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Gay Marriage News Watch: SCOTUS, Ted Cruz, NOM

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Matt Baume with American Foundation for Equal Rights reports on what to expect at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the National Organization for Marriage's latest legal defeat, Ted Cruz's two new anti-LGBT bills, and more.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: President Obama's Full, Hilarious Remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner — VIDEO

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"I feel more loose and relaxed than ever," President Obama said of the fourth quarter of his presidency, "those Joe Biden shoulder massages, they're like magic."

The White House Correspondents Dinner offers the President an annual opportunity to poke fun at the media, his fellow politicians, and himself in a way that few other forums offer, so the jokes fly loose and fast, and this year was no exception. It doesn't hurt that Obama is exceptionally skilled at delivering them.

"I am determined to make the most of every moment I have life. After the midterm elections, my advisers asked me, 'Mr. President, do you have a bucket list?' And I said, 'well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list'...Take executive action on immigration? Buck-it. New climate regulations? Buck-it."

Watch the full speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

Obama also mused on the way he's aged after 6 years in office, Obamacare, Cuba policies, and the 2016 Republican field.

Trump"And Donald Trump is here. Still. It's amazing how time flies. Soon the first presidential contest will take place, and I for one cannot wait to see who the Koch brothers pick. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker. Who will finally get that red rose? And the winner gets a billion dollar war chest. the runner up gets to be the bachelor on the next season of The Bachelor. Seriously. A billion dollars from just two guys. Is it just me or does that feel a little excessive. It's almost insulting to the candidates. The Koch brothers think they need to spend a billion dollars to get folks to like one of these people."

He took aim at some of his conservative enemies, wielding barbs at Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Dick Cheney:

"A few weeks ago Dick Cheney says he thinks I'm the worst President of his lifetime. Which is interesting, because I think Dick Cheney is the worst President of my lifetime."

He spoke about the economy and how Americans are living in times of "deep uncertainty", pivoting to a joke about Hillary Clinton:

"I have one friend. Just a few weeks ago, she was making millions of dollars a year. And she's now living out of a van in Iowa."

Obama also spoke about the Secret Service and recent security breaches at the White House, and then displayed the photo below. "They've finally figured out a foolproof way to keep people off my lawn."

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While talking about his friendship, with Joe Biden, Obama made a joke about the recent news out of Indiana during the debate over the anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act:

"He has been at my side for seven years. I LOVE that man. He's not just a great Vice President, he's a great friend. We've gotten so close that in some places in Indiana they won't serve us pizzas anymore."

There are many more jokes in his full remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bruce Jenner's E! Docuseries on Gender Transition Gets Premiere Date

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An eight-part docuseries chronicling Bruce Jenner's gender transition will premiere July 26 on E!, the network has announced.

via The Hollywood Reporter:

The series will be produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (Keeping Up with the Kardashians). Jenner will executive produce with Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins, Farnaz Farjam and Andrea Metz of Bunim/Murray Productions.

“Bruce is incredibly courageous and an inspiration, and we are proud to be entrusted with this deeply personal and important story,” said Jeff Olde, executive vp programming and development at E! “This series will present an unfiltered look as Bruce boldly steps into uncharted territory and is true to himself for the first time.”

Missed Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer? You can watch it in full HERE

 

 

Rep. Jared Polis Proposes 'Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act' in Mockery of Anti-Gay Congressman

KingOn Wednesday we reported on Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) "Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act", a ridiculous piece of DOA and likely unconstitutional legislation which would strip away Article III of the Constitution in an attempt to prevent the Supreme Court from ruling on marriage. Article III allows federal courts to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, any type of marriage.

King, whose legislation also prohibits federal funds from being used for any litigation in federal court, is hoping to save "traditional marriage" with this nonsense.

PolisRep. Jared Polis (D-CO) isn't having it. Polis writes:

On the heels of Rep. Steve King’s outrageous announcement Wednesday of his “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act,” Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) today proposed the “Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act.” The bill would prevent Steve King from abusing taxpayer dollars by substituting the judgments of the nation’s duly serving judicial branch of government with his own beliefs.

“For too long, Steve King has overstepped his constitutionally nonexistent judicial authority,” Polis said. “Mr. King has perverted the Constitution to create rights to things such as discrimination, bullying, and disparate treatment. These efforts to enshrine these appalling values as constitutional rights were not envisioned by the voters, or by King’s colleagues who must currently try to restrain his attempts to single-handedly rewrite the nation’s founding principles on a bill-by-bill basis.

“I urge the House to bring this bill to the floor. If passed, my bill would preserve the right of millions of voters in all 50 states who would prefer that Steve King refrain from legislating a role for himself in their marriage decisions.”

Touché.

 


WATCH LIVE: White House Correspondents' Dinner

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Hollywood and the Hill converge tonight at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. The red carpet portion is underway, with the dinner itself set to start around 7:30. SNL's Cecily Strong serves as this year's celebrity host. 

See how many celebs and politicians you can spot, AFTER THE JUMP...(live feed for the dinner portion included)

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Obama's 11 Best White House Correspondents' Dinner Jokes: WATCH

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To mark tonight's White House Correspondents' Dinner, ABC News has compiled President Obama's top 11 jokes from previous years.

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