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  • ‘Let’s Remember 2018’

  • Warns Progress That ‘We Celebrated and Maybe Even Took for Granted May Not Be as Secure as We Once Expected’

Hillary Clinton is clearly not done with politics. The former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee is back, speaking out, and working to help the Democratic party.

At a fundraiser for New York City’s well-known LGBT community center, The Center, Clinton blasted her former opponent, now-President Donald Trump, on a variety of issues, but especially LGBT rights.

“We have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues,” Clinton told attendees at Thursday’s event, which NBC News reports raised $1.75 million for the LGBT group.

“Each time this administration elevates an outspoken opponent of LGBT equality — sometimes in particularly cruel ways like replacing the first openly gay Secretary of the Army with someone who called being transgender a ‘disease’ — I picture all of the joyful, beaming couples that I’ve met across our country … who are so excited to get married, start a family, and begin their lives together,” Clinton, referring to Trump nominee Mark Green, who has yet to be confirmed.

And she demanded the Trump administration do more to stop what are reportedly concentration camps in Russia’s Chechnya, where gay men are being detained, tortured, and murdered.

“It’s not just here in our country that we’re seeing clouds gathering on the horizon,” Clinton told donors at Cipriani on Wall Street, a popular event space and restaurant. “We’ve heard terrifying accounts from Chechnya of gay and bisexual men being taken from their homes and families, tortured, even killed. The US government — yes, this government — must demand an end to the persecution of gay men in Russia.” 

Clinton, who was awarded the group’s Trailblazer Award, also slammed Trump for his administration’s revoking of President Barack Obama’s transgender guidance, that protects trans school children and adults.

“My heart broke for all the parents who are advocating so fiercely for their child’s right to live, learn and go to school just like anybody else,” she said.

Clinton also spoke on the eradication of HIV/AIDS, a program she championed.

“I thought of all our efforts to try to achieve an AIDS-free generation, and we were on the way,” she said, noting the Trump administration’s desire to cut funding. “We can, if we stay on that path, finally realize that dream — but not if we are forced off.” 

“I know that the election hit a lot of us hard,” Clinton said, somewhat jokingly. “But I can tell you this, even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over your head, please keep going.”

She warned that on LGBT rights, “the progress that we fought for … that we celebrated and maybe even took for granted may not be as secure as we once expected.”

“Let’s remember 2018, the midterm elections,” she added, as Politico notes, saying winning elections is “the only way to to make it clear where our country stands” on LGBT civil rights.

“We need to resist, insist, persist and enlist and make sure our voices and our votes count,” she said. “So we’re going to keep fighting together side by side for equal rights. And we’re going to make sure that nobody turns the clock back on what we’ve achieved as Americans.”

Clinton concluded by noting, “As I said in 2011, gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” 

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‘One Minute to Live, Sir’: Trump Shared Details of Soleimani Assassination With Top Dollar Donors at Mar-a-Lago Fundraiser

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President Donald Trump shared moment-by-moment details of his assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani with top high-dollar donors at  Friday night’s fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago. The Commander-in-Chief also revealed he authorized the killing, not because of any supposed “imminent threat,” as he has previously asserted, but because intelligence reports, he said, found Solemiani was “talking about bad stuff.”

Killing Solemani as an act of retribution instead of as a preventative measure against imminent attack could be a war crime, legal experts have said.

The Washington Post reports Trump “spoke broadly about Soleimani as ‘the father of the road side bomb’ responsible for ‘every young, beautiful man or woman who see walking around with no legs, no arms.'”

Soleimani “was saying bad things about our country, like we’re going to attack, we’re going to kill your people. I said, ‘listen, how much of this shit do we have to listen to, right?’” Trump said, to applause.

The president also gave a blow-by-blow account of Soleimani’s killing.

“‘Sir, they have two minutes and 11 seconds.’ No emotion. ‘two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They’re in the car, they’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. 30 seconds. 10, 9, 8 …’ Then all of a sudden, boom,” Trump told the group of donors, according to audio recordings the Post received.

The Post also revealed that at Friday’s fundraiser, “Trump is heard boasting about increasing the defense budget by $2.5 trillion. To those who criticized his spending and the growing national debt, Trump said, ‘Who the hell cares about the budget? We’re going to have a country.'”

 

 

 

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Lev Parnas Details ‘Intimate’ Cannabis Industry Dinner With Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

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In an extensive interview with the Daily Beast, Lev Parnas — the associate of Rudy Giuliani who is at the center of more allegations of corruption against Donald Trump — revealed details of a meeting he had with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner that the White House has tried to dismiss.

Speaking with the Beast’s Betsy Swan, Parnas stated that we was a participant at a private dinner at the Trump Hotel, with Swan writing, “In October 2018, he attended a dinner in a private suite at Trump Hotel hosted by the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. The dinner, with around a dozen people, connected Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with leaders in the cannabis industry. Parnas said he was invited because he “was a Trump loyalist,” and because the super PAC’s Director of Development Joey Ahearn knew he was pro-cannabis.”

According to Parnas, cannabis entrepreneurs were hoping to influence Kushner in the hope he could influence the White House’s stance on weed.

“They wanted Jared to be more involved, maybe help push the agenda with the president because they felt that that was something he needed to be more lenient on,” Parnas explained.

As for a picture taken with the couple that went viral, Parnas sais the White House was lying about the circumstances under which is was taken.

“The White House has claimed that a picture of Parnas with Kushner and Ivanka Trump was ‘taken at an event in a photo line.’” the report states. “Parnas, however, said it was taken at the intimate dinner with cannabis industry insiders. Two sources with knowledge of the dinner confirmed that it happened in October 2018 and that Parnas attended. The decor in the background of the picture–as Zack Everson, author of a newsletter on Trump properties noted–indicates the photo was taken in the pricey Trump Hotel suite where the dinner was hosted.”

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GOP DISINFORMATION MACHINE

Rod Rosenstein Admits He Authorized Release of Strzok-Page Texts That Spawned Preposterous GOP Conspiracy Theories

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In a court filing released on Friday, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein admitted that he authorized the release of the text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Strzok and Page, who were involved in the Russia investigation prior to dismissal by former special counsel Robert Mueller, and whose extramarital affair inflamed Fox News’ outrage for months, revealed a dislike of President Donald Trump in their text messages, which formed the basis of GOP conspiracy theories that the FBI had been secretly working to bring down the president with the Russia investigation.

Subsequent investigations have failed to find any evidence that Strzok, Page, or any other FBI officials tried to politically target Trump with the power of the agency. However, a recent inspector general report suggests some of their surveillance practices may have been improper and require reform.

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