey governor's entire political career is now coming under the microscope in the aftermath of Bridgegate, it's increasingly difficult to foresee a scenario where Christie can mount a plausible bid for the Republican nomination in 2016. Without Christie as a contender, it leaves a major hole for Establishment Republicans in the 2016 race.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has endorsed a proposal that allows open or concealed carry—without permits.
Is South Carolina America’s next O.K. Corral?If that sounds like an exaggeration, then take a look at the radical, pro-gun proposal just endorsed by Governor Nikki Haley, the Tea Party favorite who is running for reelection this year, after a tumultuous first term. Crafted by state Senator Lee Bright of Spartanburg, one of Lindsay Graham's opponents in the GOP Senate primary, the “Constitutional Carry Act” would eliminate the state’s permit and training requirements for citizens who want to carry guns.
The Texas state senator suggested she might support a 20-week abortion ban if it deferred to women and their doctors—and her position shouldn’t surprise us.
Earlier this week, Texas State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis made some waves by suggesting she might support a 20-week abortion ban in the state as long as it pays strong deference to women and their doctors. Davis told The Dallas Morning News editorial board: that less than one-half of one percent of Texas abortions occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most of those were in cases where fetal abnormalities were evident or there were grave risks to the health of the woman.
The Daily Beast's Michelle Cottle joined MSNBC to discuss the annual event where conservatives 'come out and let their hair down' and the tension among right-wingers over gay rights.
The Senate Intel Committee's top Republican says investigators have yet to dig into the CIA’s alleged search of Senate computers.