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theatlantic:

The Gay-Marriage Plot: Inside This Year’s Other High-Stakes Campaign

As natural as Obama’s statement may have sounded, his words were as carefully chosen as the interview. The testimonial to the gay men and women in his life; the discussion of values and the Golden Rule; the remarkable fact that America’s first black president, discussing an issue many see as a modern civil-rights struggle (with a black interviewer, no less), made no reference to civil rights — these were all talking points straight out of the new playbook of the gay-rights movement.

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Framing the gay marriage debate from both a legalistic and educational standpoint proved successful for Democrats in 2012, but what exactly prevents it from being framed as civil rights issue?

Posted at 1:01pm and tagged with: Gay Marriage, Civil Rights, Politics, Human Rights,.

theatlantic:

The Gay-Marriage Plot: Inside This Year’s Other High-Stakes Campaign










As natural as Obama’s statement may have sounded, his words were as carefully chosen as the interview. The testimonial to the gay men and women in his life; the discussion of values and the Golden Rule; the remarkable fact that America’s first black president, discussing an issue many see as a modern civil-rights struggle (with a black interviewer, no less), made no reference to civil rights — these were all talking points straight out of the new playbook of the gay-rights movement.
Read more. [Image: Getty]










Framing the gay marriage debate from both a legalistic and educational standpoint proved successful for Democrats in 2012, but what exactly prevents it from being framed as civil rights issue?

pewresearch:

The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life has compiled all of our recent research on gay marriage and public opinion into an easy-to-navigate package. See more on the following topics:

Posted at 1:01pm and tagged with: Policy, Politics, Human Rights, Equal Rights, States Rights, United States, Pew Research, Forum on Religion and Public Life, Marriage Laws, DOMA,.

pewresearch:

The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life has compiled all of our recent research on gay marriage and public opinion into an easy-to-navigate package. See more on the following topics:
Overview of Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S.
Slideshow on Changing Attitudes of Gay Marriage
Same-sex Marriage in the Courts
Religious Groups’ Official Positions on Gay Marriage

Posted at 11:24am and tagged with: Politics, Policy, Gun Control, Laws,.

American politicians need to get off their butts. So far, most, including the president, have abdicated a moral responsibility to talk frankly about guns and rights, ironically, they say, because the issue is “complicated.” Goddamn right it’s complicated. That’s why we ought to talk about. Democrats still adhere to the fear that if they mention common-sense gun rules, their party will lose the backing forever of gun owners and those who see gun ownership as a stand-in for checking government power. For the most part, though, that coalition isn’t the Democratic Party’s coalition, and it becomes less so with every election.

The gun rights lobby could lead the charge here, but they won’t, because they’re afraid they’d lose the chance to demagogue politicians who rise up against them. The NRA’s opponents are as central to the NRA’s successes as anything else.

So: Ball’s in your court, Mr. President.

Joost Hiltermann speaking to the Washington Post about rising tensions between Arabs and Kurds in Iraq. (via crisisgroup)

Posted at 1:00pm and tagged with: iraq, news, politics, kurds, kurdistan,.

As long as the Americans were there, they kept people talking. But now that they’re gone, anything could happen.

ourpresidents:

Today in 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt met with fellow Allied leaders Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin for the Tehran Conference.  From November 28th to December 1st, the Big Three, as they were known, discussed strategy against Germany and Japan.  This included the decision to launch Operation Overlord, the codename for D-Day.

For a glimpse of history in the making, here are two photos from the Tehran Conference in Iran.  The one of the left is a well-known image of the Big Three seated on a porch together.  The image on the right shows the action around them, including a crowd of photographers capturing the moment, spent flash bulbs by their feet.

More on the Tehran Conference from the State Department Office of the Historian

Posted at 1:49pm and tagged with: History, Politics, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin, Tehran Conference, Operation Overlord, D-Day,.

sunfoundation:

Follow the money from big Dem donors to super PACs to races

Big money won big on Election Day. That is, big money supporting Democrats.

In this year’s campaign, many wealthy individuals and groups with large campaign coffers were involved — directly with contributions to candidates or indirectly through outside spending. Sunlight decided to zero in on five mega-donors who gave the most to super PACs backing liberal candidates.

Check out the House and Presidential races.

Posted at 4:30pm and tagged with: Sunlight Foundation, Kat Lucero, Visualization, Infographics, Super PACs, Politics, Washington DC, Transparency, Open Government, D3.js, Election 2012, News, Democrats, Bob Lannon,.

sunfoundation:

Follow the money from big Dem donors to super PACs to races

Big money won big on Election Day. That is, big money supporting Democrats.
In this year’s campaign, many wealthy individuals and groups with large campaign coffers were involved — directly with contributions to candidates or indirectly through outside spending. Sunlight decided to zero in on five mega-donors who gave the most to super PACs backing liberal candidates.

Check out the House and Presidential races.
I shared some thoughts with the BBC on what a 1945 essay teaches us about the future of knowledge and information overload. (via explore-blog)

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Posted at 1:00pm and tagged with: news, government, politics, gaza, Israel, Palestine, Robert Malley,.

It is not the existence of knowledge but the convergence and cross-pollination of knowledge that drives progress.

crisisgroup:

Robert Malley, Crisis Group’s Middle East and North Africa Program Director, speaks with NPR’s On Point about Israel and Hamas.

(NPR’s On Point)

Posted at 4:30pm and tagged with: news, politics, Israel, Palestine, gaza, Hamas, Robert Malley,.

crisisgroup:

Some Protesters in Middle East Regret Anti-U.S. Outbreaks | The New York Times 

By Kristen McTighe 

CAIRO — Ahmad Aggour is a 24-year-old Egyptian activist who was shot in the face by the police during clashes last November on Mohammed Mahmoud Street in Cairo and again in his legs in February at protests that followed soccer riots in Port Said. In short, he has no qualms about protesting.

Yet Mr. Aggour said he was embarrassed when a mob of angry protesters breached the United States Embassy’s walls in Cairo on Sept. 11 to protest a short trailer for an amateur film mocking the Prophet Muhammad.

FULL ARTICLE (The New York Times)

Photo: Iban Zawaar/Flickr 

Posted at 11:10am and tagged with: Egypt, Arab Republic Of Egypt, جمهورية مصر العربية, Politics, Protests,.

crisisgroup:

Some Protesters in Middle East Regret Anti-U.S. Outbreaks | The New York Times 
By Kristen McTighe 
CAIRO — Ahmad Aggour is a 24-year-old Egyptian activist who was shot in the face by the police during clashes last November on Mohammed Mahmoud Street in Cairo and again in his legs in February at protests that followed soccer riots in Port Said. In short, he has no qualms about protesting.
Yet Mr. Aggour said he was embarrassed when a mob of angry protesters breached the United States Embassy’s walls in Cairo on Sept. 11 to protest a short trailer for an amateur film mocking the Prophet Muhammad.
FULL ARTICLE (The New York Times)
Photo: Iban Zawaar/Flickr 

life:

LIFE.com remembers the legendary Kennedy-Nixon debates in the fall of 1960 — and the look and feel of a contest often cited as the first “modern” presidential campaign.

Pictured: Presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon (right) speaks during a televised debate while opponent John F. Kennedy watches, 1960.

Posted at 12:18pm and tagged with: Politics, President John F. Kennedy, President Richard M. Nixon, History,.

life:

LIFE.com remembers the legendary Kennedy-Nixon debates in the fall of 1960 — and the look and feel of a contest often cited as the first “modern” presidential campaign.
Pictured: Presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon (right) speaks during a televised debate while opponent John F. Kennedy watches, 1960.