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UPDATED: Rand Paul Says It’s OK To Fire LGBT People Because ‘Plenty Of Places’ Will Hire Them (Video)

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Rand Paul just reinforced his position on civil rights once again.

Rand Paul is spending the day in Iowa talking to college students, and reportedly live streamed his entire day via Twitter’s Periscope app.

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Watch: Rand Paul Scrambles To Fix His Claim That Gay Workers Should Stay Closeted

LA Times political writer Seema Mehta, who is following the Paul campaign, reports that the Kentucky Libertarian Republican Senator and GOP presidential candidate just said that it’s OK to fire LGBT people because they can just go to work elsewhere.

This is wholly in keeping with Paul’s previous comments on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which he told MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow in 2010 that he did not support. He later, MSNBC claims, lied about having said that, but it’s on tape.

Reporter Samantha-Jo Roth adds this to Paul’s claim that it’s OK to fire LGBT workers:

Paul also told students that gay people shouldn’t be openly gay if they want to keep their jobs, according to TIME Correspondent Phil Elliott:

“I think, really, the things you do in your house, just leave those in your house and they wouldn’t have to be a part of the workplace, to tell you the truth,” Paul told the students.

NEW: Rand Paul Slammed For Telling LGBT Workers To Stay In The Closet To Avoid Being Fired

MSNBC political reporter Benjy Sarlin had this response:

Paul appears to have made those remarks at Drake University. 

UPDATE I: 5:55 PM EDT –
“Paul said he believed adding protections for gay workers ‘sets up a whole industry for people who want to sue,’ and that it would be ‘almost impossible sometimes” to know whether a person was fired for their sexuality or another reason,” Seema Mehta at the LA Times adds. 

UPDATE II: 6:33 PM EDT –
Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jAjcYZWYoA

UPDATE III: 6:36 PM EDT –
Hillary Clinton weighs in:

Some responses via Twitter:

 

 

This is a breaking news story and may be updated. Details may change.

Image by Rand Paul via Twitter 

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Man Shoots and Kills Atlanta Supermarket Cashier, Wounds Guard Over Mask Policy: Police

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A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store’s mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.

“The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location,” DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. “The individual is deceased.”

“Although details are not complete, authorities say that the male suspect was involved in a dispute with a young woman before he began firing at her inside the store,” the spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

There apparently was an altercation over the mask policy, which is clearly posted on the store’s door.

“A witness, identified as Alan Williams, said a man walked into the store, struck the woman with a gun, then shot her. That’s when the deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire.”

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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'CAN’T HANDLE COLD OR HEAT'

#AbbottFailedTexas Trends as State Electric Authority Warns of Possible Power Outages Again – This Time in Heat Wave

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Over the winter at least 151 Texans died as 4.5 million homes and businesses went without power in a massive failure created by poor planning, lack of regulation, and sheer greed.

Last week Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott promised he had fixed the problem.

On Monday, less than seven days later, ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, urged customers to turn air conditioning to no cooler than 78 degrees and to conserve power, as it expects more blackouts throughout the week – this time during extreme heat.

In a statement ERCOT also asked Texans to not use ovens, washing machines, or dryers.

“If you don’t need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.”

Many Texans, and many Americans, are furious.

 

 

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THE GOP IS NOW THE QANON PARTY

FBI Warns Congress of More Possible QAnon Violence Targeting Democratic Lawmakers

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The FBI has briefed members of Congress that QAnon “digital soldiers” may become violent and engage in more acts of domestic violent extremism, like the January 6 insurrection. In an unclassified version of the threat assessment delivered to top lawmakers in April the Bureau warns that Democrats may be targeted.

Rather than walking away from the far right wing conspiracy movement that paints some top Democrats as part of a dark cabal of cannibalistic Satan-worshipping pedophiles being fought by Donald Trump, some QAnon cultists think “that individuals need to take greater control of the direction of the movement than before,” CNN reports in an exclusive.

The shift is fueled by a belief among some of the conspiracy’s more militant followers that they “can no longer ‘trust the plan” set forth by its mysterious standard-bearer, known simply as “Q,” according an unclassified FBI threat assessment on QAnon sent to lawmakers last week, which was obtained by CNN.

This might lead followers to seek to harm “perceived members of the ‘cabal’ such as Democrats and other political opposition — instead of continually awaiting Q’s promised actions which have not occurred,” according to the assessment.

CNN also reports FBI Director Christopher Wray “made clear the bureau is not investigating” the QAnon movement, but only crimes committed by its adherents.

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