In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Texas lawmakers are gearing up to pass one of the country's most aggressively anti-same-sex-marriage bills this week. The bill, HB 4105, would prohibit state and local governments from recognizing, granting or enforcing same-sex marriage licenses. More than half of the members of Texas' House of Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors to the bill, making its passage in that chamber likely before the Thursday deadline the House has for House bills to be heard on the House floor.

The measure’s sponsors say it is a pre-emptive move ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected in June that could legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

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On the first day of the 114th Congress, Republicans moved to block the routine transfer of tax revenues between Social Security's disability and retirement funds. The move was seen as a way to leverage deep, substantive changes to the Social Security program that Republicans have sought for years. But what if no routine transfer was required in the first place?

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Conservative favorite and neurosurgeon Ben Carson jumped into the 2016 presidential race on Monday and, like any self-respecting GOPer, he has a healthy dislike for Obamacare. But Carson has made Obamacare comparisons that his 2016 competitors haven't.

Here are the top three things Carson said President Barack Obama's healthcare law is on par with:

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Again and again gay marriage has proven to be a tough issue for 2016 Republican candidates to navigate. Top-tier declared and would-be candidates like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have tripped up over addressing questions on attending same-sex weddings and associating with people who support gay marriage or gay rights.

That's only been exacerbated by fights over controversial anti-gay religious freedom bills in a trio of states that have pushed these candidates to either embrace those bills and alienate major companies that could be helpful fundraising sources or infuriate key conservative constituencies that oppose gay rights.

Behold the five biggest trip-ups so far:

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