News: Governor Sarah Palin, President Obama, LGBT Members of Congress and Republicans hatch a plan to steal presidential elections
- Alaska’s former half-term Governor Sarah Palin, and her employer Fox “News,” have called it quits. Governor Palin’s million dollar contract was up for renewal, and she reportedly wanted to pursue other outside projects, and both parties agreed to an amicable end of their contentious relationship.
- New York Times reporter Jeremy W. Peters profiles the LGBT members of the 113th Congress in “Openly Gay, And Openly Welcomed.” Jeremy writes:
Congress has never been an accurate reflection of the country it serves. It remains far whiter, wealthier and more male than the nation’s population. But as their numbers in Congress gradually increase, there is a sense among these newcomers that they are forcing some of their colleagues to rethink gay rights and homosexuality. The presence of openly gay men and women and their families was a factor that many believe was decisive in turning the tide for states where same-sex marriage was legalized by legislatures. Seeing them helped put a human face on a concept that many legislators had thought about only in the abstract.
- President Barack Obama addressed the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force conference in Atlanta, via video, on Friday. The conference is the largest gathering of LGBT activists to meet each year.
- Michael Tomasky penned an excellent piece in Newsweek/The Daily Beast, about the Republican party’s plans to “steal elections” for president on the state level, by changing the way electors are chosen in the electoral college.
- President Barack Obama named Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough as his new Chief of Staff, succeeding Jack Lew, his nominee for Secretary of the Treasury.
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