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A lawmaker’s solution for marriage debate: Remove the state – Fox News

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –  A Missouri Republican saw last year’s debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would have protected businesses that deny services to same-sex couples bring lawmakers to tears and grind legislative work to a halt. His potential solution: Take state government out of marriage completely. “You can stop spending so much emotional energy on the issue, and we can move on to other things,” state Rep. T.J. Berry said, adding, “I’m treating everybody the exact same way and leaving space for people to believe what they believe outside of government.” His bill, filed ahead of the 2017 legislative session, would make Missouri the first state to recognize only domestic unions for both heterosexual and gay couples, treating legal partnerships equally and leaving marriages to be done by pastors and other religious leaders. But such peace could be elusive for several reasons. Some argue that leaving marriage to religious leaders is a way to constitutionally refuse to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples. Plus, there are potential logistical issues with stripping references to marriage in hundreds of state statutes, and the federal government recognizes only marriages for benefits. Berry’s idea has been met by skepticism from pretty much all sides of the gay marriage issue. Other states including Alabama, Indiana and Michigan failed to pass similar bills to limit the government’s role in marriage, and Oklahoma...

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Biden rips Democrats’ ‘elitism,’ faults party for failing to reach working class – Fox News

Vice President Biden offered a blunt diagnosis for why his party was unable to win over voters who gravitated to Donald Trump in the end: “We didn’t talk to them.” In his strongest comments yet on why Hillary Clinton lost the election, the outgoing veep who prides himself on his blue-collar roots in Scranton, Pa., said his party failed to connect with working-class, largely white, voters. Speaking in an extensive interview with the Los Angeles Times, Biden warned that “a bit of elitism” has “crept in” to party thinking and urged a change. “I believe that we were not letting an awful lot of people — high school-educated, mostly Caucasian, but also people of color — know that we understood their problems,” he reportedly said. The interview amounted to one of the toughest post-mortem looks yet from a party elder on why Democrats lost. While other top party strategist have sought to tout Clinton’s nearly 3 million-person popular-vote lead on Election Day, Biden sought to explain why Trump was able to win the states that helped deliver an Electoral College victory and, with it, the presidency. REID BLASTS DNC He recalled watching a Trump rally in Pennsylvania near where he grew up and thinking, “Son of a gun. We may lose this election.” Biden told the L.A. Times, “They’re all the people I grew up with. They’re their kids....

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Outgoing VP Joe Biden keeps 2020 door open – Fox News

    Outgoing Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday once again passed up the chance to tamp down speculation about a 2020 run for president – after appearing to joke about the prospect last week. “Four years is a lifetime in American politics. And I think that nominees are determined by their parties based mostly on what skill set is most needed at that time,” Biden said in an interview Sunday. “And who knows where we’re going to be two years from now when people really start looking seriously at what they are going to do.” Biden very publicly considered running in the 2016 presidential primary race, but ultimately decided against it. A month after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lost to President-elect Donald Trump, Biden seemed to tease reporters Monday when he said he’s “going to run in 2020 … what the hell.” Reporters prodded the veep on whether he was joking, to which he answered: “I’m not committing not to run. I learned a long time ago fate has a funny way of intervening.” Biden later explained on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that he doesn’t plan on running but could not say for sure what he’ll do. “Hell, Donald Trump’s gonna be 74, I’ll be 77 and in better shape,” he quipped. Speaking Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Biden elaborated and kept the door open....

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Trump team says ‘move on,’ after Obama calls for cyber-hacking probe – Fox News

    Donald Trump’s presidential transition team late Friday criticized President Obama’s order for a full-scale review of campaign-season cyber-attacks allegedly linked to Russia, saying it’s “time to move on.” Trump has been repeatedly dismissive of the intelligence community’s determination that Russia sought through hacking to disrupt the U.S. election, which Trump, a Republican won in stunning upset over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and `Make America Great Again,’ ” the transition team said. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.” The investigation ordered by Obama will be a “deep dive” into a possible pattern of increased “malicious cyber activity” timed to the campaign season, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Friday. On Saturday, New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, the next Senate minority leader, called for the Republican-led Congress to address the issue. “Reports of the CIA’s conclusion that Russia actively sought to help elect Donald Trump are simultaneously stunning and not surprising, given Russia’s disdain for democracy and admiration for autocracy,” Schumer said. “Senate Democrats will join with our Republican colleagues next year to demand a congressional investigation and hearings to get to the bottom of this.” The administration probe will include looking into the email hacks...

