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Report: ‘No Evidence’ For Hillary Clinton’s Claim DOMA Was A ‘Defensive Action’

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Buzzfeed is reporting that after an extensive search of documents from the Clinton White House, Hillary Clinton’s claim that her husband’s anti-gay legislation was to stave off an even worse fate for LGBT is unsubstantiated.

Last week, in her first interview after her triumphant 11-hour Benghazi hearing testimony, Hillary Clinton sat down with Rachel Maddow for an interview. The MSNBC anchor asked Clinton about former president Bill Clinton’s anti-gay legislation, including DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, noting that much of the civil rights advances under the Obama administration has been achieved by getting rid of those laws.

Clinton said she saw it a bit differently, and made a claim that for a week now has increasingly angered LGBT activists.

“On Defense of Marriage, I think what my husband believed — and there was certainly evidence to support it — is that there was enough political momentum to amend the Constitution of the United States of America, and that there had to be some way to stop that,” the Democratic frontrunner told Maddow.

“And there wasn’t any rational argument — because I was in on some of those discussions, on both Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and on DOMA, where both the president, his advisers and occasionally I would — you know, chime in and talk about, ‘You can’t be serious. You can’t be serious.’ But they were. And so, in a lot of ways, DOMA was a line that was drawn that was to prevent going further. It was a defensive action,” she insisted.

“A defensive action”?

Chris Geidner, Buzzfeed’s Legal Editor, today reports that Hillary Clinton’s claim is just not true, “based on a BuzzFeed News review of the thousands of documents released earlier this year by the Clinton Presidential Library about same-sex couples’ marriage rights and the Defense of Marriage Act.”

Geidner reports there is “no contemporaneous evidence… to support the claim that the Clinton White House considered a possible federal constitutional amendment to be a concern.”

And here’s the damning line: “There was no documented discussion in 1996 within the White House or Justice Department about any momentum for a federal constitutional amendment that DOMA was intended to prevent.”

Geidner’s report is extensive, some 4500 words, give or take, and sure to pose concerns for the Clinton campaign.

On Twitter (below), Geidner makes clear that his report is only based on the Clinton administration’s White House documents, and not conversations with lawmakers or policy analysts who might support Clinton’s claims.

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‘Insidious and Evil’: Fox News Host Goes Off on Crazed Rant Attacking Biden Child Tax Credit ‘Hike’

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Fox News Business anchor Charles Payne made a staggeringly false series of statements attacking the Biden child tax credit expansion, which goes into effect July 15. Parents could see up to $600 more monthly, with the federal government effectively paying forward the credit so families don’t have to wait until they file their annual income tax returns to get the funds up to a year later.

Not according to Payne, who somehow managed to link the child tax credit to critical race theory, falsely claimed it is only for parents who are “not working,” suggested it will breed a cycle of poverty for generations while “young ladies” to have more children so they can “make” more money, rather than develop their “God-given gifts.”

Literally not one word of that is true.

“Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy introduced the segment, and appeared to be in support of the program. Payne quickly turned the conversation on its head, politicizing what most American families will welcome as extra money to help with child care, or food, rent, health care, or maybe even starting a business.

“This aims to pay people extra money for not working,” Payne said, which is false.  Fox News’ sister outlet, the New York Post reports the expanded child tax credit “is available for couples who earn $150,000 or less a year, heads of households who earn $112,500 or less and individuals who earn $75,000 or less.”

Payne immediately likened giving those parents – 36 million families – to what can only be described as the racist “welfare queen” rhetoric of Ronald Reagan. The chyron called it a “tax credit hike,” which could easily be misconstrued by those not paying complete attention as a “tax hike.”

“And this is where it becomes very dangerous,” Payne alleged. “It doesn’t replace anything. If you’re on Medicaid, if you’re on SNAP, if you’re on WIC, if you’re a food stamps, if you get Section 8 housing, it doesn’t impact any of that. You don’t have to work, you don’t have to try to work. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to get young women, you know, young ladies who are going to be sitting around maybe saying, ‘I’m not sure what my economic opportunities are,'” he claimed, which is false and sexist, given that the payments are to parents, not just “young ladies.”

