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‘COCAINE MITCH’ SWACKS DOWN REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER

It took Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell less than 24 hours to put down the first threat  to his 15 years of leadership.

  • On Wednesday, Republican senators overwhelmingly re-elected McConnell over Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., in a final tally of 37-10.
  • Scott helmed the party’s unsuccessful campaign effort to reclaim the majority in last week’s midterm elections but publicly blamed McConnell.

12 REPUBLICAN SENATORS VOTE TO ADVANCE GAY MARRIAGE BILL

A supermajority of 62 senators, including 12 Republicans, voted to advance legislation Wednesday that would provide federal protections for same-sex marriages.

  • The Respect for Marriage Act, which passed the House in July, looked to be on track to pass the Senate and become law during the lame duck Congress.
  • The bill would not require states to allow same-sex couples to marry. But it would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal benefits to same-sex couples.

NASA’S MOONSHOT BLASTS OFF

NASA’s Artemis rocket launched Wednesday morning on a journey that will take an astronaut-less capsule around the moon and back.

  • Getting Artemis off the ground cost taxpayers $40 billion, and critics have pointed out that private companies like Elon’s Musk’s SpaceX could get America back to the moon for a fraction of the price.
  • “Congratulations!” Musk tweeted after the launch.
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