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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Wednesday defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite numerous court orders.

"I don't think anybody should have to choose between following their conscience, their religious beliefs and giving up their job or facing financial sanctions," he told the Huffington Post when asked if Davis should resign. "We are seeing government today discriminate against whether it's clerks, florists, musicians or others. I think that's wrong. I think you should be able to keep your job and follow your conscience."

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) stood behind Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis on Wednesday, arguing that she is right to question what law forces her to recognize same-sex marriage.

"Kim is asking the perfect question: 'Under what law am I authorized to issue homosexual couples a marriage license?' That simple question is giving many in Congress a civics lesson that they never got in grade school," Huckabee said in a Wednesday statement, according to Right Wing Watch.

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If the conservative voters who handed the GOP the Senate had an Obamacare repeal on their one-year wish list, they’re likely to be disappointed come this fall.

Republicans' promises that Obamacare would be on the chopping block as soon the GOP took control of the Senate are unlikely to be met by years’ end. After years of heated rhetoric, over-the-top campaign ads and even Supreme Court challenges, the repeal Obamacare movement continues to be a can kicked farther down the road. GOP congressional leaders are facing the political reality that the party lacks a concrete alternative to Obamacare, the votes to repeal it and, in the immediate future, a crowded calendar of extremely pressing other issues.

Now, GOP lawmakers are trying to figure out how to let down easily the base they primed for repeal across three election cycles, with some leaders lowering expectations for repeal maneuvers in the months to come and other Republicans weighing efforts to tweak the law instead.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said that the unrest across the country after the deaths of unarmed black men by police officers was hurting, not helping African Americans.

"Black lives do matter and they have been disgracefully jeopardized by the movement that has laid waste to Ferguson and Baltimore," Haley said, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington Wednesday.

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