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Hawaii Senate approves marriage equality bill



Hawaii is on track to become the seventh U.S. state to legalize marriage equality in 2013, following a state Senate vote on Tuesday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

The Senate approved the bill by a 19-4 vote, four days after it passed in the state House by a 30-19 margin. The bill will now be sent to Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D), who has promised to sign it. The bill would take effect on Dec. 2.

“This is nothing more than the expansion of aloha in Hawaii,” state Sen. J. Kalani English (D) told the Associated Press.

The AP reported that spectators cheered the bill’s passage so loudly that Senate President Donna Mercado Kim (D), who voted against it, had to order them to be quiet. Hawaii now joins 14 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing same-sex marriages, fulfilling the objective of a special legislative session called by Abercrombie in response to the June 2013 Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

The bill will allow religious organizations and clergy member to refuse to perform or provide marriage-related services to same-sex couples if the churches felt it would violate their religious beliefs.


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Cop says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot following Trump’s racist targeting of The Squad



Following racist attacks on members of The Squad by President Donald Trump and his supporters, a police officer in Louisiana reportedly said that one of the congresswomen of color should be shot.

Trump has been lashing out at the four first-term congresswomen, who include Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a 'vile idiot' who 'needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve,'" NOLA reported Saturday.

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‘Trump wants to start a race war’: Ex-advisor alleges his campaign planned ‘Send her Back’ chants



President Donald Trump is attempting to start a race war in America, a long-time advisor declared on MSNBC on Saturday evening.

Omarosa Manigault Newman was interviewed by Donny Deutsch on "Saturday Night Politics."

"You said could it happen here? It is happening here," Newman told Deutsch.

"As a woman of color watching him attack those four women, it made it very clear that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our democracy," she said.

"And everyone has been kind of tiptoeing what this actually is. Donald Trump wants to start a race war in this country and it started at that rally — it started with the tweets," she said.

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CNN went to the heartland — and found voters who love AOC and The Squad: ‘The best thing ever’



CNN's Van Jones traveled this week to speak with a panel of Pennsylvania voters about the 2020 presidential campaign.

Jones also asked the panel about the schism in the Democratic Party between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the members known as The Squad, who are Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"You have Democrats fighting each other in the primary. Democrats fighting each other in the House. What do you think about the AOC versus Pelosi dynamic?" Jones asked. "How do you read that? How do you read that?"

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