Months before Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden passing, Court watchers began presenting these four numbers as a sober warning:

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Tennessee’s House just killed a bill that would have ended same-sex marriage in the state.  That would be good news, but another identical bill is still pending in the Senate.

On September 17, 2014, two Tennessee state lawmakers resolved to take on the Supreme Court. Republicans Rep. Mark Pody and Sen. Mae Beavers each introduced “The Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act” in their respective houses of the Tennessee General Assembly. The purpose of the law is to effectively invalidate the Supreme Court’s ruling within Tennessee’s borders.

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When Donald Trump announced his candidacy back in June, he entered an already crowded field. The idea that the hotel mogul might go on to win the Republican nomination was laughable. Here was a political novice with a blowhard reputation; his public persona was an angry caricature--more like a spokesperson for his brand than a real-life person.  

But as the primaries draw closer, it’s looking more and more like Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee.

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At a Fox News debate in August, Mike Huckabee claimed that, as President, he would invoke the protections of the 5th and 14th Amendment on behalf of fetuses in order to prevent women from having abortions. Later, at the Family Research Council’s Annual Value Voters Summit in September, Huckabee argued that defunding Planned Parenthood simply does not go far enough. Reinforcing the promise he made in August, Huckabee thundered “[i]t’s called the Fifth Amendment, that says that there will be due process before you deprive a person of life and liberty. As president, we will evoke the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment. We will protect human life.”

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As 2015 came to a close, Donald Trump dominated the Republican field with a commanding lead in the polls. Until now, the unlikely political juggernaut has seemed virtually unstoppable, his nomination secure.

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Three lesbian couples challenged the Arkansas Health Department’s Vital Statistics Bureau in court when it refused to list them as either the adoptive or biological parents of their children. The couples won; Little Rock Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox issued a decision on December 1 holding that a state law preventing same-sex couples from being listed as parents was unconstitutional.

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That Ben Carson is a gifted, even brilliant surgeon is undisputed. Before entering the political realm, he enjoyed a long and thoroughly impressive medical career at Johns Hopkins; after separating conjoined twins and making tremendous strides in the treatment of various pediatric neurological conditions, Dr. Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. In fact, Carson was in the midst of a seven-hour surgery when he was notified that he would receive the award.

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