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Chris Hayes: If You Opposed SB-1062 You Should Support Same-Sex Marriage (Video)



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Last night, minutes after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Arizona‘s anti-gay so-called “religious freedom” bill, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes called out the GOP for performing a bit of “tolerance theater.” Hayes says that if it is wrong to allow an individual or a business to discriminate against same-sex couples, how is is right to allow the government to?

Pointing to Republicans like Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Jeff Flake, who all urged Brewer to veto SB-1062, Hayes says their anti-gay positions are illogical.

Gregory T. Angelo, head of the Log Cabin Republicans was Hayes’ guest. Angelo, it’s important to point out, is a far cry from his predecessor. Angelo is more Tea Party/GOProud than Log Cabin. His main goal was to slam liberals and twist logic and history into making viewers believe that Jan Brewer’s veto was Reaganesque. Yes, Angelo would like you to believe that the faux hero of the Republican party, Ronald Reagan, was a staunch supporter of LGBT equality. Frankly, Angelo’s indignant performance was was an embarrassing piece of theater.

LOOK: Here’s Jan Brewer’s Letter Explaining Her Veto Of Anti-Gay Bill

Nevertheless, Hayes brings up a great point — it’s only logical for those who oppose SB-1062 to support LGBT equality — and we should run with it.

In the aftermath of killing SB-1062, also important is to ensure all the other SB-1062s out there — Kansas, Mississippi, and many other states have tried (and often failed) to pass similar legislation — die a quick death.

And we should work to eliminate the false dichotomy that to support LGBT equality you must oppose religious liberty. That lie from the radical right must die today.

We should also take this opportunity to ensure the authors of these bills — mostly religious right organizations, some say supported by Focus on the Family, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and other virulently anti-gay groups — are barred and ostracized from pushing more legislation in our state houses. And those who voted in favor of SB-1062 and similar bills nationwide must be held accountable, and no one should be allowed to get away with claiming they didn’t know what was in the bill — SB-1062 or any other anti-gay “religious freedom” legislation.

Finally, we should take yesterday’s double-win: the death of Arizona’s anti-gay hate bill, and the striking down of Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, and run with the momentum they offer, to continue the fight to eliminate anti-gay laws, bills, and attitudes across our nation.

Now, watch Hayes v. Angelo:

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Watch: Bill Barr Has Talked to Jan. 6 Committee Says Chairman



Bill Barr, the former Attorney General who served as then-President Donald Trump’s top protector, has spoken with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), asked by CBS News about a bombshell draft executive order directing the Secretary of Defense to seize voting machines after Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, said: “We’ve had conversations with the former attorney general already. We have talked to Department of Defense individuals.”

“We are concerned that our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false,” Thompson said Sunday morning on “Face the Nation.”

“So, if you are using the military to potentially seize voting machines, even though it’s a discussion, the public needs to know. We’ve never had that before.”

The draft memo was never formalized or enacted, and it is unknown who wrote it, but it was part of a massive, hard-fought document collection given to the Jan. 6 Committee by the National Archives after the Supreme Court refused to block its release. Trump tried for months to keep his official White House records from being released.




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Trump Instructed Michael Cohen to Make Sure Don Jr. Went to Jail Instead of Ivanka



According to a report from Business Insider, Michael Cohen admitted on Saturday that Donald Trump instructed him in 2012 to make sure that Don Trump Jr. be the one to take the fall instead of Ivanka Trump during an investigation by Manhattan’s district attorney into lying about property sales.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Alex Witt, Cohen recalled that the former president was concerned about Ivanka’s well-being if she was sentenced to jail and that Don Jr. would handle it better.

According to the report, Cohen told the MSNBC host, “You may recall that there was the district attorney’s case here for Trump Soho where it was either Don or Ivanka was in very big trouble as a result of lying about the number of units that had been sold.”

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“And Donald said it to me – I mean I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t said directly to me – he goes ‘if one or the other has to go to prison, make sure that it’s Don because Don would be able to handle it, ” he continued.

Cohen later said that he doesn’t expect Ivanka to willingly appear before the House committee investigating the Jan 6th insurrection and claimed the first daughter would likely plead the 5th before explaining, “Ivanka is only interested in Ivanka.”

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Trumps Could ‘Turn on One Another’ as Investigations ‘Go Up the Food Chain’: MSNBC Analyst



Former president Donald Trump and his family are facing “existential” threats from ongoing criminal investigations in New York and Georgia, according to MSNBC political analyst and Trump biographer Tim O’Brien.

“I think you’re going to start to see this vice squeeze in,” O’Brien said Saturday. “The Trumps will happily throw underlings under the bus as this gets hotter. I think the question is whether or not the family members will turn on one another as it goes up the food chain.”

“The Manhattan DA’s case has existential consequences to it,” O’Brien added. “Donald Trump and perhaps his children could end up in orange jumpsuits if that case goes the full route. That’s not going to be the case with (New York AG) Letitia James’ prosecution, that’s a civil case. I also think the Georgia case has an existential threat. Donald Trump acting like a 19th-century ward heeler, called up the secretary of state and said find me some votes, and there’s proof of that, there’s evidence.”

Watch the full interview below.


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