First Drip (11/19/14): South Carolina seeks to block gay marriage, Uber isn't God



South Carolina's attorney general asked Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to stop same-sex marriages from starting in the state. Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex couples will be able to marry in South Carolina beginning at noon Thursday. Wilson is seeking a stay during his appeal of a trial court ruling from last week that the state’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional.

Comedian Bill Cosby has finally commented on the growing controversy over allegations that he raped several women over the years with a statement released through his lawyer. The categorical denial follows a weekend in which he reportedly canceled appearances on both David Letterman’s and Queen Latifah’s respective talk shows, and NPR hosted an interview where he responded to sexual assault allegations by silently shaking his head. No word on what if any impact this will have on Cosby's scheduled performances at Belk Theater Feb. 22.

An Uber senior vice president mused about hiring opposition researchers to attack critical journalists. Ellen Cushing, a senior editor at San Francisco magazine who profiled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick this month, said that employees warned her that executives were likely to access her rider logs using a tracking system called "God View" in order to see which employees she was speaking to as part of her reporting.

Senate Democrats blocked a move Tuesday to compel construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The vote was a victory for environmental activists who have turned defeat of the pipeline into one of the central symbolic causes of their movement. But Republicans, who will take majority control of the Senate in the next Congress, vowed to return to the fight next year.

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