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General Motors extends health benefits to same-sex marriages

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General Motors will extend health benefits for employees in same-sex marriages, becoming the second major automaker to do so in spite of the ban on marriage equality in Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Under the new policy, GM employees who provide a license from a state recognizing same-sex marriages will be able to purchase health insurance for their spouses. The company was already allowing benefits for employees’ partners if they confirmed that they lived together and shared finances. Michigan, where the “Big Three” U.S. automakers are headquartered, banned marriage equality in 2004.

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“This decision is in line with GM’s efforts to find, keep and grow the world’s best talent and to offer our employees policies and benefits that are competitive with many of the largest and best-managed industrial companies in the U.S.,” the Free Press quoted GM diversity officer Ken Barrett as saying.

The move will also help employees and their spouses avoid a tax penalty of up to 1,000, and follows a similar policy by Chrysler. Both policy shifts were enabled by the Supreme Court’s June 2013 ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Fox News guest calls for Obama testimony in Trump impeachment trial

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A Fox News guest suggested calling former President Barack Obama to testify in his successor's impeachment trial.

David Avella, chairman of the GOPPAC organization, appeared Monday morning on "America's Newsroom" to address claims by former national security adviser John Bolton, who said in his upcoming book that President Donald Trump explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden.

Republican senators were reportedly blindsided by the revelations, which the White House knew about last month, and are signaling they may call Bolton to testify during the trial -- but Avella warned that would come at a cost to Democrats.

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GOP senators ‘feel blindsided’ administration had bombshell Bolton book and didn’t tell them – experts call it a ‘cover up’

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Republican Senators are angry and "feel blindsided" the White House did not tell them it had a draft copy of John Bolton's upcoming book before they defended President Trump's lies that he did not extort Ukraine. The New York Times late Sunday revealed it had obtained the unpublished manuscript in which Bolton writes that in August Trump told him he wanted to continue to withhold aid from Ukraine until they agreed to manufacture "dirt" on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.

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‘She will lose my vote’: Maine voters tell MSNBC they’re ready to kick Susan Collins out of office

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MSNBC traveled to Maine this week to get a sense of how voters there feel about Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) -- and it looks like the moderate Republican is making a lot of people unhappy.

In interviews, both supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump's impeachment said they were upset with how Collins is sitting on the fence and wringing her hands about whether to call witnesses at the president's Senate impeachment trial.

"She will lose my vote when she runs again," pro-impeachment Maine voter Stevie Colburn tells MSNBC, although she also held out hope that Collins would agree to call witnesses and subpoena documents in the president's trial.

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