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Supreme Court Rules Constitution Guarantees Gay Marriage

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The US Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution contains a right to same-sex marriage.

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies In 6-3 Vote

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The era of legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act is over.

Gun Control Is No More Likely After Charleston Than It Was Before

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Political reality shows us that the shootings in Charleston are not going to have any appreciable impact on the likelihood of any type of gun control law passing anywhere outside of the bluest of the blue states.

What Gun Laws Would Help?

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David Frum calls for several measures to reduce gun violence.

The Stories we Tell Ourselves (Battle Flag Edition)

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An important tenet of the internet is “don’t read the comments.” Well, I have violated that rule of late–which means more musings on the symbols of the CSA.

Some Republicans Can’t Seem To Admit That Racism Was Behind The Charleston Murders

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It’s been obvious from the moment the news broke that the murders in Charleston were rooted in racism, but some Republicans have had trouble acknowledging that.

It’s Long Past Time To Abandon The Confederate Flag

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The murders in Charleston have revived a debate that should have been over a long time ago.

Yes, Dylann Roof Is A Terrorist

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A word that has come in recent years to be used to refer chiefly to Muslim fanatics obviously applies to a man who murdered nine people because they’re black.

Supreme Court Says Texas Can Ban Confederate License Plates, Endangering Freedom Of Speech

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The Supreme Court ruled that states don’t have to grant license plates that display the Confederate flag. Their decision has the potential to seriously harm the First Amendment.

Site Proves Racism Isn’t Really the Problem; Commenters Prove Otherwise

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A black leader is running a billboard campaign to improve his community. Racism ensues.

The Strange Case Of Rachel Dolezal

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The head of the Spokane NAACP has apparently been lying about her racial background, and that’s led to a whole other argument.

Stealing a College Education

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Lee Siegel takes to the NYT to explain “Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans.”

New York Teachers’ Exam Ruled Racially Biased

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Being required to demonstrate competency in liberal arts to teach is racially discriminatory, a federal judge has ruled.

The Politics Of Income Inequality

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Most Americans think that income inequality is a problem, but they don’t all agree on what to do about it.

Americans Are Becoming More Liberal On Social Issues

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A new poll shows that Americans have moved to the left on a wide variety of social issues.

Transgender Historical Revisionism

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Does an individual’s changed gender identity alter history?

Six Baltimore Police Officers Charged In Death Of Freddie Gray

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Big news out of Baltimore and, perhaps, the beginning of justice for Freddie Gray.

Republicans Are Talking About Eliminating Birthright Citizenship Again

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Republicans on Capitol Hill are talking about fundamentally changing what it means to be an American, and it’s a bad idea.

Baltimore: Nonviolence as Nonviolence

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is insightful and eloquent. He’s wrong in this instance.

Hillary Clinton, Sexism, and Male Privilege

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The “racism” debate brought about by Barack Obama in 2000 is getting a spin-off.

Abraham Lincoln, 150 Years Later

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150 years later, Abraham Lincoln continues to inspire us.

Rubio’s Israel Litmus Test For An Iran Nuclear Deal Is Foolish And Unrealistic

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Conditioning an Iranian nuclear deal on recognition of Israel is foolish, unrealistic, and very bad diplomacy.

America’s Top Law Firms Have Declined To Defend Bans On Same-Sex Marriage

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Many of America’s top law firms have declined to accept cases defending bans on same-sex marriage, and that’s okay.

Majority Of Americans Oppose ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

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A new poll suggests that the American public does not support laws that give religious exemptions to businesses that want to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Ted Cruz And The Question Of When A Candidate Is “Qualified” To Be President

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Do we really want to put another first-term Senator with no executive experience in the Oval Office? Because beyond the mere legal requirements, it does not appear that Ted Cruz is qualified to be President.

Indiana To Give Religious Business Owners The Right To Discriminate Against Gays

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Indiana is about to become the latest state to grants special rights to religious business owners.

Yes, Ted Cruz Is A “Natural Born Citizen”

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Just in case there’s any question, yes, Ted Cruz is Constitutionally eligible to serve as President.

President Obama Supports Mandatory Voting, And He’s Wrong To Do So

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President Obama thinks that it would be a good idea if everyone were forced to vote. He’s wrong, and his idea is most likely unconstitutional.

Hillary Clinton Running Away with the Race

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The 2008 runner-up has scared off all serious challengers for 2016. Why?

Hillary Clinton Tries To Quell Controversy Over Email, But Only Creates More Question

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Hillary Clinton addressed the week-long email controversy, but her explanations only raised new questions.

Florida State Employees Ordered Not To Refer To “Climate Change” Or “Global Warming”

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Don’t say “climate change” or “global warming” if you work for Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Controlling Congress

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A theme that just won’t go away.

ISIS is What it Says it Is

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The Atlantic has a fascinating cover story by Graeme Wood titled “What ISIS Really Wants.”

ISIS Has Arrived In Libya, Just How Big A War Are We Looking At?

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ISIS apparently now has a foothold in Libya, and is making inroads in Yemen.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Americans Are Ready For Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage

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Justice Ginsburg acknowledges the fact that, over the past nineteen years, same-sex marriage has gone from something that most Americans oppose to something that most Americans are willing to accept.

Jon Stewart Leaving Daily Show

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Jon Stewart is stepping down as the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” after sixteen years.

On Existential Threats

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I don’t Think that Means What you Think it Means (Huckabee Edition)

Scott Walker Surges In Iowa, But How Much Does Iowa Really Matter?

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Scott Walker surged to the top of a new poll of Iowa Republicans, but Iowa is not a very good predictor of success in the race for the GOP nomination.

John McCain Calls Hearing Protesters ‘Low-Life Scum’

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John McCain is not a fan of Code Pink.

Congress Is Making The U.S.-Israeli Relationship Even More Partisan

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By inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress, Republicans are damaging the U.S. relationship with Israel.

Conservative Pundits Finally Seeing Sarah Palin For What She Is

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Conservatives finally seem to be waking up to the truth about Sarah Palin.

Hillary Clinton Leads Potential Republican Rivals By Double Digits

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Advantage: Hillary.

Are 80 People Richer Than Half the World? Not Really.

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While the issue of income inequality is quite real, Oxfam’s numbers are not.

Obama’s Missed Opportunity

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My latest for The National Interest, “Obama’s Paris Blunder: Part of a Much Bigger Problem,” has posted.

Once Again, Elizabeth Warren Says She’s Not Running For President And, Once Again, Nobody Will Listen

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Elizabeth Warren said once again that she’s not running for President, now or in the future. That’s not going to stop the efforts to draft her, though.

Obama’s Absence From Paris Rally: Egregious Diplomatic Error, Or Much Ado About Nothing?

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Some are criticizing the President for not going to Paris for yesterday’s rally.

Cleveland Police Let 12 Year Old Tamir Rice Lay Dying After Unprovoked Shooting

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New details in the shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice raise more questions.

Catholic League President Blames Charlie Hebdo Publisher for Own Death

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Bill Donohue rightly condemns insulting Muslims—but goes way too far.

Bring Back the BCS!

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Some preliminary thoughts on the inaugural college playoff system.

2014’s Fickle News Cycle

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The news cycle in 2014 seemed to be dominated by a series of real and phony “crises” that grabbed our attention for short periods of time.

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