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California barber says Bible told him not to cut transgender veteran’s hair

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The owner of a California barber shop is facing scrutiny after turning away a transgender veteran on religious grounds while citing the Bible, reports the Advocate.

Kendall Oliver, who served in the Afghanistan, made an online appointment at The Barbershop in the Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Cucamonga but when he showed up to get his hair cut he was refused service by shop owner Richard Hernandez who said they only cut men’s hair.

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Oliver explained that he identifies as male, but was told, ‘It doesn’t matter ma’am, we still won’t cut a woman’s hair.”

“I don’t think that’s how someone should be discriminated against, whether they identify as male or female or transgender,” Oliver explained. “A person is a person.”

According to shop owner Hernandez, he has nothing against the LGBT community, but he still refuses to cut women’s hair.

“I have religious convictions that prevent me from cutting women’s hair,”  Hernandez told CBS-LA. “It’s a shame for a man to have long hair, but if a woman has long hair, it’s her glory and it speaks to being given to her as her covering, and I don’t want to be one who is taking away from her glory.”

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According to Hernandez, he is a member of the Church of God and that his faith precludes him from cutting the hair of a woman, “even if they identify themselves as a man.”

Despite the fact that it is illegal in California to discriminate based on gender, gender identity of gender expression, Hernandez feels the law is on his side.

“I value the Constitution we have in this country and I hope it upholds for me as well as others,” he explained.

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Ex-counterintel official explains how lobbying laws could bring down Rudy Giuliani

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Justice Department counterintelligence official David Laufman explained to Chris Cuomo how President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani could go down for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

"Why does this matter, this area of the law?" asked Cuomo.

"This was a statute enacted in the 1930s in response to pro-Nazi German elements of the United States, engaged in subversive propaganda activities so that the U.S. people or lawmakers when confronted with content, whether lobbying or an op-ed, can make an informed assessment based on who the real party is behind it," explained Laufman. "If it's a foreign party, the American people should be able to take that into account and assigning whatever weight they want."

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Maddow outlines how Giuliani and his arrested pals seem to be leading back to a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow detailed the way that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his two recently-arrested business associates are now linked to an oligarch in Ukraine.

In an NBC News report earlier Wednesday, it was revealed that Giuliani's associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were doing work with oligarch Dmytro Firtash.

The report revealed that Firtash was involved in getting partners for an oil and gas company while also helping with the effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Trump’s ‘adolescent’ letter to Turkey stuns ex-White House adviser: ‘It is unprecedented’

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," David Gergen, a former White House adviser to four presidents, was astonished by President Donald Trump's letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an warning him "don't be a fool."

"I don't want to laugh about it because it's — this is a letter that was actually sent, at least, he says it was," said host Erin Burnett. "Have you ever seen anything like this?"

"Well, Erin, many presidents write tough letters, nasty letters, angry letters, frustrated letters. The normal presidents then put them in a jar in a file called 'burn before sending,'" said Gergen. "This had such an adolescent quality to it when I read it, I immediately called my researcher, and I said, see if this is fake."

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