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Tennessee House Committee Advances Bill Targeting Transgender Students



In a Heated Committee Meeting, Lawmakers Pass Bill Targeting Transgender Students 

The Tennessee House Education Administration & Planning Committee Wednesday evening took up a bill designed to remove the rights of transgender children in public schools. HB 2414 would force transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms based on their original birth certificate, not their gender identity. It passed the committee by an 8-4 vote. 

The bill’s sponsor, GOP Rep. Susan Lynn, told the committee that her bill would “prevent bullying” and “protect students,” which is the exact opposite of the truth.


Communication by some of the lawmakers to a representative of the ACLU, Heddy Weinberg, on hand to testify, was hostile.

GOP Rep. Rick Womick, clearly angry, decided to take on the ACLU directly, claiming they are “constantly threatening lawsuits.”


“Joey on Friday may want to be Jolene on Monday,” GOP Rep. Rick Womick told the ACLU representative, chastising her for “coming into our schools.” She explained that the ACLU has received 2000 complaints from transgender students in Tennessee alone.

Womick, who last July sent a letter to every county clerk in Tennessee asking them to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage for same-sex couples, disagreed that the Bill of Rights has anything to do with the rights of transgender students. He asked, “How many of these [2000] complaints are from students who have had the sex change surgery?” Rep. Womick repeatedly attacked the ACLU’s Weinberg for being involved in supporting Tennessee students. “Things are just fine without y’all middling and threatening lawsuits.”

“We don’t need government stepping in and fixing something that’s not broke,” he said, and added, “I don’t care about Title IX.” 

Democratic Rep. Johnnie Turner talked about how growing up Black impacted her. 


“What did it do to me that every time I got on the bus I was reminded I was inferior” to other children, she asked. She thanked the ACLU, the NAACP, and the Urban League who stood up for her when she couldn’t stand up for herself. She said “God made” transgender children. “These children face enough challenges. We do not have to separate them.”

“Every time I went to the back of that bus, I knew what society was doing. Don’t do that to them,” she urged. 

GOP Rep. Mark White urged the bill be held for “a legitimate study,” on the bill before any vote. “I’m in favor of slowing this down because there’s a lot of issues here.” That motion failed.


David Fowler of the very anti-LGBT Family Action of Tennessee, was clearly angered also. He insisted passing HB 2414 would prevent lawsuits, when in fact it will force them. He called transgender students “abnormal.”


The ACLU representative, Heddy Weinberg (photo above) later chastised him for calling transgender students “abnormal,” saying “we should embrace them.”

The bill now moves to the Finance Ways & Means Committee.

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Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo



President Donald Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

“The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.”

In addition to confirming the WSJ report, The Post also furthered the story with new reporting on the role of the White House in the scandal.

“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump,” The Post reported. “Cipollone’s involvement reveals a more direct White House role in the dispute than has previously been reported.”

Read the full report.

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Trump Urged Ukraine President ‘About Eight Times’ to Work With Giuliani to Get Dirt on Biden’s Son: WSJ



The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Donald Trump “repeatedly pressured” the president of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get dirt on the son of his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

In a July phone call Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky “about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani,” the Wall Street Journal says.

But the Journal’s reporting in the second paragraph offers details that appear to minimize what experts have been suggesting actually happened. The Journal’s report also does not name sources or even suggest if they are White House or intelligence community officials.

“Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on an investigation,” the Journal says.

That would lessen the magnitude of the allegations against President Trump, although they would still be impeachable offenses.

Related: Trump to Meet With Ukrainian President Amid Bombshell Whistleblower Allegations

The Trump team has become expert at controlling the national conversation and forging a narrative that bends most elements of truth, then getting the conservative base to believe them.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Some Among Democratic Base Grow Increasingly Frustrated as Pelosi Issues Statement Chastising Trump Over Whistleblower



Statement  Does Not  Say ‘Impeachment’

Some among the Democratic base appear frustrated with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who has not been supportive of the majority of House Democrats who want to impeach President Donald Trump. Friday afternoon the Speaker quietly issued a lengthy statement responding to the bombshell news that a whistleblower has filed a “credible” and “urgent” complaint with the intelligence community.

Pelosi’s statement, which was not posted to her social media accounts as of this writing, made its way through Twitter via a handful of reporters.

“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy,” Pelosi said, as a Politico congressional reporter pointed out:

Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats support impeaching Trump, or beginning a formal impeachment inquiry at the very least, according to Politico. But the majority of the nation does not, nor do a majority of Democratic voters, according to recent polls.

“Only 37 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while half oppose it,” Politco reports, citing its own polls.

Speaker Pelosi’s statement concludes with this:

“We will continue to follow the facts and explore every possible option to ensure the American people get the truth. We would hope that Republicans would join us in supporting the Constitution.”

Some online are calling her statement “weak,” while others are disappointed with the lack of specific threats of action, and others are expressing exasperation with the Speaker not supporting impeachment:


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