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Citing Trump’s Support, GOP Senator to Revive Horrific Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

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President-Elect Has Said He’d Sign First Amendment Defense Act

Utah tea party Sen. Mike Lee confirmed Friday that he plans to reintroduce the “First Amendment Defense Act,” or FADA, a sweeping anti-LGBT measure that would allow individuals, businesses and others to discriminate against same-sex couples based on their religious beliefs. 

Lee first introduced FADA, then known as the “Marriage and Religious Freedom Act,” in 2013. After being rebranded as FADA in the current Congress, the bill received a hearing in the House this year but died in part due to the likelihood that President Barack Obama would veto it.  

During his campaign, Trump said he would sign FADA, but the incoming administration didn’t respond to requests for comment from BuzzFeed News, which reported Friday that Lee plans to reintroduce the bill.

“Hopefully November’s results will give us the momentum we need to get this done next year,” Lee spokesman Conn Carroll told BuzzFeed News. “We do plan to reintroduce FADA next Congress and we welcome Trump’s positive words about the bill.”

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, a co-author of FADA, suggested that the bill is one of “a multitude of ways we can honor the commitment made to the voters in this last election.”

“The prospects for protecting religious freedom are brighter now than they have been in a long time,” Cruz told BuzzFeed News. 

FADA would effectively make same-sex couples second-class citizens, by prohibiting the federal government from taking action against any individual or business that acts on a belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. It would also sanction discrimination against anyone who’s had extra-marital sex. 

A federal judge struck down a similar law in Mississippi this year, saying it represented “state-sanctioned discrimination” and violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The state is appealing the judge’s decision. 

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'THIS REVELATION SHOCKED ME'

‘Could Have Killed One of Our Colleagues’: Former Trump Official Rips Him for Hiding Positive COVID Test

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Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah on Wednesday shredded her one-time boss for concealing his positive test for the novel coronavirus last fall.

Appearing on CNN, Farah told Jake Tapper that she was stunned to learn from former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows that Trump had tested positive for the virus days ahead of his first debate with President Joe Biden and decided against informing his staff members.

“Very few things shock me and this revelation shocked me,” she said.

Farah went on to explain that she had not been informed of Trump’s positive COVID-19 test, and accused the former president of recklessly endangering his own staff members.

“This demonstrates a flagrant lack of regard for public health and for the well-being of others,” she said. “At this time in the White House, I had staffers who were pregnant. I had one who is a multi-time cancer survivor. Plenty of people in the West Wing over 65. We could have killed one of our colleagues and instead they decided to not tell anyone, putting every one of us at risk.”

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'CLARIFYING THINGS'

Mark Meadows Retweets Trump’s Denial He Tested Positive for COVID Before Debate – a Fact That Appears in Meadows’ Book

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Less than 24 hours after former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, news broke that The Guardian had obtained a copy of his new book, and from it the revelation that three days before appearing on stage with Joe Biden at the Sept. 26 presidential debate the then-president, Donald Trump, had tested positive for coronavirus.

Never mind that a second test showed a negative result – one Harvard epidemiologist says that merely meant Trump was not yet infectious but he was, by the debate, “blazing positive” but decided to go on a potentially infect countless others. That act, the noted disease specialist and professors says, “was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision.”

Trump, as usual, especially in recent days, issued a quick statement via his spokesperson, this time denying the revelation in Meadows’ book, a revelation The Washington Post Wednesday afternoon reported it had confirmed with two other former Trump aides.

What is stunning is that, as Politico National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw notes, Meadows himself retweeted Trump’s statement of denial:

The Washington Post also notes that at least six people close to Trump tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the debate, including Melania Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Kayleigh McEnany.

“Trump on Wednesday was furious that Meadows revealed the anecdote in his forthcoming book and that it was published via the liberal-leaning Guardian website, according to a person familiar with the former president’s reaction, who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation,” the Post adds. “Meadows through an emissary has offered to put out a statement ‘clarifying things,’ but that offer was rejected, the person said.”

Which is likely why he decided to retweet Trump’s statement.

Writer and political activist Don Winslow has another take on the day’s events:

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Watch: Stacey Abrams Announces She’s Running for Governor of Georgia

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Stacey Abrams has just announced she is running for governor of Georgia. Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives for more than six years ran for governor in 2018, losing by a slim margin to then Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a race many saw as tainted by his voter suppression actions.

Abrams went on to become a highly-effective voting rights advocate and activist, and many credit her with helping elect Joe Biden president by helping him win the state by registering an estimated 800,000 more voters.

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