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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks Americans Are Ready for Gay Marriage  —  Don't Miss Out — … (Bloomberg) — Americans are prepared to accept a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, pointing to what she described as a sweeping change in attitudes toward gays.
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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
U.S. Orders Judge in Alabama to License Same-Sex Marriage Weddings  —  MOBILE, Ala. — A federal judge here on Thursday ordered that a county probate judge must comply with her earlier ruling and cannot refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  —  The federal judge …
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Ginsburg's Astounding Indiscretion  —  Unbelievable.  —  “Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks Americans Are Ready for Gay Marriage” is the title of this Bloomberg article on an interview with Ginsburg yesterday.  According to the article: … How can Ginsburg possibly think that it's proper judicial conduct …
Scott Kaufman / Raw Story:
‘Redneck News’ correspondent looks for evidence that gay marriage is destroying Alabama
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:   Alabama's ‘Redneck News’ Reports On Changes After Gay Marriage (VIDEO)
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:   Judge: I could ‘dissent’ from Supreme Court gay marriage ruling
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Muslims, Marriage and Bigotry
The Hill:
GOP profanity, ‘math challenges’ color showdown on immigration  —  House and Senate Republicans offered up plenty of color on Wednesday about the looming shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, but solutions were harder to find.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House conservatives push McConnell to gut filibuster  —  A growing number of House GOP conservatives are pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday to invoke the “nuclear option” and change the chamber's rules to pass a bill defunding President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Senate should invoke ‘nuclear option’ for DHS  —  Immigration hardliner Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) suggested Wednesday that the Senate change its long-standing rules in order to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security while simultaneously revoking President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Obama Secretly Partied With Bill Ayers Last Summer  —  On Aug. 30, 2014, MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner and former White House chef Sam Kass got married at a private wedding north of New York City.  It was widely reported at the time that President Obama, a longtime friend of the groom, attended the ceremony with his family.
Tom Cotton / Salon:
“Sarah Palin with a Harvard degree”: Why new senator Tom Cotton is so frightening … Newly elected Tom Cotton of Arkansas is one of the youngest members of the Senate, only 37 years old, a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law and a veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Amanda Macias / Reuters:
Ukraine: 50 Russian tanks and 40 missile systems rolled into the country while Putin talked peace  —  About 50 tanks, 40 missile systems, and 40 armored vehicles crossed overnight into eastern Ukraine from Russia via the Izvaryne border crossing into the separatist Luhansk region, a Kiev military spokesman said on Thursday.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Which image of Obama mugging for BuzzFeed's cameras diminishes the presidency the most, ranked  —  The #Millennial-friendly website BuzzFeed has taken over for Zach Galifianakis as the White House's preferred video venue for encouraging young people to sign up for health insurance.
Seth Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
Why They Fear Scott Walker  —  As I write this, the No. 1 “most read” story on the Washington Post's website is its investigation into the college years of Scott Walker, headlined: “As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, questions linger over college exit.”  Most of the time …
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Laura Gunderson / Oregonian:
Democratic leaders tell John Kitzhaber: It's time to resign  —  Senate President Peter Courtney and House Majority Leader Tina Kotek met with Gov. John Kitzhaber on Thursday morning and told him it was time to resign, according to multiple sources.  —  Courtney is expected to meet with reporters at 1 p.m.
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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Bill would allow concealed weapons across state lines  —  Gun owners would be allowed to carry concealed weapons around the country under new legislation introduced in the Senate.  —  The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit …
Discussion: National Review and Shakesville
BuzzFeed:
Things Everybody Does But Doesn't Talk About, Featuring President Obama  —  How did we get Obama to use a selfie stick?  Oh, because he wants you to go to https://www.healthcare.gov.  —  So what does President Obama do when no one's around?  —  View Video ›  —  BuzzFeedVideo / Via Facebook: video.php
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
A GOP one-party state?  —  If the Republican nominee for president is elected in 2016 — even by one vote — America will become an effective one-party state with the GOP controlling the presidency, the House, the Senate and the Supreme Court.  —  I warn my fellow liberals who casually discuss …
CBS News:
Little League cheating call raises allegations of racism  —  Shares -  —  Supporters of a Chicago Little League team that had its national title revoked over allegations of cheating accused the Little League organization Wednesday of racism.  —  Little League International announced Wednesday morning …
Todd Starnes / Associated Press:
Student reprimanded for saying “God Bless America”  —  A Florida high school student was disciplined after a national atheist organization took offense when he concluded the morning announcements by saying “God Bless America.”  —  A spokesperson for the Nassau County School District told …
Los Angeles Times:
LAPD officer shoots, injures teen after seeing a replica gun  —  The Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday that an officer shot and injured a 15-year-old in the back after spotting him in an alley next to someone who appeared to be aiming a handgun.  —  The weapon turned …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Destroyer Goeth  —  I met Walter Cronkite once.  He was a jerk.  —  The occasion was the 100th anniversary of my college newspaper, the Daily Texan, where Cronkite had worked as a young man before dropping out of the University of Texas.  It was 1999, and the possibility of …
James B. Comey / FBI:
Home  • News  • Speeches  • Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race  —  Speaker may deviate from prepared remarks.  —  Thank you for inviting me to Georgetown University.  I am honored to be here.  I wanted to meet with you today to share my thoughts on the relationship …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Loretta Lynch's delayed vote over confirmation  —  The debate about confirming Loretta Lynch is suddenly getting partisan.  —  Democrats are now increasingly slamming Republicans' handling of President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general, accusing them of slow-walking the veteran federal prosecutor's confirmation.
Discussion: US News and Daily Kos
Jon Ronson / New York Times:
How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco's Life  —  Credit: Photo illustration by Andrew B. Myers.  Prop stylist: Sonia Rentsch.  —  As she made the long journey from New York to South Africa, to visit family during the holidays in 2013, Justine Sacco, 30 years old and the senior director …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Brian Williams' False 2003 Iraq Helicopter Claim Draws Scrutiny To Other War Exploits  —  NEW YORK — In the wake of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams' suspension for lying about being on a helicopter that took fire in Iraq in 2003, questions are emerging over another of his Iraq exploits.
New York Times:
Data From Seized Computer Fuels a Surge in U.S. Raids on Al Qaeda  —  WASHINGTON — As an October chill fell on the mountain passes that separate the militant havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a small team of Afghan intelligence commandos and American Special Operations forces descended …
Discussion: The Intercept and The Diplomat
 
 
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Joseph Lawler / Washington Examiner:
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Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
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