Women, the GOP, and the PBS Documentary “MAKERS: Women Who Make America” [Videos]

By |February 28th, 2013|

In a closed-door conference meeting on Wednesday, Cantor told one GOP member that if they blocked the Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) from coming to the floor, they'd cause "civil war" in the ranks. [National Review] THE TIMING of the PBS documentary "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" is perfect, which is also accompanied by [...]

From Reporter to Economic Activist, Bob Woodward In White House Crosshairs [Email Text]

By |February 28th, 2013|

"You're focusing on a few specific trees that give a very wrong impression of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here. "¦ I think you will regret staking out that claim." - Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy GENE SPERLING's conversation [...]

Queer Talk: NBC News – Obama Administration Will File Brief Opposing Prop 8

By |February 28th, 2013|

NBC News is reporting that the Obama administration will file a brief in support of marriage equality. The Justice Department will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage to resume in California, wading into the protracted legal battle over Proposition 8 and giving gay-rights advocates a new court ally. The Supreme Court will [...]

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Queer Talk: House Passes Inclusive Violence Against Women Act *UPDATED*

By |February 28th, 2013|

UPDATE at end Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate-approved version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill, with a 286 to 138 vote, including 87 Republicans. From The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: (emphasis added throughout) The measure, passed earlier this month by the Senate in a bipartisan 78-22 vote, [...]

Happy Anniversary Let’s Move! What are You Doing to Eat Healthy?

By |February 28th, 2013|

First Lady Michelle Obama and Rachael Ray hug students at Eastside/Northside Elementary School after filming the "Let's Move! Cafeteria Cook Off" kick off competition, in Clinton, Miss., Feb. 27, 2013. The event was part of the "Let's Move!" initiative third anniversary tour. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) For years, America's childhood [...]

News Desk: Kerry Pledges $60 Million Non-military U.S. Aid for Syrian Rebels

By |February 28th, 2013|

Secretary of State John Kerry spots his former brother-in-law and now U.S. Ambassador to Italy David Thorne on the tarmac upon landing at Ciampino Airport outside of Rome, Italy. Kerry, after the talks in Rome, said Washington would more than double its aid to the Syrian civilian opposition, giving it an extra $60 [...]

Justice Antonin Scalia’s “Perpetuation of Racial Entitlement”

By |February 27th, 2013|

Under Section 5 of the law, nine states, mostly in the South, but also including Alaska and Arizona, as well as dozens of counties, townships, cities, and elected boards in other states, must get permission, or "preclearance," from the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington for any change in voting procedures, [...]

Hillary Exits with 2016 “Field-Clearing” Status

By |February 27th, 2013|

WE JUST can't leave it alone. Writing about Hillary Clinton and her prospects for 2016 is just too delectable, too enticing, too historically epic in proportions that keeping it all alive until Mrs. Clinton decides is what any political writer worth his or her salt will do. You're going to have to decide what's worth [...]

The Huhnes: Sex, Speeding and Revenge

By |February 27th, 2013|

Chris Huhne is probably going to jail. That was originally to read "Chris Huhne is in jail", but then the jury in the case involving his ex-wife was dismissed. I don't blame the jury, I'm pretty confused by this sorry tale too. Once again Chris Huhne is where he hasn't wanted to be in a [...]

Queer Talk: The GOP Struggle to Adjust to a Changing Electorate (VIDEOS)

By |February 27th, 2013|

The contrasts and conflicts within the GOP continue to unfold, as the struggle to adjust, or avoid adjusting, to a changing electorate plays out. CPAC is the current window into the inner contradictions and clashes, as stories about Chris Hayes Says He Won't Attend CPAC if GOProud is Banned and Charles Krauthammer Calls CPAC Decision [...]