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10 HOURS AGO - Huffington Post

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American Politicians Used To Have Some Pretty Incredible Names

When then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama first stepped onto the national scene at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he referred to himself as “a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too.” But Obama is actually in good company as far as U.S. politicians with strikingly singular names. Just ask Sydenham Elnathan ...

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13 HOURS AGO - Associated Press

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Wins, setbacks mark the path to nationwide same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, President George W. Bush declared support for a constitutional amendment "to protect the institution of marriage." Voters in 13 states changed their constitutions to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In most of those states, the vote wasn't ...

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17 HOURS AGO - New Statesman

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Slavoj Žižek on Greece: This is a chance for Europe to awaken

The Greeks are correct: Brussels' denial that this is an ideological question is ideology at its purest - and symptomatic of our whole political process. Varoufakis during negotiations. Pretending the Greek question is administrative, rather than ideological, is tantamount to bullying. Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images The unexpectedly strong No in the Greek referendum was a historical vote, cast in a desperate situation. ...

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JUL 05, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Top Diplomats In Iran Nuclear Talks Meet To Try To Resolve Sticking points

By Arshad Mohammed and Parisa Hafezi WASHINGTON, July 5 (Reuters) - The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats met for a sixth consecutive day on Sunday to try to resolve obstacles to a nuclear accord, including when Iran would get sanctions relief and what advanced research and development it may pursue. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister ...

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JUL 03, 2015 - American Prospect

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What Some Black Church Leaders Have Wrong About Gay Marriage -- and Civil Rights

(Photo: AP/Jacqueline Martin) On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples had a right to marry anywhere in the country. The African American church and its leadership have often been at the forefront of movements for equality. But the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has shed light on the resistance to social change among some ...

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