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New York lawmakers passed Friday a bill to allow a third option for a person's gender on official documents. People who do not identify as either male or female would be able to mark their gender as "X." Lawmakers in the New York State Assembly on Friday passed a bill that would allow New Yorkers who do not identify as male or female to mark their gender as "X" on official state documents, including their driver's license and birth certificate. According to the bill, New Yorkers who seek to change their gender identity would no longer be required to provide medical evidence to change their gender designation on state documents. As CNN reported, if signed, New York would become the 25th state in the US to allow some sort of gender-neutral identifier on state documents.
Persons: Biden, Daniel O'Donnell, Andrew Cuomo, Joe Biden, Ro Khanna, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tammy Baldwin of Organizations: New York State, New, State Senate, Manhattan, New York Daily, Gov, Democrat, Daily News, CNN, White House, California Locations: York, New York, New, Sens, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin
GOP senators in Pennsylvania lobbied for 2020 election audits in December, The Washington Post reported. But experts and institutions have found no evidence of any widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. The Post's reporting on the Pennsylvania Republicans' methods comes as the state's GOP fields growing calls to greenlight an Arizona-style election audit of its own. "This does not indicate that there were no issues with the election, just that they were not the fault of the County Election Commission or County Election Director," it added to its assessment. As Trump continues to spread lies about the 2020 election, he has zeroed in on Pennsylvania once again, joining the crowd of those calling for a state audit.
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"As I said that night, January 6 was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol," Pence told the crowd. "You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office, and I don't know if we'll ever see eye to eye on that day," Pence said. Mark Vincent, former chairman of the Hillsborough County GOP, told Insider that "it's the same party I've always known," and that Pence's remarks on January 6 were neither a rebuke of Trumpism nor a euphemism. A Pence aide told Insider that the former VP was simply in New Hampshire to rally support ahead of the 2022 midterms. With his near death experience on January 6 "out of the way," Pence has begun to do just that.
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New emails detail the efforts by Trump and Giuliani to challenge the 2020 Arizona election results. State Sen. Karen Fann boasted of a call from Trump over the GOP push to "prove any fraud." After being criticized by a constituent for supporting an audit, Fann acknowledged that President Joe Biden had indeed won the presidential election in Arizona. "Biden won ... 45% of all Arizona voters thinks there is a problem with the election system. When Biden won Arizona last year, he also carried Maricopa by a 50% to 48% margin.
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Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano is promoting an "Audit the Vote" campaign. The campaign's founders have promoted conspiracy theories about QAnon, "PizzaGate", and the 2020 election. "Our goal is to expose the fraud that occurred in Pennsylvania in the 2020 election so that we can re-establish confidence in our election system moving forward." According to a joint statement from federal and state election security officials, the 2020 vote was "the most secure in American history." While such false claims have been used to push for an Arizona-style audit in Pennsylvania, not all Republicans are on board.
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Trump met a Pennsylvania state senator in Trump Tower, The Washington Post reported. The senator, Doug Mastriano, wants a 2020 election audit in his state modeled on the one in Arizona. Trump hosted Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano at Trump Tower in New York City, where they discussed launching a 2020 election audit in Pennsylvania, which Biden won, The Post reported. The Arizona audit, which commissioned in April by the state's GOP-controlled Senate, has been mired in controversy. The result of the Arizona audit cannot be used to invalidate the result of the 2020 presidential election, and its result will likely face legal challenges.
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Despite being there for their teenage son, Jayvin, for over a decade, Denise Gonzalez is still not officially recognized as Jayvin’s parent under Connecticut law. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, signed a ceremonial copy of the Connecticut Parentage Act into law. “I know he would not agree to it.”Once in effect, the Connecticut Parentage Act will allow the family, and others like them, to avoid a potentially lengthy and costly second-parent adoption. The new measure also removes gender-specific language from the state’s parentage law to make every path to parentage available on a gender-neutral basis. Variation in state parentage lawsWith Lamont’s signature, Connecticut will join Maine, Washington, Vermont, California and Rhode Island in passing bills that update parentage laws to recognize the realities of LGBTQ families.
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Posts claiming that COVID-19 vaccine producers skipped animal trials due to the animals in those trials dying are false. Reuters found no evidence of the three COVID-19 vaccines skipping animal trials due to the animals dying or otherwise. An FDA spokesperson told Reuters via email that the claims that the vaccines had skipped animal trials due to animal death was untrue. This, however, does not mean animal trials were skipped or that the safety of the vaccines were compromised (here , here , here). The COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson did not skip animal testing due to the animals dying.
