Kansas

What scholars had to say about the recent spate of anti-gay bills.

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Gov. Rick Perry's anti-abortionism is proving costly for Texas.

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No, there is not a civil war in the GOP—yet.

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Who's trashing whom on the right? Here's a handy guide to post-election GOP recrimination.

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Arlen Specter, who died Sunday, was driven by a need to be recognized by the broader world.

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A Veteran Democratic Speechwriter Says These are the Themes Obama Needs to Hit at His Convention Speech:

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Why the gay community is divided over whether to celebrate Bradley Manning.

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Swimming in the Sea of Galilee is not scandalous or sacrilegious. It's refreshing.

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Congressman Yoder is only one in a long line of skinny-dipping statesmen.

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Editor’s Note: We'll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! The label “white woman from Kansas” obscures, rather than illuminates, who Barack Obama’s mother really was. Her story sheds new light on the complexities of interracial kinship. W.E.B. DuBois Institute | 19 min (4, 756 words) The girl from Vietnam's famous napalm photo spent decades trying to escape one iconic moment.

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