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Daily Meme: Music for Marriage Equality

Last night’s 56th Annual Grammy Awards featured Queen Latifah, deputized by Los Angeles County, performing 34 marriages that included both straight and gay couples as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Same Love” played. With its full-throated endorsement of same-sex marriage, the song became an anthem of the marriage-equality movement last year. The ratings rundown? 28.5 million viewers across the globe. The performance, however, didn’t include the chorus of right-wing outrage: “Sick!” blasted Fox & Friends contributor Todd Starnes. “This was not about marriage. This was about bashing God and the church.” “For one night, an awards show understood what it meant to appeal to the masses, wrote Breitbart 's Christian Toto. “The 2014 Grammy Awards fired off a culture war missile aimed at those who believe in a traditional definition of marriage.” “The world has gone gay-mad! And it is sickening!” said New Prospect Baptist Church minister Buster Wilson. Joined in his outrage was the Media...

Our Best Longreads of 2013

Flickr/Steve Schroeder The Weeklies Monica Potts From the outside, it is hard to know that people live in the Ramada Inn. The parking lot is always empty. The hotel sits facing a wide suburban boulevard called Kipling Street, just off Interstate 70 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The interchange where Kipling meets the freeway is packed mornings and evenings with daily commuters going to or coming from Denver and with skiers heading west into the Rockies. Hotels dot I-70 as it cuts through the 764-square-mile stretch of suburbia that runs from the city into the mountains, but at the intersection with Kipling is a cluster of seven budget-savers that travel websites warn tourists away from. The hotels advertise low prices—ranging from $36 to $89 a night—on neon signs next to gigantic flags that whip in the Front Range wind. Most offer even lower weekly or monthly rates. The Ramada is farther from the frontage road than the other hotels and is harder to notice, with its plain yellow stucco and...

Stories of Work in the Age of Anxiety

Young employees share their experiences as part of a special report on the decline of the American job.

The following stories are part of a Prospect special report, "Work in the Age of Anxiety." For Harold Meyerson's lead essay, "The 40-Year Slump," click here . I’m a very realistic kind of person. I enjoy what I do, and then from that I’ve been able to enjoy my life because I can support myself. I’m usually dental assisting. I go in with the dentist and do the operative care like fillings and root canals and bridgework and extractions. I start at 9 A.M. I work for two practices, three different offices. One office is in Mount Pleasant, one is in Greensburg, so either way it’s five miles. Youngwood is in the middle, which is a great thing because that saves gas money. I got a raise in the middle of the year so that made a difference. I don’t get paid vacation time or any kind of sick days or overtime. Certain weeks I work more hours than others. One week I could work 25 hours, the next week I could work up to 50 hours. As an 18-year-old who had no idea what they wanted to do with their...

Daily Meme: The First Draft of the GOP's Debt-Ceiling Wish List

The House Republicans released a ultimatum of all the things they'd need before even thinking about raising the debt-ceiling. It was a beautiful exercise in wishful thinking. As Jonathan Chait notes , "It is, uh, rather extensive, and really needs to be read in full to appreciate its megalomaniacal ambition," but the Cliff Notes version: delay Obamacare implementation for a year, approve Keystone XL, obliterate Dodd-Frank, cut spending here and there and everywhere, etc. Please. The White House's response was basically, "LOL." And this was the list of demands they painstakingly whittled down to the essential and acheivable! We can only imagine what the first draft of their wish list demanded... Like, more history on the History Channel , perhaps. Replace the House Budget Committee office with a P90X workout room. Update Earth Day to include celebratory "environmental acupuncture" events. Give Thomas Friedman's seat at The New York Times opinion section roundtable to Chuck Norris. Make...

"Arrested Development" Gets an "Elvis"

And now the story of four reporters who lost their weekend watching all of Arrested Development season four, and the Gchat conversation they had to put it all together.

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If you're an Arrested Development fan, chances are you spent over seven hours on the couch this weekend binge-watching the 15 new episodes that premiered on Netflix early Sunday morning. Don't worry, we did too. We had two staffers sit down in a "Something" hangout with two Mother Jones reporters to hash out the fourth season and its best moments. Warning: potential spoilers. Jaime Fuller, associate editor Ok, so Arrested Development season four! what did everyone think? Asawin Suebsaeng, reporting fellow at Mother Jones I give it an "A -". First off, to the haters: Fuck the haters, because who the hell in their right mind would be expecting this to be as good as the original run? Abby Rapoport, reporter I'm not done yet. But midway through I'd give the first episode a "B" and then everything else an "A." Tim Murphy, reporter at Mother Jones I was originally a lot more down on it. If you had me after five episodes, I would have given it a "C+" or what Maeby's school would call "Elvis...