Luke Brinker

'He Wants to Take Kansas Back to the Dark Ages' - Meet the Waitress Who Told Off Sam Brownback

Located in a towering late Gothic revival building – apocryphally described by locals as the first million-dollar high school west of the Mississippi River — Topeka High School, situated just four blocks from the Statehouse, is the pride of Kansas’ capital city.

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'He Wants to Take Kansas Back Into the Dark Ages': Waitress Explains Why She Told Off Sam Brownback

Located in a towering late Gothic revival building – apocryphally described by locals as the first million-dollar high school west of the Mississippi River — Topeka High School, situated just four blocks from the Statehouse, is the pride of Kansas’ capital city.

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Presidential Contender Marco Rubio's Ugliest Moment

On June 11, 2013, the Russian parliament unanimously passed legislation prohibiting the dissemination of so-called gay propaganda, by which the Kremlin’s retrograde conservatives meant such heresies as the notions that gay and straight relationships are equally valuable, or that gay people enjoy any rights that the state is bound to respect. Signed into law by President Vladimir Putin later that month, the law stoked anti-gay vigilantism, with advocates reporting a spike in anti-LGBT harassment following the measure’s passage; harrowing videos of gay bashings captured the horrific climate of homophobia that both fostered the law and was exacerbated by it. Amid mounting anti-gay atrocities, record numbers of LGBT Russians sought to flee the country.

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This Conservative Anti-Tax Utopia Is Imploding

Two weeks after the delusional Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed in a radio interview that Kansas’ experiment in supply-side economics was “working,” the latest batch of numbers from the Sunflower State further put the lie to the governor’s assertion.

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Noam Chomsky: Why Americans Workers Are Screwed

Identifying the lack of a robust labor movement as one of the chief inhibitors to social justice in the United States, the leftist intellectual Noam Chomsky decried the intensifying assault on American labor as an ominous development, declaring that so-called “right to work” laws really establish a “right to scrounge.”

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"Very, Very Few People Like Him": 7 Tidbits on NBC News' Internal Turmoil

One month after NBC News suspended Brian Williams for six months amid mounting scrutiny of the “Nightly News” anchor’s serial embellishments, the network’s woes have hardly been eradicated, as internal disputes and power struggles that predated the exposure of Williams’ Iraq War fabrications continue to plague 30 Rock. New York Magazine media reporter Gabriel Sherman goes behind the scenes of NBC’s turmoil in a lengthy piece for the new issue of the magazine, from which Salon has gleaned seven revealing tidbits.

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Kansas Could Put Teachers In Prison For Assigning Books Prosecutors Don’t Like

A bill approved by the Kansas Senate on Wednesday would enable prosecutors to bring charges against teachers and school administrators for assigning or distributing materials judged harmful to students, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Why Rudy Giuliani's Deranged Obama Comments this Week Are Perfectly in Character

After Rudy Giuliani embarked on an unhinged anti-Obama rant this week, asserting that the president doesn’t love America and “wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up,” a sizable chunk of political observers reacted by lamenting the sad decline of a man once hailed as America’s Mayor. “What a sad, even pathetic person Giuliani has become,” Dan Gillmor sighed. Politico’s Ben White was simultaneously disappointed and scathing: “Sad to see what a lunatic Rudy Giuliani has turned into,” hetweeted.

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Tom Brokaw Warned for a Year That Brian Williams’ Iraq Story Was a Big Fib

Long before “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams conceded last week that he had exaggerated a harrowing tale of coiming under fire while aboard an Army helicopter during the 2003 Iraq invasion, his predecessor Tom Brokaw was warning colleagues that Williams’ version of events didn’t dovetail with the facts, NPR’s David Folkenflikn reports.

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Rick Perry’s Absurd Healthcare Claim: Texans Like Being Uninsured!

With 22 percent of residents uninsured, the Lone Star State bears the dubious distinction of having the nation’s highest rate of people without health insurance, but former Texas Governor Rick Perry wears that ranking as a badge of honor.

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