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Mitt Romney Will Not Run For President in 2016

Following a phone call with supporters Friday, perennial candidate Mitt Romney announced he would not pursue a third bid for the White House in 2016.

RomneyPolitical Wire reports:

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.”

“I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

The Washington Post adds:

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee had been publicly weighing another run at the White House for three weeks now after telling a group of former campaign donors in New York on Jan. 9 that he still wanted to be president.

Romney’s 2016 dalliance invited an onslaught of criticism from some Republican leaders and conservative commentators, but in recent conversations with intimates Romney has sounded eager still to step back into the political ring.

The New York Times notes that by not pursuing a third bid, Romney "frees up scores of donors and operatives who had been awaiting his decision, and creates space for other potential center-right candidates such as Jeb Bush.”

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White House Petition for 'Leelah's Law' Banning Conversion Therapy Reaches 100,000 Goal

A petition on that seeks to ban "conversion therapy" for LGBTQ minors has reached the 100,000 signature goal ahead of its February 2 deadline.

From the petition:

AlcornOn Sunday, December 27, 2014, Leelah Alcorn a 17 year old transgender youth wrote a suicide note, posted it on Tumblr and then walked in front of a semi-truck tragically ending her life. Leelah explained how her parents had forced her to attend conversion therapy, pulled her out of school and isolated her in an attempt to change her gender identity. 'Conversion therapies' have been documented to cause great harms and in this case, Leelah's death. Therapists that engage in the attempt to brainwash or reverse any child's gender identity or sexual orientation are seriously unethical and legislation is needed to end such practices that are resulting in LGBTQ+ deaths. We respectfully seek your help to ban the practice known as 'conversion therapy' and name the bill in honor of Leelah Alcorn.

The petition currently sits at a little over 105,000 signatures. Petitions that meet the signature threshold will be reviewed by the Obama Administration and receive an official response.  

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Evans and Others Claim Responsibility for 'Deflategate': VIDEO


Since far too much media coverage has been devoted this week to the so-called 'Deflategate' controversy, a few Patriots fans have come forward to take responsibility in advance of Sunday's Super Bowl game.

Demand the perpetrators: "Now leave Tom Brady alone. Tom Brady had nothing to do with this because he's too busy, being awesome...And those lips. Amen. Those lips. It wasn't Brady, unless he deflated those footballs with his piercing blue eyes."


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Virginia House Subcommittee Kills Anti-gay 'License to Discriminate' Bill

A bill that would have allowed religious-based discrimination against gays failed to pass a Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee Thursday, the Washington Blade reports:

MarshallHouse Bill 1414, which state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) introduced last month, specifically cited “same-sex ‘marriage’ or homosexual behavior.”

“Equality Virginia applauds the subcommittee for voting against this discriminatory and destructive bill,” said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, a statewide LGBT advocacy group. “This bill would have hurt too many people, damaged our business climate, and highlighted Virginia as a hostile and unwelcoming place to live and work. The majority of Virginians agree that discrimination against LGBT people is wrong, and thankfully today’s vote reflects that opinion.”

Marshall (pictured) is the same anti-gay wingnut who last year sought to impeach Virginia's attorney general Mark Herring for refusing to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban in court. He has also spoken at length about his belief that “sodomy is not a civil right.”

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Phoenix Meteorologist Hilariously Improvises On-Air Weather Map Malfunction: VIDEO


Cory McCloskey with FOX 10 Phoenix managed to keep his cool on-air after the station's weather map malfunctioned and started displaying temperatures of over 2,000 degrees in some local cities. 

McCloskey also managed to keep the crew giggling throughout the forecast-turned-emergency PSA, which you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...

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Louisiana Supreme Court Urged to Rule in Gay Marriage Case Ahead of SCOTUS Decision

Back in September, a district judge in Louisiana ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Now, lawyers on both sides of the case are urging the Louisiana Supreme Court to weigh in ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court's expected ruling on the issue by late June.

The AP reports:

LaKyle Duncan, making the state's argument that its ban on same-sex marriage should stand, argued that the nation's highest court "needs as much input as possible on this issue, especially from state supreme courts."

Paul Baier and Josh Guillory, arguing on behalf of two women legally married in California, said the case involves an urgent question about whether one can adopt the child of the other. "At the heart of this matter is a 10-year-old little boy," Guillory said. [...]

As has happened in earlier arguments in other courts, both sides touched on the U.S. Supreme Court's "Windsor" case, which struck down law forbidding federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages.

Duncan told the seven state Supreme Court justices that the case language that makes clear the rights of individual states to define marriage. Baier argued that nothing in the Windsor case allows the denial of the constitutional right to marry.

Baier and Guillory said it is possible that the court could uphold Costanza's right to adopt Brewer's child without ruling on the constitutionality of the Louisiana gay marriage ban. Guillory told the justices that the pair meets the standards for adoption outlined in the Louisiana Children's Code.

This is a separate case from U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's strange, hateful ruling upholding Louisiana's gay marriage ban that was heard before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month

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