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(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signaled on Thursday that he still plans to nominate Representative John Ratcliffe to be the next U.S. spy chief despite worries that Ratcliffe may have exaggerated his achievements as a prosecutor. As he left the White House for a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, Trump was asked by a reporter whether he was concerned. “Congressman Ratcliffe is an outstanding man and I’m sure that he’ll be able to do very well,”...

Stock Photo via Pexels Everything is bigger in Texas, even the homophobia. A Christian daycare rejected a child’s admission after they found out that the child’s parents, a lesbian couple, were married. According to the New York Daily News, Brittney and Stacey Ready were first excited when they initially heard that their youngest child Callie had been accepted into the daycare program at the Parkview Christian Academy in Waco, Texas. The family was then rejected after the school’s administrators found out...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the so-called Save Chick-fil-A bill into law on Thursday while surrounded by Chick-fil-A food and beverages. “Today I signed the @ChickfilA law in Texas. And, had a great lunch,” Abbott wrote on Twitter. “No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners gave to a church or to the Salvation Army or to any other religious organization.” The legislation, known as Senate Bill 1978, prohibits government entities from taking “adverse actions” against businesses or individuals...

The governor of Texas celebrated the passage of an anti-LGBTQ bill by eating Chick-fil-A. Last month, Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed what was dubbed the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill into law. The bill banned government entities, including local governments, from taking “adverse actions” against businesses because of their “religious beliefs” or “moral convictions.” The bill was inspired by the city of San Antonio refusing to give Chick-fil-A a lucrative contract to operate at their local airport after the fast food chain donated...

McALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic lawmakers on Friday called President Donald Trump’s latest anti-immigration initiatives “unacceptable” and warned his administration against misappropriating funding authorized only for humanitarian use. The criticism came as two congressional delegations toured the U.S.-Mexico border area near McAllen, Texas, as part of efforts to oversee policies banning nearly all asylum-seekers from entry, warehousing detainees in crowded quarters and holding children separately from the adults they traveled with. “The administration has continued to push anti-immigrant...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday was again trying to referee an intra-party struggle among her Democratic colleagues over whether to take steps toward impeaching Republican President Donald Trump. As he has done twice in the past, Democratic Representative Al Green of Texas was seeking to force a vote on the House floor later in the day on articles of impeachment. It was not immediately clear if Green would succeed. Leadership aides said...

(Reuters) - The U.S. government on Friday named Brownsville, Texas, as a fifth city for processing applications from asylum seekers and other migrants returned to Mexico pending a decision, the latest initiative in President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policy. Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, is one of the few immigration programs initiated by the Trump administration that courts have allowed to proceed while a lawsuit to stop the program is under consideration. Federal judges have blocked other measures to...

McALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic lawmakers on Friday called President Donald Trump’s latest anti-immigration initiatives “unacceptable” and warned his administration against misappropriating funding authorized only for humanitarian use. The criticism came as two congressional delegations toured the U.S.-Mexico border area near McAllen, Texas, as part of efforts to oversee policies banning nearly all asylum-seekers from entry, warehousing detainees in crowded quarters and holding children separately from the adults they traveled with. “The administration has continued to push anti-immigrant...

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government will start returning migrants to Mexico to wait out their U.S. court hearings in Mexico through Brownsville, Texas on Friday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said. The program, known as the “Migrant Protection Protocols,” began in January this year and is already operational in several cities along the U.S.-Mexico border. This week the expansion will continue into the Rio Grande Valley, the spokeswoman said in an email,...

Image via DC Comics One Texas high school isn’t getting the message about honoring the victims of the Pulse nighclub shooting. In 2016, a shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida became the deadliest shooting in US history (which was then overturned by the Las Vegas shooting of 2017). As a response to that shooting, DC Comics released a standalone comic titled Love is Love. The comic included photos of iconic superheroes like Superman and Batwoman holding rainbow pride flags....

Less than 24 hours after his visit to a dangerously overcrowded and foul-smelling Texas Border Patrol facility holding hundreds of migrants in cages, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he doesn’t care if “these people” are held in detention for “400 days.” “I don’t care if they have to stay in these facilities for 400 days, we’re not going to let those men go that I saw,” Graham told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on this week’s edition of Sunday Morning Futures. “I...

In a recent personal column published by The Dallas Voice, Anna Waugh — a lesbian former English teacher at Irving High School near Dallas, Texas — said that her school banned Love is Love, an LGBTQ anthology comic book created to honor and fundraise for the victims of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting. Waugh says the process to ban the book (and keep it banned) was sketchy and lacked accountability. In the column, Waugh writes: In the spring of 2018, my...

Border Patrol agents laughed at a male immigrant being held at a processing center in Texas who was forced to walk around with a sign that said, “I like men.” According to emails sent by an agent who witnessed the incident, a Honduran man was paraded around the El Paso Processing Center in front of other migrants while holding a sign that said, “Me gustan los hombres,” which means “I like men” in Spanish. In an attempt to humiliate a Honduran...

Father Manuel La Rosa-Lopez of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese in Texas was recently charged with sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly exposing himself to an unnamed 15-year-old who came out to him as gay during confession in the year 2000. According to KXXV.com: The minor alleges that after confessing his homosexuality to the priest, La Rosa-Lopez asked him vulgar questions and “proceeded to open the partition window in the confessional booth and exposed (himself).” The victim spoke about the incident in a...

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