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Texas AG Ken Paxton Just Declared All-Out War on Transgender People

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New Lawsuit Challenges Federal Rule Prohibiting Anti-Trans Discrimination in Healthcare

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seems intent on stripping transgender people of any and all rights under federal law — and he’s apparently found a judge who’s willing to help him get the job done. 

Two days after convincing U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor to temporarily block the Obama administration from protecting trans schoolchildren, Paxton’s office filed another lawsuit Tuesday — also in O’Connor’s court — challenging new federal rules prohibiting discrimination against trans people in healthcare.

Equality Texas characterized Paxton’s efforts as an “assault on the very existence of an estimated 1.4 million Americans who are transgender,” and ThinkProgress’ Zack Ford wrote that the latest suit threatens “to create a society in which transgender people could legally be denied the necessary foundations of life simply because of their identities.” 

The suit challenges regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services that guarantee health coverage to trans people under the Affordable Care Act. Paxton’s office alleges the regulations, which were finalized in May, could force healthcare professionals to violate their medical judgment and their religious freedom. 

“The federal government has no right to force Texans to pay for medical procedures designed to change a person’s sex,” Paxton said in a release. “I am disappointed in the Obama Administration’s lack of consideration for medical professionals who believe that engaging in such procedures or treatment violates their Hippocratic Oath, their conscience, or their personal religious beliefs, which are protected by the Constitution and federal law.”

Texas is joined in the suit by Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kentucky and Kansas. Also listed as plaintiffs are three religiously affiliated nonprofit medical groups represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which was part of the case that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision overturning the ACA’s contraception mandate. 

Paxton, who took office last year, said it’s the 13th lawsuit he’s been “forced to bring against the Obama Administration’s continued threats on constitutional rights of Texans.” 

Read the full complaint here. 

 

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AOC Slams McCarthy and His GOP ‘Ku Klux Klan Caucus’ for Allowing ‘Violent Targeting’ of Women of Color in Congress

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is criticizing House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for refusing to deal with the members of his “Ku Klux Klan” caucus who are ignoring and allowing the “violent targeting” of women of color members of Congress.

The Democratic Congresswoman from New York, herself the frequent target of violent threats, pointed to this video of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar playing a death threat received after she was targeted by GOP Congresswoman Lauren Boebert:

“People truly don’t understand the scale, intensity, & volume of threats targeting” Congresswoman Omar, Ocasio-Cortez says.

“Kevin McCarthy is so desperate to be speaker that he is working with his Ku Klux Klan caucus to look aside & allow violent targeting of woc members of Congress. This cannot be ignored,” she warns.

Congresswoman Boebert over the past week was exposed – on video – suggesting Rep. Omar is a terrorist three times, including in one video she herself posted to social media.

McCarthy has refused to take any action against Boebert.

 

 

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‘Massive, Dangerous, Likely Intentional’: Immunologist Blasts Trump for Ignoring Positive COVID Test Before Biden Debate

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A Harvard epidemiologist, immunologist and physician is blasting Donald Trump‘s decision to continue his activities as normal in September 2020, not go public with the results of his positive COVID test result, and continue business as usual – including participating in a debate against Joe Biden – revelations made in a new book by Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Wednesday.

Dr. Michael Mina says if Trump had been given a rapid COVID test the day of the first presidential debate against Joe Biden, President Trump “would have been blazing positive,” and calls the decision to not test “massive, dangerous and likely intentional.”

“The decision to continue to not test on [the] day of the Rose Garden superspreader event and on [the] day of the debate with now @POTUS Biden was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision,” says Michael Mina, an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“Was Trump the superspreader? For a year, I’ve suggested Trump was the likely superspreader at White House Rose Garden on 9/28/20,” Mina posits. “All were supposedly tested, so how would a superspreader enter? Now we know Trump tested COVID positive 2 days earlier.”

Citing Meadows’ new book, The Guardian reported Wednesday morning that Trump tested positive on Sept. 26, and shortly thereafter, before the Sept. 29 presidential debate, tested negative – but three days after the debate, on Oct. 2, again tested positive, and was rushed to Walter Reed hospital hours later.

Because Trump “was testing so frequently, he was [likely] detected using a molecular test at the earliest time, before becoming infectious,” says Mina.

“So when he immediately tested again with a rapid Ag test, it did not yet register positive because he was not YET infectious,” Mina explains. “Had he used a rapid test later that day or next day though, once he was becoming slightly infectious, he almost certainly would have been positive.”

 

 

 

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Listen Live: US Supreme Court Arguments in Case That Will Decide Future of Abortion in America

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The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday morning will hear oral arguments in what will be a decisive case for the future of abortion in America.

Justices will hear arguments in the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, over a Mississippi abortion ban designed to overturn the nearly 50-year old precedent-setting ruling in Roe v. Wade.

Listen live starting at 10 AM ET below via C-SPAN or a Reuters feed:

 

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