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Younger Members Split With GOP on Social Issues

By Brendan Farrington | Sunday May 25, 2014
A growing generational divide in the GOP as younger Republicans increasingly break rank from the establishment on social issues. In Alabama, a college Republican group leader was nearly kicked out of the party for supporting gay marriage.

Anticipation for Pope Francis Trip Grows in Brazil

By Bradley Brooks and Nicole Winfield | Monday Jul 22, 2013
Pope Francis flew toward the warm embrace of his home continent on Monday while expressing concern for a generation of youth growing up jobless as the world economy sputters.

GOP Fault Lines Emerging on Social Issues

By Ken Thomas | Tuesday Jul 2, 2013
Pivotal developments on two cultural issues - immigration reform and gay marriage - offer an early preview of potential fault lines among Republicans weighing White House bids in 2016.

Column: Acceptance and Pragmatism, American Style

By Liz Sidoti | Monday Jun 24, 2013
Views have shifted on everything from gay marriage to marijuana legalization to illegal immigration and, perhaps, more. New laws, predictably, have followed. And, today, parts of this country now allow gays to wed and people to smoke marijuana for fun.

Social Issues Still Fire Up GOP Despite 2012 Loss

By Charles Babington | Wednesday Jun 19, 2013
Republican lawmakers have a message for those who want the party to soften its emphasis on social conservatism in hopes of reaching a wider national audience: Not so fast.

Immigrants’ Children More Democratic Than Parents

By Hope Yen | Friday Feb 8, 2013
U.S.-born children of Hispanic immigrants are more likely than their parents to identify be a Democrat as they integrate into American life, maintaining strong ties to their heritage while casting themselves as liberal on social issues, like gay marriage.

Primaries Reflect Conservative Enthusiasm for 2012

By Kasie Hunt | Wednesday May 9, 2012
In a show of conservative enthusiasm, a tea-party backed Republican vanquished six-term Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar in a GOP primary and North Carolina voters decided overwhelmingly to strengthen their state’s gay marriage ban.

Anti-Gay Pol Seeks to Broaden Appeal, Mute Social Issues

By Brian Bakst and Jim Davenport | Sunday Aug 21, 2011
Pigeonholed as a right-wing disciple, Michele Bachmann is offering herself as a presidential candidate who can unite the GOP’s disparate base and appeal to Republicans of all ideological stripes.

Marriage Equality Roils the Right

By Kilian Melloy | Monday Jul 18, 2011
For conservatives who embrace the less-is-more philosophy of keeping government out of people’s private lives, marriage equality is both inevitable and welcome. But for politicians of another stripe, gays and their families remain low-hanging political fruit.

In Iowa, It’s Still the Economy

By Thomas Beaumont | Friday May 6, 2011
The prime subject of political discussion in Iowa isn’t gays marrying, or abortion or other social issues. It’s the federal deficit.