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Sunday, den 12. May 2013

In coverage of a May 8 House Oversight Committee hearing, conservatives are pushing new myths about the Obama administration’s response to the attacks on a U.S.

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Monday, den 6. May 2013

Right-wing media have seized on a study of Medicaid recipients to attack the program by focusing on certain parts of the findings while health care experts point out that the program successfully expanded access to care and eased health-related financial problems, the primary focus of Medicaid. In 2008, the state of Oregon held a lottery to expand Medicaid coverage to 10,000 people. Because the selection was random, researchers began a controlled study on how the coverage affected the participants.

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Sunday, den 21. April 2013

Ohio lawmakers failed to advance an amendment to the state budget that would have prohibited sex ed classes from including any instruction of “ gateway sexual activity ” under penalty of a potential $5,000 fine. News of the provision sparked outrage earlier this week, particularly since banning any health materials that might “condone” sexual contact doesn’t have much to do with the state’s economic policy.

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Wednesday, den 27. March 2013

NBC News correspondent Luke Russert challenged Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins over his views on same-sex parenting, pointing out that research used to back Perkins’ claims is deeply flawed. During the March 27 edition of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports , guest host Russert invited Perkins to explain his views on the federal Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) constitutionality and the supposed harms of legalizing same-sex marriage.

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Saturday, den 23. March 2013

Public radio program  This American Life  pushed a series of myths about Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI), a Social Security program that supports families that include children with disabilities. The piece ignored that the recent rise in disability benefits is tied to the recession and higher rates of poverty, that qualifying for benefits is difficult, that SSI encourages employment, and that the current program has significantly reduced poverty among children with disabilities

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Tuesday, den 26. February 2013

Lindsay Rosenthal is a Research Assistant with the Women’s Health and Rights team and the Health Policy team at the Center for American Progress. If sequestration is allowed to take effect as scheduled on March 1, $1.2 trillion will be automatically removed from the federal budget in across-the-board spending cuts that would potentially reverse our economic recovery. These cuts — which take money out of critical investments in education, public health services and research, disaster preparedness, and national security — would have devastating consequences in communities around the country and would harm all Americans in a number of ways

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Friday, den 8. February 2013

A prominent Egyptian Salafi preacher justified sexual assaults again female protesters, claiming women “ are going to Tahrir Square because they want to be raped ” in a video posted online Wednesday. The preacher, Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah (also known as “Abu Islam”) is the owner of a private television channel called “al-Ummah” and has previously been accused of defaming Christianity for comments made to the press and destroying bibles in front of the U.S.

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Wednesday, den 6. February 2013

Endorsements from the National Rifle Association might be doing political candidates more harm than good, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling . In a national survey, 39 percent of voters said that they are less likely to vote for a politician whose candidacy has garnered NRA backing

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Saturday, den 26. January 2013

At the New York Times, cable news chronicler Brian Stelter has the story that Sarah Palin’s original contract with Fox News will not be renewed : Yes, Ms. Palin’s contract with Fox News has ended, and no, it is not being renewed

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Thursday, den 10. January 2013

Following the  announcement  that Pastor Louie Giglio would no longer be performing the benediction at President Obama’s second inauguration, Fox News reporter Todd Starnes rushed to blame “heterophobic bigots” for allegedly forcing the pastor to withdraw from the event. On January 10, Georgia Pastor Louie Giglio announced that he had  decided to withdraw  from performing the benediction at President Obama’s second inauguration.

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Wednesday, den 26. December 2012

Now that Netflix is back up after its deeply unfortunate Christmas outage, there’s a lot of discussion of underrated holiday movies floating around the Twittersphere, and a consensus seems to be emerging around Gremlins . And because no on else has said it, I want to offer a few words in praise of the 2005 Christmas dramedy The Family Stone . The easiest way to characterize the emotional tone of the movie is to say that it’s the perfect film for people who loved the sad, true parts of Love, Actually more than the dancing prime minister or the Portugese lessons.

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Tuesday, den 25. December 2012

Jitka Vesel On December 12, 2012, the family of shooting victim Jitka Vesel sued the online gun market Armslist.com for the wrongful death of their loved one, who had been shot about 12 times in a parking lot in Illinois, by a gunman who had illegally obtained his weapon on the website. Vesel’s brother hopes that lawmakers — like those named to the President’s gun violence prevention task force , created in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary — will address illegal online gun sales as they talk about measures to curb gun killings.

