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Al Roker Blasts ‘Nitwit’ Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin for Mocking School Closures During Sub-Zero Temperatures

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Kentucky’s Tea Party Republican Governor Matt Bevin is once again getting blasted, this time for remarks he made about the weather. This week the majority of the United States will experience extreme weather conditions, with temperatures falling so far some areas will feel like 40 or 50 degrees below zero.

On MSNBC Wednesday morning, veteran weather forecaster Al Roker took a swing at Governor Bevin.

“By the way, this nitwit governor in Kentucky, saying that, ‘Oh, we’re weak.’ These are kids who are going to be in sub-zero wind chills. No, cancel school. Stop it. Adults, if they want to be out there, that’s great. These are our children,” Roker blasted.

“I’m glad you’re not a teacher,” he added, looking into the camera as he focused his anger on Bevin.

Roker had just reported that areas like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Thursday will have wind chills of 22 degrees below zero, New York City 13 below zero, Chicago 44 below zero, and Louisville, Kentucky minus 6.

“I mean, what happens to America?” Bevin, talking about the impending polar vortex, had told a local Louisville radio station on Tuesday. “We’re getting soft,” he said repeatedly.

Bevin also claimed that by closing schools because of six degree below zero wind chills, “we’re sending messages to our young people that if life is hard you can curl up in the fetal position somewhere in a warm place and just wait until it stops being hard.”

The Washington Post on Wednesday slammed Governor Bevin, noting that “in Louisville, where several school districts said they would close in anticipation of a blast of arctic air from the polar vortex,” the weather was “expected to bring life-threatening temperatures to parts of the Midwest and nearby states.”

The one-term Republican incumbent, who is up for reelection this year, wasn’t asking about the increased frequency of extreme weather events, which scientists believe is a sign of intensifying climate change. Or about the fate of thousands of homeless Americans whose lives will be at acute risk in the biting cold.

His question was about why everyone couldn’t just toughen up.

“We’re getting soft,” warned Bevin, who loves posting selfies on social media but has also blocked hundreds of his constituents from interacting with his pages because he doesn’t like what they say about him, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. In case his message wasn’t clear, he repeated: “We’re getting soft.”

Bevin may be best-known for his campaign for governor, in which he actively supported Kentucky’s anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis, who spent several days in jail for contempt of court in a case where she refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Earlier on NBC’s “Today” show Roker also went after Bevin, but in a less specific manner.

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Seven Florida Republicans File Slew of Anti-LGBTQ Bills

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Seven Florida Republican lawmakers have filed four bills attacking the LGBTQ community.

NBC News reports “the bills would ban gender-affirming health care for transgender children, repeal municipal and county ordinances protecting LGBTQ workers, and legalize so-called gay conversion therapy in places that had banned the medically debunked practice.”

Conversion therapy has been compared to torture by those who have been victims of it, and states have been banning the practice given its ties to suicide and attempted suicide.

The lawmakers are Rep. Anthony Sabatini, Sen. Dennis Baxley, Rep. Bob Rommel, Sen. Joe Gruters, Rep. Michael Grant, Sen. Keith Perry, and Rep. Byron Donalds (images above, in order of NBC’s reporting.) (NCRM has added links to their Twitter accounts.)

Orlando Weekly’s Solomon Gustavo reports on House Bill 136, filed by Sabatini and Baxley, “which would make it a second-degree felony for health care practitioners to administer treatment for transitioning or changing a child’s sex.”

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Warren Calls for Investigation Into Legality of Trump Tipping Off Mar-a-Lago Guests to Soleimani’s Killing

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Elizabeth Warren is calling for financial regulatory agencies to investigate whether President Trump broke the law when he told guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort to expect something “big” in response to Iran’s killing of an American contractor in Iraq, The Daily Beast reports.

“Individuals who were guests at President Trump’s resort may have obtained confidential market-moving information,” a letter Warren sent to agencies read. “These private individuals … would have had the opportunity to obtain significant profits simply by being guests or members at President Trump’s private resort.”

Read the full report over at The Daily Beast.

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Rupert Murdoch’s Son Rips Fox News for Pushing Falsehoods About Australian Wildfires

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Rupert Murdoch’s younger son and his wife launched an attack on News Corporation for promoting conspiracy theories about Australia’s devastating wildfires.

Columnists and broadcasters from News Corp Australia — which dominates the country’s media — have questioned climate change’s role in the fires and downplayed the devastation, and James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn condemned the family business, reported The Daily Beast.

“Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known,” said a spokesperson for the couple. “They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”

James Murdoch is CEO of the investment firm Lupa Systems but sits on the board of News Corp, which publishes more than 140 newspapers in Australia, and his brother Lachlan runs the Fox News Channel in the U.S.

“They are pissing inside the tent and that’s unusual,” said a longtime News Corp executive. “It’s evidence of how high tensions are within the family over climate change. The majority of people who work here agree with James. We are hoping this may be the tipping point.”

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