• The Fine Print

    Rep. Tammy Duckworth is no stranger to realities of the Iraq war. She lives with the consequences every day, as a veteran who lost both legs when the National Guard helicopter she was piloting was shot down in Iraq.

    And as President Obama prepares to send up to 300 Special Forces troops to advise the Iraqi military in its effort to combat the militant Islamist group ISIS, the Illinois Democrat said she is “disheartened.”

    “I'm pretty appalled that the Iraqi military just abandoned their post after all of the time that American forces invested in training them…in both training but also arming them and equipping them,” Duckworth told “The Fine Print.”

    “This is also a tragedy for the American people with all of the resources we put into that nation, as well as all the men and women who served in uniform there,” she added.

    While proud of her military service, Duckworth said she didn’t agree with the United States decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003 and doesn’t support

    Read More »from Wounded warrior Rep. Duckworth “appalled” by Iraq’s spiral into violence
  • Top Line

    The movement to legalize gay marriage has gained momentum nationwide in a way almost unthinkable just a few years ago — but one of its heroes says there was no feeling of inevitability about her Supreme Court victory that toppled California's Proposition 8.

    "We didn't know we were going to win until we won," former plaintiff Kris Perry told "Top Line" during a discussion of a new HBO documentary that gives viewers a front-row seat for her five-year legal battle.

    Perry and a co-director of “The Case Against 8,” Ben Cotner, talked about the moment when the nation's highest court effectively declared unconstitutional Prop. 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that said only heterosexual marriages would be recognized in California.

    “So, we’re sitting in the courtroom waiting and waiting for the rulings to be read and, actually, the case was the last case ruled on that day, so it was down to the wire,” Perry said. “And Chief Justice Roberts was reading the ruling, which gave us all a pause,

    Read More »from ‘The Case Against 8’: How the fight for LGBT marriage rights in California was won
  • The Fine Print

    What would Frank Underwood do?

    As House Republicans prepare to go behind closed doors Thursday to select a new majority leader by secret ballot, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert says the election epitomizes the worst kind of politics.

    “The most treacherous politics is the palace politics, the inside politics,” Hastert told “The Fine Print.”

    “I whipped those inside races, and you would ask a person and make sure you have three commitments from that person at different times, eye ball to eye ball, 'Yes, you're going to vote for me,' and make sure those things are in writing and a name is with it,” Hastert said. “And even then you can't always count it… because when a person votes on a secret ballot, you don't know what they're going to put down.”

    House Republicans are selecting a new majority leader in the wake of Eric Cantor’s surprising defeat last week in the Virginia primary. Despite ongoing tensions inside the Republican Party, with Tea Party activists challenging

    Read More »from Real-life ‘House of Cards’? Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert weighs in on secret-ballot election

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