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"I said from the first day of my campaign that I wasn't running to be the 'trans' senator," she said. "I wanted to do right by the transgender community, but the way to do that was to be the best state senator I could. I was running to be the health care senator and the paid-leave senator. But McBride said that even though she was running in Delaware's deep-blue 1st District, she took nothing for granted. McBride is chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, a post she assumed during the middle of a pandemic.
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Pennsylvania lawmakers who backed false claims of election fraud are visiting Arizona this week. The delegation will tour the site of a controversial, partisan audit of the vote in Maricopa County. A Pennsylvania lawmaker who spent thousands of dollars to bus protesters to the US Capitol on January 6 will be in Arizona this week to tour the site of a GOP-backed "audit" of the 2020 election. The visit will include a tour and getting "a brief from the forensic audit team," according to the account. The lawmaker will be accompanied by two other Pennsylvania Republicans: state Sen. Cris Dush and state Rep.
Persons: State Sen, Doug Mastriano, Joe Biden, WHYY, Mastriano, Mastriano's, Sen, Cris Dush, Rob Kauffman, Katie Hobbs Organizations: Capitol, GOP, State, Maricopa, Maricopa Arizona Audit, Arizona Republicans, Republicans, US Department of Justice, Democrat, US Department of Homeland Security Locations: Arizona, Maricopa County, Pennsylvania, Washington, Maricopa Arizona
As the national economy roars back, concerns over soaring gas prices, sold-out hotels and lifeguard shortages may be eclipsing virus fears. Hundreds of people are still dying each day, pushing the death count in the United States past 592,000 — an enormous toll that few envisioned a year ago. There are also reminders around the United States that the pandemic, and the partisan positioning around the crisis, remain far from over. Some states that moved early to reopen, such as Arizona, Florida and Texas, were slammed with a surge in cases weeks later. He said he couldn’t imagine a year ago that more than half a million people in the United States would die because of the virus.
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West Midlands PoliceWhen UK police were getting ready to raid what they suspected was a cannabis farm, they discovered a crypto mine instead. But upon entry, they discovered a bank of around 100 computer units as part of what's understood to be a bitcoin mining operation. West Midlands Police"We've seized the equipment and will be looking into permanently seizing it under the Proceeds of Crime Act," Griffin said. Various research, including a study from Cambridge University, has shown that bitcoin mining around the world uses more energy each year than some entire nations. In New York, a bill introduced in the State Senate is seeking to halt bitcoin mining for three years until the state has assessed its impact on the environment.
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I didn’t always think of psychedelics as medicine with the potential to help people work through mental health issues and addiction. And three is that psychedelics are a promising tool in our fight to improve treatment for mental health and addiction. It’s long past time to move beyond our outdated and racist war on drugs-era laws, and embrace humane and science-based drug policy. That’s why I have authored legislation, Senate Bill 519, to decriminalize psychedelics in California. Psychedelics are a promising tool in our fight to improve treatment for mental health and addiction.
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Melinda Gates' divorce attorney Robert Cohen has joined a new legal battle. The case involves a divorce between Connecticut's Sen. and her Morgan Stanley executive husband. A divorce attorney hired by Melinda French Gates has also been snapped up by Connecticut's state Sen. Alex Kasser, according to CNBC. Morgan Stanley employees are likely to be drawn into the saga, following a ruling that allowed Kasser's lawyers to interrogate three staffers under oath. In one case, several unnamed Microsoft employees told The New York Times Gates' behavior made them feel uncomfortable at work.
