Trump vows to target trans kids if re-elected
The ex-president made history with his promise to end gender-affirming care. And: Black History Month begins with the funeral for Tyre Nichols, attended by America's first Black V.P. Plus: Zoodunnit?
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DEADLY ICE STORM SPARKS “THUNDER SLEET,” STRETCHES FROM TEXAS TO KENTUCKY: Axios
TYRE NICHOLS FUNERAL TODAY: Following a 30-minute phone call, the mother and stepfather of the 29-year-old Memphis man who died after a brutal beating at the hands of police invited Vice President Kamala Harris to join them for today’s funeral service at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. The V.P. will lead a delegation from the White House. Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy. Nichols was the father of a four-year-old boy. Thousands of mourners are expected to pay their respects. —CBS News
VP’s HUSBAND VISITS MEMORIAL TO GAY VICTIMS OF NAZIS: Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff was in Germany yesterday to pay homage to the LGBTQ+ people killed in the Holocaust, at the Memorial to the Persecuted Homosexuals under National Socialism in Berlin. — Washington Blade
SPENDING SHOWDOWN: House Speaker Kevin McCarthy visits the White House this afternoon for his first direct talks with President Biden since being elected to lead the GOP-controlled chamber. The subject on the table is the debt limit; Biden has said he won’t allow the nation’s good credit to be held hostage; Republicans haven’t revealed what budget cuts they want the administration to make to reach an agreement. With Senate Republicans taking a back seat, House GOP leaders have set low expectations. — Politico
VOTE EXPECTED TODAY ON REP. ILHAN OMAR: House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) tells Axios the GOP has the votes to remove the Minnesota Democrat from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
TREASURER FOR REP. GEORGE SANTOS RESIGNS AMID CAMPAIGN FINANCING INVESTIGATIONS: The New York Times
SANTOS QUITS COMMITTEES PENDING INVESTIGATIONS: A.P.
POLL: 78% OF SANTOS CONSTITUENTS WANT HIM TO RESIGN — Axios
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TELLS FEDERAL ELECTION WATCHDOGS INVESTIGATING SANTOS: BACK OFF, WE GOT THIS — Washington Post
NIKKI HALEY IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, AS OF FEB. 15: Post-Courier
DONALD TRUMP’S TRANSPHOBIC CAMPAIGN PROMISE: The former president vowed in a straight-to-camera video posted on his Truth Social platform yesterday that, if re-elected, he would punish doctors who provide gender-affirming care to minors. That was just one part of a historic campaign agenda to use federal power to target transgender Americans.
WHAT TRUMP SAID:
Trump pledged that he would direct several federal agencies to police and ultimately “stop” gender-affirming care for minors, which he equated to “child abuse” and “child sexual mutilation.”
He promised that the federal government would only recognize two genders — male and female, as assigned at birth — and said he would also prohibit any federal agency from doing work to “promote the concept of sex and gender transition at any age," not just for minors.
Trump also said he’d push schools to “promote positive education about the nuclear family” and “the roles of mothers and fathers.” — NBC News
TRUMP IN MORE LEGAL HOT WATER AFTER CAUGHT LYING TO JUDGE: The Daily Beast
GOV. RON DeSANTIS TAKES ON “LIBERAL” HIGHER EDUCATION: The Florida Republican and likely presidential candidate yesterday called for diversity programs to be dismantled at the state’s colleges and universities, and for tenured professors to be subject to employment review at any time.
FIRST TARGET: Trustees at New College of Florida in Sarasota, six of whom DeSantis recently appointed, directed staff to draft a policy that would shutter diversity offices at the public liberal arts institution and replaced the school’s president, mere hours after the governor’s announcement. They agreed to name Richard Corcoran, who previously served as education commissioner under DeSantis and is a former Republican House speaker, to lead the school on an interim basis beginning next month. — Washington Post
NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA: HAVEN FOR MARGINALIZED STUDENTS — A.P.
9 GOP-LED STATES ASK A GOP-APPOINTED FEDERAL JUDGE TO END “DACA” PROTECTION FOR “DREAMERS:” The coalition consists of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas and Mississippi. The case is before Judge Andrew Hanen in the Southern District of Texas. The George W. Bush appointee ruled in 2021 that President Obama did not have the authority to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. — Axios
“MY PILLOW” GUY MIKE LINDELL UTTERLY HUMILIATED BY JIMMY KIMMEL: The Daily Beast
ZOODUNNIT? The Dallas Zoo says the two monkeys that are believed to have been taken from their habitats Monday have been found. Dallas police said they found the two emperor tamarin monkeys in an empty home just south of Dallas, after getting a tip. Police said they found the monkeys safe in a closet. So far, no arrests. — KXAS-TV
NEWLY RELEASED INTERVIEW WITH LISA MARIE PRESLEY REVEALS HER THOUGHTS ON SCIENTOLOGY, DIVORCING MICHAEL JACKSON, MORE: The Underground Bunker Substack
OSCAR NOMINATION TAMPERING? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to let stand the Best Actress nod for Andrea Riseborough in a little known, low-budget film, To Leslie. That follows an investigation into whether the “For Your Consideration” campaign by some of Hollywood’s most famous actors and actresses broke its rules. Those rules are expected to be revised after next month’s awards ceremonies. — Variety
EX-FOX, EX-NBC ANCHOR MEGYN KELLY BASHES EX-ABC ANCHORS AMY ROBACH AND T.J. HOLMES: Mediaite
CNN CHIEF CHRIS LICHT TALKS BILL MAHER AND WHY HE’S NOT LAUNCHING A CNN COMEDY SHOW: The Wrap
HOW ABOUT SOME TRANS JOY FOR A CHANGE? Could a new film be the antidote to the venomous anti-transgender laws and bills spreading across America? In Learn With Love, three young trans people share compelling stories about how they found love and affirmation from adults who struggled with acceptance. This documentary is the first short film co-produced by The Trevor Project, the leading suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ+ young people. — Los Angeles Blade
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