The situation in Ukraine is a highly volatile one, and as bad as it already is, the potential is there for it to get much, much worse. That is why level-headed leaders from all over the world are working hard to try to defuse it.
Unfortunately, here in America, Republicans are undermining those efforts by shamelessly exploiting the situation for political purposes. John McCain, Sarah Palin, and other Republican leaders are spewing "tough guy" talk that ranges from irresponsible to outright unhinged.
Breaking news from Texas:
"A federal judge in San Antonio declared Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Wednesday. But U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued a stay along with the ruling, so the ban remains in place for the time being. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), who is running for governor against state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), is expected to appeal the decision." (click for full article)
In a move eerily reminiscent of Jim Crow laws of the past, the Republican-dominated Arizona legislature has passed a measure (SB 1062) that would allow businesses to deny service to customers who are gay. It now goes to Governor Jan Brewer, who has said she has not yet decided whether to sign it.
Yes, no better way to close the gender gap than to have Ted Nugent appear on stage with you. Not to mention the sanity gap.
With the world's attention focused on Sochi for the Olympics, outrage is growing over the plight of Russia's LGBT community. A recently-enacted "gay propaganda" law has helped unleash a wave of anti-gay violence, and a proposed new law would actually remove children from the homes of LGBT parents.
And in the category of "I can't believe we have to explain to these guys why this is offensive," we have this.
Daiquiri Factory, a new bar in Spokane, Washington, is featuring a drink named:
When Congressman Michael Grimm didn't like the question a reporter was asking, he didn't just walk away, he physically threatened the reporter, got in his face, and said he would "break him in half" and throw him over the balcony (click here for video)
Senate Democrats started 2014 by pushing to restore emergency unemployment insurance to over 1.3 million Americans. As usual, Senate Republicans are obstructing.
It's time for Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to stop blocking this legislation and act now to restore emergency benefits to those hardest hit by economic woes.
In a truly appalling move, hundreds of newly and legally married Utah couples have been told that their marriages are now "on hold until further notice" and will not be recognized by the state of Utah – even though they were sanctioned by that state.
Governor Gary Herbert's office has ordered state agencies not to recognize these legal marriages performed over the past few weeks, following a court ruling that permitted them. That decision is now being appealed to the Supreme Court.