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CNN panel pans Richard Grenell as ‘least qualified person to ever’ be DNI appointee

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CNN panel reacted Wednesday to President Trump‘s expected appointment of Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany, to be the acting director of national intelligence (DNI).

“President Trump appears poised to fill the critical job of Director of National Intelligence with a loyalist,” CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer told viewers, accompanied by a graphic on the screen that read: “Sources: Trump to name loyalist Ric Grenell as acting DNI, avoiding senate confirmation.”

Fox News confirmed that Trump will name Grenell as acting DNI in a move that has heartened conservatives eager for new leadership after a series of scandals have plagued the intelligence community. Trump also tweeted Thursday that he was “pleased to announce” Grenell will “become the Acting Director of National Intelligence.”

“It is actually a stunning choice,” former Obama official and CNN national security analyst Carrie Cordero said. “I think that Richard Grenell would be the least qualified person to ever hold that.”

“The first five Directors of National Intelligence who were confirmed by the Senate who had been people with decades of professional intelligence community experience or extensive careers in the diplomatic core or… there were two who were former admirals in the U.S. Navy,” Cordero continued. “So these are people usually who have absolute decades of executive leadership in the military or in the intelligence community.”

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She said: “As far as I know from his background, he has no intelligence background whatsoever except for in his current capacity as an ambassador, he would be a consumer of intelligence information from some perspective. But really, his background as a communications professional, as I understand, is one that would be more suited to the spokesperson for the DNI than to serve as DNI.”

Former federal prosecutor Shan Wu also knocked the appointment, saying Trump promised to “drain the swamp” and that he’s now “filling the swamp up again” with loyalists.

CNN anchor Jim Sciutto, another former Obama official, later called Trump’s pick an “egregious presidential choice” and called Grenell’s lack of intelligence experience “alarming.”

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Grenell would take over from the current acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, amid the president’s push to remove what he calls “bad actors” at the highest levels of the FBI and other agencies.

Maguire was required by law to leave the post of acting DNI within weeks. Grenell would become the first openly gay cabinet member, upon his selection by the president.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report. 

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CNN panel pans Richard Grenell as ‘least qualified person to ever’ be DNI appointee

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CNN panel reacted Wednesday to President Trump‘s expected appointment of Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany, to be the acting director of national intelligence (DNI).

“President Trump appears poised to fill the critical job of Director of National Intelligence with a loyalist,” CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer told viewers, accompanied by a graphic on the screen that read: “Sources: Trump to name loyalist Ric Grenell as acting DNI, avoiding senate confirmation.”

Fox News confirmed that Trump will name Grenell as acting DNI in a move that has heartened conservatives eager for new leadership after a series of scandals have plagued the intelligence community. Trump also tweeted Thursday that he was “pleased to announce” Grenell will “become the Acting Director of National Intelligence.”

“It is actually a stunning choice,” former Obama official and CNN national security analyst Carrie Cordero said. “I think that Richard Grenell would be the least qualified person to ever hold that.”

“The first five Directors of National Intelligence who were confirmed by the Senate who had been people with decades of professional intelligence community experience or extensive careers in the diplomatic core or… there were two who were former admirals in the U.S. Navy,” Cordero continued. “So these are people usually who have absolute decades of executive leadership in the military or in the intelligence community.”

WASHINGTON POST SLAMMED, CHANGES HEADLINE AFTER OP-ED CALLS FOR ‘ELITES’ TO HAVE ‘BIGGER  SAY IN CHOOSING THE PRESIDENT

She said: “As far as I know from his background, he has no intelligence background whatsoever except for in his current capacity as an ambassador, he would be a consumer of intelligence information from some perspective. But really, his background as a communications professional, as I understand, is one that would be more suited to the spokesperson for the DNI than to serve as DNI.”

Former federal prosecutor Shan Wu also knocked the appointment, saying Trump promised to “drain the swamp” and that he’s now “filling the swamp up again” with loyalists.

CNN anchor Jim Sciutto, another former Obama official, later called Trump’s pick an “egregious presidential choice” and called Grenell’s lack of intelligence experience “alarming.”

