Proposition 8: Reading the Tea Leaves

Sara Robinson at Orcinus speculates on what might happen if California’s Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8 tomorrow: Nobody has a clue which way they’re likely to rule. Activists on both sides have been scrying the tea leaves and chicken bones on this ever since the court heard the case back in...

Republicans on Slavery and Patrimony

Today, the Republican National Committee attacked Barack Obama for a speech he gave in 2001 in which he said that the Constitution’s acceptance of slavery was a fundamental flaw in that document. The RNC attack came in a tweet that was timed to coincide with Obama’s national security speech at...

Bill Clinton Refers Six Times to “Unfertilized Embryos” in Interview with Sanjay Gupta

The right is having a field day with this, and I have to admit it’s pretty appalling. If Clinton had said this once and conservative bloggers had jumped on it, I would have cried foul. But he said it six times during the interview — and Gupta did not correct him. It’s clear that Clinton...

Religious Right Is Shocked That Obama Did Just What He Said He Would Do

In a sane, rational political climate, it would be possible to disagree — even quite passionately — with  a government policy or a presidential decision and still have a respectful and meaningful public dialogue among people of strongly differing positions on particular issues. But for that to...

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