Politics: August 2013

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HRC Warns Corporate Olympic Sponsors

Filed by John M. Becker | August 30, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

HRC is warning the top corporate sponsors of the 2014 Sochi Olympics that they must speak out for LGBT rights or risk tarnishing their brands.Read More

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Opponent Hits Cory Booker With Anti-Gay Smear

Filed by John M. Becker | August 28, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

New Jersey Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan jumped right into the gutter with viciously homophobic attacks against his opponent, Cory Booker.Read More

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Russian MPs Reportedly Working on 'Ex-Gay' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | August 26, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Lawmakers in the Russian State Duma are working on a bill that would offer gays the chance to become "normal" again through so-called "ex-gay" therapy." Read More

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Indiana Is a Harbinger of the Movement's Future

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 23, 2013 | 10:50 AM | comments

Marriage equality is a conservative value as much as it is a progressive value. Indiana has a better chance to prove that definitively than any state so far.Read More

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Chelsea Manning, Identity Control & Government Violence

Filed by Drew Cordes | August 22, 2013 | 6:30 PM | comments

On the morning Chelsea Manning was sentenced, the U.S. Army released a private photo of her presenting as female. Today, she publicly articulated her desire to transition. The timing speaks volumes.Read More

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Newt's Right Again, But the GOP Won't Listen

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 19, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Once again, Newt Gingrich is telling hard truth and offering good advice to Republicans. There is almost no chance the GOP will listen.Read More

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Dream Defenders: Leaving The Capitol, Not The Fight

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 18, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

After a 31-day sit in that inspired millions and got the attention of Florida lawmakers, the Dream Defenders have ended their occupation of the Florida state capitol. But don't think for a minute that they are going away.Read More

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How Food Stamps Can Help Fight Childhood Obesity

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 11, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

A study shows obesity rates among children from low-income families declined between 2008 and 2011. Those children are less likely to be obese as adults, but $40 billion in cuts to food stamps could stop this trend in its tracks.Read More

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Killing Health Care Reform at Any Cost

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 08, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

The most recent "crazy things conservatives say about health care" reveals just how much Republicans are willing to risk on killing health care reform, and how badly they want to take away the health benefits Americans are already enjoying.Read More

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Obama Has "No Patience" for Russia's Anti-Gay Crackdown

Filed by John M. Becker | August 07, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last night, in an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, President Obama was asked about Russia's brutal anti-gay crackdown and what it means for LGBT and pro-equality athletes, coaches, and spectators at the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.Read More


Wisconsin Lawmakers Leading the Way on LGBT Rights

Filed by John M. Becker | August 06, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin, Mark Pocan, and Gwen Moore are leading the charge for LGBT rights and working hard to bring the LGBT community closer to full equality.Read More


Update: Bishops De-Fund Immigration Groups Over Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | August 06, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

The anti-poverty arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has de-funded a number of groups serving the poor in Illinois because of their membership in a coalition that supports marriage equality.Read More

Rep Keith Ellison Celebrates Minnesota Marriages

Filed by Bil Browning | August 06, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Ellison has released this video from his Congressional office to celebrate the start of marriage equality in Minnesota. Not only does he send along his well wishes, he strums out a little tune on the guitarRead More

PA Democrats Slam Governor on Marriage Stance

Filed by Bil Browning | August 05, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Pennsylvania Democrats are coming out swinging in support of marriage equality.Read More

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Sometimes Those Who Work Still Can't Eat

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 04, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

Republicans are making another attempt to literally take food from the mouths of millions of working families, children, elderly and disabled Americans.Read More


Happy Birthday & Many More for 44

Filed by John M. Becker | August 04, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

President Barack Obama -- the most pro-LGBT president in history -- turns 52 today. Happy birthday, Mr. President!Read More


Dream Defenders: Florida's Dandelion Moment

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 02, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Thousands of Americans took to the streets in largely peaceful demonstrations to express their disappointment over the Zimmerman verdict. A group of young people calling themselves Dream Defenders took their anger and frustration straight to the to the seat of power.Read More


Richard Nixon Praised Russia for 'Rooting Out' Gays

Filed by John M. Becker | August 02, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

An ugly audio recording reveals former president Richard Nixon making a slew of homophobic comments and heaping praise on Russia for "[rooting] out" homosexuality.Read More

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Will 'Moral Mondays' Revive Social Progressives?

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 01, 2013 | 6:30 PM | comments

Moral Mondays may signal the beginnings of a new civil rights movement, fueled by a revival of the moral progressivism of the movement of the 1960s.Read More