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Grenell would take over from the current acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, amid the president’s push to remove what he calls “bad actors” at the highest levels of the FBI and other agencies.

Maguire was required by law to leave the post of acting DNI within weeks. Grenell would become the first openly gay cabinet member, upon his selection by the president.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report. 

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Rod Blagojevich maintains innocence, slams ‘shakedown artist’ prosecutors who imprisoned him, pursued Trump

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reacted to President Trump’s commutation of his 14-year federal prison sentence, going after the prosecutors in his case and claiming they are the same people who are trying to undermine the current commander-in-chief.

Blagojevich joined Trace Gallagher on “The Story” on Wednesday, did not name the officials but said the Illinois Republican Congressional delegation — who put out a joint statement panning his release — had a point about “public corruption” but that they were aiming at the wrong target.

The delegation wrote that Blagojevich is “the face of public corruption” in the Land of Lincoln and hasn’t shown remorse for his record of “egregious crimes that undermine the trust placed in him by voters.”

“We shouldn’t let those who breach the public trust off the hook,” they wrote.

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Blagojevich, who said he considers himself a “Trumpocrat,” replied that the sentiment should be directed at the feds who put him in prison — and vociferously maintained his innocence.

“I agree with the sentiment expressed in that statement by the Illinois Republicans, but they are pointing that statement at the wrong place,” he said. “It shouldn’t be pointed at me, it ought to be pointed at those uncontrolled, unaccountable lawless prosecutors who did this to me. I broke no laws, I crossed no lines.”

Blagojevich appeared to echo the president, who called the Chicagoan’s case “another Comey gang deal.” U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald was the lead prosecutor in Blagojevich’s case — and former FBI Director Jim Comey hired Fitzgerald as his personal attorney after the president fired him.

The ex-governor claimed that if the same legal standard applied to him by Fitzgerald — who he did not name — was applied to Capitol Hill lawmakers, they would end up in federal lockup like he did.

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“I raised campaign contributions legally and lawfully. I never promised anything or threatened anyone in exchange for campaign contributions. The right to seek campaign contributions is not only necessary and routine in politics, it’s also protected by the Constitution, it’s considered the First Amendment right,” he said.

Blagojevich was famously caught on tape bragging that President Obama’s then-vacant Senate seat was a “f—ing golden” thing. The seat eventually went to the former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris who declined to seek reelection after the term expired.

“Without a promise or a threat, there is no crime, there’s no quid pro quo. There is not in my case and I appreciate what the congressmen are saying but they ought to point those statements in the direction of the prosecutors who did this to me and many of whom are the same people doing it to President Trump,” he told host Trace Gallagher.

Blagojevich praised Trump as a problem-solver who defies party lines and orthodoxy to do what is right. He remarked that as a former Democratic governor, the Republican president gains no political capital by commuting his sentence.

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Responding to other critics, including Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, he said that the true way he could have “let down” Illinoians was if he gave into those prosecuting him and copped a plea deal in exchange for admitting any guilt.

“If I allowed these guys who are shakedown artists to make me give in to a light sentence that they were floating in exchange to pleading guilty to something that I knew and they knew weren’t crimes, then I would’ve let the people of Illinois down because they didn’t hire me to do that, they hired me as a governor to fight for the Constitution and the rule of law,” he said.

He continued, “Some of these same people tried to do with the major-league level to a Republican president what they were able to successfully do to a democratic governor and they are threatening to take away from all of us our rights to choose our leaders through free and fair elections.”

Blagojevich slammed federal prosecutors for being “covered with sovereign immunity” and having no direct accountability to the American people.

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Justin Bieber says he can beat Tom Cruise in a fight, calls himself ‘the Conor McGregor of entertainment’

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Justin Bieber is ready for a showdown.

In June of 2019, the “Yummy” singer took to Twitter to challenge Tom Cruise to a “fight in the octagon,” saying the movie star “will never live it down” should he not engage.

Just days later, Bieber, now 25, admitted that his challenge was in jest.

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“It was just a random tweet. I do that stuff sometimes,” Bieber told TMZ at the time. “I think he would probably whoop my a– in a fight. He’s got that dad strength.”

