Bernie Sanders' campaign for president said a 1972 column by the candidate claiming that women fantasize about being gang-raped was a "dumb attempt at dark satire."
Sanders officially announced on Tuesday he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. On the same day, a Mother Jones profile of Sanders briefly mentioned "a stream-of-consciousness essay on the nature of male-female sexual dynamics."
Other outlets then reported on details in the essay wherein Sanders claimed that women fantasize about being sexually assaulted. more >>
The Republican governor of North Carolina has vetoed a bill that would have allowed state magistrates to opt out of performing gay marriages if they held a religious objection to homosexuality.
Gov. Pat McCrory announced the veto in a Thursday statement.
"I recognize that for many North Carolinians, including myself, opinions on same-sex marriage come from sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. However, we are a nation and a state of laws," stated McCrory. more >>
Republicans and President Barack Obama should stop attacking the liberals arts.
As mentioned in part one, many Republicans and Obama have been diminishing liberal arts education, especially the social sciences and humanities.
(Note: while math and science are also liberal arts, for the purposes of this discussion I am using liberal arts as shorthand for humanities and social sciences.) more >>
At the 2012 Republican National Convention I spoke about the hands I shook during our improbable run for president that year, a journey that took us to 11 primary election victories.
These were the hands of hard-working men and women who do not believe either political party is fighting for them. Hands that sacrificed their all in defense of the freedoms we enjoy every day. And hands with special needs who are discounted by a society that measures value in sheer output rather than intrinsic worth.
My speech was a stark contrast to my party's focus that evening on entrepreneurs. Despite compelling stories from employers of all races and creeds, no employees joined their boss on stage, stood side-by-side with them, and explained that America works best when we all work together. more >>
In an impromptu conversation with a local pastor at Main Street Bakery in Columbia S.C. yesterday, Hillary Clinton calls the Bible "the living Word" and impressed a local pastor with her knowledge and command of scripture.
CNN first reported the story of Rev. Frederick Donnie Hunt's encounter with Clinton. He was asked by the presidential candidate what he was studying in his Bible. Hunt replied 1 Corinthians 13, and Clinton responded, "Oh I know it well."
The former First Lady and Secretary of State then recited 1 Corinthians 13:4, the well known verse about love, from memory — "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud." Clinton's biblical knowledge made an impression on the local assistant minister of Columbia's First Calvary Baptist Church. more >>
Yesterday, former Senator Rick Santorum announced he was joining the increasingly crowded field vying for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Senator Santorum's announcement put me in mind of the path taken by another conservative who lost the Republican nomination and four years later claimed the nomination and the White House – Ronald Reagan.
But the history and the contrast between the two is not a favorable one for Senator Santorum, who probably missed his moment after the 2012 defeat of Mitt Romney.
In 1976, after Ronald Reagan lost the Republican nomination for President – or as many conservatives believe was cheated out of the nomination – he did three things that made him the leading figure in the conservative movement and led him ultimately to win the Republican nomination and the presidency in 1980. more >>