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The Hawaii State Senate has passed a bill legalizing gay marriage, making it all but official that the island paradise will now be a same-sex wedding destination.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who called lawmakers to a special session for the bill and has supported gay marriage, has said he would sign the measure.

It will allow thousands of gay couples living in Hawaii, and even more tourists to marry in the Pacific Ocean state starting on Monday, December 2.

Senators passed the bill 19-4 with two lawmakers excused.

More than half the chamber's lawmakers spoke in support of the bill, with many urging the public to come together to heal divisions within the community.

It will also benefit the state economically. An estimate from a University of Hawaii researcher it could boost tourism by $217 million over the next three years.

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CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood tore into ObamaCare during their comedic and musical intro on Wednesday night's telecast.

The duo poked fun at Miley Cyrus, Luke Bryan, and Dolly Parton, but their best jabs may have come at the faulty Affordable Care Act website's expense.

After the country crooner “injured” himself Twerking, Paisley said he might enroll. “I started signing up last Thursday and I’m almost done,” quipped Carrie.

The duo then went on to try getting Paisley signed up for health insurance, launching into a parody song spoofing the ACA's infamously problematic roll-out.

It was pretty funny. Check out the routine below:

Other highlights from the 2013 CMA Awards:

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A 20-pound carp lost his bid for a seat on the Ann Arbor, Mich., city council, according to a report. He had been campaigning in the city, home to the University of Michigan.

Despite some quality signage and news coverage, it was not to be.

MLive reports that the carp was focusing the bulk of his campaign efforts on the 4th Ward, where Democrat Jack Eaton was the only candidate on the ballot.

Eaton, for his part, said that something smelled fishy here.

His residency status was an issue, as was his character, as the carp was relocated from a city park pond to a nearby river for being destructive to vegetation.

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Portland, Maine, voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana for residents 21 and older. The measure passed with around 70 percent support Tuesday.

As such, Portland becomes the East Coast city to legalize pot.

Adult residents may now possess up to 2.5 ounces of weed.

The measure does not permit the recreational purchase or sale of marijuana, nor does it permit its use in public spaces like parks. But other than that? Legal.

"Most Portlanders, like most Americans, are fed up with our nation's failed marijuana prohibition laws," said David Boyer of the Marijuana Policy Project.

"We applaud the voters of Portland for adopting a smarter marijuana policy, and we look forward to working with city officials to ensure it is implemented."

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Democrat Terry McAuliffe was elected governor of Virginia in a race over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that was as close as it was bitter.

McAuliffe topped Cuccinelli in a surprisingly razor-thin 47-46 percent victory to become Virginia's next governor, ending a divisive, polarizing campaign.

McAuliffe's win breaks a long Virginia tradition going all the way back to 1977 of voting for a governor from the opposing party of the sitting U.S. president.

Virginia, unlike most states in America, only allows one term as governor, so a new individual is chosen to lead the Commonwealth every four years.

Virginia was one of two U.S. states choosing governors Tuesday, along with New Jersey, where popular Republican Gov. Chris Christie was re-elected.

A slew of local elections also took place, including elections for big-city mayors (Bill de Blasio will lead New York City) and various state ballot initiatives.

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Chris Christie was re-elected as New Jersey governor in a landslide Tuesday, posting a 60-39 percent victory over his challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono.

For months, the popular Republican held a sizable lead in the polls as Buono failed to get her campaign off the ground. He never gave an inch.

Chris Christie was re-elected with widespread support from men, women, independents, members of his own party, and even three in 10 Democrats.

"I'm the luckiest guy in the world," Christie said, flanked by his wife Mary Pat and their four children, during his acceptance speech in Asbury Park, N.J.

The Democratic challenger, Buono, won the votes of liberals, African-Americans, and young voters, but that was not nearly enough to stop Christie.

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Democrat Bill de Blasio defeated Republican Joe Lhota to be elected the 109th mayor of New York City. He will succeed Michael Bloomberg at the helm.

The 52-year-old Bill de Blasio has held the office of New York City Public Advocate since 2010, and was favored to win the race easily, which he did.

He is expected to receive at least 70 percent of the vote at last count.

A populist, he has promised to help close the gap between the rich and poor, which is a big change from his Republican turned independent predecessor.

Despite his unprecedented progress on some social issues, Bloomberg has been criticized by de Blasio for the widening equality gap in N.Y. City.

Also, his stop-and-frisk policy became a talking point, with the mayor-elect even saying he offers "an unapologetic progressive alternative" to Bloomberg.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged today what many have suspected for awhile. He smoked crack cocaine at some point last year, but he has a valid excuse:

The politician was in a drunken stupor at the time.

According to The Associated Press, Ford admitted to this hardcore drug use during a Q&A with reporters at City Hall.

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Reports of the government opening free gas stations in poor areas are circulating around social media this morning, but appear to be a clever, satirical farce.

As the battle over Obamacare rages on, the administration is using a little known provision law to roll out a national free gas plan, The Daily Currant reports.

Obama Gas Station

Allegedly, the White House using authority under the Affordable Care Act to "improve transportation routes to hospitals" to dispense gas free of cost.

The $2 billion-a-year program aims to distribute 40 million gallons of free gasoline each year through 70 new gas stations constructed in major metro areas.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) will be responsible for operating the network, whose first station opened yesterday in Detroit.

Supposedly. This is all but certainly an Onion-style farce. With quotes!

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She's playing everyone's favorite President-loving political fixer on Scandal season 3 but Kerry Washington hosted Saturday Night Live and demonstrated that she can wear more than just a White Hat. 

Washington is the 9th Black woman to host the show in its entire 38 year run, and of the 137 actors to grace the stage as cast members, only 4 of them have been African-American.

Throughout the evening, Kerry helped SNL make fun of themselves for their recent diversity issues, chiefly by pointing out that there isn't really much diversity on the show at all.

They jumped right into their self-mockery with the cold open, featuring Kerry Washington as both Michelle Obama and Oprah.

Washington also took to song and dance with a spoof of "What Does The Fox Say?" alongside Jay Pharoah. Check out "What Does My Girl Say?" and two more videos from the night after the jump.

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