However, during a recent appearance on James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment of “The Late Late Show,” the singer walked back his previous statements, claiming he could beat the 57-year-old actor in a fight.

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When Corden told Bieber he’d bet that Cruise would win in a fight, Bieber said that “there’s absolutely no way” that would be the case.

“He’s not the guy you see in movies,” the singer explained. “That’s a character. [Being in] phenomenal shape doesn’t mean you’re a good fighter.”

When Corden insisted that Cruise would be victorious, Bieber clapped back.

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“You’re mesmerized by the characters that he’s playing,” Bieber said. “I’m telling you … I’m dangerous. My agility is crazy. My agility is insane.”

He added: “I’m the Conor McGregor of entertainment.”

After Bieber’s initial challenge, McGregor, a professional mixed martial artist, offered to host the fight.

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“If Tom Cruise is man enough to accept this challenge, McGregor Sports and Entertainment will host the bout,” tweeted the 31-year-old athlete. “Does Cruise have the sprouts to fight, like he does in the movies? Stay tuned to find out!”

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Missouri man charged with murdering wife who vanished in October, no body found

A Missouri man suspected in the disappearance of his wife and of abusing his 1-year-old daughter was charged Wednesday in her presumed death despite the fact that her body hasn’t been found.

Joseph Elledge, of Columbia, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 28-year-old Mengqi Ji, according to court records. He was already charged with endangering the welfare of a child and one count of child abuse based on evidence discovered during an investigation into his wife’s disappearance.

He reported Ji missing on Oct. 10 and said he had not seen her since late in the evening on Oct. 8, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported. Authorities have extensively searched a section of the Lamine River in Cooper County for her, KMIZ-TV reported.

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This undated file photo provided by Boone County Sheriff’s Department in Columbia, Mo., shows Joseph Elledge. Prosecutors have charged Elledge, the American husband of a Chinese woman who has been missing since October, 2019, with first-degree murder in her death, even though her body hasn’t been found.  (Boone County Sheriff’s Department via AP, File)

Authorities said Elledge took a drive through unfamiliar remote areas in central Missouri before reporting Ji missing, according to a probable cause statement. They said he also deflected conversations about his missing wife and chose to play video games instead.

During a November hearing, Boone County prosecutors described Elledge as “a jealous, controlling, manipulative psychopath.”

In an audio recording played during the hearing, Elledge was heard telling Ji, “I don’t like being with you,”  “I’m going to end it” and “I’m going to bury the earth under you.” Ji is heard arguing back.

Elledge raised his voice several times during the recording and, at one point, told her, “I know you want me to hit you,” and “This, it’s not abusive.”

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Mengqi Ji was last seen in October. Her husband, Joseph Elledge, has been charged in her presumed death and for allegedly abusing the couple’s 1-year-old daughter.  (Missing Persons Cases Network )

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Ji received a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Missouri in December 2014. She previously attended the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai.

Elledge was attending the school when he was arrested last year. He remains in police custody.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Starbucks worker exposes drive-thru secret by surprising customers by singing

Apparently some people aren’t aware that drive-thru workers can see them when they’re ordering.

A TikTok video of two customers being surprised by a Starbucks employee greeting them in a song has gone viral – but not for what you’d expect.

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In the video, which was published on Feb. 14 and also shared on Twitter, the male and female customers react in shock when the worker belts out, “Welcome to Starrrbuckkks.”

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A TikTok video of two customers being surprised by a Starbucks employee greeting them in a song has gone viral – but not for what you’d expect. (Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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“What can I get for you?” the employee added.

The short clip appears to be a recording of a surveillance monitor at the undisclosed Starbucks location.

While it’s not clear what the pair were thinking or saying in the video, they were visibly shocked by the greeting.

TikTok users, however, were more hung up on the fact they were completely unaware that workers seeing you onscreen at a drive-thru is a thing.

“Apparently the drive thru workers can see you when you order???? idk how to explain it but i feel violated,” captioned a Twitter user who re-posted the TikTok video.

“This explains so much,” another tweeted.

