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Aaron Schock goes down

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America’s bougiest Congressman has resigned amid yet another round of spending revelations.
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Indonesia’s top clerics issue fatwa against gays

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The country’s leading Islamic scholars are worried that homosexuals create a “stain on the dignity of Indonesia.”
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Republicans are trying to legally rig elections: Michigan edition

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The GOP’s latest attempt to change the rules of the game in their favor.
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Pat Robertson: Treat your gay son like a “drug addict”

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Because if being gay is a choice, like drug use, it’s so much easier to “fix”
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It’s time to stop debating the Islamic-ness of the Islamic State

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Last Thursday, Mehdi Hassan published a rebuttal to Graeme Wood’s widely-read analysis of the Islamic State. Wood’s piece illustrated the ways in which the Islamic State ...
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Parallels between India’s sexism and America’s racism

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Institutionalized sexism in India has more in common with American criminal justice than we might think.
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It’s time for House Republicans to demote Aaron Schock

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Congressman Aaron Schock (R – Downton Abbey) is more trouble than he’s worth for GOP leadership.
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Transitioning at AMERICAblog

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Yesterday, John announced that, after over a decade spent working tirelessly as a leading advocate and activist in the LGBT community, he is leaving AMERICAblog to blaze new trails ...
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Why I’m leaving blogging

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After 30 years in Washington, I’ve moved to New York City, taken a job with the UN, and am leaving blogging.
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Debates over voting rights are debates over definitions of democracy

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Do outcomes matter more than process? The GOP seems to think so.
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Automatic voter registration in Oregon isn’t enough

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Registration is great, but we should really be focused on increasing actual participation.
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Russia’s Elizabeth Warren?

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On January 21st Russian Duma Deputy Oksana Dmitriyeva went on broadcast television and argued that “in a time of [economic] crisis, there should be a change of teams in government.These ...
Is $35 billion enough for David Koch? He'd tell you no.

Conservative kingpin David Koch signs on to pro-marriage equality amicus brief

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Because discrimination is bad business.
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