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Will Texas Nix Marriage Licensing? Yes — if Rep. David Simpson Gets His Way

Texas state Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) has an intriguing response to Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court decision imposing a national mandate to override the diverse ways in which state governments deal with same sex marriage. Simpson is asking Texas Governor Greg Abbott to declare a special session of the state legislature to consider Simpson’s proposal that Texas end marriage licensing in the state.

Simpson’s radical response to the court’s decision should not be too surprising given that earlier this year he responded to the war on marijuana with a bill that would eliminate all Texas laws regarding marijuana so the plant would be treated the same as tomatoes, jalapeños, or coffee. Also, back in 2011, Simpson responded to the US Transportation Security Administration’s frisking of travelers with legislation that would hold TSA employees accountable for such actions under state assault prohibitions.
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California Über Alles: Gov. Jerry Brown's Onerous Vaccination Mandates

The 1979 Dead Kennedys song “California Über Alles” could be updated today to say that California Governor Jerry Brown’s secret police “have come for your unvaccinated niece.” On Tuesday, the once-again governor of California signed into law some of the most onerous vaccination mandates in America.

The state mandates apply to children who are enrolled in government or private schools, as well as in non-parental care such as day care. The newly enacted law also eliminates parents’ ability to assert philosophical or religious exemptions for vaccinations.
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Guess How Many 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels Have Been Trained With Congress-Approved $500 Million?

Nope, it's not a trick question. The number is zero

A year ago Congress granted a White House request for half a billion dollars to identify, train, and equip "moderate" Syrians to accomplish the dual US goal of defeating ISIS as well as overthrowing those fighting against ISIS, the Syrian government. 

As with most foreign policy moves sold by the neocons and interventionists, grandiose promises of success have found themselves at odds with reality. Advocates of the program claimed that it would produce 5,400 US-trained and armed fighters per year. In fact since the money was approved last May, less than 100 are actually being trained and none has yet completed the course.
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