"He is not the pastor of the United States; he is the President of the United States." This powerful sermon by Rev. Dr. Frederick Haynes III, pastor of Dallas' Friendship-West Baptist Church, in favor of marriage equality is a must-watch. Hat tip to the Lawrence O'Donnell crew for highlighting it last night (see his segment after the jump).
The final (American) fight for Afghanistan has begun, but Spencer Ackerman reports that what we're fighting for is unclear:
So what could well be the final major US campaign in Afghanistan doesn’t initially target the terrain that its adversary most wants. It won’t have the same access to air power that the effort to take Helmand and Kandahar enjoyed. It won’t have complementary effort on the border by the Pakistanis to deny insurgent safe havens. And whatever happens won’t change the timetable for handing over Afghanistan to the Afghans. No wonder the military isn’t exactly playing up the fight for eastern Afghanistan.
Washington is on pins and needles waiting for the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Ezra Klein has a good primer out this morning to get you prepped, just in case.
Real talk: in eight days, Rep. Darrell Issa's Oversight Committee will likely find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, because they can. And That Channel Across Sixth Avenue is already giddy at the prospect.
Whatever reprieve we had from violent political rhetoric in the wake of the 2011 Arizona shooting which targeted Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, it's over now. That may not sound like news, but TPM's Pema Levy has some recent, and alarming, examples.
Mitt Romney wants to overhaul the U.S. public education system, but can't seem to say the word "voucher."
Are Millenials a generation of skeptics? It seems so, at least when it comes to God.
Two suspects have been arrested in the shooting death of 23-year-old Los Angeles youth minister Oscar Duncan.
The Good Pastor tries to make his congregation see the light about his position on marriage equality. The Bad Pastor hangs President Obama in effigy, lynches him up and claims there was absolutely nothing racist about it. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell has the comparison in the latest Rewrite.