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Corp. That Advocated Against Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Posts Beautiful Thank You Video



Salesforce, the $4 billion corporation that was one of the most vocal opponents of Indiana’s anti-gay “religious freedom” law just released this beautiful video thanking Hoosiers.

While it may feel like a long time ago, it was just a week-and-a-half ago that Governor Mike Pence signed the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. For weeks before his stunningly, singularly stupid act, Salesforce, a $4 billion software firm that had just spent $2.5 billion buying a company in Indiana, had been working hard advocating against the anti-gay legislation.

CEO Marc Benioff and Scott McCorkle, the head of the Indiana-based subsidiary, were working behind the scenes and on social media, trying to get first lawmakers, and then Gov. Pence, to drop the “religious freedom” bill.

As the nation knows, they were unsuccessful – at first.

But the moment Pence signed the bill into law, Benioff announced he was canceling all employee travel into Indiana, and “reducing” his investment in the Hoosier state.

(To give you an idea of just how powerful a statement that was, our article, which was one of the first to report that news, garnered well over a half-million views.)

“We are forced to dramatically reduce our investment in IN based on our employee’s & customer’s outrage over the Religious Freedom Bill,” Benioff tweeted. 

He didn’t stop there. He met with lawmakers and Gov. Pence, and he also gave several interviews, telling reporters he was spending tens of thousands of dollars to relocate employees out of Indiana because they no longer felt safe living there.

Statements made by Apple CEO Tim Cook, NIKE CEO Mark Parker, along with Fortune 500 member Cummins, Eskenazi Health, Eli Lilly and Co., George Takei, Pat McAfee, Jason Collins, the mayor of Indianapolis, and the State of Indiana’s tourism board, among many, many others, who all came out against the anti-gay law went far to get Gov. Pence to sign an amendment to “fix” the anti-gay law, but the intense and personal advocacy of Marc Benioff seemingly went further and was more effective than possibly any others.

Today, Salesforce released this beautiful video thanking Indiana.

The audio is none other than Harvey Milk, delivering his “Hope” speech.

Indiana hasn’t extended full protections to LGBT people, but thanks to Salesforce and all the corporations, small businesses, politicians, grassroots activists, and ordinary citizens, that genie is now out of the bottle, and it seems impossible an anti-discrimination bill won’t cross Gov. Pence’s desk during the next legislative session.

We can certainly hope, and act, to make it so.



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Watch Live: Attorney General Merrick Garland to Make a Statement This Afternoon



Attorney General Merrick Garland will deliver a statement Thursday afternoon at 2;30 PM ET, the Dept. of Justice has announced.

The subject of his address was not included. A gunman threatened and attacked an FBI Field Office in Ohio earlier Thursday, and the far right and Republicans have been outraged over the execution of a search warrant by the FBI Monday at Mar-a-Lago, which resulted in the confiscation of classified materials and federal government property.

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Nearly Half the Country Supports FBI Mar-a-Lago Search – Only Republicans Are Opposed, New Poll Shows



Americans on the right are so outraged the FBI, having probable cause and a federal judge’s signature on a legal and valid search warrant, showed up at Mar-a-Lago Monday to confiscate what we now know were between ten and 12 cartons of federal government property, including classified documents.

Trump supporters upon hearing the news almost immediately began calling for civil war, with right wing media including Fox News and other far right outlets reinforcing those attacks.

But a brand new poll just released finds that, as with most issues, Republicans stand alone in their opposition and outrage.

READ MORE: DOJ Served Trump With Grand Jury Subpoena for Classified Documents Months Before FBI Raid: Report

“Just about half of registered voters approve of the FBI search of Trump’s Florida compound,” reveals Politico’s Morning Consult polling, published Thursday afternoon.

Specifically, 49 percent of registered voters support the raid. 37 percent, slightly more than one-third, oppose it, and 13% don’t know.

But the political breakdown reveals what many would expect.

84% of Democrats support the FBI’s execution of the search warrant on the former president’s home.

READ MORE: Federal Appeals Court Rules House Can Have Trump’s Tax Returns – Committee Expects Them ‘Immediately’

47% of independents also support the raid, with just 33% opposed.

But a whopping 72% of Republicans are opposed to the FBI’s actions, and just 15% are in support.

The Morning Consult poll also finds that a “majority of voters believe Trump either ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ broke the law while he was president.”

That includes 90% of Democrats, 59% of independents, and 24% of Republicans.



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Gunman Threatens and Tries to Break Into FBI Field Office in Ohio – Armed Suspect on the Loose: Reports



An armed man tried to break into an FBI field office in Cincinnati, Ohio Thursday morning, and is still on the loose. Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are in pursuit, according to the Wilmington News Journal.

“Troopers in Wilmington area in pursuit of man who tried to break into FBI building in Cincinnati,” the Journal adds.

“Unconfirmed reports say his [sic] now firing at police from a corn field,” reports NBC 15 News.

The “police pursuit and ongoing police situation in Clinton County has shut down two highways and prompted an area lockdown. It all started after a potential threat was made at a FBI building in Cincinnati,” WLTW reports. “Officials with the Cincinnati FBI field office confirmed the situation began after a potential threat was made at an FBI building in Cincinnati.”

The Ohio suspect’s motivation is unknown but the news comes just days after the FBI executed a search warrant on the Mar-a-Lago home of Donald Trump, drawing massive right wing outrage including calls for “civil war.”

UPDATE: 12:16 PM ET –
FBI Cincinnati confirms earlier reporting:
At approximately 9 AM this morning an armed subject attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at #FBI Cincinnati. After an alarm and a response by FBI special agents, the subject fled north onto Interstate 71.”

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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