Queer Talk: Don’t Say Gay, Do Say Discrimination

By |May 22nd, 2011|

Joyce L. Arnold is a liberal Independent whose weekly column "Queer Talk" appears on Saturday. The current edition of a familiar story is playing out in Tennessee. But the Volunteer State is not alone. For example (and notably, not in "the South"), the Minnesota House and Senate have passed the referendum bill which will put [...]

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Mitch Daniels Not Running in 2012, Cites Privacy

By |May 22nd, 2011|

**UPDATED** This is the bookend to Mike Huckabee. The GOP Establishment will have to buy bulk anti-depressants for this one, because Mitch was their guy. I never saw it, especially against Obama, but I'm not seeing Tim Pawlenty either, at least not for the big job. From the AP: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he [...]

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Progressive Notes: RootsAction!, Feingold Names Names, Berstein Debunks Right, Hirono is In

By |May 21st, 2011|

Texan4Hillary offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. Louder than Words Mr. President! See the video driving Obamaphiles nuts here. A new organization called RootsAction has launched promising to get progressives working in the grassroots as a independent force apart from the Democratic Party. They plan to hold electeds accountable and have a youtube [...]

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Queer Talk: By the numbers

By |May 21st, 2011|

Guest Post by Joyce Arnold. One way to get a "big picture" overview is through the numbers provided by polls and surveys. One reason it's important to get a "big picture" perspective is because that's where local stories and individual lives take place. They add up, or subtract down, to create the big picture. So, [...]

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Town Hall Meetings Are No Place for Citizen Journalists?

By |May 21st, 2011|

Guest post by Joyce Arnold. That the 2010 reinvigorated Republicans promised to work in the light of day, and then aren't, is no surprise, any more than it's surprising when Dem Electeds do the same. One thing that's happening in response, though, is worth noting. Think Progress has a short but revealing piece [...]

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Meet Jon Huntsman

By |May 20th, 2011|

George Stephanopoulos has the exclusive: George Stephanopoulos: But I'm asking what you think about him now. Do you believe he's a remarkable leader, and are you in sync with his foreign policy? Jon Huntsman: History will show how effective he is. In terms of foreign policy, we have a generational opportunity, George, to reset our [...]

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TIME Reporter to Huntsman Campaign: Bad idea to ‘yell’ at reporters.

By |May 20th, 2011|

Jay Newton-Small is covering Jon Huntsman in New Hampshire. Not long ago she tweeted her experience with the Hunstman campaign:  "Just waited around 2 ask huntsman a question. Alas, he was too busy. Oh well." The tweets got more interesting from there: The green in the lower JNSmall tweet is because I re-tweeted it. Jay [...]

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1973 War Powers Act in Oblivion

By |May 20th, 2011|

"He cannot continue what he is doing in Libya without congressional authorization. When a president defiantly violates the law, that really undercuts our efforts to urge other countries to have the rule of law," Sherman said. [...] The War Powers Resolution passed in 1973 because of concerns about excess executive power in Vietnam. Congress approved [...]

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Democratic Super PAC Slams Romney in Early Ad

By |May 20th, 2011|

The ad is significant because it represents the first foray by Priorities USA Action, a so-called "Super PAC" that isn't bound by limits on donations, into the presidential cycle, where it's expected to play a big role. - The Hill Republicans, led by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie's American Crossroads, set the stakes and there's [...]

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Tim LaHaye Says No Rapture on Saturday (Yes to Sarah Palin)

By |May 20th, 2011|

"[Harold Camping] comes around and trivializes prophecy, and ignores the words of Jesus himself. That's a disgrace." - Tim LaHaye interview with The Daily Beast I'm so relieved. It was going to put quite a crimp in my gardening plans. For those of you who don't know, Tim LaHaye is the author of the wacky, [...]

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