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    The country’s largest LGBT rights group on Thursday went to battle against a religious-based amendment tacked onto the annual d [...]

    Trump Unplugged in California: Advocates Torture

    As the media focuses on the Trump protesters at his rally last night in Orange County, CA, I hope it doesn't overlook what Trump is saying — to cheers of his supporters. For one thing, he's back to advocating torture. The LA Times reports… [[ This is a content summar [...]

    COSTA MESA, Calif. — Trump protesters clashed with police officers here after a campaign rally Thursday hosted by the Republican pres [...]

    “The truth is they [other countries] don’t respect us. When President Obama landed in Cuba on Air Force One, no leader was  [...]

    COSTA MESA, Calif. — Protesters clashed with police officers here in Costa Mesa, Calif., after a campaign rally Thursday hosted b [...]

    With the Democratic primary basically over, I want to step back a bit and explain the big-picture reason that I never warmed up to Bernie S [...]

    Open thread for night owls—Solnit: ‘The habits of highly cynical people’

    The always thought-provoking Rebecca Solnit at Harper’s magazine writes The Habits of Highly Cynical People. An excerpt: We live in a time when the news media and other purveyors of conventional wisdom like to report on the future more than the past. They draw on polls and false analogi [...]

    Open thread for night owls—Solznit: ‘The habits of highly cynical people’

    The always thought-provoking Rebecca Solznit at Harper’s magazine writes The Habits of Highly Cynical People. An excerpt: We live in a time when the news media and other purveyors of conventional wisdom like to report on the future more than the past. They draw on polls and false analog [...]

    There’s a Republican fundraising scandal, if you count ‘scandal’ as ‘somebody filmed us fundraising’

    The National Republican Congressional Committee is very put out by 60 Minutes‘ ability to sneak a hidden camera into their super-secret lawmaker fundraising suites. Oh, there will be consequences. The “60 Minutes” piece, which aired Sunday, had hidden-camera footage of t [...]

    PORTLAND, Ore. — At his first public event since Monday, and the kickoff of an Oregon campaign that he cut a deal with Sen. Ted [...]

    SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Two days after his bruising losses in the final East Coast primaries, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) flew  [...]

    Florida GOP official: Against Donald Trump, Clinton is ‘going to go down like Monica Lewinsky’

    Here’s a little preview of what we can expect from now to November, presuming the Republican Party’s five remaining non-lunatics don’t manage to somehow pry Trumpism off of the party’s radiator grill. Bob Sutton, chairman of the Broward County GOP Executive Committ [...]

    Obama makes joke at Cruz's expense

    President Obama took a crack a Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Thursday during an impromptu news conference with college journalists at the White House.  A student from Indiana, where Cruz is campaigning ahead of… Go to Source : Obama makes joke at Cruz's expense

    Trump on Clinton’s ‘3 a.m. Call’

    Donald Trump says that “instead of taking charge” during the Benghazi attacks, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “decided to go home and sleep.” Clinton says she was continuously engaged in responding to the attack from the moment she learned of it in the afternoon and “did not slee [...]

    Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech

    In his foreign policy speech, Donald Trump claimed that “now ISIS is making millions and millions of dollars a week selling Libya oil.” But an expert on Libya’s oil operations told us there’s no evidence that the Islamic State is producing or selling oil out of tha [...]

    Last month Politico polled 80 campaign reporters about this year’s race. It turns out they hate Nevada and Ohio but love South Caroli [...]

    Here’s Why Oral Rape is Not Rape in Oklahoma

    In Oklahoma, it’s legal to have oral sex with someone who’s completely unconscious, the state’s highest criminal court has ruled. In a unanimous decision, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals found that a teenage boy was not guilty of forcible sodomy after having oral  [...]

    Obama praises Sanders’s small-dollar fundraising operation

     President Obama on Thursday praised Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for relying on small donations to fund his campaign.  The president told college journalists at an impromptu news conference at the White House that… Go to Source : Obama praises Sanders’s small-do [...]

    Obama vows to 'speed up' efforts to admit Syrian refugees

    President Obama on Thursday vowed that his administration would quicken its intake of Syrian refugees to reach the goal of allowing in 10,000 migrants that he set last year.“Administratively, I think now we have the process to speed it up,” Obama… Go to Source : Obama vows to ' [...]

    The Origins of the Religious Right

    It is often assumed that the origins of the religious right’s political awakening (known back then as the so-called “moral majority”) was in response to the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs Wade decision. But in an article a friend recently pointed out to me from 2 [...]