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Watch Live Now: White House Hosts Anti-Gay Hate Group and Anti-LGBT Officials, Activists at Forum for College Students

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The White House is hosting a forum Thursday afternoon its calling “Generation Next,” and it will feature some anti-LGBT speakers and panel members.

(The event has already begun and you can watch live below. Ivanka Trump is currently on stage.)

The anti-gay hate group Alliance Defending Freedom will be in attendance, and is sending Tyson Langhofer, an attorney who will be part of a panel discussion about the “crisis” of what conservatives are calling a lack of free speech in college campuses. 

Moderating the panel will be White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway. Also in attendance will be Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Also in attendance during Thursday’s event will be Mercedes Schlapp, the White House Director of Strategic Communications.

Schlapp, as GLAAD notes, has “[c]riticized LGBTQ rights activists for protesting anti-LGBTQ Vice President Mike Pence, saying Pence was ‘tagged as the enemy because he is Christian and believes in traditional values on marriage and supports religious freedoms’ and that LGBTQ people ‘shove their liberal ideology in the face of others, in our schools and in the public square.'”

President Trump is slated to attend the forum, and will be interviewed by far right wing activist and Trump supporter Charlie Kirk. 

Kirk has made a name for himself by founding a college student nonprofit called Turning Point USA, which has been funded by conservative billionaire Foster Friess. Kirk is anti-LGBT, and, according to GLAAD again, has said “it is ‘fascism’ that a baker has to equally sell a cake to a same-sex couple, then wrongly claims it is ‘exactly the same thing’ as forcing a Jewish artist to print neo-Nazi materials.”

Kirk is a frequent user of social media, often tweeting his thoughts, as these examples show:

(Trump does not support same-sex marriage.)

Watch live now below. Trump is slated to appear at 2:15 PM ET but expect that to be fluid.

 

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In Apparent Message, Trump Signs Surprise Pardon for Felon Convicted of Failing to Report Extortion and Bribery

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President Donald Trump Tuesday morning unexpectedly signed a full pardon for a man who was convicted of not reporting extortion, a $400,000 bribe he paid to the now-former governor of Louisiana.

Former San Francisco 49ers co-owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr. received the pardon from President trump, who appears once again to be using his power to pardon as a means of sending a message to those who might testify against him. Trump was impeached for extortion of Ukraine.

Voice of America News White House bureau chief Steve Herman breaks the news:

“After striking a deal to provide evidence against former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards of Louisiana,” The New York Times reported in 1998, “Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., the co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers, pleaded guilty today to concealing an alleged extortion plot by Mr. Edwards that involved the licensing of a riverboat casino.”

Trump signed the pardon today after meeting with former NFL greats, who spoke in favor of DeBartolo.

 

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CNN Anchor Destroys Trump Trade Advisor’s False Claims After Showing Viewers Obama’s Numbers Were Better Than Trump’s

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President Donald Trump’s Trade Advisor Peter Navarro had to take one for the team after delivering an especially partisan attack on the Obama economy because CNN anchor Poppy Harlow wasn’t having it.

Navarro repeatedly claimed the economy under President Barack Obama was “horrible,” even after Harlow posted numbers and charts that proved growth under the 44th president was far stronger than growth under Trump.

“It’s a great economy now. All I’m asking you is, wasn’t it a good economy then as well?” Harlow asked Navarro.

“No,” he insisted, launching in to a rant.

“Back in the Obama-Biden years it was horrible,” he claimed, all but ignoring the 2008 worldwide economic collapse that Obama inherited – while sneaking in the former vice president’s name in a particularly nasty partisan swipe, and possibly coming dangerously close to the crossing the line of the Hatch Act.

“It was a horrible economy during the Obama years,” he insisted, forcing Harlow to all but beg with him to listen to facts as she had the numbers put back up on the screen.

“Put your numbers up,” Navarro sneered.

“They’re not my numbers – these are from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Harlow told Navarro under Trump the economy has not seen one quarter with growth above 4%, but under Obama it happened four times. She also showed him that job growth under President Obama was 227,000 jobs per month on average for his last 36 months, but under President Trump’s first 36 months it’s just 191,000.

Navarro slammed Obama for having increased the debt. It’s increased far more under Trump.

Harlow reminded Navarro that Trump promised to eliminate the national debt if he was given two terms in office, yet the mosrt recent White House budget says that’s not going to happen.

“We still have five more years,” Navarro retorted.

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Federal Judge Association Calls Emergency Meeting to Address Barr Intervention Into Trump Ally Roger Stone’s Case

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An independent association of federal judges says it cannot wait for its annual conference and has called an emergency meeting to address Attorney General Bill Barr’s intervention into the case of Roger Stone, a top ally of President Donald Trump.

Tuesday’s meeting will “address growing concerns about the intervention of Justice Department officials and President Donald Trump in politically sensitive cases,” USA Today reports.

The head of the Federal Judges Association, says they nearly four-decades old organization “could not wait” for its Spring conference, given the gravity of the matter.

“There are plenty of issues that we are concerned about,” Rufe told USA TODAY. “We’ll talk all of this through.”

The Federal Judges Association has over 1000 members.

The emergency meeting being called comes as more than 2000 former Justice Dept. officials call for Attorney General Barr to resign. They say Barr has “openly and repeatedly flouted” the rule of law and must go.

“Although there are times when political leadership appropriately weighs in on individual prosecutions, it is unheard of for the department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the president, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case,” the letter reads.

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