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Green Party switches strategy in Pennsylvania recount – Fox News

Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein (AP)  Hours after a Green Party-backed campaign dropped its case in state courts they announce a change to their strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and said late Saturday night that it will seek help in the federal courts, rather than the state courts. The campaign announced that it would seek an emergency federal court order on Monday for a recount. “Make no mistake — the Stein campaign will continue to fight for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania,” recount campaign lawyer Jonathan Abady said in a statement issued a little before midnight. “We are committed to this fight to protect the civil and voting rights of all Americans.” Abady said barriers to a recount in Pennsylvania are pervasive and the state court system is ill-equipped to address the problem. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, raised over $6.9 million to fund recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Stein framed the issue as an effort to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated. Despite Stein’s lawyers having offered no evidence of hacking in Pennsylvania’s election. The state Republican Party and Trump asked for a dismissal in the state court case. [embedded content] The decision came two days before a state court hearing was scheduled...

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WATCH: Baltimore police release footage of shooting incident – Fox News

Baltimore police on Wednesday released body camera footage of a shooting that left a man hospitalized after he threatened people with knives at a bus stop. It was the first time city police released footage that showed officers using potentially lethal force. The shooting occurred Friday morning. The footage, downloaded from body cameras worn by two officers, shows them commanding a man holding two knives in his hands to drop the weapons. When the man refuses, one of the officers is shown deploying a stun gun to no effect. The officers then fire their service weapons. [embedded content] The man was wounded and remained in the hospital five days after the shooting, but police say he is expected to survive. Five officers in total responded to the scene, but only two were wearing cameras. Baltimore police began rolling out a comprehensive program to equip all street officers with body-worn cameras in July. Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday that the department now has “thousands and thousands of hours” of footage. This, however, is the first time police have captured a use-of-force incident with body cameras. The officers and the man, who has been identified only as a 48-year-old Baltimore resident, are all African American. Authorities identified the officers as Gary Brown and Supreme Jones, both assigned to the Northern District. They have been placed on routine administrative leave. Spokesman T.J....

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Evolution or flip-flopping? Why Trump is drawing flak over emerging positions – Fox News

Let’s imagine, in an alternative universe, that the media were as sympathetic to Donald Trump as they were to Barack Obama right after his election. The coverage might look something like this: President-elect Trump has shown himself to be surprisingly inclusive in reaching out to former rivals who bitterly criticized him, including Mitt Romney, who called him a “fraud,” Nikki Haley, who questioned his disavowal of the KKK, and Rick Perry, who dubbed him a “cancer on conservatism.” President-elect Trump has called a temporary truce in his rhetorical war on the media, even venturing to the much-derided New York Times and describing the newspaper as a “jewel.” President-elect Trump has shown striking flexibility in rethinking some of campaign promises, abandoning his support for waterboarding, declaring an open mind on climate change and walking away from overheated threats to have Hillary Clinton prosecuted. He also agreed to keep two key parts of ObamaCare. Even before taking the oath, he appears to be growing into the job. Now of course such positive assessments would have to be balanced with more critical ones. One man’s post-election evolution is another man’s blatant flip-flop. A Politico headline: “15 Trump Flip-Flops in 15 Days.” But the positive analyses are, shall we say, muted. Let’s face it, almost no one in the media expected Trump to win, and few are giving him the benefit of the...

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Pipeline protesters vow to stay camped on federal land – Fox News

CANNON BALL, N.D. –  Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters will not follow a government directive to leave the federal land where hundreds have camped for months, organizers said Saturday, despite state officials encouraging them to do so. Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault and other protest organizers confidently explained that they’ll stay at the Oceti Sakowin camp and continue with nonviolent protests a day after Archambault received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that said all federal lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access Dec. 5 for “safety concerns.” The Corps cited the oncoming winter and increasingly contentious clashes between protesters, who believe the pipeline could harm drinking water and Native American cultural sites, and police. VETERANS TO STAND WITH STANDING ROCK PROTESTERS Standing Rock tribal members believe the land in which the encampment is on is owned by the Sioux through a more than century-old treaty with the U.S. government. “We are wardens of this land. This is our land and they can’t remove us,” said protester Isaac Weston, who is an Oglala Sioux member from South Dakota. “We have every right to be here to protect our land and to protect our water.” The vast majority of the several hundred people fighting against the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline have created a self-sustaining community at the sprawling camp, which...

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