Monthly Archives: June 2017

DOJ Seeks Dismissal Of Suit Claiming Trump Profits From Business Deals With Foreign Governments

Politico reports: The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit claiming that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by profiting from business deals with foreign governments. The filing Friday evening in U.S. District Court in Manhattan is the first substantive legal response from the Trump administration to a series of suits challenging Trump’s effort ...

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US Soccer Player Quits Rather Than Wear Pride Jersey

The Christian Post reports: Two weeks after U.S. Soccer announced that both their men’s and women’s national teams will be wearing rainbow-colored jerseys in support of gay pride in June, Christian soccer player Jaelene Hinkle has withdrawn herself from the U.S. roster for two international friendlies this month, citing “personal reasons.” A release from U.S. Soccer said Hinkle, 24, who ...

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Batman Actor Adam West Dies At Age 88

Variety reports: Adam West — an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the 1960s series “Batman” — died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia. “Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ ...

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ISRAEL: 200,000 Attend Tel Aviv Pride [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Thousands of people from around the world are partying in Tel Aviv at the Gay Pride Parade, the region’s largest. The Municipality said over 200,000 people celebrated Friday. The theme of this year’s parade is “Bisexuality Visibility.” Jorge Medina from Mexico said the parade is “amazing.” Tel Aviv has emerged as one of the world’s most ...

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Al Franken: Jeff Sessions Committed Perjury [VIDEO]

The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., suspects Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have lied about his communications with Russian officials under oath when testifying during the Senate confirmation process. “I think that he did not answer truthfully under oath,” Franken said during an interview on MSNBC on Friday night. He was responding to the question of whether Sessions ...

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Watching The Defectives

Gentle readers, I’m rerunning my annual Pride rant for the thirteenth year. I wrote this post in 2005 a couple of days after attending Pride in NYC. In the following years I’ve reposted it in advance of Pride in the hope of encouraging you to attend your local events. Have a wonderful Pride Month. Love each other. Watching The Defectives ...

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James Comey’s Senate Testimony Drew More Than Half The TV Audience As Did Trump’s Inauguration

Reuters reports: At least 18 million people watched former FBI director James Comey’s dramatic testimony on Thursday about his dealings with President Donald Trump, according to preliminary ratings information from TV networks. U.S. broadcast networks interrupted regular programing to air live coverage of Comey’s more than two hours of remarks before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Early Nielsen data showed that ...

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NEW YORK: Attorney General Opens Probe Into That “Trumps Stealing From Kids With Cancer” Thing

Forbes reports: The New York attorney general, which has been investigating the Donald J. Trump Foundation for months, is now looking into the Eric Trump Foundation, after a report in Forbes exposed practices that seem to violate state laws. “The attorney general’s office is looking into the issues raised by this report,” said Eric Soufer, the communications director for the ...

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Trump Treasury Pick Doesn’t Have Claimed Degree

New England News reports: In announcing the appointment of Joseph Otting to a key treasury job on Monday, the White House Press Office trumpeted his credentials, noting that he was a graduate of the School of Credit and Financial Management at Dartmouth College. But in fact, Dartmouth does not have such a school. “Joseph Otting is not a Dartmouth graduate,” ...

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Trump Vows “100%” That He’d Testify Under Oath That He Didn’t Lie About All Those Things He Lied About

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump says he’s “100 percent” willing to testify under oath about his interactions with fired FBI director James Comey. Trump insists that Comey lied in some parts of the testimony he gave Thursday to the Senate intelligence committee. Comey testified under oath. Trump says that he never asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty and ...

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TOMORROW: Pro-Trump Group, Nazis, And Extremists To Stage Dozens Of Anti-Muslim Rallies [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: Donald Trump is Tinder for bigots. His campaign and presidency has helped countless bigots hook up with each other, and we will see another example of that this Saturday with anti-Muslim rallies scheduled in nearly 30 locations across America. These rallies are organized by ACT for America!, an organization founded by Hanah Kahwagi, who goes by ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Holds Press Conference

Scheduled for 2:45PM. CBS News reports: President Trump on Friday afternoon will hold his first press conference since fired FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday. Mr. Trump will appear at a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who is in Washington, D.C., to discuss defense issues with Mr. Trump. But questions about Comey’s ...

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Propaganda Minister Conway: The Media Hates Trump’s Tweets Because He Has “Cut Out The Middle Man”

The Hill reports: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended President Trump’s active Twitter persona by arguing he’s promoting the “democratization of information.” Trump has recently been criticized for taking aggressive positions on Twitter or posting unconfirmed information, but Conway said his messages are about keeping all Americans on the same playing field. “His social media platform is incredibly powerful — ...

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Multiple F-Bombs At NYU Forum: Has Trump Kept His Promises? Fuck No!

The Daily Dot reports: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) drew the love of Twitter after she dropped multiple F-bombs during a speech at New York University’s Personal Democracy Forum on Friday morning. The senator—whom some believe may be laying the ground work for a run at the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020—made several loaded comments during the forum, an annual conference ...

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FDA Approves First Generic Version Of Truvada

This will be a lifesaver for many people: The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced its approval of Teva’s abbreviated new drug application the first generic of Gilead’s Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil). The drug is indicated both as a treatment for HIV-1 in combination with other antiretroviral drugs and for pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent sexually acquired HIV infection ...

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WISCONSIN: Student Sues For Better Grade Because Professor “Forced” Gay Poetry On Her [VIDEO]

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports: Donna Kikkert, 59, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, said she wanted to study the classics. When the professor of her Advanced Creative Writing Poetry course selected works other than those of Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe and others of interest to Kikkert, she said she asked faculty to reconsider ...

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Chelsea Manning Gives First Post-Prison Interview

The Associated Press reports: Chelsea Manning believed she had a “responsibility to the public” and didn’t think she was risking national security when she leaked a trove of classified documents, the soldier said in her first interview since being released from a military prison last month. The 29-year-old formerly known as Bradley Manning said in a pre-taped interview broadcast Friday ...

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SWERLK: Scissor Sisters And MNDR Release Charity Dance Single In Advance Of Pulse Anniversary [VIDEO]

Via press release from GLAAD: Today MNDR and Scissor Sisters release a charity single called “SWERLK.”  Proceeds from the single will go to Contigo Fund, which emerged from the Pulse mass shooting and offers financial support to organizations working to heal, educate and empower LGBTQ and Latinx individuals, immigrants and people of color, as well as those working to end ...

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Pelosi Renews Call For Jeff Sessions To Resign [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) renewed her call on Friday for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step down from the Justice Department amid reports that he may have held a third undisclosed meeting with Russia’s ambassador. “When you talk about all of these things, just remember there’s something strange that isn’t connecting,” Pelosi said on MSNBC. ...

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Jim Bakker Guest: God Told Me Trump’s Critics Will Fail Because Trump’s Agenda Is Heaven’s Agenda [VIDEO]

Brian Tashman reports at Right Wing Watch: Jim Bakker hosted pro-Trump activists Mark Taylor and Mary Colbert, who insisted that critics of President Trump are doomed to fail because God is on his side. Colbert said that God had given her a reassuring message in response to the concerns some of her fellow Christians have about Trump. Later, Taylor said ...

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