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With Kavanaugh Pick, Progressives Fear Right’s Agenda

With Kavanaugh Pick, Progressives Fear Right’s Agenda

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Donald Trump nominated a conservative to fill the seat on the US Supreme Court left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement just 13 days ago that he would retire, he selected a federal appeals court judge who is less of a firebrand and more of a longtime functionary in official Washington. […]

Barbara Bush, AIDS Activist? Oh, Gimme a Break

BY ED SIKOV | “When the administration censored images of the flag-draped coffins of the young men and women being killed in Iraq — purportedly to respect ‘the privacy of the families’ and not to minimize and cover up the true nature and consequences of the war — the family matriarch expressed her support for what […]

When Activists Made a Difference

When Activists Made a Difference

BY NATHAN RILEY | David France’s masterly new history of the battle against AIDS does double duty: chronicling the exciting but desperate mobilization against the fatal epidemic while also offering inspiration to activists – many from that earlier fight, but many more who are younger – who must today confront the reality of Donald Trump as […]

At ’95 Confirmation, Merrick Garland Disclosed Democratic Ties

At ’95 Confirmation, Merrick Garland Disclosed Democratic Ties

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Records from Merrick Garland’s nomination hearing for the federal circuit court in the District of Columbia show that he volunteered for a string of Democratic candidates beginning in the late 1970s, though his most significant federal government job began during the administration of President George H.W. Bush. “I provided volunteer assistance […]

Reading Kristol’s Balls

BY ED SIKOV | It’s so much fun to gloat. I know, I know — it’s distasteful to revel in someone else’s humiliation. Emily Post would frown upon it. It’s not done in polite society. But I’m not polite, and I’m certainly not in high society, unless you count weed. Friends, I’d like to introduce […]

How All the Presidents’ Men & Women Have Ruled on Marriage Equality

How All the Presidents’ Men & Women Have Ruled on Marriage Equality

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Each of the last eight presidents has appointed at least one judge who has ruled on questions of marriage equality. The chart below shows how judges appointed by each of them have decided issues including the right to marry, state recognition of out-of-state marriages, federal recognition of legally valid marriages (in […]

Should We Forgive Bill Clinton?

Should We Forgive Bill Clinton?

BY DOUG IRELAND | So now, Bill Clinton told us this month in an opinion piece for the Washington Post, he’s against the Defense of Marriage Act he signed into law in 1996. We’re supposed to be grateful. But “the powerful odor of mendacity” (to borrow Tennessee Williams’ pungent phrase) has always hung over the ex-president, […]