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CNN conservative flops when challenged to explain where Obama’s trans bathroom rule has hurt kids

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Bakari Sellers challenged a Republican strategist to name one example of a transgender student posing a threat to classmates in a school restroom — but she admitted she couldn’t think of any.

Alice Stewart, a CNN contributor and former communications director for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, appeared Thursday morning on “CNN Newsroom,” where she defended President Donald Trump’s reversal of his predecessor’s guidelines to public schools allowing transgender students to use the restroom of their choice.

“This helps parents protect their children and, look, since those comments that Donald Trump said early on the campaign, he has been quite clear that his view on this is to make it a state’s rights issue, which is what this decision has become,” Stewart said.

Sellers, the vice chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party and a former state legislator, disagreed with Stewart’s premise.

“This is not a state’s rights issue, this is a civil rights issue,” Sellers said. “The American government has the duty to protect all citizens no matter their race, color, creed or sexual orientation.”

Sellers was mystified why Attorney General Jeff Sessions had targeted transgender students right away, rather than focus on counterterrorism or criminal justice reform — and he challenged Stewart to explain why Obama’s policy should be reversed.

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“Since Barack Obama put this guidance in place, can you name me one instance where there’s been a case where a child was put in any type of danger because they now have the ability to go to a restroom that (corresponds) with the gender that they choose?” Sellers asked.

Stewart conceded that she wasn’t aware of any situations that Trump’s reversal was intended to address.

“With regard to schools? No, I can’t,” Stewart said. “I can honestly say I can’t — but I certainly don’t want to wait for something to happen before we take action.”

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Senate delivers stinging bipartisan rebuke to Trump — and blocks Saudi arms sales

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The Trump White House suffered a stinging defeat on Thursday when a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers voted to block sales of American arms to Saudi Arabia.

The vote in favor of blocking the arms sales received affirmative votes from all Senate Democrats, as well as votes from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Todd Young (R-IN).

Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump's staunchest allies, said he voted for the bill because he believed the United States could not ignore the behavior of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, as well as the Saudi government's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Panicked GOP leaders scrambling to get Jeff Sessions to run for Senate so they won’t be saddled with Roy Moore

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According to a 2020 election analysis in the Washington Post, top Republican Senate leaders are cringing at the notion that former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore could be their nominee for the seat currently being held by Democrat Sen. Doug Jones -- and are looking for a way out.

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NRA owes $1.6 million in unpaid bills to vendor who runs NRATV

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The National Rifle Association has a hefty bill that remains unpaid, despite making a huge haul in fundraising for the 2016 election.

According to Betsy Woodruff at the Daily Beast, the NRA owes $1.6 million to their vendor, Ackerman McQueen, they've used for advertising for years. The company is the one responsible for doing the media for NRATV, the group's streaming service for pro-gun television.

The two have had a long relationship and err on the side of quiet privacy, which Woodruff said on MSNBC, shows just how acrimonious the battle has become.

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