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CRAIG CRAWFORD is a news commentator, author and blogger (craigcrawford.com) based in Washington, DC.

He is the author of The Politics of Life, Attack The Messenger, and Listen Up, Mr. President.

Since moving to Washington in 1989, Crawford has been a columnist for Congressional Quarterly, Editor-in-Chief of The Hotline and DC Bureau Chief for The Orlando Sentinel. Before journalism, he practiced law in Florida and is still a member of the Florida Bar.

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What About NBA's Homophobe Owner?

(178) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 9:07 AM

While a racist in their midst deservedly gets the boot, the NBA and its players paid no attention when one of its owners gave half a million dollars to an anti-gay group, defended it and, despite a tepid boycott effort, went along his merry way without any consequence.

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The Dingell Dynasty

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 7:21 PM

The PBS show Downton Abbey -- about snooty Brits so snooty their snootiness is almost as snooty as their furniture -- fascinates Americans because English accents make us feel inferior and we love it. We also get a kick out of their dynasties, as in how Downton's entitled family must...

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Sure, China, Why Don't You Run the Global Economy

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 2:58 PM

America's biggest creditor, China, in a scathing editorial published by its official news agency, takes a few shots at the U.S. budget fight, hinting its time for them to call the shots:

As U.S. politicians of both political parties are still shuffling back and forth between the White...

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Shut Down and Show Me The Money

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 12:56 PM

Could it all be just another ingenious Washington fundraising scheme? Or perhaps lawmakers have just stumbled into this trough. But now that Congress has opened the shutdown gates to restore favored projects just imagine this connivance: Special interests descend on Capitol Hill with campaign contributions to get their funding back....

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GOP Starves the Poor for Votes?

(14) Comments | Posted September 29, 2013 | 9:36 PM

While we fret over Obamacare in the lurch of budget showdown games how about feeding the hungry held hostage?

Trail Mix contributor Joe Bruns sorts the details about a lesser covered debate: Savaging what used to be called food stamps (now SNAP).

Twenty-three million SNAP beneficiaries...

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Don't Mess With Texas?

(3) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 3:29 PM

One of my blog writers offers some detailed research here on Perry's Texas boasting...

By Trail Mix Contributor Joe Bruns -- Texas Governor Rick Perry is on the trail again. Unlike his short-lived but memorable presidential campaign, this time he is trolling for business instead of votes.

Gov. Perry is...

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A Chilling Forecast

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 6:37 PM

One of my blog writers penned this bit of satire that seemed worth sharing . . .

By Trail Mix Contributor Nash 2.5 --

What if the news media covered mass shootings like traffic reports or the weather?

"Thanks, Charles, for the sports coverage and now let's hear...

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Wow, That 'Economic Focus' Last July Sure Was Fun

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 11:28 PM

Not even a trunk load of Ritalin could keep this president focused on the economy. For what, maybe the 40th time, back in July he was "re-focusing" on the economy. Best I can tell that lasted until breakfast the next day.

Obama Focuses on Economy, Vowing to Help Middle Class...

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Our Gay Wedding, The Video

(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 10:23 PM

This is my last wedding post, I promise. The deed is done, life is long.

Produced by Andrew Satter

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The Program

April 6, 2013
Washington, D.C.

Officiant

The Honorable Patricia Broderick
Superior Court, The District of Columbia

We are here today to celebrate a loving relationship and a legal milestone. In 2010 the District of Columbia became the first jurisdiction below the Mason-Dixon line to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

David and Craig also want to celebrate the expansion of rights this moment represents. And to celebrate our nation's founders -- and yes, they include Abigail Adams, who inspired her husband, John, and whose words you will hear shortly.

The Constitution has personal meaning for David and Craig. They first met more than 25 years ago in Philadelphia during the week of its 200th Anniversary.

While the authors and supporters of the Constitution might not have had gay marriage on their minds they meant to create a flexible system of government that allowed future rights they had not imagined. They specifically said so in the Ninth Amendment, which Craig and David have asked me to read to begin this ceremony:

