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Yet Another Win for Virginia Transgender Teen Gavin Grimm at 4th Circuit

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Fourth Circuit Hands Down Another Decision Against Gloucester County School Board

Virginia teenager Gavin Grimm was handed yet another win at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday afternoon. Back in April the appeals court ruled in favor of the transgender teenaged boy, affirming that discrimination against transgender students qualifies as sex discrimination under Title IX. 

Grimm had sued the Gloucester County School Board, which adopted a policy forcing him to use a single-stall restroom. The April ruling was a big win, but the Gloucester County School Board appealed, asking that a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit re-hear the case. They refused, handing Grimm another win.

This week, the Gloucester County School Board announced it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case, and asked the 4th Circuit, in light of the possibility they might win at the Supreme Court, to stay – place a hold on – its ruling, again forcing Grimm into a discriminatory setting. 

Thursday afternoon, the 4th Circuit handed Grimm another win. In a 2-1 vote, the judges refused to stay their ruling.

What’s next?

The Gloucester County School Board can ask the Supreme Court to stay the 4th Circuit’s ruling. If they do, and if the Supreme Court agrees to stay the 4th Circuit’s ruling, that is no indication of how they would rule, or even if they will take the case. If the Supreme Court refuses to intervene, and not stay the 4th Circuit’s ruling, it’s more likely they will not take the case, suggesting they see no need to review the court’s decision.

Or, the Gloucester County School Board can just accept the 4th Circuit’s ruling, and wait for the Supreme Court to agree to hear its case – or to refuse to review it.

As Joe.My.God. notes, the 4th Circuit includes “Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, and (hello) North Carolina.”

Equality Case Files has today’s ruling.

 

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Watch: Trump Stunned When Asked if He Regrets ‘All the Lying You’ve Done to the American People?’ at ‘News’ Conference

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President Donald Trump was asked an unusual question during his supposed “news” briefing Thursday evening.

“After three and a half years, do you regret at all, all the lying that you’ve done to the American people?” HuffPost White House correspondent S.V. Dáte asked. The briefing was carried live on Fox News, but not on MSNBC or CNN.

“All the what?” a startled President Trump asked.

“All the lying, all the dishonesties,” Dáte repeated.

“And who is that?” Trump, still stunned, asked.

“You have done,” Dáte repeated again.

“Ah… Go ahead, please,” Trump said, pointing to another reporter, refusing to answer the original question.

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Minutes earlier, Dáte posted these important tweets:

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Trump Calls for ‘A Certain Freedom’ to Wear Masks or Not – and Lies That Biden’s Coronavirus Policies Are ‘Anti-Scientific’

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President Donald Trump tried to contrast his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the deaths of nearly 170,000 Americans, against former Vice President Joe Biden, who has called for strong measures far earlier than Trump ever did.

On Thursday Biden called on the nation’s governors to issue across the board mask mandates. Trump, in a campaign speech delivered under the false pretense of a coronavirus news conference, attacked his Democratic rival, and falsely claimed Biden had called for a national mask mandate instituted by presidential decree.

Trump, who misuses the power of his office regularly, claimed he did not think a President has the power to mandate mask wearing (he or she does.)

“Every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing. The estimates by the experts are that it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months. Forty thousand lives, if people act responsibly,” former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday, referring to scientific studies. “It’s not about your rights. It’s about your responsibilities as an American.”

Trump offered a different take on mask-wearing, saying “maybe they’re great and maybe they’re good and maybe they’re not so good, but frankly, what do you have to lose?” and adding, “we want to have a certain freedom,” to wear or not masks, “that’s what we’re about.”

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Trump’s Postmaster General Removing Hundreds of Mail Sorting Machines – Before the Biggest Vote By Mail Election Ever: Report

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President Donald Trump’s Postmaster General is quietly removing mail sorting machines and has scheduled the removal of  hundreds more from USPS facilities across the country. The action, which is both unprecedented and unexplained, comes barely months before the 2020 November election, which begins in weeks when early voting starts in some states.

“In many cases, these are the same machines that would be tasked with sorting ballots, calling into question promises made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that the USPS has ‘ample capacity’ to handle the predicted surge in mail-in ballots,” VICE’s Motherboard reports. “Motherboard identified 19 mail sorting machines from five processing facilities across the U.S. that either have already been removed or are scheduled to be in the near future.”

That may not seem like a lot, and as Motherboard notes, “the Postal Service operates hundreds of distribution facilities around the country.”

But The Guardian’s voting rights reporter Sam Levine has posted what he reports is a letter and attached spreadsheets detailing where literally hundreds of USPS machines are slated to be removed, from where, and when.

NCRM examined the spreadsheets, which refer to the removal of a total of 671 mail sorting machines with names like Automated Flat Sorting Machine (AFSMs), and Delivery Bar Code Sorters (DBCSs).

These are used to sort mostly letter-sized, flat mail pieces – the exact kind that, say, voting ballots would be sent in.

The letter, which was sent to the President of the American Postal Workers Union, cites only the “reduction in letter and flat mail volume,” but does not say why the machines are being removed now. The schedule calls for all 671 machines to be removed by September 30, which in some states is when or just after early voting begins.

 

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