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No, Mr Pierce, Ron Wyden isn’t “going long” with the CIA Torture Report. Ask Mike Gravel.

No, Mr Pierce,  Ron Wyden isn’t “going long” with the CIA Torture Report.    Ask Mike Gravel.

The long-held-up CIA Torture Report, and the Senators who can’t get it declassified, are part of some major historical revisionism over at Esquire today. Charlie Pierce today endorses Senator Ron Wyden’s hints that he’ll “throw long on this issue” — that he will utilize some obscure prerogative in the Senate Intelligence Committee enabling legislation to let a member, with the support of the Committee and five-days notice to the President, force declassification. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration permits the CIA to drag its feet on releasing the report that documents CIA torture, while lots of the wrong folks get to vet the report. Pierce: This would be a serious confrontation with a president of his own party, and it would be…

Marriage Equality on the March: Virginia is for Married Lovers

Marriage Equality on the March: Virginia is for Married Lovers

Today was the 26th court decision favoring marriage equality since Windsor was decided, and the second federal Court of Appeals decision overturning a state ban on same-sex marriage. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held Monday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional. On a 2-1 vote, the appeals court joined the wave of court decisions declaring such bans unconstitutional. The decision, by Judge Henry Floyd acknowledged both the debate over such laws and, in the court’s view, the clear constitutional impediment to laws banning same-sex couples from marrying. “We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable,” he wrote. “However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection…

“Right to Expel” Transgender Students: Fed Education Department

“Right to Expel” Transgender Students: Fed Education Department

The federal Department of Education, hard on the heels of its previous decision to allow a private college to discriminate in its housing of a transgender student, now appears to recognize the “right to expel” transgender students, claimed by two Christian colleges, both of which receive federal funding of their operations. We covered the initial ruling, at George Fox University here in Oregon, here. But now the Education Department has confirmed that it has since awarded two more exemptions to Title IX to Christian colleges that want to discriminate against transgender students. These colleges assert (and the Education Department agreed) that they should be exempt from more of Title IX than just housing equity. These colleges have policies to punish…

Lieberman by Lieberman for Lieberman in the Lieberman Chair

Lieberman by Lieberman for Lieberman in the Lieberman Chair

So, Joe Lieberman’s not in the US Senate any more. {pause for cheers and general ruckus} Right — when we last saw Lying Joe elected to the US Senate in 2006, you’ll recall, he’d been dumped by the Democratic Party in Connecticut in a hard-fought primary because of The Kiss, emblem of his unwavering support (from a deep blue state) for President George W Bush’s failed war policies. Without a party line to run on, in a state without a Sore Loser Law that would prohibit a primary-defeated candidate from mounting a general election campaign against the opponent who vanquished him, Rape Gurney Joe decided he’d go it alone. On a new party line: Connecticut for Lieberman. Not Lieberman for…

Jared Polis (D-CO) Crafting New ENDA in House, with Discharge Petition

Jared Polis (D-CO) Crafting New ENDA in House, with Discharge Petition

We asked Nancy Pelosi at Netroots Nation 2013, in San Jose, about the possibility of a discharge petition in the House to enable Members to vote on ENDA without Speaker Boehner needing to permit it to come to the floor. The House Minority Leader told us that the discharge petition, generally, ruined the workplace collegiality of the House. None of us thought that was a very good answer, and now at least one House member appears poised to push a new Employment Non-Discrimination Act (one without the Senate’s onerous and discrimination-enabling “religious exemption”) onto the House floor. The chief sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. House has positioned himself to start a discharge petition for the legislation…

NLGJA Announces Awards to Shapiro, Arana, Geidner, Baim, Keen and Cartwright

NLGJA Announces Awards to Shapiro, Arana, Geidner, Baim, Keen and Cartwright

Very exciting news today from our friends at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) announced today the 2014 inductees into the LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame: Tracy Baim, Windy City Media publisher, editor, author, historian and filmmaker Lisa Keen, often considered the dean of America’s gay political reporting Donna Cartwright, veteran copy editor at The New York Times and longtime transgender, LGBT and labor activist The LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame was established in 2005, recognizing seven journalists for their commitment, courage and dedication to LGBT issues in the media. Since then, NLGJA has inducted a total of 25 journalists. This year, the Association honors three more exceptionally talented professionals in…

Run, Michele! Run again!

Run, Michele!  Run again!

The Girl With The Faraway Eyes (pace Mr Pierce) might just do it — Michele Bachman might just run for the GOP nomination to be president again. Comedians and Democrats everywhere rejoiced! “The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she replied. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.” Bachmann entered the last presidential race in June 2011 as a long-shot contender but was able to use her sway with elements of the Tea Party and an effective media campaign to rise temporarily toward the front of the Republican pack in a…

Queer Nation Won’t Let Up on Democrats

Queer Nation Won’t Let Up on Democrats

While everyone is in a celebratory mood over the religious-exemption-free Executive Order President Obama signed this morning, Queer Nation has decided to use today’s public awareness to highlight Democrats who still support an ENDA that includes religious exemptions. Tops on their list is San Francisco Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Here’s Queer Nation’s announcement: LGBT Activists Target Pelosi & Dems on Civil Rights Queer Nation Demands Comprehensive Federal Civil Rights Legislation New York, NY (July 21, 2014) – Seeking to pressure Congressional Democrats to advance comprehensive federal civil rights legislation that will give lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans the same legal rights and protections that all other Americans currently have, Queer Nation will target Democrats in a…

Obama Issues Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

Obama Issues Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

The White House released this fact sheet today on President Obama’s action to protect LGBT employees of federal contractors, which did not expand current religious exemptions in any way. If religious-oriented organizations wish to limit their hiring to members of their own faith, they may, as under current law. There is no new license to discriminate in these expanded executive orders, however. _______________ THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2014 FACT SHEET: Taking Action to Support LGBT Workplace Equality is Good For Business America is built on the fundamental promise that if you work hard, and play by the rules, you can get ahead. But today, millions of Americans in most states in…