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One Person, One Nullification

Fascinating, duplicitous development in Texas.

The state's Attorney General is inviting, really encouraging, public officials to defy last week's Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage for same sex couples across the United States. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is telling country clerks they may refuse to issue marriage licenses if they believe same sex marriages violate their religious beliefs.

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From the Grassroots

The editor of the Berkshire Eagle, a community paper in western Massachusetts, is taking heat for and now explaining (with a good explanation) why the Eagle published an op-ed by a guy named Steven Nikitas, a "conservative activist" from Pittsfield.

As editor Kevin Moran explains, Nikitas is one of several people who contribute op-eds 'from the right' on behalf of the local Republican party. It seems Nikitas's latest editorial on the "debased", "immature" and "cowardly" culture of black America got a lot of people upset.

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Priceless

For all the blaze of history and march of freedom this week, no doubt for me the highlight was Justice Scalia's invoking John C. Calhoun's "concurrent majority" theory on behalf of denying marriage equality to gay men and women.

Amen

Just mesmerized by Obama's tour de force eulogy in South Carolina. Words can't really do it justice, which you know if you were watching the live speech and Twitter simultaneously.

I don't know if it was the history-making of this week -- gay marriage and health care for all -- or the history-remaking of this week -- the lowering of Confederate flags -- that made us primed for such a speech. But from the tragedy in South Carolina came his most resounding speech, his most uninhibited confrontation of race in America, and his most uninhibited self-expression on the public stage.

You can -- and should -- watch the whole thing here.

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