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In 2013, I got an assignment from a women’s magazine to write about how awesome it is to be single. The article was easy to write—I hadn’t had a serious relationship in three years and was not sad about that fact. I loved living alone. I loved waking up alone. I loved leaving town on a whim and cooking according to my own cravings. (Feta cheese dip is an entrée, people. Open your minds.) I wasn’t jealous of friends who poured time and energy into their romantic relationships. Single women were an affinity group, and I relished my membership.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday addressed a comment he made at a Wednesday event that he would not have a problem if one of his daughters were gay and clarified that he still opposes same-sex marriage.

According to the New York Times, Cruz attended a Wednesday event hosted by prominent gay hoteliers and said, "If one of my daughters was gay, I would love them just as much." Following reports on the comment, media outlets speculated that the statement signaled a change in tone for Cruz.

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After President Obama singled out MSNBC for opposing the trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with Pacific countries, one of the network's hosts, Ed Schultz, challenged Obama to a debate on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

During a speech at the Organizing for Action Summit in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Obama mentioned opposition to the TPP and defended his support for the deal.

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The white freakout over college students grappling with "the problem of whiteness” has just found a new target.

TPM previously reported on an Arizona State University course about "the problem of whiteness" that rose to national attention in January, prompting neo-Nazi types and white supremacists to threaten the professor teaching it.

The course also angered a white nationalist group, which put up flyers in the professor’s neighborhood labeling him as “Anti-White" and protested on campus to demand that the university administration fire him. Now that group, the National Youth Front, has turned its attention to a bulletin board campaign mentioning "white privilege" at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

The bulletin board aimed to get passing students to reflect on whether they benefit from white, male, class, Christian, cisgender, heterosexual or able-bodied privilege. Strikingly, news of the bulletin board bubbled up through the conservative blogosphere and made its way to Fox News before it came across the National Youth Front's radar. The group set its sights on the "problem of whiteness" class after conservative media shined a spotlight on it, too.

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Two years ago today, the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed. The accident is considered the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history with 2,500 injured and a death toll clocking in at just over 1,100. The building was originally designed for shops and offices, not industrial factories. Warnings to avoid using the building after cracks appeared the day before had been ignored and when garment workers were ordered to return the following day the building collapsed during the morning rush hour.

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