Transgender girls in Utah will be allowed to play on girls’ sports teams when classes start this fall after a judge issued an order blocking the enforcement of a controversial statewide trans youth sports ban. HB 11, which barred all transgender girls from playing on girls’ sports teams, passed both chambers of the Utah legislature in the last hours of the 2022 legislative session. It was vetoed by the state’s Republican governor, Spencer Cox, in late March, but his veto was later overruled by the Republican-led legislature. In May, the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, the National Cent...
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It's been less than a week since Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his mass mobilization to shore up his flailing war in Ukraine, but Russian state television hosts are reportedly already in a "panic" over potential blowback.
The Daily Beast's Julia Davis, who monitors and translates Russian state TV broadcasts, reports that Putin-backing media figures Vladimir Solovyov and Margarita Simonyan were despondent this past weekend over the state of the mobilization.
Simonyan was particularly angry that many people with no military experience at all were being called up to fight in Ukraine, as well as men aged up to 62 years old.
Solovyov, meanwhile, fumed over news reports that a musician suffering from a serious illness had been drafted by a vengeful recruiter for supposedly registering a complaint against him in the past.
Solovyov also raged at photos of rusty old weapons that were being given to some recruits -- and said the Russian military would be crazy to believe they could keep any of this a secret.
"All of them have phones and they won’t stay silent," he said. "If they’re being handed rotten things, if they have no helmets, no body armor, no one is going to hide it... I will tell you very politely: don’t play games with people… This isn’t some liberal riff-raff, these are our people and I refuse to be silent about it."
Simonyan went even further and warned that Russia's armed forces faced the prospect of a mutiny like the one that famously took place in 1905 on the Battleship Potemkin.
"Let me remind you that in 1905, small things like these led to the first mutiny of an entire military unit in the history of our country," she said. "Is that what you want?"
Cubans approved gay marriage and adoption overwhelmingly in a Sunday referendum backed by the government that also boosted rights for women, the national election commission said on Monday.
More than 3.9 million voters voted to ratify the code (66.9%), while 1.95 million opposed ratification (33%), Alina Balseiro Gutierrez, president of the commission, said on state-run television on Monday.
"Justice has been done," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel wrote in a tweet.
"It is paying off a debt with several generations of Cuban men and women, whose family projects have been waiting for this law for years," he said.
The 100-page "family code" legalizes same-sex marriage and civil unions, allows same-sex couples to adopt children, and promotes equal sharing of domestic rights and responsibilities between men and women.
Preliminary results from the electoral commission showed 74% of 8.4 million Cubans eligible to vote participated in the Sunday referendum.
There are no independent observers of Cuban elections, although citizens may observe the count at their precincts.
Scattered local reports of district counts on social media appeared to tally with the official results.
The announcement of the results came as Diaz-Canel presided over an emergency meeting as the Caribbean island prepared for Hurricane Ian to pass over its western tip early on Tuesday.
Official Twitter accounts showed the room erupting in applause and the president leaning back and smiling at the news.
The Cuban president led the campaign for the adoption of the code.
By Cuban standards Sunday's turnout was relatively modest, and a 33% 'no' vote relatively large in the communist-run country, where previous referendums have seen the government position receiving near unanimous approval.
The dissent is an indication of both how Cuba is changing and the current dire economic circumstances, which have seen long power outages and lines for food, medicine and fuel.
Sunday's vote was also the first of its kind since mobile internet was legalized in 2018, which has let dissenting views spread more widely.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) revealed on Monday that he is upset with some Republican members of Congress refusing to impeach President Joe Biden if their party takes control of the House in the midterm elections.
During an interview with conservative podcaster Steve Bannon, Gaetz said that "many" Republican lawmakers do not want to impeach Biden.
"Recently, there was a gathering of the top Republican committee chairs, ranking members incoming, and when they did Q&A with the donors and the lobbyists that were gathered to support the Republican majority, the questions were things like, 'Well, are we going to pass a farm bill again? Are we going to work with the Democrats so that we don't have to go through the pains of any government shutdowns?'" Gaetz said. "They want to go back to those days."
He continued: "Even when I talk to my current Republican colleagues, there are many that not only oppose any impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden but who even believe that an impeachment inquiry into [DHS Secretary] Alejandro Mayorkas, who is purposefully turning our border into a turnstile, that even that wouldn't be something that they would support."
Gaetz reiterated that there "are current members of the Republican majority, people who will be in the next Congress, who are arguing very, very fervently that they will oppose the use of the 'I' word — impeachment — in any context for any official in the Biden administration."
The congressman argued that Republicans were being given a "mandate" to impeach the president.
"If we don't use the same tools, if we don't engage in impeachment inquiries to get the documents and the testimony and the information we need, then I believe that our voters will feel betrayed," he warned. "That could be the biggest win that Democrats could hope for in 2024."
"We are in a battle," he added. "And we have to open up every vector of attack on a corrupt administration that is punishing the American people out of these virtue signals to wokeism."
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