The Trump administration has faced intense pressure from lawmakers in both parties about its justification for the strike that killed Soleimani. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions GOP rejects effort to compel documents on delayed Ukraine aid MORE initially said the general posed an "imminent threat" to American lives, and Trump later said he was targeted four U.S. embassies. But officials have struggled to justify both explanations. … [Read more...] about Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions
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Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators are politicians, not jurors — they should act like it Sens. Kaine, Lee: 'We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it' Overnight Defense: War powers fight runs into impeachment | Kaine has 51 votes for Iran resolution | Trump plans to divert .2B from Pentagon to border wall MORE (R-Utah) called the administration’s closed briefing on Iran “insulting and demeaning.” According to Lee, Members of Congress were advised, “Do not debate, do not discuss the issue of the appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran. If you do you will be emboldening Iran.” … [Read more...] about No patriotic poll bump for Trump, but Soleimani strike may still help him politically
Butler taught vegetarianism, sexual conservatism, mind-body dualism, and disinterest in the material world. He taught a virulent homophobia, skepticism of science, and the dangers of public schools. He had been associated with Hare Krishna, and in fact claimed to have been given his Sanskrit name, Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa, by the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, but by the time he encountered the Gabbards, he’d started his own group. His teachings revolved around worship of Krishna but differed from those of Hare Krishna, in that he instructed his followers to learn from only a single guru — himself — and did not require them to shave their heads or wear robes. The lack of formal dress allowed the group an anonymity he encouraged. He forbade them from visiting India, which is not typical of Hare Krishna, and, also against Hare Krishna practice, married. His wife was one of his followers, Wai Lana, a popular yoga instructor who later had a long-running … [Read more...] about Tulsi Gabbard Had a Very Strange Childhood
And then there is Trump's own record of military service -- or lack thereof. Although he was of draft age during the Vietnam War, Trump received five deferments to keep him out of the conflict -- four for being a student and one for medical reasons. The stated medical reason was bone spurs in his heels; "I had a doctor that gave me a letter — a very strong letter on the heels," Trump told The New York Times in 2016. (Asked by the Times when his bone spurs healed -- and how -- Trump was unable to cite any specific moment but he did not say he ever had surgery for the condition.) … [Read more...] about Donald Trump dismisses injuries of US military troops, proves (again) there is no bottom
Please Marco Rubio, no more of your pieties about how dreadful an attack this is when you, like ISIS and the Pulse attacker, share a base desire against LGBT people, who see us as lesser than. You have spoken powerfully about why we do not deserve equality. You believe in discriminating against us. In future, when talking about the massacre, mention us by name, renounce your previous poisonous words against us—or just shut up. Your hypocrisy is sickening. … [Read more...] about Omar Mateen Committed LGBT Mass Murder. We Must Confront That.