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It’s time for a reckoning for journalists who boosted false narratives about Donald Trum...

It’s time for a reckoning for journalists who boosted false narratives about Donald Trum…Sarah Joskow / Media Matters It’s an understatement to say that LGBTQ rights in the U.S. haven’t exactly flourished under President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Upon taking office, Trump and his team ordered the removal of references to LGBTQ issues from a number of federal websites. By the second month, the departments of Education and Justice had officially rescinded Obama-era guidance protecting transgender students from discrimination. Six months in, Trump shocked the country by casually tweeting his intention to reinstitute a ban on trans people in the military and having the DOJ issue an updated interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 saying it is legal to fire someone for being gay or trans. Those are just a few examples of the many, many anti-LGBTQ actions that Trump has carried…

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The Coalition Out to Kill Tech As We Know It

The Coalition Out to Kill Tech As We Know ItIn October 2016, then-President Barack Obama hosted a miniature version of the blowout tech conference South by Southwest, which the White House called South by South Lawn. Obama, as The New York Times put it at the time, “brought Silicon Valley to Washington.” He even hinted that if he hadn’t been president, he might have become a venture capitalist. “The conversations I have with Silicon Valley and with venture capital pull together my interests in science and organization in a way I find really satisfying,” he said.My, how times change! Most American politicians would not be caught consorting so openly with the technology industry these days. And now that big tech lacks top cover, government agencies are moving in. According to new reports, Google and Apple face deeper investigation by the Department of Justice while the FTC takes on Amazon and…

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Pence Says “Of Course” Detained Kids Deserve Toothbrushes and Soap

Pence Says “Of Course” Detained Kids Deserve Toothbrushes and SoapOn Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence admitted to CNN’s Jake Tapper that “of course” immigrant children detained at the border should be given toothbrushes, soap, and medicine.  The simple statement directly contradicts a Trump administration lawyer who last week suggested before a panel of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges that a settlement requiring sanitary conditions for detained kids does not necessarily cover these basics. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported last week that a legal team interviewing children at a detention facility outside El Paso, Texas, found hungry, filthy kids, lice and flu infestations, and lack of supervision, with young children taking care of younger children.  On Sunday, Tapper played a clip of the Trump administration lawyer’s argument and asked Pence, “Aren’t toothbrushes and blankets and medicine basic conditions for kids? Aren’t they a part of how the United States of…

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The Old Senate Is Hard-Wired Into Joe Biden

The Old Senate Is Hard-Wired Into Joe BidenWhen Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. arrived in the Senate from Delaware in 1973, one of the first colleagues he tangled with was James Oliver Eastland of Mississippi, the vicious segregationist who ruled the Judiciary Committee with unyielding resolve, and who’d first been elected a couple of weeks before Biden was born. After Biden spoke up forcefully in a Democratic caucus meeting on behalf of total public financing of political campaigns, Eastland pounced.“They tell me you’re the youngest man in the history of America ever elected to the U.S. Senate,” Eastland said, as Biden recalled in his 2007 memoir, Promises to Keep. (Biden was actually the second youngest, but thought it best not to correct Eastland.) “Y’all keep making speeches like you made today,” Eastland added, “and you gonna be the youngest one-term senator in the history of America.”It’s no surprise that Biden’s invocation…

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8 Political Questions Ahead Of The 1st Democratic Debates

8 Political Questions Ahead Of The 1st Democratic DebatesTwenty candidates will take the stage over two nights in Miami this week. With front-runner Joe Biden under pressure, can another candidate, like Elizabeth Warren, make the most of the opportunity?(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images) ….. Read More.NPR – Politics | Politics & GovernmentMon, June 24, 20199 hours ago

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Trump Is Right: Killing Innocent Iranians Would Be a ‘Not Proportionate’ Respo...

Trump Is Right: Killing Innocent Iranians Would Be a ‘Not Proportionate’ Respo…President Donald Trump says he called off a planned airstrike against Iran on Thursday night, just minutes before the bombs were to be let loose. He canceled the planned attack, Trump tweeted on Friday morning, after being informed by a general that roughly 150 people would die in the assault—which was being carried out in response to Iran’s shooting down of an American drone earlier this week. Trump decided that the possible loss of life was “not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone,” per his Friday morning tweets. ….On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not…….

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