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Breaking: House Passes Vital Spending Bill Gutting Obama’s LGBT Nondiscrimination Executive Orders

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Will Allow All Federal Contractors to Discriminate Against LGBT People for Religious Reasons

The U.S. House of Representatives just after 10:00 PM EDT Wednesday night passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act, a sweeping 1299 page appropriations bill that funds the U.S. military. Included in the bill is the Russell Amendment, which guts and nullifies all of President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive orders prohibiting federal contractors and their employees from discriminating against LGBT people. The bill passed 277-147. Opposing the NDAA were 142 Democrats and five Republicans.

The amendment passed the House Armed Services Committee April 28 over the objections of Democrats who rightly saw through GOP Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell‘s claim that he merely wanted to decrease federal regulations, and claimed Obama’s protection order “unduly burdens the practice of religion.”

Like many bills in state legislatures, Russell’s amendment, now officially part of the House version of the vital military funding legislation, would allow contractors to discriminate against LGBT people by merely citing their sincerely held religious beliefs. Protections President Obama extended to LGBT people would disappear if the House version of the NDAA becomes law.

“Obama has already threatened to veto the House bill and gave a long list of reasons why, including problems ranging from misuse of funds and operating the prison at Guantanamo Bay, to military pay raises and base closures,” The Huffington Post’s White House and Congressional Reporter Jennifer Bendery reports. “White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that he couldn’t single out any one item, such as the anti-LGBT provision, as grounds for a veto.”

“There are a whole lot of reasons why the bill is bad,” Earnest said in his daily briefing. “It’s unfortunate that it is being larded up with a bunch of proposals … that aren’t related to our national security but are intended to be divisive.”

The Human Rights Campaign had said the Russell Amendment “would dismantle President Obama’s executive order prohibiting discrimination in federal contracting based on sexual orientation or gender identity, under the guise of religious liberty.”

HRC also says that the amendment “would allow sweeping, taxpayer-funded discrimination in an attempt to promote anti-LGBT religious-based discrimination in the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. With far-reaching intended and unintended consequences, the vague amendment could even undermine existing nondiscrimination provisions that protect workers, and perhaps even beneficiaries, against discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more.”

Democratic Rep. Mark Takano went on a Twitter rant:

As did Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney:

The NDAA now heads to the Senate. 

UPDATE: House Republicans Conspire to Defeat LGBT Protections Bill That Had Already Passed (Video)

 

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Trump-Loving ‘Candy Man’ Congressman Demands President Biden Take Cognitive Test

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Despite a highly-successful eight-day overseas trip culminating with a U.S.-Russia Summit displaying his ability to right the national “ship” on the world stage, and despite favorable response from world leaders, President Joe Biden is being asked by a group of 14 Republican congressmen, led by Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), to take a cognitive test to judge his mental acuity.

It all feeds into the Fox News narrative, one blown to pieces by Biden’s performance in the UK with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Queen Elizabeth, the G7 in Brussels, meeting with NATO leaders and separately with the president of Turkey, and finally to Geneva where he held the Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Congressman Jackson, the former Obama and Trump White House physician, along with 13 other House Republicans in a letter to President Biden (below) cited a news report of an incident where Biden allegedly called Senator John Cornyn “Representative – Senator Cornyn,” correcting himself.

In the letter they also claim  he mixed up the time of day, and once “while on the campaign trail,” Biden “grew testy” when asked if he would take a cognitive test.

They cite other news reports of Biden mispronouncing names, and saying he was allegedly unable to recite part of the Declaration of Independence.

“Most school-age children could recite that famous and revered patriotic phrase by heart, but you could not,” the letter charges.

As White House physician Rep. Jackson told reporters President Trump, who he strongly supports, had “incredibly good genes” and praised his performance on a test for Alzheimers as “exceedingly well.” That was the test where Trump impressed himself by being able to remember five words, in order: “person, woman, man, camera, TV,”  and then told a reporter he did “amazing.”

In March NBC News reported that Jackson had “engaged in ‘inappropriate conduct’  while serving as the top White House physician, according to a Pentagon inspector general report.”

“The scathing report, NBC said, “alleges abusive behavior toward subordinates including sexual harassment.”

The inspector general’s review, first reported by CNN, says Jackson drank alcohol, made sexual comments to subordinates and took the sedative Ambien while working as White House physician. The watchdog also found that Jackson mistreated subordinates and “disparaged, belittled, bullied and humiliated them.”

Jackson had been nominated by then-President Donald Trump to become Secretary of the Veterans Administration, when it was revealed that he had handed out prescriptions “like candy,” and was nicknamed “the candy man” inside the White House, CNN reported in 2018.

Democratic Senator John Tester “described reports to the Veterans’ Affairs Committee that alleged that on overseas trips, Jackson would ‘go down the aisle way of the airplane and say, ‘All right, who wants to go to sleep?’ And hand out the prescription drugs like they were candy … and put them to sleep and then give them the drugs to wake them back up again.'”

