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Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin’s ban on marriage equality

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Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriages was struck down on Friday by a U.S. District Court judge, who ruled that it violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, WISN-TV reported.

“My review of that law convinces me that plaintiffs are entitled to the same treatment as any heterosexual couple,” Judge Barbara Crabb wrote (PDF). “I conclude that the Wisconsin laws banning marriage between same-sex couples are unconstitutional.”

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The Crabb wrote that an amendment to the state constitution approved by voters in 2006 recognizing only marriages between men and women violated the “fundamental right to marry” of the eight couples who challenged it in the courts.

The ruling makes Wisconsin the 27th state to legalize marriage equality.

[Image: ‘Lesbian married couple, via Shutterstock]

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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