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Utah moves to toss school ban on 'advocacy of homosexuality'

Source: Associated Press

TUESDAY, FEB 21, 2017 03:30 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers took the first step Tuesday to get rid of a state law that bans the “advocacy of homosexuality” in schools, a move driven by a court challenge from gay rights groups.

The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously in favor of a Republican bill cutting the phrase from sex education law. The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Utah sued last fall, saying the law creates a “chilling culture of silence that stigmatizes LGBTQ students” and exists only to express disapproval of being gay.

A number of states have similar laws but few others are moving to overturn them, Equality Utah said. However, the group said it is not ready to drop the lawsuit. The bill replaces the law’s ban on the “advocacy of homosexuality” with a ban on the “advocacy of premarital or extramarital sexual activity,” which already is generally outlawed in Utah schools.

Republican state Sen. Stuart Adams, who is sponsoring the proposal, said the replacement makes it clear that the state does not want teachers to promote sex outside marriage when they present opt-in, abstinence-based sex education.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/02/21/utah-moves-to-toss-school-ban-on-advocacy-of-homosexuality/

Missouri man charged with trying to plan terrorist attack

Source: Associated Press

TUESDAY, FEB 21, 2017 03:31 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal officials say a Missouri man is charged with helping to plan what he believed would be a terrorist attack in Kansas City.

Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr. was charged in federal court in Kansas City with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The 25-year-old Hester of Jefferson City was arrested Friday and the criminal complaint was released Tuesday after he made his first court appearance.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas City says Hester, who served less than a year in the U.S. Army, met several times with people he believed to be Islamic State group sympathizers. They were actually undercover FBI agents.

Prosecutors say Hester agreed to participate in an attack scheduled for Monday that would injure or kill many people.


Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/02/21/missouri-man-charged-with-trying-to-plan-terrorist-attack/

Trump praises new African American museum during first visit

Source: Associated Press

TUESDAY, FEB 21, 2017 03:45 PM EST


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced “bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms” during his first visit to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History on Tuesday.

Trump, in remarks after his tour, called the museum “truly great” and said he would be back to see more of the 3,000 objects illustrating African-American history.

“I’m deeply proud that we now have a museum that honors the millions of African-American men and women who built our national heritage, especially when it comes to faith, culture and the unbreakable American spirit,” said the president, flanked by museum officials and African-American politicians.

This was Trump’s first visit to the new museum, which opened September 24 to great fanfare, including a dedication by then-President Barack Obama and attendance by former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has become one of the most popular attractions in Washington, with museum officials saying Monday that the building has already had its millionth visitor.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/02/21/trump-praises-new-african-american-museum-during-first-visit/

US Senate leader: Winners make policy, losers go home

Source: Associated Press


LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (AP) — Nearly 1,000 people jeered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he drove to a speech Tuesday where he told local business leaders that “winners make policy and the losers go home.”

Protesters crowded the American Legion Post 34 Fairgrounds, kept at bay by several police officers and a chain link fence. The crowd chanted “No ban, no wall, Mitch McConnell take our call” as McConnell drove past in a black SUV. It was the first of several scheduled public appearances for McConnell this week during a congressional recess. Protesters upset with Republican President Donald Trump’s policies have vowed to follow McConnell to every stop.

A small group of protesters managed to get in the building for McConnell’s speech, where attendees had to RSVP to the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce. One woman, 54-year-old Rose Perkins of Georgetown, stood and wagged her finger at McConnell as she asked him about the thousands of coal jobs that have disappeared in eastern Kentucky.

“If you’ll answer that, I’ll sit down and shut up like Elizabeth Warren,” Perkins said, a reference to McConnell invoking Senate rules to silence the Massachusetts senator during her speech opposing Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as U.S. attorney general.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/02/21/us-senate-leader-winners-make-policy-losers-go-home/

If college liberals are so naive, why did the campus right fall for Yiannopoulos?

By Alyssa Rosenberg February 21 at 11:56 AM

I promised myself that I’d spend less of 2017 dissecting the provocations of assorted jerks and frauds. I held out for a while. But as Milo Yiannopoulos’s reign as the latest conservative enfant terrible crumbled this weekend over video of him suggesting that very young teenagers can consent to sex with adults, with organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference rescinding a speaking invitation that they had extended to him and a conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster canceling his $250,000 book contract, it seemed worthwhile to note one particular element of his confidence game.

Yiannopoulos’s rise coincided with a new wave of protest on college campuses and was directly facilitated by conservative college students who booked him in an attempt to raise even more ire from their liberal peers. At the same time that conservatives were criticizing liberal college students as vulnerable snowflakes making unreasonable requests of their administrations, conservative college students and groups were enabling the rise of an intellectual fraud at the cost of their own funds and credibility.

