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Long Read: “Benedict & the Cumberbitches… “

Special for the Crackerdaughter, plus the man’s other fans here. Jada Yuan, at NYMag, on “What fame looks like from inside a meme“: The ones nearest the front have been camped out for hours, bodies wedged against barricades—a scrum of people ten rows deep, jockeying for position, climbing lampposts for better views, and rendering blocks [Read more...]

Guess Who Doesn't Want Social Security's Offices Closed -- and Who Does

Some surprising new polling results underscore the unpopularity - and long-term destructiveness - of Congress' ongoing attacks on the Social Security system. The new Republican Congress is expected to force additional office closures...Show More Summary

When the marmoset is happy, we're all happy.

("Ninita, our orphaned baby pygmy marmoset, gets a much loved toothbrush massage from her keeper. Ninita was born deaf, and abandoned by her parents. [Rare Species Conservatory Foundation] staff hand-reared her, and she is now doing well in an enclosure of her own with a handsome boyfriend.")

Laura Ingraham Advises GOP To Dismantle 14th Amendment's "Birthright Citizenship Nonsense"

Fox News and ABC News contributor Laura Ingraham has repeatedly urged the Republican party to prioritize the elimination of birthright citizenship, a constitutionally-protected right that cannot be abridged without repealing parts of the 14th Amendment. Show More Summary

What Americans Have Forgotten About The Era Before Roe v. Wade

The doctors who were alive back then want to remind us how legal abortion transformed public health in the U.S. The post What Americans Have Forgotten About The Era Before Roe v. Wade appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Republicans Appoint Obama's Next Pain in the Butt

Jason Chaffetz of Utah will succeed the combative Darrell Issa as the chief GOP inquisitor of the Obama administration. He's promising a better approach, but can he deliver?

"It’s probably one of those defense things where my identity is so entrenched in appearances, how I’ve never really felt like a man."

"So maybe that’s part of the gender-bending thing. Maybe I inch closer to the estrogen side, and it gets mistaken for style. I am just a guy, a heterosexual guy, but at the same time I’ve got this very queer sensibility that I’ve just been endowed with. Show More Summary

Kill Net Neutrality, Because Obamacare

Earlier last week, President Obama publically threw his support behind Net Neutrality, which immediately launched conservative wingnuts into apoplectic tantrums. The Tea Party's lunatic-in-chief, Ted Cruz (R-TX), turned up his innerShow More Summary

China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

The Chinese government announced Wednesday it would cap coal use by 2020. This staggering reversal of decades of Chinese energy policy was the inevitable result of China's recent pledge to peak CO2 use in 2030 or earlier, especially when combined with goals to slash air pollution. Show More Summary

Gun Extremist Larry Pratt: Obama Is Anti-Gun Because "We Might Just Want To Use Them To Keep People Like Him From Becoming Tyrants"

Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt said in an interview that President Obama "clearly doesn't like the fact that the American people can own guns because we might just want to use them to keep people like him from becoming...Show More Summary

The Unlikely Story Of How Religion Helped Bring Same-Sex Marriage To North Carolina

“What we’ve done departs from a lot of how LGBT organizing has happened in the South,” Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara said. The post The Unlikely Story Of How Religion Helped Bring Same-Sex Marriage To North Carolina appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Doing the okey-doke with Sylvia Burwell.

On "Meet the Press" this morning, Chuck Todd was talking to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, and he presented one of those amazing Jonathan Gruber clips like this: "This is how Gruber explained taxing high-end Cadillac health insurance plans and sort of doing a little 'okey-doke.'"I had never heard "okey-doke" used like that. Show More Summary

Why We’re Expanding YSEALI: Helping Build the Next Generation of Leaders in Southeast Asia is Good for America

I just left a town hall meeting President Obama held with youth leaders. The people he met with -- students, social entrepreneurs, and business people -- were smart, engaged, and worldly.

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