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For Santorum Gays In The Military Reveals Commander In Chief Inadequacy

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Why Rick Santorum’s behavior — and that of every Republican presidential candidate last night — was so un-American, un-patriotic, and unacceptable.

Rick Santorum has a gays in the military problem that reveals deep inadequacies for any Commander in Chief. Santorum appeared on Fox & Friends this morning to explain his comments at last night’s GOP Fox News/Google presidential debate, during which a gay Army soldier, Stephen Hill, just days after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed, bravely asked, “Do you plan to circumvent the progress that has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?” The Republican-filled crowd booed.

WATCH: GOP Debate: Audience Boos Gay Army Soldier Asking Santorum About DADT

The question was directed to Rick Santorum. In fairness, it was the Fox News moderator, Megyn Kelly, not the soldier, who directed the question to Santorum. But Santorum’s response reveals far more about Santorum than many might ever have guessed.

On Fox & Friends today, Santorum claimed that gays in the military will make soldiers will feel “uncomfortable” and “odd.” Santorum needs to be reminded that current estimates put the number of gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members currently on active duty in today’s military at over 60,000. Perhaps the desirous Commander In Chief would like to be responsible for losing 60,000 soldiers?

Santorum claimed this morning that America hasn’t “even begun seeing the consequences” of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In a way, he’s right. There will be few consequences — negative, that is, — and many more positive ones.

“The men and women who sign up for the military are now going to be placed in very difficult and uncomfortable personal situations, very close quarter situations,” Santorum claims on Fox & Friends, falsely, in the video below.

“We got to recruit people who would want to do this and now you’re going to put them in a very odd and uncomfortable environment,” Think Progress quotes Santorum saying. “A lot of people, I believe are going to leave a lot of people aren’t going to join who otherwise would have joined, and that’s going to hurt our ratings, it’s going to hurt our ability to defend this country, and we shouldn’t be playing social experimentation… There is no role for playing sexual experimentation games in the United States military.”

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Last night, after the debate, unfazed, Santorum continued his attacks, and actually had the gall to claim that repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been detrimental to gay, bisexual, and lesbian soldiers.

“We executed a policy that I think was detrimental to everyone, including them, in my opinion because sex and sexual preference should not be an issue in the military, period,” Santorum insisted, according to The Huffington Post. “And it should not be something that is demonstrated in any shape or form in the military, and it shows how much our culture has changed that this is even a subject to be debated within the military.”

Santorum has never served in our nation’s military.

There are 98 countries with volunteer militaries around the world. Santorum says that most of the militaries around the world that allow open service of gay soldiers — there are 43, by the way — are not volunteer militaries. Perhaps, but at 44%, it’s close. What’s more important, are cultural issues, something Santorum has built his political career on, and which militaries. If Santorum wants America to be like Pakistan, like Iraq, like Oman, well, then he’s on solid ground.

But if Santorum wants an America more like Albania, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Peru, the Phillipines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Urguay, and, the United States — yes, 24 countries have volunteer militaries and allow openly-gay service members — then he needs to change his tune.

Santorum should also remember that a federal court judge has found Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be unconstitutional. That should mean something to a lawyer, which Santorum happens to be.

A word to Santorum, and to each and every one of the nine so-called presidential candidates who stood on that stage in Orlando, Florida last night while members of the audience (yes, Republican voters,) booed a U.S. service member: shame on you. Each and every one of them, had they been worried about being a good Commander In Chief, and not just pandering to right-wing voters, would have tripped over themselves to say, “Wait a minute. That’s a member of the U.S. military you are booing. If I were Commander In Chief, that’s something I would never allow.”

It would be worth the five votes they would have lost, and the thousands more they would have earned.

Yes, earned.

Because you know who in America boos soldiers? The Westboro Baptist Church. Yes, the “God Hates Fags” people are the only people in America I can think of who boo American soldiers. Well, and now, Republicans.

Last night, a gay soldier asked a question about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the audience booed, and then the question went to Santorum. And Santorum’s first response — which is what is often most-telling about a person — was to talk about sex.

Santorum’s first response was, “I would say, any type of sexual activity has no place in the military.”

Sexual activity.

Santorum, like far too many right wing religious extremists, hears, “gay,” and thinks, “sex.” And he proved it last night.

If this was a question about heterosexual relationship, Santorum would have thought something entirely different.

For the record, also, Fox host Gretchen Carlson said, “President Obama got rid of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell a couple of days ago.” Not exactly fair or accurate, but given that Fox has nurtured a low-information audience, and rarely airs any stories (compared to all the other major news networks) on LGBT issues, their audience I’m sure didn’t blink. DADT, Gretchen, was repealed by an act of Congress. Obama initiated it, and deserves credit for helping make it happen, but it was not something he, alone, “got rid of.” Additionally, Gretchen, over 70% of Americans (yes, real Americans,) wanted DADT repealed, the one thing most Americans — except Santorum — can agree on.

