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Utah governor signs gender-affirming health care ban, school choice bills into law

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Utah Gov. Spencer Cox on Saturday signed a invoice banning gender-affirming surgical procedure on minors who haven’t been recognized with gender dysphoria. 

The state’s Republican-dominated Legislature prioritized the ban and regarded a primary draft of the measure lower than 10 days in the past, two days after the Legislature opened this 12 months’s session Jan. 17. Gov. Cox signed it a day after the Legislature despatched it to his desk. 

FILE: Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaks throughout an interview on the Utah State Capitol on March 4, 2022, in Salt Lake Metropolis. 
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The governor mentioned it was necessary to pause “these everlasting and life-altering therapies for brand spanking new sufferers till extra and higher analysis might help decide the long-term penalties.”

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“Whereas we perceive our phrases might be of little consolation to those that disagree with us, we sincerely hope that we are able to deal with our transgender households with extra love and respect as we work to higher perceive the science and penalties behind these procedures,” he mentioned.

Among the many critics is the ACLU of Utah, which on Friday urged Cox to veto the invoice.

In a letter to Cox, the civil rights group mentioned it was deeply involved about “the damaging and probably catastrophic results this regulation can have on individuals’s lives and medical care and the grave violations of individuals’s constitutional rights it should trigger.

“By slicing off medical therapy supported by each main medical affiliation in the USA, the invoice compromises the well being and well-being of adolescents with gender dysphoria. It ties the fingers of docs and fogeys by limiting entry to the one evidence-based therapy out there for this severe medical situation and impedes their means to satisfy their skilled obligations,” the letter mentioned.

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The invoice’s sponsor, state Sen. Mike Kennedy, a Republican household physician has mentioned authorities in a single day is important for very important well being care coverage associated to gender and youth. 

People gather in support of transgender youth during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Salt Lake City. 

Individuals collect in help of transgender youth throughout a rally on the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Salt Lake Metropolis. 
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“Laws that impacts our most weak youth requires cautious consideration and deliberation. Whereas not an ideal invoice, we’re grateful for Sen. Kennedy’s extra nuanced and considerate method to this terribly divisive difficulty,” Cox mentioned in an announcement. 

“Increasingly specialists, states and nations all over the world are pausing these everlasting and life-altering therapies for brand spanking new sufferers till extra and higher analysis might help decide the long-term penalties.”

Utah’s invoice comes as lawmakers in no less than 18 states take into account comparable payments focusing on well being take care of younger transgender individuals.

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Cox additionally signed one other measure that might give college students school-choice type scholarships to attend colleges exterior the general public schooling system. The invoice additionally elevated instructor pay and advantages in an effort to ease the state’s instructor scarcity.

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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Koch-backed network drops funding for Nikki Haley campaign after South Carolina defeat

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AFP Action, the conservative wing of the powerful and influential conservative Americans for Prosperity, funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers, has pulled funding for the presidential campaign of Nikki Haley. 

In an email to staffers obtained by Fox News, AFP Action senior adviser Emily Seidel said the group did not believe that “any outside group can make a material difference to widen [Haley’s] path to victory.” 

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“And so while we will continue to endorse her, we will focus our resources where we can make the difference. And that’s the U.S. Senate and House,” Seidel wrote. 

Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and 2024 Republican presidential candidate, during an election night watch party in Charleston, South Carolina, US, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (Christian Monterrosa/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The news was first reported by Politico earlier Sunday. 

AFP Action endorsed Haley in November, giving her a major grassroots and organizational boost.

The deep-pocketed fiscally conservative network launched an ad blitz on behalf of Haley in January, including mailers, digital ads, and connected TV spots. 

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AFP Action, which pledged to spend tens of millions of dollars to help push the Republican Party past former President Trump as it endorsed Haley in late November, said last month it was putting an initial $27 million behind this new wave in their ongoing campaign.

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The news came after Haley’s GOP rival, former President Trump, won the GOP primary in Haley’s home state of South Carolina on Saturday.

Despite the loss, and defying calls to exit the race, Haley has said it’s not the “end of our story” as she traveled Sunday to Michigan ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday. 

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Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during her primary election night gathering at The Charleston Place on February 24, 2024 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In the less than 24 hours following her Saturday night loss, Haley’s campaign said that she had raised $1 million “from grassroots supporters alone,” Fox News previously reported. 

