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Michigan is on the hook for $2 million in legal fees after fighting against gay marriage and losing

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The state of Michigan lost big when it went up against same-sex marriage, to the tune of nearly $2 million, according to the Detroit News.

At the heart of the long-running federal lawsuit against the state’s now-obsolete same-sex marriage ban are April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a couple that sued the state because they were not allowed to adopt children without being legally married, MLive reports. The case dragged on for three years.

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“This case was both rare and difficult because plaintiffs’ counsel were defending members of an historically unpopular minority,” attorneys Carole Stanyar and Dana Nessel wrote in the federal court ruling. “Although public opinion has shifted considerably in the years that this case has been pending, when filed, a decided majority of the Michigan population were opposed to marriage by same-sex couples.”

The price tag includes fees for six lawyers, plus seven law clerks, multiple paralegals and experts from Boston, New York, San Francisco and Lansing, the Detroit News reports. The ruling in the women’s favor comes almost exactly one month after the Supreme Court’s historic same-sex marriage decision legalized the unions in all 50 states.

DeBoer and Rowse’ landmark case was presented as part of the argument against state bans on same-marriage in the Supreme Court case, according to MLive.

“This says we are people. We are establishing families and we’re just like everyone else,” Rowse said of the SCOTUS decision, according to MLive. “We’re the next door neighbor, we’re your co-worker, we’re your sister, we’re your friend, we’re your child, and we do deserve the same rights as everyone else and our kids deserve the same rights. We’re starting to see the discrimination just shouldn’t be there.”

The announcement comes as Michigan faces millions in revenue shortfall, according to the Detroit News.

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In January, the paper reported the state faced a $325 million mid-year shortfall. Michigan’s budget woes are blamed largely on tax credits for large businesses that have been cashed in.

Watch DeBoer and Rowse react to the Supreme Court’s ruling, via MLive, here:

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Internet heaps praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his ‘must watch’ destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN's Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his "fiery rebuke" of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were "bullsh*t."

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

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Bill Barr’s relationship with Trump ‘on the rocks’ as unleashed president ‘openly defies him’: ex-prosecutor

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In a CNN segment analyzing Donald Trump's insistent comments and tweets about Justice Department business, former federal prosecutor Eli Honig stated that the relationship between the president and Attorney General Bill Barr is now "on the rocks" and does not look promising for the future.

Speaking with "New Day" host Christi Paul, Honig explained that Barr has repeatedly cautioned the president about his comments but that Trump is flat out ignoring the Attorney general -- meaning that their relationship has taken a bad turn.

"It's interesting, Christi, the relationship between Trump and Barr seems to be on the rocks," Honig explained. "We saw Bill Barr step up and show some spine when he said to ABC News, the president is making my job impossible."

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Trump is doing Putin’s bidding by ‘spreading misinformation’ about new Russian election meddling report: Ex-NSC official

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Appearing on CNN on Saturday morning, former National Security Council official Samantha Vinograd stated that Donald Trump attacks on a new U.S. intelligence report showing ten Russians are already meddling in the 2020 election is exactly what Russian President Vladimir Putin would want him to do.

Speaking with hosts Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul, Vinograd accused Trump of spreading misinformation because it helps his re-election chances.

"The key question, though, is on the misinformation and disinformation front," Vinobrad explained. "Christi, you don't fight a Russian campaign with misinformation about the campaign. President Trump calling it a Democratic hoax is exactly what Putin is hoping for from this president."

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