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Dear Bill Keller: Conservatives never left the 60s and that’s the problem

Hey, Bill Keller, you and I need to talk. It’s about your column from Monday saying that the right wing in this country is “finally having their 1960s,” which, um…yeah. I know it must have seemed like such a good idea on the 11th green on Sunday afternoon or after…

As red states push for more restrictions, California expands access to abortions

When you read about abortion these days, the news is mostly about restrictions—new state laws, regulations, and court challenges that aim (depending on your point of view) either to make the procedure safer for women or to put providers out of business. But California is going in the opposite direction,…

North Carolina governor vows to fight Justice Department voter ID lawsuit

North Carolina’s Republican governor has pledged to fight a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in response to a measure that introduces some of the most stringent voting laws in the country. Governor Pat McCrory said that the lawsuit, which warns that the new restrictions are intentionally designed to…

Millions of Catholics have been waiting for a pope who talks like Francis

This is going to be an interesting week for Pope Francis. His “countercuria” – a group of eight cardinals from around the world, selected partly for their known hostility to the way the Vatican has been run – is meeting for the first time. Already he has announced that they…

Texas lieutenant governor on abortion filibuster: We passed the bill thanks to security

At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst said the key to legislative victory was keeping people out of the Capitol building. Dewhurst presided over the Texas Senate in June as state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) filibustered anti-abortion legislation. When questioned about how he handled the…

Lawmaker who supported government shutdown opens gate to WWII Memorial closed by shutdown

Witnesses said a Mississippi lawmaker opened a barricade to allow a group of veterans into the World War II Memorial closed as part of the federal government shutdown. Talking Points Memo reported that Rep. Steven Palazzo and another official were standing by at the gate when the group of 91…

Mississippi city officials deny woman license to run LGBT bar in town

A Mississippi woman is enlisting the aid of the Southern Poverty Law Center in filing a civil lawsuit against the town of Shannon, MS. According to a statement at the SPLC website, Pat Newton is suing the city for denying her a license to operate a bar that caters to…

Arizona Gov. Brewer not sure if Grand Canyon is a ‘priority’ for the Grand Canyon state

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) responded to the partial shutdown of the federal government by saying that the Grand Canyon might not be a priority for the Grand Canyon State. As the government shutdown seemed inevitable on Monday, Brewer told reporters that her cabinet members were preparing for the worst.…

GOP forces government shutdown over health reform law, but Obamacare launches anyway

A key stage of President Barack Obama’s drive to offer cheaper health insurance to millions of Americans opened Tuesday despite a government shutdown but technical glitches blocked many users from signing up. Republican opposition to the plan forced the US government to close its doors and kept hundreds of thousands…

North Korea warns rival South against ‘destructive’ clash

North Korea warned rival South Korea it risks triggering a “destructive” showdown and accused the United States of abusing its power on the UN Security Council, in a fiery address Tuesday. Hours after South Korea paraded a missile capable of pinpoint strikes across the border, North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister…

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