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Stephanie Schriock

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Doing It for Our Moms

Stephanie Schriock | Posted July 11, 2012

Gabriel Giffords beamed at her mom throughout Gloria's speech. Gloria was firm about one thing: Gabby was determined, she was focused, she wasn't done yet.
Jim Wallis

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My Neighbor's Faith: A Test of Character

Jim Wallis | Posted July 11, 2012

This conflict is really about the role that faith will play in America. It is about whether or not we will accept Muslim Americans as true Americans or as second-class citizens. It is a test of our character, and we dare not fail it.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

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The Lacey Act and the Law

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted July 11, 2012

Two days ago, I pointed out Senator Rand Paul mislead the public regarding the arrest of two men for violating the Lacey Act by illegally harvesting lobsters. Senator Paul responded and implied that it was I, in fact, who was misleading the public.
Chris Weigant

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Friday Talking Points -- Most Impressive, Mr. President

Chris Weigant | Posted July 11, 2012

We're throwing our usual format away today, because this was a momentous and historic week in American politics, and we thought it needed the entire column to address.
Michael Takiff

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No, Mitt, 1960s Preppies Did Discuss and Consider Homosexuality

Michael Takiff | Posted July 11, 2012

I agree with those who argue that a 65-year-old man should not be judged on actions he took as a teenager. We've all done stupid, callous things during our youth. But that 65-year-old man does not deserve a pass for the way he's behaving now.
Jose Antonio Vargas

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Gay Marriage and a New American Majority

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted July 11, 2012

A different American majority is emerging, and what it means to be a minority in a country that will soon be minority-majority is being redefined.
Rob Richie

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Broader Reform Lessons From Dick Lugar's Primary Defeat

Rob Richie | Posted July 11, 2012

Winner-take-all voting incentivizes partisanship, compels centrists to squeeze into restrictive ideological boxes and rewards the "us-versus-them" mentality moderates resist.
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

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Obama's Accidental Heroism

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted July 11, 2012

That the president finally was motivated to grant his approval is a wonderful event. However, I stand apart from those who believe Obama's 11th hour gay marriage support was risky and courageous.
John Conway

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The Balance of Power

John Conway | Posted July 11, 2012

Political fortunes ebb and flow over time; we pull to the left and then the pendulum swings to the right and then back again.
Ashley Broadway

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Happy Mother's Day... Well, Almost

Ashley Broadway | Posted July 11, 2012

Thanks in part to the misleadingly named Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the military does not acknowledge me as a spouse, nor do they acknowledge me as our child's mother. The only recognition I receive is the status of "caregiver."
Rebecca Wanzo

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DOMA Legislation Is Not Jim Crow

Rebecca Wanzo | Posted July 11, 2012

DOMA is not Jim Crow, but DOMA legislation is one of the principle moral and ethical issues of our time, and this is why it is important to name the specificity of this kind of harm.
Barry Strauss

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Leadership Advice: 9 Things Obama Could Learn From Caesar

Barry Strauss | Posted July 11, 2012

True, Caesar came to a bad end. He grew too fond of power and too trusting of his friends, and he paid with his life on the Ides of March. Yet Caesar offers leadership lessons in both war and politics. Even an accomplished politician like President Obama could benefit from the following tips.
Marian Wright Edelman

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Working Hard to Get Back on Track

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted July 11, 2012

Programs like Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, food stamps, and transitional housing are lifelines that work when people fall on hard times. We need to preserve them. But that's not what the Ryan "reconciliation budget" just passed by the House of Representatives would do.
Rep. Joe Baca

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On Mother's Day, Let's Honor the Mothers in Our Families

Rep. Joe Baca | Posted July 11, 2012

This Mother's Day finds Medicare, a program that is vital to the health and well-being of mothers and grandmothers everywhere, under attack.
Aubrey Sarvis

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Obama, Service Members and Marriage Equality

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted July 11, 2012

We are fighting in court to overturn DOMA and assure that gay and lesbian married military couples receive the same benefits from the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs that their married straight comrades take for granted.
Mariko Chang

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The Government Must Make a Serious Investment in Higher Education

Mariko Chang | Posted July 11, 2012

While some may believe that the government cannot afford to help invest in the higher education of its citizens, we can't afford not to.
Lauren Brown Jarvis

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Obama Condones Same-Sex Marriage; When Will He Condemn Poverty?

