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'Traditional Marriage 2.0': Even My Own Family Doesn't Support Me

It may well be true that Scott Walker opposes marriage equality and his wife and kids support it. But I feel like this is the next stage or perhaps the last stage of the marriage debate: GOP pols who, for whatever reason, remain adamantly opposed to equal marriage rights but who nevertheless put their families forward to say they disagree with them and are perfectly comfortable with gay people and LGBT equality.

To be clear, in this case, I'm not saying Scott Walker's wife and kids aren't telling the truth. I'm sure they are. But politically, I think the message is: 'Look, I can't be that big a hater. Even my family doesn't oppose this!' Not only does it soften the pol's image. It's an implicit signal, for those who want to receive it, that the candidate probably doesn't believe it either. He's just stuck in this position out of political necessity or inertia.

Trump on Fire

It's not too early to say it and we shouldn't be afraid to face facts: We're entering a new Golden Age of Donald Trump news. I know many of you are impatient with the attention we sometimes give Trump - despite reading the same news assiduously (we've got data, don't deny it!). Even I get sort of bored and impatient with it. But not now. Now we're in new territory. As we know, over recent years, Trump has ditched his old brand as a cartoonish plutocrat, comfortable in the multi-cultural world of New York media and celebrity culture, to rebrand himself as an clowncar racist and populist xenophobe. And now finally the chickens or whatever farm animals Trump cavorts with are coming home to roost. Whatever damage he's doing to his own businesses, he has become the doofus bull, enraged and ridiculous, let loose in the China shop of GOP electoral vulnerabilities.

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The Latest from Walksconsin

Some delightfully revealing developments out of Wisconsin, where Scott Walker's Republican legislative majorities have passed out of committee a provision canceling Wisconsin's 'open records' law, some form of which exists in almost every state, though more comprehensively than most in Wisconsin. As the State Journal puts it, "The proposal blocks the public from reviewing nearly all records created by lawmakers, state and local officials or their aides, including electronic communications and the drafting files of legislation. The language was included in the final version of the state’s 2015-17 budget, which passed the Legislature’s budget committee on a party-line vote late Thursday. The budget bill next goes to the full Assembly and Senate."

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We're Looking For A Features Intern!

TPM is looking for a Features Intern to assist with TPMCafe, our op-ed section, and The Slice, our features section that gets to the gut-level, human side of (mostly) American culture and politics. The Slice publishes researched essays, personal narrative and voicey reported pieces on things like politics, sex, identity, crime, history, pop culture and family. Read what we’ve published so far here, and read more from the editor here and here.

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It's All Coming Together

GOP mega-donor's channel picks up Trump's Miss USA Pageant. “The decision on the part of REELZ to acquire the rights to the MISS USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition,” said Stan Hubbard, CEO of Reelz, in a statement emailed to TPM.

This Is Interesting

In response to last week's High Court decision, Indiana women posts spellbinding anti-same sex marriage rant to Facebook while doing house cleaning, after the jump ...

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Thanks, Twitter

Here's an (fun in a surreal, macabre way) article about a recent example of how Twitter has dramatically increased the velocity at which bullshit is able to travel at sea level and at higher altitudes. In fact, the increase is so great that Twitter has become a self-contained, frictionless bullshit perpetual motion machine capable of making an episode like this possible. This is the story of Zandria Robinson, an African-American assistant professor of sociology at the University of Memphis who made some that were both genuinely outrageous and also a peerless example of jargony academic nonsense-speak, became a target of right-wing media and twitter-hounds, then got fired by the University of Memphis because of the controversy, thus making the University a target of left-wingers on Twitter and driving Twitter to cross-partisan paroxysms of outrage and self-congratulation.

Except that she wasn't fired and actually wasn't even an employee of the University of Memphis in the first place.

Thanks, Twitter.

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