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Obama's 11 Best White House Correspondents' Dinner Jokes: WATCH

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To mark tonight's White House Correspondents' Dinner, ABC News has compiled President Obama's top 11 jokes from previous years.

Check out the best of the best, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michele Bachmann: 'Wonderful' End Times Imminent Thanks to Gay Marriage and Obama - VIDEO

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In an interview with End Times broadcaster Jan Markell, former Rep. Michele Bachmann went full Bachmann, telling listeners to "not despair but rejoice" that Jesus Christ's return is imminent thanks to Obama's efforts to "ensure that Iran has a nuclear weapon," as well as the judicial branch's role in legalizing abortion and marriage equality.

It's only Monday, but this is probably the most bat s--t conversation you'll hear all week.

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

[h/t Right Wing Watch]

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White House Officials Make Powerful Video About the Harm Caused by LGBTQ 'Reparative Therapy': VIDEO

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In the wake of President Obama's historic statement this week speaking out against gay "conversion therapy", a group of White House staffers led by Amanda Simpson, Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives, and the first openly transgender woman Presidential appointee ever, created a video to discuss the dangers of this harmful practice.

Simpson also sent a message to the White House email list which you can read on the White House site.More powerful, however, are the voices of these staffers.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Additionally, the U.S. Surgeon General  Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D. released a statement today calling for state and federal action to protect minors from conversion therapy.

Said Murthy:

“Being gay is not a disorder. Being transgender is not a malady that requires a cure. Had I been Leelah Alcorn’s physician, I would have told her exactly that. And that’s the message I want other doctors, nurses, health professionals, and public health leaders to help get out to parents and children who may be confronting these issues.”

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White House Officials Taking LGBT-Related Questions on Tumblr, Will Reply at 2 pm EDT

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From the White House:

Got questions about the steps the President has taken to expand opportunity for the LGBT community? Ask on the White House Tumblr by 2pm, then follow along today when senior officials take your questions → http://whitehouse.tumblr.com/ask

 

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Posted by The White House on Friday, April 10, 2015

Rachel Maddow Reports on President Obama's Call to End Harmful LGBTQ 'Conversion Therapy' for Minors: VIDEO

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Yesterday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow addressed last night's late breaking news that President Obama had responded to a "We the People" petition and joined the fight to end dangerous, discredited "conversion therapy" for LGBTQ minors.

Maddow also referenced the 2013 "We the People" petition calling on the Obama Administration to "begin construction of a Death Star by 2016" that was sadly unsuccessful.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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President Obama Supports Efforts to Ban Harmful LGBTQ 'Conversion Therapy' for Minors

The White House tonight responded to a "We the People" petition urging the government to"Enact Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy" after it reached more than 120,000 signatures.

Blue_obamaA quote from President Obama was included with the White House response:

“Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let's say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he's held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it's time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him, his family, as well as his friends and his teachers and his community. But it also depends on us -- on the kind of society we engender, the kind of future we build.”

Said White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett:

We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth...As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors...This Administration believes that young people should be valued for who they are, no matter what they look like, where they’re from, the gender with which they identify, or who they love.

The White House statement adds:

"As part of their duty to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens, several states have taken their own steps to protect minors from the potentially dangerous effects of conversion therapy. California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia have all banned licensed professionals from using conversion therapy on minors. Since last year, lawmakers in 18 other states have introduced similar legislation.

In a 2013 signing statement for his state’s legislative ban, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie expressed that “exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of the benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate.”[3] In February 2015, a New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled that advertising a service that could change a person’s sexuality is fraudulent and violates the state’s consumer protection laws.

While a national ban would require congressional action, we are hopeful that the clarity of the evidence combined with the actions taken by these states will lead to broader action that this Administration would support.

The petition was named for trans teen Leelah Alcorn, who took her own life in December by walking in front of a semi truck near her home outside Cincinnati. After Alcorn's parents refused to allow her to begin transitioning when she turned 16, she decided to come out as gay. They then tried to send her to conversion therapy.

The NYT adds:

Officials also announced the creation of an “all-gender restroom” in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where many of the White House staff members work, to provide an additional option for transgender individuals who are not comfortable using either the men’s or women’s restrooms.


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