“Inside The Koch-Backed History Lessons North Carolina Wants To Teach High School Students”


THINK PROGRESS

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Medicare Fix. . .


THE HILL

News from The Hill

Momentum builds for $174B Medicare fix

By Peter Sullivan and Sarah Ferris

Momentum is building in Congress for a proposal that would abolish Medicare cuts, top Republicans said Thursday, despite the emerging battle over the $174 billion price tag.

The package being discussed by House leaders in both parties would partially pay for the cost of the $174 billion fix, sources say.

The legislation got a lift Thursday from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Asked if the measure needed to be fully paid for, he said, “I’d do it no matter what it takes.”

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“Two Americas for LGBT People”


HUFFINGTON POST

After the 2014 election we knew we would be losing ground for a couple of years. The crop of incoming conservatives featured many new, terrifyingly crazy anti-LGBT legislators.

We were right to be worried.

So far, we have seen states nullify all local non-discrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people. We’ve seen new bills granting special religious exemptions to ignore civil rights laws if they feel like it.

We even have three states with pending bills that would make it nearly impossible for transgender students and citizens to even use a public bathroom. Business owners who let transgender people would face fines and lawsuits. Individuals who turn in transgender students would receive $2000 bounties according to the latest bill in Texas.

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““Tehran Tom” Cotton’s Iran Blunder Has Made Him the New Hanoi Jane”


POLITICUS USA

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Candi Staton – “Young Hearts Run Free”


“Michael Sam Opens Up About Receiving Criticism For Dating Vito Cammisano”


HUFFINGTON POST

Honoree Michael Sam, right, and his boyfriend Vito Cammisano attend the 2014 GQ Men of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images) | Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP

Honoree Michael Sam, right, and his boyfriend Vito Cammisano attend the 2014 GQ Men of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images) | Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP

“Senate Subcommittee Invites Hate Group Leader to Testify about Religious Freedom”


POLITICUS USA

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“Top national security officials testify on authorizing war against ISIS”


CBS NEWS

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“Why Racists Find a Home in Frats”


THE DAILY BEAST

The video of a racist chant by University of Oklahoma frat boys has once again made people ask, why does bigotry flourish in frat houses? The answer? Exclusivity.
When the very first chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded at the University of Alabama in 1856, its members would have considered it beside the point to chant their intention never to admit a black member. For most of the 19th century, fraternities were exclusively white because the colleges and universities at which they were located were also all white. This was true in the North and the South.
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But this did not mean that fraternities were not exclusive in other ways. Indeed, fraternities are built on exclusivity. When fraternities go through rushing and pledging, they are choosing not just who to include as new members but also who to exclude from the privileges of brotherhood. In part this is about whom they want to associate with on a daily basis. FULL POST

“Top Clinton ally to Gowdy: Release YOUR emails”


MSNBC

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