The Senate confirmed Thomas Perez to be secretary of labor by a 54-46 party line vote Thursday afternoon. Perez will be the only Latino in President Obama's second-term cabinet.
Republicans were highly critical of Perez' nomination. In a floor speech in May, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called Perez "a committed ideologue who appears willing, quite frankly, to say or do anything to achieve his ideological ends." read more
President Obama said that health care was not a privilege in a speech Thursday ahead of the October implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Obama spoke a day after the Republican House tried for the 38th time to dismantle the legislation, which will set up state-by-state insurance exchanges intended to drive down costs.
"We've got a lot of problems in this country, and there's a lot of work that Congress needs to do—get a farm bill passed, get immigration reform done, make sure we get a budget in place—and yet, instead, we're re-fighting these old battles," Obama said. read more
On Tuesday, President Obama said in a Univision affiliate interview that he finds New York's police commissioner Ray Kelly to be "well qualified" for the soon-to-be vacated position of Homeland Security chief currently held by Janet Napolitano.
"Ray Kelly's obviously done an extraordinary job in New York," said the president, praising Kelly for his competence in dealing with terrorism. But under Kelly's most recent tenure as police commissioner there have been 5 million stop-and-frisks. Kelly also presided over the Police Department when it spied on Muslim communities. read more
Last night on All In With Chris Hayes, Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York and current candidate for New York City comptroller declared himself a feminist.
"What I’ve said to the voters is 'look at the totality of my record,'" he told host Chris Hayes. "The record I had was one of devout dedication to women’s rights, on the issues of choice and the issues of equal pay or issues of anti-discrimination, both as attorney general where we were fervent in pursuing those cases; where we were fervent in governing and legislation." read more
Tonight on All In with Chris Hayes: in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict last week, some right-wing figures have fixated on the level of attention given to the defendant’s race. According to conservatives like Breitbart News editor Ben Shapiro and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, the trial would not have garnered anywhere near the same level of attention if George Zimmerman were black. The vast majority of crime is “black-on-black," they argue, which goes unnoticed by the media and the public. Rev. read more
Just hours after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her resignation, Sen. Chuck Schumer said who he'd like to see replace her: NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
"There is no doubt Ray Kelly would be a great DHS Secretary, and I have urged the White House to very seriously consider his candidacy," said New York Democrat Schumer in a July 12 statement. "While it would be New York’s loss, Commissioner Kelly’s appointment as the head of DHS would be a great boon for the entire country." read more
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