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21 Things I Did in Australia That I Didn't Tell Immigration

(4) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 2:24 PM

Upon arriving at Adelaide Airport on a dreary Monday morning, three immigration officers pulled me aside for 45 minutes, asking me why I'd bother visiting South Australia's capital.

It wasn't a surprise. I'm black, I'm perplexingly cheerful, I'm a woman, and I was traveling to Adelaide alone without any discernible...

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How to Explain George Zimmerman's Verdict to Future Children of Color

(158) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 8:12 PM

1. "F-cking punks. These a--holes. They always get away."

You could quote neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman himself, telling your kids that "f-cking punks. These a--holes. They always get away," but that could be inappropriate. For one, he used profane language, but more importantly, what Zimmerman said is...

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Scott Walker Embraces Immigration Reform, Broadens Support For Pathway To Citizenship

(341) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) broadened his support for a pathway to citizenship on Tuesday, the Wausau Daily Herald reports.

In a interview with the Daily Herald's editorial board, Walker said the government should "fix things for people already here." He continued that...

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Our Best Friend's Wedding: An Intimate Look at One of Delaware's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 10:48 AM

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Sam Holloway made a promise to Dan Cole in the third grade. He wanted to be the best man in his best friend's wedding.

On July 1, I watched Sam live out his promise on the day our best friend Dan, a legal...

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Ashley Judd Endorses Alison Lundergan Grimes For Senate

(109) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 5:49 PM

Actress Ashley Judd endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes Tuesday, backing the Kentucky secretary of state's challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Judd had given serious consideration to challenging McConnell, but decided against running.

Judd tweeted:

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Sarah Palin's Biblical Insult To Marco Rubio On Immigration Bill: Was It Worth '30 Pieces Of Silver?'

(3494) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 7:25 PM

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) criticized Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) immigration reform efforts on Friday, making a biblical reference to Judas.

The comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the Senate 68-32 on Thursday.

President Barack Obama personally made phone calls from Africa to congratulate...

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Barney Frank Thanks John Boehner For 'The Most Pro-Gay Decision Ever'

(811) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said on Thursday that Americans can thank House Republicans and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.

On Wednesday, the court ruled that DOMA, which barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages...

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Proposition 8 Decision, DOMA Ruling Prompt Reactions From Politicians (SLIDESHOW)

(1226) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 10:52 AM

The Supreme Court ruled on two major gay marriage cases Wednesday, deciding the fate of California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Politicians reacted to the news with a flood of tweets, statements and Facebook posts.

Below, a slideshow of politicians' reactions to the rulings:

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Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Draw Demonstrators To Washington (PHOTOS)

(105) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 9:12 AM

As the Supreme Court makes major decisions on California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, demonstrators are gathering in Washington to rally for their cause.

Supporters and opponents of marriage equality gathered in front of the Supreme Court in March during the hearings on Proposition 8 and DOMA....

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Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder Ruling: Politicians React (SLIDESHOW)

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 1:34 PM

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued its decision on a key civil rights law that provides protection against voting discrimination.

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, a crucial provision that determines which parts of the country must have...

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Daniel Musso's House Catches Fire Days After Gun Rally Arrest

(241) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 2:50 PM

Daniel Musso, a New Hampshire man who was hit with a stun gun and then arrested by police last week at a gun control rally, returned home Saturday to find his house had caught on fire, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

The chimney of Musso's home reportedly...

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Chris Christie Honors James Gandolfini, Orders New Jersey Flags To Fly At Half Staff

(209) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 3:57 PM

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) ordered all New Jersey state buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Monday to mark the passing of actor and New Jersey native James Gandolfini, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported on Friday.

While on vacation with his son in Italy, the 51-year-old...

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Scott Brown To Campaign For Gabriel Gomez

(63) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 12:07 PM

After passing on the chance to return to the Senate and keeping a low profile during the special election race in Massachusetts, former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is jumping in to help the Republican candidate vying for Secretary of State John Kerry's Senate seat.

The Boston Globe reported...

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No More Names, Anti-Gun Violence Campaign, Lists Tamerlan Tsarnaev As Gun Victim

(87) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 6:19 PM

Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was mistakenly placed on a list of gun victims read at an anti-gun violence rally, Concord Patch reported.

The Tuesday event, sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, was held outside the New Hampshire State House in Concord. According to...

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Daniel Musso Subdued With Stun Gun By Police After Heckling Gun Violence Victim's Father (VIDEO)

(1993) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 3:42 PM

A gun rights supporter was hit with a stun gun on Tuesday after he heckled the father of a murdered gun violence victim at an anti-gun violence rally, Concord (N.H.) Patch reported.

John Cantin of Manchester, N.H., spoke at a Mayors Against Illegal Guns event in...

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Obama Takes Off His Jacket, Berlin Cheers (VIDEO)

(4188) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 10:45 AM

While President Barack Obama delivered a speech on nuclear reductions at the iconic Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday, things got a little hot -- literally.

Obama thanked the people of Germany for the "extraordinarily warm welcome" on the 92-degree day.

"In fact, it's so warm, and I...

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Bill Ayers: Obama Should Be Tried For War Crimes

(2235) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 5:41 PM

Bill Ayers, former University of Illinois professor and co-founder of the violent anti-war group Weather Underground, said Tuesday that President Barack Obama should be put on trial for war crimes, according to RealClearPolitics.

"Every president in this century should be put on trial," Ayers told Charlie...

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Gabrielle Giffords Op-Ed On Anniversary Of Newtown Shooting Remembers Victims Of Gun Violence

(667) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 10:58 AM

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) penned an op-ed in The Newtown Bee on Friday in remembrance of gun violence victims, marking the six-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Giffords, who was shot in the head in a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., co-authored...

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Senators From Massachusetts, Illinois Place Bets On Stanley Cup

(28) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Senators representing Massachusetts and Illinois wagered home-state staples on Wednesday on the Stanley Cup Finals.

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and William "Mo" Cowan (D-Mass.) announced their bets on the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Finals series between the Chicago Blackhawks...

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George H.W. Bush Birthday: Looking Back At America's Most Popular 'President Bush' (SLIDESHOW)

(193) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 2:29 PM

Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 89th birthday on Wednesday.

His son, George W. Bush, can claim a few legacies that may not make the nation so proud, and polls suggest that the elder Bush is America's favorite Bush.

The 41st president isn't just known for his...

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