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Trump administration deletes government’s official apology to LGBTQ community for past discrimination

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The administration President Donald Trump is pressing forward with erasing all evidence of the Obama years by deleting an apology on a government website to the LGBTQ community for years of government-sanctioned discrimination.

According to The Independent, former Secretary of State John Kerry published the apology on the State Department’s website, admitting the government treated the community horrificaly in the past.

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“[T]he Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation, forcing some employees to resign or refusing to hire certain applicants in the first place,”  Kerry’s statement read. “These actions were wrong then, just as they would be wrong today.”

That statement — along with references to civil rights and climate change —  have since been erased by the incoming administration since Trump was inaugurated four days ago.

Additionally, a Spanish language version of the White House website has also been taken down.

“Administration-specific content that was posted on state.gov during President Obama’s tenure was archived,” said a State Department official in a statement.

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Republican-dominated states revive pre-Civil Rights era tactics to suppress voting

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Among the seemingly endless email appeals for political money, we all receive was one inviting participation on behalf of Mississippi Atty. Gen. Jim Hood, Democratic candidate for governor and the only Democrat elected to statewide office in the last 16 years.

That sounded standard. Here’s the twist: Mississippi is the only state that requires a candidate must win both the popular vote and a majority of the state’s various state assembly districts, which are considered heavily gerrymandered in favor of white, Republican voters. Indeed, a federal lawsuit by three African-American state voters seeks to block what it calls the state's racist method of electing the governor and other statewide officials, arguing that the requirement to win both a majority and at least 62 of 122 districts is a form of "intentionally and effectively dilutes African-American voting strength."

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WATCH LIVE: Trump’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando

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President Donald Trump's fans stood in a storm through Florida as they awaited being let into the Amway Center for the 2020 campaign launch. Meanwhile, the Orlando Sentinal was dropping a truth bomb on their reasons for endorsing "Not Trump."

Outside the Orlando rally, as fans were getting drenched, the president was leaving the White House ranting about how there were "both sides" to the false conviction of the Central Park Five. And once supporters finally made it inside the Amway Center, they were greeted with a message from a booming 1984-esque voice telling Trump supporters what to do if there are protesters.

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LIVE COVERAGE: Helicopter crashes into Manhattan building

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A helicopter on Monday afternoon crashed into a building on 7th Avenue in downtown Manhattan.

Local news station ABC 7 New York reports that the crash occurred around 2 p.m. E.T. at the 700 block of 7th Avenue near 51st Street. The helicopter reportedly crashed on the roof of the building.

Officials tell ABC 7 that one person has been confirmed dead as a result of the accident.

The cause of the accident so far has not been confirmed. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that there is no indication that the crash was an act of terrorism.

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