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After years of being the right wing’s punching bag, Hunter Biden is fighting back.

The 52-year old attorney, investor, lobbyist, father of five, and Navy veteran who just happens to be the son of the President of the United States, is calling for state and federal investigations into how his personal, private information from his now-infamous laptop was disseminated, according to CBS News.

Biden is also threatening a defamation lawsuit against Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

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The “flurry of letters to the Delaware attorney general, the Department of Justice, the I.R.S. and attorneys for Fox News and Carlson,” CBS reports, “represent an aggressive new strategy for the president’s son, who is facing long-running federal criminal investigations, as well as new probes promised by congressional Republicans, according to a source familiar with Biden’s approach.”

“This marks a new approach by Hunter Biden and his team,” the source told CBS News. “He is not going to sit quietly by as questionable characters continue to violate his rights and media organizations peddling in lies try to defame him.”

Biden lost his mother and sister in a car crash injuring him and his brother when he was just two years old, and later, that same brother, Beau Biden, the longtime Delaware Attorney General, died from an aggressive cancer of the brain.

CBS reports Biden’s “computer data that was turned over to the FBI showed no evidence of tampering or fabrication, according to an independent review commissioned by CBS News.”

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But The Washington Post last year hired two forensic investigators, and they reached different conclusions.

“From a forensics standpoint, it’s a disaster,” said Jake Williams, who the Post describes as “a forensics expert and former National Security Agency operative who once hacked the computers of foreign adversaries.” The other investigator, Matt Green, the Post says is “a Johns Hopkins University security researcher who specializes in cryptography.”

“The drive is a mess,” Green told The Post.

The Post found that “the lack of what experts call a ‘clean chain of custody’ undermined Green’s and Williams’s ability to determine the authenticity of most of the drive’s contents.” The “clean chain of custody” refers to the fact that countless individuals have had access to the hard drive.

“The vast majority of the data — and most of the nearly 129,000 emails it contained — could not be verified by either of the two security experts who reviewed the data for The Post,” the newspaper reported. “Neither found clear evidence of tampering in their examinations, but some of the records that might have helped verify contents were not available for analysis, they said. The Post was able in some instances to find documents from other sources that matched content on the laptop that the experts were not able to assess.”

Meanwhile, CBS News also reports that in a ” letter sent Wednesday, Biden attorney Bryan Sullivan demanded that Fox News and Tucker Carlson devote airtime to retracting statements made about Biden paying ‘rent’ to his father, ‘in what Mr. Carlson implied was essentially a money laundering scheme to finance President Biden’s lifestyle prior to his election … and alluding to Mr. Biden having unauthorized access to classified documents because of his presence at President Biden’s house.’ Sullivan writes that the claims were false, and even after others acknowledged as much, Carlson continued to make them.”

“The letter, which cites California’s defamation statute, notes that the Daily Caller website retracted an article that made similar claims.”

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Watch: Angry, Santos Reacts to News DOJ is Investigating His Alleged ‘Ghosting’ With $3000 Raised for Veteran’s Dying Dog

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Out of all the unethical actions reportedly taken by U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY) – lying about his education, work, ethnicity, and funding, while mysteriously becoming rich overnight – some feel one of the worst things he allegedly did was abscond with thousands of dollars from a GoFundMe charity drive raised to help a veteran’s dying service dog get the care they needed to live.

“Of all the Santos outrages, none has cut more deeply with the public than his (alleged) theft of money from a disabled Navy veteran & his dying dog,” tweeted Larry Sabato, the famed political scientist. “How low will Santos go? This low.”

Now, the Dept. of Justice is investigating the alleged charity fraud scheme.

The veteran, Richard Osthoff, says two FBI agents contacted him on Wednesday, “on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York,” Politico reports.

“Osthoff gave the agents text messages from 2016 with Santos, who he says used his plight to raise $3,000 for life-saving surgery for the pit bull mix, Sapphire — then ghosted with the funds, as first reported by Patch.”

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ABC News’ Will Steakin caught Congressman Santos in the halls of the Capitol and asked him if the FBI had contacted him.

Santos, appearing angry, said he had “no clue” about the issue, and said he had never met Osthoff – although Osthoff told Patch he only spoke to Santos, and only a few times.

“He talked to you more than he talked to me,” Santos said, although it was unclear if he was referring to the FBI or Osthoff, or someone else. “I haven’t been reached out by them.”

Attorney Joshua Schiller told Politico the reportedly missing charity funds could be a quick way to prosecute Santos.

“I think there is an urgency here because Santos is currently in a position to make laws,” Schiller said. “I can think of examples where the government used a lesser indictment to seize assets and try to cause the defendant to plea to a deal before bringing a second or third indictment on more serious charges, and I bet that is the case here.”

