Transgender Navy SEAL Has A Message For Donald Trump (Video)

Transgender Navy SEAL Has A Message For Donald Trump

President Trump says trans people don’t belong in the military. This trans Navy SEAL disagrees

Posted by NowThis Politics on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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MoveOn Endorses Six Senators’ Re-Election Bids, Backing ‘Health Care Heroes’ for Helping Lead Effort to Stop Trumpcare From Becoming Law, Embracing Progressive Policies in Trump Era

MoveOn Endorses Six Senators’ Re-Election Bids, Backing ‘Health Care Heroes’ for Helping Lead Effort to Stop Trumpcare From Becoming Law, Embracing Progressive Policies in Trump Era
By Brian Stewart. Tuesday, August 1 2017

** MoveOn Members’ First 2018 Endorsements: Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Mazie Hirono, Sherrod Brown, Tammy Baldwin, and Chris Murphy. **

Following their votes to help defeat Trumpcare in the Senate last week, six incumbent Senators have won the votes of members in their states as part of a “Health Care Heroes” endorsement push; members voted to back Sens. Bernie Sanders (VT), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Mazie Hirono (HI), Sherrod Brown (OH), Tammy Baldwin (WI), and Chris Murphy (CT) for re-election. Each won more than 99% of votes cast by members in their state.

The endorsements come days after a Republican-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take a wrecking ball to health care coverage in this country failed by one vote. In an email to members nationwide, organizers noted the closeness of the vote and the importance of re-electing progressives candidates to fight Trump’s agenda.

“We need all six of these Health Care Heroes to keep fighting against the relentless attacks on Americans’ health care, and also to push forward a vision that will expand health care to even more Americans,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of Political Action. “And we need these six champions to be in a strong position for their reelection so we can also inspire candidates across the country to embrace a bold, inclusive, populist agenda and expand the playing field to flip other Senate and House seats.”

These six senators have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of their constituents and to stop Trump’s attempts to divide our country, shred our Constitution, and hurt the livelihoods of regular Americans. And they’re critical in helping build the progressive agenda we need to see in Washington.

Here are excerpts from MoveOn’s email to millions of members nationwide:

• Bernie Sanders of Vermont has spent decades leading on progressive issues, from universal health care to publicly funded elections to opposing unjust wars. As we all know, he’s been tirelessly rallying Americans to resist Trump and advocate for progressive policies like Medicare for All. He’s worked with MoveOn members to defend Social Security and Medicaid and just last month hit the road at MoveOn-sponsored rallies against Trumpcare.

• Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has proven that Democrats can successfully stand up to Wall Street. She helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has forcefully pushed for reforms to student debt, and has worked alongside MoveOn members to tackle income inequality. The Senate tried to silence her outspoken opposition to Jeff Sessions for attorney general in the Senate, but still she persisted. And her vocal criticism of how billionaires have rigged the economy against working people has made her a top target of right-wing groups.

• Sherrod Brown of Ohio is a true champion for working people everywhere. He’s leading the fights for a $15 minimum wage and an infrastructure plan that would put millions more Americans to work. He’s showing what true populism looks like in a state Trump won handily—and if he can win, it could be a model for how we beat Trump in 2020.

• Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin led on numerous progressive issues in the U.S. House before becoming the first openly gay candidate elected to the Senate in 2012. She’s continued championing progressive issues such as universal health care and ending the revolving door for lobbyists in Washington. She’s worked with MoveOn members to offer real solutions to tackling Big Money and the conflicts of interest that are poisoning our democracy. And she’s in a state that Trump won last year, holding a seat Democrats need to hold on to.

• Mazie Hirono of Hawaii was a leader in the House Progressive Caucus for years before bringing her strong principles to the Senate. Last week, she flew back to Washington, D.C., despite being recently diagnosed with cancer, to speak out powerfully on the floor of the Senate against Trumpcare. She has been an energizing and inspirational voice for MoveOn members in the fight for health care.

• Chris Murphy of Connecticut was elected to the U.S. House in 2006 on an anti-Iraq War platform and he has been advocating for a more progressive foreign policy in Congress ever since. As a U.S. senator, he championed the diplomatic agreement with Iran and has spoken forcefully about stopping future wars under Trump. And as the senator representing Newtown, he’s never been afraid to take on the NRA and call for sensible gun legislation—even holding the Senate floor last summer to raise the alarm about assault weapons after the Orlando shooting.

The 2018 election is of critical importance and MoveOn is accelerating its support of progressive candidates up and down the ballot, including with additional endorsements of 2018 progressive candidates in the weeks and months to come.

