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Raul Labrador challenges Kevin McCarthy for House Majority Leader spot

By Susan Cornwell and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An outspoken Tea Party-backed Republican lawmaker on Friday opened his campaign for the No. 2 leadership post in the U.S. House of Representatives against a top deputy of Speaker John Boehner in a bid to boost conservatives’ influence in the party.…

Republicans propose bill that would ‘reincarnate DOMA’ in guise of religious freedom, ACLU warns

An Idaho House Republican introduced a bill on Thursday designed to overrule the Supreme Court’s U.S. v. Windsor decision and legalize discrimination against same sex couples. The ACLU reported that Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced the “Marriage and Religious Freedom Act,” designed to make it possible for government and private…