Interns at progressive magazine The Nation have found a new venue for salary negotiations: the magazine's own letters to the editor section.
The latest issue of The Nation, dated August 19-26, features a letter to the editor from 12 recent former interns, asking that future interns be better paid. The Nation Institute, in another letter to the editor, agreed. read more
Thursday night on All In with Chris Hayes: Admitted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro made a dramatic statement at his sentencing hearing, refuting characterizations of him as a "monster" and downplaying the severity of his crimes. Castro insisted that he is "just sick," suffering from an addition to sex and pornography, and was never violent to his victims. read more
Democrats were positively giddy when the House GOP pulled the emergency brake on a key spending bill on Wednesday, as moderate Republicans rebelled against the chamber's draconian cuts to transportation and housing.
This was the moment progressives had been waiting for. "What you saw yesterday was an epic collapse, with the House GOP proving that they can’t make their own budget workable. They can’t get it passed in their own chamber," said Eli Zupnick, a spokesman for the Senate Budget Committee. read more
On All In Wednesday night, Chris Hayes spoke with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa about the city police department's new racial profiling mediation program. Under the new approach, police officers who face complaints of profiling will be able to meet face to face with their accusers to talk about the incident. The Los Angeles Police Department has come under fire in recent years for its pattern of racial profiling, with the ACLU finding that African Americans and Hispanics in L.A. "are over-stopped, over-frisked, over-searched and over-arrested." read more
1. How many light bulbs does it take to get Maria Abramovic to tell a joke correctly?
2. North Carolina's Governor, Pat McCrory, signed a controversial and extreme abortion bill into law on Monday. Tuesday, the Governor tried to make amends with pro-choice protesters by leaving a plate of cookies for them outside his mansion. The result? Twitter hashtag #letthemeatcookies is born. We're wondering if maybe Marie Antoinette helped him bake?
3. Denzel Washington says "I guarantee you" a lot.
Wednesday night on All In with Chris Hayes: The National Security Agency is front and center again with another revelation about its spying programs from leaker Edward Snowden. The Guardian reported Wednesday, based on Snowden's information, that the agency can search through citizens' e-mails, browsing history and online chats without prior authorization. read more
1. What’s better than watching Russian President Vladimir Putin reel in a 21-kilogram pike? Watching him kiss the freshly caught pike, of course.
2. We’ve all wondered what it’s like playing football in the big leagues. Chris Kluwe gives us an inside look that’s even better than your view from the sidelines.
3. Your average gray cat got its 15 minutes of fame on The Chicago Tribune’s homepage.