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Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that Senate rules would require him to take up any articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump if approved by the House, swatting down talk that that the GOP-controlled chamber could dodge the matter entirely.
The voters may be calling Rand Paul home pretty soon. His campaign for president has not gone as planned: Once treated as a top-tier candidate, he’s been stuck in the low single-digits in the polls for months. That he even made it onto the main debate stage Thursday night after being excluded from the last one was the best news he’d received since last summer. And as of this week, Paul officially has a serious challenger in his parallel race to represent Kentucky in the Senate past 2016.
It was only a year ago that Rand Paul appeared on the cover of Time magazine with the headline, “The Most Interesting Man in Politics.” Time was hardly alone in this assessment. Paul was the subject of a lengthy front-page profile in the New York Times and came out No. 1 on Politico Magazine’s list of the 50 most influential people in politics. “Has the Libertarian Moment Finally Arrived?” Robert Draper asked in the New York Times Magazine.
A Kentucky county clerk who had been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples secretly met Pope Francis in a move that disappointed many liberal Catholics and encouraged officials who support her stance. The meeting with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, and comments by the pope on Monday, may spur action by local officials across the United States who have refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples since the U.S. Supreme Court's June decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
If the government shuts down, Mitch McConnell wants to make sure the Senate isn’t to blame. After trying to keep his strategy under wraps for days, the Senate majority leader made his first moves on Tuesday to avoid a lapse in federal funding on Oct. 1. But it’s a legislative strategy that still has risks for Republicans and could confront the House GOP with a do-or-die vote right at the deadline to keep the government open.
Kim Davis returned to work Monday for the first time since she was jailed for defying a federal court and announced that she would no longer block her deputies from Kim Davis returned to work Monday for the first time since she was jailed for defying a federal court and announced that she would no longer block her deputies from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Standing at the courthouse door, the Kentucky county clerk read from a handwritten statement and explained in a quivering voice that she had been faced with a "seemingly impossible choice" between following her conscience and losing her freedom. marriage licenses to same-sex…
Kim Davis, America’s most famous county clerk, returned to work in Kentucky Monday morning, and she announced—well, it wasn’t entirely clear what she was saying. Earlier this month, a federal judge had jailed her for contempt of court because she refused to provide marriage licenses for same-sex couples, who had the right to wed thanks to the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, in June. The judge released her after four days, on the understanding that she would no longer prevent certification of these marriages. On Monday, Davis said that she wouldn’t stop her deputies from granting licenses, but she also suggested that marriages certified by mere deputies might not be legally valid.
After Obergefell came down, Kim Davis wasn’t the only clerk who objected to same-sex marriage. She was just the only one who refused either to perform her job, or quit it. In Texas, Rusk County Clerk Joyce Lewis-Kugle stepped down, as did Live Oak County Clerk Karen Irving. Cleburn County, Arkansas, lost its clerk, as did Grenada County, Mississippi; the clerks office in Decatur County, Tennessee, lost its entire staff.
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