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Fact Check-Maricopa County database was not deleted
  + stars: | 2021-05-21 | by ( Reuters Fact Check | ) + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Posts sharing information that the entire database of Maricopa County in Arizona was deleted amid an audit of the 2020 presidential election results are false. The claim appears to stem from the fact that the auditing company struggled to access some files within the database. Moreover, the claim that our employees deleted election files and destroyed evidence is outrageous, completely baseless and beneath the dignity of the Arizona Senate. The elections department also responded to Fann’s letter in another letter sent to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and County Recorder here on May 17, 2021. The Maricopa County databases for the 2020 general election were not deleted before an audit.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald J, Trump, Karen Fann, Jack Sellers, Fann, , Sellers, , ” Megan Gilbertson, ” Gilbertson, Ben Cotton, CyFIR, Read Organizations: Democrat, Republican, Senate, Election, Arizona Senate, Twitter, Maricopa County Elections Department, Reuters, State, State Senate, Trump, Slate Locations: Maricopa County, Arizona
Biden Meets With South Korea’s President
  + stars: | 2021-05-21 | by ( Madeleine Ngo | ) + 0.00   time to read: +32 min
Biden Meets With South Korea’s President President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has said that one goal for his meeting with President Biden is bringing North Korea “back on the path of dialogue.” A Biden administration official says the United States will be at the forefront of efforts to help rebuild Gaza. The ceremony was done in conjunction with a visit by the president of South Korea. [applause] President Biden awarded Col. Ralph Puckett Jr., a 93-year-old Korean War hero, the Medal of Honor on Friday. The ceremony was done in conjunction with a visit by the president of South Korea. President Biden chose quiet diplomacy rather than public pressure on Israel to end the violence.
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Voting Machines in Arizona Recount Should Be Replaced, Election Official Says
  + stars: | 2021-05-20 | by ( Michael Wines | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Arizona’s top elections official on Thursday urged the state’s most populous county to replace hundreds of voting machines that have been examined as part of a Republican-backed review of the state’s November election. The request added fuel to charges by impartial election observers and voting rights advocates that the review, ordered in December by the Republicans who control the State Senate, had become a political sham. In a letter to officials of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, the elections official, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, said it was unclear whether companies hired to conduct the review had sufficiently safeguarded the equipment from tampering during their review of votes. Ms. Hobbs, a Democrat, recommended that the county replace its 385 voting machines and nine vote tabulators because “the lack of physical security and transparency means we cannot be certain who accessed the voting equipment and what might have been done to them.”
Persons: Katie Hobbs, Hobbs, Organizations: Republican, Republicans, State Senate Locations: Maricopa County, Phoenix
Live Live Updates: Biden Will Visit Ford Plant as Part of Domestic Spending Pitch President Biden will visit the factory in Detroit producing the first electric F-150 pickup truck and give remarks. President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both released financial disclosures on Monday. They earned nearly $1.7 million for the year and paid an effective federal income tax rate of 36.7 percent. Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris also released their personal financial disclosure forms, which are required under federal law. That disbursement will pause now that Mr. Biden has re-entered the government, White House officials said.
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McCarthy Announces Opposition to Jan. 6 Commission
  + stars: | 2021-05-18 | by ( Luke Broadwater | Nicholas Fandos | ) + 0.00   time to read: +31 min
McCarthy Announces Opposition to Jan. 6 Commission The top House Republican said he could not support an inquiry into the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob because it would not examine unrelated “political violence” associated with the left. Representative Rashida Tlaib urged President Biden to end his support of Israel amid its bombing campaign against Hamas. In rejecting the commission, Mr. McCarthy essentially threw one of his key deputies, Representative John Katko of New York, under the bus in favor of shielding Mr. Trump and the party from further scrutiny. Ms. Cheney has said the commission should have a narrow scope, and that Mr. McCarthy should testify about a phone call with Mr. Trump during the riot. President Biden talking with Representatives Rashida Tlaib, left, and Debbie Dingell, right, on Tuesday ahead of a visit to the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center.
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GOP election official Stephen Richer called Trump "unhinged" over claims about the election. The Republican official in charge of the elections department in the Arizona county where a GOP-backed recount of the election is taking place lashed out at former president Donald Trump on Saturday. "This is illegal and the Arizona State Senate, who is leading the Forensic Audit, is up in arms," Trump said. Paul Boyer, an Arizona state senator who initially voted in favor of the audit, has since called it "ridiculous." Trump, who supports the Arizona recount, has repeatedly insisted the election was stolen from him, though courts and the Justice Department said there was no evidence of widespread fraud.
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The “purity of the ballot box” language was eventually removed. They also cite a chaotic committee session that was forced to recess after Mr. Cain refused to let Nicole Collier, chair of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, sit in on the session to question witnesses as a nonmember. His error led to a lengthy delay in moving the bill forward and enraged Democrats and civil rights groups. But several of his Republican colleagues gave high marks for his leadership and his handling of one of the governor’s top priorities. “One of the hardest bills to pass in this building is an omnibus election bill,” said Representative Stephanie Klick, a Fort Worth Republican who preceded Mr. Cain as Election Committee chair.
