OOPS- Mike Jones to Obama while voting: Mr. President, Don’t Touch My Girlfriend

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This president is the coolest POTUS ever…

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Bold move. Yesterday President Obama was casting his ballot in Chicago for the upcoming mid-term election. Casting his vote bext to Aia Cooper, her fiancé Mike Jones wisecracked to the president to not touch his girlfriend.

“I really wasn’t planning on it,” Obama shot back. He then called Jones “an example of a brother just embarrassing you for no reason.” It’s a moment of good fun that will bring a smile to even the most adamant Benghazi conspiracy theorist’s face.

5 Schools Freaking Out About Ebola Because They Don’t Realize Africa Is A Really Big Continent

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In the midst of Ebola panic in the Western world, some Americans are worried about schoolchildren coming into contact with people who have been in African countries thousands of miles away from the heart of the outbreak.

For instance, at a school in New Burlington, New Jersey, two Rwandan students are staying at home due to other parents’ fear that they will infect other children with Ebola. Rwanda is as close to the Ebola outbreak as New York City is to Seattle.

In Hazlehurst, Mississippi, a school principal’s recent visit to Zambia has led to a lot of parents choosing to keep their kids at home. But Zambia is in Southern Africa, over 3,000 miles away from the Ebola outbreak — the same distance between New Hampshire and Los Angeles.

A school bus driver in Poplarville, Mississippi who recently visited Ghana is beingprevented from returning to work. Meanwhile, in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, some parents kept their kids home when their school hosted two visitors from Uganda. And this phenomenon is not limited to the United States. A school in Worcestershire, England is under pressure to cancel an upcoming trip to Tanzania.

These incidents, which all took place at schools, illustrate a very poor understanding of African geography:

 

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Africa is the world’s second largest continent. But it’s not unusual for Americans to classify it as a single entity, ignoring the many cultural, economic and geographic differences between its 47 countries. If three countries in Africa are going through an Ebola epidemic, the other 44 must be too, right?

These assumptions are not that different in tone from some of the other examples of how Ebola is motivating xenophobic sentiments in the U.S. For example, some people argue that closing off West Africa altogether is the right way to respond to the outbreak. Liberian immigrants in the U.S. are being refused service at restaurants and dropped from charity programs. Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros recently suggested that the people coming into the United States from Africa will seek medical care from witch doctors and practice Santeria.

This stems from a lack of understanding of Ebola, but it also points to some stereotypes about the African continent as a whole. Americans have a long history of dismissing Africa as a disease-ridden and primitive place.

Fox News Admits GOP Is Trying To Increase Obamacare Premiums, Then Tries To Cover It Up

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Fox News admitted on Tuesday that a conservative-led lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act would raise health care premiums for millions of Americans. But then in its on-screen chyron, the network sought to attribute the increases not to the litigants involved in the case, but to President Obama, potentially confusing viewers.

“Could legal challenges to taxpayer subsidies put Obamacare in a death spiral?” Fox host Bill Hemmer asked, pointing to “a new study funded by the Department of Health and Human Services saying the health care law may be damaged beyond repair if you take the subsidies away, if they’re eliminated.”

Ongoing lawsuits are challenging the legality of providing subsidies through health insurance marketplaces in states that refused to set up their own exchanges. If those legal challenges succeed, the analysis that Hemmer is referencing — which comes from the RAND Corporation — did in fact conclude that premiums in those states could increase by as much as 43.3 percent. RAND’s researchers found that if federal subsidies to federally-run exchanges are ruled to be illegal, millions of people would have to pay more for coverage and could leave the risk pool, leading to a death spiral in which only the sickest people remain insured. Enrollment would fall by 68 percent and 11.3 million Americans could become uninsured.

Hemmer and Fox contributor Byron York huffed and puffed about the dangers of such a ruling, calling it “colossal” — despite the fact that the suits have been filed by conservatives, are supported by Republican lawmakers, and have been reported on favorably by the network in the past. The National Review has called the lawsuits and “ingenious” way to halt Obamacare. Fox, celebrated the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling against the administration on July 22 by pronouncing, “one by one they’re getting chipped away so it’s starting to collapse.”