Utopianism can be a form of naivete. Given the sheer variety of students who gather on most college campuses, it would take an impractical — if not Orwellian — effort for administrators and faculty to anticipate their students’ every need. And given the inevitable contradictions between those needs and desires, it would be impossible to accommodate every single one of them. Hoping for a world free of economic precariousness, myriad forms of discrimination and the unkindnesses of youth may be impractical, given present political conditions and university politics. The solutions that the left and liberal college students propose may even be downright undesirable. But as forms of callowness go, wanting to improve the world is hardly the worst.


BUSTED: Fox's Tucker Carlson berated an actor who he falsely portrayed as an anti-Trump organizer

21 FEB 2017 AT 15:34 ET

After Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s request for an on-air debate with Olga Lexell — a co-organizer of the national Not My President’s Day protests on Monday, Feb. 20 — was turned down, the conservative pundit instead booked an actor and casting agent from Los Angeles, the Daily Beast reports.

Lexell repeatedly turned down Carlson’s invite to appear on the segment, which prompted him to hire someone who Lexell said “was not affiliated in any way with our rallies and was not an organizer.”

Shane Saunders, the hired actor and casting agent, was referred to on the segment as an organizer of the event, both on the screen and by Carlson. “It’s frustrating because, with the exception of one person, all of the organizers are women,” Lexell said to the Daily Beast.

Lexell added, “For a man who knows nothing about the protests to go on TV unprepared, misrepresent our message, take credit for our weeks of hard work, and make us look bad—and for Tucker Carlson’s team to go along with it—is just disappointing.”



'Missing' Stickers Placed on Milk Cartons After Lawmaker Dodges Town Halls

by Lindsey Ellefson | 2:39 pm, February 21st, 2017

In the past few weeks, town halls have become a very big deal. No, really. People are showing up to speak to — and yell at — their representatives in person and they’re doing it in numbers that are leaving political observers stunned.

Some officials are brushing off the anger. Some are insisting that the attendees must be paid agitators. Others, however, just aren’t showing up to be spoken to by the people who elected them as representatives. Congressman Paul Cook of California is one of those who hasn’t scheduled any town halls and, judging by the following display, some of his constituents are very worried about him.



'He spewed evil for profit good riddance': Internet celebrates Milo's humiliating downfall

21 FEB 2017 AT 15:10 ET

In the span of just a few days, right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos lost his speaking gig at CPAC, his lucrative book deal, and now his job at Breitbart News.

Yiannopoulos’s downfall came in the wake of video posted over the weekend in which he lauded adult men who have sexual relationships with boys as young as 13, while at the same time boasting about a relationship he allegedly had when he was 14 years old with a priest.

Yiannopoulos — who has made a career out of making bigoted comments against Jews, Muslims, transgender people and others — has made a lot of enemies over the years, which is why it wasn’t surprising that many Twitter users reacted with unadulterated glee to his career turning into a complete train wreck.

Below are some of the top reactions to Milo Yiannopoulos’s departure from Breitbart.









New Dem Governor Reverses Course In Major North Carolina Voting Rights Case

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ALICE OLLSTEIN Published FEBRUARY 21, 2017, 1:25 PM EDT

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who narrowly unseated Republican Pat McCrory in November, announced Tuesday that he is reversing course in a major voting rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The state will no longer defend a series of voting restrictions passed in 2013 by the GOP-controlled legislature and signed by McCrory that a federal appeals court has ruled constitute unconstitutional "race-based vote suppression."

Since 2013, the state has fought to implement a law that eliminated same-day voter registration, cut a full week of early voting, barred voters from casting a ballot outside their home precincts, scrapped straight-ticket voting, and got rid of a program to pre-register high school students who would turn 18 by Election Day. That law also included one of the nation’s strictest voter ID requirements.

The NAACP sued the state, and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the civil rights group in a blistering ruling last July, holding that Republican lawmakers set out to suppress African-American voters “with almost surgical precision.”

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/north-carolina-cooper-voter-suppression

Trump's envoy at UN warns Russia US stands firm on NATO, EU


United Nations (United States) (AFP) - US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday said the United States is ready to improve ties with Russia but will not compromise on its support for NATO and the European Union.

Haley told a Security Council debate on conflicts in Europe that "Russia's attempts to destabilize Ukraine" were among the most serious challenges facing the continent.

"The United States thinks it's possible to have a better relationship with Russia - after all, we confront many of the same threats," Haley said. "But greater cooperation with Russia cannot come at the expense of the security of our European friends and allies."

The remarks came as European governments are seeking reassurance after US President Donald Trump applauded Britain's decision to leave the European Union, criticized NATO members over burden-sharing and praised Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-envoy-un-warns-russia-us-stands-firm-175958794.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw
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