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Gingrich called out

In May, 2011, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said, “By definition, if you run for president, anything is on the table.” He’s a huge proponent of using the media to air the president’s dirty laundry: During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Gingrich lead the fight to expose former President Bill Clinton’s infidelities.

But apparently he forgot his principles during a recent Republican debate when he told CNN’s John King, “I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office, and I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.” King was asking about an interview with Gingrich’s second wife who said he wanted to have an “open marriage.”

Clean up the books

Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is highlighting  51 antiquated laws on the books and asking the state’s Legislature to repeal them. However, the “criminal sodomy” statute, which includes oral sex, was not on the list of out-of-date laws. Anti-sodomy laws were struck down in the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas. Queer rights activists say the laws are still used to intimidate gays and lesbians and need to be repealed, especially while the Legislature is working on other laws that have been ruled unconstitutional or are no longer applicable.

Erasing slavery

The Tennessee Tea Party is requesting that all references to slavery be removed from history books because it makes early leaders look bad. The Tea Party wants to ignore the bad and focus on the good, rather than accepting faults and looking at the bigger picture. This is a group of political activists who claim to want less government intrusion.

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