The group blog of The New Republic

June 28, 2013

On Wednesday, attending the celebration of the Supreme Court decisions in front of the Stonewall Inn, former congresman and current mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner denied that there is an occupation of the West Bank. To the question, “Do you still believe the West Bank is not occupied?” he answered with a clear and forceful, “Yes, I do” (there is video).

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June 27, 2013

Today, the Senate voted for immigration reform by a seemingly overwhelming margin: 68-32. That might seem like a “B.F.D.” It's not. We’ve been here before: In 2006, the Senate voted for immigration reform by a 62-32 margin. The House killed it.

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In a matter of hours, the Senate is going to pass a landmark piece of legislation aimed at fixing the nation's hapless immigration system. It's not the best bill, but it addresses a huge range of problems plaguing the current system.

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As American conservatives complain about judicial activism after the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and allow sinfulness in California, the top court in one of India's largest cities has managed to put our Justices to shame. As reported by The Hindu:

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June 26, 2013

As of Wednesday morning, Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who staged a 13-hour filibuster to thwart an omnibus anti-abortion bill that would have closed all but five clinics in the state, was a household name. But Davis couldn’t have done it alone. She was more like the last runner in a grueling relay.

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A new study from the Pew Research Center on young Americans’ library habits defies the conventional narrative of today’s youth as a generation who have abandoned print. Despite being heavy Internet users, the press release states that “Americans under age 30 are strong supporters of traditional library services,” including in-person assistance and—yes—books.

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"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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With the Supreme Court scheduled to release its most anticipated rulings this week, CNN’s embarrassingly wrong interpretation of the Court's Obamacare ruling a year ago was fresh in reporters’ minds.

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Last night Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, a Democrat, filibustered SB 5, a bill that would have banned all abortions after 20 weeks and shut down most of the state’s abortion providers. With over 100,000 people watching the Senate’s live feed as the bill’s vote missed its deadline, Davis is poised to go down in filibuster history. But how does her filibuster stack up against the other recently famous filibuster, a less dramatic—but no less impressive—performance from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul back in March?

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