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White House ‘Will Not Take Action’ to Withhold Federal Funds From North Carolina Over HB2 (Video)

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Five Government Agencies Have Been Reviewing Anti-LGBT Law but Will Await Court Ruling

No federal funds will be withheld from North Carolina over HB2. Although five government agencies have been reviewing the anti-LGBT law the Justice Department says violates the Civil Rights Act, no action from the Obama administration will take place until a federal court has ruled. The review, by the Departments of Transportation, Housing & Urban Development, Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education have been taking place for over a month.

“This was a review that agencies were working on together as they evaluate what impact this law would have on problems that are funded by the federal government,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told Washington Blade Chief Political & White House Reporter Chris Johnson Thursday (video below).

“The White House has been a part of that review. The Department of Justice has been a part of that review. But all of that has been separate from the Department of Justice’s conclusion that they needed to take action to enforce the Civil Rights of 1964, and what has been concluded as a result of that effort is that the administration will not take action to withhold funding while this enforcement process is playing out in the courts.”

A study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that North Carolina could lose nearly $5 billion annually in federal funding alone should the federal government choose to act. 

HB2 has been deemed both illegal and unconstitutional by legal experts. It nullified all local LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances, mandates that transgender people may use only public restrooms corresponding to their birth certificates, and bans local governments from enacting minimum wage and employment discrimination laws.

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DONALD TRUMP IS A FASCIST

US Organization Promoting Freedom in Other Countries Issues Warning to America

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Freedom House, a U.S government-funded but independent non-profit (NGO) founded in 1941 to promote democracy, advance freedom, and fight fascism around the world on Wednesday found itself facing fascism at home.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was Freedom House’s first co-chair. The organization was “founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of women, minorities and historically marginalized groups, are guaranteed.”

On Wednesday President Donald Trump refused to commit to the peaceful transition of power, saying, “get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very trans- — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly; there’ll be a continuation.”

Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power – never before in question since the Declaration of Independence was signed 244 years ago – was by default a threat of violence, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said.

Wednesday evening Freedom House issued what amounts to a warning – to its fellow Americans.

“A key tenet of democracy is that politicians respect the electoral process and the will of the people,” Freedom House said via Twitter. “There is nothing more anti-democratic than a leader who refuses to concede defeat.”

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THIS IS FASCISM

‘Trump Is Advocating Civil War’: Reporter Stunned When President Refuses to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, instead sending a message to Democrats to “get rid of the ballots.”

Trump’s remarks were so disturbing the reporter who asked the question called it “the most frightening answer I have ever received to any question I have ever asked.”

Veteran journalist Brian Karem, a political analyst for CNN and the White House correspondent for Playboy, had asked the President the very simple question.

“Well we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump replied. “I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, the ballots are a disaster.”

“Get ri9d of the ballots and you’ll have – we’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there will be a continuation.”

“The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it? The Democrats.”

Ballots are how Americans cast their votes, and have been doing so for centuries.

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‘I Have to Leave for an Emergency Phone Call’: Trump Splits From His Own Press Conference for a ‘Big Call’

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President Donald Trump was late for his 6:00 PM press conference and literally left in the middle for an “emergency” phone call.

“I have to leave for an emergency phone call,” Trump told reporters in the White House press briefing room. As he tried to leave one reporter peppered him with spot-on questions about this afternoon’s decision by a grand jury to not charge any of the three Louisville police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Asked what the call was about, Trump replied, “I have a big call.”

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