And although the price increases are a direct result of a negative ruling, Fox News ran the story under the chyron “sticker shock again for some Obamacare enrollees as premiums set to rise,” implying that the law’s backers would be responsible.

So far, an appellate court in Virginia has ruled that the subsidies were legal, but a three-judge panel on the D.C. circuit disagreed. The full D.C. court is expected to reverse that decision, however, eliminating the circuit split and reducing the possibility that the Supreme Court will take up the matter. Another ruling against the law is still working its way through the legal system.

The administration contends that even though the law does not explicitly state that federally-run exchanges are to offer subsidies for coverage, the intent of its framers — as well as its other provisions about achieving “near-universal coverage” and financial security from medical bankruptcy — strongly imply that such credits must be made available.

Rachel Maddow says what we’re all thinking about John Oliver

Rachel Maddow says what we're all thinking about John Oliver

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The MSNBC pundit says she’d love to “use dogs with fake paws to reenact Supreme Court oral arguments

Rachel Maddow addressed two very important issues surrounding the Supreme Court of the United States on Monday night. The first of which, Maddow explains, took place on HBO.

Yes, Maddow discussed John Oliver and his use of “Real Animals Fake Paws” to reenact Supreme Court arguments. “I am not allowed to speak for the news division here,” Maddow states. “Part of the reason why is because if I were in charge of the news devision here, I would totally do this. I would totally use dogs with fake paws to reenact Supreme Court oral arguments.”

“That said,” Maddow continues, “this now exists as an asset in our nation’s arsenal in how to cover civics and understand important decisions made by one of our three branches of government.”

Maddow then covers Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s “blistering dissent” on the Texas Voter ID ruling, which she stayed up until 5:00 AM writing. Watch below:

‘Pro-Life’ Murderer Demands His First Amendment Right To Kill Again

Yep, conspiracy to commit murder is right in there!

In the “what the hell?” category, we find this.

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When a convicted “pro-life” terrorist who shot an abortion doctor to death, in his own church — for the unborned babies, and for Jesus! — threatens to do it again, you should probably take him seriously. Scott Roeder, who murdered Dr. George Tiller in 2009, has been rotting behind bars where he belongs ever since he was convicted of murder. Roeder has no remorse for his crime; in fact, he’s been fantasizing about his next victim: Julie Burkhart, the executive director of the clinic that replaced Dr. Tiller’s after Roeder murdered him.

Burkhart has been the “pro-life” terrorists’ number one target since they accomplished their mission of putting Dr. Tiller out of business by any means necessary. She’s been harassed with charming signs like “Where is your Church?” because ha ha hardy har har, they will gun her down in her church too. For life!

And the Army of God, a “pro-life” terrorist organization that quite overtly says it is good and right and definitely what Jesus would do to murder abortion providers, has not only put her at the top of its wanted list, but its leader, David Leach, went to have a little chat with Roeder, the “pro-life” hero, in prison, in which they nudge nudged and wink winked about how it sure would be a sarcastic-voice “shame” if someone were to murder Burkhart, but it would be her own fault, you see, because that’s what someone who provides a legal medical service deserves, as Roeder the Doctor Killer explained:

It is a little bit death-defying for someone to walk back in there. For Julie “Darkheart” to walk back in there and reopen a murder mill where a man was stopped. It’s almost like putting a target on your back, saying, “Well, let’s see if you can shoot ME! I have to go back to what Pastor Mike Bray said: If 100 abortionists were shot, they [surviving abortionists] would probably go out of business. I think eight have been shot, so we’ve got 92 to go. Maybe she’ll be number nine. I don’t know, but she’s kind of painting a target on her.

The Kansas Department of Corrections disciplined him — apparently, they have some kind of weird hang-up about convicted killers who threaten to kill again — but Roeder is doing what any reasonable patriotic American would do. He’s suing the department for violating his First Amendment rights.

