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Jeff Sessions Religious Liberty Task Force Declares Holy War on LGBT People

Sadly it is no exaggeration, no hyperbole, to say that Attorney General LGBT people, LGBT equality, and LGBT rights on Monday. He declared war on anything that could be perceived to trespass on the "religious freedom" or "religious liberty" of Christianswhich is loosely defined enough to be construed as trespassing on pretty much anything he and his allies choose it to mean. Sessions said this was because there was a dangerous movement to erode the Christian right to worship. There isnt, of course; its an invented bogeyman for a ravenously-pursued…

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Dont You Have Any Empathy?: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Confronted Over Families Separated at Border

It started with a question from justification put forward by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier in the day during a meeting with religious leaders in Indiana for the administrations policy of How is it a moral policy to take children away from their parents? Acosta demanded. Can you imagine the horror these children must be going through, when they come across the border and theyre with their parents and then suddenly they're pulled away from their parents? Why is government doing this? Sanders insisted that following the law is moral…

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Sanders uses Bible to defend Trump’s separation of children from families at border

Press secretary rejects criticism of Jeff Sessions citing Romans 13 to justify policy and says it is very biblical to enforce the law Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, invoked the Bible to defend the Trump administrations immigration policy of separating mothers from their children. She was speaking at Thursdays White House briefing, in response to a question about comments made by the attorney general Jeff Sessions, where he cited a passage in the Bible to justify the policy. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his…

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Jeff Sessions Marijuana Adviser Wants Doctors to Drug-Test Everyone

A adviser on marijuana policy to Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to see doctors make drug testing a routine part of primary-care medicine and force some users into treatment against their will, he told The Daily Beast. Dr. Robert DuPont was among a small group of drug-policy experts invited to a closed-door meeting with Sessions last month to discuss federal options for dealing with the rapid liberalization of state marijuana laws. California became the sixth state to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use on Jan. 1. DuPont, 81,…

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Republicans to Jeff Sessions: Get Your Hands Off Our Weed

Attorney General memo authored by former Deputy Attorney General James Cole in 2013, who wrote the Obama-era guidelines after Colorado and Washington voted to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use. And it managed to tick off a number of lawmakers from those states as well as the eight othersin addition to Washington D.C.who have voted to legalize recreational marijuana use since. Charlie Baker, the Republican Governor of Massachusetts, called the Sessions policy the wrong decision, while pledging to review any potential impacts. Republican Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada told The Daily…

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Again: Hillary says investigating her would be a disastrous step toward dictatorship

We miss the days when Hillary Clinton was hiding out in the woods of Chappaqua, but that promotional tour for her book “What Happened” brought her out of the forest and into just about every bookstore still standing, as well as every news network, daytime chat show, and podcast. That tour seems to be winding down as Hillary hits smaller news outlets, but as Twitchy reported Wednesday night, there are new questions to ask. For example, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reportedly made noises about appointing a special counsel to…

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Jeff Sessions discussed Trump campaign with Russian ambassador report

US intelligence intercepts show Sergey Kislyak told supervisors he discussed Trump campaign and policy issues during meetings with attorney general the Washington Post reported on Friday. The ambassadors accounts of the meetings which US spy agencies intercepted clash with those of Sessions and pile fresh pressure on the attorney general just days after the told reporters on Thursday that he would continue in his job as long as that is appropriate. He made no immediate response to the Posts article on Friday. However in a statement, a justice department spokeswoman…

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Donald Trump is now attacking his own administration, including Jeff Sessions

President tells New York Times he wouldnt have hired attorney general had he known hed recuse himself from Russia inquiry, because its extremely unfair Donald Trump has unleashed an extraordinary barrage of criticism against several of his own top officials, accusing senior members of the Department of Justice (DoJ) of having conflicts of interest and expressing regret that he had appointed Jeff Sessions as US attorney general. In a 50-minute interview with the forced to step aside from the investigation into possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in March…

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‘Nervous’ Jeff Sessions’ attempt at Trump-like bravado falls flat

Analysis: In his Senate testimony on Russia, the attorney generals default position was cant recall and vagueness was the order of the day He started with a declaration well suited to old-school newspaper headlines, insisting that the claim he was involved in collusion with Russia was an appalling and detestable lie. But Jeff Sessions called him last week had crumbled under fire. The attorney general managed to avoid inflicting significant damage on his boss but, having got his soundbite out, failed to answer the most important questions during a teeth-grindingly…

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Arresting Julian Assange is a priority, says US attorney general Jeff Sessions

Justice department stepping up efforts to prosecute Wikileaks founder as CNN reports that charges have been drawn up The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now a priority for the US, attorney general Jeff Sessions has said. Hours later it was I love WikiLeaks, he once told a rally – but his administration has struck a different tone. Asked whether it was a priority for the justice department to arrest Assange once and for all, Sessions told a press conference in El Paso, Texas on Thursday: We are going…

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