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Hillary Clinton Sits Down with Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts: VIDEOS

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Hillary Clinton sat down with Robin Roberts to discuss her new book Hard Choices and her interview last night with Diane Sawyer.

Hillary_clintonSawyer asked about her health, her wealth, Monica Lewinsky, and whether she plans to run for President.

Clinton told Roberts that she believes there were "systemic problems" in the State Department that, had they been known about, could have prevented what happened in Benghazi.

Clinton also discussed statements that she made to Sawyer suggesting that she and former President Bill Clinton were "dead broke" when they left the White House. Conservatives have pounced on them, asserting that Clinton is out of touch.

Roberts also asks about Clinton's concussion, her current health, and her relationship with President Obama and ties to his legacy.

In the second part of Roberts' interview, Clinton talks about sexism in the 2008 campaign and her refusal to criticize Sarah Palin, or anyone, for their gender.

Clinton says that she and Bill are together a lot these days and says that she has not pressured Chelsea about what she should name her grandchild.

Clinton also names her favorite Republican and the living person she admires most.

Watch the Sawyer interview and the Roberts interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tennessee Presidential Hopeful Running On Platform Of Reuniting Church And State: VIDEO

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Darrell Trigg of Tennessee has deeply-founded moral and religious convictions, and if elected president in 2016 he would have them enshrined into law. He would hope to abolish the separation of church and state and usher in new laws such as:

  • Mandatory Bible lessons for K-12 public school students
  • Ending legal recognition of homosexuality and removing gays from television
  • Banning nudity from the internet
  • Capping executive salaries at $300K
  • Raising the drinking age to 25

So, American Sharia law, but with less stonings. It's unclear to whom Trigg is attempting to appeal with his Christian Party platform as a great many of his goals hold no appeal for either liberals or conservatives, and raising the legal drinking age by 4 years isn't going to win many converts among the young voter demographic. Perhaps he's trusting God to pull him through, but he really hasn't got a prayer.

You can watch his (very long) announcement of his intent to run and explanation of his platform AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mike Huckabee Goes After Obama's 'Christian Convictions', Views on Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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As we reported earlier this week, Mike Huckabee is already back in Iowa banging his drum about marriage, and yesterday he brought his campaign to Laura Ingraham.

The hilarious part: Huckabee still seems to think he's running against Obama, and also still thinks marriage is going to be an issue.

Said Huckabee to Ingraham:

"The position that I hold is the position that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden held in 2008. Barack Obama held it until 2012. And the question now that I'd love to pose to the President is this, 'Mr. President, please explain that when you said in 2008 at the Saddleback Church Forum that you stood for traditional marriage and you did so because you were a Christian and because it's what the Bible taught, please answer. Were you lying then, or are you lying now? Or did the Bible get rewritten. I'm just wanting somebody in the press to answer that honest question....He said it was because of his Christian convictions. Does he have them or does he not?"

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Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll with 31 Percent of Vote

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Rand Paul won the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll, the WaPo reports:

Paul won 31 percent of the vote (compared with the 25 percent he won last year), beating a crowded field of more than two dozen names, including a number of potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders. He crushed second-place finisher Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who came in with 11 percent.

Rounding out of the top finishers in the poll, which was voted on by 2,459 CPAC attendees, were former neurosurgen Ben Carson (9 percent) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (8 percent).

Paul's father Ron and Mitt Romney have been the top picks in the CPAC straw polls since 2007.


Rick Santorum and Stephen Colbert Froth Over Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert welcomed Rick Santorum on The Colbert Report last night to discuss the 2016 presidential election, Santorum's new film The Christmas Candle, and the meaning of marriage.

"We're losing this one, aren't we?" Colbert asks.

Santorum_colbert"Marriage has slipped away from us," says Santorum. "Marriage has devolved into just a romantic relationship between two people, and that's not what marriage is."

"It's for transferring property," Colbert adds.

"But marriage is more than that, and heterosexuals have lost the definition of marriage so it's not surprising that other people want to see 'well this is all marriage is today, and so we should be involved in that'. The better debate is to talk about what marriage is and try to reclaim the institution as a man and a woman coming together to have children and raise them in a way that continues society."

Asks Colbert: "What if we just say...gays you can have marriage. Because at this point marriage is something that seems kind of gay!"

Santorum then froths on about children needing a mother and a father, and chooses not to respond to this barb from Colbert:

"What if they have mother and no father? Wouldn't it be better for them to have no parents than to be loved by two gay people?"

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Rachel Maddow on How Marriage is Leaving 2016 GOP Presidential Hopefuls in the Dust: VIDEO

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In a Tuesday night segment, Rachel Maddow took to task Rubio, Christie, Rand Paul, Scott Walker and every single other Republican who wants to be considered a presidential nominee in 2016 "because they're supposedly a young fresh face who appeals to the kids" - not a single one has broken ranks to support marriage equality.

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