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"The backlash machine has finally backfired with a generation that cringes at old people yelling at gay clouds."<p>July 16, 2014 at 4:00am · Public<p>"The …

Are You Ready For Some Controversy? The History Of 'Redskin'

Monday Night Football kicks off this evening with the Washington Redskins facing off against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field. As the Redskins start a new season, they are once again in the center of a national debate about their name.<p>On Thursday, the Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York …

RT @MeredithFrost: Stunning photo from Lake Michigan where winter gales coated St. Joseph Lighthouse in ice (Image/John McCormick) http://t.co/eiqDxmLrlE

The 'Affluenza' Teen Might End Up in Jail After All

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Ethan Couch, the 16-year-old whose "affluenza" defense got him the amazingly light sentence of just …

How Murray won over Dems

President Barack Obama was on the phone repeatedly with Sen. Patty Murray during the high-stakes budget talks and asked how he could help.<p>Murray’s response: I got this.<p>The veteran Washington Democrat, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, had quietly and methodically built a close relationship …

Government Watchdog: We Have a Growing Federal Prison 'Crisis'

The Justice Department's Inspector General is out with his year-end review of federal law enforcement efforts. Its language is diplomatic but the message is clear: The feds need to do better, much better, on many fronts.<p>The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General published Friday its …

The bottom 90 percent have no voice in Washington

The middle class don’t write big checks so Congress is free to ignore them<p>So how to explain this paradox?<p>As of November 1 more than 47 million Americans have lost some or all of their food stamp benefits. House Republicans are pushing for further cuts. If the sequester isn’t stopped everything else …

Tea Partyers’ grave fear: Why they disdain young people — even their own!

Sociologist Theda Skocpol tells Salon what drives the angry right — and what comes after the government shutdown<p>The past weeks’ showdown in Washington, D.C., has shocked and perplexed some observers. Theda Skocpol was not among them. Skocpol, a veteran Harvard professor, is the author of books on …

Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Political Parties

When it comes to major policy battles, since 2009 the GOP is 0-3. David Frum on what it’s doing wrong.<p>Republicans have lost three major fights since …

Pre-shutdown wisdom that wasn't

The shutdown was supposed to be short, if it happened at all.<p>After all, Republicans were sure President Barack Obama would give in at the last minute, like he has in past budget battles. Democrats were equally certain that Republicans would collectively conclude a shutdown wasn’t in their best …

Libertarians fear Obamacare so much they closed the government

It’s not yet clear if the move will backfire<p>What is the most effective way to destroy Obamacare?<p>It's not to defund it, as there's really no such thing as defunding it. Individuals are mostly funding it by buying insurance policies, and the rest of it as a whole bunch of other separate and …

Meet the Morons Who Caused the Shutdown

There have been Congresses more irresponsible, though not many of them. There have been lazier Congresses, more vicious Congresses, and Congresses less capable of seeing forests for trees. But there has never been in a single Congress -- or, more pre...<p>There has never been a single House of the …

Fringe Factor: Penn. Health Dept. Says Gays Are Like 12 Year Olds

Gay couples should be treated like children under the law and more clever ideas from our fearless political leaders.<p><b>Pennsylvania: Gay Couples Have</b> …

SOLDIERS SPEAK OUT ON SYRIA: 'We Are Stretched Thin, Tired, And Broke'

"I've been hearing a lot from members of our Armed Forces," Amash tweeted. "The message I consistently hear: Please vote no on military action against Syria."<p>Amash has been retweeting those thoughts for more than a day. But as a possible attack on Syria looms, there is much more to share than just …

How Much Is About Florida Law?

TPM Reader <i>DD</i> writes in from Wisconsin. Going on the below, I’d be curious to hear from lawyers in other jurisdictions how distinct Florida law seems …

DEAR GAY COUPLES: Here Are The 22 Big Ways Your Life Is About To Change

If you're married to someone of the same sex and you live in one of the 13 states where gay marriage is or will soon be legal, the federal government will start treating you as married.<p>It's not immediately clear how the ruling will affect same-sex couples married by one state but living in another …

IRS chief reveals additional targeting of groups

Internal Revenue Service Principal Deputy Commissioner Danny Werfel said Monday that the IRS had continued to use other “inappropriate” or “questionable” criteria in their targeting of applicants for tax-exempt status, even after its already-admitted scrutiny of self-described Tea Party, Patriot …

This Video of the Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Is Utterly Terrifying

A fire at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, 20 miles north of Waco, led to a violent explosion with multiple reported casualties this evening.<p>"It was a small fire and then water got sprayed the ammonia nitrate, and it exploded just like the Oklahoma City bomb," Jason Shelton, a hotel clerk, told …