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Republicans plan to reintroduce Anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ bill supported by Trump

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Citing “momentum” from the November elections, Republicans are once against eyeing a bill that would allow corporations and individuals who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds to deny goods or services to gay people, Buzzfeed News reports.

Republicans originally filed the in 2015, but the prospect of a presidential veto tapered attempts to pass the bill. Now, given Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to sign FADA and “protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths,” GOP leaders feel emboldened to pass the controversial bill.

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One such is Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who said Friday he intends to reintroduce the bill next year.

“Hopefully November’s results will give us the momentum we need to get this done next year,” spokesman Conn Carroll told Buzzfeed.

“We do plan to reintroduce FADA next Congress and we welcome Trump’s positive words about the bill,” Carroll added.

Lee has support from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), an avid supporter of religious freedom and an outspoken critic of marriage as a fundamental right to all people.

“The prospects for protecting religious freedom are brighter now than they have been in a long time,” Cruz told Buzzfeed. “We are having ongoing conversations with our colleagues both in Congress and leaders in the new administration about a multitude of ways we can honor the commitment made to the voters in this last election.”

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The Republican senator also suggested Trump’s election provided the momentum Republicans need to pass the bill. “Any effort to protect religious liberty has brighter prospects with a new Congress and new administration,” Cruz said.

FADA “prohibits the federal government” from “discriminating” against any person (defined by the bill as “ any person regardless of religious affiliation, including corporations”) who “acts in accordance with a religious belief” that same-sex marriage is immoral and that sexual reaction should be “reserved to such a marriage.”

Though proponents of the bill insist it protects the rights of companies and individuals to act in accordance with their deeply-held religious beliefs, civil rights groups warn that FADA will “”open the door to unprecedented taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people.”

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“FADA seeks to foster state sanctioned discrimination under the guise of religious liberty,” the Human Rights Campaign said in response to the bill. “[FADA’s] broad, overreaching language would not only prevent the federal government from combatting harmful discrimination, but could mandate it.”

Still, considering a Trump presidency, and control over the House and Senate, Republicans are poised to push the bill through. “We made great progress last Congress, the first Congress it was introduced,” Carroll said, “… We have every reason to believe the momentum will continue next year.”

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble

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On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?

"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.

These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.

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Trump brings up Brett Kavanaugh in rage tweet at Democrats about coming impeachment trial

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On Saturday, President Donald Trump brought up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a bizarre rant against the "Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems" and his anger over the direction of the impeachment process:

After watching the disgraceful way that a wonderful man, @BrettKavanaugh, was treated by the Democrats, and now seeing first hand how these same Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems are treating the whole Impeachment Hoax, I understand why so many Dems are voting Republican!

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