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Anti-LGBTQ GOP Senator Lamar Alexander announces he will not run for re-election

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Tennessee U.S. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander is retiring after his term ends and will not seek re-election in 2020. Alexander, who is 78, has been in state and national politics for decades.

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Alexander is virulently anti-LGBT. Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have the right to marry, Sen. Alexander led a coalition of Republicans to block passage of a bill by then-Senator Al Franken, to protect children from anti-LGBTQ bullying in school.

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Two years earlier Alexander voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would have protected LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace. He has also voted for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Alexander is opposed to abortion, but he’s also opposed to efforts to reduce teen pregnancy. Sen. Alexander voted against a bill that would have reduced teen pregnancy through education and contraceptives.

While some consider Alexander to be among the more bipartisan members of the Senate, he has voted against ObamaCare and against other related bills. He has voted against gun control, even voting to repeal the assault weapons ban. He has also voted to allow criminals to own guns.

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Alexander also opposes renewable energy like wind power.


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Bill Barr and Trump desperately want to blame Antifa for violence — but they’re coming up dry so far

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President Donald Trump has turned his wrath on Antifa during the George Floyd protests, demanding Antifa be labeled a terrorist organization and accusing the movement of committing acts of violence at demonstrations. But journalists William Bredderman and Spencer Ackerman, in the Daily Beast, threw cold this week on efforts to blame the leftist group.

They found that “none of the 22 criminal complaints representing the first wave of protest charges mention Antifa in any way.”

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Fox News poll spells doom for GOP in Arizona

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The GOP's chances in Arizona have not looked this bad in years.

This article first appeared in Salon.

A new Fox News poll of registered voters in the Grand Canyon State shows Democrat Mark Kelly miles ahead of Republican Sen. Martha McSally — 50% to 37% — with 8% undecided.

Further, McSally's problems appear to come from within her own party. While Kelly enjoys the support of nearly 90% of Democrats, only 73% of Arizona Republicans back McSally.

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Trump may come to regret his big celebration of a small dip in unemployment

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Though the unemployment rate remains in the double-digits, the official unemployment numbers are slightly lower than economists expected, prompting self-congratulations by President Donald Trump.

This article first appeared in Salon.

But experts say celebration is premature.

Indeed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate fell from 14.7 percent in April to 13.3 percent in May as the economy added 2.5 million jobs. The high April number was the worst that the American workforce had seen since monthly record-keeping began in 1948, and almost certainly the worst since the Great Depression. White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett predicted last month that unemployment would rise above 20 percent, a view that was widely shared by economists.

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