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Anti-Gay Sen. Jim DeMint Resigning To Run The Heritage Foundation

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In a move that's surprising for a career politicians but makes perfect sense for an unwavering ideologue, Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina is stepping down in January to take the helm as president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that spends its $80 million annual budget fighting everything from raising taxes to marriage equality to giving ex-convicts the right to vote.

The Wall Street Journal reports that DeMint's departure means that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will name a successor who will then run on their own during a special 2014 election.

DeMint, a former US Rep. elected to the Senate in 2004 and reelected during the Tea Party surge of 2010, has made homophobia a hallmark of his Senate career: he has consistently said gay marriage will destroy society and even went so far as to say that gay people and single women shouldn't be teachers, a remark he lated defended


Did Mitt Romney's Campaign Try To Silence Richard Grenell?

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Richard Grenell claimed that he resigned from Mitt Romney's campaign because of the "hyper-partisan" debate about his homosexuality. Andrew Sullivan now reports, however, that Grenell may have been frustrated by the reaction within Romney's camp to the controversy, particularly how Romney campaign staffers tried to "silence" him.

According to Sullivan's sources, Romney's campaign asked Grenell, the candidate's foreign policy advisor, to stay silent on a conference calls with reporters about Romney's international policy. Apparently reporters wondered why Grenell was not on a call he coordinated. He was, however, on the call, but had been told not to speak out, up or otherwise make his presence known. Grenell, Sullivan writes, had been "muzzled."

Sources close to Grenell say that he was specifically told by those high up in the Romney campaign to stay silent on the call, even while he was on it. And this was not the only time he had been instructed to shut up. Their response to the far right fooferaw was simply to go silent, to keep Grenell off-stage and mute, and to wait till the storm passed.

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A couple other thoughts... If all gay Republicans who support marriage equality are banned even from speaking on other topics entirely (like Iran or Afghanistan, where Grenell is a fire-breather), who's left? The answer, I'm afraid, is no one. Grenell was prepared to stay silent on gay issues entirely and do his job. But that wasn't enough. Romney's anti-gay agenda is therefore deeper and more extreme than Bush's.

One has to wonder what Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom, who yesterday claimed Romney is against "intolerance," will have to say about this.


NEWS: The Debate, The Rescue, And Various Superstitions

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Road Are you scientifically literate?

Road Iran says "thank you" to US for rescuing sailors from pirates.

Road "It's the sex, stupid!" -- why the GOP is more anti-sex by the day:

Even as we increasingly disown notions of procreative marital sex as the only legitimate form of sexual experience, “the public policy around sexuality is getting more conservative, more draconian,” aside from tremendous progress within the gay rights movement, says Klein. “That schizophrenia has been in evidence since the day that George Bush took office — you could even say since the day that Bill Clinton was impeached.”

... It’s a backlash that Cohen refers to in her book as “the sexual counterrevolution.”

Road Some NH cafes banning candidates.

Road How much Tim Cook is making, and other depressing numbers.

Road Belated happy birthday to David Bowie. 65! Whoodathunkit?

Road This girl really didn't want to write a paper about OWS.

Road We are a primitive, primitive speies. Parisian boy killed for witchcraft:

... Mr. Bikubi had accused the boy and two of his siblings of witchcraft, the court heard.

All three were beaten and other children were forced to join in the attacks. But it was Kristy who became the focus of Mr Bikubi's attention, the prosecution said.

The teenager was said to be in such pain after days of being hit with an "armoury of weapons" including sticks, pliers, a metal bar, hammer and chisel that he begged to die.

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said: "Eventually Bikubi took him into the bathroom, put him in the bath and started to run the water.

"Kristy was just too badly injured and exhausted to resist or to keep his head above the water."

Road Actual questions from third graders' homework:

Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?

If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?

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Road No more degrees in homeopathy from British universities. Other "non-evidence-based medicines" are on the chopping block, too.

Road WATCH adorable Swedish children talk about God, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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DNC Chair Tim Kaine Running for Senate in Virginia

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine announced his run for U.S. Senate in a web video posted today.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP..

Politico reports:

Though Kaine’s departure from the DNC for a Senate bid has been on the horizon for nearly two months, the search for his replacement is still up in the air. Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland are said to be in the running for the job, but the party might choose a less conventional candidate, sources told POLITICO.

Republicans have made clear that they intend to frame Kaine as an insider who for the last two years as DNC chair has been a dutiful lapdog to President Barack Obama.

DailyKos adds:

Polling has shown Kaine in a dead heat with ex-Sen. George Allen, the likely GOP nominee. Allen could potentially get derailed by teabaggers, but a recent PPP survey showed him performing strongly in a hypothetical Republican primary.

As for the Dem side, ex-Rep. Tom Perriello, generally seen as the main alternative to Kaine, previously said he wouldn't run if Kaine did, so count him out. But Rep. Bobby Scott said just the other day that he's still thinking about seeking the Dem nomination, and he intimated that Kaine's decision wouldn't affect his.

Watch Kaine's video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Christine O'Donnell Blames Criminal Probe on VP Joe Biden

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Christine O'Donnell is the subject of a federal criminal probe into illegal use of campaign funds during her failed U.S. Senate run, the News Journal reports:

"The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been sent to a grand jury...Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the national ethics group, previously called O'Donnell's use of more than $7 million in donated funds 'Magic Money,' and repeated a claim that she had misused campaign resources for personal expenses, including household rent. 'Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell spent the 2010 campaign responding to nearly endless questions about her integrity, including allegations she had treated her campaign account like her personal piggy bank,' CREW said in summarizing its questions about O'Donnell's record."

O'Donnell appeared on Good Morning America today, where she blamed Vice President Joe Biden for the probe, and also the Today show, where she placed the blame for the probe on establishment Republicans who are after her.

Watch MSNBC's report on the probe, and O'Donnell's interviews placing blame, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Candidate Who Would be Nation's First Transgender Judge Holds Slight Edge in California

KolakowskiVictoria Kolakowski, who would become the nation's first transgender judge, holds a slight edge over her opponent John Creighton in an Alameda County Superior Court election, the SF Chronicle reports

"Kolakowski, an administrative law judge for the state Public Utilities Commission, led Creighton, a deputy district attorney, by 50.22 to 48.77 percent, or 3,300 votes out of 230,000 total votes cast, the county registrar's office reported. All precincts have reported, but provisional ballots and late-arriving mail ballots were still being tallied. The registrar's office had no estimate of the number of uncounted ballots or when they would be counted. The candidates are seeking a six-year term in the seat vacated by Judge Stephen Dombrink, who is retiring."

Kolakowski, who married her partner when it was legal in California in 2008, transitioned in 1991.


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