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After 30-18 Vote, Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage Bill Now All But Guaranteed To Pass

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After an eleven hour day of debate, marred by dozens of anti-gay protestors clamoring to “let the people vote,” attempts to include extreme religious exemptions, and exceptionally high emotions, last night the Hawaii House passed the second reading of its same-sex marriage bill, 30-18.

Attempts to “kill the bill” were bipartisan, and one lawmaker who is lesbian, voted against the bill’s passage.

Lawmakers tried to get their colleagues to delay further consideration of the bill, to put a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on the ballot, to allow parents to exempt their children from learning about homosexuality — which one lawmaker described as allowing parents to “inoculate” children from homosexuality — and to allow broad personal religious conscience exemptions.

All were defeated.

WATCH: Christian Anti-Gay Marriage ‘Mob’ Now Protesting Outside Hawaii State House

Despite appearances from what some have called an “angry mob” of anti-gay religious opponents protesting the marriage equality bill, there is a strong coalition of religious leaders who support the legislation.

Throughout the debate, lawmakers inside the chamber could hear the shouts from anti-gay protesters outside. Armed sheriff’s deputies were on hand in case they were needed.

One lawmaker, Marcus Oshiro, “seemed to relish his role as a mini-filibusterer, Hawaii’s version of Ted Cruz or Rand Paul,” Honolulu Civil Beat reported. But “the most emotional moment of the evening came when Jordan, an openly gay Democrat who represents the west side of Oahu, explained why she was voting no on something she acknowledged she could personally benefit from.”

“I personally believe I should have the right,” she said, but added that she couldn’t support the current language in the bill.

Lawmakers are now in a 48 hour holding period, which is standard procedure. They are scheduled to reconvene at 10:00 AM local time for the third and final reading of the bill, and then the final vote.

After last night’s 30-18 vote, clearly there is sufficient desire in the House to pass the bill, so chances are extremely strong it will pass the House Friday. After that, the Senate will have to approve any changes the House made, which should not be a challenge, and then Governor Neil Abercrombie will sign it into law.

If all goes well, Hawaii will have same-sex marriage on December 2.

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‘Not a Good Start’: Judge Slams Trump’s ‘Offensive’ Recusal Claims as a ‘Loose End’

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New York State Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan responded to Donald Trump‘s motion he recuse himself from overseeing the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president on day one of the trial. Trump is facing 34 criminal charges of falsifying business records in what’s been called an election interference cover-up case alleging he paid an adult film actress “hush money” then attempted to hide those payments to protect his 2016 presidential campaign.

Judge Merchan “fiercely” and “defiantly” pushed back against Trump’s allegations, MSNBC’s Vaughn Hillyard reported Monday as the trial began (video below).

“Merchan says it’s the opinion of the court that Trump is using a ‘series of inferences, innuendos and unsupported speculation’ to make his claims for recusal,” according to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.

Denying Trump’s motion, Judge Merchan included his response in what he called “loose ends,” and blasted what be labeled the “offensive” allegations made by Trump and his attorneys, as The Guardian’s Hugo Lowell reports.

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“Not a good start for Trump,” Lowell begins, noting the judge also said he has no agenda.

Speaking to the allegations in Trump’s recusal motion, Lowell reports in a series of posts on social media that “Merchan starts w his recent interview w AP, which Trump complained about, in which he explicitly said he wouldn’t discuss the case. He then tells Trump that his complaints do not ‘reasonably or logically’ explain how these statements reflect bias.”

Lowell adds that Judge Merchan “then moves on to his daughter’s podcast interview from 2019, in which she said he disliked politicians using Twitter. Merchan says that does not reflect a bias against any party. Trump’s second recusal motion is DENIED.”

“There is no basis for recusal,” Merchan said from the bench, according to MSNBC executive producer Kyle Griffin.

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‘Scared to Death’: GOP Ex-Congressman Brings Hammer Down on ‘Weak’ Trump

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Amid Republicans – including Donald Trump – claiming over the weekend Iran would never have attacked Israel if Donald Trump were president, and saying Trump never got America into a war, Republican former U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger blasted the ex-president and his allies while serving up a series of damning facts and urging them to stop “rewriting history.”

“It’s really easy not to get in a war, if you just surrender everything,” Kinzinger said Sunday evening in what he called an “emergency” video (below). He called the ex-president now on day one of the first criminal trial of any former U.S. president, “the worst foreign policy president of my generation,” and “a week, small, tiny man who was scared to death.”

Kinzinger has strong bona fides to back up his remarks. He is a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, where he has served since 2003. (He reportedly is no longer on active duty, but is a member of the Air National Guard.) He fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Congress, he served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on the Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism, and was the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment.

