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Republican Roy Moore of Alabama has won a defamation lawsuit against a Democratic-aligned super PAC over campaign ads dating to his failed 2017 Senate bid. A jury awarded Roy Moore $8.2 million in damages Friday after finding a Democratic-aligned super PAC made false and defamatory statements with a TV ad during the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. Moore called the ruling a vindication. The Senate Majority PAC argued the ad was substantially true and planned to appeal. Moore is a former judge known for backing public display of the Ten Commandments and hardline stances against same-sex marriage. Misconduct allegations against Moore rocked his 2017 race, which was won by a Democrat.

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The mother of two teens fatally shot in 2008 in the Dallas area told jurors Thursday that her ex-husband, who is on trial for the killings after evading arrest for over 12 years, was abusive and controlling during their marriage. When Patricia Owens was asked to identify her ex-husband in court, she pointed at Yaser Said, saying: “That devil there.” Said is charged with capital murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Amina Said and 17-year-old Sarah Said on New Year’s Day in 2008. Said, who had worked as a taxi driver, has entered a not guilty plea. The sisters were found shot to death in a taxi parked near a hotel in the Dallas suburb of Irving.

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Jim Obergefell is hoping that Democrats can win back seats at the Ohio Statehouse and beyond this fall with a message grounded in his landmark U.S. Supreme Court fight for same-sex marriage. The celebrity plaintiff-turned-Ohio House candidate says the party can win by driving home that it will fight for everyone to be included in “We the People.” His pitch comes as stark political divisions played out in Tuesday's legislative primaries. Rescheduled amid a partisan mapmaking fight, a combined 43 Republican and Democratic primaries pit incumbents against rivals to the right or left, and key constituencies against one another.

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Jill Biden says she didn't doubt that she could keep teaching as first lady and overcame skepticism that she could handle both jobs by instructing her staff to “figure it out.” In an interview in the September issue of Real Simple magazine, she also describes using Post-it notes to manage her family and offers marriage advice to newlyweds. Jill Biden taught at a Washington-area community college when her husband, Joe, was vice president from 2009 to 2017. The first lady says that because she made teaching work back then, she knew her team could figure out how to make it work now.

The Respect for Marriage Act would ensure that same-sex marriages are recognized nationwide. The House-passed legislation has some Republican support and is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate in September. It is part of an effort by Democrats to protect various rights in the wake of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide. While the Senate is not expected to approve separate House efforts to legalize abortion or protect contraception rights, the same-sex marriage bill has a real shot at passage after a handful of Republicans indicated they would vote for it.

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A Pennsylvania representative attended the same-sex wedding of his son three days after voting against legislation to protect the recognition of same-sex marriages. Republican Rep. Glenn Thompson voted against the bill brought up by Democrats amid concerns that the Supreme Court could jeopardize the rights of same-sex couples to marry nationwide following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The bill passed Tuesday, 267-157. Thompson attended the same-sex wedding of his son Friday. Thompson's office says he and his wife are “very happy to welcome their new son-in-law into their family.” Thompson’s press secretary also called the bill “nothing more than an election-year messaging stunt for Democrats in Congress."

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In a story published July 20, 2022 about the Respect for Marriage Act, The Associated Press cited a June Gallup poll that implied the poll was released in June 2022. The story should have made clear that the poll was released in June 2021. A Gallup poll released in June 2022 showed similar results, with 71% of U.S. adults saying they think same-sex unions should be recognized by law.

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Democrats have pushed legislation through the House that would inscribe the right to use contraceptives into law. It's Democrats' latest campaign-season response to concerns that a conservative Supreme Court that’s erased federal abortion rights could go further. House passage sends the measure to the Senate, where it seems likely to die. The push illustrates how Democrats are latching onto their own version of culture war battles to appeal to female, progressive and minority voters. Democrats are casting the court and Republicans as extremists intent on obliterating rights taken for granted for years.

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The House has overwhelmingly approved a bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriages. Tuesday's vote stands as a direct confrontation with the Supreme Court, whose conservative majority in overturning Roe v. Wade abortion access signaled that other rights may be in jeopardy. While the Respect for Marriage Act easily passed the House, it is likely to stall in the Senate, where most Republicans could stop it with a filibuster. But it's part of a political strategy setting up an election-year roll call that forced all lawmakers to go on the record with their views. Dozens of Republicans joined Democrats in Tuesday's House passage.

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In Israel, smartphones have become a volatile issue in the Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, community. In April the country's communications minister made it easier for Haredi to use the devices without the knowledge of their rabbis, raising tensions within the Haredi community and between them and the rest of Israeli society. Several stores that sell smartphones and other digital technology near Mea She’arim, Jerusalem’s largest ultra-Orthodox neighborhood, have been trashed. Customers have been assaulted, and riots have broken out in nearby streets. Haredi Jews make up 12.6% of Israel’s population, or 16% of Israeli Jews, and are one of the country’s fastest-growing communities.

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