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How to beat libertarians on the economy

While the right is united economically behind one main agenda, the left lacks such a consensus. Here’s the solution<p>When it comes to debating conservatives about the future of the American economy, progressives are at a disadvantage. Conservatives are united behind a single vision of the ideal …

Fringe Factor: Should Oral Sex Be a Crime?

Sorry, lovers: Virginia could outlaw all oral and anal sex & more from the far out in politics this week.<p>Virginia’s Republican nominee for governor …

Does Obama know what “transparent” means?

The president claims the court that oversees the NSA’s snooping program is open, but it’s anything but<p>Alex Seitz-Wald<p>June 19, 2013 3:44pm (UTC)<p>President Obama gave his most comprehensive defense yet of the NSA's dragnet surveillance programs last night in an interview with PBS' Charlie Rose, but …

Citizens United Constitutional Amendments Introduced In The Senate

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) on Tuesday each proposed constitutional amendments aimed at reforming the campaign finance system.<p>Tester introduced an amendment that would end corporate personhood rights, thereby overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United …

A Republican Senator Made The Best Pro-Gay Marriage Statement We've Seen From A Major Public Official

The statement is forceful, arguing that marriage equality is needed to protect personal freedom and stop the government from overreaching.<p>This is the key paragraph (emphasis added):<p>First, this is a personal liberty issue and has to do with the most important personal decision that any human makes. …

Dianne Feinstein Says NSA Phone Records Surveillance Has Thwarted Terrorism, 'But That's Classified'

WASHINGTON -- Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Thursday the National Security Agency program collecting domestic phone records has prevented terrorism. But she and other senators briefed on the program refused to delve into details about how it is used.<p>Feinstein spoke to …