Author: Hayley Miller

WATCH: Steve King Defends His White Nationalism Tweet By Saying He Wants U.S. To Be ‘So Homogenous’

Rep. Steve King doubles down on his controversial tweet: "I meant exactly what I said" https://t.co/onPwAdQ3SD https://t.co/Rkn8J2MMC4 — New Day (@NewDay) March 13, 2017 Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is standing behind his controversial tweet indicating support of white nationalism, saying on Monday that he’d like the United States to be “so homogenous that we look a lot the same.” King faced severe backlash Sunday after retweeting an Islamophobic cartoon. Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies. https://t.co/4nxLipafWO — Steve King (@SteveKingIA) March 12, 2017 When CNN host Chris Cuomo confronted King about the tweet, the congressman chose to double down on the message. “This is being condemned by many regions of American politics and citizenry,” Cuomo said about King’s tweet. “What did you mean?” “Well, of course, I meant exactly what I said,” King replied. “You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up. … You need to teach your children your values and in doing so, then you can grow your population, and you can strengthen your culture, you can strengthen your way of life.” Rep. Steve King doubles down on his controversial tweet: “I meant exactly what I said” https://t.co/onPwAdQ3SD https://t.co/Rkn8J2MMC4 — New Day (@NewDay) March 13, 2017 Cuomo called out King for wanting to “white cleanse” the U.S. population...

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Trans Pastor To Texas Bathroom Bill Supporters: ‘Stop Using God As An Excuse To Hate People’

A transgender pastor is lashing out against people who cite God as their reason for supporting a controversial Texas bill that aims to prevent trans people from using public bathrooms that correspond best with their gender identity. The Rev. S. David Wynn, a senior pastor from Agape Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Worth, Texas, spoke Tuesday to hundreds of LGBTQ advocates protesting the bill outside the state Capitol in Austin. “In the beginning, God created humankind in God’s image. … So God is transgender, ” Wynn said, to which the crowd roared in approval. “We’re all created in the image of what is holy and divine and sacred, and we should all be treated that way.” More than 200 people, including Wynn, testified against Senate Bill 6, known as the “Texas bathroom bill,” during a public hearing with the Senate State Affairs Committee that began Tuesday morning and spilled into Wednesday morning. Pastor: “Stop using God as an excuse to hate people” #txlege #sb6 pic.twitter.com/BAENGl2RjE — LeAnn Wallace (@LeAnn_Wallace) March 7, 2017 Despite more than 13 hours of mostly oppositional public testimony, the committee voted Wednesday 7-1 in favor of the proposed legislation. The bill will now advance to the full Senate, where its passage is all but assured. Many senators, including the majority of Republicans and one Democrat, have already voiced support for the bill. During Tuesday’s hearing, Democratic state...

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Jason Chaffetz: Poor People Should Stop Buying iPhones If They Need Money For Health Care

  Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is proposing a quick fix for low-income Americans unable to afford coverage under President Donald Trump’s newly proposed health care law: Don’t buy an iPhone. The American Health Care Act, unveiled by House Republican leaders Monday, offers less financial assistance to low-income people than former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, so it would likely result in millions of Americans losing the health coverage they have today. “Maybe rather than getting that new iPhone” Americans “should invest in their own healthcare” – Rep. Jason Chaffetz https://t.co/sxWaRohbEh pic.twitter.com/aEWYikdWiw — CNN (@CNN) March 7, 2017 But the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Tuesday that Americans who might struggle to afford insurance under the GOP plan simply need to make the choice to “invest in health care.” “Americans have choices, and they’ve got to make a choice,” Chaffetz said Tuesday on CNN. “So rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves.” Having to choose between a smartphone and health care coverage is a scenario Chaffetz likely can’t relate to. With a net worth of at least $320,000 in 2014, he makes less than many of his colleagues in Congress and was only the 301st wealthiest lawmaker based on financial disclosures that...

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Jeff Sessions Warns Of An America With ‘Marijuana Sold At Every Corner Grocery Store’

  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is doubling down on his crusade against marijuana legalization. Sessions, a longtime opponent of marijuana use, warned Tuesday easing access to the drug could lead to local supermarkets selling cannabis. “States can pass whatever laws they choose,” Sessions told a crowd of attorneys general at the National Association of Attorneys General Winter Meeting. “But I’m not sure we’re going to be a better, healthier nation if we have marijuana being sold at every corner grocery store.” Sessions then appeared to criticize a column The Washington Post published Tuesday by Sam Kamin, professor of marijuana law and policy at the University of Denver. In the op-ed, Kamin argues that the opioid crisis is “a reason to expand access to marijuana rather than to contract it.” A 2016 study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found “adverse consequences of opioid use” decreased over time in states where marijuana is legalized as individuals substituted marijuana for opioids to treat pain. But Sessions scoffed at Kamin’s reasoning. “Give me a break,” Sessions said. “This is the kind of argument that has been out there. [It’s] almost a desperate attempt to defend the harmlessness of marijuana or even benefits. I doubt that’s true. Maybe science will prove me wrong. … My best view is that we don’t need to be legalizing marijuana.” Tom Angell, chairman of drug policy reform...

