Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa recently said of Latino immigrants to the conservative site Newsmax: "They aren't all valedictorians. They weren't all brought in by their parents. For everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert." read more
1. Actor, Bryan Cranston shocks fans at Comic-con by disguising himself as the character he plays on television. The best part? No one knew it was him until he unmasked himself!
2. Beyonce got her hair stuck in a fan. No, not stuck in an admirer but an actual industrial sized cooling machine. Eep.
3. In honor of "Carlos Danger," the on-line pseudonym generator.
Tonight on All In with Chris Hayes: President Obama made a policy pivot Wednesday afternoon with a major speech on the state of the economy and his plans to continue the recovery. He focused on ideas to improve the economic situation for the middle class, including making education more affordable, restoring both job and retirement security, making home ownership more attainable and improving opportunities for upward mobility. read more
On Tuesday, mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner was exposed by online gossip magazine, The Dirty, for engaging in an explicit text message exchange with a 22-year-old woman. The revelation came more than two years after the former New York lawmaker resigned from Congress for similar behavior. read more
Kicking off a series of speeches on the economy, President Obama laid out a number of reforms--from raising the minimum wage to universal pre-school--that would require major legislation that no one expects to pass any time soon. But that was precisely the point: Obama strived to come across as a leader with a long-term vision for the future, criticizing Republicans for being short-sighted and petty by comparison. read more
"One of the biggest lies in the history of this country," according to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, is the claim that the so-called "war on drugs" disproportionately targets African-Americans. But it's not a lie at all, according to statistics collected by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Black people are nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as white people, as the above chart demonstrates. This is despite the fact that black and white Americans smoke cannabis at roughly the same rate. read more