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Fighting DOMA: A Very Long Engagement

Hear remarks from Edie Windsor, the lead plaintiff in the case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act; watch clips from the documentary that tells her story of love in spite of the state; and hear a widely read activist argue that winning the right for gays to marry is not a strategy to achieve structural change.

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Using (and Reforming) the System

When it comes to policy, I fall into both of these camps—pro-Bloomberg on guns, but anti-Citizens United. And so I have been pondering the issue of consistency or, as some would see it, hypocrisy.

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DOMA May Be Doomed, O’Reilly’s Surprising Gay Marriage Comments, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Texas congressman’s run-in with the law and Ashley Judd’s big political announcement.

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Edie Windsor’s Day in Court

Edie and Thea met in the early 1960s, in New York’s Greenwich Village. They hit it off.

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Everybody Must Get Stoned

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Asinine Scalia

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Presidential Con Artist

George W. Bush’s paintings do not reveal anything about the Iraq War, despite our wishing that they did; absurdly, the main argument against gay marriage is the state’s supposed need to regulate procreation; meanwhile, the entire Senate voted against Social Security cuts and the media said nothing. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Gay Marriage

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Post-Argument Recap: Prop. 8 and DOMA Are Going Down

Nevertheless, the Supreme Court’s likely rulings on the issue of gay marriage will not be complete victories for those who support allowing same-sex couples to wed. 

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Supreme Court Hears Prop. 8, Coulter and Hannity Flip Out Over Jim Carrey, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver makes a prediction about gay marriage and North Dakota sticks it to women by enacting the nation’s strictest abortion law.

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Watch: Gay Marriage Opponents Undercut One of Their Major Talking Points

One of the top arguments that those who oppose allowing gay couples to wed routinely give is that it would be a “threat” to the marriage of straight couples. What happens when attendees at an anti-marriage equality rally Tuesday were asked about it, however, paints a different picture.

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Listen: Supreme Court Prop. 8 Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in the case concerning Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that bars same-sex couples from marrying in the state.

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The Stakes Before the Court

Don’t take anything for granted. The conservative activists on the Supreme Court may not be able to halt the inexorable shift toward acceptance of gay marriage, but we probably should expect them to try.

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The Tide

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The Morality Brigade

We’re still legislating and regulating private morality, while ignoring the much larger crisis of public morality in America.

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Chief Justice John Roberts Has Personal Connection to Prop. 8 Case

Roberts’ cousin is a lesbian who wishes to wed her partner. She currently can’t, however, because of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that bars same-sex couples from marrying in the state. The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to Proposition 8 this week.

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Rand Paul Weighs In on Drug Punishments, LaPierre Blasts ‘Insane’ Bloomberg, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Ted Cruz’s attempt to repeal Obamacare and why the debate on gay marriage may be over even before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a pair of cases on the issue this week.

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Raft of Doom

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Why the Supreme Court Will Uphold Gay Marriage

There is good reason to be optimistic that the Roberts court will bow to the growing public acceptance of same-sex marriage.

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Scalia Voting Rights Act

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"American Gothic" by Grant Wood.

I’ll Take Romance

The opponents of same-sex marriage are certainly an unromantic bunch. That grim vision hit me as I read the arguments submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court for and against Proposition 8.

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Voting Rights Act

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Scalia Entitlement

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Jeb Bush Reverses Immigration Stance, Brian Williams ‘Disappointed’ With U.S., and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the White House weighing in on whether cellphones should be locked and Democratic lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to raise the minimum wage.

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Adelson’s Company Admits to Bribery, Krugman Labels Sequester ‘Stupid,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Roberts being called out for a big error in the Voting Rights Act case and former NBA star Dennis Rodman defends his “good friend” Kim Jong Un.

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Make My Day: Legalize Gay Marriage, Eastwood Says

The man who has played the good, the bad and the ugly both in Hollywood and American politics has come out in favor of same-sex marriage as he added his name to a legal brief calling on the Supreme Court to strike down a ban on such unions.

