Breaking Google’s Monopoly

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Tina Dupuy: Since Google’s search engine is by definition a natural monopoly, it should therefore be seen as a public utility, a private sector company providing a public service subjected to following certain rules.

Thanks…Giving: 2013’s Hunger Strike Round-Up

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Tina Dupuy: This is the 160th anniversary of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation. Somehow a day of “humble penitence” has evolved into candying already-too-sweet tubers and mauling your neighbors at the local Walmart for a $30 Furby Boom.

If Rand Paul Were a Woman

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Tina Dupuy: Randi had no credibility to lose. She was already a national punch line. A meme. A joke. A shiny distraction. And now she’s also a proven plagiarist. She’s referred to as “silly.” A silly airhead.

Iraq Makes Request for WMDs

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Tina Dupuy: Now if arming a Middle Eastern country with a solid history of sectarian violence sounds vaguely familiar and like an acutely bad idea—it’s because we’ve done it before.

Read More Than This Headline

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Tina Dupuy: If you’ve fallen into the Internet Age tendency of skimming headlines and tweets instead of reading the entire article, you’d understandably think the new pope is a hippie and the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is a peacenik.

How a Law Becomes a Bill: Tea Party Civics

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Tina Dupuy: There’s an old adage which says it’s better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Rand Paul is a man of no mystery.

Heritage Foundation: The Group Who Cried Individual Mandate

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Tina Dupuy: The tea party/Heritage Foundation/Koch brothers trinity have co-opted the Revolutionary War’s Gasden Flag, the yellow flag with a rattle snake warning “don’t tread on me.” A more apt illustration would be a snake eating its own tail while accusing Obama of cannibalism.

Bachmann’s Retirement: Death Blow to the 1850s

Michele Bachmann at the World War II Memorial days after voting to shut it down.

Tina Dupuy: The tea party wasn’t the first time anti-change, anti-foreigner feelings have translated into anti-partisan, anti-establishment, anti-politician demands. It probably won’t be the last.

Obamacare and My Family

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Tina Dupuy: Beltway prattle within the paradigm of who’s winning and who’s losing doesn’t register the impact of affordable health care on the struggling working class. They’re not an abstract—they’re my family.

Congresspeople Unwilling to Work, Shall Not Eat!

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Tina Dupuy: Instead of debating how we can possibly lift people out of poverty we have a swarm of hissing cockroaches in neckties debating how to punish poor people for being too decadent with their $4.50 a day eating habits.

82 Gun Deaths a Day…Everyday

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Tina Dupuy: We don’t have to have a country like this. We don’t have to live in a country where a 5-year-old kills his 2-year-old sister with a Crickett rifle made for kids.

Mistaken Identity Politics

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Tina Dupuy: In the 2013 New York City Democratic mayoral race, the primary didn’t only look like New York, it looked a lot like America. Was it parity with the population? No. But was it this much-coveted diversity of contestants? Yes.

The “Creationist with iPhone” Paradox

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Tina Dupuy: We have to stop giving credence to the Christian Scientists of climate. If faith-healing is not an acceptable form of medical treatment, why should we accept it as an energy plan?

Five Things Republicans Have Repealed

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Tina Dupuy: Republicans repealed empathy the same way they repealed compromise, by making it akin to treason—or possibly Hitler!

For Shame for Poor-Shaming

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Tina Dupuy: The aim of poor-shaming is to get the marginalized to fight over scraps instead of demanding more from their country.

Kill Gerrymandering, You’ll Fix Congress

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Tina Dupuy: Why is Congress so horrible? Why is the Ebola virus held in higher esteem in most polls than the Legislative Branch? One word: Gerrymandering.

How to Seem Racist: A Guide

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Tina Dupuy: If you feel like Martin is responsible for his own death because he wasn’t docile and apologetic, you seem racist.

Solitary Confinement and American Acceptionalism

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Tina Dupuy: If the Constitution is good enough justification to protect nutty Uncle Ernie’s arsenal and Glenn Beck subscription, then it should suffice for halting long-term solitary confinement of both enemy combatants and U.S. citizens.

Southern Fried Christian Sharia

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Tina Dupuy: Nice tactic: Scare people with the specter of Islamic totalitarianism and then pass a bill that would make Pakistan pause.

Standing with Pelosi on DOMA Demise

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Tina Dupuy: Pelosi is right on this one. What do people who marginalize gays think of these Supreme Court rulings? Who cares?

Now Republicans Defend Masturbation

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Tina Dupuy: But just think, 20 years ago, providing Burgess were black, female and liberal, saying something so pro-masturbation would have meant he’d have to resign.

Freedom of Too Much Information

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Tina Dupuy: Having no privacy and arbitrary puritanical laws is a recipe for a theocracy. We have no confidentiality yet petty prudes wield legal authority in the government.

Michelle Bachmann Deals Death Blow to 1850s

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Tina Dupuy: What will happen to Michele Bachmann and her beloved tea party? The Tea Party has yet to break the Republican Party’s back although they’ve left it with a considerable limp.

Apple Could Pay for Moore

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Tina Dupuy: Because these giant corporations are getting a free pass by the very premise they create jobs, they’re in essence piling their tax burden onto their workers.

The Right Wing Outrage Industrial Complex’s Complicated Week

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Tina Dupuy: Benghazi is a cynical attempt to gain traction with a nontroversy. The more Congress spends time investigating the less time they have to spend being ineffective at negotiating with the President.

Donald Trump, Rape Apologist

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Tina Dupuy: Trump has basically blamed all servicewomen for being assaulted. They’re culpable in their own rape because a) they’re women and b) they’re serving alongside men.

More Guns, More Gun Profits, More Gun Deaths

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Tina Dupuy: We lose the equivalent of a small city of Americans every year to gun violence. Each year an entire Bangor, Maine is gone. Virginia Tech has 30,000 students in total. Every year the equivalent of a Virginia Tech loses their lives.

The Boston Marathon Bombers and the Theory of Relative Laziness

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Tina Dupuy: I find it comforting to think of just how lazy the Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were. No attempts to hide their identity. No going through all the trouble of writing a manifesto. Not even a declarative sentence, actually.

Illegal Abortion and ‘The Way of the World’

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Tina Dupuy: Those who want to see all abortion illegal have charged there’s a media blackout on this case. Those who’ve read the report can see this case is about the horrors of illegal abortions. What Gosnell did was not legal, hence why he’s in jail.

Save Our Schools From Creationism

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Tina Dupuy: I was raised as a creationist. I’d come home from school with a brain full of evolution and an enthusiasm for T-Rex and my mother saw it as her mission to put an end to it.