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DOMA: Who Are The 19 Democrats Who Voted For DOMA – This Week?

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Is it truly possible that in 2011 there could be 19 Democrats in the House who voted for DOMA and against equality? DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act that bans federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages, was signed into law in 1996. But Thursday, the very day the Senate announced it was scheduling a hearing to repeal DOMA, in an out-of-touch, bigoted, and irresponsible vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill reaffirming the law — a law the Attorney General, the President, and a federal court judge have all declared unconstitutional. Sure, it’s something you might expect the Republican members of the House to vote in lock-step for, but 19 Democrats? Yes, 19 Democrats voted to reaffirm DOMA.

READ: DADT: GOP’s Virginia Foxx Tries To Use DOMA to Stifle DADT Repeal

First, some background. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the woman who lied, who claimed Matthew Shepard’s hate crime murder was an accident that happened in the commission of a robbery, along with Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), introduced the Foxx-​Burton amendment, as a thinly-veiled attempt to use DOMA to stall DADT repeal. The bill demands that “No funds under the act may be used for activities in contravention of Public Law 104 – 199, the Defense of Marriage Act.” In other words, Reps. Foxx and Burton are attempting to ensure that the U.S. does not contribute to or fund any same-​sex weddings on military bases or installations.

The Foxx-Burton amendment passed by a margin of 248-175.

 

“This amendment is completely unnecessary and only serves to cloud the debate over ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal by pointlessly injecting the issue of marriage equality into the conversation,” Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese stated. “Since Pentagon officials have made it clear that they are bound by DOMA like every other federal agency, it’s puzzling why Rep. Foxx would question whether our military leaders understand this point.
“House Republican leaders seem to have no end to their desire to play politics with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people instead of tackling real problems.  It will be up to the Senate to reject the House’s return to using LGBT Americans as a wedge issue.”

 

Surprisingly, six Republicans voted on the right side of history, and against the Foxx-Burton amendment: Reps. Biggert, Bono Mack, Diaz-Balart, Hanna, Hayworth, and Ros-Lehtinen.

So, here are the anti-gay voting Democrats who decided voting to reaffirm DOMA was the way to go: Reps. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), Mark Critz (D-Pa.), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Tim Holden (D-Pa.), Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), James Matheson (D-Utah), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Nich Rahall (D-W.V.), Mike Ross (D-Ark.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.).

Are any of these Democrats your Representative? Why don’t you let them know how you feel? (202) 224-3121. And if you’d like to buy them a black hat like the one above, they deserve it. Why not take the $25 you were going to donate to them and let them be the bad guy with the big black hat?

 

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Trump’s Mental Decline Compared to Reagan’s Hidden Alzheimer’s in Brutal MSNBC Assessment

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On Saturday morning a deadly serious MSNBC panel took up Donald Trump’s increasingly erratic behavior of late, which led one panelist to sincerely suggest the president needs to be evaluated by mental health officials because she believes the White House is covering for him.

Speaking with host David Gura, MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley admitted that she is no doctor, but that there are signs of the president’s decline that reminded her of how Ronald Reagan’s White House hid his Alzheimer’s from the public.

“This is the man last week said he was the second coming, the ‘chosen one,’” Wiley began. “It is very, very difficult to not have a conversation about whether or not he’s competent to serve as president. I say that because there were actually objective measures this week.”

“So there’s the possibility, of course, he is just a president without a platform and, therefore, he’s not going to stick to one position and he’s going to waiver based on whoever is influencing him because he doesn’t stand for anything,” she elaborated. “That’s one narrative. The other possibility is, as we saw with Ronald Reagan, who actually did have Alzheimer’s and it was kept under wraps. I just don’t understand why we not actually ask and have a confrontational conversation about whether or not there’s something more going on here with his health, because there are certain statements and behaviors that simply require some analysis because he is the leader — supposedly the leader of the free world.”

“I just want to say that it’s both those things, I don’t know which one is true,” she cautioned. “I’m not making a statement of fact, but this week was a new chapter in bizarre.”

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Former Dem Senator Hilariously Nails Perfect Impression of ‘Pouting’ Trump at G7 Because Nobody ‘Likes Him’ There

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During the “Overtime” segment of HBO’s Real Time, former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) made fun of Donald Trump before he arrived at the G7 summit in France, saying he will pout his way through the weekend because the other world leaders loathe him.

With host Bill Maher asking how the Trump will conduct himself, Heitkamp immediately went into a very recognizable arms-crossed pout, which caused the audience to burst into laughter.

After the two posed as Trump and German leader Angela Merkel from the last get together, Heitkamp had a few things to say about the president.

“Pouting, the president will pout,” she smirked. “Because people don’t like him. and he knows they don’t like him. And when people don’t like him, he pouts.”

“It’s embarrassing, it’s not just ridiculous,” she added. “And it’s dangerous, it’s dangerous with everything that is going on.”

Host Maher added, “He shouldn’t even go, he doesn’t even want to be there.”

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‘A Monumental Fraud and Failure’: Trump Had a Plan to ‘Blow Up’ the G7 and Give the ‘Middle Finger’ to Our Allies: Report

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President Donald Trump’s plan was to bully our G7 allies on a range of issues by touting the strong U.S. economy. As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote Friday morning, “Trump will proclaim his ‘America First’ agenda a smashing success, and throw that in the faces of our European allies.”

That plan will have to be changed now that his trade war with China just exploded.

China imposed tariffs of $75 billion of U.S. goods on Friday. Trump launched a tweetstorm causing the DOW to drop more than 600 points (at several times during the day more than 700 points.)

The president apparently found wiping out the value of millions of Americans’ 401(k)s amusing:

And just an hour after the markets closed, Trump once again took to Twitter, announcing he is increasing tariffs against China on $250 billion of goods.

“Trump’s appearance [at the G7] will in reality demonstrate that the very nationalist agenda he will be touting is, thus far, a record of deep fraudulence and failure, covered up with lies,” Sargent added. “Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, particularly the trade war with China, is a key reason the U.S. economy is now at greater risk of tipping into recession.”

“It’s important to appreciate just how heavily Trump’s political mystique relies on the constant middle finger he gives to allies and international leaders. It’s central to the story he told in 2016 and the one he’ll tell in 2020.”

Last year President Trump promised winning trade wars is “easy.”

Read the entire piece at The Washington Post.

 

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