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House Republicans kill their own energy spending bill to prevent LGBT worker protections

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Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted down their party’s own Energy Department spending bill on Thursday after Democrats added protections for LGBT workers.

An amendment to the spending bill offered by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) on Wednesday night that would bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity was approved by a vote of 223 to 195, with 43 Republicans joining Democrats in support of the measure.

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During a floor vote on Thursday, 130 House Republicans voted against the bill, killing it 112-305. Democrats who approved the measure said that they did so because they disagreed with spending levels, according to The Hill.

Republicans scrambled last week to kill a similar amendment protecting LGBT rights, causing mayhem on the House floor when it failed by one vote.

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) accused Democrats of introducing a “poison pill” to kill the spending bill.

According to Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), Republicans are now considering a process that would prevent House members of either party from offering unlimited amendments on future spending bills.

“We’ll adapt to the circumstances and move on,” Rogers said.

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Ron DeSantis threw temper tantrum after Trump hired strategist he ‘exiled’ from Florida GOP: report

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On Friday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump has brought back longtime Florida Republican strategist Susie Wiles to try to save his electoral chances in the critical swing state — and that Gov. Ron DeSantis, who worked to cast her out of power in the Florida GOP, is enraged by the move.

"Trump’s decision to reinstate Susie Wiles to his campaign’s good inner circle follows months of behind-the-scenes efforts to bring her back after she was exiled at the demand of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who had her cast out of the president’s good graces in September," reported Gary Fineout and Marc Caputo, and it "comes as polls show Trump trailing Democrat Joe Biden in Trump's adopted home state. Trump won Florida four years ago by less than 113,000 votes and a loss in the battleground would likely doom his reelection effort."

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Mike Pence calls his wife ‘mother’ — and just referred to Trump as ‘my father’

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Mike Pence raised eyebrows on Friday when he sent a campaign message referring to President Donald Trump as "my father."

"We need you right now," Pence wrote in a campaign ad. "It's going to take EVERY Patriot stepping up if we want to CRUSH Sleepy Joe's dreams of turning America into a BIG GOVERNMENT SOCIALIST Nation."

"I convinced my father to give you another chance, which is why he's decided to EXTEND your PERSONAL 500%-MATCH OFFER FOR 1 MORE HOUR," Pence wrote.

NBC News reporter Brandy Zadrozny posted a screengrab of the advertisement.

Zadrozny also offered a theory that language could've have resulted from a copy and paste error with language from an ad that was meant to come from one of Trump's children.

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‘Complacent’ Trump slammed by a Marine veteran for ‘squandering’ the honor of slain troops

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Timothy Kudo, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, criticized President Donald Trump in a Friday column at The Atlantic, describing him as a “complacent commander in chief.”

Kudo slammed Trump for reportedly not reading or ignoring intelligence that had indicated Russia offered Taliban militants bounties to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.

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