“Tester’s staff told CNN that Jackson would hand out Ambien and Provigil,” CNN reported. “These are called controlled substances for a reason,” Tester said.

Dr. Jackson, CNN added, “also faces allegations of being drunk while overseas with then-President Barack Obama.”

“If you are drunk and something happens with the President, it’s very difficult to go in and treat the President,” Tester said. “That’s what multiple people told us, this was the case on several different trips.”

Tester said there had been comments that Jackson would not be able to respond “because he had been drinking so much.”

Jackson has denied all the allegations.

Here’s Jackson’s letter:

 

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Rep. Greene Files Bill to Eliminate ATF Then Attacks Biden Over Drug Cartels – Which ATF Targets and Investigates

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Thursday announced she has filed a bill that would eliminate the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). One hour later in a spottily-attended press conference Greene angrily attacked President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, whom she falsely accused of allowing the U.S. southern border to be “wide open” to allow drug trafficking.

“President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are in business with the cartels,” Greene declared, lying to reporters. “They are in business with the criminals. Because their border policies, of ripping our southern border wide open is allowing the cartels to get rich beyond their wildest dreams, as they traffic humans and drugs across our border.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives works to target, investigate, and prosecute cartels that traffic in illegal guns – and drugs.

Earlier this month, for example, the Dept. of Justice published a press release announcing “Eight Members of Armed Drug Trafficking Organization Charged by Federal Indictment.”

“This case,” DOJ says, “was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lake City Police Department.”

The indictment charges “eight individuals in Florida with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute MDMA, also known as ‘ecstasy’ or ‘molly’, and α‑Pyrrolidino­pentiophenone, also known as ‘alpha-PVP’ or ‘flakka.’ If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies the defendants that the United States intends to forfeit property that was used to facilitate the offense or that is traceable to proceeds of the offense, including approximately $185,000 in cash, a 2015 BMW 550i, a 2015 Lexus IS 250, a 2013 Audi A8 L Quattro, a 2020 Ryker Rally Edition motorcycle, two Rolex watches, numerous pieces of jewelry, and five firearms.”

It’s the forfeiture of the firearms that Greene has a problem with.

“I just introduced the bill to eliminate the ATF,” Greene says in her recorded video Thursday, during which she mispronounced the word “introduced.”

“The war on gun owners’ rights has been waged long enough and it’s time to stop it.”

Those eight individuals captured by federal authorities, including by the ATF, are U.S. citizens, gun owners, living and operating in Florida, who “were part of an armed drug trafficking organization that distributed illegal narcotics, primarily out of a ‘trap house’ on 14th Street in Jacksonville, beginning in July 2018 and continuing until April 13, 2021, when six of the defendants were arrested,” the DOJ statement says.

That investigation is far from the only one that makes Greene’s desire to eliminate ATF problematic if she actually is concerned about drug trafficking and cartels.

A few headlines:

ATF targets gun dealers to stem sales to Mexican cartels.”

Where do Mexican drug cartels get their guns? The US.

More than 36 pounds of drugs, guns seized in three month period,” revealing:

It is a joint effort– the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team aims to stop the trafficking of illegal drugs in South Dakota, comprised of Pennington County Sheriff’s deputies and Rapid City Police officers, they work with the State Division of Criminal Investigations, Highway Patrol, and federal agencies like the DEA, ATF, and Homeland Security to fight illegal drug distribution, from the top down.

If Greene wants to get rid of illegal drugs getting rid of the agency that gets rid of illegal guns isn’t going to help.

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GOP Congressman: FBI ‘Participated’ in Insurrection to ‘Entrap’ Harmless Protestors and ‘Frame the MAGA Movement’

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U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is demanding the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Justice tell Congress what they know about their own alleged “participation” in Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection, which led to at least seven deaths. Gohmert falsely claims the attack on the U.S. Capitol – which in reality was an attempted coup designed to overturn a free and fair election – was instead a “monumental entrapment scheme used as a pretext to imprison otherwise harmless protestors” and used to “frame the entire MAGA movement as potential domestic terrorists.”

News organization The Recount calls Gohmert’s assertions “a bullshit baseless conspiracy theory.”

The Texas Republican congressman, explained on Thursday on the floor of the House that his “friend,” Fox News white supremacist host Tucker Carlson “covered this last night,” called the conspiracy theory “really disturbing… because we don’t like to see government agents stirring up trouble or find that there are criminal acts that would not likely have occurred had not the federal government been participating.”

Having no evidence that January 6 was an “inside job,” which is what Gohmert is asserting, he goes on to make up possible scenarios, again, without any basis in fact.

“Whether they were actual agents, or an undercover agents, or informants that were working for the federal government. But this is scary stuff this is, This is kind of third world stuff, this is not only third world stuff but this is like Putin-like kind of activity. So, if there were federal agents that were involved on January 6, we really need to know what the FBI knew and when they knew it, and not only that, we need to know how much participation did any of our federal friends either at DOJ, FBI, or any of the Intel Community, what kind of role were they playing?”

It’s almost like he is demanding Speaker Pelosi form a Special Committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection.

 

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