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

-- Judge Patricia Broderick

Readings

  • John Adams: "Regard the honor and moral character of the man more than all other circumstances. Think of no other greatness but that of the soul, no other riches but those of the heart." (Read by Paul Lester)
  • Abigail Adams: "I have sometimes been ready to think that the passion for Liberty cannot be strong in those who have been accustomed to deprive their fellow creatures of theirs." (Read by Claudine Hellmuth)
  • John: "An honest, sensible, humane man, above all the littleness of vanity and extravagances of imagination, laboring to do good rather than be rich, to be useful rather than make a show, living in modest simplicity clearly within his means and free from debts and obligations, is really the most respectable man in society, makes himself and all about him most happy." (Read by Michael Yakavonis)
  • Abigail to John: "I look back to the early days of our acquaintance and friendship, as to the days of love and innocence; and with an indescribable pleasure I have seen scores of years roll over our heads with an affection heightened and improved by time." (Read by Denise Rathman)

Toasts
Carolyn Adams (Craig's cousin)
Dale Blank (David's sister)

Others in Wedding Party
Tim Juday
Luis Prats
Hope Scripture
Cheryl Yakavonis
 

Still Now...
These two today
celebrate a life time of being together.
And still now,
when Craig is talking
about the world and the politics of Life,
looking tenderly in the direction
of David
And David is smiling
a shine like dawn itself,
you know that you are in the presence of
all goodness,
all life,
All Love.
Let us now celebrate this Love
And the gift of Craig and David in our lives.

-- Ruthanne "Rufus" Collinson
Poet Laureate of Gloucester,...

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This Gay Marriage on Course

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 6:22 PM

As the Supreme Court wrapped up the first day of arguments on same-sex marriage my partner of 25 years, David Blank, and I were 1.2 miles down the street (via Constitution Avenue) applying for our marriage license at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. After the...

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Game On for Gun Background Checks

(21) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 10:01 AM

After rejecting an assault weapons ban as part of a comprehensive gun control bill, Senate Majority Harry Reid backed off threats to also scuttle universal background checks.

Sure, it's disappointing for gun control advocates to lose the assault ban, but expanding background checks -- and cracking down...

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Next on Reid Hit List? Weapons Background Checks

(10) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 5:05 PM

Now that the Senate's top Democrat, Harry Reid, has made sure an assault weapons ban won't even get a vote has he set his sights on gutting universal background checks?

In announcing the demise of the assault ban the Majority Leader also warned that he might shelf an expansion of...

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Happy Birthday C-SPAN

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 9:16 AM

Thirty-four years ago this week the unblinking eye we call C-SPAN turned on its Capitol Hill cameras for the first time -- and they've never been turned off.

Like air and soil and water -- all the indispensable stuff of life we take for granted -- C-SPAN is...

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I'm Getting Married

(11) Comments | Posted March 17, 2013 | 9:07 PM

Yep, it's really happening. In less than three weeks I'll be officially hitched, with the blessing of District of Columbia law, to my man, the great and wonderful David Blank.

While at times the details have been overwhelming, this has been a fun adventure -- but nothing like the 25...

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Bloody-Minded 2014

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 5:42 PM

I can't think of a midterm election that has mattered more. Next year's congressional races will determine President Barack Obama's legacy. And that's what his Inaugural speech was all about.

Rallying defeat of the GOP's House majority and its Senate filibuster veto would pave the way for the progressive change...

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Run Hillary, Run!

(4) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 4:55 PM

Is there really any question about whether Hillary Clinton would be a kick-ass first woman president? My guess is that she'd get more done than her husband, whose presidency, sadly, will be remembered by historians as largely uneventful except for an impeachment-provoking sex scandal.

HRC's womanhandling of Senate critics in...

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Winning the Culture War

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 3:31 PM

President Obama's Inaugural Address did not waste the moment. He declared victory in the culture war that social conservatives have waged for so long against liberals. He clearly sought to shift the balance of power to progressives.

But are his fellow victors so sure? Liberals have been beat up,...

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Follow the Money, Wall Street Shies Away From Gun Industry

(32) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 4:40 PM

Whether or not the Newtown killings persuade Congress to do something, it looks like Wall Street will. Gun industry investments are suddenly toxic.

In a pattern Wall Street experts expect to see across the industry, the New York City investment group that owns the maker of the Newtown murderer's...

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NRA Bullies Hijack Debate

(7) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 2:26 PM

By the way, the Constitution doesn't give the NRA a veto over gun laws. But you wouldn't know it by reading breathless news headlines heralding the opinions of this weapons industry front group.

Is it really news that the NRA rejects the president's gun control proposals? It might be if...

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Our Judy Time

(1) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 3:12 AM

This holiday I am thinking about Judy Garland. Her fragile strength was not the contradiction it seems, and her memory presents what we need most after tragedy -- hope rising above hate. She didn't end well fore sure, but dammit she tried. This week I've devoted my blog to her...

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