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Conservatives’ great white hope

Rick Santorum, fighter for working-class whites, exemplifies why GOP’s nascent “whites only” strategy can’t work<p>There's an idea in conservative politics that Republicans should bury efforts to reform the immigration system and redouble its efforts to shore up support among white working voters. …

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>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 same-sex marriages.<p>In the wake of the Supreme …

Texas Tea Partyers want Louie Gohmert for Senate

Activists in the state are pushing Gohmert to challenge incumbent John Cornyn<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 2014.<p>Katrina Pierson, of the Texas Tea Party …

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

After years of hoping that U.S.-Russia relations could get on track, it appears that Barack Obama finally gets it.<p>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 …

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 …

Voting

Conservatives once ridiculed Ayn Rand

Today’s doltish conservatives, like Paul Ryan, worship her. But their forebears called Rand’s work “preposterous”<p>The growing influence on the American right of Ayn Rand, the libertarian right’s answer to Scientology’s novelist-philosopher L. Ron Hubbard, is a wonder to behold. When she died in …

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

Activists and experts split on how the 'Free & Equal' education campaign will affect local LGBT communities in countries like Russia<p>Last month, the …

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

The broadcaster’s self-regard is essential to his success. But how has he managed to avoid a well-known downside?<p>If most people publicly declared, “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of American life,” they’d be fired. But Rush Limbaugh has …

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> …

Democratic National Convention

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

The Texas crusader let it slip this week that she is badly misinformed on the late-term abortion ban she crusaded against.<p>Wendy Davis says the …