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SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama says he won’t go after pot users in Colorado and Washington, two states that just legalized the drug for… read more

‘These Parents Lost Their Hearts Today’

Posted by Michael McLaughlin On December - 15 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

NEWTOWN, Conn. — On a bitingly cold Friday night 11 days before Christmas, hundreds of people spilled out of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church,… read more

DANBURY, Conn. — It was a call they had often prepared for, but hoped never to take. Shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, doctors in the… read more

Earlier this year, California enacted a law that defines as "unprofessional conduct" any effort of a "mental health provider" to engage in "sexual orientation change efforts with a patient under 18 years of age." read more

Gun Advocate: Armed Teachers Could Have Minimized Shooting Tragedy

Posted by The Huffington Post On December - 14 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Steve Dulan, a board member for the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners who is supporting a state bill that would allow concealed weapons in… read more

Finally, Some Good Fiscal News For Maryland (Almost)

Posted by The Baltimore Sun On December - 14 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

For the first time since a recession gripped the country in 2008, Maryland is approaching a General Assembly session with good fiscal news: Neither tax… read more

Michigan’s recent battle makes this a good time to explain the union movement’s important role in our economy’s overall health. We’re about to explain why… read more

WASHINGTON — Caitlin Berberich, managing attorney with the Southern Migrant Legal Services, a project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, said that when paralegals visit migrant… read more

Two Alaska Native legislators were at the peak of power during the last legislative session in Juneau. Even though they weren’t serving as Senate President… read more

The GOP’s Selective Concern for the Poor

Posted by Steve Benen, MSNBC On December - 12 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Steve Benen, MSNBCLouisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) school voucher scheme has been plagued by a series of problems, culminating in a legal defeat in a state court two weeks ago. But in a Brookings speech yesterday, the Republican governor said he… read more

Can God Save Egypt?

Posted by Thomas Friedman, New York Times On December - 12 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Thomas Friedman, New York TimesWhen you fly along the Mediterranean today, what do you see below? To the north, you look down at a European supranational state system "” the European Union "” that is cracking up. … read more

Taking Away an Unfair Privilege

Posted by Paul Moreno, National Review On December - 12 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Paul Moreno, National ReviewBefore the New Deal, nearly every state was a “right to work” state. They assumed that competent parties were free to make employment contracts on any terms that they found mutually advantageous. Employe… read more

Is the U.S. Moving to the Left?

Posted by John Cassidy, The New Yorker On December - 11 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

John Cassidy, The New Yorker Over the weekend, at a Christmas party in Brooklyn, I ran into an old acquaintance, a veteran editor and publisher of serious, left-leaning books. For much of the time I’ve known him, he’s been… read more

Huff TV: WATCH: Ryan Grim Talks Fiscal Cliff

Posted by Huff TV On December - 11 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief at The Huffington Post, appeared on the McLaughlin Group last week to discuss the current state of political negotiations over… read more

Michigan Labor Fight Cleaves a Union Bulwark

Posted by Monica Davey, NY Times On December - 10 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Monica Davey, NY TimesLANSING, Mich. — With Democratic furor escalating and party leaders warning that Michigan was about to be plunged into lasting political discord, the state’s Republican-led Legislature was on the verge of appr… read more

MINNEAPOLIS — When Jack Baker proposed to Michael McConnell that they join their lives together as a couple, in March 1967, McConnell accepted with a… read more

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California sheriff has vowed that his department won’t use an aerial drone to spy on ordinary people, but civil… read more

Same-Sex Marriage Meets High Court

Posted by Michael Klarman, Los Angeles Times On December - 9 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Michael Klarman, Los Angeles TimesOn Nov. 6, for the first time in American history, a majority of voters in a state — indeed, in three states — approved same-sex marriage. On Friday, the Supreme Court decided to weigh in on the is… read more

Same-Sex Couples Begin Marrying In Washington

Posted by AP On December - 9 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Same-sex couples in Washington state began reciting wedding vows early Sunday morning, just minutes into the first day they could marry after… read more

A Remarkable Event in Michigan

Posted by John Steele Gordon, Commentary On December - 7 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

John Steele Gordon, CommentaryBills that would make Michigan the 24th state to adopt a right-to-work law have passed the Michigan Senate and House, both in Republican hands. If the bills are reconciled, as seems likely, the legislation will be signed … read more

Americans To Feds: Leave Pot States Alone

Posted by Emily Swanson On December - 7 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

On Thursday, Washington became the first state to officially legalize marijuana, soon to be followed by Colorado as their new laws legalizing the drug for… read more

Right-To-Work Legislation Passes House And Senate

Posted by Kate Abbey-Lambertz On December - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Following the Michigan House’s lead, the state Senate passed a right-to-work measure on Thursday evening — just hours after Gov. Rick Snyder and top GOP… read more

The Obama campaign strategically decided to focus on the power of one’s inner circle to communicate a message, while the Romney campaign tried to rely on the power of paid media, focusing on advertising to get their message across. read more

I Was a Teenage Conservative

Posted by Steve Erickson, American Prospect On December - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Steve Erickson, American ProspectBarry Goldwater was my first political hero. The most antiauthoritarian figure in mainstream American politics, who said what he thought without giving a damn, he looked and sounded as Western as Arizona, the state he … read more
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