In January Patch reported on the heartbreaking story.

“Two New Jersey veterans say George Santos promised to raise funds for a lifesaving surgery for a service dog — then disappeared,” the report says.

“In May 2016, Richard Osthoff was living in a tent in an abandoned chicken coop on the side of Route 9 in Howell, New Jersey, with his beloved service dog Sapphire. A veteran’s charity gave the pit mix to Osthoff, a disabled veteran who was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2002, he told Patch.”

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“When Sapphire developed a life-threatening stomach tumor, Osthoff, now 47, learned the surgery would cost $3,000. A veterinary technician took Osthoff aside and told him, ‘I know a guy who runs a pet charity who can help you,’ Osthoff recounted.”

The GoFundMe drive was successful, raising over $3000, but the person running it, believed to be Santos, put Osthoff though several hoops, forcing him to travel from New Jersey to Queens to see a different vet, who then claimed he could not operate on the dog.

Sadly, without the surgery, there was no hope for the dog.

“Sapphire died Jan. 15, 2017. After being out of work with a broken leg for over a year, Osthoff couldn’t afford the dog’s euthanasia and cremation, he said.”

“I had to panhandle. It was one of the most degrading things I ever had to do,” Osthoff told Patch.

Patch’s report includes screenshots of text messages and Facebook posts that include a photo of the ailing dog.

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‘His Big Plan Is to Ask the President a Question?’: McCarthy Mocked for His Handling of Debt Ceiling Negotiations

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Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy is being mocked for his handling of the run-up to critical negotiations over the debt ceiling with President Joe Biden – negotiations that, if they fail, could shut down the federal government and even throw the economy into a tailspin.

McCarthy first decided to take his fight – which includes drastic cuts to life-saving Social Security and Medicare, a non-starter for Democrats – not to the Oval Office but to Twitter.

“Mr. President: I received your staff’s memo,” tweeted the Speaker, still damaged from having to make still-secret promises to his own caucus members while taking 15 tries to get elected. “I’m not interested in political games. I’m coming to negotiate for the American people.”

That memo, according to CNBC, “sought to portray the 3:15 p.m. ET meeting as a showdown, one between a Democratic president who will protect Social Security, Medicare, health insurance and food stamps, and a House Republican majority that will demand cuts to these programs in exchange for helping Democrats avoid a catastrophic default on the nation’s debt.”

Meanwhile, many on Twitter responded by accusing him of trying to act like a “tough guy” with the President.

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Comedian Dana Goldberg mocked McCarthy, tweeting, “Nothing says ‘I don’t want to play games’ like tweeting a response to the President of the United States.”

Former Lincoln Project Executive Director Fred Wellman had even harsher words for the Speaker.

“You were elected by a bunch of idiots in Bakersfield and made Speaker by a handful of insurrectionists and nutjobs. You don’t speak for the American people. You barely even speak for the House of Representatives, Kev,” he said.

Wednesday morning, again not taking his battle to the Oval Office, McCarthy aimed higher.

At the National Gathering for Prayer and Repentance, a far-right wing event sponsored by several Christian organizations, at least five of which appear on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups, McCarthy prayed for God to open his and President Biden’s hearts.

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“Father, I want to lift up those who are not here today. I want you to open their hearts,” McCarthy prayed, asking for “the patience of Job,” and “the intellect the leadership that you gave David.”

“Father, I want to lift up the president. Father, you know I will meet with him today. Father, I ask. I asked that you open both of our hearts that you put our meaning, our meaning that seeks your truth.”

Later, McCarthy, heading to the White House, told reporters, “I’ve got a big plan. The first question is does the President wants to continue reckless spending or find a way that we can be responsible, sit down and find common ground where we put ourselves on a path to budget. Make a balanced budget,” he said, according to NBC News’ Kyle Stewart and CNN’s Manu Raju.

Many were unimpressed.

Aaron Fritschner, the Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) asked, “His big plan is to ask the president a question?”

Georgetown Law professor Josh Chafetz offered this in response:
“Step 1: Ask loaded question
Step 2: ???
Step 3: … also ???”

Journalist Dan Froomkin, editor of Press Watch, noted: “McCarthy’s opening position: A balanced budget. So basically cut a quarter of federal spending or he’ll burn down the world.
I’m sure the political media will be outraged.”

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas asked, “If he’s got a plan, where is it?”

The Biden-McCarthy meeting began at roughly 3:17 PM and ended at approximately 4:41 PM, according to observations from Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman.

McCarthy talked to reporters after his meeting with the President, saying he felt they could find some “common ground.”

After first tweeting about his upcoming meeting with President Biden, then literally praying to God on-camera in public about his upcoming meeting with President Biden, then talking to reporters about his upcoming meeting with President Biden, McCarthy stood outside the White House after his first round of talks with the President and told reporters: “I’m not going to negotiate this in the press.”

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