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LGBT Advocates Vow Immediate Lawsuit if Measure Passes

Oklahoma GOP lawmakers reportedly plan to attach an anti-transgender “bathroom” amendment, similar to North Carolina’s HB2, to the state’s budget bill before the legislative session ends next week. 

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Anti-LGBT Sen. Joseph Silk (photo), who authored an anti-trans bathroom bill that died earlier in the session, told KOCO-TV that he and others are “exploring all [their] options.” 

“It’s not just me,” Silk said. “There’s a lot of members of the Senate that are very concerned. We’re hearing from the public.” 

Silk has called LGBT people a “radical, intolerant, movement,” and said “they are a threat to our freedoms and liberties in the United States and Oklahoma.” He drew national attention – and derision – last year for saying LGBT people “don’t have a right to be served in every single store.”

“People need to have the ability to refuse service if its violates their religious convictions,” he continued, adding, “I say that sensitively, because I have homosexual friends.”

Aaron Cooper, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, told The Tulsa World that constituents are “registering their complete frustration and disappointment in the federal government,” in response to the Obama administration’s directive last week requiring public schools to allow trans students to use restrooms based on their gender identity. 

“The Oklahoma Senate is examining its options in responding to what is arguably the most egregious example of executive overreach to occur during the Obama administration,” Cooper said.

Sen. Brian Crain added: “We are looking to provide a response for those students who have objections to sharing bathrooms and shower facilities with a transgender student. And we are trying to provide instruction and direction to school administrators when they are faced with this situation and doing so in response to the outcry many senators have heard from concerned parents throughout the state.”

Troy Stevenson, executive director of the statewide LGBT group Freedom Oklahoma, threatened an immediate lawsuit if such an amendment is passed. 

“Transgender individuals are under the care of a doctor,” Stevenson told KOCO-TV. “It is a long process This is not something that somebody just one day decides needs to happen, and the fearmongering going on with it is absurd.” 

Stevenson and Toby Jenkins, executive director of Tulsa’s Oklahomans for Equality, accused GOP lawmakers of trying to create a distraction from the state’s $1.3 billion budget shortfall. 

“It could not have come at a better time for our legislators,” Jenkins said of the Obama administration’s directive, “who are notorious for not taking care of the real business of government but meddling and messing and wasting time over silly things that do not move this state forward and do not protect working-class families.” 

Lawmakers are expected to come up with a budget by 5 p.m. May 27, according to The Tulsa World. 

 

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‘None Whatsoever’: US Diplomat Burns to the Ground Trump Lie That Joe Biden’s Actions Are ‘Corrupt’

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President Donald Trump’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, in bombshell testimony Wednesday destroyed the president’s lie that Joe Biden’s actions, especially toward Ukraine, are “corrupt.”

Asked if there any factual basis to support Trump’s allegations, Kent replied: “None whatsoever.”

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Taylor Staffer Overheard Trump Impatiently Asking Sondland About ‘The Investigations’ Day After Infamous July 25 Call

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The acting ambassador to Ukraine said he has learned since his closed-door testimony that President Donald Trump appeared keenly interested in the status of an investigation into Joe Biden by Ukraine.

Bill Taylor, the president’s top diplomat in Ukraine, testified Wednesday that he learned last week from a staffer, after he was deposed in a closed-door hearing, about an incident that took place a day after Trump’s call to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Last Friday, a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26,” Taylor testified.

Taylor was visiting the front of Ukraine’s war with Russia at the time with Kurt Volker, then a special envoy to the country, and a member of the ambassador’s staff accompanied EU ambassador Gordon Sondland to a meeting with Andrey Yermak, an aide to Zelensky.

“Following that meeting, in the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv,” Taylor testified. “The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigations.’”

“Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward,” Taylor added.

Taylor’s staff member asked Sondland what the president thought about Ukraine, and the acting ambassador was troubled by his State Department colleague’s response.

“Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor testified. “At the time I gave my deposition on October 22, I was not aware of this information. I am including it here for completeness.”

Taylor said he first reported that new information through the State Department’s legal adviser, and then through attorneys for both House Republicans and Democrats.

 

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Nunes Promotes Debunked Conspiracy Theories: Democrats Colluded With Russia and Are ‘Culpable’ of ‘Malfeasance’ in Ukraine

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Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) in his opening remarks on the first day of public witness testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, charged House Democrats with wholly debunked conspiracy theories. Among them, that Democrats – not Donald Trump – colluded with Russia, and Ukraine, not Russia, attacked the 2016 U.S. elections. Also, that Democrats, not President Trump, committed wrongdoing against Ukraine.

So, Nunes is claiming (falsely) that Democrats both colluded with Ukraine and attacked Ukraine (video below.)

“Democrats have a long habit of accusing Republicans of offenses they, themselves, are committing,” Nunes claimed. “For years they accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia when they themselves were colluding with Russia by funding and spreading the Steele Dossier that relied on Russian sources. And now they accuse President Trump of malfeasance in Ukraine, when they, themselves, are culpable. The Democrats cooperated in Ukrainian election meddling,” Nunes charged.

Literally every word is a lie.

Remember that the U.S. Intelligence Community unanimously decreed that Russia attacked the 2016 U.S  elections. That fact was once again proven during the Mueller investigation, and in the Mueller Report. There is literally zero proof of Nunes’ claims.

Nunes, who may be best remembered for his dramatic dark of night visit to the White House in 2017, where he was given information by the Trump administration only to claim it was from a secret source. That information was falsely framed to suggest (wrongly) the Obama administration had illegally investigated the Trump campaign.

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