Persons: Cain, Critics, Nicole Collier, Briscoe Cain, , Nina Perales, ” Mr, Anchia, Stephanie Klick, , ” Bryan Hughes Organizations: Republican, Mexican American Legal Defense, Educational Fund, Texas, Fort Worth Republican, State Senate Locations: State
Virginia Republicans selected former private equity executive Glenn Youngkin as their nominee in this year's governor's election, in which he will face whomever Democrats nominate in their own primary next month. "While certainly would have preferred a W, I send my heartfelt congratulations to @glennyoungkin on a tremendous race + deserved win. Virginia's off-year governor's election, which always takes place the year after a presidential election, is often read as a bellwether of the national mood a year into a new presidential term. A TV ad featured video of Trump singling out Youngkin by name for credit in a trade deal with China. In the final days before the convention, Youngkin campaigned with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who has become a prominent Trump ally.
Persons: Glenn Youngkin, Pete Snyder, Snyder, Terry McAuliffe, Donald Trump, Snyder —, Mitt Romney's, Virginia —, State Sen, Amanda Chase, Youngkin, Trump, Carlyle, Sen, Ted Cruz, Joe Biden, Organizations: Virginia Republicans, GOP, Carlyle Group, Gov, Youngkin, Trump, State, Virginia Locations: Virginia, China, Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Vermont, Massachusetts
An Arizona state senator has described the Maricopa County vote recount as "ridiculous." A GOP state senator in Arizona described the controversial vote recount in Maricopa County as "ridiculous" and an embarrassment in comments to The New York Times. It's embarrassing to be a state senator at this point." The recount was commissioned by the Republican-led state legislature, who say that they are investigating whether the vote was tainted by fraud. The process is being conducted by Cyber Ninjas, a firm whose founder has expressed support for Trump's election fraud claims.
Persons: Paul Boyer, Boyer, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Mark Kelly, Katie Hobbs, Hobbs Organizations: Republican, GOP, New York Times, Democratic, Republicans, Trump, Democrat, Arizona, US Department of Justice, Cyber Locations: Arizona, Maricopa, Maricopa County, Phoenix
As Texas Voting Restrictions Near Passage, Democrats Stage Protest
  + stars: | 2021-05-08 | by ( David Montgomery | ) sentiment -0.88   time to read: +1 min
AUSTIN, Texas — A day after the Texas House of Representatives voted to make it harder to cast a ballot in a state that already has some of the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, leading Democrats and hundreds of supporters gathered outside the State Capitol on Saturday to protest against legislation steaming toward approval in the Republican-led Legislature. “This is the single greatest attack on our democracy, not just in our lifetime, but perhaps in the lifetime of this very democracy,” said former Representative Beto O’Rourke, who was a Democratic presidential candidate in the 2020 presidential primary. He was joined by a second former Democratic presidential aspirant, Julián Castro, the former San Antonio mayor. Saturday’s rally came a day after the State House of Representatives had voted, 78 to 64, to pass Senate Bill 7, which opponents continued to attack as an assault on voting rights despite a number of modifications added by Democrats. The bill now heads back to the State Senate, where representatives from the two chambers will meet in a conference committee to resolve differences between the two versions in the final three weeks of the session.
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An Ohio senator was captured driving during a government Zoom meeting on Monday — the same day the state was considering a bill proposing a crackdown on distracted drivers. Brenner, a Republican who represents an area north of Columbus, told The Columbus Dispatch that he "wasn't distracted" during the Zoom call, admitting he has previously taken phone calls while driving. And I've actually been on other calls, numerous calls, while driving. Phone calls for the most part but on video calls, I'm not paying attention to the video. The incident occurred as the state's House of Representatives considered a bill that penalized phone use while driving.
Persons: Sen, Andrew Brenner, Brenner, John Fortney, wasn't, I'm, Bill, Mike DeWine, DeWine, , William Amos, , Scott Green, Green, “ Mr, Rod Ponton, Ponton Organizations: Republican, Columbus Dispatch, Representatives, Ohio Gov, Sacramento Locations: Ohio, Columbus, Canadian, Quebec, Pontiac, Sacramento, Texas, Presidio County
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