Politics

Mutiny At The Anti-LGBT Heritage Foundation

Politico reports: The controversial president of The Heritage Foundation, former Sen. Jim DeMint, will soon be out of a job, following a dispute with board members about the direction of conservative think tank, according to three people with knowledge of the situation. Some Heritage board members believe that DeMint has brought in too many Senate allies and made the think ...

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USDA To Roll Back Public School Nutrition Standards That Were Hallmark Of First Lady Michelle Obama

The Hill reports: Newly minted Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is expected to unveil a new rule Monday aimed at giving schools more flexibility in meeting federal nutrition standards for school lunches. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that Perdue and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) will make the announcement at the Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va., where they ...

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BOOM: Obama Dishes On Trump’s First 100 Days, Points Out Trump Is Still Less Popular Than Obamacare

Boom and SNAP. CNN reports: Former President Barack Obama hailed the political resilience of his signature health care law at a private event Thursday, pointing out that Obamacare is now more popular than his successor trying to repeal it: President Donald Trump. As Republicans in Washington sputtered again this week in their efforts to undo the law, Obama noted to ...

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OKLAHOMA: State Senate Kills House-Approved Bill To Display Ten Commandments In Public Schools

The Oklahoman reports: A bill that could have allowed the Ten Commandments on government property was quietly pulled from consideration Thursday, severely hurting its chances to become law. House Bill 2177 was on the Senate agenda, but Floor Leader Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, announced that it wouldn’t be heard before moving on to other business. House bills must be heard ...

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FRANCE: Fascist Father Of Marine Le Pen Denounces Memorial For Slain Gay Cop As “Exalting” LGBT Rights

NBC News reports: A remembrance ceremony for the policeman killed last week by an attacker in Paris “exalted” the concept of gay marriage, far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s father said on Friday, courting controversy for his daughter’s campaign. Jean-Marie Le Pen, the National Front (FN) party founder from whom his daughter has sought to distance herself because of his ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Speaks At NRA National Convention As Hundreds Stage Anti-Gun Protest Die-In Outside

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: A couple hundred protesters staged a “die-in” in downtown Atlanta minutes before President Donald Trump was scheduled to appear Friday at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention. The NRA, a powerful political advocate for gun rights, has also been a formidable opponent of gun control laws. Organizers of Friday’s protest, which was held in downtown’s Woodruff ...

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Short-Term Spending Bill Averts Shutdown (For Now)

CBS News reports: The House and Senate on Friday passed a short-term spending bill to fund the government, averting a shutdown at midnight. Lawmakers in the House approved the measure in a 382-30 vote and the Senate shortly thereafter approved it by voice vote. It was only meant to buy more time to craft a more comprehensive spending deal that ...

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House Dems Call On Senate To Reject Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green For Anti-LGBT Comments

USA Today reports: Nearly three dozen House Democrats are asking the Senate to reject President Donald Trump’s pick for Army secretary, arguing he cannot be trusted to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender soldiers are able to serve without discrimination or harassment. “LGBT soldiers are willing to make tremendous sacrifices to protect our rights and freedoms,” the lawmakers wrote ...

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House Republicans Delay Obamacare Repeal Vote, Rob Trump Of Major First 100 Days Campaign Promise

The New York Post reports: House Republicans late Thurs­day delayed a vote on their latest effort to repeal ObamaCare, ending the opportunity for President Trump to deliver on one of his major campaign promises during his first 100 days in office. House Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders came to the conclusion that they did not have enough votes ...

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Elizabeth Warren Expresses Dismay Over Obama’s $400K Wall Street Speech: I Was Troubled By That

The HuffPost reports: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) voiced her concerns over President Barack Obama’s plans to accept $400,000 for giving a speech to Cantor Fitzgerald LP, saying money in politics is “a snake that slithers through Washington.” The senator appeared on Sirius XM’s “Alter Family Politics” program to promote her new book, “This Fight Is Our Fight,” and she was ...

