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NRA-Loving Pro-Trump Russian Agent Maria Butina Sentenced to the Max

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Sentence Handed Down Minutes Before Gun Group’s Convention Starts

Russian national, foreign agent, and lifetime NRA member Maria Butina has just been given the maximum sentence asked by prosecutors.

Buttina, who worked for the Kremlin as an unregistered foreign agent in the U.S., was sentenced to 18 months in prison. She will be given credit for time served, and will be deported back to Russia after her time in jail.

She “used her NRA activism to illegally infiltrate conservative political circles,” according to NBC News.

Butina admitted to working with her Republican operative boyfriend Paul Erickson — identified in court papers as “U.S. Person 1” — at the behest of a Russian official in order “to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics … for the benefit of the Russian Federation,” according to court papers.

The Russian operative also considered sex as part of her arsenal to gain influence.

“For example, on at least one occasion, Butina offered an individual other than U.S. Person 1 sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organization,” prosecutors wrote in opposing her bail last year.

Coincidentally, Butina was sentenced just minutes before the failing gun lobbying group’s annual convention is set to begin. Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be speaking at the convention, again.

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Chasten Buttigieg Slams Florida GOP’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill for ‘Pushing LGBTQ Families Back Into the Closet’

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Former school teacher Chasten Buttigieg is slamming Florida legislation dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussion of LGBTQ issues in public schools under the guise of “parental rights,” saying it will “kill kids.”

Appearing on CNN Buttigieg asked, “what kind of country we’re building, or in Florida, what kind of state are you building where you’re essentially pushing kids back into the closet, you’re saying we can’t talk about you? We can’t even talk about your families.”

“And you know, as a kid who grew up for 18 years, being told, ‘you don’t belong, something about you is wrong.’ Sometimes you take that trauma to heart and unfortunately there are a lot of kids in this country who do the worst because we tell them, ‘something about you is twisted and you don’t belong here.'”

Buttigieg railed against the bill over the weekend, posting a tweet pointing to a Trevor Project study that he says found “42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide last year.”

The bill, sponsored by freshman Republican state Rep. Joe Harding, in part reads: “A school district may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”

Buttigieg, who is married to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, said, “if kids come into the classroom Monday morning, and they’re all talking about their weekends, and hypothetically a kid like mine says, ‘I had the best weekend with my dad. We went to the zoo, we went and got ice cream,’ is the teacher supposed to say, ‘hey, we don’t talk about things like that in this classroom’? You know, and not only what does that do to kids like mine, but also do to a kid in the classroom [who is] starting to realize that they’re different.”

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Psaki Schools Doocy on Trump’s Infamous Twitter Tantrums After He Whines About ‘Hashtag’ Diplomacy

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question from Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy on Tuesday by reminding him that former President Donald Trump had a history of conducting diplomacy through tantrums on Twitter.

At a White House press briefing, Doocy asked why Secretary of State Antony Blinken had expressed support for Ukraine on Twitter with the hashtag “#IStandWithUkraine.”

“Has that ever worked in stopping an authoritarian regime from doing anything, a hashtag?” Doocy wondered.

“I will have to say that, unlike the last administration, we don’t think Twitter is the only means of engaging or negotiating or discussing important topics,” Psaki replied. “But it is important for us to convey to the Ukrainian people who do view commentary through a range of forums.”

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‘Worse Than Ignorant’: ‘Troll’ MAGA Congressman Slammed Over Claim Biden Is ‘Maligning the Free Press’

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U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), a far right-wing extremist who forged multiple congressional documents sent to federal agencies and voted to not certify the 2020 election, is under fire after criticizing President Joe Biden for maligning the free press while suggesting President Donald Trump never attacked the media.

Banks is an anti-LGBTQ activist, anti-science climate change denier, and opposes a woman’s right to choose, Obamacare, and same-sex marriage.

On Monday during a hot mic moment, President Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a bitch.” He almost immediately called Doocy directly to apologize.

But Banks retaliated by asking on Twitter, “Have we ever seen a President attack and malign the free press like Joe Biden has??”

The list of attacks on the free press by other presidents, but especially by Donald Trump, is almost endless. Trump’s attacks were so dangerous an MSNBC embedded reporter had to have Secret Service agents escort her to her car as one of Trump’s MAGA rallies came to a close after he directed his anger at her by name.

Even conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg criticized Banks, calling him a “troll.”

And conservative journalist Charlie Sykes tweeted at Banks: “Beyond fuqqing parody.”

Podcaster Andrew Wortman reminded Banks that Trump called a different reporter a “son of a bitch,” too:

Many others vented their fury at Banks, offering a multitude of examples in response to his question.

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