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Uganda lawmakers to vote on reinstating anti-gay law after legal defeat

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Ugandan lawmakers will vote on reinstating a severe anti-gay law just weeks after it was scrapped by the country’s constitutional court, the parliamentary speaker said on Tuesday.

The six-month-old law had meant that homosexuals could be jailed for life. It was popular domestically, but was branded draconian and “abominable” by rights groups and was overturned on a technicality by the constitutional court on August 1.

Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga said she expected the bill would be re-introduced when it returns from its summer break, probably later this month.

“There is enthusiasm among the members of parliament. Over 200 members have signed the petition to re-table it,” Kadaga told AFP on Tuesday.

“By these numbers it is a sign it will be passed overwhelmingly,” she added.

The new petition also calls for the process to be sped up, bypassing normal parliamentary rules that require the law to be reintroduced from scratch — a potentially lengthy process.

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The legislation, signed by President Yoweri Museveni in February, also outlawed the promotion of homosexuality and obliged Ugandans to denounce gays to the authorities.

Judges ruled it had been passed in December without the necessary quorum of lawmakers in parliament.

Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda and punishable by a jail sentence, even without the tough new law.

Uganda’s attorney general said last week that an appeal against the constitutional court ruling had also been lodged at the Supreme Court.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has likened the law to anti-Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany, and Western nations have frozen or redirected millions of dollars of government aid in response.

Critics have accused Museveni of drumming up homophobia to boost his support ahead of a presidential election scheduled for 2016, which will be his 30th year in power.

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Matt Gaetz gets laughed at after his attempt to derail Mueller hearing hilariously backfires

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tried to turn the latest hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election into a hearing on border security -- and then got hilariously shut down by one of the panelists.

During his allotted time, Gaetz changed the subject away entirely from the Mueller report and decided to grill one of the witnesses for her views on border security.

In particular, Gaetz asked Carrie Cordero, a Robert M. Gates senior fellow and general counsel at the Center for New American Security, about her work writing about the security problems posed by Mexican drug cartels.

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Lindsey Graham shoves Trump toward war: ‘Anyone would believe we’re one step closer’

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President Donald Trump seemed to try and deescalate the situation between Iran and the U.S. in wake of the former shooting down an American drone. But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) seems to be shoving the president toward war.

"I think anybody would believe that we’re one step closer" [to war], Graham told the press in the hallways of Congress Thursday. "They shot down an American asset, well within international waters -- trying to assess the situation. What are you supposed to do?"

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Fireworks erupt at latest Mueller hearing as chairman Jerry Nadler schools GOP’s Jim Jordan

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A feisty Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) schooled Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for blatantly misstating facts about the investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

After Jordan went on a lengthy diatribe against the FBI for supposedly relying on the Steele dossier to launch an investigation against the Trump campaign, Nadler jumped in to formally correct the record.

"It is well established that the investigation was not predicated on the Steele dossier, but rather on the observation of..." Nadler began.

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