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Judge upholds $130K fine for Christian bakery who refused to make cake for lesbian wedding

An Oregon judge has ruled that Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Portland will be forced to pay a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a cake for a …

LGBTQI

Charlottesville's Second Confederate Statue To Be Removed

The Charlottesville City Council planned to leave the "Stonewall" Jackson statue up but voted to remove it after the violent rally.<p>CHARLOTTESVILLE, …

Trump: Israel's capital is now Jerusalem

Founder of "Me Too" movement speaks out

Roy Moore is trying to block Alabama election results, citing conspiracy theories and black voters

Roy Moore lost Alabama’s special Senate election by 20,000 votes, but he’s a giant sore loser. Moore is trying to block the certification of Democrat …

Government

Sexual harassment settlement money back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sexual harassment is back in the spotlight Thursday on Capitol Hill on the heels of a veteran congressman's dramatic resignation and as allegations of misconduct swirl around several other male lawmakers.<p>For the second time in less than a month, members of the House …

Democrats favor impeaching Trump. So why did Democratic lawmakers oppose it?

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> We're still a long, long way from starting to even kinda, sorta think about impeachment.<p>Exhibit A: Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas forced a vote on the House floor to table a plan to impeach Trump on Wednesday. The vote to sideline the impeachment resolution passed with flying …

Tom Steyer

Ex-South Carolina cop Michael Slager gets 20 years for Walter Scott killing

<b>Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) —</b> Michael Slager, the former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison, a decision the Scott family said gave it a "sense of justice."<p>"This is an historic day for civil rights, in particular …

Trump's Jerusalem decision puts the Middle East on knife's edge

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's announcement, on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the US Embassy to the Holy City, appeared, at least on the surface, chiefly ceremonial.<p>His message provided no specifics on how it might bring peace to the Middle East and seemed aimed at appeasing …

Increase in accidental deaths follows spike in gun sales, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> After 26 children and educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 and President Barack Obama talked about increasing gun control, Americans bought more guns. But instead of offering protection, at least in some cases, the sales increased the chances that people would …

Guns

How Democrats win the future

<b>(CNN) —</b> Trust holds families together, and our Democratic family is no exception. As we enter the final meeting of the Democratic National Committee's Unity Reform Commission, where members will vote on proposals to reform the Democratic Party, we must focus on ensuring that voters across the …

Trump will undergo a physical and release details early next year

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump will undergo a physical examination early next year and allow doctors to release details of his medical evaluation, keeping with past precedent.<p>Trump will be examined by a doctor at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in "the first part of next …

This number is bad news for Republicans in the midterms

<b>(CNN) —</b> Midterm elections -- like the one coming up in 2018 -- are all about turning out base voters. Why? History tells us that only the most stalwart partisans turn out when the presidential race isn't on the ballot. So if your side wants to pick up House and Senate seats in a non-presidential …

It's your move now on harassment, Republicans

<b>(CNN) —</b> Your ball, GOP.<p>Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday that he was resigning from the United States Senate amid allegations, leveled at him by several women, of inappropriate conduct. After denying those allegations, Franken told the chamber, "I, of all people, am aware of the irony that I am …

Accused Tampa killer indicted, his parents face contempt hearing

<b>(CNN) —</b> The man accused of killing four people in a Tampa, Florida, neighborhood has been indicted on four counts of premeditated murder with a firearm, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said Thursday.<p>The indictment was announced hours after a state court judge ordered the parents of …

Think the Pence rule is a good idea? Think again

<b>(CNN) —</b> From NBC's Matt Lauer to Def Jam's Russell Simmons to US Senate candidate Roy Moore, accusations of harassment and assault at the hands of high-profile leaders are seeing the long-overdue light of day. We are witnessing a cultural tipping point for women. In response, a recent New York …

S.E. Cupp slams Franken resignation speech

HLN's S.E. Cupp responds to Sen. Al Franken's resignation speech on the Senate floor, saying his entire speech was self-serving.

Turner Broadcasting

UN Security Council condemns 'heinous abuses' of Libyan slave trade

<b>(CNN) —</b> The United Nations Security Council sharply condemned reports of the human slave trade in Libya on Thursday, saying the acts amount to "heinous abuses of human rights."<p>"The Security Council expresses grave concern about reports of migrants being sold into slavery in Libya," the Security …

Exclusive: Previously undisclosed emails show follow-up after Trump Tower meeting

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The British publicist who arranged the June 2016 meeting with Russians and Donald Trump Jr. sent multiple emails to a Russian participant and a member of Donald Trump's inner circle later that summer, multiple sources told CNN, the first indication there was any follow-up after …

Donald Trump

Senate Judiciary chairman, top Democrat clash over Russia investigation

<b>(CNN) —</b> The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is accusing the panel's Republican chairman of not wanting to dig deeply into the Russia investigation, the latest sign of rising partisan tensions on Capitol Hill over President Donald Trump and Russia.<p>Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California …

The Christian Right Has A New Strategy On Gay Marriage

The wedding cake case before the Supreme Court signals a shift in status for evangelicals.<p>The next broadside in the culture wars arrives on the …

Religion

Legal Challenges Mount After Trump's Reduction Of National Monuments

President Trump has dramatically scaled back two national land monuments in Utah. The administration and Republican leaders in Utah say taking the land out of the hands of the federal government will allow the state to decide what to do with it, including protecting some areas and possibly allowing …

Survey: two in three Trump supporters want a president who breaks the rules

The latest American Values Survey finds a deepening polarisation, as Trump diehards stay loyal but fractures appear in the Republican party<p>The spectre of “authoritarian” leadership has been raised by a survey that shows two in three Donald Trump supporters think America needs a president willing to …

Russia banned from next year's Winter Olympics

Russia has been banned from participating in next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea as a result of an extensive, systematic …

Nazis Feeling Neglected After Republicans’ Embrace of Child Molesters

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Several prominent Nazis said on Tuesday that they feel “neglected and hurt” by what they see as the Republican Party’s decision to court child molesters instead.<p>After the Republican National Committee agreed to fund the alleged child molester Roy Moore’s campaign …

United States

What we get wrong about misogyny

Sexism and misogyny are not the same — and the difference matters.<p>What is misogyny? How is it different from sexism? And why does the male-dominated status quo seem to persist?<p>A new book by Cornell philosophy professor Kate Manne has answers. She argues that misogyny is <i>not</i> about male hostility or …

Feminism

Karen Pence Thinks Donald Trump Is ‘Reprehensible — Just Totally Vile’

When Vice President Mike Pence stood with his wife, Karen Pence, along with First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump on Inauguration Day, …

Ex-RNC chairman rips Trump for backing Roy Moore: US has no moral compass under you

Michael Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), slammed President Trump on Monday for endorsing Alabama Republican …

Democrats Plan to Take the Next Step Towards Impeaching Donald Trump

Texas Rep. Al Green said Tuesday that he will bring articles of impeachment against President Trump to a vote on Wednesday, the latest step in an …

Donald Trump

The Latest: Baker and gay couple at court for cake arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court argument in the wedding cake case (all times local):<p>12:41 p.m.<p>A Colorado cake baker and the same-sex …