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Trump toys with reversal on marriage equality: I’d appoint judges who would overturn it

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In an interview with Fox News Sunday this week, Republican 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump told host Chris Wallace that he would consider appointing judges to the U.S. Supreme Court who would overturn the court’s historic 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges case, which legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Politico quoted Trump as saying, “It has been ruled upon. It has been there. If I’m elected I would be very strong in putting certain judges on the bench that maybe could change things, but they have a long way to go. I disagree with the court in that it should have been a states’ rights issue.”

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When Wallace pressed Trump, asking whether he would specifically choose justices who are dedicated to overturning Obergefell, Trump replied, “I would strongly consider that, yes.”

This directly contradicts previous statements that the billionaire real estate mogul and erstwhile reality TV star made regarding same-sex marriage.

Last year he said that the fight to overturn Obergefell is a “dead issue,” that conservatives should save their fire for other cultural and economic problems.

Because of his insufficiently hostile view of the issue of marriage equality, the anti-LGBT group the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has endorsed his nearest rival, Texas Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz (R) for the GOP nomination.

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NOM president Brian Brown wrote in a blog post that for Trump to decline to fight same-sex marriage on the grounds that it’s a settled law would be like declining to fight slavery because of the Supreme Court’s Dredd Scott decision.

“The incontrovertible record demonstrates that Ted Cruz will be a champion for marriage while Donald Trump has abandoned the fight to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” wrote Brown.

Politico painted Trump’s veer to the right on marriage equality as a studied bit of political calculus ahead of Monday’s Iowa caucuses “after a Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll showed him leading the race by 5 percentage points.”

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‘I can take five points off him’: Scaramucci launchings SuperPAC to kill off Trump’s re-election

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Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci will be openly campaigning against President Donald Trump.

"I can no longer in good conscience support the president’s reelection," Scaramucci, also known as "The Mooch," wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published online Monday night.

Now he's going even further. Republican strategist Mike Murphy tweeted Tuesday that Scaramucci is "launching and funding a new SuperPAC to run ads against Trump."

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Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking of young women continued even as he was supposed to be in jail in 2008, according to a new lawsuit detailed in the Miami Herald.

The financier and sex offender pleaded guilty to state charges of prostitution in 2008, mysteriously escaping much more severe federal sex trafficking charges via a non-prosecution agreement that is now under review. Epstein’s treatment by prosecutors has come under close scrutiny because of many such bizarre decisions, which nearly all observers agree constituted a “sweetheart deal” given the evidence against him.

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Gov. Matt Bevin says Kentucky teachers only protested him so they wouldn’t have to go to work

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In a local radio interview on Tuesday, Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY) appeared to suggest that teachers in his state only launched protests against his administration so that they could get time off from work.

"The same bill came forward again this summer when nobody was in school, and nobody showed up," Bevin told right-wing talk radio host Brian Thomas. "When it's vacation time, people are a little less worked up it seems."

Teachers across Kentucky staged so-called "sickouts" in response to a Bevin-backed plan in the state legislature that would massively scale back teacher pensions — cuts that were ultimately ruled illegal by the Kentucky Supreme Court (in fact, the bill that was introduced this summer was not actually "the same bill," and was a much more modest change to state pensions).

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