Roeder is represented by Topeka attorney Billy Rork, who said he thinks the department violated Roeder’s right to freedom of speech.

Rork said Friday he is working free of charge to represent Roeder, an acquaintance since they were teenagers, who wrote him a letter asking for his help. Rork said he took the case mainly because “I’m a big First Amendment guy.”

He seems nice, doesn’t he? Just a simple country lawyer who believes so strongly in the First Amendment that he will happily represent a convicted murderer — for free! — just to protect his right to plan some more murders.

Remember this charming fellow, Mark S. Gietzen, chairman of the Kansas Coalition for Life, also a “pro-life” activist in also Wichita, Kansas, a longtime hotbed of terrorist activism against abortion providers? He and his fellow gun-toting thugs were petitioning the city to have another abortion clinic shut down on the grounds that abortion clinics attract scumbags like him, who, gosh, sometimes might have to resort to violence against people who work at the clinic.

“Even a well-meaning dog will bite at some point in time if you keep antagonizing it,” Gietzen said.

Asked what he meant by that, Gietzen said, ”We have this concealed carry thing where half the people in Kansas are walking around with firearms.”

“The way this guy acts, I’m afraid that someone’s going to shoot him,” Gietzen continued, referring to the escort. “He’s asking for it. I don’t want for that to happen…It’s not good for the cause.”

Gietzen refused to say whether he or his fellow protesters are armed. “That’s not a polite question to ask an individual,” Gietzen said. “That’s why it’s concealed.”

Given the thousands of incidents of “pro-life” terrorism, which includes a long list of casualties, one would think the need to prevent a convicted murderer from planning any more murders might slightly outweigh his free speech rights to casually chat about whom to murder next. One would think.

Unless Roeder is claiming that he’s simply exercising his sincerely held religious beliefs under the First Amendment. We know he sincerely believes abortion providers should be killed because hey, if the government will not give in to the terrorists’ demands to criminalize abortion, they’ll take matters into their own hands. That’s why Roeder worked closely with another convicted “pro-life” terrorist, Cheryl Sullenger, now senior policy adviser at Operation Rescue, and has demonstrated that he is willing and able to kill anyone whom he considers a threat to the sanctity of unborn life. Because that is what “pro-life” terrorists believe.

But maybe being a “pro-life” terrorist constitutes a sincerely held religious belief now. Who knows? The Supreme Court said you do not have to obey the law if you sincerely believe you shouldn’t have to, and every “religious” wackjob in America is currently testing that theory to see just how far it goes. So maybe Roeder’s lawsuit will be thrown out, as it should be. Or maybe some sympathetic judge will agree that Roeder has a right to work with other terrorists to plot the murder of more abortion providers because hey, that’s just how the First Amendment works now.

[CJOnline, h/t ClinicEscort]

10 things you need to know today: October 21, 2014

Pistorius prepares to be led out of court.

Pistorius prepares to be led out of court. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

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1. Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years for manslaughter
South African double-amputee track star Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Pistorius, who said he thought an intruder was in his bathroom when he fired through the door and killed Steenkamp, was acquitted of murder but convicted on Sept. 12 of the South African equivalent of manslaughter in the U.S. legal system. The judge said the sentence struck a “delicate balance” between mercy and justice. [The Washington Post]

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2. Turkey allows Kurdish fighters to enter Syria to fight ISIS
Turkey said Monday that it was letting Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters cross its border into Syria to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, forces trying to take over the Syrian border town of Kobani. The announcement marks a major shift for Ankara, which had been criticized by Kurds and the U.S. for declining to provide military aid to Kurdish forces defending Kobani. A day earlier, the U.S. airdropped weapons to Kurds in Kobani as an international coalition steps up its efforts to battle ISIS. [The New York Times]

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3. Indiana suspect confesses to seven killings
A convicted Indiana sex offender, Darren Deon Vann, has confessed to killing seven women, police said Monday. Vann, 43, told police that he had “messed up” by killing Afrika Hardy, 19, an alleged prostitute whose body was found at a Motel 6 on Friday. Vann then led officers to the bodies of six other women who had been killed in Gary, Indiana. Police said Vann made other statements that led them to believe there were “possible other victims.” [CNN, USA Today]

