Julia Ioffe

Senior Editor

"Marriage," said Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann when the Supreme Court handed down its decision banning DOMA, "was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted."

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When the Supreme Court announced yesterday that it had eviscerated the Voting Rights Act, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley had an interesting reaction. “What it tells me is after 45 years, the Voting Rights Act worked,” Grassley said, “and that’s the best I can say. It just proves that it worked.”

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Putin: Snowden Is a "Free Man"

Edward Snowden's going to stay in Russia, just you wait

Edward Snowden's going to stay in Russia, just you wait

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Putin Won't Extradite Snowden, Won't Shear Pig

He would rather wrestle tiger

In his statement that he won't be handing over Jason Bourne-impersonator Edward Snowden to the Americans, Russian President Vladimir Putin said something that made that record-scratching halt! sound in the brains of most English-speakers who heard it. "In any case, I would not like to deal with such issues because it is like shearing a pig," Putin said. "There's lots of squealing, and little fleece." Okay, so Putin doesn't want to shear a pig—great? Poor, relieved pig? And: what?

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Edward Snowden's Strange Layover in Moscow

Who knew that Moscow was on the way from Hong Kong to Quito?

As I write this, Edward Snowden waits in a "capsule" at a new hotel at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport until he takes off for Havana at 2:05pm tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime, he has been seen by an Ecuadorian doctor and Ecuador's ambassador to Russia, and has asked Ecuador for asylum. Snowden will have spent less than 24 hours in Russia, and will not have seen any of it: he can't leave the airport as he doesn't have a Russian visa.

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It was no surprise that, after speaking in private for two hours in Northern Ireland, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin looked “tense and uncomfortable,” or, as the pool report put it, “serious and unsmiling.” Not only did the meeting come on the heels of a year and a half of Russia cynically ratcheting up anti-American sentiments—and harassing Obama’s ambassador—in the country, or g

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President Rand Paul

Watch out, he's becoming a better politician every day

His views are extreme. His political skills are fierce. And that's what makes him so dangerous.

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The Bizarre End to Vladimir Putin's Bizarre Marriage

Hunting season's open: The Russian president is officially a stag

Hunting season's open: The Russian president is officially a stag

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Why Susan Rice is a better fit for national security adviser than for secretary of state.

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The Cold War Heats Up in Syria

Why Russia won't allow an intervention

Why Russia won't allow an intervention.

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