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted July 11, 2012

Tavis Smiley believes America has the power to completely eradicate poverty amongst its citizens in a little as ten years. He questions how America could allow the dreams of its people to transform into a nightmare.
Louis Virtel

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Weeklings: Presidents Are Gay (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted July 11, 2012

Hannah Matthews

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For Mother's Day: A Present That Values Families

Hannah Matthews | Posted July 11, 2012

It turns out that if our infants do well, our nation does well too. By packaging paid family leave and quality affordable infant care, we can give babies a strong start in their first year of life. That's a package of policies ready for wrapping.
Adam Levin

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It's Time to Solve the Student Loan Crisis

Adam Levin | Posted July 11, 2012

The time has come for the re-creation of AmeriCorps, and the rethinking of the government role in borrowing for education. Specifically, the country needs to address three major problems.
Greta Van Susteren

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In Defense of Robin Roberts

Greta Van Susteren | Posted July 11, 2012

Everyone (yes, everyone!) wanted that interview with President Obama this week (I would have loved it). Now the jealous ones who did not get it show they are petty by taking swipes at Robin and how she got the interview.
Tom Fox

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Doing Your Employees' Work For Them?

Tom Fox | Posted July 11, 2012

To help solve the problem of upward delegation, the emerging government leaders suggested the following clever, straight-forward ideas.
Lyle Denniston

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Constitution Check: Did President Obama Endorse a Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage?

Lyle Denniston | Posted July 11, 2012

There are four ways that a legal right of same-sex couples to enter civil marriage could be created and apply to all states -- two methods under the Constitution, and two by act of Congress.
Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Ph.D.

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A Bold New Chance for Mars Exploration!

Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Ph.D. | Posted July 11, 2012

Certainly, there is no replacement for Earth, and Mars will never be a replacement for Earth. But we do need to move forward, and mission proposals, such as BOLD, will be the first step toward a grand vision.
Carl Jeffers

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Same-Sex Marriage Puts Romney Back in the Race

Carl Jeffers | Posted July 11, 2012

Coming in the middle of a presidential campaign, the moral leadership aspect of same sex marriage will have to take a back seat to the discussion of the political impact aspect of the issue.
Bill McKibben

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The Koch-Stone XL Pipeline

Bill McKibben | Posted July 11, 2012

But the debate continues -- in fact, House leaders are busily trying to fasten automatic approval of the Keystone Pipeline, the biggest straw into the pipelines yet, onto a must-pass transportation bill.
Peter Dreier

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Obama's and America's Remarkable Evolution on Gay Rights

Peter Dreier | Posted July 11, 2012

Historians will no doubt view President Obama's announcement favoring same-sex marriage as an historic statement, parallel to those of FDR on workers' rights and LBJ on civil rights. But like FDR and LBJ, Obama's endorsement was due to a combination of personal belief and political opportunity.
Jessica Arons

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Obamacare Is Good for Moms

Jessica Arons | Posted July 11, 2012

People always say good health is the greatest gift, so let's make health a priority this Mother's Day. Now that I am a mother myself, I am even more appreciative that I have health insurance that covers the care I need. All moms deserve the kind of quality, affordable care...
Mark R. Kennedy

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Trouble Down Home on the Farm: Implications of Lugar's Loss

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted July 11, 2012

While I could vigorously dispute some of Lugar's actions while applauding others, I am passionately interested in breaking the gridlock to address our nation's most pressing challenges.
Matthew Bode

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Gay Christian Money

Matthew Bode | Posted July 11, 2012

Many in the LGBT community live in the closets of their own churches, supporting the very institution that would prefer that they did not even exist.
Hayley Rose Horzepa

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LGBT Community Makes Strides in Argentina, Loses Ground in US

Hayley Rose Horzepa | Posted July 11, 2012

In Argentina, "Senators approved the Gender Identity law by a vote of 55-0." 55-0? I can't imagine that unanimity happening with any positive legislature for the LGBT in this country.
Mike Lux

