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Breaking: Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Flip Flops, Declines To Investigate Ted Cruz

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The Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, after stating he was investigating the Texas Senator, now says he will not.

Literally a few hours after stating he was investigating Ted Cruz over remarks the Texas Tea Party Senator had made during Tuesday night’s GOP debate, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr flip flopped and announced he would not be investigating Cruz.

“The committee is not investigating anything said during last night’s Republican presidential debate,” Sen. Burr said in a joint statement with ranking Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein.

But around noon today, Senator Burr had made an entirely different comment to reporters.

“I’m having my staff look at the transcripts of the debate right now,” Burr had announced.

“The question had been raised therefore I asked them to look at it and see if there was any validity to it,” Burr told reporters, NBC News reported. “Anytime you deal with numbers, and I think it dealt with numbers, the question is: Is that classified or not or is there an open source reference to it. So it’s not as clear as just reading what he said. We’ve got to search all sorts of media outlets to see if anybody had reported the number independently.”

In question were comments Senator Cruz said in a heated conversation at the presidential debate with fellow GOP Senator Marco Rubio.

As The New Civil Rights Movement reported this morning, after accusing Rubio of making “knowingly false” and “Alinsky-like attacks like Barack Obama,” Cruz continued the attack.

“What [Rubio] knows is that the old program covered 20 percent to 30 percent of phone numbers to search for terrorists,” Cruz countered. “The new program covers nearly 100 percent. That gives us greater ability to stop acts of terrorism, and he knows that that’s the case.”

A shocked and concerned Sen. Rubio responded,

“Let me be very careful when answering this because I don’t think national television in front of 15 million people is the place to discuss classified information,” Sen. Rubio said. “So let me just be very clear. There is nothing that we are allowed to do under this bill that we could not do before.”

Rubio’s response, suggesting Cruz might have revealed classified intelligence, raised many eyebrows, including those of Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Burr’s Communications Director, who sent this tweet immediately after Cruz’s comments:

But it appears that for now, Sen. Cruz is in the clear. 

 

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Campaign Insists Ted Cruz Did Not Reveal Classified NSA Intelligence During GOP Debate

UPDATING: Intelligence Committee Chair To Investigate If Ted Cruz Released Classified Info In Debate

Carly Fiorina And Ted Cruz May Have Revealed Classified Information During GOP Debate

 

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Democrats Pass LGBTQ Equality Act With Support of Just Three Republicans

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Democrats have passed the historic LGBTQ Equality Act, legislation that expands the protections of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. The vote was 224-206. Just three Republicans voted in favor of the bill.

President Joe Biden has said he wants to sign the legislation into law during his first 100 days. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will be in a position to make that possible, should all Democratic Senators support the bill.

The House also passed similar legislation in May of 2019, but then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote.

Some news outlets are characterizing the bill as offering “sweeping” protections, but contrary to what most Americans believe, LGBTQ people have no federal law offering them specific protections. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 offers appropriate, not “sweeping” protections.

Recent court decisions, including the Supreme Court’s 2020 Bostock decision, have ruled the Civil Right Act applies to LGBTQ people, but the Equality Act will ensure these protections are realized.

In a sign of the further extremism of the Republican Party, the 2019 Equality Act passed with five more GOP votes than it did today.

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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Right Wingers Outraged Biden Hasn’t Delivered SOTU – Claim It Was Required by Feb. 20 – Capitol Police Issue Warning

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Right wingers on social media are spreading misinformation, falsely claiming President Joe Biden was required to deliver the State of the Union Address, with some claiming a February 20 deadline. Their false claims and the fact-checking responses caused “SOTU” to trend on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

The outrage comes on the same day acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told the House Appropriations Committee right wing extremists, which she called “militia” members, “have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members” of the House and Senate “as possible.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has not yet set a date for what would be a joint session of Congress. The President does not deliver a State of the Union address during his first year in office.

The February 20 claim, which is false, apparently originated or was made popular by this Facebook post, which initiated a USA Today fact check stating it is “false information.”

Despite the ignorance of the MAGA crowd and right wingers, the U.S. Constitution is clear, offering little in the way of expectations for an address to Congress.

Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 states the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

No date, mode, or even frequency is mandated. Earlier in U.S. history the President wrote Congress a letter.

Here’s a failed Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey suggesting the Constitution requires a State of the Union Address. She claims she is “Asking on behalf of the Constitution.”

This MAGAite suggests President Biden is a “fraud,” and “unelected, illegitimate & totally unfit” because he hasn’t delivered a State of the Union address.

A Washington Times columnist falsely claiming President Biden can’t stand up long enough to deliver an address:

Former NRA spokesperson and pro-gun extremist thinks it was supposed to have been delivered “yesterday.”

“Conservative Christian”:

 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Again Tries to Block LGBTQ Equality Act Vote by Forcing Motion to Adjourn

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The “QAnon Congresswoman” Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tried to block a vote on the LGBTQ Equality Act once again Thursday afternoon by calling for the House to adjourn, forcing every member to go the the floor to vote.

The move interrupts committee hearings and all other business being conducted by every Representative. The freshman Georgia Republican made the same motion on Wednesday, and received the support of every single Republican when the House voted 214-202 against adjournment in a wholly partisan line vote.

Today’s vote has yet to conclude.

On Thursday Greene, wearing a mask that read “Joe Biden is as useless as this mask,”  suggested she was speaking for the entire Republican caucus who are “very offended” Democrats are “claiming” Republicans “had anything to do” with the January 6 insurrection. On Wednesday a CNN report confirmed that a “close ally” of Greene’s was at least present on Capitol Hill during the attack.

Greene Thursday also lied on the House floor, declaring that “the Equality Act is not about stopping discrimination. It’s about causing discrimination against women and religious freedoms.”

“I would like to motion to adjourn, Madam Speaker,” she concluded.

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EARLIER: Marjorie Taylor Greene Slammed for Attack Targeting Dem With Trans Daughter as House Readies LGBTQ Equality Act Vote

 

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