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The fishy claim that ‘100,000 children’ in the United States are in the sex trade

“At least 100,000 children in the U.S. are commercially sexually exploited.” —Web site of ECPAT-USA, which says it is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States This is a commonly cited statistic in the media and among politicians when discussing the sex tra [...]

In latest policy proposal, O’Malley calls for expansion of national service

Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley, who has been churning out one policy proposal after another, plans to issue his latest position paper on Wednesday, calling for a major expansion of national service opportunities. The former Maryland governor will propose doubling the  [...]

Open thread for night owls: Activists push fossil-fuel divestment for Paris climate conference

Deidre Fulton at Common Dreams writes New ‘Divest for Paris’ Challenge Amplifies Global Pressure Before COP21:   Channeling the momentum of an ever-growing movement, climate leaders launched the “Divest for Paris” challenge on Tuesday, calling on institutions [...]

Karl Rove: Obama should be nice to McKinley because, um, Hawaii

This travesty will not sta—ooh, pretty. I don’t know if Republican operative Karl Rove is getting dumber or we’re just noticing it more. Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush who is working on a book about President McKinley, told Time that he’ [...]

I hesitate to drop the P-bomb, but this bit of word salad from Donald Trump is eerily Palinesque. How is it possible that Spy magazine is n [...]

Cracking the Cartel

For 80 years, the Heisman Trophy has been awarded annually to the college football player “whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” Athletes from the University of Southern California, my alma mater, have won six: the tailbacks Mike Garrett, Charles White [...]

Day’s End and Night Watch

Had to knock out a TPMCafe column during the day, and chose to write about Dr. Ben Carson. It really wasn’t easy, even though I feel like I’ve had his number for a good long while. I suspect I’d understand him infallibly if I spent a few weeks getting schooled by Glenn [...]

Too many inmates, too few correctional officers: A lethal recipe in federal prisons

People who work in cafeterias might expect complaints about the chili, but not conflicts with knife-toting convicts. Yet, if you sling grits and chicken in a U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) dining hall, dealing with killers, kidnappers, and thieves is part of the job description —  [...]

A reader tells me this story seems right up my alley: Google, a leader in efforts to create driverless cars, has run into an odd safety co [...]

CNN just solved its Carly Fiorina problem. It had no choice.

CNN’s decision to add a likely 11th podium spot for its main-stage Republican presidential debate on Sept. 16 is clearly aimed at one person: Carly Fiorina. The move is designed to quiet criticism that the former HP executive might be excluded despite her clear and consistent ri [...]

Never, Ever, Ever Move Left

Remember that crazy Donald Trump instagram ad I wrote about before lunch? Jonathan Chait informs us Bush has responded, and his response tells us a lot more about the dynamics of today’s Republican Party than the initial offense: There are a few ways Bush could respond to this. He  [...]

How Carly Fiorina earned a spot on the big stage at the GOP debate

The organizers of the next Republican presidential debate have announced changes to debate criteria that mean former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will join the rest of the top-tier candidates on the main stage at the Reagan Library on Sept. 16. “CNN reevaluated its criteria [...]

Carly Fiorina gets a spot on the big stage at the GOP debate

The organizers of the next Republican presidential debate have announced that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will join the rest of the top-tier candidates on the main stage at the Reagan Library on Sept. 16. The CNN move will likely be greeted as a positive development, and  [...]

Walker’s Economic Spin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican candidate for president, strained the facts when he compared his state’s economic performance with that of the United States: Walker said his state is “doing better than America in terms of the unemployment number going down.” T [...]

Marco Rubio Is Winning When It Comes To Tech Funding Thanks To One Multibillionaire

The presidential primaries are six months away and tech companies aren’t wasting any time putting money up for the candidates they want to go the distance. Presidential hopefuls former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and former Republican Florida govern [...]

Cruz leads a GOP backlash to ‘Black Lives Matter’ rhetoric

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said in interviews this week that law enforcement is under assault, due in part to enmity toward police from the Obama administration. Cruz’s comments came after he was asked about the murder of Texas Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot 15  [...]

The Ultimate Jerking Knee of Anti-Obamaism

Sure, you’d expect Ohioans to put up a bit of a fuss at the renaming of an Alaska mountain so as to remove the name of an Ohio president, William McKinley. But you wouldn’t expect it to be a serious pushback; Ohio has had a lot of presidents (eight to be exact) with a lot of s [...]

In attacking Obama on Iraq, Trump has another of those oh-so-convenient memory lapses of his

What does what I said then have to do with what I am saying now? David Corn at Mother Jones does an excellent job of vivisecting Donald Trump for blaming President Obama for the bloody mess in Iraq. As we’ve all seen since what seems like forever, Donald Trump has this way of spea [...]

Rand Paul says KY clerk’s gay marriage protest is ‘part of the American way’

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has given a mixed endorsement to a home state county clerk whose refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has become national news. “I think people who do stand up and are making a stand to say that they believe in so [...]