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Haley’s campaign argued that the money raised “demonstrates Haley’s staying power and her appeal to broad swaths of the American public.”

Asked Sunday about losing funding from AFP Action, Haley said she was “not worried.” 

“Americans for Prosperity was an amazing partner. They strongly believe in freedom. They believe in limited government. They believe in all the things that I, as a conservative, believe. And they’ve been fantastic through these states,” Haley said, vowing to continue fighting “for the 70% of Americans that don’t want to see a Trump-Biden rematch.” 

With his win Saturday in the first-in-the South contest, Trump has now swept every primary or caucus on the GOP early-season calendar that awards delegates. His performances have left little maneuvering room for Haley, his former U.N. ambassador.

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Still, Haley insists she is sticking around even with the growing pressure to abandon her candidacy and let Trump focus entirely on Democratic President Joe Biden, in a 2020 rematch.

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Opinion: MAGA Republicans pushing to impeach President Biden don't seem to notice the egg on their faces

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Opinion: MAGA Republicans pushing to impeach President Biden don't seem to notice the egg on their faces

Now we know what a real Russia hoax looks like: very much like House Republicans’ stumbling effort to impeach President Biden.

The current GOP misadventure — which was always doomed — was seriously undercut in federal court last month.

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Robin Abcarian

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Republicans thought they had a smoking gun, a claim by a longtime, reliable FBI informant that Biden and his son Hunter had secretly accepted millions of dollars from the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma. Unfortunately for Planet MAGA — including House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer of Kentucky, impeachment resolution author Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and the entire lineup of Fox News hosts, who have been frothing at the mouth over this story — it was allegedly all a lie.

The smoking gun is turning out to be an exploding cigar. And the informant? Not so reliable after all.

Last month, a federal grand jury indicted Alexander Smirnov, 43, on charges he lied when he told the FBI that the Bidens had gotten $5 million each from Burisma. Not only that, according to special counsel Jack Weiss, who is overseeing the probe into Hunter Biden’s finances, Smirnov was probably coached to create the story by operatives associated with Russian intelligence in an effort to hurt President Biden as he faces reelection, most likely against Putin apologist former President Trump.

Boy, that Vladimir Putin just can’t keep his nose out of American presidential elections.

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On Wednesday, Weiss filed a request asking the federal judge overseeing Smirnov’s case to revoke bail, alleging that Smirnov “is actively peddling new lies that could impact U.S. elections after meeting with Russian intelligence officials in November.” Smirnov needs to be confined, Weiss said, because he has the financial wherewithal and connections to flee the country. On Thursday, Smirnov was rearrested in Las Vegas, where he lives.

Sadly, Republicans can’t seem to accept the implosion of their impeachment effort.

“It doesn’t change the fundamental facts,” Jordan insisted to reporters on Wednesday in an exchange posted by Forbes on YouTube.

“It does change the facts,” interjected a journalist off camera, “because they are no longer facts, because they’re not true.”

How did we get here?

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In June 2020, Smirnov, a dual citizen of Israel and the United States, passed unverified information to his FBI handler. He said he met with Burisma executives in 2015 and 2016, and they told him about their payments to the Bidens. At that time, Burisma was the subject of a criminal investigation by the corrupt Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was later fired. Smirnov said he was told that Hunter Biden would “take care of all those issues” — Burisma’s vulnerabilities — “through his dad.”

Smirnov also said he was told that the payments would be so hard to trace, it would take a decade to find out where the money had gone.

MAGA Republicans caught wind of the accusations, which were laid out in an FBI form known as a 1023, a raw account of conversations between Smirnov and his FBI contact, with whom he had spoken almost daily for 10 years, thus the FBI’s belief it was dealing with a credible source.

You can imagine the GOP joy. They were so excited they released the unredacted, unverified document.

The FBI later said, however, that Smirnov had lied about being in Ukraine in 2015 and 2016. According to the indictment, he hadn’t had any contact with Burisma executives until 2017, well after Biden was out of office, and, in any case, his dealings with Burisma were “routine and unextraordinary.”

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Really, that should be that, impeachment-wise.

“I think it’s time for Chairman Comer and the Republicans to fold up the tent to this circus show,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Oversight Committee. “It’s really over at this point.”

The tenacity and self-delusion of the MAGA electeds is second only to Trump’s own.

