On Friday, June 26, 2015, something historical happened the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority (a 5-4 decision).
Shortly after the news, President Obama delivered a statement from the White House Rose Garden. Sometimes, there are days like this when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt, he said about the Court ruling in favor of marriage equality.
Scroll through below to see six celebrity couples who said they wouldnt get married until same-sex marriage was legalized (spoiler: most of em didn't actually wait!):
Ken Burns: Flag issue is not about heritage
The PBS channel is set to re-broadcast 'The Civil War,' documentary series by Ken Burns. Burns joins Morning Joe to discuss the series and the recent calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from government locations across the South.
The best point is that each state's articles of secession flat out say the war was about slavery and not states rights. Here is a link to South Carolina's articles of secession and here is just one part of those articles:
Snip> The General Government, as the common agent, passed laws to carry into effect these stipulations of the States. For many years these laws were executed. But an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations, and the laws of the General Government have ceased to effect the objects of the Constitution. The States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, have enacted laws which either nullify the Acts of Congress or render useless any attempt to execute them. In many of these States the fugitive is discharged from service or labor claimed, and in none of them has the State Government complied with the stipulation made in the Constitution. The State of New Jersey, at an early day, passed a law in conformity with her constitutional obligation; but the current of anti-slavery feeling has led her more recently to enact laws which render inoperative the remedies provided by her own law and by the laws of Congress. In the State of New York even the right of transit for a slave has been denied by her tribunals; and the States of Ohio and Iowa have refused to surrender to justice fugitives charged with murder, and with inciting servile insurrection in the State of Virginia. Thus the constituted compact has been deliberately broken and disregarded by the non-slaveholding States, and the consequence follows that South Carolina is released from her obligation.
This was posted several weeks ago but only in the Bernie Sanders group.
This is epic!
By Gregory Krieg June 12, 2015
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The appeal of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is as unique as his unlikely rise to national prominence. The Internet adores him. He has become the pied piper of American liberals, and emerged as the most formidable Democratic primary challenger to Hillary Clinton. His supporters have filled town halls and recreational centers from New Hampshire to Iowa and Minnesota. And they have opened their wallets, delivering the campaign $6 million in small donations.
Still, the national press is skeptical. Clinton's lead in the polls is, by many accounts, "insurmountable." Her fundraising machine has made victory a foregone conclusion. While not a single vote will be cast for another seven months, large swaths of the mainstream media have resolved to treat the Democratic contest like no contest at all. Sanders seems to matter only insofar as he might "push [Clinton] in a more progressive direction."
These are not unreasonable opinions nor unimportant questions Sanders still trails in the polls and lags far behind Clinton in the money race. But if most of the media isn't taking his candidacy seriously, the senator and his supporters certainly are. As he said Thursday morning, "This is not a protest campaign." Sanders wants to win. His campaign bristles at the suggestion they are working for anything less.
So, with the presidential race still in its very early stages, here are the four myths about Sanders we should dispel right now:
1. He can't compete with Clinton.
Probably nothing new here I just loved the title!
By Bryce Covert, ThinkProgress
13 June 15
n Wednesday, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon said of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D), I dont know if she fully understands the global banking system.
By Thursday, Warren already had a response. Speaking on the Huffington Posts So, That Happened podcast, she said, The problem is not that I dont understand the global banking system. The problem for these guys is that I fully understand the system and I understand how they make their money. And thats what they dont like about me.
Warrens résumé comes with nearly 20 years of experience teaching corporate law at Harvard University, publishing nine books, chairing the Congressional Oversight Panel that oversaw the bank bailouts in 2008 (of which JP Morgan was a beneficiary), and coming up with the idea for and helping to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has already helped consumers avoid numerous predatory lending schemes and recouped more than $4.8 billion through its enforcement actions.
She has also become widely known for her tough critiques of the banking industry. She has questioned why the government didnt break up the biggest banks, like JP Morgan, when it offered bailout money in 2008 and joined a group of Senators in 2013 to propose reinstating a Depression-era rule that separated commercial and investment banking. Shes been a staunch supporter of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill and stood in opposition to Republicans attempts to roll parts of it back.
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