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The Democratic Party released its 2012 platform on Monday night, unveiling the party’s plan to strengthen the middle-class and protect Americans’ civil rights.

The platform endorses same sex marriage and a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy. It also calls for higher taxes on wealthy Americans, reforming the financial system, increasing government transparency, and limiting outside campaign spending.

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“In 2008, Democrats, independents, and many Republicans came together as Americans to move our country forward,” the preamble of the platform states. “We were in the midst of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, the previous administration had put two wars on our nation’s credit card, and the American Dream had slipped out of reach for too many.”

“Today, our economy is growing again, al-Qaeda is weaker than at any point since 9/11, and our manufacturing sector is growing for the first time in more than a decade,” it continues. “But there is more we need to do, and so we come together again to continue what we started.”

[Democratic Party website via Juan Camilo Bernal / Shutterstock.com]

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Ex-cult member imagines terrifying end game to Trump’s presidency: ‘He might take everyone with him — like Jim Jones’

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President Donald Trump exhibits many signs of "malignant narcissism," according to some psychologists, and his personality profile fits with other notorious cult leaders.

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‘Crazy as a bag of hammers’ Lindsey Graham mocked for calling Trump’s too-late sanctions on Turkey a ‘game changer’

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Kurdish forces warned they’d go to Putin and Assad if US withdrew: Former Trump envoy

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