Ali Shamkhani, chief of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, claimed today that U.S. Republican officials reached out to Tehran asking that the recent release of four American prisoners be delayed until after the upcoming presidential election. There are very good reasons to be skeptical of Shamkhani's claim. If it is true, it is completely insane. read more
A day after Sheriff Dave Ward offered him and his fellow militants safe passage out of Harney County, Ammon Bundy gave a clear response.
"We will take that offer," Bundy said on Friday. "But not yet. And we will go out of this state and out of this county as free men." read more
Thomas McNutt, who's currently running to be a state representative in Texas, is relying on a stringently anti-immigrant platform. He's criticized "politicians in Austin" for refusing "to address the problem of illegal immigration," and his campaign website proclaims the country needs to "turn off the magnets that drive further illegal immigration." However, McNutt hasn't necessarily put those policies into practice at his company, Collins Street Bakery -- a Corsicana, Texas, business that's known for its fruitcakes. At least two undocumented immigrants say they were once employed by the Collins Street Bakery, with one going so far as to call McNutt a hypocrite. read more
Despite the angry protests of Republican politicians and their corporate backers, some fourteen states enacted raises to the minimum wage at the beginning of this year, following in the footsteps of progressive West coast cities like Seattle and Los Angeles. Seattle's minimum wage as of January 1 is $13-an-hour for large companies of 500 or more employees, and $12 for smaller companies and there has been substantial overall job growth in the one extremely wage sensitive sector: the restaurant/service industry. The wage increases have failed to derail the job market as predicted by Republicans quite the opposite, in fact. read more
Two protesters sitting quietly at a Donald Trump rally Monday had their signs grabbed out of their hands and ripped up by Trump's supporters before they were booted out by security, according to Boston.com. Video of the incident shows two bespectacled men sitting at a packed rally in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Washington Post estimates the crowd packed the venue and topped 8,000. The men can be seen holding neon-yellow signs, one read, "America is already great," and the other appears to say, "God bless President Obama," according to Boston.com, though it's not fully in the camera frame. read more