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Republican Who Came Out As Gay In Utah Ousted In Primary

Billy Porter Becomes 1st Gay Man to Cover Essence Magazine

By Lindsay Whitehurst |
A Republican voted out of office in a primary after coming out as gay in conservative Utah says a backlash during the campaign has him questioning whether his party has a place for...

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As Monuments Fall, Confederate Carving Has Size On Its Side

As Monuments Fall, Confederate Carving Has Size On Its Side

By Kate Brumback and Russ Bynum | Jul 4
Stone Mountain's supersized sculpture depicting Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson mounted on horseback has special protection enshrined in Georgia law.

'People Aren't Stupid': Pence's Virus Spin Tests Credibility

'People Aren't Stupid': Pence's Virus Spin Tests Credibility

By Jill Colvin | Jul 4
Vice President Mike Pence has long played the straight man to Donald Trump, translating the president's bombast into more measured, calming language.

At Pride March In Paris, Activists Demand Racial Justice Too

At Pride March In Paris, Activists Demand Racial Justice Too

Jul 4
While the French capital's official Pride event was delayed until November to prevent spread of the coronavirus, grassroots groups plan a march through Paris anyway Saturday — led by people of color.

NY Man Arrested for Displaying 7-foot 'Yard Dick' in Dispute with Local Officials

NY Man Arrested for Displaying 7-foot 'Yard Dick' in Dispute with Local Officials

Jul 4
Statues are being taken down throughout the country for political reasons. But what is surely the most unusual instance of a statue — in this case one of a seven-foot wooden penis — being taken down happened in upstate New York last month.

In Troubled Times: Independence Day in A Land of Confusion

In Troubled Times: Independence Day in A Land of Confusion

By Ted Anthony | Jul 4
On Independence Day, we Americans — if there is in fact a "we" in American life — celebrate the anniversary of a time when a lot of people, feeling really angry and scared, decided to do something about it.

Paint Schemes Go Political as NASCAR Season Heats Up

Paint Schemes Go Political as NASCAR Season Heats Up

By Michael Marot | Jul 4
In NASCAR, the colorful paint schemes on the stock cars themselves have taken a decidedly political turn in recent weeks — and will again this weekend.

Alabama Health Officials Can't Verify 'COVID Party' Reports

Alabama Health Officials Can't Verify 'COVID Party' Reports

Jul 4
The Alabama Department of Public Health said it could not verify reports of so-called COVID-19 parties where students deliberately tried to become infected, but also warned people not to try it.

Queer Nightlife Rallies in the Age of COVID-19

Queer Nightlife Rallies in the Age of COVID-19

By Matthew Wexler | Jul 4
"Anytime we get together as a community, it allows us to celebrate ourselves in safety with others," says DJ Nina Flowers. "I believe that space is still needed."

Trump, Biden Fight for Primacy on Social Media Platforms

Trump, Biden Fight for Primacy on Social Media Platforms

By Alexandra Jaffe and Amanda Seitz | Jul 4
On an average day, President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million.

As Much of Us Dials Back July 4 Plans, Trump Goes Big

As Much of Us Dials Back July 4 Plans, Trump Goes Big

By Aamer Madhani | Jul 4
While public health officials are urging Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big.

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