The Best Of TPM In 2014

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For TPM readers, 2014 was a year of Ann Coulter making an epic fail on Twitter, Princeton academics declaring the U.S. is no longer a democracy, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia making a serious error in a dissent and more.

Below is the list of the most-read stories at TPM in 2014:

10. WATCH: ANTI-GAY-BAKER SOBS OPENLY ON ‘TRADITIONAL’ MARRIAGE PANEL

By Daniel Strauss

“Melissa Klein, one of the owners of a Christian bakery who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and have since been fighting the state of Oregon over the matter, broke into tears when describing her business during a panel at the Values Voter Summit on Friday.” Read more

9. JUSTICE SCALIA MAKES EPIC BLUNDER IN SUPREME COURT OPINION


By Sahil Kapur

“It’s not often that a Supreme Court justice makes a factual blunder in a formal opinion.” Read more

8. MATT DRUDGE IS (PROBABLY) LYING ABOUT PAYING A HUGE OBAMACARE ‘LIBERTY TAX’

By Dylan Scott

“It seems conservative monolith Matt Drudge is taking some pride in paying the penalty for not purchasing insurance under Obamacare. He’s even got a name for it.” Read more

7. C-SPAN CALLER ON AIR: ‘REPUBLICANS HATE THAT N***ER OBAMA’ (VIDEO)

By Catherine Thompson

“A man who called into C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” Thursday morning referred to President Barack Obama as “that n***er” before getting booted off the air.” Read more

6. TWO GUYS WITH GUNS HAVE SHOWDOWN ON FIRST DAY OF GEORGIA’S NEW ‘GUNS EVERYWHERE’ LAW

By Eric Lach

“A misunderstanding” between two armed men in a Georgia convenience store led to an arrest on the very day that the state’s new expansive gun rights law went into effect, according to The Valdosta Daily Times.” Read more

5. BROWNS PLAYER OFFERS THOUGHTFUL REBUKE AFTER POLICE UNION SLAMS T-SHIRT PROTEST

By Dylan Scott

“After police unions slammed his decision to wear a T-shirt protesting the police shootings of two black people in Ohio, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins gathered the media on Monday to explain himself more fully.” Read more

4. DECISION LOOMS IN LAWSUIT THAT MAY ACTUALLY CRUSH OBAMACARE


By Sahil Kapur

“Obamacare was left mostly unharmed this week despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled against its contraception mandate. But a far greater threat to the law is alive and well a few blocks away in Washington, D.C.” Read more

3. POST-HOBBY LOBBY, RELIGIOUS ORGS WANT EXEMPTION FROM LGBT HIRING ORDER

By Dylan Scott

“The day after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, a group of religious leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he exempt them from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.” Read more

2. PRINCETON STUDY: U.S. NO LONGER AN ACTUAL DEMOCRACY

By Brendan James

“A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.” Read more

1. ANN COULTER’S HASHTAG HIJACKING OF #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS BACKFIRES BIG TIME


By Caitlin Mac Neal

“Conservative pundit Ann Coulter on Sunday night joined the band of conservatives mocking the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign, which began as a way to call attention to the 300 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.” Read more

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