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BREAKING: Obama Signs Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Bill: “We Are A Nation Of One”

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In 36 degree weather, hundreds stood in line for hours in front of the Interior Department well before the requested 7:00 AM invitation time to watch President Obama sign into law the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

After two House votes, three Senate votes, seventeen years of forced lies and witchhunts, over 13,000 discharges, twenty-three military studies — the most recent costing $4.5 million — untold hours and millions of dollars worth of of lobbying and debate, the declaration as unconstitutional by a federal judge, and 78% of Americans in agreement, President Obama spoke for 20 minutes, then at 9:35, with many pens, the President signed into law the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal bill.

President Obama spoke of many LGBT service members who were true patriots and devoted their lives to their country. Acknowledging this has been going on for over two centuries, Obama said, “We are not a nation that says don’t ask, don’t tell. We are a nation that says, out of many, we are one,” then added, “You are not the first to have to endure this, but you are the last.”

In a particularly evil move, late last night Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attempted to add a poison pill to the upcoming defense authorization bill, by requiring all four service chiefs to certify the repeal as well. Given their public statements, this would have effectively ended repeal. Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) objected and quashed the underhanded move.

Joining the President on stage were Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Majority Leader, Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Majority Leader, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Representative Patrick Murphy (D-PA), Representative Susan Davis (D-CA), Eric Alva, Former Staff Sgt, US Marine Corps, and Zoe Dunning, Former Commander, US Navy.

In attendance also were approximately 500 invitees, including hundreds of LGBT vets who have fought for repeal since Bill Clinton signed the discriminatory law in 1993. From Lt. Dan Choi, the poster boy for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, and Mike Almy, to Frank Kameny, long-time LGBT vet, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, The New Civil Rights Movement writers Tanya Domi and Justin Elzie, GetEQUAL’s Robin McGehee, AmericaBlog’s Joe Sudbay, MetroWeekly’s Chris Geidner, Margaret Witt, the vet who fought in court the Obama DOD and DOJ, and so many others!

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Die-Hard MAGA Trump Supporters in Arizona Think ‘It’s Very Possible’ States Will ‘Decertify’ the 2020 Election

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Donald Trump’s most recent rally in Arizona brought many opportunities for his supporters to explain why they think the former president will be back in office any day.

Politico spoke to a few MAGA folks on the ground at the event and got their thoughts on what’s next in the Trump movement.

“I hope states decertify the election. I want to hear him say it’s over, we are ready to move on and hold a new election,” Politico cited Ray Kallatsa from Tucson. “I do think it’s possible, very possible.”

His thoughts echo those of pillow mogul Mike Lindell, who spoke to the crowd ahead of the former president. He cited QAnon language.

“Can you feel the storm building? It’s America,” he said using the allusion of “the storm” which is part of the conspiracy group’s messaging.

The storm, “refers to excessive social conflict that is predicted to occur prior to society reaching the point of ‘The Great Awakening,’ explained Murray State University.

See the photos from the event at Politico.

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‘Avalanche of Lies’: Trump’s Arizona Speech Smacked Down by CNN Host

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The morning after Donald Trump rehashed all of his complaints about the 2020 presidential election that saw him lose to President Joe Biden and then attacked fellow Republicans, a CNN host dismissed his words as an “avalanche of lies.”

During the speech, the president also asserted that his “Stop the Steal” rally crowd was massive, telling the crowd, “They talk about the people that walked down to the Capitol, They don’t talk about the size of that crowd. I believe it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken before, and they were there to protest the election.”

After sharing clips of Trump’s ranting about critics within his own party who aren’t buying into his election lies, host Abby Phillip cut to the chase and also noted the former president’s defense of the Capitol insurrectionists.

“I don’t actually recommend people listen to the avalanche of lies last night,” she stated, “but it’s notable how much effort went into defending these January 6th defendants and saying that they were being held as political prisoners. It’s a window into where this is all headed for Republicans.”

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Sedition Indictments Reveal the DOJ Is Looking Beyond the Jan 6th Insurrection: Former US Attorney

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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday morning, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance explained that a deep reading of the federal seditious conspiracy indictments filed against eleven members of the Oath Keepers revealed that the Department of Justice is looking at more than the Jan 6th insurrection.

Speaking with host Ali Velshi, Vance suggested more indictments are likely to follow.

“One of the keys to understanding this indictment is it doesn’t look at January 6th as just one day,” she began. “The conduct starts shortly after the election and continues to January 6th. We now seemingly have a more firm answer to the direction whether the DOJ is looking at January 6th as a standalone day or is this continuing course of conduct surrounding the big lie.”

“The fact they are looking at the longer spectrum of conduct is good news for people who want to see people who were involved in the day’s events held responsible for all of the efforts to interfere with the election, not just the violence that manifested on January 6th” she continued. “This is prosecutors continuing to move up that ladder of responsibility. They’ve now hit a point with people involved in a definitive way and the violence on that day. The question is whether some of these individuals and other people who have been indicted will decide to cooperate with prosecutors and if they decide to cooperate, what information they may have to share.”

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