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In Big Win Democrats Pass Vital LGBT Protections Bill After Last Week’s GOP Collusion to Defeat It

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Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Wins Major Battle

Late Wednesday night the House passed a bill that ensures President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive orders protecting LGBT workers will not be overturned. When the voting was over, cheers were heard in the chamber. The final vote tally was 223-195, The Hill reports.

The legislation, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, had been defeated in an ugly act of collusion last week. Maloney’s bill last week initially passed, but top Republican leaders, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, held the vote open after the clock ran out, and convinced at least seven Republicans to change their votes so the measure would be defeated. They were successful, leading Democrats over the past week vowing to unseat those who switched their votes.

Wednesday night’s win is a big one for Rep. Maloney and the LGBT community. It would overturn the Russell Amendment, which passed attached to the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act. That amendment guts and nullifies President Barack Obama’s LGBT executive order protections in the name of “religious liberty.” Maloney’s bill nullifies the Russell Amendment.

The seven Republicans who had switched their votes to defeat Maloney’s bill last week all voted in favor of Maloney’s bill Wednesday. They are: 

Jeff Denham (Calif.)

Darrell Issa (Calif.)

Bruce Poliquin (Maine)

David Valadao (Calif.)

Greg Walden (Ore.)

Mimi Walters (Calif.)

David Young (Iowa)

 

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Watch: Trump Dangerously Claims Beirut Explosion That Killed Dozens Was a ‘Bomb’ Despite No Official Confirmation

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The world has been stunned by a massive explosion in Beirut that has caused the deaths of at least dozens of people, and thousands more wounded.

No cause has been announced, but during his coronavirus press briefing President Donald Trump declared it was a “bomb” and an “attack.”

This video is one of many showing the blast.

“I met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel it was” an attack, Trump told reporters. “This was not a, uh, some kind of a manufacturing a explosion of event. This was a, uh, seems to be according to them, they would know better than I would but they seem to think it was a, uh, attack. It was a bomb of some kind.”

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CNN fact checker Daniel Dale urges caution:

 

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Liberty University Student Unloads on Jerry Falwell Jr’s Hypocrisy After Bizarre Yacht Party Photos Emerge

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A photo recently posted then deleted by Jerry Falwell Jr. left people scratching their heads after a screen shot of the image started making the rounds on social media.

The photo shows the Liberty University president on a yacht with his pants unzipped and his shirt pulled up exposing his belly, with a woman he identified as a “friend” standing next to him with her pants similarly unzipped as Falwell has his hand around her waist, holding a glass containing some sort of dark liquid. According to Liberty student Alexandra Green, the photo shows Falwell to be even more of a hypocrite than people realize.

The photo “should actively anger you on behalf of the students who have faced significant consequences on campus for the *same* actions,” Green wrote in a series of tweets.

“Drinking? Smoking? Possession of cigarettes/alcohol? Against the rules regardless of age,” Green said, referring to Liberty’s rules for students. “Could result in a ‘$300 fine, 30 hours community service, and/or expulsion.’ Real people who could not afford the fines have been fined for this. Real people were kicked out for this.”

Green says that unbuttoning one’s pants could get someone “$150 and/or 15 hours or community service for being in ‘any state of undress with a member or the opposite sex.’”

As Relevant Magazine points out, a deleted video suggests that Falwell and guests were possibly attending a party that was themed after the TV show Trailer Park Boys.

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An Anti-LGBTQ Billionaire and Roy Moore Donor Has Been Bankrolling a Popular Right Wing Pro-Trump Anti-LGBTQ Site: NYT

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The Federalist is a right wing, anti-LGBTQ website whose leaders can be seen on Fox News and the Sunday talk shows.

People for years have been wondering who funds it. Up until now no one knew.

The site’s co-founder Ben Domenech resigned after just three days from The Washington Post over previous plagiarism allegations. He happens to be married to The View’s Meghan McCain, and was a frequent guest on CBS’s Face the Nation. Earlier, his work was removed from Huffington Post, The Washington Examiner, and The San Francisco Examiner after reportedly being paid tens of thousands of dollars to write about the government of Malaysia.

Domenech’s senior editor, Mollie Hemingway, was an anti-Trump conservative who used to call then-candidate Donald Trump “a demagogue with no real solutions for anything at all,” and  labeled Trump’s whining “ineffectual and impotent.”

Today, she’s among his biggest fans.

In response to its very non-transparent backing, The Federalist has even found a way to make money off the question. For $24.95 you, too, can join in the “fun.”

The site is devoted to “owning the libs” and attacking Trump’s critics while advancing the President’s agenda.

But it would seem not just the President’s agenda.

Back in 2014 Media Matters called it “an outlet for often-rabid anti-LGBT talking points.”

And now we know, thanks to The New York Times, that one of The Federalist’s “major backers is Dick Uihlein, the Midwestern packing supply magnate and Trump donor who has a history of giving to combative, hard-right candidates, like Roy S. Moore of Alabama.”

Blue Virginia calls Uihlein “Roy Moore’s #1 donor and anti-LGBTQ bankroller.”

Moore, of course, is the twice-former, twice booted Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who became the twice-failed GOP U.S. Senate candidate. Uihlein supported him even after the multiple, credible accusations of rape and harassment came out against him.

And The Federalist even published an op-ed basically defending Moore, the Times notes.

“The Federalist ran an opinion piece that defended men who dated young women as a practice with a long history that was ‘not without some merit if one wants to raise a large family.'”

Dick Uihlein and his wife have donated millions to GOP and conservative candidates and their super PACs, including “roughly $26 million” during the 2018 election cycle – and that was just the first half of the year, according to The Times.

“Uihlein dumped as much as $17 million” in 2018 into a GOP candidate, Leah Vukmir, who tried to unseat Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, INTO’s Nico Lang reported.  The candidate was a “right-wing extremist” who had “a staunch record of opposing queer and trans rights.”

Not only did she have “‘close ties’ to the Family Research Council,” she “favored Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law, and backed Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill.”

The Federalist appears to echo Uihlein’s anti-LGBTQ agenda, running headlines like “Supreme Court Ridiculously Demands Everyone Pretend Sex Differences Don’t Exist,” “Why Pete Buttigieg Is The Most Destructive Candidate For Christianity,” “Donald Trump Has Done Far More For Gay People Than The Stonewall Democrats,” “4 Times LGBT Media Turned Coronavirus Coverage Into Attacks On Christians,” “Transgenderism’s War On Women Betrays Left’s Claims To Champion Our Rights,” “The Queer Movement Wants To Convert Christians, Not Coexist,” and on, and on, and on.

How much The Federalist receives from Uihlein is not publicly known.

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