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Texas AG Ken Paxton Tries to Block Obama Administration from Enforcing Nondiscrimination Laws

A federal district judge in Texas will hold a hearing Friday to determine whether he should enter a nationwide injunction blocking the Obama administration from protecting transgender people against discrimination. 

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (photo) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 13 states that seeks to prevent the administration from implementing its interpretation of two federal laws that prohibit discrimination based on sex. The administration maintains — and numerous federal courts have held — that Title VII and Title IX also cover trans people. 

However, Paxton’s office alleges the administration wants to turn schools and workplaces “into laboratories for a massive social experiment” and is “running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights.” In requesting a nationwide preliminary injunction, Paxton’s office cited concerns about “the nature of the nudity” trans people may display, and the “bodily functions they may perform in intimate areas.” 

The lawsuit was filed in response to guidance issued by the U.S. Education and Justice departments in May, saying public schools risk losing federal funding if they don’t allow trans students to use restrooms based on their gender identity. But the Obama administration maintains the guidance isn’t legally binding, and has questioned whether Paxton’s office has standing to challenge it, given that the case doesn’t involve any specific controversy over trans restroom access in Texas. 

“Indeed, plaintiffs have identified no enforcement action threatened or taken against them as a result of defendants’ interpretations, nor have they established that the guidance documents have any binding legal effect,” the federal government wrote in opposition to Paxton’s request for a preliminary injunction. “Instead, they have alleged no more than an abstract disagreement with the agencies’ interpretation of the law. … If the defendant agencies seek to apply this interpretation to plaintiffs in a future enforcement proceeding, plaintiffs will have ample opportunity to raise the arguments that they prematurely seek to assert in this case.” 

In the wake of the guidance, Paxton’s office drafted a model policy restricting trans restroom access, then shopped it to multiple Texas school districts. The policy was eventually adopted by the tiny Harrold district, on the Oklahoma border near Wichita Falls, which is the lead plaintiff in the case. Until now, district was best known as the first to allow teachers to carry guns, and its superintendent, David Thweatt, has said he doesn’t think trans people exist. 

LGBT advocates say Paxton deliberately filed the case in the region presided over by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, who last year issued a horrific ruling — also in response to a lawsuit from the AG’s office — blocking gay workers from taking unpaid leave to care for their sick partners. Ken Upton, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, called Paxton’s lawsuit over the administration’s guidance on trans students “a big circus, mostly for political gain.”  

“I guess he doesn’t have anything else to do. He must not have any person problems — oh wait, apparently he does,” Upton said, alluding to the fact that Paxton is currently facing first-degree felony charges for alleged securities fraud. “His claim to fame is going to be, ‘How many ways can I get a dig in at the federal government?'” 


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‘No I Can’t Say That’: Trump Says He Will Not Concede – but Will Exit White House if Electoral College Makes ‘Mistake’



President Donald Trump used the occasion of Thanksgiving, weeks after Election Day, to declare he will not concede.

Speaking to reporters after calling troops overseas – at 1:16 AM their time, several hours later than scheduled – the President was asked if he will finally concede.

“No I can’t say that at all,” Trump replied, the first time he’s taken questions from reporters in weeks.

President-elect Joe Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, against Trump’s 232.

He also said the Electoral College members will have made a “mistake” if they do not declare him the winner of the 2020 presidential election, as Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reports.

But he also said he would leave the White House if Biden is the official winner. (Trump frequently denies making remarks he has made.)

Trump, however, is not planning on believing the results.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” he added.


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‘Mother of All Superspreader Events’: Expert Warns Daily COVID Deaths ‘Will Double’ in Days After Thanksgiving



As millions of Americans are traveling across the country this Thanksgiving, ignoring CDC guidance to stay home and not mix households, a medical expert warns daily COVID-19 deaths will soon double.

“It’s potentially the mother of all superspreader events,” Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, tells CNN Thursday.

The U.S. saw more than 181,000 new cases on Wednesday. Current daily deaths are now about 2000 per day. Dr. Reiner says they could come close to 4000 per day soon.

“I expect that the daily death rate will double in the next 10 days,” Reiner says. “We’ll be seeing close to 4,000 deaths a day.”

There’s already been a massive increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations over the past few weeks, fueling the potential for spread – and death.

“Every day since November 3,” CNN reports, “more than 100,000 new infections have been reported. Every day for more than two weeks, climbing hospitalizations hit another national record. And every single day, hundreds of Americans die of the virus, with both Tuesday and Wednesday recording a daily death toll of more than 2,100 deaths.”

The CDC projects another 60,000 deaths in less than four weeks, 321,000 total coronavirus deaths by December 19.

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#AmyCovidBarrett Trends on Social Media After SCOTUS Blocks NY From Limiting Church Attendance



Amy Coney Barrett

Justice Amy Coney Barrett is the focus of many across this nation as they vent their ire and anger this Thanksgiving Day on the newly-minted Supreme Court jurist who cast the deciding vote in a decision that places religious rights over all others.

Overnight the Supreme Court preemptively blocked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from limiting the number of people who can congregate inside houses of worship, in a conservative-majority 5-4 decision that ignores science and common sense.

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal wing in voting against the decision, and blasted his conservative colleagues in his dissent.

Many are pointing to Justice Barrett’s repeated and apparently false claims that she would never allow her extremist religious beliefs to sway her legal decisions.

The Nation’s Justice Correspondent Elie Mystal seemed to reflect what many Americans are feeling today as they wrestle with celebrating a holiday designed for spending time with loved ones, but are choosing to not to save lives.

Here’s what others are saying about Justice Barrett today:


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