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Tuesday, den 27. November 2012

According to a new study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute, states fully implementing Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion would result in an additional 21.3 million Americans on insurance rolls while raising states’ Medicaid spending by less than three percent. Since the federal government will pick up most of the tab for the Medicaid expansion, the states that choose to participate will be able to extend insurance to millions of poor and vulnerable Americans without using much of their own funds

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Saturday, den 27. October 2012

Over at The Atlantic, I took a look at NBC’s reboot of The Munsters , Mockingbird Lane , and beyond that, the question of what monsters are for and whether they can have any actual impact when they’ve become ubiquitous: So if we aren’t supposed to be frightened of the Munsters, what are they for? Mockingbird Lane has stripped away the working-class symbolism of The Munsters, which at the time was meant as more direct commentary on a kind of family sitcom that doesn’t quite exist anymore, replaced by self-aware, upper-middle-class juggernauts like ABC’s Modern Family. Herman no longer works at a funeral home, or even seems to work at all, and Lily’s so ethereal—she appears in clouds of smoke and wears designer frocks weaved for her by friendly spiders—it’s hard to imagine her starting up even so posh a business as a beauty parlor

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Wednesday, den 17. October 2012

Newly-discovered audio from a conference call in June captures Mitt Romney asking business owners to urge their employees to vote for him. Romney, speaking on a call to the very conservative National Federation of Independent Business, tells a group of business owners that they should “make it very clear” how they feel about the candidates. He also tells the business owners to “pass… along to your employees” how their jobs might be effected by who wins in November: I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections.

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Thursday, den 27. September 2012

Watching this year’s crop of fall pilots, I was struck by something: it’s an awfully good time to be a kid on television. If you’re a child or a teenager, you get to be the voice of reason on a show full of insane adults! Confidant to a terrorist who you know as your dad! The clandestine prize in a battle between your father and your uncle about what counts as heroism and successful masculinity! Or a whole new archetype of teenage nerd.

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Thursday, den 20. September 2012

Modern Family ‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson has launched a new campaign called Tie The Knot to raise funds for marriage equality by selling custom-made bow ties. In the video introducing the effort, Ferguson also announced that he will be marrying Justin Mikita, a lawyer who has been his boyfriend for nearly two years. The happy couple urges others to “suit up and tie the knot — so one day we can too!” Watch it:

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Friday, den 14. September 2012

The National Organization for Marriage invested large sums of money — it pledged millions, but how much it spent remains unclear — into fighting the Republican state senators in New York who voted for marriage equality last year and are seeking reelection. To that end, NOM seems to have had mixed results at best in yesterday’s low-turnout primary, including a notable failure. One of NOM’s prime targets was Sen

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Tuesday, den 11. September 2012

Values Voters Summit Confirmed and Invited Speakers Several prominent social justice groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, GLAAD , Human Rights Campaign, and National Council of La Raza, have sent a letter discouraging public officials from participating in the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit this weekend.

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Tuesday, den 11. September 2012

The conservative right continues to invest heavily in defending a seriously flawed study by University of Texas researcher Mark Regnerus that claims same-sex parenting harms children, even though only two of the individuals in the study were actually raised by same-sex couples. An internal audit conducted by the academic journal that originally printed Regnerus’ paper found his conclusions to be “bullshit.” Focus on the Family president Jim Daly is the latest to come to the study’s defense , choosing to paint Regnerus as a victim of media persecution, even though the conclusions he made are not substantiated by the data he collected: DALY: Professor Regnerus wasn’t being attacked because his research lacked academic rigor – in fact, his peer-reviewed study was by far the largest, most statistically valid study on the topic to be done

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Monday, den 10. September 2012

– Chicago’s teachers have gone on strike , after failing to reach an agreement with the district. Among other issues, the teachers want to keep their current level of health benefits and the school district wants to reduce them.

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Friday, den 7. September 2012

The Great Recession, not long ago, was labeled the “ man-cession ,” because it hit sectors that employed male workers hardest. That doesn’t mean it spared female workers, though, and the ensuing economic recovery has been worse for women, as manufacturing and other male-heavy industries have rebounded but education and other female-dominant sectors continue to struggle.

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Friday, den 7. September 2012

Billy Lucas Fifteen-year-old Billy Lucas was one of several teens who committed suicide in 2010, sparking a new awareness for how young people are mistreated in school for their sexual orientation and gender identity, real or perceived.

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Friday, den 7. September 2012

Del. Emmett Burns, right, cheers on Maryland Marriage Alliance head Derek McCoy (center) and National Organization for Marriage spokesperson Bishop Harry Jackson (left). Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo joined many Marylanders for Marriage Equality by posting a video endorsement last October

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Friday, den 31. August 2012

A national political convention is the first real chance for a political party to introduce its ideas and leaders to the country. Even though this election has been gearing up for 18 months, it’s only around now that Americans start paying attention

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Monday, den 27. August 2012

Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s daily round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but please let us know what stories you’re following as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @ TPEquality

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Monday, den 27. August 2012

The tragic suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi motivated an important conversation about bullying through the trial of his roommate, Dharun Ravi , who spied on his intimate moments with a webcam. But after nearly two years, Clementi’s mother, Jane Clementi, is opening up about some of her own guilt, because when Tyler came out to her, she still shared her evangelical church’s beliefs that homosexuality was a sin: JANE CLEMENTI: People talk about coming out of the closet — it’s parents coming out of the closet, too. I wasn’t really ready for that… It did not change the fact that I loved my son.  I did need to think about how that would fit into my thoughts on homosexuality . In the wake of Tyler’s death, she has been troubled by the thought that he may have felt rejected, and she has since left her church: JANE CLEMENTI: I think some people think that sexual orientation can be changed or prayed over, but I know sexual orientation is not up for negotiation

