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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...”

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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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Ben Carson: Homosexuality Is a Choice Because People Come Out of Prison and They're Gay — VIDEO


Republican presidential hopeful and anti-gay extremist Ben Carson sat down with CNN's Chris Cuomo this morning for a discussion about same-sex marriage and explained why he believes homosexuality is a choice:

"Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."

Cuomo: "Most gay people never go to prison and you know there's a whole theory of dominance."

Carson: "I said a lot of people who go in, come out...are you denying that that's true?"

Cuomo: "I'm not denying that that's true but I am denying that that's the basis of understanding homosexuality."

Carson: "If that is the case then it obviously thwarts what you just said."

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Has Jeb Bush Privately 'Evolved' on Gay Marriage?


With the race for the White House in 2016 already underway, various exploratory committees are hard at work vying for the biggest slice of the campaign fundraiser pie in this crazy post-Citizens United political landscape we find ourselves in. Heavyweight contender Jeb Bush has been doing quite well in this regard, and is reportedly aiming to raise $100 million before he formally enters the race sometime later this year. Helping the former Florida governor reach this goal are a number of donors with left-leaning sensibilities on social issues, a reality that isn't sitting well with the party's "anti" crowd.

Naturally, the influx of these donors has raised questions about were exactly Bush stands on certain divisive social issues. Like President Obama, we've seen Bush tweak his public stance on issues like gay marriage in order to make himself a more palatable candidate for the electorate to swallow. Following marriage equality's arrival in Florida last month, for example, Bush issued a calculated statement saying:

"We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law. I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue – including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty."

And while the statement is far from a ringing endorsement on LGBT equality, it's still light years ahead of his dismissal of "sodomy" rights back in the 1990s. It's clear Bush is positioning himself as the moderate of the 2016 GOP pack - a strategy that appears to be working in his favor financially.

Donors, however, seem increasingly convinced that Bush (again like Obama circa 2008) is even more evolved on the issue of LGBT rights privately than he is publicly. 

Buzzfeed reports:

But inside Bush’s orbit, some believe his personal feelings on the subject may have evolved beyond his on-the-record statements. Three Republican supporters who have recently spoken with Bush as he’s blitzed the GOP fundraising circuit told BuzzFeed News they came away with the impression that on the question of marriage equality, he was supportive at best and agnostic at worst.

“He wants to do the respectful, human thing,” said one of the Republicans, a donor who requested anonymity to comment on private conversations.

If, as many observers expect, the Supreme Court rules this June to extend marriage rights to all same-sex couples nationwide, some of Bush’s pro-gay donors are hoping he will use the moment to fully pivot toward an embrace of marriage equality — turning himself into the first serious pro-gay GOP presidential candidate.

“His thinking appears to have evolved,” said David Aufhauser, a former senior Treasury official who co-hosted a fundraiser for Bush earlier this month in Virginia. Aufhauser, well known in GOP circles for his gay rights advocacy, stressed that he doesn’t speak for Bush, but contended that the candidate would benefit from opening up about how he now views the marriage issue. 

If Bush does decide to open up more about the marriage issue in the future, it will likely be with the help of his soon-to-be communications director Tim Miller, an openly gay man

What do you think? 

Mike Huckabee Compares Being Gay to 'Lifestyle Choices' Like Drinking and Swearing: VIDEO


Former Arkansas Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee made an appearance on CNN's State of the Union this morning where Dana Bash asked him about the conflict between his religious beliefs regarding homosexuality (he has called it "an aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle") and the "gay friends" he claims to have.

Said Huckabee:

"People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle. I don't shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don't drink alcohol, but gosh -- a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don't use profanity, but believe me, I've got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera -- it's not my cup of tea."

Huckabee then made a few remarks propping up the far-right's new signature meme - that it is not gay people who are being disenfranchised when businesses refuse to serve them, it's the religious business owners who are the victims:

"I'd like to think that there's room in America for people who have different points of view without screaming and shouting and wanting to shut their businesses down. What worries me in this new environment we're in, it's not just that someone might disagree. They don't want to argue with me, even take a different point of view. They want to close someone's business down. Put them in an economic position of disenfranchisement."

Finally, Huckabee said his point of view is never changing:

"For me, as it was for President Obama in 2008, this is not just a political issue. It is a biblical issue. And as a biblical issue -- unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it's really not my place to say, okay, I'm just going to evolve. It's like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don't want to do that. I mean, we're not going to do that. Or like asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard. We're so sensitive to make sure we don't offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can't have the convictions that they've had for 2,000 years."


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