TPM Cafe: Opinion

Maybe Jeb Bush really did just check the wrong box on his 2009 Florida voter registration form when he self-identified as “Hispanic.” There’d be some serious cosmic irony in a Bush brother being penalized for Florida electoral confusion, after all, and the universe does occasionally have a sense of humor. But Bush would certainly have motives for purposefully self-identifying in that way, from the personal (he is married to the Mexican-born Columba Gallo) to the political (his sustained efforts to appeal to Hispanic voters). And if he did choose to define himself as Hispanic, American culture and history include contexts that both support and complicate that choice.

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Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama have just succeeded where so many have failed (or not even attempted to try). Last week’s announcement of a framework for an agreement between the world’s major powers and Iran on the latter’s nuclear program was, according to President Obama, “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”—and a major win for American diplomacy.

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After months of anticipation, Rolling Stone has finally released a critical examination, performed by a team assembled at the Columbia School of Journalism, on all the journalistic failures regarding a December story on the problem of rape on campus at the University of Virginia. While the original story, “A Rape On Campus” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, reported on multiple rapes on campus, the centerpiece of her story, an alleged gang rape of a girl named “Jackie” at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, came under special scrutiny.

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Christmas came early in my house last month when Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced he was running for president. The GOP presidential primaries are my favorite TV show, and I’ve been waiting so long for the 2016 season.

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Earlier this week, a woman in Indiana was sentenced to 20 years in prison for “feticide” and neglect of a dependent. Purvi Patel went to a hospital emergency room bleeding and in distress; she told physicians that she’d had a miscarriage in a bathroom and tried to resuscitate the fetus. When that proved unsuccessful, Patel, unsure what to do, put the fetus in a plastic bag and left it in a dumpster.

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Amid all the backlash and backpedaling that has followed the signing of Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, there’s one important perspective that has gotten lost: Christians who believe that sex outside of heterosexual marriage is wrong, and who oppose discrimination against gay people—both on religious grounds.

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