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The Atlantic: If Rand Paul Were a Woman

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Rand Paul’s acolytes often claim the senator gets marginalized because of his ideas. It’s because he’s a libertarian, they say, that he’s not treated fairly by the media. It’s a hard argument to make. Paul is a staple of the mainest of all mainstream media, the Sunday shows, and widely considered a top-tier presidential contender […]

Skeptic: Fetus Food: Another Urban Legend Busted

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Freshman Oklahoma state senator Ralph Shortey recently introduced a bill that would ban “the sale or manufacture of food or products which contain aborted human fetuses.” After a collective brow-raise over such a bizarre proposal, Shortey told the Los Angeles Times he got the idea “while doing some research on the Internet.” So is there […]

Mother Jones: Buddy Roemer’s Long Road to Reform

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How the ex-Louisiana Governor channeled his political and personal demons into a rabble-rousing presidential campaign. Buddy Roemer for President Update, 5/31/12: Today, Buddy Roemer announced the suspension of his presidential campaign, noting that “the lack of ballot access in all 50 states makes the quest impossible for now.” He vowed to keep fighting “the enemies […]

The Atlantic: The Occupy Movement’s Woman Problem

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Nov 21 2011, 4:22 PM ET Women may be the 51%, but the Occupy camps and General Assemblies look as gender-imbalanced as Congress “I’m called ‘that white bitch who gets everything she wants’ at the GA’s,” says Elise Whitaker, 21, adopting a bit of a defiant posture. She’s been at Occupy LA since the second […]

The Atlantic: Occupy Cal Makes Occupy History at Berkeley

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Nov 16 2011, 2:09 PM ET After their tents were pulled by the university, UC Berkeley students turn the school’s celebration of a ’60s icon into massive Occupy meeting Mario Savio was a UC Berkeley student in the ’60s and a key member of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. He’s become an activist icon; Mario […]

The Atlantic: At Occupy Camps, Veterans Bring the Wars Home

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We’re in a coffee shop near McPherson Square, the location of Occupy DC, and Michael Patterson, 21, and I are having hot cocoa on a cold November night. He’s wearing an Iraq Veterans Against the War sweatshirt and baggy shorts. It’s freezing outside. “I’m from Alaska,” he offers as an explanation. He’s been sleeping in […]

The Atlantic: Occupy LA: This is What Civics Look Like

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LOS ANGELES — I had just taken the hour-long tour for those new to Occupy LA, a solidarity demonstration sparked by Occupy Wall Street in New York. My husband had been visiting the encampment, centered on the lawns around Los Angeles City Hall, in solidarity with me, snooping around the mini-gatherings that pepper the building’s […]

 
 
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