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Gay man denied a marriage license by Kim Davis is now running against her

<b>(CNN) —</b> A gay man who was twice denied a marriage license by Kim Davis has thrown his hat in the ring to run against her for county clerk.<p>David Ermold, an assistant professor of English at the University of Pikeville, announced his plan to run against Davis for the position of Rowan County Clerk in …

LGBTQI

How Does It Feel to Be a Doug Jones Supporter in Alabama?

There’s something different in the mood in Alabama, my home state, surrounding the upcoming special U.S. Senate race, and not only because of the allegations of sexual predation and abuse of teen-age girls surrounding the Republican candidate, Roy Moore, who denies the charges. The Democratic …

For Tillerson, a lonely job defending Trump's Jerusalem move

BRUSSELS (AP) — It's a go-to catchphrase when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is called on to explain his boss on the world stage: "America …

Palestinian leader: Trump just withdrew from peace process

Palestininan Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital Wednesday, stating that the …

Israel

What Happens to Franken’s Seat If He Resigns?

Governor would appoint placeholder, followed by special election in November 2018<p>Minnesota Sen. Al Franken isn’t up for re-election until 2020. But …

Embracing Depravity

Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, and Roy Moore are making it increasingly difficult for a moral person to be a loyal Republican.<p>On Tuesday, Republican Senator Jeff Flake wrote a $100 check to the campaign of Doug Jones, the Democrat contesting the Alabama Senate race against Republican Roy Moore. The …

Republicans

Was Jerusalem Declaration Trump's First Move Toward 'Deal of the Century'?

President Trump’s decision to “officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel” is a high-risk statement that acknowledges “the obvious.” His …

Second Lady Karen Pence finds Trump “totally vile”

In a new profile of Vice President Pence, we learn that Karen was "disgusted" by Trump in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape and the VP candidate …

I Believe Franken’s Accusers Because He Groped Me, Too

The Democratic Party needs to stand with women who have been harassed—and not defend the politicians who abused them.<p>In mid-November, a Los Angeles radio host named Leeann Tweeden stepped forward to claim that Senator Al Franken had shoved his tongue down her throat under the pretext of a rehearsal …

Sexual Harassment

Steve Bannon Rallies Behind Roy Moore in Alabama

Credits<p>The former White House chief strategist gave an impassioned speech supporting Moore, despite multiple sexual-misconduct allegations against the Senate candidate.

Trump Has Privately Decided the Sexual-Assault Allegations Against Roy Moore Are Bunk

Not only does the president endorse an accused child molester for Senate, he believes the ‘Roy Moore, D.A.’ yearbook signature of one alleged victim …

Donald Trump

Senators Seek More Information About Reassigned Mueller Aide

WASHINGTON—Two U.S. senators wrote to the Justice Department’s inspector general on Wednesday requesting more information about the FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team over private text messages he allegedly sent during the election that were critical of President …

Why Al Franken is done-for -- and Roy Moore isn't

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has scheduled a news conference for Thursday after a quick flood of Democratic senators -- led by Democratic women -- called for him to resign Wednesday in the face of a seventh sexual-harassment accuser. And it seems quite likely that at this news conference, Franken will …

GOP-led House passes bill making it easier for gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines

Republicans rammed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people.<p>The House approved the bill, …

I Saw the Kate Steinle Murder Trial Up Close. The Jury Didn’t Botch It.

I was an alternate juror in the Kate Steinle murder trial in San Francisco. I didn’t get a vote, but I saw all of the evidence and the jury instructions, and I discussed the verdict with the jury after it was delivered. Most of the public reaction I've seen has been surprise, confusion and …

Crime

Senate Republicans barrel toward sweeping tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday barreled toward the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code in more than three decades as the top Republican …

It's the obstruction of justice, stupid!

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> <i>How much legal peril is President Donald Trump actually in? That's the $1 million question as special counsel Robert Mueller continues to probe Russia's involvement in the 2016 campaign and potential collusion between the foreign power and Trump's presidential team. Trump lawyer</i> …

Donald Trump

California Fires: Blaze Breaks Out Near Getty Center in Los Angeles

<i>For the latest news on the wildfires</i><i>, read our Thursday live updates here.</i><p>LOS ANGELES — With thick plumes of smoke, towering flames and mass evacuations, a fast-moving wildfire struck one of America’s major cities on Wednesday.<p>As fires raged out of control across Southern California, a new blaze …

Yes, Taylor Swift is a 'silence breaker' – and this is why

Time magazine has named its Person of the Year, and sparked debate by choosing not one human being to represent 2017, but dozens, whom the publication calls the “silence breakers”. In a year when women's experiences, some long-buried, have emerged in scorched-earth testimonies with major, …

Calvin Harris

Kennedy’s Tough Questions Add Layer to Wedding Cake Arguments

Spirited arguments lasted longer than expected Tuesday<p>As a divided Supreme Court on Tuesday forcefully questioned where to draw a line between …

LGBTQI

DOJ lodges appeal as military prepares to accept transgender applicants

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Defense Department is taking steps to receive transgender recruits into the ranks as soon as January 1, the Pentagon said Wednesday.<p>"The Deputy Secretary of Defense and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, supported by a panel of experts will propose consideration …

The wild ride of the Ball family at UCLA seems to be over

Six years and three seasons of the Ball family and UCLA. That was the plan.<p>From the time Lonzo Ball committed to UCLA on Jan. 8, 2014, until LaMelo …

VW Executive Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Diesel Role

A Volkswagen AG compliance executive who pleaded guilty in the U.S. for his role in the company’s $30 billion emissions cheating scandal was …

Corruption

Al Franken To Resign, Democratic Official Says

<b>Updated at 7:51 p.m. ET</b><p>Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., plans to announce his resignation on Thursday, a Democratic official tells Minnesota Public Radio. The official spoke to Franken and key aides, MPR News reports.<p>Franken's office, however, says that "no final decision has been made."<p>If Franken …

House votes to kill Democrat's resolution to impeach Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to kill a resolution from a liberal Democratic lawmaker to impeach President Donald Trump …

Who really wants Trump to recognize Jerusalem? His evangelical supporters at home

President Trump summed up a central reason for declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel — one of the most consequential and globally risky decisions of his presidency — in a single statement.<p>"While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver," he said from …

House Republican on GOP tax bill: this is a corporate tax cut, not a middle-class one

Rep. Mark Sanford: For “truth in advertising,” GOP should acknowledge and defend this as a corporate tax cut bill.<p>Republican Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) voted for the Republican tax plan, but he says the GOP isn’t telling the truth about what this tax bill is. It isn’t a middle-class tax cut, he said; …

Income Inequality

Democrats Want Protection For DREAMers Included In Government Funding Bill

Democrats want a permanent legal fix to protect so-called DREAMers, undocumented immigrants who arrived in this country with their parents when they were young children. The Democrats want to resolve the issue as part of year-end negotiations over funding the federal government. President Trump …