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The Worst Imaginable Case FOR Gay Marriage

Joseph Bottum, the conservative Catholic writer, has penned a long piece for Commonweal in which he declares that he is now in favor of gay marriage.

Millenials Will Run for Political Office, Like it Or Not
August 26, 2013 Millenials

Millenials Will Run for Political Office, Like it Or Not

Is Russia Weirder Than Florida? You Decide.

Today, we start a regular new feature on The Plank: Florida or Russia? Both places produce stories that boggle the mind: 

Sequestration's Latest Victim: The American Justice System

The country’s political class has been engaged in a rare bout of bipartisan self-congratulation of late over the growing consensus around the need for prison reform.

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Never Stood a Chance

Microsoft announced today that Steve Ballmer is stepping down as CEO some time in the next year, and you gotta feel sorry for the guy.

The Biggest Bully: Even ESPN Cowers Before the NFL
August 23, 2013 Arm-Twisting

If a new New York Times report is true, ESPN is worse than I imagined.

Why UPS Spouses Shouldn't Be (Too) Mad at Obamacare
August 23, 2013 Obamascare

The latest Obamacare story getting everybody’s attention is about the United Parcel Service.

Meet the Australian Actress Who Does the Most Amazing Accent on Television
August 23, 2013 Interview

Yael Stone’s Lorna Morello is one of the most memorable characters on the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.” Lorna is a prisoner and temporary lesbian planning a wedding to her fiance back home, and perhaps the most notable part of Ston

Republicans Only Have As Much Leverage As Obama Gives Them
August 23, 2013 High noon

“House Republicans have no idea how they’re going to lift the debt ceiling this fall,” Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan report in Politico

ESPN Quit Its Concussions Investigation With ‘Frontline’ Under Curious Circumstances
August 22, 2013 Sports

“Frontline,” the prestigious, multiple-Emmy-winning investigative news show produced by Boston’s PBS member station, announc