Does Eliot Spitzer consider himself a feminist?
“Yes,” he said on Tuesday’s All In With Chris Hayes.
“I hate to hide behind the line life is complicated,” Spitzer said on msnbc after being shown a video of N.O.W. New York president Sonia Ossorio criticizing him for participating in “sustaining an industry that has a history of exploiting women and girls.” read more
On Tuesday the Senate finally voted to put an end to the two-year-long fight that prevented Richard Cordray from being confirmed as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the federal agency created in 2010 to protect consumers against unfair practices. Although Senate Republicans were opposed to Cordray (and the CFPB itself), they reached a deal with Democrats on Tuesday in order to avoid a threatened change to the filibuster rules. read more
Tonight on All In with Chris Hayes: In the midst of a Justice Department investigation into the Trayvon Martin case, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appeared at the NAACP National Convention Tuesday afternoon to speak about gun violence. Tensions are still running high following the Zimmerman trial verdict, with a rally in Tallahassee Tuesday and protests in Los Angeles and Oakland, CA, that turned violent Monday night. Rev. read more
A quarter of hunger-striking prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have abandoned their protest. Since the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on July 8, 26 of 106 hunger-strikers have been removed from the military's count of those abstaining from food. Tuesday marked the first time since July 2 that the number of people receiving force-feeding--which entails being strapped down while a liquid nutritional supplement is fed through a nasogastric tube for as long as two hours up to twice a day--has increased. 46 prisoners are now being force fed.
The verdict reached in the Zimmerman trial over the weekend has sparked a swell of emotion. Protesters have gathered in cities across the country, expressing their frustration with the outcome and the racial bias they feel played a role in the case. With the acquittal of George Zimmerman, some have questioned whether racial prejudice obstructs equal justice under law.
Maya Wiley, a civil rights attorney and founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion, spoke about reaction to the verdict on All In with Chris Hayes Monday night. read more
The federal board in charge of ruling on allegations of unfair labor practices may soon be back in business, thanks to the Senate filibuster deal reached on Tuesday. The National Labor Relations Board, which was effectively incapacitated for the last six months, could soon have the staffing it needs to do its job. read more
Sequestration, we've been told, is really no big deal.
Just look at the rural rental assistance program: The Obama administration claimed that 15,000 families would lose housing subsidies, many going to poor elderly and disabled tenants who could stand to lose their homes. So far, however, not a single tenant has become homeless because of sequestration, according to the USDA, which says it's actively working to minimize the disruption of the budget cuts.
But the next time around, such families might not be so lucky. read more
Watch All In with Chris Hayes tonight for the latest reaction to the Zimmerman trial verdict over the weekend. In cities across the country, protesters gathered and marched to express their desire for justice for Trayvon Martin. The Department of Justice has said that they are reviewing evidence in an ongoing civil rights investigation into Martin’s death. Speaking from Howard University in Washington Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed concern about the outcome of the trial and hope that the country can use the opportunity to discuss the issues it has brought up. read more