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Barrett insists she is against discrimination — but her language betrays her real views

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Amy Coney Barrett

As with every modern federal judicial nominee from both parties, Judge Amy Coney Barrett repeatedly declined on Tuesday to give her direct opinion on specific legal matters that could come before the court — a norm sometimes referred to as the “Ginsburg Rule.” On a string of hot-button issues, from abortion to gun control to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Barrett said again and again and again that she cannot talk about her opinions or future rulings for the sake of preserving judicial independence.

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But Barrett, a self-described originalist in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, is broadly understood to be a staunch conservative who will be a free vote for Republican policy goals on the bench — and during questioning on LGBTQ rights from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), one simple phrase she uttered offered a window into her personal bias.

“Sexual preference” is broadly considered to be an outdated and inaccurate description of LGBTQ status, as it implies sexual attraction is something people can choose or control. And many commenters on social media were quick to point out her slip-up.

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Nicolle Wallace blasts Trump’s fake ‘manliness’ for refusing to protect his key supporters

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace blasted President Donald Trump for not caring about his staff much less "his own godd*mn supporters."

Speaking with conservative Charlie Sykes and Democratic strategist Basil Smikle, Wallace showed a new Lincoln Project ad with Sam Elliott about fathers and sons and what it means to be a "man of family and faith."

"Above all they taught us to own up to it when we did something wrong," the ad says before showing a video of Trump saying he doesn't accept responsibility for the failures of the coronavirus.

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Here’s how Missouri’s GOP governor ignored warnings — and caught COVID himself

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson is one of the nation’s leading Donald Trump acolytes, right down to refusing to issue a statewide mandate to wear what he has termed “danged masks.”

Like Trump, Parson and his wife Teresa both contracted the COVID-19 virus, thankfully recovering, but only to emerge unbowed as if there was nothing to see here. He won’t consider mask mandates to this day, even as Missouri remains one of the top-spiking states in the nation.

Now, Parson’s Trump-worship has taken an even more pathetic turn. Like the boss man, it turns out he wasn’t about to be deterred by some snowflake concerns over a potential super-spreader setting.

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NBC News fires back at Tucker Carlson for ‘dangerously and dishonestly’ attacking a journalist

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On Wednesday night, Fox News' Tucker Carlson brought on a guest, Darren Beattie — a former speechwriter for the president — to slam NBC News reporter Brandy Zadrozny for her story on harassment campaigns that Donald Trump supporters have conducted online. And NBC News, in an official statement issued on Thursday, struck out to "vigorously" defend Zadrozny.

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