Love, Actually
May 5, 2014
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One of the main reasons the Church of England split apart from the Roman Catholic Church is that Rome wouldn't allow King Henry VIII to get a divorce. The Catholic Church still doesn't recognize divorce, or — like today's Church of England and its global Anglican Communion fellowship — allow married priests (with certain very specific exceptions), and it certainly wouldn't sanction an openly gay bishop marrying his partner.

Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson, now retired, nearly prompted a schism in the Anglican Communion in 2003 when the New Hampshire diocese consecrated him as their bishop, despite his open relationship with partner Mark Andrew. Robinson and Andrew were joined in civil union in 2008, then wed two years later, after New Hampshire approved same-sex marriage. On Sunday, Robinson announced that, after 25 years together, he and Andrew are getting a divorce.

This is Robinson's second divorce — he was married to his wife from 1972 until 1986, when he came out as gay. He's still bullish on matrimony. "My belief in marriage is undiminished by the reality of divorcing someone I have loved for a very long time, and will continue to love even as we separate," Robinson wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast. "Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot." Peter Weber

This is sad
October 13, 2015
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On Tuesday, former NBA star Lamar Odom was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, Hof's Love Ranch owner Dennis Hof told the Los Angeles Times.

Odom was treated by paramedics and stabilized at the scene before being taken to Desert View Hospital; he was going to be delivered to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas via helicopter, but was unable to be transported by air because of his height. Hof said Odom "wanted to get away from everybody, wanted to have fun," and had stayed in Hof's home attached to the brothel. Workers told Hof that Odom was "somber" on Sunday, but "other than that, [was in] good spirits." Hof said that his employees did not see him with any illegal drugs, and he ordered a bottle of cognac over the weekend, but a third of the bottle was still left on Tuesday, the Times reports.

In addition to playing for the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, Odom appeared on the reality shows Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Khloe and Lamar with his former wife, Khloe Kardashian. Us Weekly reports that Khloe Kardashian, along with her mother, Kris Jenner, and sister Kim Kardashian, is on her way to Las Vegas to be with Odom at the hospital. Catherine Garcia

CNN Democratic Debate
October 13, 2015
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Hillary Clinton does not believe that mandated maternity leave would mean fewer jobs, and said it's time for the United States to join other countries around the world who provide it.

When asked by CNN's Dana Bash if she is proposing another government program at the "expense of taxpayer money," Clinton responded: "When people say that, it's always the Republicans or their sympathizers who say you can't have paid leave, you can't provide health care. They don't mind having big government to interfere with a woman's right to choose and to try to take down Planned Parenthood. They're fine with big government when it comes to that. I'm sick of it."

An animated Clinton continued: "We should not be paralyzed by the Republicans and their constant refrain 'big government this, big government that,' except for what they want to impose on the American people. I know we can afford it because we're going to make the wealthy pay for it." Catherine Garcia

CNN Democratic Debate
October 13, 2015

In Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, CNN's Anderson Cooper asked the five contenders to name one thing they would do differently than President Obama, that would make them something other than "Obama's third term."

Lincoln Chafee: "We've got to stop these wars. We've got to have a new dynamic, a new paradigm."
Martin O'Malley: He would reinstate the Glass-Stegall banking law.
Hillary Clinton: "Well I think that’s pretty obvious. I think being the first woman president would be quite a change from the presidents we’ve had up until this point." She also named a few other issues where she would go beyond Obama, including education and immigration.

Bernie Sanders: He would push for a "political revolution" in the U.S. against giant corporations and lobbyists.
Jim Webb: Webb started out criticizing Sanders for proposing "revolution," prompting a clarification from Sanders that he's essentially proposing greater voting and engagement that allows the American people to know what's really going on in Washington and change it with their indignation. Peter Weber

CNN Democratic Debate
October 13, 2015

As expected, Hillary Clinton was asked during the CNN Democratic debate about her use of a private email server while secretary of state, but it was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who had the best response to Anderson Cooper's question.

Clinton said that she answered all of the questions asked of her by the official committee, which she called an "arm of the Republican National Committee. It is a partisan vehicle, as admitted by House Republican Majority Leader Mr. McCarthy to drive down my poll numbers. Big surprise, that's what they have attempted to do. I am still standing, I am happy to be part of this debate, and I intend to keep talking about the issues that matter to the American people."

Before Cooper could move on, Sanders jumped in: "Let me say something that may not be great politics, but I think the secretary is right, and that is the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails." Sanders said he goes around the United States and knows what people really want to talk about: "The middle class in this country is collapsing, we have 27 million people living in poverty, we have massive wealth and income inequality, our trade policies have cost us millions of decent jobs, the American people want to know if we're going to have a democracy or oligarchy as a result of Citizen's United. Enough of the emails, let's talk about the real issues facing America."

The room erupted in cheers, and Clinton shook hands with Sanders. Cooper gave Lincoln Chafee the opportunity to say he believes there is an issue of "American credibility" with the world, and "we need someone who has the best in ethical standards as our next president." When asked if she'd like to respond, Clinton gave a quick one word answer: "No." Catherine Garcia

CNN Democratic Debate
October 13, 2015

The other four Democrats on stage with Hillary Clinton during Tuesday's presidential debate all agreed on one thing: Clinton's vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a huge blunder. "Well, I recall being on a debate stage about 25 times with then-Sen. Obama, debating this very issue," Clinton responded. "After the election, he asked me to become secretary of state. He valued my judgment." Watch below. Peter Weber

CNN Democratic Debate
October 13, 2015
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told Anderson Cooper during the CNN Democratic debate Tuesday that he isn't worried about people not voting for a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist.

Cooper said a new poll shows that half of the U.S. would not put a socialist in the White House, and asked Sanders: "How can any kind of socialist win a general election in the United States?" First, Sanders said, he would explain just what being a Democratic Socialist means: "What Democratic Socialism is about is saying that it is immoral and wrong that the top one-tenth of one percent in this country own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent." It also means, he added, acting like Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, and giving mothers family paid leave.

Cooper pointed out that Denmark has 5.6 million residents, and said his question was more about electability. "The facts are very simple," Sanders said. "Republicans win when there is a low voter turnout and that is what happened last November, 63 percent of the American people didn't vote, 80 percent of young people. We are creating excitement all over this country. Democrats from the White House down will win when there's a large voter turnout, and that's what this campaign is doing."

Cooper asked if he considers himself a capitalist, to which Sanders responded: "Do I consider myself part of the casino capitalist process by which so few have so much and so many have so little? By which Wall Street's greed and recklessness wrecked this economy? No, I don't. I believe in a society where all people do well, not just a handful of billionaires." Catherine Garcia

CNN Democratic Debate
October 13, 2015

The first question for Hillary Clinton at Tuesday night's debate, from CNN's Anderson Cooper, was pretty brutal, and came after he rattled off her changing positions on several issues: "Will you say anything to get elected?" Clinton defended herself by saying that she is open to changing her opinion if the facts change, citing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Cooper then asked Clinton if she is a "moderate or a progressive," and Clinton didn't hesitate: "I'm a progressive, but I'm a progressive who likes to get things done." That means working with Republicans, she added, but "I don't take a back seat to anyone when it comes to progressive experience and progressive commitment." Peter Weber

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