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She Served in Congress for 31 Years Until the Day She Died. These 7 Republicans Refused to Name a Post Office for Her.

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When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump lie about “Democrat” obstruction they’re really talking about moral imperative lines in the sand that liberals and progressives refuse to cross. We won’t ban a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. Everyone deserves health care. Climate change is real, man-made, and the greatest existential crisis of our time. Sexual abusers shouldn’t be judges – or presidents. Men and women, LGBT or straight, must be treated equally in the eye of the law and by their employers.

U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, a Democrat, spent much of her life serving the people of Rochester, New York. From 1983 to 1986 she served in the New York State legislature as an Assemblywoman. And from 1987 until the day she died in March of 2018, she served as a U.S. Congresswoman.

Rep. Slaughter, with then Senator Joe Biden, were the original co-sponsors of the first Violence Against Women Act, which was signed into law in 1994. And she was the Chair of the House Rules Committee from 2007 to 2011, helping to whip up enough votes to pass the historic Affordable Care Act.

When she died at the age of 88 she had become the oldest sitting Member of Congress.

Much can be said about Congresswoman Slaughter, including that she was highly respected.

“She was the best,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said at Slaughter’s funeral, “with her command of the issues and the knowledge of the rules and the respect she commanded on both sides of the aisle and certainly with those who came to testify.”

So it’s stunning that when it came to honor Congresswoman Slaughter, seven House Republican Congressmen voted against naming a post office after her.

414 Members of Congress – 231 Democrats and 183 Republicans – came together to bestow a simple honor on a woman who served her country, and her constituents.

That was just too much for them to bear.

Here’s the list of the seven Republicans – with links to their Twitter accounts – who felt naming a post office after a Democratic woman was the moral imperative line in the sand they were unwilling to cross:

Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX)

Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI)

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD)

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)

Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC)

Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC)

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX)

 

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Watch: Senator Cory Booker Delivers Emotional Speech After Rand Paul Holds Up Anti-Lynching Legislation

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It was reported Wednesday that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only barrier to passing anti-lynching legislation.

Paul argued in his statement to the media that he thinks the language would turn lesser crimes into being considered a lynching. So he wants to edit the bill so that it would only qualify “serious bodily injury standard” that would only make it a hate crime if it’s a “substantial risk of death and extreme physical pain.”

It prompted Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to take to the Senate floor with a fiery speech imploring his colleagues to act.

“This idea that someone would be brought up on lynching charges for slapping is absurd,” said Booker.

“I do not need my colleague, the senator from Kentucky, to tell me about one lynching in this country,” he went on. “I’ve stood in the museum in Montgomery, Alabama, and watched African American families weeping at the stories of pregnant women lynched in this country and their babies ripped out of them while this body did nothing. I can hear the screams as this body and membership can of the unanswered cries for justice of our ancestors. Every one of us is sensitive to that anguish, to that pain, as is the senator from Kentucky. And this week, the senator from Kentucky mentioned the colleague Justin Amash. I want to tell my colleagues on both sides of the aisle he is one of only four congressmen of the 435 to vote against the antilynching bill. That means this bill was supported by the leader of the Democrats, the speaker of the House. It was supported by the leader of the Republicans, the whip of the Republicans, the whip of the Democrats. 400-plus votes supported this.”

Booker said that surely if the bill was so “wrong” then the GOP leadership would stand up against it in unison. Instead, Paul is an outlier.

“If this bill is wrong, 99 senators are wrong. If this bill is wrong, then the NAACP is wrong,” he went on. “If this bill is wrong, then the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is wrong. If this bill is wrong, then the Urban League of America is wrong. Legal organizations, civil rights organizations, Democrats and Republicans — tell me another time when 500-plus congresspeople, Democrats, Republicans, House members, and senators come together in a chorus of conviction and say now is the time in America that we condemn the dark history of our past and actually pass anti-lynching legislation.”

But it’s one man that is “standing in the way of the law of the land changing because of a difference of interpretation.”

Watch the full speech below:

 

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‘I Know a Dying Administration When I See One’: British Journalist Says Brutal Crackdown Will Seal Trump’s Doom

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British journalist Ed Luce called out Senate Republicans for covering a dying Trump administration that’s threatening U.S. democracy as it gasps for survival.

The Financial Times‘ chief U.S. commentator told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that President Donald Trump is trying to crack down on dissent and rally his hardcore base as the coronavirus and now nationwide protests against police brutality threaten his re-election chances.

“There are other Republican senators who are keeping silent because they know that what Trump is doing, what Trump is suggesting, is wrong,” Luce said. they’re scared of a backlash if they speak out.”

Luce, who warned of the Trump administration’s fascist creep in a new column, called on GOP senators to follow the example set by former Defense secretary James Mattis, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Mike Mullen and current Defense secretary Mike Esper and speak out against the president’s abuses.

“They need to speak out — it is his party,” Luce said. “Ultimately, they are enabling him. You know, I don’t think the threat of this situation can be overstated. Trump has his back to the wall. He will do lots of things to try and prevent his defeat.”

Luce said he was worried that Trump’s brutal crackdown on protesters set a dangerous precedent and energized his base, but he said that also disgusted more moderate GOP voters.

“Large, large minority Republicans strongly support these protests and support the continuing lockdown,” he said. “Now, these go directly against two things that Trump is really pushing for, the lifting of the lockdown and the racial polarization, the sort of panic element of these mostly peaceful protests.”

“I lived in many democracies, including America,” Luce added. “I’ve lived in many democracies. I know a dying administration when I see one.”

 

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Ellison to Charge Three Other Ex-Officers Involved in George Floyd’s Killing and Increase Charge Against Chauvin

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will charge three fired Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd, and will elevate the charges against the other fired officer, Derek Chauvin.

Charges against Chauvin will be increased from third degree murder to second degree murder.

“The other three officers at the scene — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — will also be charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, according to the sources, who spoke on conditions of anonymity,” the Star Tribune reports.

“Thao was recorded watching as Chauvin continued to press on Floyd’s neck with his knee. Kueng was one of the first officers on the scene and helped pin Floyd down. Lane was detailed in earlier charges as pointing a gun at Floyd before handcuffing, and later asked whether officers should roll Floyd on his side as he was restrained.”

Floyd died of “mechanical asphyxiation,” an independent autopsy commissioned by the Floyd family concluded on Monday.

Ellison (photo) took over the case on Sunday.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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