Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld couldn’t say whether or not he supported marriage equality in an interview this week with Larry King, but he did suggest that allowing gay couples to marry could kind of, sort of, lead to polygamy.
“I listened to some of the Supreme Court justices and one of them said, ‘Well, what’s next after that? Is it two people, three people?” said Rumsfeld before being cut off by King, who reminded the 80-year-old of his strong Congressional record as a civil rights advocate. read more
One day before President Obama is to deliver what aides have called a major national security speech, his administration publicly acknowledged for the first time that the United States had killed four American citizens with drone strikes during counterrorism operations in Yemen and Pakistan. read more
Country music legend and Oklahoma-native Toby Keith called his home state “resilient” in an interview with msnbc’s Thomas Roberts on Tuesday, as the pair toured the devastation wreaked by Monday’s massive tornado.
Homes were flattened, buildings were ripped to shreds, and dozens of lives were lost, but Keith vowed Oklahoma would bounce back even stronger than before.
“Come back a year from now, and this place will be vibrant,” said Keith. “The spirit of this place is amazing.”
Watch the full interview with country singer Toby Keith above.
After one of the deadliest tornadoes in history tore through the Oklahoma town of Moore on Monday, millions of people from all over the world sent messages of love and support.
"Heal. Rebuild. Come together," said the first graders in Ms. Sarah Wudyka's class.
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In the chaotic and terrifying 40 minutes it took for a powerful tornado to tear through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, ordinary people reacted to the horror with extraordinary acts of heroism.
Plaza Towers Elementary sixth-grade teacher Rhonda Crosswhite never thought of her own life, she told NBC News, even as the twister decimated the building around her. Crosswhite huddled with several students in a bathroom stall, later covering them with her own body as debris began to fly. read more
In a year when LGBT advocates stand to make the most significant strides for equality since the birth of the modern gay rights movement, an apparent hate crime just blocks away from where the struggle began serves as a stark reminder that the battle is not over.
Mark Carson, a 32-year-old gay man, was shot and killed early Saturday morning in Greenwich Village near the legendary Stonewall Inn, a popular establishment among the gay community where patrons famously clashed with police during a 1969 riot.
Americans' focus on the Internal Revenue Service and Benghazi stories is below average, according to a new poll.
The Gallup poll found that 54% of Americans are following the IRS scandal and 53% of the country's citizens are paying attention to the congressional hearings on the Benghazi, Libya, attack. The data is low based on historical measures of other news stories during the last two decades, the survey out Friday found. read more
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The lobbying arm of the conservative group that scores Republican lawmakers on the their votes, made it very clear that its members are enjoying the negative attention President Obama has received this week. In a letter addressed to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the group’s CEO discouraged the Republican leaders from bringing any legislation to the floor that could distract from Obama’s scandal trifecta. read more
LGBT advocates got some encouragement from Sen. Harry Reid on Wednesday about the prospects of a bill designed to protect gay and transgender employees from workplace discrimination. Reid didn’t exactly guarantee that he would put the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to a Senate vote this year, but he did disclose in an interview with the Huffington Post that his niece is gay--a potential sign, advocates hope, that the majority leader will take a more aggressive approach to passing ENDA as soon as possible.
Beset by scandal and mired in criticism, President Obama now searches for a solution to salvage his ambitious second-term agenda and presidential legacy. In what could be considered a silver lining, however, the 44th president has more than a few predecessors to look to for guidance.
An already-ugly House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday turned even nastier when Texas Republican Louie Gohmert took the wheel on questions related to last month’s Boston Marathon bombing--specifically, about what the FBI did and did not do after receiving information from Russian intelligence that suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been radicalized.
The Republican National Committee is pushing back against flak it received after the committee’s former Florida director in charge of Latino outreach said he was leaving the GOP because of its “culture of intolerance.”
RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer on Wednesday called the incident a case of “sour grapes.”
Despite maintaining that the NAACP was unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service in 2004, the civil rights organization’s former chairman now finds the IRS’s special scrutiny of Tea Party groups “entirely legitimate.”
“I don’t think there are any parallels to what we’re seeing today,” said NAACP Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond on msnbc Tuesday. “Here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political, who’ve tried as best as they can to harm President Obama in every way they can,” Bond said of Tea Party loyalists.
Updated, May 14, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill Tuesday that legalizes gay marriage, making the state the 12th to do so.
Marriage equality gained an important foothold in the Midwest on Monday, as the Minnesota Senate voted to approve a historic measure extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples.
Hundreds of supporters at the Capitol erupted in cheers as lawmakers passed the bill by a vote of 37-30 in the state Senate, where Democrats hold a 39-28 majority.