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The Village Inn in Virginia Beach, VA.

Office Hours: It takes a Village Inn

04/27/12 04:00PM

Teaching political science, writing for The Nation and hosting a political TV show have distorted my perception of the importance of electoral politics to ordinary Americans. People in my world pore over the latest polls and are breathless with anticipation nearly every Tuesday. But for most Americans, politics is background noise. read more

'Don't say gay' bills advancing in two states

04/27/12 02:59PM

Be careful, Missouri and Tennessee educators: it may soon be against the law to say "gay." Last week in Missouri, House Republicans are advancing a bill that would also prohibit discussions relating to sexual orientation "other than in scientific instruction concerning human reproduction." The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Steve Cookson, argues that the bill is not meant to promote homophobia, but that his intent is to shift the conversation about sexuality away from the classroom and back into the home.State Rep. read more

Terry Jones threatens (again) to burn Qurans

Terry Jones threatens (again) to burn Qurans

04/26/12 01:23PM

You'd think there would be a better way to publicly (and peacefully) condemn terrorist actions than waging a war on an entire religion. One of the biggest mistakes that can be made is assuming one group of people speak for an entire faith. read more

'Papers, Please' was never post-racial

04/26/12 09:17AM

The word "draconian," meaning "excessively harsh and severe," has applied to many a law prior to SB 1070. That said, considering how many times it's been applied to the Arizona anti-immigration law and its legislative siblings throughout the nation, I wouldn't be shocked if the entire phrase "draconian anti-immigration law" ended up in dictionaries, a rhetorical artifact of this strange political moment. read more

Romney's ghosts of campaigns present

Romney's ghosts of campaigns present

04/25/12 12:45PM

First, the (not so) breaking news: per NBC News campaign embed Alex Moe, Newt Gingrich is dropping out of the race. In six days. As we get the official reason for him prolonging the inevitable, we'll update you here. Now, on to what prodded him to make that decision.Gingrich did say last night, "I do think it is pretty clear that Governor Romney is ultimately going to be the nominee." That the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, became even more so last night when he swept all five Northeast Corridor primaries, isn't so much news, either. read more

Gingrich and Huntsman waking up, at last?

04/24/12 12:13AM

Considering that we're talking about a man whose entire political career and personal life have been marred by disgrace, monetary excess, shameless profiteering, and other episodes you think we couldn't even make up if we tried, you'd be excused for asking what on earth Newt Gingrich could possibly do to make things worse for himself politically. read more

Sanford, Fla. police chief Bill Lee, in a prouder moment.

Sanford police chief tries to quit, unsuccessfully

04/23/12 06:12PM

The poor performance of Sanford police chief Bill Lee and his men in the Trayvon Martin investigation was considered by quite a few to be a fireable offense. One of those people today, it seems, was Sanford police chief Bill Lee.Tamron Hall broke the news on "News Nation" this afternoon that Lee, who'd stepped down "temporarily" back in March after his name became synonymous with "embattled," planned to resign today, effective at midnight. read more