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Michael Keegan is president of People For the American Way. A longtime activist and business leader, Keegan is a founding national board member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). He serves on the board of the Los Angeles Public Library and as a trustee of the Muriel Pollia Foundation.

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Donald Trump's Horrifying Anti-Immigrant Message Is Anything But New

(12) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 10:28 AM

Donald Trump has horrifyingly shot to the top of the Republican presidential primary in part by presenting a belligerent "us vs. them" message -- with "them" usually being immigrants. It's no surprise that Trump's rhetoric has been appealing to white nationalists. In calling for the mass deportation of...

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Jeb! Wants to Overturn Citizens United, But Not to Get Big Money Out of Politics

(8) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 3:22 PM

It’s safe to assume that when most people say they want the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision to be overturned, it’s because they’ve seen its disastrous effects and they want to see big money have less influence in politics. But GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who inspired a...

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Don't Be Fooled: Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum Are Two of a Kind

(29) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 12:20 PM

Some were taken by surprise when former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum endorsed his former opponent Marco Rubio as soon as he dropped out of the Republican presidential race on Wednesday. But it shouldn’t come as a shock that the conservative true believer, notorious for his anti-gay and anti-abortion...

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The Deafening Silence of the GOP Contenders on Trump's Ad

(174) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 1:52 PM

When Donald Trump first watched his new TV ad that began airing this week, he said, "Play it again. I love the feel of it." I, too, had to play it again, not because I too loved the feel, but out of amazement that this is what the...

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Republicans Created Trump, They Must Stand Up to Him

(87) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 4:07 PM

Donald Trump made one of the most stunning political statements in recent memory yesterday when he called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Campaign spokespeople quickly clarified...

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In Time of Crisis, Too Many Politicians Feed Fear and Scapegoating

(4) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 10:14 AM

In the somber days since ISIS terrorists killed 130 people in coordinated attacks on Paris, elected leaders from around the world have been searching for solutions. But far too many American politicians have fallen back, instead, on that old standby in times of crisis: Stirring up fear and finding someone,...

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Think Trump and the GOP's Racist Rhetoric Are Too Tolerant? NumbersUSA Will Stand Up for You in Tonight's Debate

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 7:59 AM

On Wednesday, if you subject yourself to watching the Republican presidential debates, you'll see a television ad that, at first, seems out of place in its reasonableness. It tells viewers that, "the immigration debate should not be about the color of people's skin." Sponsored by a group you've likely never...

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President 'Stuff Happens'?

(101) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 1:50 PM

On Thursday, Americans braced ourselves as reports trickled in about yet another mass shooting, this one at a community college in Oregon, leaving 10 people dead.

It was a horrific scene that we’d seen too many times before. But Jeb Bush was taking it in stride, and told an interviewer...

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If You Liked 10 Years Of The Roberts Court, You'll Love The Next Republican President

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 10:33 AM

There were plenty of terrifying moments in this month's Republican presidential debate on CNN, but one of the most terrifying, to me, was when the candidates started to complain that the current U.S. Supreme Court isn't conservative enough.

Specifically, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz went...

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When Even Glenn Beck Thinks You're Embarrassing

(15) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 6:17 PM

Sarah Palin had a few things to say in a CNN interview this week. She called the science of climate change "bogus." She said President Obama should carry "a big stick instead of a selfie stick." She demanded that immigrants "speak American." When asked if presidential candidates should...

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The Constitution the Republicans Can't Stand

(864) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 9:00 AM

If you are running for office as a Republican today, you have to mention your reverence for the Constitution at least as much as you mention your love for Ronald Reagan.

The Second Amendment -- every word should be taken literally because it was literally ordained by...

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If Republicans Love One Thing, It's Attacking Women

(353) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 2:07 PM

On some of the highest profile issues in the country, Republicans have painted themselves into a corner. Republican strategists and pundits have wasted hours of breath and gallons of ink agonizing over their party's nasty response to America's growing acceptance of LGBT equality; and they've agonized ad nauseum about how...

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Republicans, Take Down That Flag -- And Stand Up for Voting Rights

(129) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 2:54 PM

The abandonment of the Confederate battle flag by conservative politicians and organizations that previously defended it as a noble symbol of "heritage, not hate" is welcome, if long overdue. And the subsequent move by large corporations to stop selling the flag suggests that we may be...

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Scott Walker Doesn't Get Why His 'Cool' Ultrasound Remark Was So Offensive -- And That's The Problem

(581) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 1:38 PM

Gov. Scott Walker was chatting recently with right-wing radio host Dana Loesch about his efforts to set up regulatory hurdles to abortion access in Wisconsin, when he offered this defense of a law he signed that would require a woman to undergo a medically unnecessary ultrasound before exercising...

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Pamela Geller Is Not a Hero, But...

(44) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 9:24 AM

I am grateful to live in a country where even someone as hateful as Pamela Geller can speak her mind. She can smear President Obama as the "jihadist in the White House" and speculate that he "choked up" with tears when he ordered the killing of...

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If You Liked the Handling of the Terri Schiavo Case, You'll Love President Jeb Bush

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 11:48 AM

As Republican presidential hopefuls begin to pile into yet another clown car, we hear again and again that Jeb Bush is the sane, "establishment" choice for the job.

Anybody who thinks that Bush would provide a less radical alternative to the likes of Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee should just...

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Republicans Stop at Nothing to Attack Immigrants

(49) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 2:14 PM

On March 3, the House of Representatives finally voted for a clean DHS funding bill. Much of the media reported that Republicans saw the irresponsibility of their threats to shut down Homeland Security and passed a clean bill. But they didn't, and no one should lose sight of that.

After...

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New Report Details Kochs' Plan to Target Latino Voters

(47) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 2:12 PM

Late last month, news broke that the network of political organizations tied to Charles and David Koch was developing plans to spend nearly a billion dollars in the 2016 elections.

Given that unprecedented investment, it's essential to understand precisely what the Kochs and their front groups are doing. Yesterday, People...

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What's the Problem With School Choice?

(62) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 1:04 PM

What could possibly be wrong with "school choice"?

The answer to that question depends on the answer to another: What does "school choice" mean?

Does "school choice" mean a school district creating magnet schools focused on science or the arts? Does it mean charter schools that are held to...

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The GOP's Big Weekend: So Much Extremism, So Little Time

(42) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 2:48 PM

If you want to know the current state of the Republican Party, look no further than the activities that the party's leading presidential hopefuls have planned for this weekend. With two such extreme choices, how does a candidate pick just one?

Several top GOP contenders -- including...

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