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Sunday, den 26. August 2012

by John Farrell, via Energy Self Reliant States When you subtract out shady roofs, renters, and other factors, only about 25% of Americans have a place to install solar power.  With the high upfront cost of a complete system, the potential solar universe shrinks further. That changes with “community solar.” After a long wait on the state’s Public Utilities Commission to finalize the rules, Colorado’s “community solar gardens” program ( my summary here ) sold out in 30 minutes when it opened yesterday, testament to the pent-up demand for solar among who don’t own a sunny roof.  The program allows individuals to subscribe or buy shares in a local solar project, and in return receive a share of the electricity output. The community solar garden policy offers several significant benefits: Individuals can go solar without a sunny roof or without owning one at all.

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Sunday, den 26. August 2012

An NBC-affiliate in Utah will not air The New Normal , a sitcom about a committed gay couple who hire a surrogate to carry a child.

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Saturday, den 25. August 2012

California State Sen.

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Friday, den 24. August 2012

he National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown has written his own reflection about his recent debate with Dan Savage , attempting to further craft a bizarre narrative that somehow Dan Savage is the bully.

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Friday, den 24. August 2012

Matt Cartwright (D-PA) In July, Matt Cartwright, the Democratic Congressional candidate in Pennsylvania’s 17th District, said he did not share President Obama’s support for marriage equality but that his views were evolving. This week, he told the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader that his evolution is complete : CARTWRIGHT: I’m for marriage equality. There’s no reason to discriminate against gay people. They’re not a threat against anybody… It wasn’t any ‘ah-ha’ moment. One thing I didn’t want to be was rushed into (making a decision).

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Friday, den 24. August 2012

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said during a town hall meeting this week that top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and “her family network are deeply entrenched in the Muslim Brotherhood.” King — piling on Michele Bachmann’s anti-Muslim witch hunt — said he has never met Abedin but cited “news reports” and “investigations that have not yet been published” as his evidence

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Thursday, den 23. August 2012

Toyota is trying to challenge cultural norms with its Auris (Corolla), but not just in the automobile industry. In a creative swipe at the gender binary, the car company cast Ukrainian-born model Stav Strashko in its new advertisement, utilizing his androgynous looks to create a typically sexist expectation, only to reveal something quite different. The tagline for the ad is, “not in trend, not casual, not for everyone.” Watch it:

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Wednesday, den 22. August 2012

I haven’t read Joe Posnanski’s entire biography of Joe Paterno yet, but I was really struck by this section of the excerpt published in GQ : On Monday, the family tried to persuade Paterno to read the presentment. He objected that he already knew what was in there, but they told him there was no room left for illusion. D’Elia would remember telling him, “You realize that the people out there think you knew about this?

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Wednesday, den 22. August 2012

A week from the 2012 Republican National Convention, Republican committee members spent Tuesday articulating and affirming the principles they stand for in a draft of the official party platform. Led by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and featuring other Tea Party stars like Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Rep.

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Wednesday, den 22. August 2012

James Kirchick As the Family Research Council continues to politically exploit last Wednesday’s tragic shooting to attack the Family Research Council, the hate group is struggling to find allies beyond its fellow anti-gay organizations. In a newsletter sent out Tuesday , Tony Perkins boasted that two columnists have come to its defense against the “hate group” label, Dana Milbank — who essentially argued that promoting hate against LGBT people simply isn’t as bad as promoting hate against people of color — and James Kirchick, who Perkins describes as a “leading voice on gay politics.” In his column, Kirchick gave a pass to people who oppose marriage equality just because they are concerned about the “familial breakdown”: As for gay marriage opponents, many of them object in name only; that is, they have no problem extending all of the same legal benefits to gay couples but are made uncomfortable by calling same-sex partnerships “marriage.” Such a position, no matter how intellectually confused, is not on the same level as calling blacks and Hispanics members of “mud races” who should be shipped back to the lands of their ancestors.

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Tuesday, den 21. August 2012

By Jessica Goad F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “Let me tell you about the very rich.

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Tuesday, den 21. August 2012

by Peter Lehner, via NRDC’s Switchboard Waste is just that – a waste.  A waste of time, money, and valuable resources, like food, clean water, fertile soil, or energy. As pointless as waste is, and as much as we dislike it, it is all around us. We waste almost half the food we grow or raise

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Tuesday, den 21. August 2012

The Maryland State Board of Elections has finalized the wording for the state’s impending referendum on a recently passed same-sex marriage law. Appearing as Question 6, the referendum has been titled the “Civil Marriage Protection Act,” the name the bill had when passed by the legislature

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