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The wrong George Zimmerman conversation

04/06/12 07:03PM

The conversation surrounding admitted killer George Zimmerman has, from the beginning, reminded me of the riot scene near the end of Spike Lee's 1989 masterpiece, Do the Right Thing. (Apologies for spoliers, but it has been over 20 years.) The destruction of Sal's Famous Pizzeria, the three old guys who've been sitting on the corner all day start taking steps across the street, intending to do the same thing to the Korean grocery. read more

There are no women in this book, Reince Priebus.

RNC chair goes after the caterpillar vote

04/05/12 11:51AM

It is not an enviable task to lead a party in an election year that has been stomping on women's rights and reproductive freedom -- and in short order may nominate Mitt Romney, a candidate who is extraordinarily unpopular with women. Media is overrun with talk of a "war on women," a (somewhat problematic) military metaphor if there ever was one. read more

'Don't ask, don't tell' in the workplace?

04/05/12 09:28AM

The enigmatic Rep. Steve King (R-IA) sat down with ThinkProgress earlier this week, and the issue of discrimination against gays came up. To avoid such discrimination, Congressman King recommended that gays not be gay:You have private sector businesses here and they need to have freedom to operate. In the first place, I would think that unless someone makes their sexuality public, it’s not anybody’s business, so neither is it our business to tell an employer who to hire. He won’t know who to discriminate against in the first place.Think about what that would entail. read more

Climate change isn't just a matter of degrees

04/04/12 04:54PM

In the course of our discussion about consumer ethics on Sunday, Melissa gave a shout-out to Whole Foods Market for making its seafood section just a little leaner.  The high-end market chain last week blacklisted fish that have been rated red -- the color assigned to seafood that's been overfished, or is caught in a way that threatens other species.The talk of the table was how Whole Foods' philosophy of holistic interdependence might serve as a model for how to carve out social policy positions based on ethics. read more

Republicans have had enough Trayvon, thanks

Republicans have had enough Trayvon, thanks

04/03/12 11:01PM

Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on February 26, going on 40 days ago. That's been enough time for it to become one of the biggest -- and most divisive -- stories of the year. These not-quite 40 days of coverage have been too much for Republicans, according to read more

Obama to spit hot fire on Romney, Ryan budget

04/03/12 10:41AM

Forget for a moment, the jellybean delegate count, or reactionary, media-driven notions of "momentum" in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The new television ad above, which President Obama's re-election campaign will release today, is the first of this election cycle to mention Mitt Romney by name. That's a big of a signifier that this race is all but over as anything we've seen recently.Tonight's primaries in D.C., Maryland, and most notably, Wisconsin are likely to help boost Romney's delegate lead and put him over the halfway-to-1,144 point. read more

Why the Right keeps smearing Trayvon Martin

Why the Right keeps smearing Trayvon Martin

04/02/12 08:09PM

It must seem incomprehensible to many at this point that anyone would still publicly defend admitted killer George Zimmerman -- with the possible exception of Zimmerman's family and his Black Friend/Acquaintance™, Joe Oliver. read more

Bomb planted at Wisconsin Planned Parenthood

Bomb planted at Wisconsin Planned Parenthood

04/02/12 10:47AM

Several reports are emerging of a minor bomb explosion last night outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, WI. No injuries have been reported. From WTAQ, a news-talk radio station servicing the Green Bay area:Grand Chute police are investigating an explosive device that blew up at Planned Parenthood. It happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Planned Parenthood office at 3800 North Gillett Street.  The explosion started a fire that quickly burned itself out. read more

'They're pushing smoke up parents' butts'

04/02/12 10:04AM

Hill said he was accepted to Bowling Green State University but left the college's math placement exam recently."I'm generally good in math, but I was embarrassed. I didn't know any of it."Chanting "What do we want? Education! When do we want it? read more