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MacArthur Genius Mary L Bonauto

MacArthur Genius Mary L Bonauto

Very exciting news today from our friends at the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, as follows. Mary L. Bonauto is a civil rights lawyer whose powerful arguments and long-term legal strategies have led to historic strides in the effort to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples across the United States. The Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) since 1990, much of her early work focused on adoption and parenting, censorship, hate crimes, and discrimination in jobs and public accommodations. Mindful of the risks of loss and political backlash when social reform litigation advances ahead of public understanding, Bonauto and her GLAD colleagues initially pursued an incremental, state-based strategy to secure government marriage…

Why doesn’t Lindsey Graham run for President?

Why doesn’t Lindsey Graham run for President?

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has firmly held foreign policy views, of the neo-con hard line interventionist variety. He, alone among those spoken about as candidates for the GOP nomination for the presidency next cycle, has actually served his country in the military, as a JAG officer. He’s the most experienced, outspoken and not-aged-out member of the Republicans’ interventionist caucus: if there’s a problem, Senator Graham wants it bombed back into the stone age. Less experienced potential GOP candidates, especially in the foreign policy arena, are talked up by the media all the time: Walker, Kasich, Christie, Carson, Perry, Jeb!, Pence, Rubio, Paul. And yet you hardly ever hear anyone mention that Senator Lindsey Graham, who eloquently represents the “we’re all…

Use of Body-Worn Cameras by Police: The White House Responds

Use of Body-Worn Cameras by Police: The White House Responds

Response to Your Petition on the Use of Body-Worn Cameras By Roy L. Austin, Jr., Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity in the Domestic Policy Counsel. Since the officer-involved shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, the nation and the world have borne witness to unrest in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. Across the country, there has been a demand for answers about the circumstances under which Michael was killed, and a demand for solutions. The petition you added your name to — proposing a law that would require all state, county, and local police to wear a camera — is potentially one such solution. Thank you for adding your name,…

BearTV Music: Tom Goss’s “Bears!”

Bears Written by Tom Goss Produced by Rich Morel Video directed by Aram Vartian and Michael Patrick Key Huge thanks to everyone involved in the video making process, especially Hide Okuno and Phil Reese, two of the best production assistants in the world. They did all the little stuff that made the shooting of the video run so smoothly. Thanks to all the awesome bears (and bear lovers) that appeared on screen. It was a pleasure working with such a great group of handsome men. Thanks to DC Bear Crue (Charger Stone and Scott Gunn) who made the final scene possible and who have worked tirelessly to make the bear community in DC the best in the country! : )…

The Reviews Are In! It’s Chucktodd!

The Reviews Are In!  It’s <em>Chucktodd!</em>

Enough people have commented, being Tuesday afternoon, about the Meet The Press coupmaster de jour that I think we should have a sum-up post. How did Chucktodd do, and (more importantly) how was his debut received? First of all, winning the day was Dylan Byers at POLITICO: Todd’s opening program was strong on news. Yes, that was chiefly due to an exclusive interview with President Obama, but Todd was also an effective interrogator. POLITICO also brings us the all-important-inside-the-Beltway opinion of gay-but-closeted shut-in Matt Drudge, who apparently still has a website: Todd’s interview style drew notice from the influential right-wing aggregator Drudge Report, which led the site Sunday with the headline: “TODD MAKES OBAMA SQUIRM.” Dylan also thinks Chucktodd’s redecorator…

Are the Kochs Done Trying to Buy Jeff Merkley’s Oregon Senate Seat?

Are the Kochs Done Trying to Buy Jeff Merkley’s Oregon Senate Seat?

Bad news, possibly, for the ill-fated challenger to Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, Monica Wehby. After blanketing Oregon airwaves and cable television with anti-Merkley ads (many of which are fact-challenged, to say the least) it seems her biggest fans, Charles and David Koch, may be pulling out of the race. They’ve cancelled their October ad buy: Freedom Partners, a group tied to the Koch brothers network that has been hammering Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley with a series of critical TV commercials, has canceled its advertising time in Oregon for October. Bill Riggs, a Freedom Partners spokesman, confirmed that the group is no longer reserving time in the state in the month before the Nov. 4 election — but he said that…

Hibernating: All In The Familius

This week’s Hibernating clip takes us back to December 21, 1971 and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour — All In The Familius.  This operatic satire of All In The Family  features Robert Merrill as Archie, Cher as his wife Edith, Sonny as his son-in-law Mike, series regular Teri Garr as his daughter Gloria, and Harvey Korman playing both priest and rabbi.  (Don’t miss the special guest appearing as the CBS censor complete with scissors.) … “Now you have gone too far – you have taken Bob Hope’s name in vain”….

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Well at least Bob and Maureen can drop the “estrangement” facade now and go back to being the happily married, if felonious, couple they always really were. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., and his wife, Maureen, have been found guilty on multiple counts of conspiracy, corruption and bribery. Bob McDonnell was found guilty on 11 different counts relating to the conspiracy charges. Maureen McDonnell was found guilty on eight of the 11 conspiracy charges as well as one charge of obstruction of official proceeding that occurred during the grand jury investigation. Neither one of the McDonnells was found guilty of false statements on bank loans. Bob McDonnell faced two charges on that count, and Maureen McDonnell faced one. The jury…