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Dems Make Sure Trump Crosses T's on Transgender Ban

Democrats want proof that Trump consulted military advisors before unveiling his transgender ban.

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Dems are calling what they think is a bluff in the political poker game that is Donald Trump's transgender military ban. Not long after the 45th President announced via Twitter, this after allegedly consulting with military personnel, that he plans to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military, over 100 Democrat lawmakers penned a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis demanding proof that Trump actually got expert opinions that led to his decision.


"If senior military or Department of Defense personnel asked that the President ban transgender individuals from military service, we request access to any letters, e-mails, telephone transcripts, meeting logs and minutes, or other materials that document such requests," the Democrats wrote in the letter. "If the department has records of any other discussions that might have justified the President's claim, we request to see those materials, as well."

Trump's announcement came as a surprise to Mattis, who was discouraged that the Commander in Chief would resort to Twitter to break the news, while just giving him and his department one day to prep. The Senate was also notified that Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, the top military officer, advised the president not to go ahead with the ban. The Senate wants to ensure there wasn't a breakdown in communication and Trump made his decision based on the advisement of military personnel.

According to Trump, it is the authority of Mattis to decide whether active duty service members can continue to serve, but as of next March transgender soldiers will not be allowed to transition on the dime of the American public.

This is not just a partisan issue, as many conservatives have joined their liberal counterparts. One of them is long term Arizona Sen. John McCain (R), who himself is a Vietnam veteran. Back in September, he joined three Democrats in proposing a bill prohibiting the military from kicking out active duty soldiers who identified as transgender. "Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve — including those who are transgender," McCain wrote.

Mattis has four months to put a policy in place.

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Voting Rights Protections for Minorities in Danger: Report

Citizens "continue to suffer significant, and profoundly unequal, limitations on their ability to vote," said Catherine E. Lhamon, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights warns that voting rights for minorities around the country are in danger. The federal government isn't doing anything to counteract it, especially since Republicans have most to lose in key midterm elections.

A report, released on Wednesday, cited strict voter ID laws; closing polling places; cutting early voting; and voting roll purges and challenges to eligibility are all impacting minority-voting rights.

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What Makes This Angry White Sportscaster Think He Can Criticize LeBron James​?

Ken Harrelson said James should keep his "nose out of politics and just play."

Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, a longtime Chicago White Sox broadcaster in his final season in the booth, attempted to slam NBA superstar LeBron James, and other athletes, who voice their opinion on politics.

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Neo-Nazis Hear Ron 'Monkey This Up' DeSantis' Dog Whistle, Respond with Racist Robocalls Targeting Andrew Gillum

The call going out to Florida voters is narrated by a man using a minstrel dialect with jungle noises in the background.

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The first Black nominee from a major party for Florida governor is now the target of racist robocalls, which come after the GOP nominee's dog whistling comment.

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Nathan's Hot Dogs Faces Backlash After Executive Chairman Hosts Trump Fundraiser

"I'm a vegetarian but that won't stop me from telling EVERYONE I know, including my 50K followers, to never buy Nathan's Hot Dogs ever again!"

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Howard Lorber, executive chairman of Nathan's Famous Inc., and said to be one of Donald Trump's best friends, hosted a fundraiser for the president at his home in the Hamptons. As a result, social media users are threatening to boycott the hot dog brand.

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Jeffery Epstein, a Lakeland, Fla. doctor, started yelling at airline employees in Orlando International Airport, and police arrived on the scene to stop the disturbance. Officers had to detain him because he started acting unruly and refused to calm down.

Epstein, a white man and Donald Trump supporter, felt betrayed by the white police officers.

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Trump Slanders Another Black Woman Politician

Trump blames D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's leadership for his military parade being cancelled. She gives him a dose of reality.

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President Trump took to Twitter on Friday to announce that the large-scale military parade he wanted this year has been cancelled. Trump blamed local officials who "poorly" run Washington, D.C., for inflating the costs. The city is led Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, a Black woman, and she called Trump out on his inaccuracies.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Admits to False Statement on Obama and Black Employment

Trump's administration, again, attempts to downplay the accomplishments of the first Black president.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted Tuesday evening on Twitter that she gave false information when attempting to tout President Trump's record on job creation for Black Americans.

Sanders told reporters, Tuesday, during a White House press briefing:

"This president, since he took office, created 700,000 new jobs for African-Americans. After eight years of President Obama in office, he only created 195,000 jobs for African-Americans. President Trump, in his first year and a half, has already tripled what President Obama did in eight years."

She greatly undercounted the number of jobs created under Obama.

According to the official count from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, since the Great Recession, most of the employment gains for Black people took place during the Obama administration.

From January 2009 to January 2017, Obama increased employment for Black Americans by about 3 million jobs.

"Sanders' error dramatically alters the comparison between the two presidents," according to PolitiFact.

"Rather than Trump tripling Obama's increase in African-American employment, it is actually Obama who in eight years quadrupled the increase Trump oversaw in a year and a half. And Obama had to deal with the fall-out from the Great Recession during that period."

After the backlash from Sanders' statement, the White House's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) said in a tweet: "Apologies for @WhiteHouseCEA's earlier miscommunication to @PressSec."

Sanders then re-tweeted the CEA, adding her own message:

Trump with "Bikers for Trump" members at his golf club in Bedminister, N.J.

Pro-Trump motorcyclists say there is nothing better than American made products. However, Chris Cox, founder of "Bikers for Trump," has his merchandise produced abroad.

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