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Meet the LGBT Americans who oppose gay marriage

Meet the LGBT Americans who oppose gay marriage

If you thought everyone in the LGBT community wanted gay marriage, you would be wrong. It's much more nuanced than that.

new chart from Pew, based on 2013 data, shows that 7 percent of LGBT Americans said they oppose same-sex marriage. And another 18 percent said they favor it, but that they didn't feel strongly.

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The governor of Indiana is about to have his very own state-sponsored news outlet. So, um . . .

The governor of Indiana is about to have his very own state-sponsored news outlet. So, um . . .

The field of Republicans looking at the 2016 presidential race is busy assembling all of the accessories necessary for a run, like super Pacs, Iowa voters and major donors.  But Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana and also a potential 2016 candidate,  has settled on an even better accessory. His very own "news" Web site.

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How directly do gas prices affect views of the economy and Obama? This graph offers a big clue.

How directly do gas prices affect views of the economy and Obama? This graph offers a big clue.

In recent weeks, there has been a dramatic uptick in Gallup's economic confidence index -- a combination of two questions that measure how Americans feel about the economy. This increase almost certainly helps explain President Obama's improved poll numbers.

(As noted above, the big drop in late 2013 was a result of the government shutdown.)

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Sarah Palin channels her inner slam poet

Sarah Palin channels her inner slam poet

Sarah Palin, slam poet.

Dim the lights and maybe light a candle on stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit, and Palin's rambling speech begins to make more sense.

This was poetry, not politics, ya

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Republicans spoke for nine hours in Iowa. That’s lots of footage for Jon Stewart.

Today in things you never imagined but we can confirm are pretty hilarious: that Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ad, except with Sarah Palin. The Daily Show made this possible on Monday night's episode, when Jon Stewart tackled the Iowa Freedom Summit and the 2016 GOP bench's competition to outfolksy itself.

You also get the chance to hear former Texas Gov. Rick Perry do his best Howard Dean scream impression, and Stewart do his best Donald Trump impression.

The Fix’s 2015 list of best state political reporters

The Fix’s 2015 list of best state political reporters

The most under-appreciated reporters in the political world are the scribes covering state and local politics. They rarely get the attention of their colleagues at the national level but are often covering the very politicians and national trends that come to impact the broad political landscape.

Every two years (or so), I like to honor these reporters with a look at the best of the best from each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia.  The list below was built almost entirely on recommendations from the Fix community -- here on the blog, on Twitter at #fixreporters and on Facebook.  A few of my personal favorites are included as well.

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Obama’s approval hits 50 percent — just a couple months too late for Democrats (again)

Obama’s approval hits 50 percent — just a couple months too late for Democrats (again)

President Obama's approval rating in Gallup's tracking poll hit 50 percent on Monday for the first time since May 2013. This comes on the heels of a Washington Post-ABC News poll last week that showed the exact same thing -- approval at 50 percent, first time since May 2013.

And many Democrats have had the same sarcastic response: Just in time.

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RNC names Katie Walsh new chief of staff

RNC names Katie Walsh new chief of staff

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will announce today that Katie Walsh, who led the party committee's fundraising efforts in the 2014 election, will serve as chief of staff in the 2016 cycle.

"As our finance director during the successful 2014 midterm cycle, Katie’s leadership helped the RNC break multiple fundraising records," said Priebus. "Her tireless work ethic, team spirit, and proven fundraising abilities will make her an outstanding chief of staff."

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President Obama needs to get a suit like this, ASAP

While the U.S. -- or at least the East Coast -- talks about nothing other than the snow storm headed toward our nation's capital New York City, President Obama is on the other side of the world in India. He's huddled with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- the two spent part of India's Republic Day together Monday -- and, during that time one can only hope the Indian PM imparted some of his fashion tips to the U.S. president.

The suit above, which, for stripes, uses Modi's name written over a thousand times(!), is, um, pretty amazing. As the Post's Swati Sharma writes over at the WorldViews blog: "Although Modi has a carefully cultivated Hindu nationalist image, it doesn't mean he isn't a fan of European designers. His glasses are said to be Bvlgari, and his watch is Movado, two brands at odds with his traditional Indian look but in keeping with his pro-business ideology."

Internet Law #1: We write about Vice President Biden; You click on it

Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to the "Ellen Show" on Monday to wish Ellen DeGeneres a happy birthday, giving humanity hope that he just might do this on request (Joe Biden holiday visits might be a great way for the government to erase the deficit).

However, it wasn't a completely altruistic act. Biden was actually there to talk about the Affordable Care Act.

He made a joke about the Obamacare Web site. He made up for that offense by talking about moms too.