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Lord of the Flies? In Abundance

Mike Lux | Posted July 11, 2012

Romney went from being the big bully in his high school, to being the cavalier dad who made the family dog ride on top of the car even when it was making him sick, to being the "vulture capitalist" at Bain Capital.
Rob Kampia

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When a Marijuana Loss Is Actually a Victory

Rob Kampia | Posted July 11, 2012

The vote on a major medical marijuana amendment on the floor of the U.S. House on Wednesday night was an exciting development, even though the amendment was rejected by a vote of 163 to 262 (with three current vacancies and seven not voting). Four congressmen -- Maurice Hinchey...
Arthur Bruzzone

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Occupy Wanes, Ignoring 'Regime Change'

Arthur Bruzzone | Posted July 11, 2012

Occupy protesters have held Obama blameless. That's not the case for Occupy's distant cousin, the Tea Party movement. They actively opposed Republican candidates across the nation -- which gave way to campaign politics. They found an end game.
Jennifer Hamady

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Reframing the Argument on Gay Marriage

Jennifer Hamady | Posted July 11, 2012

In North Carolina this week, we were distracted yet again by the 'marriage' issue from the real matter at hand: equality. Which we can achieve by demanding the legality of civil unions.
Richard (RJ) Eskow

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Will Democrats Embrace American Austerity? Crash This Party and See

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted July 11, 2012

Maybe your invitation to billionaire Pete Peterson's "Fiscal Summit" got lost in the mail. Or maybe they really, really didn't want you there.
Saru Jayaraman

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Where Are You Taking Your Mom to Eat This Mothers' Day?

Saru Jayaraman | Posted July 11, 2012

This Mother's Day, wherever you take your mom, ask the manager at the end of the meal about the hourly wage of servers and bussers in the restaurant before tips, and whether they provide paid sick days.
Graham Milne

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I Can't Worry About Gay Marriage; I'm Too Focused on My Own

Graham Milne | Posted July 11, 2012

That, I think, is how one preserves the sacred institution of marriage -- by making our own an example of the best that it can be, not fretting fruitlessly over whether other people can or can't get married to the person they love.
Warren J. Blumenfeld

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Marriage Equality: Our Rights Are Not Up for Debate!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted July 11, 2012

While many of our political leaders debate issues of marriage equality, I do not believe that the rights of minoritized people should be up for debate and should be settled on in the voting booth.
Ellen Bravo

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The Gifts Mothers Really Want

Ellen Bravo | Posted July 11, 2012

More and more voters say they're more likely to support candidates who'll make sure family values don't end at the workplace door, and who understand that for the economy to recover, we need policies like these to help people stay employed and have money to spend at local businesses.
Kaitlyn Ridel

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Raising Interest Rates? But Students Are Already in Debt

Kaitlyn Ridel | Posted July 11, 2012

I am a college student who is really tired of hearing Congress argue about college. This week Senate Republicans rejected a bill preventing interest rates on federal student loans from doubling July 1.
Michael J. Petrilli

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Common Core Critics Want ALEC to Tell States What to Do

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted July 11, 2012

Which is the true "conservative" resolution? The one that tells states what to do and demands a one-size-fits-all approach? Or the one that trusts states to make up their own minds -- without interference from Washington?
Rebecca Sive

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Like Hope, Evolving Is Not a Strategy

Rebecca Sive | Posted July 11, 2012

There's a sentiment in a Dr. King sermon I heard growing up that, at long last, we heard expressed by President Obama this week: "We are all God's children." No exceptions. I'm grateful the president took it to heart, whatever the impetus.
Rabbi Jason Miller

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Obama, Gay Marriage Equality and Lag Ba'Omer

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted July 11, 2012

For gays and lesbians who have fought for marriage equality, Lag Ba'Omer 2012 was an epic day on which a plague ended.
Harlan Green

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Ryan Budget Punishes the Poorest -- A Return to 'Les Miserables'?

