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GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptionsAs Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would shield LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in employment, housing, education, and other public services — while also carving out exemptions for religious organizations to act based on beliefs that may exclude those of different sexual orientations or gender identities. Stewart’s bill counts support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but it has yet to win a backer among House Democrats who unanimously supported a more expansive LGBTQ rights measure in May.



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Cory Booker to Introduce Bill Banning Race-Based Hair Discrimination

Cory Booker to Introduce Bill Banning Race-Based Hair DiscriminationDemocratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker will introduce a bill on Thursday prohibiting race-based hair discriminationThe Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act will target discrimination against natural or protective hairstyles frequently associated with a particular race, including specific hair textures and styles such as such as braids, twists or locs.“Discrimination against black hair is discrimination against black people,” the New Jersey Democrat said in a statement. “Implicit and explicit biases against natural hair are deeply ingrained in workplace norms and society at large. This is a violation of our civil rights, and it happens every day for black people across the country.""No one should be harassed, punished, or fired for the beautiful hairstyles that are true to themselves and their cultural heritage,” Booker added.Rep. Cedric Richmond (D., La.) plans to introduce a similar bill in the House, joined by Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.), Marcia Fudge (D., Ohio), and Barbara Lee (D., Calif.).This year, California and New York passed legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination, and around a dozen other states are reportedly considering doing so.The hair discrimination issue has made several headlines in recent months. Booker took a particular interest in the issue after a high school wrestler from New Jersey, Andrew Johnson, was forced last year to cut his dreadlocks to comply with hair length regulations or face forfeiting a wrestling match. The referee subsequently faced accusations of racism.Another incident involving allegations of racism turned out to be false. A sixth-grade girl claimed three white boys at her school physically attacked her, called her "ugly," and cut off some of her dreadlocks. Later, however, she admitted that she had lied and made up the story.Booker is currently battling sagging poll numbers with only 2 percent support according to the Real Clear Politics average of national polls.



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Republican who 'wanted to destroy' Bill Clinton during 1998 impeachment has regrets

Republican who 'wanted to destroy' Bill Clinton during 1998 impeachment has regretsHe led the effort to impeach Bill Clinton. Years later, he sought Clinton out to apologize.



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For Bill Taylor, first impeachment witness, 'everything's easy after Vietnam'

For Bill Taylor, first impeachment witness, 'everything's easy after Vietnam'Most Americans came to know Taylor on Oct. 3, when Democrats released text messages that showed him calling it “crazy to withhold security assistance [to Ukraine] for help with a political campaign.”



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Aide to Ukrainian President Addresses Bill Taylor Testimony

Aide to Ukrainian President Addresses Bill Taylor TestimonyTom Brenner/ReutersIn his testimony before the impeachment inquiry last month, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor described a conversation about a sensitive topic: whether or not Ukrainian law enforcement should investigate Petro Poroshenko, the former president of Ukraine who lost a re-election bid to Volodymyr Zelensky on April 21. Now, one of the Ukrainians in that conversation is indicating that Taylor’s testimony didn’t capture the full story. Taylor, America’s top diplomat in Kyiv, is a key witness in Democrats’ investigation of President Donald Trump and his policy toward Ukraine. In his testimony, Taylor said two Zelensky aides, Andriy Yermak and Igor Novikov, reacted strongly after Taylor and then-special envoy Ambassador Kurt Volker urged them not to scrutinize Poroshenko. Poroshenko faced criticism during the election for certain military decisions and had faced a bruising scandal when news broke in the weeks before Election Day about the alleged involvement of the son of one of his close business partners in a scheme to soak Ukraine’s defense sector for millions of dollars. One of Poroshenko’s top national security officials, Oleg Gladkovsky, resigned over the news and was reportedly detained last month as part of an investigation into the situation.  “Kurt said, you know, you should move forward, don’t prosecute Poroshenko,” Taylor said in his testimony, describing a conversation that happened on September 14. “And they responded, take a look at this.”Yermak and Novikov pulled out their phones, according to Taylor, and showed the two American diplomats “pictures of their relatives–one was a brother, and one was a cousin–who had been killed or wounded in the east.”Taylor apparently saw a connection between the military service of the aides’ family members and the Zelensky administration’s approach to Poroshenko. “[T]hey showed this to Kurt and me, and they said, Poroshenko is responsible for this,” Taylor said. “There was a deep-seated anger at Poroshenko at an emotional level. And that was one of the things motivating–one of the things motivating the attacks on, or the court cases on President Poroshenko.”Reached for comment about the exchange, Novikov offered a view of the issues they discussed at that dinner that differed from Taylor’s. “The fact that one of my close relatives is serving Ukraine, risking his life to protect our country from the Russian aggression makes me proud, not angry,” he told The Daily Beast. “The main issue with Mr. Poroshenko is corruption, especially within the defense sector. In my view, it is unacceptable to steal from the very people who are defending our freedom.” “I strongly believe that if Ukraine were to deoligarchize itself, there should not be two separate categories: ‘good oligarch’ and ‘bad oligarch,’” he added. “No one should be above the law. Is Mr. Poroshenko an oligarch? I have an opinion on that, but I’ll let everyone else also be the judge of that.” Volker and Taylor’s efforts to influence Ukrainian prosecutors’ investigation decisions made for a bit of discomfort, according to George Kent, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs. Kent said that when Taylor and Volker urged Yermak not to investigate Poroshenko, Yermak pointed to American efforts to get Ukraine to open politically motivated investigations. “Andry Yermak said: What? You mean the type of investigations you’re pushing for us to do on Biden and Clinton? And at that point Kurt Volker did not respond,” Kent said. Taylor is set to testify publicly next week as part of Congressional Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. The inquiry focuses on efforts by members of the Trump administration to pressure Kyiv to announce investigations into alleged Ukrainian interference in the U.S. 2016 election and a company linked to former Vice President Joe Biden. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Elizabeth Warren challenges Bill Gates on 'wealth tax'

