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Ted Cruz says Planned Parenthood terrorist was ‘transgendered leftist activist’

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In a frantic effort to pin blame on the Planned Parenthood terror attack on Friday on anyone but the anti-choice right, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that Christian extremist Robert Louis Dear was “registered as an independent and a woman and transgendered leftist activist” at a press conference on Sunday.

The Texas Tribune reported on Cruz’ attempt to distance his party and presidential campaign from the attack at a campaign stop in Newton, Iowa.

The former Tea Party darling told reporters that to associate Dear’s murderous five-hour rampage at the clinic with the Republican right’s efforts to curtail women’s right to choose is just “vicious rhetoric on the left blaming those who are pro-life.”

Dear — who killed three people and injured nine others in the attack — rambled to police about “baby parts” when he was apprehended, saying that he was trying to stop Planned Parenthood from slaughtering unborn children and selling their organs on the black market.

In the past, Cruz has called Planned Parenthood an “ongoing criminal enterprise.” In September in an emotionally charged speech against Planned Parenthood, he lamented that “(w)e are now a nation that harvests the body parts of baby boys and girls.”

In his histrionic turn on the Senate floor, Cruz pointed to the heavily edited and since-debunked series of videos from anti-abortion extremists the Center for Medical Progress, the same videos that reportedly motivated Dear’s attack on Friday.

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In Iowa on Sunday, however, Cruz said it’s ridiculous to blame him or his party in any way for the deaths of the victims.

“The media promptly wants to blame him on the pro-life movement when at this point there’s very little evidence to indicate that,” Cruz insisted.

A reporter pointed out that Dear was babbling about “baby parts” when he was arrested, Cruz flew off the handle, saying, “It’s also been reported that he was registered as an independent and a woman and transgendered leftist activist, if that’s what he is. I don’t think it’s fair to blame the rhetoric on the left. This is a murderer.”

Zack Ford at Think Progress said that Cruz was basing his remarks on a right-wing canard spawned by fringe right-wing blogger Jim Hoft, also known as The Gateway Pundit.

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“(A)ll of the available information suggests he was none of those things,” said Ford. “None of the people interviewed about Dear had anything to say about his gender identity. Nothing about his appearance nor any past reports of his identity suggests that he identifies as a woman. The voter registration form identifying him as female is the only discrepancy, making it most likely a typo and nothing more.”

“I would call it a murder, and we’ll what the facts are,” Cruz replied. “It was a multiple murder of what appears to be a deranged individual. And it was horrific, it was evil, and we’ll find out more out about the facts, but I don’t think we should jump to conclusions.”

Planned Parenthood said on Sunday, “We now know the man responsible for the tragic shooting at PP’s health center in Colorado was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion.”

“It’s not enough to denounce the tragedy without also denouncing the poisonous rhetoric that fueled it,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Instead, some politicians are continuing to stoke it, which is unconscionable.”

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Trump considering withdraw from 68-year-old treaty with Japan: report

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President Donald Trump has been privately talking about withdrawing from the postwar defense treaty with Japan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn't require Japan to come to America's defense, the sources told Bloomberg.

So far, the president hasn't taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.

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Rep. Ted Lieu: Impeachment is coming — and so is a Democratic president

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Donald Trump recently called “impeachment” a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” but his continued stonewalling of legitimate congressional oversight requests are moving more and more House Democrats to embrace that “filthy” concept. That was the very point made by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a progressive Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee during our recent conversation on “Salon Talks.” That committee would be the starting point for an actual impeachment inquiry of the president.

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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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