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Kim Davis Files Emergency Motion: Issuing Licenses To Gays Would ‘Irreparably’ Burden Her Conscience

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It’s taken a whole week but attorneys for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis have finally filed an “emergency” motion with the 6th Circuit. Now, let’s take a look at the ridiculous arguments they’re making.

One week ago Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis had to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis has refused and her office has turned away several same-sex and different-sex couples.

Yesterday, Judge Bunning put an expiration date on a temporary hold he placed on his ruling, allowing Davis time to file an appeal with the 6th Circuit. And finally, yesterday, after waiting a week while she refused to issue marriage licenses, Davis’ attorneys at Liberty Counsel filed an emergency motion.

That motion asks the 6th Circuit to stay Judge Bunning’s ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to all couples, regardless of gender.

And it’s is a doozy.

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that finds no intrinsic difference in marriages between same-sex and different-sex couples, Liberty Counsel actually insists on continuing to use scare quotes around the word “marriage” when it is preceded by the words “same-sex.” It’s a desperate and juvenile act of defiance.

In the motion (below) Liberty Counsel claims a marriage license issued to a same-sex couple by or under Davis’ name would “substantially and irreparably” burden Davis’ “conscience and deeply-held, sincere religious beliefs which dictate to Davis that such unions are not and cannot be ‘marriage.'”

That, of course is the perfect argument – for Davis to honorably resign. 

Calling it a “searing act” that “would forever echo in her conscience,” Liberty Counsel also claims that if Davis is forced to sign her name to a marriage license of a same-sex couple, “there is no absolution or correction that any earthly court can provide to rectify it.”

Again, that, of course is the perfect argument – for Davis to honorably resign.  

Liberty Counsel, which appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-gay hate groups, also takes a swipe at same-sex marriage, suggesting that that Davis’ rights are superior to, and come before, the rights of gay people. 

“Davis’ individual liberties are enumerated” in the state and federal constitutions, Liberty Counsel states, while suggesting the right to marriage for same-sex couples is not found directly in the U.S. Constitution but “emanates” from it.

And Liberty Counsel continues, stating that Davis’ rights “are natural liberties tied to religious beliefs that are measured in millennia (not weeks.)” 

In short, Liberty Counsel makes clear Davis has no intention or desire to be or act as a public servant.

And that, of course is the perfect argument – for Davis to honorably resign. 

 

Image: protest against Kim Davis. Photo by Mike Wynn via Twitter

 

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‘One Minute to Live, Sir’: Trump Shared Details of Soleimani Assassination With Top Dollar Donors at Mar-a-Lago Fundraiser

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President Donald Trump shared moment-by-moment details of his assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani with top high-dollar donors at  Friday night’s fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago. The Commander-in-Chief also revealed he authorized the killing, not because of any supposed “imminent threat,” as he has previously asserted, but because intelligence reports, he said, found Solemiani was “talking about bad stuff.”

Killing Solemani as an act of retribution instead of as a preventative measure against imminent attack could be a war crime, legal experts have said.

The Washington Post reports Trump “spoke broadly about Soleimani as ‘the father of the road side bomb’ responsible for ‘every young, beautiful man or woman who see walking around with no legs, no arms.'”

Soleimani “was saying bad things about our country, like we’re going to attack, we’re going to kill your people. I said, ‘listen, how much of this shit do we have to listen to, right?’” Trump said, to applause.

The president also gave a blow-by-blow account of Soleimani’s killing.

“‘Sir, they have two minutes and 11 seconds.’ No emotion. ‘two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They’re in the car, they’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. 30 seconds. 10, 9, 8 …’ Then all of a sudden, boom,” Trump told the group of donors, according to audio recordings the Post received.

The Post also revealed that at Friday’s fundraiser, “Trump is heard boasting about increasing the defense budget by $2.5 trillion. To those who criticized his spending and the growing national debt, Trump said, ‘Who the hell cares about the budget? We’re going to have a country.'”

 

 

 

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Lev Parnas Details ‘Intimate’ Cannabis Industry Dinner With Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

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In an extensive interview with the Daily Beast, Lev Parnas — the associate of Rudy Giuliani who is at the center of more allegations of corruption against Donald Trump — revealed details of a meeting he had with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner that the White House has tried to dismiss.

Speaking with the Beast’s Betsy Swan, Parnas stated that we was a participant at a private dinner at the Trump Hotel, with Swan writing, “In October 2018, he attended a dinner in a private suite at Trump Hotel hosted by the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. The dinner, with around a dozen people, connected Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with leaders in the cannabis industry. Parnas said he was invited because he “was a Trump loyalist,” and because the super PAC’s Director of Development Joey Ahearn knew he was pro-cannabis.”

According to Parnas, cannabis entrepreneurs were hoping to influence Kushner in the hope he could influence the White House’s stance on weed.

“They wanted Jared to be more involved, maybe help push the agenda with the president because they felt that that was something he needed to be more lenient on,” Parnas explained.

As for a picture taken with the couple that went viral, Parnas sais the White House was lying about the circumstances under which is was taken.

“The White House has claimed that a picture of Parnas with Kushner and Ivanka Trump was ‘taken at an event in a photo line.’” the report states. “Parnas, however, said it was taken at the intimate dinner with cannabis industry insiders. Two sources with knowledge of the dinner confirmed that it happened in October 2018 and that Parnas attended. The decor in the background of the picture–as Zack Everson, author of a newsletter on Trump properties noted–indicates the photo was taken in the pricey Trump Hotel suite where the dinner was hosted.”

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Rod Rosenstein Admits He Authorized Release of Strzok-Page Texts That Spawned Preposterous GOP Conspiracy Theories

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In a court filing released on Friday, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein admitted that he authorized the release of the text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Strzok and Page, who were involved in the Russia investigation prior to dismissal by former special counsel Robert Mueller, and whose extramarital affair inflamed Fox News’ outrage for months, revealed a dislike of President Donald Trump in their text messages, which formed the basis of GOP conspiracy theories that the FBI had been secretly working to bring down the president with the Russia investigation.

Subsequent investigations have failed to find any evidence that Strzok, Page, or any other FBI officials tried to politically target Trump with the power of the agency. However, a recent inspector general report suggests some of their surveillance practices may have been improper and require reform.

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