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We have a lot to be proud of

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It’s a joyous day as marriage equality comes to the entire United States. While there’s still a lot of work to be done on many different fronts, let’s take a moment to appreciate the unbelievable week of progress we just witnessed.

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Facing our own greatest threat

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The latest mass shooting in South Carolina more than qualifies as terrorism. If you look at U.S. history, it’s the definition of terrorism. In this quick take, why the context and political motivation of this incident can’t be overlooked.

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The force that breeds unrest

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Building anger over police brutality blew up in Baltimore as riots overtook what had been peaceful protests. The destruction is a shame, but the violence from police that triggered it is the story. In this piece, I take down three short-sighted reactions to the uprising and refocus on the real problem.

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A breakthrough for acceptance

Photo: ABC News

I was afraid that the Bruce Jenner interview on 20/20 would be a publicity stunt, but it’s not. This is for real, and it’s so important — I’m serious. In this quick take, my response to the groundbreaking special while watching it on ABC.

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The other fight for equality

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While the U.S. marches toward marriage equality nationwide, we can’t forget about the broader fight for civil rights protections for LGBT people. In this quick take, an overview of “religious freedom” laws that threaten to set us back.

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When hate is a lingering tradition

Racism is taught: #SAEHatesMe

The stark, blatant racism of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma caught us by surprise, but perhaps it shouldn’t. In this quick take, I discuss how institutional racism lets hateful traditions prevail.

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Stephen Colbert’s lasting legacy

Stephen Colbert and Grimmy

After 9 years of The Colbert Report, or 17 years including his time at The Daily Show, the time has come to say farewell to “Stephen Colbert”, an unprecedented character the likes of which we’ve never seen anywhere else in pop culture.

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The lie of “justice for all”

Black lives matter (photo credit: @ellypark07)

A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided not to bring charges against a local police officer in the controversial death of Michael Brown. In this quick take, my immediate thoughts following the prosecutor’s callous statements.

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The art of apparent nonsense

@horse_ebooks and This Is My Milwaukee

It was human after all: The creators of @horse_ebooks revealed that the absurdist Twitter account was a conceptual art project. But when I found out its creators were also responsible for Pronunciation Book and This Is My Milwaukee, pieces of an Internet mystery finally started to come together after 5 years.

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The case for President Obama

Obama/Biden

After the longest campaign ever, the 2012 presidential election is finally upon us. With that in mind, it’s time to reflect on the past 4 years and consider how we got here. In this article, I make the case for moving forward with Pres. Obama.

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