General election 2017: Alex Salmond loses seat as Scottish Tories surge

Former first minister is one of 21 SNP MPs, including party’s deputy leader. who lost their seats.


General election 2017: SNP deputy leader

The SNP’s deputy leader, Angus Robertson, loses his Moray seat to the Scottish Conservatives.


The election results at-a-glance

An at-a-glance guide to the key points of Election 2017 night, as they happen.


United Methodist Church Appoints Transgender Deacon

The United Methodist church commissioned a transgender deacon on Sunday ? the first time an openly non-binary person has assumed the role.   

M Barclay, a transgender person who doesn?t identify as male or female and who uses the pronoun ?they,? was appointed in the church?s Northern Illinois Conference over the weekend.

?For so long, I?ve longed to be a pastoral presence in the world ? and certainly you can do that without a collar ? but we have ordination for a reason, and part of that is that I can publicly identify as a pastor now,? Barclay told United Methodist News Service.

Barclay previously worked as the director of communications for Reconciling Ministries Network, an unofficial United Methodist group that advocates for full inclusion of LGBTQ people the church.

?I know it?s not particularly common in The United Methodist Church, but I intend to wear a collar every single day because for a person like me to navigate society in a collar provides some profound and urgently needed pastoral opportunities, particularly for queer and trans people.?

The United Methodist Church is one of the largest Christian denominations in America and has encountered internal debate over LGBTQ inclusion for years. 

The church does not prohibit the ordination of transgender clergy, but holds that engaging in sexual relationships outside of a heterosexual marriage is a bar to ordination.

The Book of Discipline, the church?s governing document, states that all individuals have inherent worth but that engaging in same-sex relationships ?is incompatible with Christian teaching.?

?To navigate the world as trans, queer, and a pastor means a great deal to me because I know personally how much religion has been and continues to be used for harm against LGBTQ and other marginalized populations,? Barclay told HuffPost.

?It?s important to me to have the opportunity as a pastor to condemn such spiritual abuse and to offer pastoral care, preaching, and theology that encourages wholeness, liberation, justice, and compassion, especially to those who are struggling to recognize themselves as beloved,? Barclay added.

The church holds the official stance that clergy must either be celibate or in heterosexual marriages. Bishops and clergy members have at times gone against these rules, though, by ordaining openly gay and transgender clergy and officiating same-sex marriages.

Last year, more than 100 pastors, deacons, elders and candidates for ministry in the United Methodist Church released a letter publicly coming out as LGBTQ just one day before the church?s top policy-making body convened to consider roughly 1,000 legislative petitions ? including ones addressing human sexuality.

Sunday?s commissioning, Barclay told UMNS, is ?a sign that the church wants to move forward.?

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Accused NSA Leaker Reality Winner

Winner’s lawyer says his client plans to plead not guilty during a court hearing later today. The 25-year-old National Security Agency contractor allegedly gave classified material to a news outlet.


Lisa Weil dating ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ co-star Charlie Weber

Lisa Weil’s representative confirmed the “Gilmore Girls” alum is seeing “How to Get Away with Murder” co-star Charlie Weber.


Don’t Let James Comey’s Hearing Distract You From Republicans’ Obamacare Repeal Efforts

In Washington, D.C., on Thursday, people lined up in droves as early as 4:15 a.m. to get a spot at former FBI Director James Comey?s highly anticipated Senate testimony. Bars across the country opened early to hold viewing parties, and networks are interrupting their popular soap operas to broadcast the hearing. The event has been dubbed ?Washington?s Super Bowl.?

So it?s safe to say we?ve all gone a little Comey Crazy.

What the former FBI chief is expected to say is important. It?s the most concrete evidence we have that President Donald Trump attempted to quash an investigation into his campaign?s ties to Russia. However, it?s unlikely that Comey will definitively say that Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice, and the possibility of another smoking gun seems like a pipe dreamAs HuffPost?s Sam Stein notes, Comey?s testimony alone will probably not spell the end of Trump.

Meanwhile, Republicans are well on their way to repealing the Affordable Care Act, putting millions of people at risk of losing their health insurance. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday took steps to fast-track their efforts, sidestepping the typical committee hearings in favor of closed-door meetings. And many Republicans are avoiding their own town hall meetings, where the subject is likely to come up. 

As progressive New York Times writer David Leonhardt notes, the Comey hearing has relieved some of the pressure Republicans faced in previous months against their health care plans. But it shouldn?t, he says.

?Even amid the Comey testimony, and all of the attention it deserves, don?t let health care be forgotten,? Leonhardt wrote this week. ?It?s too important.?

And as several Obamacare supporters have noted, it?s not too late to speak out:

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Parkour Runner’s Dizzying Mountain Descent Will Leave You Breathless

A parkour runner captured his dizzying descent down a Chinese mountain with a GoPro in his mouth.

Calen Chan, 19, deftly navigated drops ranging from 5-10 feet in height down the ridiculously steep Skyladder Parkour course on Tianmen Mountain with the action camera attached to a mouth mount at the end of May. 

?Obviously this was difficult,? Chan wrote on YouTube. ?And I physically couldn?t sprint down the entire path of deadly drops without slowing down, but I did my best!?

Since Chan shared the dramatic point-of-view video online Saturday, it?s garnered more than 420,000 views.

In a subsequent Facebook post, Chan revealed his knees ?surprisingly? didn?t hurt after he completed the course.

?Literally the only thing that was on fire was my quads, because it basically felt like doing 100 jump squats with a weighted vest,? he wrote. ?Other than the soreness, I sustained no injuries on this course whatsoever!?

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Warriors 118, Cavaliers 113 | Golden State leads series, 3-0: Late Surge Puts Warriors One Step From Postseason Perfection

Kevin Durant?s go-ahead 3-pointer gave Golden State the victory over the Cavaliers. If the Warriors win Friday, they will finish the playoffs with a 16-0 record.


Election 2017: What CAN’T you do in a polling station?

Millions of people will cast their vote on Thursday. But what can and can’t you do?