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4. Apple predicts a busy holiday season thanks to strong iPhone sales
Apple shares rose by 1.3 percent after hours on Monday after the company forecast a strong holiday quarter after seeing its iPhone sales increase by 16 percent, which was more than expected. Apple also saw its best growth in Mac computer sales in years. Despite the positive news, iPad sales continued a three-quarter slide. Declining demand for all kinds of tablets have raised questions about Apple’s growth prospects, and increased pressure from investors for a new device to reinvigorate the company. [Reuters]

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5. Report accuses Ukraine of using controversial cluster bombs against separatists
The Ukrainian military appears to have fired widely banned cluster bombs into the separatist-held city of Donetsk, according to a human rights report released Monday. Witnesses, victims, and physical evidence suggested that cluster munitions had been fired from the direction of army-held territory on Oct. 2 and Oct. 5, killing at least six people, including a Swiss Red Cross employee. If confirmed, the use of cluster bombs could be an obstacle in peace talks. [The New York Times]

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6. Suspect in Hannah Graham case indicted on 2005 rape charge
Jesse Matthew, the suspect in the disappearance of Virginia college student Hannah Graham, wascharged Monday with the 2005 kidnapping and rape of a woman in suburban Washington. Investigators searching for Graham found human remains last weekend. The Virginia Medical Examiner’s office in Richmond is trying to identify them. Graham was last seen on Sept. 13, leaving a Charlottesville bar with Matthew. [The Christian Science Monitor]

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7. Total CEO dies in Moscow plane crash
Christophe de Margerie, CEO of French oil company Total, was killed on Monday when the business jet he was taking to Paris crashed into a snowplow at a Moscow airport. Three crew members on the jet and the plow’s driver also died. De Margerie, 63, was respected in the industry for returning the company to stability since taking over in 2007, and increasing its petroleum reserves in every year but one. He also successfully defended the company against corruption allegations tied to the U.N.’s oil-for-food program in Iraq. [BBC News, Bloomberg News]

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8. ISIS launches simultaneous attacks in northern Iraq
ISIS forces renewed their offensive in northern Iraq on Monday with 15 nearly simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces. ISIS also launched fresh attacks against forces guarding the strategically important Mosul Dam, including a truck-bombing that killed six Kurdish peshmerga fighters at one of the checkpoints surrounding the dam. Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition had halted ISIS attempts to capture new territory recently, and a peshmerga general said he expected strikes soon on two villages the Islamist group seized on Monday. [CNN]

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9. New Yorkers protest The Death of Klinghoffer opera
Hundreds of people protested outside New York’s Metropolitan Opera on Monday, saying a controversial show about the murder of a disabled Jewish man by Palestinian gunmen in 1985 glorifies terrorism and is anti-Semitic. Former mayor Rudy Giuliani called the opera, John Adams’The Death of Klinghoffer, “a distorted work,” and Rabbi Avi Weiss said it was “radioactive” and “inspires violence.” The Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb, said the opera was not anti-Semitic, calling it “a brilliant work of art that must be performed.” [BBC News]

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10. Oscar de la Renta dies at 82
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday eight years after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 82. De la Renta had been a fixture in haute couture since the 1960s, when his designs were worn by then-first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Later, first ladies Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush wore his gowns. Most recently, Amal Clooney wore a wedding dress designed by de la Renta when she married actor George Clooney in Venice three weeks ago. [ABC News]

Stopping Ebola Misinformation In Its Tracks

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Stopping Ebola Misinformation In Its Tracks

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Here’s Some Common Sense In The Face Of Conservative Fearmongering

It has been 21 days since the first case of Ebola was confirmed in the United States. While the best way to combat the virus is to know the facts, some elected leaders have made misinformed claims that seem more apt to incite panic andscore points rather than a healthy dose of vigilance.

