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Civil rights, LGBT rights, climate change and health care disappear from Trump’s White House website

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President Donald Trump’s whitehouse.gov page omitted references to a number of policy issues championed by his predecessor, including climate change, civil rights and healthcare, providing a blueprint for the new administration’s priorities over the next four years.

As is customary with the digital transition, whitehouse.gov flipped to the new administration’s website when Trump was sworn into office, and policy pages from the Obama administration are now archived on the website obamawhitehouse.gov. And while the Obama website included pages on “top issues” like climate change and criminal justice reform, President Trump’s most pressing issues include “standing up for our law enforcement community” and “making our military strong again.”

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As Vice reports, the only reference to climate change on the new White House website is listed under Trump’s “America First Energy Plan” which vows the president “is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.” There are no references to “global warming” or “climate change.”

Similarly, the pages on civil rights and criminal justice reform have been replaced with a page on the concerns of the law enforcement community, depicting a “dangerous anti-police sentiment in America” that won’t prevail under Trump’s “law and order administration.” The page also includes false statistics about inner city crime, one of Trump’s major talking points throughout the campaign.

As the Daily Beast notes, where Obama’s White House included a host of issues he campaigned on, Trump does not even have a policy page on immigration, one of his most-discussed campaign promises. It also makes no reference to minority communities, except where it iterates Trump’s pledge to “deport illegal aliens.” It did however, include a low-key reference to Russia, promising “we are always happy when old enemies become friends.”

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GOP senator admits she’s hoping Trump’s Ukraine scheme successfully sinks Biden

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In a press conference with reporters on Monday, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) gave the game away by implying she hopes that President Donald Trump's scheme to dig up foreign dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden successfully sinks his candidacy and causes him to lose the Democratic caucuses in her state.

"Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening. And I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic caucus goers. Will they be supporting Vice President Biden at this point?"

The remarks came after White House lawyers spent hours trying to change the subject from Trump's attempts to extort the president of Ukraine with military aid, to the conspiracy theory surrounding Biden's son's work in Ukraine that he had been demanding they pursue.

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Republicans defended ‘a vile scoundrel’ who is ‘racist’ and ‘a petty tyrant’ — and it wasn’t Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump's defense attorneys were blasted for their defense of a different president on Tuesday.

"I mean, of course Trump's lawyers are defending Andrew Johnson. Of course," noted MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes.

"Johnson was a vile scoundrel and a drunk and a racist and a petty tyrant whose presidency brought blood and shame upon this nation," Hayes continued. "That's the kindest characterization I could muster."

The host linked to a 2019 piece on Johnson that he wrote for The New York Times as a book review of "The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple.

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There are 51 votes to approve calling witnesses in Trump impeachment trial: PBS

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After pieces of John Bolton's manuscript leaked to the press confirming President Donald Trump's bribery of Ukraine, Republicans have turned to support the witnesses they once opposed.

Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) both voted against witnesses and were leaning against them until Bolton's manuscript was leaked to the press after it was turned over to the White House for approval.

PBS News Hour reporter Lisa Desjardins tweeted Monday evening that the news tipped the scales and there were officially 51 votes to approve witnesses.

https://twitter.com/LisaDNews/status/1221951089647538177

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