Like Trump, they are angry. Like Trump, they are out for revenge — for the two Trump impeachments and for the 91 felony counts the former president faces. They are angry that their idol may be held accountable for allegedly trying to steal the 2020 presidential election in Washington, D.C., and Georgia, for allegedly removing classified documents and concealing them at Mar-a-Lago, and for allegedly paying hush money to a porn star. Like Trump, they are furious over the $355-million judgment against him for lying to lenders and New York tax officials about the value of his assets. And don’t even get them started on the $83 million he owes E. Jean Carroll after putting his fingers in her vagina and calling her a liar when she spoke out about the assault.

I don’t think MAGA Republicans would quite put it this way, but they are desperate to find some way to persuade Americans that Joe Biden is every bit as corrupt as Donald Trump.

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They can’t, of course.

And so, like the dismembered Black Knight in that iconic fight scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” they comically cling to their mortally wounded impeachment scheme, proclaiming, “‘Tis but a scratch!”

@robinkabcarian

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Jill Biden ‘stunned’ Joe’s family during health scare, marking her status as ‘full-fledged’ Biden: book

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First lady Jill Biden felt she became a “full-fledged” member of the family after Joe Biden had two brain aneurysms in 1988, and she took a more elevated role in family decisions, a new book details. 

“She was exhausted. In the hospital, as she watched Joe’s mother, sister, and brothers debate the best path forward for Joe’s treatment, something in her broke,” an upcoming book titled “American Woman” says describing Jill Biden as the future president underwent medical treatments at Walter Reed in 1988 for brain aneurysms.

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“‘Wait a minute!’ she yelled at the group. ‘He’s my husband. I should be making the decision here.’”

The moment, underscored by Joe’s mom urging the family to listen to Jill, marked when Jill Biden says she felt she had “become a full- fledged Biden,” the book details. 

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First lady Jill Biden speaks during a visit to the American Federation of Teachers Headquarters in Pittsburgh, in support of local candidates, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

“The Bidens were stunned, until Joe’s mother eventually agreed: ‘She’s right,’ Jean Biden told the group, settling the matter. That was the moment, as Jill has recounted, that she felt she had become a full-fledged Biden.”

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“American Woman,” authored by New York Times White House correspondent Katie Rogers, will be released Tuesday and documents how the role of first lady has evolved in the 21st century, focusing on Jill Biden’s tenure in the White House. 

Joe and Jill Biden married in 1977, following the death of the future president’s first wife and their young daughter in a car accident in 1972. Biden had two other children with his first wife, Beau and Hunter, who were later raised by Jill Biden alongside their younger half-sister Ashley Biden. 

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Sen.-elect Joseph Biden and wife Neilia cut his 30th birthday cake at a party in Wilmington, Nov. 20, 1972. His son, Hunter, waits for the first piece. (Getty Images)

As a Delaware senator, Biden had two life-threatening brain aneurysms and doctors said he had a 50-50 shot of surviving.

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“If he did survive, there was a chance that the part of his brain that governed his speech would be damaged,” the book continued. 

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“For Jill, the diagnosis was the latest setback after a stressful year. She had spent months campaigning on his behalf, despite her discomfort with public speaking. She was raising their three children, Beau, Hunter, and Ashley, who were all in different stages of adjusting to school and life in Delaware.”

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Jill Biden went on to become the “powerful guardian of the Biden inner circle,” the book “American Woman” reports. (Julia Nikhinson/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Biden’s surgeries were successful, with no reports of an aneurysm since. 

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After Jill Biden experienced the turning point of becoming a “full-fledged” member of the family, she went on to become the “powerful guardian of the Biden inner circle,” the book describes. 

“As the president and his last surviving son, Hunter, have become targets for conservatives in a rapidly toxifying political landscape, Jill has emerged as the powerful guardian of the Biden inner circle, defining herself as a ‘Philly girl’ who is not to be crossed,” the book states. 

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President Biden speaks during the United Auto Workers union conference at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24, 2024. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

The book goes on to note that Jill Biden has been a leading force behind Joe Biden’s re-election campaign, which is partially motivated by a “dislike for Trump.” 

“She is powerful within the Biden White House and was an enthusiastic supporter of her husband’s decision to announce a run for reelection at age eighty,” “American Woman” claims. 

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“Her dislike for Trump was a driving reason behind her support for Joe’s campaign for the presidency, and it remains so for his reelection effort, even if that means he will not leave office until age eighty-six at the end of a second term,” the book later claims.

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