“I loved when I worked drive thru,” tweeted a former drive-thru worker. “That camera was so funny sometimes.”

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Some Twitter users expressed fears that they may have possibly done lewd and embarrassing things while unknowingly on camera.

“I can not tell you how many times I made stupid faces at the drive thru,” one person said.

Others couldn’t believe how many people weren’t aware of the fact that there are cameras at drive-thru windows.

“How did you think they knew when you drove up?” one Twitter user commented, to which someone replied, “Because there’s a sensor and it beeps in the headset when a car drives up.”

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The Starbucks employee who recorded and posted the video, Brittney, said she’s been singing to her customers long before her now-viral video.

“When I originally started singing to my customers in the drive-thru I was trying to make them smile. … I usually work nights so I get them at the end of their day and I just hope to make their day a little bit better,” she told Delish.

“I wanted to reach even more people and make their days a little better and make them smile too so I started posting them and I was blown away by how many people love it.

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“I do get other customers that sing their orders back to me as well but I haven’t been able to catch any on camera yet unfortunately!” she added.

Brittney’s unique spin customer service is now paying off online. She now has over 68,000 TikTok followers.

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Jesse Watters: Trump should approach law and order agenda with ‘compassion’ to contrast ‘do-nothing Dems’

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“The Five” host Jesse Watters urged President Trump to approach his law and order agenda, which rejects policies pushed by liberal cities, with “compassion” after the president railed against California’s ongoing homelessness crisis Tuesday during a briefing on preparations for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Trump said if Los Angeles doesn’t “clean it up fast,” he will intervene.

“The president should come at this from a compassionate approach, and that puts Democrats on the offensive,” Watters said, “because they look like do-nothing politicians and they look like they do not care about the environment if their backyards are like sewers.”

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The Golden State has led the nation in the number of homeless people with an estimated total of over 129,972 in January 2018, according to a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report. Just over 68 percent of the homeless population in California, the most populous U.S. state, is also categorized as unsheltered.

Watters credited former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Chief of the LA Police Department Bill Bratton for enforcing what is known as “broken windows policing,” which reprimands all types of crime including minor infractions and called for a reinforcement of the law.

“You do not let small infractions slide and it improves the quality of life,” Watters said.

“But, if you have pandering liberal politicians and civil rights litigation that allows people to smoke meth on the streets, to live on the streets, to prostitute themselves in open daylight, to relieve themselves in open daylight, that destroys the quality of life.”

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Rejecting California’s liberal policies isn’t the only thing at the top of Trump’s law and order agenda. New York’s controversial new bail-reform law also received harsh criticism from the president, after criminals released without bail were arrested multiple times for reoffending.

“Right now, we are talking about New York and California,” co-host Greg Gutfeld said. “These are signs of the things that will come to America if you elect someone like [Vermont Senator] Bernie [Sanders] or [Massachusets Senator] Liz [Warren]. “

Gutfeld added that any effort to solve the homelessness crisis or criminal justice reform in the liberal vein will be “be portrayed as intolerant or punishing.”

Straying from his co-host, Gutfeld called for a “tough love” approach to combat the issues and after clashing with guest host Geraldo Rivera over the correct implementation, the two came to a compromise.

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“For tough love to work you have to have a majority,” Rivera said, “and I think Trump has an opportunity here to rally the majority so that the era of tough love that happened here can happen everywhere.”

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Washington Post slammed, changes headline after op-ed calls for ‘elites’ to have ‘bigger say in choosing the president’

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An op-ed published Tuesday in The Washington Post was panned, and its headline later changed, after it called for “elites” to have a “bigger say” in choosing a president.

As part of a series on “how to improve the presidential nominating process,” Marquette University associate professor Julia Azari said the “flawed” 2020 Democratic nominating process has had a “rocky start,” pointing to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., having won the “popular vote” while former Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg led the delegate count in the Iowa caucuses.

The headline, which originally read, “It’s time to give the elites a bigger say in choosing the president,” was changed to “It’s time to switch to preference primaries” without any editor’s note after the op-ed was blasted on social media.

In the piece, Azari called for a reassessment in how candidates are chosen.