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Trump: I Thought Presidenting Would Be Easier

The Washington Post reports: Donald Trump spent a great portion of 2016 insisting that being president would be easy — at least for him. HuffPost compiled a number of examples of him dismissing the problems that accompany the job as being easily dispatched. Building a wall on the border with Mexico is easy. Beating Hillary Clinton would be easy. Renegotiating ...

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Secret Service Bans Guns From Trump’s NRA Speech

Raw Story reports: Members of the National Rifle Association attending President Donald Trump’s Friday speech can expect to have their rights infringed upon. According to CNN’s Kevin Liptak, members will not be able to pack heat when the president speaks at the National Rifle Association Convention in Atlanta on Friday. From @kevinliptak: Secret Service says attendees at President Trump’s speech ...

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House GOP Plots To Fast-Track Health Care Vote For Saturday Now That Freedom Caucus Is Onboard

Yahoo Finance reports: House Republican leaders are considering holding a quick vote on their embattled health care bill after a group of conservative holdouts endorsed a revised version. Facing White House pressure to pass the bill, the Republican vote-counting team is trying to gauge support for a vote Saturday, according to a Republican aide familiar with the process. But it’s ...

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Anti-Semitic NYC Council Candidate Scams Voters Into Donating To His Fake GoFundMe To Stop Him

The New York Post reports: For an anti-Semite, this guy’s got tons of chutzpah. A two-bit political gadfly named Thomas Lopez-Pierre has been running for City Council on an outrageous platform that calls for stopping “greedy Jewish landlords” from committing “ethnic cleansing” against blacks. His low-rent hatemongering seemed designed to get as much negative attention as possible. And it did ...

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Chaffetz Out For Weeks Due To “Medical Emergency”

Posted last night to Jason Chaffetz’s Instagram account: Almost 12 years ago, I shattered several bones in my foot which required 14 screws and a metal plate to repair. Yes, I wish I could say I was cliff diving in Mexico but the truth is I fell off a ladder while repairing something in my garage. The University of Utah ...

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FCC Unveils Plan To Rollback Net Neutrality [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday outlined a sweeping plan to loosen the government’s oversight of high-speed internet providers, a rebuke of a landmark policy approved two years ago to ensure that all online content is treated the same by the companies that deliver broadband service to Americans. The chairman, Ajit Pai, ...

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The Simpsons Riff On Trump’s First 100 Days [VIDEO]

Entertainment Weekly recaps: President Donald J. Trump is wrapping up his first 100 days in office, and while he will undoubtedly take a victory lap, The Simpsons would like to offer up more of a slap. Sean Spicer has quit/hanged himself, Kellyanne Conway is refusing to replace him as press secretary, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner are choking each other, ...

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Trump Bottoms Out In New Approval Poll [VIDEO]

CNN reports: As the 100-day mark of Donald Trump’s presidency approaches, a new CNN/ORC poll finds the President reaches this milestone holding on to the lowest approval rating of any newly-elected president at this stage, amid sharp partisan divides and a failure to capitalize on post-election strengths. Overall, 44% say they approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency, 54% disapprove. ...

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Trump Says He’s “Absolutely” Considering Breaking Up The Ninth Circuit Court For Blocking His Racist Orders

The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump said Wednesday that he has “absolutely” considered proposals that would split up the 9th Circuit, where judges have blocked two of his executive actions. “Absolutely, I have,” Trump said of considering 9th circuit breakup proposals during a far-ranging interview with the Washington Examiner at the White House on Wednesday. “There are many people that ...

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Julian Assange: CIA Head Mike Pompeo Has Declared War On Me, But He Loved Wikileaks During The Election

From an op-ed Julian Assange has written for the Washington Post: When the director of the CIA, an unelected public servant, publicly demonizes a publisher such as WikiLeaks as a “fraud,” “coward” and “enemy,” it puts all journalists on notice, or should. Pompeo’s next talking point, unsupported by fact, that WikiLeaks is a “non-state hostile intelligence service,” is a dagger ...

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