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‘Historic day’ as Australia’s parliament approves same-sex marriages

The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change. The public gallery of the House of Representatives erupted with applause when the bill passed to change the definition of marriage from solely between a man and a woman to “a union of two people” excluding all others. The legislation passed with a majority that wasn’t challenged, although five lawmakers registered their opposition to the bill….

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Steve Bannon: Roy Moore Has More 'Honor and Integrity' Than Mitt Romney

Steve Bannon: Roy Moore Has More ‘Honor and Integrity’ Than Mitt Romney More (FAIRHOPE, Ala.) — Populist firebrand Steve Bannon savaged national Republican leaders in a fiery call to rally voters behind embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore as the battle for the GOP’s soul spilled into a dirt-floor barn deep in rural Alabama. Bannon, known best for his former role as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, called GOP leaders in Congress “cowards” Tuesday night and attacked the party’s 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a draft dodger as he defended…

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Roy Moore? Scandal is nothing new in Alabama politics

It was a banner year for sleaze in Alabama politics in 2016. Springtime brought Alabama voters audio recordings of their married governor, Robert Bentley, telling his mistress how he likes to “put my hands on your breasts.” And they learned about how he used state resources to cover up the affair, including sending a state helicopter to retrieve his wallet after a fight with his wife. In the summer, they saw the powerful Speaker of the State House of Representatives sentenced to four years in prison after presiding over what…

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Jim Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle, dies at 87

Jim Nabors, the actor known for his role as the beloved “Gomer Pyle” on television comedies and for his booming operatic voice, has died. He was 87. Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” in the early 1960s and went on to have his own spinoff show, died Thursday, husband Stan Cadwallader, who was by his side, told The Associated Press. Nabors died peacefully in his home in Hawaii, Cadwallader said. “Everybody knows he was a wonderful man. And that’s all we can say about him….

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How France’s leading anti-EU conservative could oust embattled Emmanuel Macron

Laurent Wauquiez’s tough stance on immigration and Eurosceptic views has earned him the support of members of the French hard-right and nationalists. The protégé of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, the 42-year-old is the favourite to win the party’s leadership contest in December. And France’s leading conservative has his eyes firmly set on Emmanuel Macron’s job – criticising the President for falling into the “trap” of being too moderate. In a swipe at the French President, he said: “We won’t bring people together by being tepid. Emmanuel Macron isn’t doing the…

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Secret gay life of married ‘family values’ lawmaker was not so secret

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Wes Goodman built a political career around values including “committed natural marriage,” the 33-year-old Republican was secretly engaging in sexual encounters with men online, via cellphone and, on one significant occasion, in his state office.  This undated photo provided by the Ohio House of Representatives shows Wes Goodman, an ex-Republican Ohio lawmaker, who resigned last week after having a sexual encounter with a man in his state office. AP The office encounter was the final straw that last week ended his political rise as a self-proclaimed…

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'He Will Not Step Down.' Roy Moore Allegations Divide Women in Alabama

(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — Standing on the white marble steps of Alabama’s Capitol, Kayla Moore surrounded herself with two dozen other women to defend husband Roy Moore against accusations of sexual misconduct that are dividing Republicans, and women in particular. “He will not step down. He will not stop fighting for the people of Alabama,” Kayla Moore said Friday at a “Women for Moore” rally. Acting as her husband’s lead defender, she lashed out at the news media and thanked people who were sticking behind her husband. “To the people of…

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The Family Behind a $500 Million Bible Museum Hopes to Change Washington

The Family Behind a $500 Million Bible Museum Hopes to Change Washington More The new Museum of the Bible three blocks from the Capitol has a political ambition. The Bible, says the museum’s chairman and the president of Hobby Lobby, Steve Green, needs to have a prominent voice in Washington. “We think Congress ought to know the foundation of the nation that they are running today,” Green told TIME in an interview Tuesday afternoon. “We would hope the White House, whether it is the current president, former presidents, future presidents,…

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Elton John reveals which iconic hit he DIDN’T want to release ‘Everybody said I was crazy’

The musician spoke as part of a new ITV documentary, which aired tonight. Elton John: The Nation’s Favourite Song saw him speaking about his career – and the revelation that he didn’t think much of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me. Discussing how poor he is at predicting which of his songs will resonate, he said: “I’m terrible at it. One of them was Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me. “And I remember writing it in the morning and my drummer Nigel Olsson – we were…

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