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Indiana school says students can’t form gay-straight alliance — now they’re fighting the ACLU

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is stepping in to help a trio of Indiana high school students establish a gay-straight alliance (GSA) group at their school.

According to the Greencastle, Indiana Banner-Graphic, the administration at North Putnam High School in Roachdale has denied the students the right to form the group, even though the club would be meeting outside of instructional hours and not interrupting school activities.

The ACLU filed a suit on Tuesday on behalf of the students declaring that the school and school district are in violation of federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

“GSAs are student-run extracurricular clubs that bring together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied students to support each other and promote respect and equality,” said a statement from the rights group.

“GBT students at the school have frequently been harassed and wanted to form the GSA to provide a place to educate the community and support vulnerable students,” the statement continued.

The school district stalled the group for a year, saying it needed to make a decision whether to allow the group to form and meet on school property. Finally, on Nov. 20, the North Putnam School Board voted to withhold authorization from the group. No other extracurricular group at North Putnam High School is required to pass a vote by the board to receive permission to organize and meet.

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ACLU Indiana’s legal director Ken Falk said that for the district to deny the students permission to form the group is a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution and of the federal Equal Access Act.

“The law is clear in this matter,” said Falk. “There is no excuse for the school district’s intransigence, which is causing real harm to its students.”

The ACLU has had success in a similar case in Munster, Indiana earlier this year.

The group filed suit on Tuesday at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Terre Haute Division.

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Trump angrily demands newspaper reveal unnamed sources behind bombshell report on his Russia policy

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President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.

"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.

"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.

"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.

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Trump seethes and calls Fox ‘fake news’ after seeing a story that made him mad

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Trouble appears to be brewing between President Donald Trump and the cable news station he loves: Fox News.

In a tweet Monday night, the president lashed out at the network over its polling and called it “fake news’ — an epithet he usually reserves for mainstream outlets:

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Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Matthew Gertz, who has previously noted that Trump appears to record news segments and watch them a few hours later, suggested that the president appeared to be reacting to an earlier segment from Special Report with Bret Baier. The segment showed that, even according to Fox News’ polling, Trump trails every single leading candidate in the Democratic field in head-to-head matchups.

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BUSTED: Trump’s DOJ intervened to keep Paul Manafort from being imprisoned at Rikers Island

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President Donald Trump's Department of Justice intervened to keep his former campaign chairman out of jail, The New York Times reported Monday.

Manafort had been expected to be moved to the Rikers Island jail complex.

"But last week, Manhattan prosecutors were surprised to receive a letter from the second-highest law enforcement official in the country inquiring about Mr. Manafort’s case. The letter, from Jeffrey A. Rosen, Attorney General William P. Barr’s new top deputy, indicated that he was monitoring where Mr. Manafort would be held in New York," the newspaper reported.

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