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The Political Forces Behind the Attack on the Voting Rights Act

Take it from the ultraconservative and increasingly unrestrained Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: What’s really at stake in the case of Shelby County v. Holder isn’t simply the technical constitutionality of Sections 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but the “perpetuation of racial entitlement” in the law’s renewal.

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Renewal of Voting Rights Act a ‘Perpetuation of Racial Entitlement,’ Scalia Says

Certain Supreme Court justices were critical of the Voting Rights Act as they listened to oral arguments Wednesday in a case challening a key portion of the civil rights legislation.

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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.

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Why the Supreme Court May Rule Against the Voting Rights Act

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. What is the Voting Rights Act? And why does it matter? Here’s a quick guide to what could be, as the influential SCOTUSBlog put it, “one of the most significant rulings of the current term.”

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The Sequester Impact, Ted Cruz Calls Out ‘Communists,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one lawmaker’s efforts to ensure corporations can vote and Michelle Obama teams up with Jimmy Fallon for the “Evolution of Mom’s Dancing.”

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The Next Citizens United, Scott Brown Explains ‘Drunk’ Tweets, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the newest Bowles-Simspson deficit reduction proposal and a Democratic lawmaker under fire for a rape remark.

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Military to Extend Some Benefits to Gay Couples

It’s unclear which benefits the spouses of gay and lesbian armed services members will receive, but legal experts say there are at least 100 that the Pentagon cannot extend while the Defense of Marriage Act is still being enforced.

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Obama Warns Republicans, Clinton at the Golden Globes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some good news for George H.W. Bush and Justice Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in the Supreme Court.

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Richard Nixon at 100: The Man Who Matters

Richard Nixon, who would have turned 100 on Wednesday, endures as the commanding figure of American political life since the end of World War II. His style, achievements and failures persist nearly two decades after his death.

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Paul Krugman’s ‘Trillion Dollar Coin’ Solution, Rand Paul’s Son Arrested, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s picks to round out his national security team, Hillary Clinton’s first day back at work since suffering a concussion and Donald Trump running his mouth again.

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Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court’s Historic Choice

At least this much can be said of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts: It doesn’t duck the hard ones.

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Supreme Court Paved Way for Gay Marriage, Scalia Said Nearly a Decade Ago

The conservative justice weighed in on same-sex marriage in the landmark Lawrence v. Texas ruling in 2003 that outlawed anti-sodomy laws.

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Krugman Rips GOP Budget Plan, ‘SNL’ Spoofs Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newt Gingrich’s 2016 presidential election prediction and the big political decision Cory Booker is weighing.

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Alito Rising: What to Expect From the Supreme Court’s New Alpha Conservative

The justice has expressed contempt for the sitting president and is ready for a leading ideological role.

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Inside Obama’s Army

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A veteran of both Obama campaigns tells us how organizing worked, twice, plus a preview of the Supreme Court’s next four years.

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Inside Obama’s Army

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A veteran of both Obama campaigns tells us how organizing worked, twice, plus a preview of the Supreme Court’s next four years.

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Voting Rights Act Under Fire

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Three Reasons Progressives Should Care About the Courts (and Vote for Obama)

The idealistic left might be willing to gamble away the judiciary, but the right never will.

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Second Court Rules Against Defense of Marriage Act

A federal appeals court in Manhattan became the second court to find that the Defense of Marriage Act—the law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman—is unconstitutional.

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How to Save Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court might force defenders of affirmative action to adopt less conventional but equally effective means of promoting diversity on college campuses.

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Romney Debates Himself, Jack Welch Defends Jobs ‘Truthers,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including details about a pro-life conservative who reportedly pressured his mistress to get an abortion, and a major case makes its way to the Supreme Court. 

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This Far-Right Supreme Court Is Reason Enough to Vote Obama

Four of the sitting justices are 74 or older. Each can be expected to step down over the next four to eight years.

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