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Jimmy Kimmel Gets Bystanders to Rant and Rave About Fake Obama-Related Current Events: VIDEO


In a special President Obama edition of Lie Witness News, the Jimmy Kimmel Live crew ventured out onto Hollywood Blvd this past week to ask bystanders their thoughts on an assortment of made-up, Obama related current events.

Here what people have to say about Joe Biden's "Yo Mama" joke to Vladimir Putin, Obama's decision to not circumcise his newborn son, and more AFTER THE JUMP...

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President Obama Reads Mean Tweets on Jimmy Kimmel Live: VIDEO


The Commander in Chief himself stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! yesterday and took part in a special presidential edition of Mean Tweets. 

Watch Obama read some of Twitter's unfiltered thoughts about his job performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jon Stewart on the Republican 'Traitors' Trying to Undermine Obama's Nuclear Deal with Iran: VIDEO


Jon Stewart last night took a look at the letter sent to Iran by 47 Republican senators meant to undermine a potential nuclear deal with the Obama administration. The NY Daily News went so far as to dub them "traitors" on its front page.

But is Congressional subversion vis-a-vis foreign policy a wholly Republican concept? Well, that's not quite the case. What appears to be true, however, is that Congress and the President seem to both prefer working with the Ayatollah than with each other.


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U.S. Army Inches Closer to Opening the Door for Out Trans Troops


An All-Army Activity, or ALARACT, notice distributed to U.S. field commanders on Friday stated that the power to initiate and finalize discharges of service members who are transgender has now been transferred from field commanders to the assistant secretary of the Army reports BuzzFeed.

Current Army policies state that transgender people are considered "administratively unfit" for military service. 

RobinsonAllyson Robinson, director of policy for the LGBT military advocacy organization SPARTA, applauded the slight change in direction, but conceded that more changes are needed for transgender service members to serve fully and comfortably without the looming threat of being discharged.

Said Robinson: 

"Today’s action by the Army helps over 6,000 transgender soldiers serving in silence. It also helps their commanders, who are increasingly stymied trying to apply 1970s medical policy to today’s Army.  

"While transgender service members welcome this step, they recognize it is only a stopgap measure aimed at making a failing policy fail less. What they and their commanders need is a comprehensive, Department-level policy review."

This step only affects the Army and doesn’t change the fact that transgender troops will continue to be discharged from the military under current Army policies. Pentagon Spokesperson Nate Christensen confirmed with BuzzFeed News in February that the Defense Department is conducting a "routine, periodic review of the Department’s medical accession policy," which are the medical standards for joining the military. However, Christensen noted that there is no specific review of the Department’s transgender policy, but that the review of the medical policy is broad.

Said Christensen: 

"We routinely review our policies to make sure they are accurate, up-to-date and reflect any necessary changes since the Department’s last policy review. The last review of this (medical policy) was conducted in 2011. The current periodic review is expected to take between 12-18 months; it is not a specific review of the Department’s transgender policy."

Defense Secretary Carter stated over the weekend that he's "very open-minded," with transgender service members openly serving in the military. "They can do what we need them to do for us...I don't think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them," said Carter.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today that President Obama agrees with Carter and endorses his statements regarding the matter.

WATCH LIVE: President Obama Marks 50th Anniversary of Selma-Montgomery March With Call to Action


President Obama is in Selma, Alabama today to mark the 50th Anniversary of the landmark civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. He is expected to lead the tribute at the Edmund Pettus Bridge (the site of the "Bloody Sunday" violence in 1965) with a speech at 12:15pm ET.

The AP reports:

Dozens of charter buses and thousands of people had already poured into the west Alabama town hours before Obama's speech.

The congressional delegation will include U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, an Alabama native who was among the marchers seriously injured in the violence 50 years ago. Congressional Republican leaders were to be absent from the event, but House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio released a statement.

"Today, 50 years after the Selma to Montgomery marches began, the House honors the brave foot soldiers who risked their lives to secure the blessings of liberty for all Americans," he said.

Watch the live feed, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Wall Street Journal is also marking the occasion with a look back on photographer Dan Budnik's startling images of Selma and other events documented at the time.

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Obama Administration Files Supreme Court Brief Backing Nationwide Marriage Equality


President Barack Obama's administration has filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage nationwide, Bloomberg reports:

The filing Friday sets up the administration to argue alongside gay-rights advocates when the nine justices hear arguments April 28. The court is likely to rule in late June.

The administration’s brief completes a shift on the issue for Obama, who ran for president in 2008 as a supporter of civil unions for gay couples, but not marriage.

Even after Obama backed gay marriage publicly in 2012, his administration took a more nuanced view in court. When the Supreme Court considered the issue in 2013, the administration stopped short of urging nationwide legalization, instead taking a position that would have added eight new gay-marriage states.

The Washington Blade adds that 211 congressional Democrats - 167 House members and 44 Senators - have filed a separate friend-of-the-court brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn bans on same-sex marriage.

Major corporations and veteran GOP officials have also lined up behind nationwide marriage equality. 

Read the brief below via Equality Case Files:

United States Amicus Brief by Equality Case Files


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