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French President Dismisses Companion Amid National Struggle Over Social Norms

The French have been shaken by François Hollande’s curt, 18-word termination of his relationship with “the woman of my life.” The whole matter has taken a significant political turn with the unexpected and noisy anti-Hollande street demonstration that followed the president’s statement. This protest was unanticipated and heterogeneous in composition and turned seriously violent.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Can Gays Help Save Marriage?

The rapid evolution of attitudes toward gay marriage is a wonder to behold. On few issues has public opinion moved as quickly or decisively. Many who are against the formal recognition of homosexual unions are now resigned to the reality they will eventually become commonplace.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Detroit and the Bankruptcy of America’s Social Contract

The geopolitical divide has become so palpable that being wealthy in America today means not having to come across anyone who isn’t.

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Why the GOP Can’t Learn

It’s as if they didn’t learn a thing from the 2012 elections. Republicans are on the same suicide mission as before—trying to block immigration reform, roll back the clock on abortion rights and stop gay marriage wherever possible. Why can’t Republicans learn?

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Quiet Closing of Washington

Conservative Republicans in our nation’s capital have managed to accomplish something they only dreamed of when tea partyers streamed into Congress at the start of 2011: They’ve basically shut Congress down.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Same-Sex Marriage: The New Normal

An estimated 150,000 people took to the streets of the French capital Sunday to protest the same-sex legislation signed into law last week. Meanwhile, in the south of the country, the Palme d’Or, the highest honor of the Cannes Film Festival, was awarded to “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” a long and very explicit movie about a teenager’s wakening lesbianism.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Does Anything Change in Los Angeles With Election of New Mayor?

The Los Angeles election Tuesday again revealed a city unlike most of the country—more liberal, more deeply Democratic, yet also more interested in medical marijuana than the troubles of the poor.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE


We Are Family

Last week, one of the stars of the "soft" right, David Brooks of The New York Times, wrote a wake-up column with implications for readers who not only do not much like dark-skinned immigration, but are also hostile to such kindling issues as gay marriage and abortion. They seem incapable of understanding, once more, that these are family issues.

Posted on May 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Relax, Relax at the Dying of the Light

AARP magazine, which boasts the largest circulation of any periodical in the world, used to focus on injustice, something it now calls “negativity.”

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Additional Prominent Republicans Backing Gay Marriage

This week, dozens of influential conservatives will submit a legal brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative passed in 2008 that outlawed same-sex marriage in the state, and all other similar bans.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE


Huckabee Compares Abortion to Holocaust During GOP Event

Delivering the keynote speech at the Celebrate Life forum in Iowa over the weekend, former Arkansas governor and current Fox News host Mike Huckabee claimed that abortion has become “this incredible Holocaust of our own in America.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Conservatives ‘Will Never Have’ Smart People on Their Side, Santorum Says

Apparently being smart and having conservative values do not go hand in hand. At least, that’s what former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said during a weekend speech at the Values Voter Summit in which he also criticized the media and libertarians.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Stewart Mocks Democrats for GOP-Like Convention

Jon Stewart is having difficulty telling the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions apart, thanks to some party role reversals this year.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



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A Campaign Without Ideology: Profile of a Unicorn

What might a reasonable, constructive presidential campaign look like?

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s Tenuous Lead

If the election were held right now, President Obama would likely win by about the same margin that propelled him into office in 2008. But how fragile are his current advantages?

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE


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