Payne went on to say the child tax credit “becomes a very attractive alternative to try to make it in a society and you guys have known these stories all morning long with CRT,” he said, somehow linking it to child race theory, because that’s the stated the goal on the right, to link critical race theory to anything conservatives don’t like.

“But if I go down this path, every time I have another child, I get more money, every single time,” he complained. Republicans for years have been falsely claiming that they are “pro-family,” yet don’t enact policies that support families.

“Now of course this is what breaks my heart because I saw it I saw the Great Welfare Society, firsthand, I lived in the midst of it,” Payne said, calling it “a heartbreaking, insidious and evil thing.”

There is no such thing as the “Great Welfare Society.”

The Great Society was a set of programs under President Lyndon Johnson that expanded on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal.”

Payne falsely claimed “the people that you argue that you’re helping, you’d never give them an alternative to say, ‘Hey, I was born with some God-given gifts. I want to dig in, I want to find what they are. I want to cultivate them. I want to I want to nurture them.’ Now you’d never do that.”

Except that’s exactly what the child tax credit program does, helps parents focus on working and focus on their families.

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Trump Tried to Sic Dept. of Justice Attorneys on SNL Because They Ridiculed Him: Report

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According to a report from the Daily Beast, Donald Trump pressed aides to get government lawyers to go after late-night TV shows like Saturday Night Live for the way that they were treating him.

Trump, whose blustery style was recreated by actor Alec Baldwin, was reportedly obsessed with how he was mocked by late-night comics and reportedly asked administration officials to bring legal pressure to bear to stop it — only to be told there was no legal mechanism available.

According to the report, in 2019, Trump tweeted, “It’s truly incredible that shows like Saturday Night Live, not funny/no talent, can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of ‘the other side. Like an advertisement without consequences. Same with Late Night Shows. Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this?”

That tweet was not just the president ranting to his base — he was serious.

“It was, on its face, a ridiculous question and threat, as SNL is obviously satire, and therefore a form of protected speech in America that pissed-off commanders-in-chief have no authority to directly subvert. However, then-President Trump went farther than simply tweeting his displeasure with the late-night comedians and SNLwriters’ room,” the report states. “The internal discussions that followed, between the former leader of the free world and some of his political and legal advisers, once again underscored just how much Trump wanted to use the full weight and power of the U.S. government to punish his personal enemies.”

According to the report, those on the receiving end of Trump’s complaints considered the problem trivial and not worth the time to investigate it, with one insider claiming, “It was more annoying than alarming, to be honest with you.”

“According to two people familiar with the matter, Trump had asked advisers and lawyers in early 2019 about what the Federal Communications Commission, the courts systems, and—most confusingly to some Trump lieutenants—the Department of Justice could do to probe or mitigate SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, and other late-night comedy mischief-makers,” the Beast reported.

“In early 2019, Trump had to be repeatedly advised that the ‘equal-time’ rules to which he appeared to refer wouldn’t even apply in this situation, given that late-night shows and NBC sketch comedy are clearly staged satire, and thus not bound by the same requirements of other forms of broadcast TV and radio,” the report continues. “The other source, who has a law degree, said that when they briefly discussed this with Trump more than two years ago, they made a point of saying that the Justice Department, in particular, doesn’t handle these matters, anyway.”

That advice reportedly infuriated the ex-president who replied, “Can something else be done about it?” only to be mollified by an aide responding “with some version of ‘I’ll look into it.’ (This person says that to this day, they have not, in fact, ‘looked into it.’)”

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Watch: America, We Just Got Our First Openly-Gay Active NFL Player

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America, meet your first openly-gay, active NFL player.

Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib, 28, in an Instagram video announced he is gay, HuffPost reports.

“What’s up people, I’m Carl Nassib. I’m at my house in West Chester, Pennsylvania,” Nassib says. “I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but, I finally feel comfortable now to get it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for.”

He also says he’s donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project, which works to help young LGBTQ youth in crisis or feeling suicidal.

 

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“I’m a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for attention,” Nassib adds. “I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are not necessary, but until then I will do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting and compassionate and I’m going to start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project. They’re an incredible organization, they’re the number one suicide-prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America, and they’re truly doing incredible things, and I’m very excited to be a part of it, to help in any way that I can and I’m really pumped to see what the future holds.”

In one of the several text images on that post Nassib explains why this is so important:

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