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Conservatives’ great white hope

<b>(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Rick Santorum, fighter for working-class whites, exemplifies why GOP’s nascent “whites only” strategy can’t work<p>Brian Beutler<p>August 8, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>There's an idea in conservative politics that Republicans should bury efforts to reform the immigration system and …

Pennsylvania’s coming showdown over same-sex marriage

The state’s attorney general won’t defend a ban on same-sex marriage — but the GOP governor has stood by it<p>Jillian Rayfield<p>August 8, 2013 1:52pm (UTC)<p>Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, and the state's Attorney General Kathleen Kane are at odds over whether to defend the state's ban on …

Texas Tea Partyers want Louie Gohmert for Senate

Activists in the state are pushing Gohmert to challenge incumbent John Cornyn<p>Jillian Rayfield<p>August 8, 2013 1:26pm (UTC)<p>Texas Tea Partyers are not pleased with incumbent Sen. John Cornyn, so they're looking to hard-line conservative Rep. Louie Gohmert to potentially mount a primary challenge in …

Secrecy Has Already Corroded Our Democracy in Real Ways

The renewal of the Patriot Act is a case study in how opaque policy and law destroy a people's ability to self-govern.<p>Waterboysh/Flickr<p>This summer, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, an author and longtime champion of the Patriot Act, emerged as one of the most concerned voices arguing that the law is being …

Why Obama Canceled On Putin

It was on the sidelines of another Group of 20 economic summit last June in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos. Officials were hoping Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin would be able to move their relationship forward, including coming together on solving the crisis in Syria.<p>The two leaders had not met …

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Texas Clarifies That It Discriminates Against Democratic Voters — Not Minorities

DOJ's accusations of racial discrimination are baseless. In 2011, both houses of the Texas Legislature were controlled by large Republican majorities, and <b>their redistricting decisions were designed to increase the Republican Party's electoral prospects at the expense of the Democrats</b>. It is …

Conservatives once ridiculed Ayn Rand

<b>(Benjamin Wheelock/Salon/AP/Phil Long)</b><p>Today’s doltish conservatives, like Paul Ryan, worship her. But their forebears called Rand’s work “preposterous”<p>Michael Lind<p>August 8, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>The growing influence on the American right of Ayn Rand, the libertarian right’s answer to Scientology’s …

Will the U.N.’s New Campaign Help or Hurt Gay Rights Abroad?

Last month, the United Nations launched a global public education campaign called “Free & Equal,” aimed at fighting homophobia and transphobia around …

The Case for Keeping Whistleblowers Nervous

A free society requires vigilant protection of a free press—and of national security. Each poses full legitimate claims, and neither should a priori trump the other.<p>In its coverage of the government’s investigation into national-security leaks, the media have forfeited any claim to professional …

Rush Limbaugh discovers a special narcissism

<b>Rush Limbaugh (Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)</b><p>The broadcaster’s self-regard is essential to his success. But how has he managed to avoid a well-known downside?<p>Peter Harms • Ross Benes<p>August 8, 2013 3:39pm (UTC)<p>If most people publicly declared, “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women …

What Is Not About Race

Of course, this was not About Race. Because it is never About Race.<p><i>Racially-charged sentiment infused the protests and split the crowd both politically and physically. Obama supporters congregated on the west side of the road in front of the high school and his critics lined up across the street.</i> …

How Richard Nixon Fooled Friends and Influenced People

A colorful 1974 account shows how the 37th president set elaborate verbal traps for his closest allies.<p>Thirty-nine years ago today, President Richard Nixon resigned from office with a speech as earnest and noble as circumstances would allow.* The public wasn't in the mood to forgive and forget. In …

On Abortion, Wendy Davis Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About

Wendy Davis says the darndest things.<p>The Democratic star du jour was asked this week to explain the difference between the late-term abortions she …