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South Carolina's Senate Takes A Step Towards Banning The Confederate Flag At The Capitol!

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South Carolina senate votes to remove the Confederate flag.

South Carolina's state senate made a big move on Monday, getting one step closer to banning the Confederate flag from their Capitol.

In a landslide decision, the senate voted 37-3 to take it down. But, the fight isn't over quite yet.

[ Video: This Woman Climbs A Flag Pole To Take Down A Confederate Flag! ]

Before the flag can officially be lowered, the Senate has to vote one more time, and then the bill has to go to the South Carolina House.

The proposal to remove the it came as a result of last month's devastating shooting at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where nine black people were shot to death because of racist beliefs.

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is thrilled that the Senate stepped up to bring down the banner, saying in a statement:

"The South Carolina Senate today rose to this historic occasion, with a large majority of members from both parties coming together in the spirit of unity and healing that is binding our state back together and moving us forward in the right direction."

But even with the governor backing the decision, there's a possibility the House might not vote the same way as the Senate.

So, Nikki pleaded with her state's other political institution to follow suit:

"I applaud the Senate's decisive action, look forward to the Senate giving the bill third reading in the morning, and ask that the House act swiftly and follow the Senate's lead."

The Senate won't be convening again until Tuesday, but we really hope all the necessary votes go through to make this change happen!

[Image via AP Images.]

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Michelle Obama Is Being Urged To Run For California Senate Seat!

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Senator Michelle Obama?! Are all of our dreams coming true at once?!

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Our favorite first lady is being pushed to run for the Senate seat in California that's anticipated to open up with the expectation that current Senator Dianne Feinstein will vacate it in 2018.

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Ben Affleck Testifies Before Congress On Violence In Africa! See Batman Try To Save Gotham, Err, The Congo HERE!

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Jennifer Garner's gorgeous husband just went to Washington and you'll never believe why!!

Batman vs. Superman star Ben Affleck visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday and testified before the Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations!

No, seriously!!!

The A-list actor is an expert on the travesties occuring in the Congo and he advised a whole room full of senators, including former Presidential candidate John McCain, who were genuinely grateful for his expertise!!

Curious what Ben had to offer? Ch-ch-check out his whole testimony (above)!

Is he the world's best samaritan or if this is still just part of Ben's continued penance for starring in Gigli? We'll probably never know, but we're nevertheless grateful for his contribution because the problems in that region of the world are SERIOUS!

Over five million people have been killed there since civil war broke out in the late '90s and Ben's non-profit advocacy group, the Eastern Congo Initiative, attempts to curb some of that violence.

Keep up the inspirational work, Mr. Affleck!

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Seth Rogen Testifies In Front Of Congress! Watch The Video That’ll Make You Laugh, Cry, Then Laugh Again!

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History was made this week in Washington as for the first time ever, the phrase “knocked up” was used during an official Congressional hearing!


Seth Rogen sat in front of a microphone on Capitol Hill yesterday to speak about an issue that is very near and dear to his heart.

No, not legalizing marijuana, shockingly enough.

Seth was there to talk about Alzheimer’s research.

His mother-in-law suffers from the disease, and he and his wife have seen her slip away before their eyes - forgetting how to speak, eat, or even get to the bathroom on her own.

Seth opened up about how hard his experiences have been and how having Alzheimer’s in his family lead him to start his own charity, Hilarity for Charity.

Srsly, we went back and forth from cracking up to crying our eyes out while watching his testimony!

Unfortunately, the funny man only had TWO Senators show up to hear him speak!

Bluuuugh! Why are we not surprised that members of Congress suck at doing their jobs?

Seth voiced his disappointment on Twitter afterwards, tweeting:

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Senate Votes To Outlaw LGBT Discrimination At Work, Passes ENDA! Barack Obama Chimes In, Too!

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What a refreshing first step in the right direction!

Today the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a law which outlaw LGBT discrimination against individuals in the workplace!

This has the makings of a landmark civil rights moment and it could potentially changes the lives of millions for the better, but it's still far too early to celebrate this as a victory.

ENDA passing in the Senate is a HUGE deal, in order for it to become federal law the bill must also be passed by in the House of Representatives.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has already said he opposes the law and it's very possible he may not even allow a vote.

Yes, this is the same John Boehner who recently orchestrated the catastrophic government shutdown.

President Barack Obama cast support for the bill today on Twitter.

He said:

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