Harlan Green | Posted July 11, 2012

We know Victor Hugo's message is alive and well when Paul Ryan's latest budget proposal continues to punish the poorest for the sins of the wealthiest, who caused the Great Recession and have yet to be punished.
Steven Kurlander

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Lugar's Defeat Good for Politics, Bad for Incumbents

Steven Kurlander | Posted July 11, 2012

Too often, moderate incumbents like Lugar lose perspective of why they were elected, how to do their jobs and the plight of their constituents.
Byron Williams

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President Obama Rises Above the Amoral Political Paradigm

Byron Williams | Posted July 11, 2012

The president's statement certainly qualifies as his "profile in courage" moment. To take on one of the hot-button social issues less than 24 hours after North Carolina voted in opposition of same-sex marriage was indeed courageous.
Jeff Danziger

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North Carolina Matrimony

Jeff Danziger | Posted July 11, 2012

Sandip Roy

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Obama and Same-Sex Marriage: The Kids Are All Right

Sandip Roy | Posted July 11, 2012

Unless the law changes at a federal level, it won't make a difference when it comes to immigration for gay couples a friend cautioned. The president was careful to say this just what he feels "personally." "But it still feels good," my friend said.
Peter Dreier

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Are There Any Responsible Republicans Out There?

Peter Dreier | Posted July 11, 2012

The defeat Tuesday of Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana in the Republican primary -- trounced by a Tea-Partier -- is one more nail in the coffin of the GOP's conservative wing. Conservative? Isn't Lugar a hands-across-the-ideological-divide bipartisan moderate? During his 36 years in the Senate, Lugar certainly had some bipartisan...
Jerrol LeBaron

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Who Is to Blame? What Do We Do Now?

Jerrol LeBaron | Posted July 11, 2012

Our country is not the nation it once was. We can no longer guarantee the American Dream, and we are no longer a beacon of hope to the rest of the world. America's torch is dimming.
David Coates

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Poverty and Unemployment: The Unfinished Business of the Obama Administration

David Coates | Posted July 11, 2012

Back in the 1930s, it took FDR two goes to get his New Deal up and running. It is time for the Obama Administration to take heart from that, and have a second go itself.
Jonathan_Miller

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Join Me and the President and Make Your Voice Heard on Marriage Equality

Jonathan_Miller | Posted July 11, 2012

President Obama got us to the tipping point. It's up to the rest of us to make marriage equality a reality.
Michael Shaw

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Reading the Pictures: Mitt's Temperature

Michael Shaw | Posted July 11, 2012

For all the Levis and plain-language answers that supposedly constitute Mitt 2.0, what we continue to see in Romney is someone who is excitable, always right and constantly taking offense.
Robert Reich

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How J.P. Morgan Chase Has Made the Case for Breaking Up the Big Banks and Resurrecting Glass-Steagall

Robert Reich | Posted July 11, 2012

What just happened at J.P. Morgan reveals how fragile and opaque the banking system continues to be, why Glass-Steagall must be resurrected, and why the Dallas Fed's recent recommendation that Wall Street's giant banks be broken up should be heeded.
Erin L. Winstanley, Ph.D.

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People Are Dying of Drug Overdoses, Despite Lifesaving Medications

Erin L. Winstanley, Ph.D. | Posted July 11, 2012

We have waged a war against drugs instead of formulating a science-based response to a public health epidemic for which a life-saving medication is available.
Roger Bybee

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Walker's War Against Workers Spreads to the Private Sector

Roger Bybee | Posted July 11, 2012

Labor observers are noting the second recent case of a Wisconsin manufacturing company very deliberately provoking a strike to gain the insertion of a "right-to-work" provision, suggesting that Gov. Scott Walker's attack on public employee rights is spreading to the private sector.
David Katz, M.D.

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Mind-Boggling Nutrition Guidance? You Betcha'!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted July 11, 2012

The National Consumers League, claiming to represent consumers' interests, issued a press release this week announcing they had submitted a complaint to the FDA, asking the agency to banish NuVal from the nation's supermarkets.
Marlo Thomas

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A Letter To The President

Marlo Thomas | Posted July 11, 2012

Before midday, Wednesday, May 9th, America was a different place. Millions of our people in all states were living in torment. They'd not only spent their young lives hiding who they were, they'd grown up to discover they had to hide who they loved.