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GOP House Speaker Finally Mentions Orlando LGBT Victims, Ignores How Often He Voted Against Them



Paul Ryan Politicizes Tragedy in Tuesday Morning Press Conference

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan minutes ago held a Republicans-only press conference to politicize the horrific terror attack at an Orlando gay nightclub. Surrounded by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Ryan began his remarks by finally mentioning that the target of the terror attack was the LGBT community – something he neglected to mention in his two earlier press releases. 

After noting Sunday’s attack was the worst act of terrorism since 9/11, yet neglecting to mention it was also the deadliest mass shooting in our nation’s history, Ryan paid tribute to the dead and prayed for the injured. And he denounced radical Islam for the attack.

“At the same time, let’s also be clear,” Ryan then said. “Members of the LGBT community were the targets. They were simply attacked for who they are,” he said, returning his focus to radical Islam. “This is an ideology that rejects who we are as a country: open, tolerant, free.” The Speaker then politicized the attack.

“This is a threat that simply must be defeated,” he said, solemnly. “And right now the president doesn’t have a plan to get the job done.”

Speaker Ryan is among the first to even mention that Sunday’s terror attack was aimed at the LGBT community. Almost no Republican Senator or Congressman has. Nor have most Florida Republicans, including Governor Rick Scott.

But the Speaker had every opportunity over the past two days to mention LGBT people were the victims and the targets, and until today, he has not.

Speaker Ryan has, however, worked against and throughout his career voted against the LGBT community from the start, with rare exception.

Last week, Ryan told his caucus that he is flip-flopping on a major cornerstone of his tenure as Speaker. He had promised “regular order,” allowing bills to be submitted and considered without roadblocks. After a pro-LGBT bill failed, circumstances of which (see below) publicly embarrassed Ryan and the House GOP, he instituted roadblocks so Democrats will have a hard time getting bills passed.

When U.S. Congressman Rick Allen (R-GA) last month opened House Republicans’ weekly meeting with a “prayer” containing Christian Bible verses that condemn LGBT people and state they are “worthy of death,” the Speaker refused to condemn or censure him. 

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Just last month Ryan supported the work of his top Republicans, McCarthy and Scalise, who colluded with at least seven Republican Congressmen to change their votes so a bill that would have codified into law President Obama’s executive orders – that had passed when the clock ran out – failed after they held the vote open. Ryan told reporters he supported their actions. 

He also opposes the Obama administration’s guidance sent to all school districts explaining how to ensure transgender children are not discriminated against.

Ryan as recently as 2013 supported DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act and supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. In 2012 Ryan was opposed to repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” opposed to adoption of children by LGBT people, and said there was no need for hate crime laws supporting the LGBT community. He did, however, say he was in favor of a ban on workplace discrimination for LGBT people, and voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.


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‘Start the Kevin McCarthy Death-Clock’ After Biden Wins Debt Ceiling Battle: Rick Wilson



Appearing late Saturday night on MSNBC after it was announced that President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had reached an agreement “in principle’ on a budget deal, former GOP strategist Rick Wilson claimed this could be the beginning of the end for McCathy’s speakership.

Sitting in on a panel with guest host Michael Steele, Wilson suggested that McCarthy’s decision to compromise with the president to avoid a default that would spin the economy into chaos will not go over well with far-right members of his House caucus who could make a motion to “vacate the chair” to express their displeasure.

Asked by host Steel about what comes next, Wilson stated it was a win for the White House which will not make conservatives happy.

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“Great night for Joe Biden, great night for the White House even though I think their messaging has been kind of tentative the past few weeks” the Lincoln Project founder began. “I think though we are now going to start the Kevin McCarthy death-clock. He has certainly got a very angry part of his caucus tonight who probably burning up his phone no matter how good it is for the country not to default.”

“It’s not going to please the chaos caucus in the GOP,” he added.

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Debt Ceiling: McCarthy Faces ‘Lingering Anger’ and a Possible Revolt as Far-Right House Members Start Issuing Threats



As House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) continues to negotiate a deal to avoid a debt crisis, members of the far-right Freedom Caucus are growing furious with him over broken promises he made to them.

According to MSNBC political analyst Steve Benen, with a slim GOP majority in the House, McCarthy is walking a tightrope to get a budget deal passed and may need help from House Democrats if members of his caucus refuse to go along with him.

As Benen points out, in order to win the speakership McCarthy agreed to an easier path for a motion to “vacate the chair” which could end his tenure as Speaker. That could come into play if the Freedom Caucus stages a revolt.

“… as the negotiations approach an apparent finish line, the House Republicans’ most radical faction is learning that it isn’t likely to get everything its members demanded — and for the Freedom Caucus, that’s not going to work,” he wrote in his MSNBC column.

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Citing a Washington Times report that stated, “[Freedom Caucus members] want everything from the debt limit bill passed by the House last month plus several new concessions from the White House,” Benen suggested far-right House Republicans are now issuing veiled threats.

In an interview, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) stated, “I am going to have to go have some blunt conversations with my colleagues and the leadership team. I don’t like the direction they are headed.”

With Politico reporting, “The [House Freedom Caucus] was already unlikely to support a final bipartisan deal, but lingering anger with Kevin McCarthy could have lasting implications on his speakership,” Benen added, “If this is simply a matter of lingering ill-will from members who come to believe that GOP leaders ‘caved,’ the practical consequences might be limited. But let’s also not forget that McCarthy, while begging his own members for their support during his protracted fight for the speaker’s gavel, agreed to tweak the motion-to-vacate-the-chair rules, which at least in theory, would make it easier for angry House Republicans to try to oust McCarthy from his leadership position.”

Adding the caveat that he is not predicting an imminent McCarthy ouster he added, “But if the scope of the Freedom Caucus’ discontent reaches a fever pitch, a hypothetical deal clears thanks to significant Democratic support, don’t be surprised if we all start hearing the phrase ‘vacate the chair” a lot more frequently.”

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Prosecutors Tell Trump They Have a Recording of Him and a Witness: Report



Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s Manhattan criminal trial have notified the ex-president’s attorneys they have a recording of him and a witness. The notification comes in the form of an automatic discovery form, CBS News reports, which “describes the nature of the charges against a defendant and a broad overview of the evidence that prosecutors will present at Trump’s preliminary hearing or at trial.”

CBS reports prosecutors have handed the recording over to Trump’s legal team.

It’s not known who the witness is, nor are any details known publicly about what the conversation entails, or even if it is just audio or if it includes video.

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According to the article’s author, CBS News’ Graham Kates, via Twitter, prosecutors say they also have recordings between two witnesses, a recording between a witness and a third party, and various recordings saved on a witness’s cell phones.

Trump is facing 34 felony counts in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case related to his allegedly unlawful attempt to hide hush money payoffs to a well-known porn star by falsifying business records to protect his 2016 presidential campaign.

See the discovery form above or at this link.

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