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George W. Bush Slams Donald Trump: ‘I Don’t Like The Racism’

  Former President George W. Bush is turning up the heat on President Donald Trump. “I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated,” the 70-year-old told the magazine. “Nobody likes that.” Though Trump has repeatedly claimed he’s the “least racist person,” many argue his actions say otherwise. Before his political career, the Justice Department had twice sued a Trump company in the 1970s for not renting to black people. In recent years, he was the driving force behind the birther movement, the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. He also kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign by referring to Mexican immigrants as “rapists.” The 43rd president, who had been reluctant to come down hard on Trump, told People that the Bush Center is involved with initiatives that appear to counter the new administration’s policies. He listed several events at the presidential library and museum, such as pro-immigration programs and leadership training for Muslim women, to highlight the work. “There’s a lot of ways to speak out,” Bush told People, “but it’s really through actions defending the values important to [my wife Laura] and me. … We’re a blessed nation, and we ought to help others.” Earlier on Monday, Bush took a jab at Trump’s controversial executive order banning Syrian refugees and temporarily barring visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. “I understood...

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Donald Trump Is Once Again Going To War Against His Own Intelligence Agencies

President Donald Trump kicked off his Friday by attacking the U.S. intelligence community once again. He lashed out at the FBI, tweeting that the agency is “totally unable to stop national security ‘leakers.’” The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security “leakers” that have permeated our government for a long time. They can’t even…… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2017 find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2017 Trump’s outburst comes hours after CNN and The Associated Press reported that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had asked the FBI to publicly dispute reports that the president’s team had communicated with Russian officials throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. FBI director James Comey reportedly refused to comply with the request because of the agency’s ongoing investigation into Trump’s associates and their potentially illegal links to the Kremlin. Comey was criticized after he decided just days before the 2016 election to reinvestigate the emails of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Though the investigation didn’t turn up any damning new information, Democrats have said that it damaged Clinton’s election chances. The White House has repeatedly denied allegations that Trump associates kept “constant communication” with Russian officials during the campaign, as first reported by The...

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Tim Cook Says Fake News Is ‘Killing People’s Minds’

  Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on government agencies and tech companies to work together on a public service campaign to combat the spread of fake news. The proliferation of misinformation is a “big problem in a lot of the world” and is “killing people’s minds in a way,” Cook said Friday in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. “We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth,” Cook said. The tech leader said he believes a wide-reaching PSA campaign (see: “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk” and “This is your brain on drugs”) is needed to address the scope and dangers of fake news. “It can be done quickly if there is a will,” Cook said. “It has to be ingrained in the schools. It has to be ingrained in the public. … We have to think through every demographic.” Cracking down on illegitimate news sources may be a necessary step in protecting the Fourth Estate. But it’s also challenging ― just ask Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Republicans and Democrats both criticized the social media company for its role in news dissemination during the election, although one side thought it meddled too much and the other thought it didn’t step in enough. “We must...

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Chuck Schumer: Neil Gorsuch’s ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Criticism Of Trump Is Self-Serving

  Republican lawmakers are calling Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s recent criticism of President Donald Trump a sign that he would be a fair and independent-minded judge on the nation’s highest court. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) isn’t buying it. In a scathing op-ed in The New York Times on Friday, Schumer wrote that Gorsuch’s private conversations with senators on Capitol Hill, in which the federal judge expressed dismay with Trump’s recent attacks on the judiciary, should not inspire confidence in his nomination. “A truly independent judge would have the fortitude to condemn the president’s remarks, not just express disapproval, and to do it publicly,” Schumer wrote. “The White House’s assertion that Judge Gorsuch’s private remarks were not aimed at Mr. Trump only raises concerns about his independence.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) first discussed his private conversation with Gorsuch with CNN on Wednesday. The senator revealed that Gorsuch told him Trump’s “so-called judge” tweet was “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” Ron Bonjean, a spokesman for Gorsuch, confirmed the exchange to CNN on Wednesday. But Thursday morning, Trump took to Twitter to accuse Blumenthal of “misrepresenting” Gorsuch’s sentiments and to resurrect a criticism that the senator had implied at least once that he had served in Vietnam when in fact he had been stateside during the war. Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now...

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