Elizabeth Warren challenges Bill Gates on 'wealth tax'Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren offered to meet Bill Gates after the Microsoft billionaire expressed skepticism about her proposal for a “wealth tax” affecting the richest Americans — and assured him he would not have to pay $ 100 billion. Gates would pay $ 6.37 billion from a net worth of $ 107 billion, according to the calculator, slightly less than the $ 6.697 billion that would be owed by Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos.



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Elizabeth Warren willing to show Bill Gates how much she'd tax him: 'I promise it's not $100 billion'

Elizabeth Warren willing to show Bill Gates how much she'd tax him: 'I promise it's not $  100 billion'Bill Gates joked on Wednesday that "when you say I should pay $ 100 billion, OK, then I'm starting to do a little math about what I have left over."



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Bill Gates addressed his multiple meetings with Jeffrey Epstein: 'I made a mistake in judgment'

Bill Gates addressed his multiple meetings with Jeffrey Epstein: 'I made a mistake in judgment'Bill Gates addressed his ties to Jeffrey Epstein Wednesday, saying that he "made a mistake in judgement" by associating with the convicted sex offender.



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Elizabeth Warren offers to explain her wealth tax to Bill Gates

Elizabeth Warren offers to explain her wealth tax to Bill GatesThe billionaire balked at Warren’s tax policies during a conference on Wednesday, prompting a response from the Democratic candidateElizabeth Warren tweeted at Bill Gates: ‘I’m always happy to meet with people, even if we have different views.’ Photograph: Jack Kurtz/Zuma Wire/Rex/ShutterstockElizabeth Warren, who has welcomed, and even rejoiced in the ire of billionaires who oppose her plans to tax the wealthy, can now count the second richest person in the world among her skeptics.Speaking at the New York Times DealBook conference on Wednesday, Bill Gates balked at Warren’s tax policies. “I’ve paid over $ 10bn in taxes. I’ve paid more than anyone in taxes,” he said. “If I had to pay $ 20bn, it’s fine.” “But when you say I should pay $ 100bn, then I’m starting to do a little math over what I have left over.”Warren, who has proposed a 6% tax on wealth over 10 figures, reassured Gates that he wouldn’t have to pay $ 100bn, and offered to meet with him to explain.> I'm always happy to meet with people, even if we have different views. @BillGates, if we get the chance, I'd love to explain exactly how much you'd pay under my wealth tax. (I promise it's not $ 100 billion.) t.co/m6G20hDNaV> > — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 7, 2019At the conference, Gates had said, “I’m not sure how open-minded she is – or that she’d even be willing to sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money.”Warren responded: “I’m always happy to meet with people, even if we have different views.”Despite being a vocal critic of Donald Trump, Gates also wouldn’t commit to supporting Warren in a hypothetical race between her and Trump: “I’m not going to make political declarations. But I do think no matter what policy somebody has in mind … whoever I decide will have the more professional approach in the current situation, probably is the thing I will weigh the most. And I hope that the more professional candidate is an electable candidate.”Critics pointed out that the Microsoft founder and philanthropist would still remain extremely wealthy under Warren’s plan.> If Elizabeth Warren passed her extra 6 percent wealth tax on fortunes over $ 1 billion and Bill Gates never gained a single dollar again from any of his investments, he'd still be a billionaire 60 years from now t.co/rcAZCLthkx> > — Lee Fang (@lhfang) November 6, 2019And even if he were to pay that much, he’d still have some money left over.> Even if someone was asking Bill Gates to pay 100 billion in taxes (they're not), he'd have 6 billion left over t.co/jnslbzT1Sv> > — Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) November 6, 2019This isn’t the first time Warren has contended with disgruntled billionaires. Last week, the billionaire money manager Leon Cooperman exchanged tense words with Warren on Twitter and sent her a letter criticizing her “vilification of the rich”.“Leon can and should pitch in more,” she responded, “so that every kid has the same opportunities he did to succeed.”



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Bill Gates says Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax would leave him ‘counting what he had left over’

Bill Gates says Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax would leave him ‘counting what he had left over’Bill Gates has criticised Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth tax, claiming it left him doing “a little math about what I have left over”.The Microsoft founder and billionaire spoke about the Democratic presidential candidate’s plan at The New York Times DealBook conference on Wednesday.



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