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Jon Stewart Knows Where the Hogwarts Sorting Hat is Sending Ted Cruz: VIDEO


On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart heralded the arrival of Texas Senator Ted Cruz to the 2016 Presidential race, taking a look at his announcement spectacle at Liberty University, including Cruz's kissing and waving practice session, the Rand Paul t-shirts that showed up, and Cruz's "weirdly third-person autobiography."

And, of course, when he demanded the audience break all the rules.


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Ted Cruz to Launch Presidential Bid Tomorrow at Liberty University


U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is expected to announce his run for president tomorrow at an appearance at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, Politico reports:

Cruz, a Republican who was elected to the Senate in 2012, will become the first announced candidate of the presidential campaign. [...]

Cruz, 44, will be bypassing the traditional exploratory phase of the campaign, his aides said.

Cruz, a darling of the Tea Party and right-wing Christian crowds, earlier this past week introduced a disapproval resolution targeting the District of Columbia's LGBT protections. Last month Cruz reintroduced a bill that would prohibit the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states that ban them. 

Cruz's rabidly homophobic birther father Rafael meanwhile, has been busy speaking out against various LGBT nondiscrimination measures popping up in cities across Texas. 

Equality California Becomes First LGBT Organization to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President in 2016


Equality California has taken a preemptive step in the 2016 race for the White House and become the first LGBT organization to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, the group confirmed in a statement today:

"We want Hillary Clinton to run and are ready to mobilize our 800,000 members to help her win," said Equality California's Executive Director Rick Zbur. "We're enthusiastic about her candidacy because she has the best record of accomplishment on LGBT issues of any potential candidate. Equality California is ready for Hillary!"

As Secretary of State, Clinton championed the rights of LGBT people around the world, making LGBT rights and acceptance a global priority. In 2011, Sec. Clinton gave a historic speech on International Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva, saying: "Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights."

Under Sec. Clinton's leadership, the Department of State used its full range of diplomatic and development tools to combat violence and discrimination against LGBT people worldwide. Thanks to her efforts, LGBT rights became a core principle of U.S. foreign policy in an unprecedented way.

Throughout her career in public service, she has been a champion for LGBT equality and acceptance within the United States. In a video message, Sec. Clinton states "I believe America is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being - that's who we are, it's in our DNA."

EQCA also included a two-page fact sheet on Clinton's record on LGBT issues, which Chris Johnson over at the Washington Blade notes does not mention the late timing of her endorsement of marriage equality in March 2013. Clinton was one of the last big name Democrats to do so. 

Jon Stewart Thrashes Hillary Clinton Over Single Device, Email Excuses: VIDEO


Jon Stewart had it out with Hillary Clinton's Tuesday press conference in which she tried to explain to the media why she was using a private email address, wanted a single device, and why she deleted 30,000 emails. He also enjoyed a bit of ice cream.


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Kate McKinnon Debuts Her Power-Hungry Hillary Clinton Impression on SNL Cold Open: VIDEO


On SNL's cold open, Kate McKinnon debuted her Hillary Clinton impression with a funny skit of the former First Lady discussing the recent email controversy, her 2016 presidential aspirations, and her Instagram - all while attempting to be just a regular old "relatable woman on a couch." 


What'd you think of McKinnon's Clinton? Love it or prefer the Amy Poehler days?

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Rand Paul: Calling Same-Sex Unions 'Marriage' Really 'Offends' Him and Others - VIDEO


In an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier on Friday, self-described "libertarian conservative" Sen. Rand Paul lamented the spread of marriage equality and wished everyone could just go back to referring to same-sex unions as anything other than "marriage."

Said Paul:

“I’m for traditional marriage. I think marriage is between a man and a woman. Ultimately, we could have fixed this a long time ago if we just allowed contracts between adults. We didn’t have to call it marriage, which offends myself and a lot of people...”

Watch the segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Washington Blade adds:

The potential 2016 contender, who’s won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference the last three times, is reportedly prepared to announce his candidacy for the White House next month.

Ian Sams, spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, said Paul’s remarks demonstrate the potential candidate’s true colors as far-right conservative.

“By saying he’s willing to broaden the GOP’s tent and reach out to new constituencies, Rand Paul is trying to pull the wool over our eyes,” Sams said. “Saying marriage equality ‘offends’ him gives us yet another glimpse of Paul’s true colors — a restrictive, retro social agenda that sets back LGBT rights and questions longstanding gains in civil rights. Support for marriage equality is at record highs, and most Americans now live in states where it’s legal. What’s truly offensive is Rand Paul’s insistence on being stuck in the past and failing to support equal rights for LGBT Americans.”

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