“Finding an answer means thinking about the purpose of presidential nominations, and about how the existing system falls short,” she wrote. “It will require swimming against the tide of how we’ve thought about nominations for decades — as a contest between everyday voters and elites, or as a smaller version of a general election. A better primary system would empower elites to bargain and make decisions, instructed by voters.”

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While she said the primary process is “great at testing candidates” on presidential skillsets, Azari also said that “choosing among many candidates” is “not great” and suggested that “elected delegates” who represent constituents should be able to “bargain without being bound to specific candidates,” something she claimed would “produce nominees that better reflect what voters want.”

“Democracy thrives on uncertainty — outcomes that are not known at the beginning of the process. But uncertainty doesn’t help parties strategize for the general election,” Azari wrote. “Elites try to shape the decision early on. Everyone is doing guesswork about what others want. Reforms to the process should try to make that guessing a bit more informed.”

She pointed to the election of President Trump as “proof that nominations shouldn’t be too democratic” because he lacked “conventional qualifications and appreciation for democratic norms” versus previous nominees such as former President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

“The quality of the system can’t be measured solely in terms of the kinds of nominees it produces. Instead, we should think about how it reflects the preference and values of the different components of the party coalition,” Azari explained. “A better approach is to think about how voters and elites could best play their different roles: to make their political parties more representative while ultimately narrowing the nomination choice down to one person. And the best way to do that would be through preference primaries.”

She continued: “Preference primaries could allow voters to rank their choices among candidates, as well as to register opinions about their issue priorities — like an exit poll, but more formal and with all the voters. The results would be public but not binding; a way to inform elites about voter preferences.”

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The piece’s original headline was slammed on social media.

“The Democrats are losing their minds trying to rig this election. See the [Jeff] Bezos/Amazon Washington Post headline below,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Wednesday, knocking Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

“This is real op-Ed in the Washington Post. I don’t know what to say,” journalist Yashar Ali wrote.

“I thought this headline was satire. Wow guys,” GQ political columnist Laura Bassett said.

Many people linked the op-ed to Sanders’ recent surge in the polls, including Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir.

“‘Bernie is doing well, therefore people are stupid and we must save them from themselves.’ Points for honesty and for saying it out loud. It is a prevailing view in too many elite quarters. But change is coming,” Shakir wrote of the op-ed.

“S— people say when Bernie Sanders takes the lead,” The Hill’s Krystal Ball tweeted.

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This isn’t the first time that Sanders’ campaign manager has sounded off on alleged bias against the 2020 front-runner. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Shakir alleged that MSNBC was trying to “undermine” Sanders’ candidacy and how the network is “among the last to acknowledge that Bernie Sanders’ path to the nomination is real.”

“You can feel the disdain they have for Bernie Sanders’ supporters,” Shakir said. “It’s a condescending attitude: ‘Oh, they must not be that intelligent. They’re being deluded. They’re being conned. They’re all crazy Twitter bots.’ My view is that there’s a bit of detachment from MSNBC and the people who this campaign gets support from. It feels like they’re covering progressives from an elitist perspective.”

Shakir told Vanity Fair that Fox News has been “more fair than MSNBC.”

“That’s saying something,” he added. “Fox is often yelling about Bernie Sanders’ socialism, but they’re still giving our campaign the opportunity to make our case in a fair manner, unlike MSNBC, which has credibility with the left and is constantly undermining the Bernie Sanders campaign.”

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Wisconsin school district sued by parents over policy allowing children to use new gender pronouns, names

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A group of Wisconsin parents is suing the Madison School District, claiming it violated their due process rights by sidestepping them in supporting the students’ decision to change names and gender pronouns if they want to.

The policy allows school employees to use alternative names and pronouns for children without parental notice or consent. The policy states that the district is committed to affirming each student’s self-designated gender identity, and that the district will strive to “disrupt the gender binary” with books and lessons stating that everyone has the right to choose their gender.

“Madison schools have adopted policies that violate constitutionally recognized parental rights. A public school district should not, and cannot, make decisions reserved for parents,” said Rick Esenberg, president of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), which is representing the parents.

