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Meg Whitman and 74 top Republicans urge Supreme Court to back marriage equality

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Meg Whitman and 74 other top Republican lawmakers and thinkers have signed a legal brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that there is a constitutional right to same sex marriage.

The brief will be submitted this week to the Supreme Court before the court hears arguments next month in a law suit seeking to overturn California Proposition 8, a ban on same sex marriage that Whitman supported during her run for governor. The court is also expect to consider the constitutionality on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal ban on marriage equality.

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According to The New York Times, the brief represents “a position that amounts to a direct challenge to Speaker John A. Boehner and reflects the civil war in the party since the November election.”

Other Republicans signing on included Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Rep. Richard Hanna (NY), former Bush security adviser Stephen J. Hadley, former Bush Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, former Reagan Budget Director David A. Stockman and former Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH).

In a column for The American Conservative last week, Mormon former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman argued that his party must support marriage equality because “the American people will not hear us out if we stand against their friends, family, and individual liberty.”

“Today we have an opportunity to do more: conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry,” Huntsman explained. “I’ve been married for 29 years. My marriage has been the greatest joy of my life. There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love.”

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But on Sunday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signaled that party leaders still believed they could win while opposing equal marriage rights.

“Look, I believe in the traditional definition of marriage,” the Louisiana governor told NBC’s David Gregory. “Let’s be clear about what happened in this last election. We had an election that was dominated by domestic issues… We still lost an election where a majority of the American people said, ‘We think the federal government is doing too much.’”

“We’re an aspirational party, and we need policies that are consistent with that aspirational private sector growth,” Jindal said.

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‘Hard to overstate’ how badly Taylor’s testimony damaged Trump: Ex-federal prosecutor

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On Wednesday, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote for Politico Magazine that the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor was devastating for President Donald Trump — and that if he keeps trying to deny wrongdoing, it will only get worse and maybe even force Senate Republicans' hand against him.

"It’s hard to overstate how much damage the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor inflicted on President Donald Trump’s defense in the ongoing impeachment inquiry," wrote Mariotti. "On its face, Taylor’s testimony Tuesday established the quid pro quo that Trump has denied for weeks. But more importantly, Taylor’s detailed notes of the 'highly irregular' policy-making that he witnessed over the summer provide a roadmap to future testimony that could be even more harmful. Republicans have already begun to retreat from their 'no quid pro quo' line, but they will have to keep retreating because Taylor has almost single-handedly decimated the few witnesses who have provided some testimony that is favorable to Trump."

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‘How much did you get for your soul?’ Internet dogpiles Lindsey Graham after he walks back criticism of SCIF raid

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On Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared to have reached the limit of his capacity to defend his own party when a gang of House Republicans raided a sensitive, compartmented information facility where an impeachment hearing was taking place and illegally bringing in recording equipment. Initially Graham criticized the Republicans behind the stunt, calling it "nuts."

Later, however, he changed his mind and decided the demonstration was fine with him, offering this explanation:

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I was initially told House GOP took the SCIF by force – basically like a GOP version of Occupy Wall Street.

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‘We lost New Mexico to Mexico’: Internet breaks into hysterics over Trump wanting to build border wall on Colorado

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The president of the United States indicated he accidentally forgot where the state of Colorado was during his speech to an energy conference of fracking companies Wednesday.

Trump told the audience he was building a "wall" in Colorado, which is the state just north of New Mexico. If Trump was referring to his U.S.-Mexico border wall, it's the southern New Mexico border on which he intends to build the wall.

It prompted many to wonder if the president whipped out his fact-changing Sharpie yet again.

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