At about 8 p.m. on Monday night the east facing windows in my Brooklyn apartment started to bubble and buckle inward in a deeply unsettling way. The wind howled and we thought it prudent to move ourselves away from the wall exposed to the elements. But that one moment of sharp anxiety was as bad as things got. We were lucky: Our power never went out, and my neighborhood is on high enough ground that it wasn't flooded by the storm surge. There were a few downed trees that took out parked cars, but that was about it. read more
In our last weekend before Election Day, Up w/ Chris Hayes will be discussing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, including the recovery effort and the storm's political implications, with a focus on climate change, disaster preparedness and infrastructure. We'll examine the Romney campaign’s recent Jeep ads and their false outsourcing claims. We'll also take a look at the conservative backlash against New York Times number-cruncher Nate Silver.
Joining Chris at 8 AM ET on msnbc will be: read more
A CNN/ORC poll of Ohio likely voters taken from Tuesday through Thursday gave President Obama a four-point lead over Mitt Romney. And that was just one of several Ohio polls last week.
And the reason pollsters are obsessively polling Ohio, the reason that political reporters have flooded the state and that both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have practically been living there the last few weeks is that it is most likely to be the state that decides the election. read more
Tomorrow on Up w/ Chris Hayes we'll be discussing the merits of the electoral college system, and we'll examine how it has skewed presidential elections. We'll look forward to what a second term for President Obama might look like if he's re-elected. And we'll discuss the conservative myth of voter fraud, focusing in particular on one of the central figures behind the conservative misinformation campaign.
Joining Chris at 8am ET tomorrow will be:
Heather McGhee (@hcmcghee), vice president of the progressive think tank Demos. read more
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s economic policy director played a role in Wall Street’s efforts to block new regulations intended to lower gas prices, according to federal forms.
The website Think Progress reported earlier this month that Pierce Scranton, the Romney campaign's economic policy director, worked as a top lobbyist for JPMorgan Chase through August of this year, fighting a wide array of provisions in the Dodd-Frank law aimed at reforming Wall Street. read more
An employee at an Illinois manufacturing plant whose job is being transferred to China by a Bain Capital-owned auto parts company called Saturday on Mitt Romney, Bain Capital's founder and former CEO, to intervene to save his job, and said the "hypocrisy" of Romney's promise to safeguard American jobs and crack down on unfair trade practices by China was "mind-boggling." read more
Four years ago, when Barack Obama and John McCain met for a town hall debate, they met as two men who each accepted the scientific consensus that fossil fuels were warming our planet. They met as two candidates with competing plans to deal with this challenge, though their plans differed on the details. And over the course of the evening, they were even asked a direct question about the issue.
Questioner: I want to know what you would do within the first two years to make sure that Congress moves fast as far as environmental issues, like climate change and green jobs? read more
The CEO of a Florida-based software firm has repeatedly solicited his more than 1,300 employees not only to support Mitt Romney, but to donate up to the maximum $2,500 to Romney's presidential campaign, suggesting that their jobs may be at stake if Romney doesn't win, according to emails obtained exclusively by Up w/ Chris Hayes. read more
Tuesday night's presidential debate was full of flash points and tense exchanges, but an especially revealing moment came during the back-and-forth over energy policy, when Mitt Romney repeatedly interrupted President Obama to press him on the question of whether oil production on public lands had gone down during his administration. read more
Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel came under fire this week for sending an email to his employees demanding that they vote for Mitt Romney and threatening to downsize the company if they don't. But Siegel's email isn't an outlier. It fits a pattern of imperious CEOs attempting to marshal the support of their employees in pursuit of their own political interests. read more
Koch Industries, the multibillion-dollar company owned by conservative brothers Charles and David Koch, sent a mailing to its 50,000 employees earlier this month offering guidance on how to vote in this year's presidential election. It also listed the Kochs' favorite candidate for president: Mitt Romney.
The documents were obtained by In These Times magazine and provided to Up w/ Chris before publishing their report.
The packet sent to employees includes a letter, dated October 1, from Koch Industries president and Chief Operating Officer David Robertson. Robertson writes:
Dear co-worker, read more
Koch Industries, the multi-billion-dollar company owned by conservative brothers Charles and David Koch, sent a mailing to its 50,000 employees earlier this month offering guidance on how to vote in this year's presidential election. The documents were obtained by In These Times magazine and provided to Up w/ Chris before publishing their report.The packet sent to employees includes a letter, dated October 1st, from Koch Industries president and Chief Operating Officer David Robertson. read more
ABC's Martha Raddatz did, I thought, on the whole, a pretty good job moderating Thursday night's vice presidential debate, particularly when asking questions on her area of expertise, foreign policy. But her final question of the night, about the negativity and sordidness of electoral politics, really bothered me.
Here's what she asked: read more
ABC's Martha Raddatz did, I thought, on the whole, a pretty good job moderating Thursday night's vice presidential debate, particularly when asking questions on her area of expertise, foreign policy. But her final question of the night, about the negativity and sordidness of electoral politics, really bothered me.Here's what she asked: I recently spoke to a highly decorated soldier who said that this presidential campaign has left him dismayed. read more
During Wednesday's presidential debate, Mitt Romney said that the Obama administration has invested $90 billion into green jobs, and that half of the companies receiving that money have subsequently gone out of business. On Sunday's Up with Chris Hayes, host Chris Hayes graded both those claims false. read more