Filed on Tuesday, the lawsuit came after WILL demanded in December that the school district update its policies. The group claims that on Jan. 31, the district said there wouldn’t be any update.

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The lawsuit alleges that the policy directs teachers and staff to deceive parents in that it prohibits them from revealing new names and pronouns to parents and guardians. District spokesman Tim LeMonds said Tuesday that the district had not been served with the lawsuit and could not comment until it has a chance to review it.

Even though the district requires parental consent before students can change their name and gender in official district records, the policy allows students to pick new names and pronouns they can use at school regardless of whether they have a parent’s permission.

In New Jersey, the Education Department previously issued guidance allowing students to change the gender on their official records without parental consent.

Tuesday’s lawsuit contends that keeping parents in the dark about their child’s sexuality interferes with their right to guide their children through life-altering decisions and provide professional help their children may urgently need.

“There is no compelling government interest in keeping secret from parents that their child is dealing with gender dysphoria,” the lawsuit states.

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Tuesday’s lawsuit was just the latest concern surrounding children and gender. For example, South Dakota’s legislature just killed a bill that would have outlawed performing certain gender treatments on minors.

The battle has unfolded across a long list of states, however, as issues surrounding gender raise a variety of questions for public services. In 2018, a federal judge ruled that Wisconsin had to allow Medicaid funding of surgeries for individuals who identified as transgender. A similar controversy erupted in Iowa last summer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Democracy 2020 Digest: Bloomberg wars with Biden ahead of debate debut

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LAS VEGAS – The fireworks surrounding Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Nevada started hours before the prime-time showdown – as Mike Bloomberg clashed with primary rival Joe Biden in a round of political smack talk that offered a preview of what’s to come.

The billionaire former New York mayor is the center of attention Wednesday night, as he joins the debate stage for the first time — thanks to an abrupt party rule change in the qualification criteria. He now faces accusations from virtually the entire field that he’s buying his way into contention with unprecedented spending on ads, staff and more.

But it was former Vice President Joe Biden –  hemorrhaging in the polls after lackluster showings in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary – who took some of the toughest shots at the Republican turned independent turned Democrat.

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“I tell you what. I’m just gonna tell the truth. That always works,” Biden told reporters, after joining picketing Culinary Union workers outside the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas.

“The truth is he’s basically been a Republican his whole life. The fact of the matter is he didn’t endorse Barack or me when we ran. This is a guy using Barack’s pictures like, you know, they’re good buddies. I’m going to talk about his record,” Biden stressed.

Biden’s emphasized his close relationship serving for eight years as then-President Obama’s vice president. Obama – who’s stayed neutral in the 2020 Democratic nomination race – remains extremely popular with Democratic primary voters.

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While Biden was talking with reporters, a top Biden campaign adviser emphasized that voters would see sharp contrasts on the debate stage, saying, “Mayor Bloomberg is profoundly unvetted.”

And the aide spotlighted Bloomberg’s “flashing red lights” of vulnerability.

Biden’s presidential campaign also unveiled a new digital ad mocking Bloomberg’s recent touting of his relationship with Obama. The spot shows clips of Bloomberg criticizing the former president for his signature domestic achievement – ObamaCare – and for implementing financial regulations in the wake of the last decade’s great recession.

The ad includes a clip of Bloomberg slamming the former president’s record on race relations, asking, “Why during the Obama administration didn’t we pull together.” The spot highlights that Bloomberg didn’t endorse Obama in the 2008 election and features a clip of Bloomberg calling President Trump a ”friend” and a “New York icon.”

Bloomberg’s campaign quickly fired back – releasing a new digital spot that shines a spotlight on Biden’s past comments praising the former New York City mayor:

“I don’t know anybody I’ve worked with in my career … who does more to create the future than you Mike.”

As Biden’s poll numbers have slid following his fourth- and fifth-place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Bloomberg’s seen his poll numbers soar, thanks in part to roughly $400 million he’s spent to run ads across the country on TV, Facebook and Google.

But Wednesday night, Bloomberg will face off for the first time against Biden and his other rivals for the Democratic nomination.