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New civil rights chief at Justice Department has spent his career undermining civil rights

Both the interim head and the nominee have remarkably poor records when it comes to civil rights law.
President Donald Trump listens as Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Feb. 9, 2017.
Thomas Wheeler, the Assistant Acting Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) division that handles policing, discrimination, and voting rights cases, announced he would be leaving his position after just 6 months.

John Gore, a Republican lawyer in Washington, will serve in the interim until Trump’s nominee for the position, Eric Dreiband, secures a hearing. Gore most notably represented the University of North Carolina system after it was sued by the Obama administration over the state’s HB2 bathroom bill. Gore is a former partner at Jones Day—the law firm from which the Trump administration has pulled at least 14 attorneys from to join the president’s team, including the White House Counsel Don McGahn. According to Election Law Blog, Gore’s now-deleted bio on the Jones Day website stated Gore had been “actively involved in redistricting litigation” in private practice and listed six cases in which he defended state governments accused of violating the Voting Rights Act through gerrymandering.

Gore represented Florida Governor Rick Scott in a case over his administration’s attempt to purge the state’s voter rolls of potential noncitizens before the 2012 election. The move disproportionately affected Florida’s Hispanic community, which made up only 13% of the 11.3 million active registered voters in Florida at the time, yet were 58% of those identified as potential noncitizens. A federal appeals court ruled in 2014 the purge was found to have violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which prevents purging of voter rolls 90 days before an election.

Many believe the Trump administration, with its recent creation of a Voter Election Commission urging states to turn over large amounts of voter data, will gut the NVRA. In a June photo with Trump, chair of the Voter Election Commission and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was photographed holding a memo of desired policy goals, including a bullet point to amend the NVRA.

Gore will not permanently maintain the job: Trump nominated Washington labor lawyer Eric Dreiband to serve as assistant attorney general in the civil rights division, but hasn’t yet been confirmed. Dreiband, however, also has a poor record on civil rights, and many activists have already voiced their opposition to Dreiband’s nomination.

“Whoever leads the ‘crown jewel’ of the Justice Department must have deep relationships with stakeholders and marginalized communities, and have a deep, abiding faith in our nation’s civil rights laws,” said Vanita Gupta, head of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and a former leader of the civil rights division under President Obama. “They must respect the laws that touch everyone, rights that people have literally died for. They must respect the role of what has been called the conscience of the federal government. In all those regards, Eric Dreiband is woefully unqualified to lead the Civil Rights Division.”

Dreiband, also a former Jones Day attorney, has represented a tobacco company in an age discrimination case and Bloomberg in a pregnancy discrimination case. In his most high-profile case, Dreiband defended Abercrombie & Fitch in a Supreme Court case when the clothing retailer was sued for refusing to hire a 17-year-old Muslim woman because her headscarf was in violation of the company’s dress code, a case which Dreiband lost.
Thanks to Emily Q. Hazzard.
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Trump’s Adviser Just Yelled at a CNN Reporter Over the Statue of Liberty

Posted By: S. L. Nickerson August 2, 2017

White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller was on hand for a White House press conference to discuss immigration reform proposed by GOP Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia — which President Donald Trump endorsed — but he instead ended up debating the poem on the statue of liberty with CNN’s Jim Acosta.

The proposed policy would require immigrants to speak English before arriving and be qualified for highly-skilled jobs. While asking Miller a question, Acosta cited the part of the poem “The New Colossus” inscribed on the Statue of Liberty by Emma Lazarus, which includes the lines “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.”

Acosta asked if this legislation would be changing what it meant to be an immigrant entering the U.S. and defying what the Statue of Liberty means as a “symbol hope.”

Miller’s responded by saying that the poem had been added later, calling Acosta’s mention of the poem “a historical.” and did not directly address Acosta’s question.

Acosta replied that Miller was peddling “national park revisionism.”

Miller then badgered Acosta over what number of immigrants entering the country in a year would violate “Jim Acosta’s definition of the Statue of Liberty poem law of the land.”

Later in the 7-minute exchange, Miller asked, “do you really at CNN not know the difference between green card policy and illegal immigration?”

Acosta, citing his family’s experience as immigrants receiving a green card, said the process required hard work and that many like his family members did not enter through “Ellis Island” and had learned English “later on.” Acosta insinuated that the U.S. might only allow people from the U.S. or Great Britain because it sounded like the bill was trying to “engineer racial and ethnic flow” into the country.

Miller said this was an “amazing moment” that revealed Acosta’s “cosmopolitan bias.”

But as some on Twitter pointed out, Miller might have been the cat calling the kettle black.

Miller ended his time at the podium by saying it went “exactly as planned.”

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