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So, Ted Cruz Has Something To Say About The Supreme Court’s Marriage Announcement…

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is not very happy about today’s Supreme Court announcement on same-sex marriage, and he’s going to take action!

Tea Party Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, rose to stardom thanks to his highly-manipulative persona and ability to totally disrespect tradition, which makes his statement today about “traditional” marriage so hypocritical.

Not surprisingly, the Texas freshman Senator labeled the U.S. Supreme court’s decision to do nothing — to not hear seven same-sex marriage cases “judicial activism at its worst.”

The nation’s highest court — the most-respected of the three branches of government — following law and precedent is “judicial activism” in the eyes of the Canadian-born son of a Cuban preacher.

Cruz also labeled today’s inaction “tragic and indefensible,” and claimed the Court is “abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution.”

“The fact that the Supreme Court Justices,” Cruz continued, “without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing.”

Actually, 100 percent not astonishing, as the Court never provides any explanation whatsoever in why it grants or denies certiorari.

“This is judicial activism at its worst,” Cruz says. One can almost imagine him screaming and jumping up and down, his face reddening as he holds his breath. “The Constitution entrusts state legislatures, elected by the People, to define marriage consistent with the values and mores of their citizens. Unelected judges should not be imposing their policy preferences to subvert the considered judgments of democratically elected legislatures.”

Except that’s actually the Supreme Court’s job, as defined by the Founding Fathers.

“The Court is making the preposterous assumption that the People of the United States somehow silently redefined marriage in 1868 when they ratified the 14th Amendment,” Cruz adds. 

Actually, no. The Court merely declined to hear seven marriage cases, likely because there has been no disagreement at the appellate level.

And then, he strikes.

Marriage is a question for the States. That is why I have introduced legislation, S. 2024, to protect the authority of state legislatures to define marriage. And that is why, when Congress returns to session, I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to prevent the federal government or the courts from attacking or striking down state marriage laws. 
 
Traditional marriage is an institution whose integrity and vitality are critical to the health of any society. We should remain faithful to our moral heritage and never hesitate to defend it.

Yes, Cruz will now introduce legislation that will have but one goal. Since Americans will never support it — a fact Cruz must know — the goal of this faux constitutional amendment is clear: fundraising.

A few responses via Twitter, including my admittedly less-than-mature tweet:

 

Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr

 

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Bolton Blasted Trump’s Ukraine Extortion: ‘I Am Not Part of Whatever Drug Deal Rudy and Mulvaney Are Cooking Up’

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Three months ago then-National Security Advisor John Bolton warned administration insiders he would have no part of President Donald Trump’s off-the-books shadow government Ukraine extortion scandal. Bolton also apparently implicated both the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvany.

“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton told senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs Fiona Hill to tell White House lawyers, The New York Times reports in a bombshell article late Monday night.

Bolton, who resigned from the Trump administration hours before President Trump tweeted he had fired him, instructed Hill “to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council that Mr. Giuliani was working with Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on a rogue operation with legal implications,” Hill told House of Representatives investigators on Monday.

Not one to shy away from confrontation himself, Bolton also called Giuliani, who is now reportedly under criminal investigation,  “a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Giuliani Demands Investigation of Ambassador Yovanovitch — but Can’t Even Spell Her Name

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Rudy Giuliani on Monday demanded an investigation into former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — who had spent the day testifying before Congress.

Giuliani made the statement while retweeting a conspiracy theory by Tom Fitton of the far-right group Judicial Watch:

“No wonder [Trump] and President Zelensky of Ukraine agreed Ambassador Yonacovitch (sic) was a real problem,” Giuliani said, while misspelling Yovanovitch’s name.

“I wonder if Shiftless asked her about this? Will there be an investigation or is she another ‘Protected Person’ like Biden & Hillary,” Giuliani tweeted.

Despite being implicated in the scandal, Giuliani has continued to speak out in attempts to defend the work he did with Trump to solicit foreign election assistance.

 

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‘Complete Gibberish’ and ‘Garbled Nonsense’: Experts Weigh in on Trump Announcement of Sanctions ‘Soon’ Against Turkey

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“He’s Yeltsin, without the vodka.”

Experts are weighing in after President Donald Trump finally admitted action must be taken against Turkey’s ethnic cleansing of the Kurds, a move wholly enabled when President Trump pulled out U.S. forces from the region last week. There has been bipartisan and worldwide condemnation of Trump’s actions, which immediately led to the death of at least dozens of now-former U.S. allies.

In a statement posted to Twitter Monday afternoon, Trump threatened sanctions and the raising of tariffs on Turkey, “soon.”

“I will soon be issuing an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria,” Trump’s statement reads. “Likewise, the steel tariffs will be increased back up to 50 percent, the level prior to reduction in May. The United States will also immediately stop negotiations, being led by the Department of Commerce, with respect to a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey.”

Experts are weighing in, with some calling Trump’s threats too little, too late – especially given that Trump wholly and single-handedly created the disaster now confronting the world.

One, a researcher at the democracy and freedom watchdog Freedom House, called the president’s remarks “complete gibberish.”

Another, a senior editor at The Diplomat, an international affairs magazine called Trump’s statement “garbled nonsense.”

He also endorsed this observation:

Bloomberg News reporter notes there are not actually any sanctions yet, just a second round of threats:

Former Strategic Planner and Public Affairs official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense:

Crooked Media’s head writer:

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