Pro-democracy demonstrators hold up their mobile phones during a protest near the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014. (Dale de la Rey/AFP/Getty Images)

Rachel Maddow reports

“We’re not going to solve this problem by creating an army of Marvel Avengers or the Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Looking north (above) and south (below) from 30 Rockefeller Plaza at the People’s Climate March in New York City, September 21, 2014. Looking north (above) and south (below) from 30 Rockefeller Plaza at the People’s Climate March in New York City, September 21, 2014.

Looking north (above) and south (below) from 30 Rockefeller Plaza at the People’s Climate March in New York City, September 21, 2014.

There is a reason the American public finds this Congress repellent. There is a reason why this Congress has the lowest approval ratings in the history of Congress and the spectrum of all major institutions in our country. There is a reason Congress -this Congress- repulses the people of the United States.

But, a decision like this today stretches the bounds of even the low standards of decency that they have sunk to already. Amazing.

"I will meet you at the crossroads of Studio 54 and the final frontier."

This simple fact may be the most important thing to understand about today’s economy: Around 1999, growth in the United States economy stopped translating to growth in middle-class incomes. 

“My fear that I expressed is that we have gone beyond concern for the life of the unborn and we’ve become punitive against the expectant mother.”
“The Iraqi army doesn’t have any trust in the government that they’re supposed to defend. So I would rather see Congress and the president sending political advisers to Baghdad to help put together the Iraqi government, so the Iraqi army could do this job itself.”
“I have to say, I love football. I love professional football. I love watching NFL games. I have for a very long time. It’s a big part of my recreational behavior for 16-weeks-plus out of the year every year. And I can’t do it. It’s making me sick. This story is making me absolutely sick.”
“I don’t know why everybody is shy about saying “war,” and I don’t know why we think about airstrikes as not combat, but I feel like we’re through the looking glass right now in terms of the language we’re using here.”