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Activist group wants to turn the Internet red by April 28 for marriage equality — here’s why

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With a week until the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a crucial case involving same-sex marriage, the activist group the Human Rights Campaign is pushing to paint Internet social circles red.

The group announced on Tuesday that it wants to get 500,000 Facebook users to turn their profile pictures red in the days leading up to April 28, when the high court hears arguments in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The HRC released a tool that can be used to feature a red equal sign on profile pictures for both Facebook and Twitter users.

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According to the HRC, a similar campaign in 2013 attracted enough attention to get 10 million social media users to use the symbol on their profiles in the days leading up to the court’s rulings that struck down both the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s state ban on same-sex marriages.

“For a long time, when people stood up for a cause and weren’t all physically standing shoulder to shoulder, the size of their impact wasn’t immediately apparent,” Facebook data researcher Eytan Bakshy said at the time. “But today we can see the spread of an idea online in greater detail than ever before. That’s data well worth finding.”

The case is a consolidation of similar lawsuits in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee and involves 12 couples and two widowers. It was named after James Obergefell, the plaintiff in the Ohio suit, who is arguing that the state’s refusal to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages violates the 14th Amendment. Obergefell married longtime partner John Arthur in Maryland shortly after the high court ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional.

Arthur died three months after a district judge ruled that Obergefell had the right to be listed as his surviving spouse on his death certificate.

“We did not set out to be activists,” Obergefell told NPR. “We did not set out to become a named plaintiff at the Supreme Court, nothing at all like that. We just simply wanted respect.”

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Ukraine begged Trump to raise issue of their captive sailors with Putin — he didn’t and Russia state TV gloated

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The ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is being painted by Congress and the press against the backdrop of the ongoing war between Russia and the Ukraine.

As more and more sworn deposition transcripts are released, researchers are able to link up the testimony of events with real-time reactions, giving us a remarkable insight into the implications of foreign policy decisions.

Investigative journalist Julia Davis flagged one key part of testimony in the transcript released of the deposition by Ukraine embassy political officer David Holmes.

The transcript reveals Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the former federal prosecutor who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, interviewing Holmes about Ukraine's desperation to set up a meeting with Trump.

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‘Something nefarious going on’: Obama deputy chief of staff doesn’t buy White House claims on Trump’s health

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The deputy chief of staff for operations in the Obama administration broke down on Monday why the White House claims on President Donald Trump's surprise Saturday visit to Walter Reed Hospital.

Jim Messina, who also was the campaign manager for Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, was interviewed Monday on MSNBC's "The Last Word" by anchor Lawrence O'Donnell.

O'Donnell noted the note the White House physician sent to White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham:

[caption id="attachment_1563602" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Memorandum from Dr. Sean Conley to Stephanie Grisham.[/caption]

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Trump doctor denies the president underwent any ‘neurologic evaluations’ at Walter Reed Hospital

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The physician to the president claimed that President Donald Trump did not undergo "neurologic" evaluations during a surprise visit to Walter Reed Hospital.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham released a picture of a memorandum from Dr. Sean Conley, which was printed on "Office of the Press Secretary" letterhead.

The memo was sent to Grisham.

On Saturday, Grisham had claimed the purpose of the visit was to conduct a "partial" physical. Dr. Conley referred to the visit as an "interim check up."

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