He praised Trump for killing Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian commander who was deemed “Iran’s second most powerful man.”

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“That was a good hit,” he said, before reminding Americans what happened after that.

“Iran responded by launching a whole bunch of missiles at a U.S. base in Iraq. A hundred soldiers were injured with traumatic brain injuries. Remember, Donald Trump said, ‘Oh, they’re just some headaches?’ Yeah, not to those people. It’s serious.”

“How did we respond to that missile barrage against our base? We did nothing,” Kinzinger lamented.

“Do you remember when they shot down a 100 million something dollar drone, which by the way, is not like a little drone? It’s about the size of an airliner. And we responded by – oh, that’s right: Trump did nothing. Do you remember when they attacked the Saudi oil field with a massive barrage? Trump responded by, that’s right: he didn’t do anything.”

“Do you remember when he said we were going to leave the Kurds behind? Remember when he kept talking about leaving Syria and leaving Syria to Iran? Yeah, let’s be clear about Donald Trump. I have my disagreements with this administration. But let’s quit pretending Donald Trump was anything but the worst foreign policy president of my generation, because he was.”

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“He gave Russia everything they needed. He gave Iran everything they needed, And basically was just absolutely surrendering American interests around the world.”

“Yeah, it’s really easy not to get in a war, if you just surrender everything, so let’s quit rewriting history on Donald Trump became he was not some master of foreign policy, he was a week, small, tiny man who was scared to death.”

Watch below or at this link.

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‘By Design’: Johnson Falsely Claims Democrats Are Trying to Turn ‘Illegals’ Into Voters

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Embattled Republican Speaker of the House Mike Johnson traveled nearly 1000 miles on Friday afternoon to appear with Donald Trump in a live joint press conference at Mar-a-Lago to promote legislation banning non-U.S. citizens from voting, which has been a federal law, and a felony, since 1997.

But Johnson used the event to attack Democrats, falsely accusing them of a conspiracy to increase the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. for the direct and distinct purpose of pushing them to vote illegally in U.S. elections.

The Speaker offered no proof of the existence of this conspiracy.

“We only want U.S. citizens to vote in U.S. elections,” Johnson said, standing next to Trump (video below), “but there are some Democrats who don’t want to do that. We believe that one of their designs, one of the reasons for this open border, which everybody asked all around the country, why would they do this? Why would they allow all this chaos? Why the violence? Because they want to turn these people into voters.”

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Non-citizens voting in a U.S. election is punishable by deportation, massive fines, and/or numerous years in prison.

“Right now the administration is encouraging illegals to go to their local welfare office to sign up for benefits,” Johnson, one of the top election deniers in the country, claimed as he explained his conspiracy theory. He did not state how the Biden Administration is communicating with undocumented immigrants, nor did he offer proof of these communications.

He also did not state that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants are ineligible for any government welfare program.

“Well, guess what? When you go to a welfare office, they also ask you if you would like to register to vote, and so many people, we think are going to do that.”

Again, Johnson offered no proof of undocumented immigrants doing that, and in fact, as the Brennan Center for Justice reported just this week, that is not happening.

“States have multiple systems in place to deter noncitizen voting. Those who violate the law face prison time and deportation,” the Brennan Center reported.

If you were undocumented, the Brennan Center asked, “Would you risk everything — your freedom, your life in the United States, your ability to be near your family — just to cast a single ballot?”

Johnson went on to state, “there’s so many millions of illegals in the country, that if only one out of 100 voted, they would cast potentially hundreds of thousands of votes in the election. That could turn an election.”

It could, but it isn’t happening.

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“President Biden has created a catastrophe and he did it by design,” Johnson alleged. “Why invite everybody from around the world to come here, including hardened criminals and dangerous persons?”

Neither President Biden nor his administration invited “everybody from around the world to come here,” but what if he did? Why shouldn’t he, if America is the greatest country on earth, why shouldn’t the President invite, urge people from other countries to lawfully come to America, the land of opportunity, the land of the free, the home of the brave, where immigrants have been called the “backbone” of the nation.

Federal laws can help keep “hardened criminals and dangerous persons” out, and federal border agents could do a better job if Donald Trump had allowed a vote on the Senate bipartisan border bill.

Johnson also claimed that immigration “has all sorts of terrible effects on the American people. We know that fentanyl is the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 49.”

Most of the fentanyl flooding the country is smuggled in by Americans, not “across the border” but through U.S. ports of entry. Nearly nine out of ten fentanyl smugglers are U.S. citizens, according to the right wing Cato Institute.

Watch a portion of Speaker Johnson’s remarks below or at this link.

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