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California Prop 8 judge Vaughn Walker: The appalling effort to disqualify him from judging the gay marriage case because he’s gay. – By Dahlia Lithwick – Slate Magazine

Today, a court in San Francisco heard arguments about one of the most contemptible legal claims advanced in decades: that Vaughn Walker, the federal judge who voted last spring to strike down California’s ban on gay marriage, was too gay to decide the case fairly. The claim brought by ProtectMarriage, …

American Embarrassment – Swampland – TIME.com

It is always an education to watch our American writhings from overseas. It is particularly excrutiating watching the Republican Party presidential candidates who, on a daily basis, pronounce some ignorant racist or irreligious twaddle…which–amazingly enough–manages to be heard around the world. As Crowley notes below, today’s example primo is Newt, …