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A GOP Nomination Southern Strategy

If Taegan Goddard is, in my opinion, a bit overenthusiastic about the potential corrosive impact of Super-PACs on the two-party system, a more plausible role for the new critters is posited in today’s big WaPo piece from Matea Gold and Ed O’Keefe speculating that Super-PACS pl [...]

See the New "Kailua Blue" Obama State China

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on Medium.  Planning the for the Obama State China began in the fall of 2011, with Mrs. Obama working with many members of the Residence staff — ushers, chefs, and curators — to draw on their experience with design, form, scale, quantity, a [...]

FactCheck.org has been awarded the 2015 Webby for best Political Blog/Website by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. An [...]

Video: The same-sex marriage debate at the Supreme Court, explained

Without any legal mumbo jumbo. Go to Source : Video: The same-sex marriage debate at the Supreme Court, explained

Why would two same-sex marriage proponents even host an event for Ted Cruz?

You’ve likely heard about what happened already. Two New York City entrepreneurs, leaders in the city’s gay business community, hosted a small event for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) in their Central Park South penthouse. The story got to the Times, and the gay community flipped out, [...]

America Has Not Reached a Transgender Tipping Point

Without a doubt, it was an extraordinary week for the transgender community. Model Andreja Pejic made history by becoming the first transgender woman to be profiled in Vogue. Laverne Co Go to Source : America Has Not Reached a Transgender Tipping Point

Republican presidential hopefuls rush to Iowa to demonize same-sex marriage

Quit asking me about those gay guys! GOP candidates flocked to Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Summit over the weekend to burnish their anti-LGBT cred and rail against the right of taxpaying gay Americans to share in the benefits of marriage. James Hohmann brings us all the jaunty detail [...]

The Fight for Mental Health Services in Chicago

Anne-Marie Cusac This article appears in the current issue of our magazine. Subscribe to read the full issue online.   Diana Bryant loves to dance. In a few days, she will sway and bop at a big celebration she helped raise money for and plan along with twenty-fo [...]

21 percent of Republicans want to take military action against Iran. What?

With the exception of Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) Beatles-themed “Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran” joke in 2007, basically nobody is talking about the United States taking military action to rein in Iran’s nuclear weapons program — at least at this point. And yet,  [...]

Rising marijuana sales leave pot shops flush with cash they can’t deposit

Two months from now, on July 1, Oregon will become the fourth state to allow residents to legally purchase marijuana for recreational use. In anticipation of legalization, the governing body that will oversee marijuana licensing and sales is preparing for something unexpected: A huge infl [...]

The controversy over President Obama’s Correspondents’ Dinner speech is ridiculous

Following President Obama’s annual speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night, a strain of analysis/criticism emerged that cast the president as vengeful and/or angry during the address. “Now, in his second term, Obama is finally free to air his r [...]

Broadway Is More Welcoming to Gay Men Than Lesbians. Will ‘Fun Home’ Change That?

Being gay is an important part of the narrative of the musical Fun Home, which is based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir of the same name and opened on Broadway this month. The protagonist, the adult Alison, announces: “My Dad and I both grew up in the same small Pennsylvani [...]

Attention hackers: This federal agency will pay $1,000 and zero bragging rights

This attractive offer just in from the General Services Administration.The agency is seeking the nation’s “best and brightest” techies to essentially volunteer to solve any number of government IT shortcomings, not least of which is its lack of transparency, under the guise of a fun compe [...]

News Networks Stay On Media Gala Instead Of Covering Unrest In Baltimore

The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is always an obnoxious event that provides further visual evidence of an out of touch and aloof mainstream media compromising its integrity for access to power, but this year was particularly gross. While so-called journalists were toa [...]

Unbundling the Parties

I don’t mean to go all contrarian this morning, but after getting agitated about injunctions to “ignore early polls,” I ran across this effort by Taegan Goddard to salvage the “rise of the independents” meme via an ingenious interpretation of what the “ [...]

Forget Staying Beautiful. Women Should Aspire to Eternal Coolness.

In recent years, the media’s been promoting a kind of empowerment for women of a certain age—that age being over, say, 25. It involves telling us that very beautiful actresses who aren’t 20 anymore aren’t necessarily decrepit. Last year, in a spread featuring Sofia Vergara in a bustier,  [...]

Rand Paul backs Obama’s botched drone strike. This is not as hypocritical as you might think.

Appearing on “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) came to the defense of an unexpected person on an unexpected issue. Discussing last week’s announcement from President Obama that hostages had been accidentally killed in a drone strike on their cap [...]

Rand Paul backs President Obama’s botched drone strike. This is not as hypocritical as you might think.

Appearing on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) came to the defense of an unexpected person on an unexpected issue. Discussing last week’s announcement from President Obama that hostages had been accidentally killed in a drone strike on their captor [...]