These false claims got a boost this weekend from conservative columnist and Fox News contributor George Will, who wrongly suggested that Ebola could be transmitted through the air. Here are just three of the most irresponsible things conservatives have said about Ebola:

It is airborne: On Fox News Sunday this weekend, conservative pundit George Will claimed that the disease is airborne and that “in a sneeze or cough, some of the airborne particles can be infectious.” The independent fact checking organization Politifact analyzed this claim and rated it “False.”

It is more contagious than AIDS: Sen. Rand Paul has told Bloomberg News and CNN that the disease is more contagious than AIDS. In an interview with CNN he said, “[The Obama administration] has downplayed how transmissible it is. They say it’s the exchange of bodily of fluids. Which makes people think, ‘Oh, it’s like AIDS. It’s very difficult to catch. If someone has Ebola at a cocktail party they’re contagious and you can catch it from them. [The administration] should be honest about that.”

Terrorists will bring it across our border: New Hampshire Senate nominee Scott Brown told a local radio station, “We have a border that’s so porous that anyone can walk across it. I think it’s naive to think that people aren’t going to be walking through here who have those types of diseases and/or other types of intent, criminal or terrorist. And yet we do nothing to secure our border. It’s dangerous.”

BOTTOM LINE: In contrast to some conservative fearmongering, steps are being taken to fight Ebola, but more can be done. President Obama appointed Ron Klain to coordinate response among the various federal agencies. However, President Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General has stalled in the Senate because the NRA blocked it from moving forward. Former Surgeon General Regina Benjamin toldMSNBC “The surgeon general is America’s doctor, delivering information to the American people in a language they can understand.” The Ebola outbreak is an all hands on deck moment. It should be a time when we come together to solve a problem, not spread false information to incite panic for political gain.

Here Are 5 Takeaways From The Harper’s Anti-Clinton Story

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In the November issue of Harper’s magazine, Doug Henwood argues that Hillary Clinton, if elected president, would do little to assuage liberals’ disappointment in President Barack Obama. This is how Henwood sums up the case for Hillary’s candidacy in 2016: “She has experience, she’s a woman, and it’s her turn.” But, he says, “it’s hard to find any political substance in her favor.”

Tracing Clinton’s life from her upbringing to her time at the State Department, Henwood portrays her as a pragmatic politician motivated more by ambition than by principle. Here are five key takeaways from Henwood’s piece:

1. Hillary Clinton didn’t do much during her time in the U.S. Senate.

Relying on records collected by former Clinton adviser Dick Morris, Henwood argues that the legislation Clinton passed during her first five years in the Senate had little substance. The vast majority of bills, according to Henwood, were purely symbolic or would have passed without Clinton’s support. Clinton did work to extend unemployment benefits for 9/11 responders, but Henwood cites Steven Brill’s book,The Rebuilding and Defending of America in the September 12 Era, to make the case that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was actually responsible for pushing the legislation through.

Even though she didn’t have much of a legislative impact in the Senate, Clinton did spend a lot of time befriending Republicans like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), who could potentially support her in a presidential campaign, Henwood says.

Clinton’s most substantial legislative accomplishment, Henwood says, is her support for the Iraq War. The rest of her accomplishments in the Senate “were the legislative equivalent of being against breast cancer.”

2. Hillary Clinton is a hawk.

In addition to her support for the Iraq War, Henwood notes, Clinton also linked Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. Such an accusation “was closer to the Bush line than even many pro-war Democrats were willing to go,” he writes.

The article goes on to say that during her time at the State Department, Clinton had a “macho eagerness” to call in the U.S. cavalry in foreign affairs. Quoting Time writer Michael Crowley, Henwood writes that, “On at least three crucial issues — Afghanistan, Libya, and the bin Laden raid — Clinton took a more aggressive line than [Defense Secretary Robert] Gates, a Bush-appointed Republican.”

3. Hillary Clinton is ambitious.

Shortly after Bill Clinton graduated Yale Law School, Hillary was already telling colleagues that he was going to be president. Henwood also says Clinton’s private slogan for her and her husband was “eight years of Bill, eight years of Hill.”

