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Lots of talk, no action on ENDA

It is clear that Biden supports employment non-discrimination, though perhaps only through legislative act. In his speech at the HRC, he referred to workplace discrimination as "close to barbaric" and…

Milwaukee Sheriff’s misguided op-ed underscores GOP’s race, poverty issues

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke caused national ripples earlier this week with his Washington Times op-ed, “Liberal Policies Have Destroyed the Black Family.” This piece is one of the most…

Iowa GOP candidate says her history ‘castrating hogs’ is proof she can ‘cut pork’

In a bizarre campaign ad appropriately titled "Squeal," a Republican candidate for U.S. senate in Iowa cites her experience castrating hogs as evidence she will cut spending in D.C. “I’m Joni…

‘What Now?': Recent grad uses documentary to shed light on student-debt epidemic

Meet Winslow Crane-Murdoch, recent college graduate about to shed some much needed light on the national student debt epidemic. Winslow left school in debt. To pay off loans, he…

President Obama and the politics of ‘cool’

By now, President Obama’s viral appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis is etched into collective political culture and, with March Madness underway, “Barack-etology” is beginning to seize a…

Oprah endorses unknown Congressional candidate: The good and bad of celebrity endorsements

Have you heard of Lavern Chatman? No? Neither has most of America. She’s a Democrat running for congress in northern Virginia. Oprah’s political appearances have been relatively rare in recent…

Fred Phelps, homophobia and the limits of free speech

Last week brought the death of the Reverend Fred Phelps at the age of 84. I hesitate to use that title to describe him because there are few people out…

Blame the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 on bad governance

The loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is painfully logical to those accustomed to Malaysia’s scathing bureaucratic disorganization. There, records go unrecorded and file cabinets amass while suitable Internet stands…

The launch of Vox News means big things for political media

The archetype political millennial, Ezra Klein (Irvine born, holler), released a video explaining the philosophy behind Vox.com. Klein aptly describes the revolution of digital news media: where it was,…

Lack of establishment support for Patrick may mean Van de Putte win in Texas

It's becoming increasingly clear that Sen. Van de Putte has a shot if Patrick the runoff, which would lead to Texas's first divided government in a generation, as Davis will…

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