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Possible Pelosi Challenger for House Speaker Is One of Only Two Dems Who Did Not Support LGBT Equality Act

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Now that Democrats have won back the House the decision of who should become Speaker is front and center, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is once again facing the usual challengers.

Pelosi’s record is stronger than any House Speaker in probably a century. She was even named the most effective Speaker of the House in at least 75 years – by a conservative.

Republicans hate Pelosi, for the very reason she is so effective and successful. But some Democrats have taken on the GOP’s talking points, including their attacks on her age, and even run on a platform of promising to not vote to elect her Speaker.

The Speaker of the House is far from an honorary title. They decide what bills to pass, help advance a Democratic agenda, and are second in the line of succession to the Presidency. Which means if President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are unable to fulfill their duties, the Speaker would become President.

One of the possible candidates who is considering running for Speaker against Nancy Pelosi is Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge.

Rep. Fudge is one of only two House Democrats who refused to support the LGBT Equality Act. The bill, introduced in May of 2017 by Rep. David Cicilline, would “prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation.”

The bill would amend two major civil rights laws to ban anti-LGBT discrimination in “education, employment, housing, credit, Federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of Federal funds.”

When introduced, it was supported by 241 Members of Congress: 46 Democratic Senators, 194 Democratic Representatives, and even one Republican Congresswoman.

But not Rep. Fudge, and not Illinois Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski, who holds anti-LGBT views and beliefs in keeping with the Christian right.

(Here is the list of sponsors of the Equality Act, also known as H.B. 2282. Here is the text of the bill.)

Congresswoman Fudge says she is weighing a challenge to Leader Pelosi, and says it’s about diversity.

“When you look at the people who support this party the most, they are women and African Americans and especially African American women,” Fudge told Cleveland.com. “We keep talking about diversity, but there is nothing diverse about the top of our ticket. We have to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk.”

It’s unclear if she was referring to Pelosi as an example of lack of diversity, but the Democratic Leader was elected the first woman Speaker of the House.

And diversity includes LGBT people too.

NCRM reached out to Rep. Fudge’s office for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

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‘Pig’ Donald Trump Slammed After Attacking Colin Powell for Being Treated ‘So Beautifully’ in Death

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Donald Trump Tuesday morning attacked former U.S. Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell, 24 hours after his death from COVID complications, and complained in typical Trump sarcasm how it was “wonderful” to see Powell being “treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media.”

The former president added that he hopes “that happens to me someday.”

He’s now being highly criticized for his remarks.

In a statement the former president called General Powell a “classic RINO,” who was always the “first to attack other Republicans.” Powell endorsed former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Trump in the 2016 presidential race, and former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020.

Trump also accused Powell, who served under Presidents Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 43, of making “big mistakes on Iraq,” including his infamous statement before the United Nations about weapons of mass destruction, which Powell later acknowledged  was wrong.

After attacking Powell, Trump concluded, “He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!”

Many are expressing outrage:

 

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Newsmax Blames ‘Angry CRT Activists’ for Outrage Over District Official Telling Teachers to Offer ‘Opposing’ Holocaust Views

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Americans should not be outraged that a curriculum director of a Texas school district instructed teachers to offer “opposing” views if they have books in the classroom on the Holocaust, suggests Newsmax, the right wing outlet founded by longtime Trump friend Christopher Ruddy.

A Newsmax article published Friday blames “Angry CRT Activists” for what appears to be massive nationwide outrage, saying they are claiming a Texas school is pushing “Holocaust Denial.” The article does not actually mention any CRT “activists.”

It does, however, quote U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, saying he “pounced in a tweet Thursday night.”

This is the Connecticut Democratic Senator’s tweet:

Newsmax does note that the “narrative of pushing books denying the Holocaust was started by Gina Peddy, the Carroll school district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, who was recorded on audio published by NBC News,” which is part of Senator Murphy’s tweet (above).

The Newsmax piece also mentions this tweet from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

 

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Tucker Carlson Unleashes Ugly Homophobic Attack on Pete Buttigieg – and Every Parent Taking Paternity Leave

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New dads in Japan can take 35 weeks off with full pay for paternity leave. Spain’s news dads? 12 weeks full pay. Sweden: 11 weeks. Iceland’s new fathers get nine weeks of full paid time off. Canadian new dads get between five and eight weeks. In the U.S., no federal law requires paid paternity leave, although the Family and Medical Leave Act allows unpaid time off.

Unlike 86 percent of Americans who support paid paternity leave, Fox News personality and fascism and white supremacism promoter Tucker Carlson opposes it, apparently, and made that crystal clear in the form of a homophobic attack against U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg Thursday night.

That attack was so broad and so ugly it extends to every man who takes paternity leave, which is unfortunate given that studies show men who take paternity leave are less likely to get divorced, among other long-term benefits.

“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed – no word on how that went,” Carlson said, mocking new dads, fathers in general, men who take paternity leave, and gay fathers.

 

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