4. Hillary Clinton is not idealistic.

At Wellesley College, Clinton wrote her senior thesis on Saul Alinsky’s community organizing tactics, but later found them to be “too idealistic and simplistic,” according to Bill Clinton’s biographer David Maraniss. In her thesis, Clinton doubted the effectiveness of welfare programs, writing that they “neither redeveloped poverty areas nor even catalyzed the poor into helping themselves.” When Clinton turned down a job offer from Alinsky after college, Alinsky reportedly told her that she wouldn’t change the world by going to law school. Clinton told him that she disagreed.

5. Hillary Clinton has no problem representing the rich.

When she worked for the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas, she represented business owners who were upset over a ballot measure in Little Rock pushed by community organizers that would have raised electricity rates on businesses and lowered them on residents. Clinton played a crucial part in developing the legal argument that the higher electricity rates would be an “unconstitutional taking of property,” Henwood says, noting that similar arguments are now frequently used against regulation.

Tina Brown: Obama Makes Women Feel Unsafe

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This statement is absurd on its face since the POTUS’ first act as president was to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Act. His staunch support of women has been ongoing since day one.  What is Tina Brown really talking about?

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Author and journalist Tina Brown thinks President Barack Obama‘s diminishing favorability with women is because he makes them feel “unsafe” about a variety of issues.

Appearing Monday on Morning Joe, Brown reacted to a Politico report on how the president’s declining poll numbers with women has become a serious liability for Senate Democrats in the midterm elections.

“I think they’re feeling unsafe,” Brown surmised of female voters. “They feel unsafe, economically; they’re feeling unsafe with regard to ISIS; they’re feeling unsafe about Ebola. What they’re feeling unsafe about is the government response to different crises.”

Brown also suggested that the president’s own persona makes women voters like him less.

“I think they’re beginning to feel a bit that Obama’s like that guy in the corner office who’s too cool for school,” she said. “[He] calls a meeting, says this has to change, doesn’t put anything in place to make sure it does change, then it goes wrong and he’s blaming everybody.”

On the other hand, Brown added, Republicans are doing “very little” for women. “It’s not good,” she concluded.

Watch below, via MSNBC:

Obama: ‘I Think The Equal Protection Clause Does Guarantee Same-Sex Marriage’ In All States

He nailed it!

The Constitutional scholar and Commander-In-Chief nails it…

The same Equal Protection Clause that helped desegregate the south applies to same sex marriage.  Their advocates have been saying this all along…their right to equal protection under the law was being violated for decades in our country.

The Huffington Post

President Barack Obama seems to have changed his tune on gay marriage, telling The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin he believes same-sex couples in all 50 states should be allowed to marry under the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

Obama first publicly backed gay marriage in May 2012, but noted he thought the issue should be left to the states. Speaking with Toobin for the Oct. 27 issue of The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decision since he took office was the recent rejection of gay marriage appeals from five states, a move the president said is “a consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up.”

While Obama said the high court “was not quite ready” to “indicate an equal-protection right across the board,” he personally believes same-sex marriage is protected under that clause. From The New Yorker:

Obama opposed marriage equality until May of 2012. He told me that he now believes the Constitution requires all states to allow same-sex marriage, an argument that his Administration has not yet made before the Supreme Court. “Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states,” he said. “But, as you know, courts have always been strategic. There have been times where the stars were aligned and the Court, like a thunderbolt, issues a ruling like Brown v. Board of Education, but that’s pretty rare. And, given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting.

“The bulk of my nominees, twenty years ago or even ten years ago, would have been considered very much centrists, well within the mainstream of American jurisprudence, not particularly fire-breathing or ideologically driven,” Obama went on. “So the fact that now Democratic appointees and Republican appointees tend to vote differently on issues really has more to do with the shift in the Republican Party and in the nature of Republican-appointed jurists … Democrats haven’t moved from where they were.”

The federal government has extended federal benefits to same-sex married couples in states where gay marriage has been legalized, most recently giving benefits to those in the five states where the gay marriage appeals were rejected.

Read Toobin’s entire piece on Obama at The New Yorker.