Because he jumped into the race less than three months ago, Bloomberg decided to skip campaigning in Iowa, New Hampshire and the two other early-voting February states: Nevada and South Carolina. Instead, he’s concentrating on the delegate-rich Super Tuesday states that hold contests in two weeks, on March 3, and beyond.

Until the Nevada debate, Bloomberg had no avenue to qualify for the showdowns since one of the criteria was meeting individual donor thresholds. The multibillionaire is self-financing his campaign and not seeking campaign contributions from individuals. That rule was later changed.

Many of his rivals have repeatedly slammed him the past couple of weeks, charging that he’s bought his way onto the debate stage.

“It’s a shame Mike Bloomberg can buy his way into the debate,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tweeted on Wednesday. “But at least now primary voters curious about how each candidate will take on Donald Trump can get a live demonstration of how we each take on an egomaniac billionaire.”

One of the front-runners – populist Sen. Bernie Sanders over Vermont – once again jabbed at Bloomberg on the eve of the debate.

“We’re gonna win this election not because we are buying the airwaves as Mr. Bloomberg is, we’re gonna win this election because we are putting together the strongest grassroots movement that this country has ever seen,” Sanders told supporters in Reno.

At a town hall in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg jabbed at Bloomberg as a “billionaire who thinks that you can just buy your way onto TV.”

But, Bloomberg’s free to spend as much money as he’d like on his White House bid. There currently have been no limits or restrictions on how much of his or her own money a federal candidate could spend on a campaign for office.

Piling on Sanders

Besides targeting Bloomberg, the Biden campaign was also firing away at Sanders ahead of the debate.

Spotlighting gun safety reform – an important issue in Nevada in the wake the Las Vegas Strip massacre – a top Biden campaign aide told reporters that “Sanders has put the interest of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and gun manufacturers ahead of the lives of Americans again and again and again.”

Biden advisers also slammed Sanders on his government-run “Medicare-for-All” health care plan, and for past votes on immigration reform.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg’s campaign warned in an internal memo that Sanders will be nearly unstoppable on his way to the Democratic presidential nomination unless other moderate candidates drop out before Super Tuesday.

“As the race stands today, Sanders is poised to leave Super Tuesday with an over-400 delegate lead verses his next closes competitor [Bloomberg] – a likely insurmountable advantage,” said the first bullet point of the Feb. 17 memo, first reported by Axios and confirmed by Fox News.

The memo says that if Sanders continues on the path he is on without certain non-Bloomberg candidates dropping out, “It will be all but impossible to stop him from getting to a plurality (or even majority) of pledged delegates.”

The document goes on to point out the alleged weaknesses in each of Bloomberg’s moderate competitors’ campaigns before concluding: “If [Joe] Biden, [Pete] Buttigieg, and [Amy] Klobuchar remain in the race despite having no path to appreciably collecting delegates on Super Tuesday (and beyond), they will propel Sanders to a seemingly insurmountable delegate lead by siphoning votes away from [Bloomberg].”

On the picket lines

Culinary Local 226 – which represents some 60,000 hospitality workers at the casinos and resorts in Las Vegas and Reno – is Nevada’s largest and most politically influential union.

That was more evident than ever on Wednesday when five of the Democratic candidates joined striking union workers picketing outside the Palms Casino and Resort.

Waking the picket lines – in order of appearance – were Warren, Buttigieg, Biden, environmental and progressive advocate Tom Steyer and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Last week the union decided to not make an endorsement in the Democratic race – which was considered a blow to Biden – who’s made a hard sell backing organized labor.

Steyer – who failed to qualify for Wednesday night’s debate – took aim at fellow billionaire Bloomberg for not showing up to march in solidarity with the striking workers.

“I don’t see him out here today. I can tell you that,” Steyer told reporters. “He should be here today.”

Steyer – by the way – announced that he’ll spend at least $1 million to run a new TV ad next week in Super Tuesday states that slams Bloomberg over the controversial use of stop and frisk and other discriminatory policing practices during his tenure as New York City mayor.

Fox News’ Tara Prindiville, Madeleine Rivera, Andres del Aguila, Kelly Phares, Andrew Craft, Alexandra Rego, and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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