The Republican Party is gradually moving toward a more accepting attitude toward gay rights.
When it comes to their own families, though, it's slow-going.
A new poll from McClatchy and Marist College shows that 68 percent of Republicans say they would be no less likely to support a well-qualified gay candidate, and 59 percent say they prefer that states decide same-sex marriage rather than the federal government -- a stance that effectively is allowing such unions to take hold across the country.
The latest events in Ferguson, Mo., were the dominant topic of conversation on the Sunday morning news shows, about a week after an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer there.
Gov. Jay Nixon (D), who imposed a midnight curfew on Saturday, made the rounds to explain and defend his decision. Meanwhile, lawmakers and other observers chimed in on the clashes between police and protesters as well as the investigation into the death of Michael Brown, the teenager who was shot Aug. 9.
We present to you a challenge.
Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, now has an online video feature wherein she offers her opinions on various things, most of which deal with politics.
This week, though, she branched out, taping a review of the new Meryl Streep-Jeff Bridges film The Giver which, she notes, is based on the book of the same name. It's a perfectly serviceable review, centered very tightly on themes that Palin's fans will appreciate. (Spoiler: She liked it.)
But just how professional is her review? We are asking you to be the judge. We've taken a few quotes from Palin's review and a few quotes from professional movie reviewers, mixed them together, and made a quiz. Can you tell the difference? That's not a question from the quiz, that's the meta question about the quiz. (If that makes sense.)
Whatever, go take the quiz. We give it TWO STARS.
So this is what happens when the fox cuts the food supply of the dog guarding the henhouse.
A Travis County grand jury on Friday indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts, alleging he abused his power by threatening to veto funding for the state's Public Integrity Unit unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who had pleaded guilty to drunk driving, stepped down.
(Warning: Spoilers ahead for those who haven't watched Season 2 of "House of Cards.")
This week's Parade magazine features a brief interview in which Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) declares that he has no faith in the president.
President Frank Underwood, that is.
Ryan tells the magazine that he stopped watching the Netflix show "House of Cards" because Underwood -- then a fictional House member played by Kevin Spacey -- cheated on his wife with a reporter in the first season:
Let's just say, if that was too much for Ryan, it's probably good he didn't keep watching.
Update 4:08 p.m.: It appears Ryan's aversion to "House of Cards" doesn't extend to the Clintons. This is just out:
It's not easy to figure out how many people have been killed by the police in the United States. The FBI compiles a wealth of information on crime and law enforcement each year as part of its Uniform Crime Reports system. But it only collects two points of data on people killed by law enforcement: The number of people killed by police in justifiable action, and the weapon used in the homicides. (Unjustified homicides are counted, too, of course: as crimes.)
There are, according to Post analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics, 65 current members of the Obama administration who at one point lobbied the federal government. Combined, they worked for over 500 years for firms that lobby the government -- compared to the little over 320 years they have spent with the Obama administration.
The scene is set. With primary season nearing an end, we know who the nominees will be in almost all of the races that will decide control of the Senate this November.
The GOP establishment largely got the candidates it wanted and avoided any incumbents losing primaries. And Republicans are playing offense in upwards of 10 Democratic-held seats, needing to take six of them to steal control of the Senate.
With tensions in Ferguson, Mo., waning — hopefully for good — attention is turning to ways in which what happened this week might have been avoided or otherwise unfolded differently.
The aggressive response to protesters that unfolded in front of cameras Wednesday night drew new attention to a longstanding policy allowing police agencies across the country access to military gear no longer needed by the Department of Defense. The Post's Christopher Ingraham has documented the department's 1033 program, which allows a simple application process for police forces to request items. In Missouri, the state Department of Public Safety has a Web page explaining to local agencies how to apply, and two staffers waiting to help. Missouri law enforcement has received more than $17 million in gear through the program.
So far, politicians have struggled with what to say about what occurred this week in Ferguson, Mo. Most urged peace and patience, but the political debate in this racially charged situation hasn't gotten much beyond that.
That was until Thursday, when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and some other politicians seized on an issue: The over-militarization of the police.