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Must Read Op-Eds for June 27, 2011

06/27/11 10:11AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.WHY IS HE BI? (SIGH)  BY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESThis legislative session will be remembered for New York's acceptance of same-sex marriage, a milestone in the national fight for this fundamental freedom. Five other states, along with the District of Columbia, allow same-sex couples to marry. But more than three dozen states define marriage as between a man and a woman. read more

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., addresses the crowd during a welcome home event in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa Sunday, June 26, 2011. Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said Sunday her bid to unseat President Barack Obama shouldn't be viewed as ...

Top Talker: Michele Bachmann will launch Presidential Bid today

06/27/11 10:02AM

 Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will formally kick off her campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination today. Speaking in her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa, Representative Bachmann is expected to emphasize her "hometown roots." Bachmann's Iowa announcement comes as a new Des Moines Register poll has her at the top of the list of GOP presidential contenders. The Congresswoman received support from 22% of likely Iowa caucus voters, just behind Mitt Romney's 23%. read more

Ron Paul and Barney Frank's totally excellent legislation

Ron Paul and Barney Frank's totally excellent legislation

06/24/11 04:54PM

Rep. Ron Paul (an M.D.) and Rep. Barney Frank (not an M.D.) – who are as far apart politically as Justin Beiber and Kurt Vile are musically – have teamed up for that little thing that unites everyone from soccer moms to your friends on the Haight: marijuana.The two have united to introduce the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, which would allow states to create their own marijuana laws and would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.Rep. Frank spoke to msnbc’s Chris Jansing earlier today, saying:"I think the general public is more enlightened on this issue than my colleagues. read more