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LePage Blows Off Swearing-In Of Senator After Fight With Dem Lawmakers

After a history of petty spats, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) and his state legislators appeared to have mended fences and are maintaining a functioning …

Miss. lawmakers pass bill letting churches appoint unaccountable 'soldiers of God' as armed security

The Republican-dominated Mississippi state Senate approved a bill on Tuesday allowing churchgoers carry concealed firearms without a permit while …

'Christian' Ted Cruz celebrates Resurrection of Christ by calling for killing of innocent civilians

“And as we remember the gift of salvation on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, let us be so bold to ask the same,” Cruz said in a statement on Good …

'I'm coming for you b*tch:' OR governor and law enforcement continue getting threats over LaVoy Finicum's death

It’s been two months since law enforcement shot and killed LaVoy Finicum, a prominent member of the Bundy-led occupation of a federal wildlife refuge …

House Republican pushes pro-recession message

In October, less than a year into his congressional career, Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) raised a curious complaint: the economy in and around the nation’s …

Indiana Governor Signs New Abortion Restrictions Into Law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill that makes his state the second to ban abortion because of a fetal abnormality. The measure also criminalizes the procedure when motivated solely because of factors such as the fetus's sex or race.<p>Pence called it a "comprehensive pro-life measure that …

A Ga. School Bans The Greeting 'Namaste.' Do They Know What It Means?

<i>Editor's note: This post was originally published on July 26, 2015. The topic — the meaning of the greeting "namaste" — was in the news this week. According to a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a Georgia elementary school introduced yoga classes to de-stress students, but some parents</i> …

This Week in God, 3.26.16

First up from the God Machine this week is a congressional effort to codify a policy that helps refugees of one religion, but not another.<p>Last fall, …

N.C.'s Sweeping Anti-Gay Law Goes Way Beyond Targeting LGBTs

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) late Wednesday night signed rushed legislation that, as is widely known, eliminates local governments’ ability to …

The myth of the self-made man: Using Donald Trump's father to understand Trump the candidate

The art of understanding Donald Trump is much in demand right now. What is his appeal? Why does he talk in that very recognizable cadence? What is …

Trump Spox Defends Boss' Tweet In Heated Debate With Cruz Spox (VIDEO)

Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for Donald Trump, defended her boss’ attacks on Heidi Cruz Thursday evening in a heated exchange with Alice Stewart, a …

He is 'demeaning' his own wife: CNN's Kate Bolduan eviscerates Trump for wife comparison photos

CNN anchor Kate Bolduan pointed out on Thursday that GOP front-runner Donald J. Trump was “demeaning” his own wife by retweeting photos that compared …

What Just Happened In North Carolina?

Gotta take my lumps on this. TPM Reader <i>SM</i> was flagging the North Carolina anti-LGBT bill to us all day yesterday via email, and I was too busy on …

WATCH: Louisiana town arrests reporter for trying to get public records on mayor's salary increase

A Louisiana news reporter was led away from White Castle City Hall in handcuffs for reporting on the mayor’s salary.<p>Chris Nakamoto was arrested and …

Rick Scott: Obama Should Respond To Brussels Attacks By Coming To Florida

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) thinks the best way for President Barack Obama to address the concerns of Americans troubled by Tuesday’s deadly …

Lindsey Graham feels hopeless after backing Cruz: 'We could lose in 2016 and we probably will'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) predicted on Thursday that Republicans would “probably” lose the 2016 presidential race because both of the leading GOP …

Pro-Bible district changes mind about religion in school after being forced to hand out Satanic fliers

A Colorado school district that allowed Gideon Bibles to be distributed to students wants to remove religion from its schools after it was forced to …

Religion

Bachmann: God Sent ISIS Brussels Attacks to "Humiliate" Obama

In times of senseless violence and unbearable pain, many look to their faith for explanation, reassurance, and redemption. Yesterday’s bombings in …

Georgia Parents Raise Hell About Yoga, Non-Christian ‘Ideology’ In Kids' Classes

Officials at a Georgia elementary school apologized this week after parents raised concerns over the use of yoga and mindfulness techniques in …

Trump Retweets Meme Mocking Heidi Cruz's Appearance

Donald Trump on Wednesday night retweeted an image disparaging Heidi Cruz’s physical appearance, the latest jab in a tiff between Trump and Sen. Ted …

Alabama Hospitals To Pregnant Women – "Sorry, honey, we won’t help you here."

It's what every pregnant woman fears. There she is excited to be pregnant for the first time. She is finally getting over the morning sickness, and …

Little Sisters of the Poor take aim at Obamacare's contraceptive mandate

NO PIECE of modern legislation has spent as much time in the cross-hairs of Supreme Court litigation as the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health-care …

Hobby Lobby

Trump’s lessons on foreign policy are off to a rough start

Major presidential candidates tend to announce their foreign-policy teams at some point during their candidacies, letting the public know whose …

Ted Cruz: I Would Win The Nomination At A Contested Convention

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday seemed confident that he would win the Republican nomination if the presidential primary leads to a contested …

Trump: Muslims Are 'Protecting Each Other' And Not Reporting The 'Bad Ones'

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump accused Muslims of intentionally declining to report suspected terrorist activity in a Wednesday interview …

Why security experts called Donald Trump’s response to the Belgium attacks ‘preposterous’

By Peter Holley and<p>Peter Holley<p>Technology reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Lindsey Bever<p>Lindsey Bever<p>General assignment reporter covering national and breaking news<p>Email Bio Follow<p>For months now, Americans have wondered whether Donald Trump’s most controversial foreign policy proposals — such as closing …

Donald Trump

Arizona voters wait hours after GOP official closes polls: ‘It’s almost like they want to disenfranchise us’

Thousands of voters waited in line for hours after polls closed — and winners were projected — in Arizona, after a Republican county official cut the …

Ted Cruz: Police Would Not Be 'Targeting Muslims'

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday defended his proposal for police to patrol Muslim communities in the wake of the attacks in Brussels.<p>“That does not …

SCOTUS Bros Clearly Don't Understand How Women Get Contraceptives

<i>Update</i>: Health care policy experts explained to TPM why the options floated by the court’s conservatives were unworkable. Read more here.<p>The Supreme …