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NYC judge strikes down Trump-lover’s ‘petty’ discrimination lawsuit after he claims MAGA is his religion

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A judge in Manhattan ruled Wednesday that bar owners are legally allowed to kick people out for supporting President Donald Trump because anti-discrimination laws don’t cover political affiliation.

The New York Post reported that 31-year-old Greg Piatek, an accountant from Philadelphia, was kicked out of a West Village bar for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat shortly after Trump’s inauguration in 2017. After being told that “anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here” by staff at The Happiest Hour bar, Piatek sued the establishment and said the incident “offended his sense of being American.”

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In court on Wednesday, The Happiest Hour’s lawyer Elizabeth Conway argued that state and city non-discrimination laws only bar business owners from refusing service based on religion — not political affiliation.

“Supporting Trump is not a religion,” the attorney argued. Piatek’s lawyer Paul Liggieri, the Post reported, shot back with a unique counter-argument.

“The purpose of the hat is that he wore it because he was visiting the 9/11 Memorial,” Liggieri told Justice David Cohen, the judge presiding over the case. “He was paying spiritual tribute to the victims of 9/11. The Make American Great Again hat was part of his spiritual belief.”

When Justice Cohen pressed Liggieri on how the bar’s staff was supposed to know Piatek was wearing the hat based on religious rather than political beliefs, the attorney responded that they were only aware of the hat’s existence. When asked about how many people ascribe to said spiritual belief, the lawyer acknowledged that Piatek’s is “a creed of one.”

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Cohen, when tossing out the case, said Piatek’s unspecified emotional damages were “petty” in nature, and that he did not adequately “state any faith-based principle to which the hat relates,” the Post reported.


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Here are 3 moves a desperate Trump will likely attempt in order to cling to power

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In a column for the Daily Beast, political observer Micheal Tomasky speculated -- and not without good reason -- that a frantic Donald Trump will do anything to remain in office and thereby avoid being slammed with criminal indictments once he departs the Oval Office for good..

As the columnist explained, impeachment seems inevitable and the president will likely take desperate measures and that he has already given hints about three paths he may take -- if not all of them.

Tomasky wrote, "It’s foolish to say that Trump thinks ahead about anything. The late journalist Wayne Barrett said many true things about Trump, but the truest ever was when he observed that Trump says whatever will get him through the next 10 minutes," before adding, "People around him of course are more strategic and are thinking ahead. And they’re all saying and doing and writing things right now that will, if the opportunity presents itself, pave the way for Trump to burn the Constitution."

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Pentagon says up to 1,000 US troops to withdraw from northern Syria

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The Pentagon said Sunday President Donald Trump had ordered the withdrawal of up to 1,000 troops from northern Syria -- almost the entire ground force in war-torn country -- amid an intensifying Turkish assault on Kurdish forces.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the move came after the US learned that Turkey was pressing further into Syria than had been expected.

And the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are seeking a deal with the Syrian regime and Russia to counter-attack against the Turks in the north, Esper added.

"We find ourselves as we have American forces likely caught between two opposing advancing armies and it's a very untenable situation," Esper told CBS's Face the Nation.

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Both these things can be true: Donald Trump is a criminal — and impeachment is a murky, amoral struggle

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Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump

Nothing is clear in this moment of grave peril for America, democracy and the world, not even the things that appear obvious. We stumble around in darkness, our vision obscured, awaiting a more perfect understanding, as in the famously evocative phrase of 1 Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

This article first appeared in Salon.

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