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Television personalities Si Robertson, left, Willie Robertson and Phil Robertson from A&E Television Networks LLC's "Duck Dynasty."

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Television personalities Si Robertson, left, Willie Robertson and Phil Robertson from A&E Television Networks LLC's "Duck Dynasty."

Duck Dynasty’s Christmas ‘Culture War:’ Tests of Tolerance

Developments in the Duck Dynasty political correction have been moving so swiftly that we have been unable to keep up with it all. Thanks to Joel Achenbach, the esteemed expert on how things work, for explaining what the saga of...

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Kennedy Center Honorees Carlos Santana, Shirley MacLaine and Billy Joel attend a reception at the White House for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees on Dec. 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Kennedy Center Honorees Carlos Santana, Shirley MacLaine and Billy Joel attend a reception at the White House for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees on Dec. 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Kennedy Center Awards: Snoop Dogg Meets Bill O’Reilly

When President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and rapper Snoop Dogg are in the house, this must be the Kennedy Center Honors, the annual salute to artists who have made extraordinary contributions to American culture. “Despite all...

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Mutual Funds Increasingly Support Corporate Disclosure of Donations

More mutual funds are voting in support of having corporations they’ve invested in reveal political donations to nonprofits and trade associations that do not have to disclose their contributors, according to a report out today. The Center for Political Accountability,...

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Fernando Mojica, left, celebrates with Drew Freeman at the Side Track bar after the Illinois General Assembly approved a gay marriage bill on November 5, 2013 in Chicago.

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Fernando Mojica, left, celebrates with Drew Freeman at the Side Track bar after the Illinois General Assembly approved a gay marriage bill on November 5, 2013 in Chicago.

Illinois Near 15th State to Embrace Gay Marriage — ’35 More to Go’

As with any victory, there’s money in that vote. The vote by the Illinois House today to acknowledge same-sex marriage — all but assuring that it will become the 15th state to do so — means, for activists, that there...

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Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is escorted by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) after testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is escorted by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) after testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Same-Sex Marriage at Supreme Court: Justice O’Connor Presiding

There was no bell tower. Yet at the courthouse where gay Americans have won greater conjugal rights, vows were made today. And Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presided. The same-sex wedding conducted at the Supreme Court united Jeffrey Trammell and Stuart...

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in Washington, DC.

Breyer on Proust: ‘Shakespeare of the Inner World’

Never mind Citizens United, Obamacare or same-sex marriage. Stephen Breyer is a deep reader, and interpreter, of Proust. En Francais. The associate justice of the Supreme Court, schooled at Stanford, Oxford and Harvard Law, started reading Proust as a young...

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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor signs copies of her book during a Commonwealth Club of California event.

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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor signs copies of her book during a Commonwealth Club of California event.

Hispanics See Lack of National Leader — 5% Name Rubio, Sotomayor

Three-quarters of Latinos in the U.S. say their community needs a national leader, and nearly two-thirds can’t name a single person when asked an open-ended question about who is the nation’s most important Hispanic figure. Those are some of the...

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Celebration during a rally at Garden State Equality in Montclair, N.J., hours after a Superior Court Judge ruled that New Jersey is unconstitutionally denying federal benefits to gay couples and must allow them to marry.

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Celebration during a rally at Garden State Equality in Montclair, N.J., hours after a Superior Court Judge ruled that New Jersey is unconstitutionally denying federal benefits to gay couples and must allow them to marry.

#NationalComingOutDay: OFA

  It’s a measure of how far public attitudes have evolved that the permanent campaign organization supporting the sitting president should recognize this day: #NationalComingOutDay It wasn’t until he was seeking re-election that President Barack Obama allowed that he had...

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