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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for same sex marriage vote

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NEW YORK – New York could vote within days on a bill making the state the sixth in the country to allow gay marriage, officials said.

Same-sex nups have previously failed to pass in New York but newly-elected Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is championing the measure and on Tuesday submitted a bill extending full marital rights to couples regardless of gender.

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“From the fight for women’s suffrage to the struggle for civil rights, New Yorkers have been on the right side of history. But on the issue of marriage equality, our state has fallen behind,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Lawmakers break on Monday for a recess, meaning the showdown could come as early as this week.

If the law is passed, New York would join Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia — home to the capital Washington — in allowing the controversial measure.

Cuomo is assured of support in the Democrat-controlled lower house but the state Senate turned down a similar attempt under his predecessor David Paterson in 2009.

The bill needs 32 votes in the 62-seat Senate to pass. So far, 30 senators have promised support.

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State Senator Jim Alesi, who until recently has been the only Republican backing the bill, told the Wall Street Journal: “I’m not only voting for the bill, I’m encouraging others who feel like they can to do it as well.”

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‘Rich people have profited enough’: New poll shows two-thirds of Americans support wealth tax to combat inequality

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Support for a wealth tax to combat persistent inequality in the U.S. is growing, according to a new poll released Wednesday by TheHill/HarrisX which found that just over two-thirds of Americans favor a tax on the wealthiest households.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents—including majorities of Democrats and Independents—said there should be a wealth tax on billionaires, as Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have proposed.

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Jay-Z files second civil lawsuit against Mississippi prison for ‘barbaric’ treatment of inmates

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Alleging "barbaric" conditions, rapper and record executive Jay-Z has filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections on behalf of 152 inmates, The Guardian reports.

The lawsuit states that Parchman prison is responsible for "abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation," adding that "the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights under the US Constitution."

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Scottish lawmaker: Reasonable grounds to suspect Trump or his associates ‘have been involved in serious crime’

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A Member of the Scottish Parliament is asking his fellow ministers to investigate President Donald Trump’s deals through which he acquired his properties in Scotland, including Trump’s two multi-million dollar losing golf courses. President Trump prizes his Turnberry, Scotland  resort, but reports that the American president is using the U.S. federal government to help keep it afloat have dogged him.

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