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'It makes us look like idiots': Arizona state senator disowns widely-criticized election recount after seeing it in action
  • An Arizona state senator has described the Maricopa County vote recount as "ridiculous."
  • Paul Boyer, a Republican, voted in favor of the recount, but said the reality is an embarrassment.
  • Observers say auditors are working in a chaotic way, often driven by conspiracy theories.
Paul Boyer, a Republican who represents a suburb in Phoenix, told the publication that he initially supported and voted for the recount, but regrets doing so after seeing how poorly it is being conducted.

"It makes us look like idiots," Boyer told the publication. "Looking back, I didn't think it would be this ridiculous. 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.

... Last week, observers of the recount appointed by the Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, said the recount was being conducted in a sloppy and haphazard way.

They noted that there were no clear procedures in place to ensure the integrity of the recount, or note the result of the recount in a secure and accurate way.

They said that those conducting the recount appeared to be seeking to verify conspiracy theories about mass fraud, using UV lights and other unproven technology to do so.

Hobbs has expressed concern that the recount could be used as a template to undermine other legitimate election results. The US Department of Justice has also objected to the execution of the audit.

The process is being conducted by Cyber Ninjas, a firm whose founder has expressed support for Trump's election fraud claims.
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The Biden administration reverses Trump and restores anti-discrimination protections for transgender Americans
  • The Biden administration is restoring anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ Americans.
  • The move revives a ban on LGBTQ+ discrimination by federally-funded medical providers.
  • Those protections were scaled back under the Trump administration.
The Biden administration is restoring federal anti-discrimination protections for transgender Americans in healthcare, the Associated Press and Washington Post report.

The soon-be-restored protections for LGBTQ+ Americans against discrimination by healthcare providers that receive federal funding were initially included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which took a broad view of sex discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Those protections were significantly scaled back under President Donald Trump.

The move by Biden's Department of Health and Human Services reverses a Trump-era policy that sought to limit the definition of prohibited sex discrimination in healthcare by HHS-funded healthcare providers only to biological sex, not sexual orientation or gender identity.

The new guidance also follows the June 2020 Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, a landmark ruling that extended the protections of the 1960 Civil Rights Act banning sex-based discrimination in the workplace to LGBTQ+ individuals.

"The Supreme Court has made clear that people have a right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex and receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation," Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement, according to the Post.

Under the new guidance, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights can officially investigate reported cases of sexual orientation or gender identity-based discrimination and levy punishments and fines on providers who violate the law, the AP reported.
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.