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Five Congressional Democrats Including Gabbard and Moulton Likely to Get Primaried – From the Left

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Progressive Democrats are wasting no time in cleaning house – in this case the House of Representatives – of members of their own party some think are too conservative or don’t represent the party well.

The Hill reports that among them is Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts. Congressman Moulton was once a rising star, when he was elected in 2014. But the 40-year old former Marine Corps decorated officer angered many with his multi-year war against then-former Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Now that she has regained the gavel and won several major battles in a few short weeks against President Trump, Moulton is persona non grata to many in the Democratic Party.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is also in trouble. Her 2017 meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad raised eyebrows and drew the ire of Democrats and Republicans alike. More recently, her previous anti-LGBTQ activism has drawn anger and fire. And just this week news that her just-launched campaign for president is already disintegrating leaves her ripe for attack.

Conservative Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas also makes The Hill’s report. Cuellar has voted for anti-abortion legislation, voted to constitutionally define marriage as between one man and one woman only, and even campaigned for a Republican.

Another conservative Democrat, Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois, to some is a Democrat in name only. He is anti-LGBTQ. Lipinski in 2014 voted to reaffirm DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that banned the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court later struck down a key portion of the law.

Lipinski is also opposed to same-sex marriage, ObamaCare, the DREAM Act, and abortion rights. He was an original co-sponsor of the religious right’s First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), a bill that allows discrimination by people claiming their sincerely held religious views do not permit them to do business with LGBT people or same-sex couples.

Also making The Hill’s list is Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts. In Congress since 2001, Lynch is rated as a “a Populist-Leaning Liberal” by OnTheIssues, which tracks positions of all federal lawmakers and other politicians. Lynch opposed Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. The Hill reports video game developer Brianna Wu, who lost to Rep. Lynch by 48 points last year, will challenge him again in 2020.

This report has been updated to accurately reflect the 2018 performance of Brianna Wu against Rep. Lynch.

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‘Fear-Driven Alliance’: Conservative Explains Why Far-Right CPAC ‘Opportunists’ and ‘Paranoids’ Are Meeting in Hungary

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The rise of authoritarianism and fascism growing within the Republican Party was discussed by the opening panel on MSNBC’s “The Reidout” on Friday.

Host Joy Reid noted how the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is being held in Hungary this year, which is ruled by strongman Viktor Orbán.

“They have elections, of a sort, but also hamper voters’ abilities to make informed choices and heavily control the outcome that the elections are essentially a show,” she explained. “These are the autocratic dreams of a far-right leader obsessed with solidifying a Christian monoculture and who, in 2014, declared his intention to build an illiberal new state citing China, Russia and Turkey as role models. Flash forward to today where CPAC, the once conservative gathering that is now simply a cesspool of the far-right running amok, is holding its conference in Budapest.”

For analysis, Reid interviewed conservative writer Tom Nichols.

Nichols warned “there is a nihilistic, fear-driven alliance here with a group of opportunists, and I want to get back to this issue of about Hungary, the really dangerous thing here is that some of these people believe very deeply in — in some of this stuff and yet others, and I would say people like [Tucker] Carlson and Matt Schlapp and some of the other people capering about in Budapest, don’t believe in any of this and don’t believe in anything of this other than the extension of their own personal power and wealth.

“And when you have this coalition of shallow, empty opportunists along with with a group of paranoids, basically, then you have a really dangerous movement because each side has to keep upping the ante to kind of justify why they are doing the things they are doing,” he explained.

“A lot of this is an act, but the problem is you then paint yourself into a corner… You have to start actually trying to put forward policies and carry things out that, that make you look as if you believe the things that you’re doing. And then after a while, whether it’s an act or its opportunism is no longer relevant: You have become the thing you’ve been prancing about and pretending to be,” he explained.

Watch the segment below or at this link.

 

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LGBTQ Student Says He’s Being Blocked From Running for Class President After Suspension Over ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Protest

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A 17-year-old gay Florida high school student who was suspended after organizing a highly-successful statewide protest against Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” law now says school officials are blocking him from running for class president.

Jack Petocz was suspended for four days, he and school administrators say, for handing out several hundred small LGBTQ Pride flags just before the walkout that drew hundreds of his classmates at Flagler Palm Coast High School and thousands of students across the Sunshine State. The walkout he organized was approved by school administrators although reports at the time say barely hours before it began he was told to cancel it. That order allegedly came one day after a school board member who has opposed Petocz in the past toured his school.

Now Petocz wants to run for senior class president.

In a letter he posted to Twitter he says school officials told him there would be no additional disciplinary action against him after his suspension but, he says, one month later they “broke this verbal agreement and placed a level 3 referral on my record. Now, due to this high level of discipline, I am being prevented from running for senior class president. I am continuing to be punished for standing up for my identity and against widespread hatred. I’ve emailed administration and the principal numerous times, they’re simply ignoring me.”

NBC News reports “school district spokesman Jason Wheeler said Flagler Schools was not permitted to speak about individual students’ disciplinary records. Requirements for individual on-campus clubs or organizations are set by the schools or clubs themselves, he said.”

Literary and human rights organization PEN America is honoring Petocz this month, the Associated Press reported.

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“Jack Petocz is leading his generation in fighting back against book bans and legislative efforts to police how individual identities can be discussed in schools,” CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement.

This week he picked up support from U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Florida’s former governor who is running again to be governor.

 

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Donald Trump Took a Direct Role in Developing a Legal Strategy to Overturn Election Loss Says Coup Memo Author Eastman

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John Eastman revealed Friday in a court filing that he routinely communicated with Donald Trump either directly or through “six conduits” in the weeks ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The right-wing attorney asked a federal judge to maintain attorney-client privilege over his work for the former president, and the late-night filing gave the clearest view yet of the communications between Trump and the battalion of attorneys and allies helping his effort to remain in power despite losing the election, reported Politico.

The filing shows Trump took a direct role in those efforts, describing “two hand-written notes from former President Trump about information that he thought might be useful for the anticipated litigation,” which Eastman is looking to shield, and the attorney also said he spoke directly to the former president about legal challenges in states he lost.

Eastman wants to prevent the House select committee from obtaining 600 emails related to his so-called “coup memo,” which sought to enlist Mike Pence and GOP-led state legislatures to overturn the 2020 election outcome, and he also asked U.S. District Court Judge David Carter of California to shield his contacts with state legislators to discuss appointing pro-Trump electors in state Joe Biden had won.

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The filing does not identify the White House officials and attorneys he communicated with during that period, but some of those attorneys — including Kurt Olsen and Bruce Marks — filed declarations supporting Eastman’s claims about his work for Trump.

Eastman also reveals that he exchanged a dozen emails with Fox News host Mark Levin, whom he doesn’t identify by name but whom he describes as “an individual who, in addition to his role as a radio talk show host, is also an attorney, former long-time President (and current board Chairman) of a public interest law firm, and also a former fellow at The Claremont Institute.”

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