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Egyptian Court Sets Precedent Allowing For Deportation Of Gays

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A judgement issued from Egypt’s Administrative Court has set a precedent allowing the Interior Ministry to forcibly deport people suspected of being LGBT. The decision was handed down in response to a case involving a Libyan student who was denied entrance back into Egypt after leaving the country during a semester abroad. The unnamed student attempted to re-matriculate at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport back and 2008, but was turned away because he was gay.

In the seven years since then the student repeatedly tried to appeal the ruling arguing that being barred from the country would interrupt his studies and block him from being able to graduate. Ultimately thee Administrative Court ruled that the Interior Ministry was well within its rights to block people suspected of being queer from attempting to enter the country as a matter of social decorum and public interests.

Whether the student was actually charged with any specific crimes is unknown at this time, but his treatment falls in line with the recent spate of media, and police crackdowns on gay men living in Egypt.


ABC's Proof of Obama's Benghazi 'Cover-Up' Based on Fabricated Email

CNN's Jake Tapper reports:

BenghaziCNN has obtained an e-mail sent by a top aide to President Barack Obama about White House reaction to the deadly attack last September 11 on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that apparently differs from how sources characterized it to two different media organizations.

The actual e-mail from then-Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes appears to show that whomever leaked it did so in a way that made it appear that the White House was primarily concerned with the State Department's desire to remove references and warnings about specific terrorist groups so as to not bring criticism to the department.

Rhodes, White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri, and White House press secretary Jay Carney, could not be reached for comment.

Adds DailyKos:

[ABC News reporter] Karl got burned, plain and simple. He was the stenographer for a someone pushing a political attack against the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton.


President Obama Denounces Benghazi 'Side Show' Put on by 'Politically Motivated' Republicans: VIDEOS

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At a press conference today, President Obama today denounced the "side show" being put on by Republicans over the attacks in Benghazi.

Said Obama:

Who executes some sort of cover-up or effort to tamp things down, for three days? So the whole thing defies logic and the fact that this keeps on getting churned out, frankly has a lot to do with political motivations. We’ve had folks who have challenged Hillary Clinton’s integrity, Susan Rice’s integrity, Mike Mullen and Tom Pickering’s integrity. It’s a given that mine gets challenged by these same folks. they’ve used it for fundraising and frankly, you know, if anybody out there wants to actually focus on how we make sure something like this does not happen again? I am happy to get their advice and information and council.

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) appeared on FOX News to claim that Obama covered up a terrorist attack by describing the incident as an "act of terror".

“The president sent a letter to the President of Libya where he didn’t call it a terrorist attack even when at the time the President of Libya was calling it pre-planned Sept. 11 terrorist attack. The words that are being used carefully — like you just said, ‘act of terror’ — an ‘act of terror’ is different than a ‘terrorist attack.’ The truth is, this was a terrorist attack, this had Al Qaeda at it.”

And Karl Rove's Crossroads PAC released what is being described as the first attack ad in the 2016 presidential race, which goes after Hillary Clinton.

The 90-second paid spot - manufactured by the Karl Rove-founded "super PAC" - was posted Friday online and ran Sunday morning on CBS during a broadcast of "Face the Nation." Previewing the ongoing saga that's likely to haunt Clinton's White House ambitions for the next three years, the ad implicates the former secretary of state - Democrats' top-billed contender to succeed President Obama - in the wildly varying accounts of how administration officials reacted last fall in the wake of the strike.

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Michele Bachmann Cries Out in Religious Fervor, Says Benghazi and 9/11 Were God's Judgment: VIDEO

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Last week at an event at the U.S. Capitol organized by birther Joseph Farah, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) re-upped her wingnut cred with this display of insanity:

It’s no secret that our nation may very well be experiencing the hand of judgment. It’s no secret that we all are concerned that our nation may be in a time of decline. If that is in fact so, what is the answer? The answer is what we are doing here today: humbling ourselves before an almighty God, crying out to an almighty God, saying not of ourselves but you, would you save us oh God? We repent of our sins, we turn away from them, we seek you, we seek your ways. That’s something that we’re doing today, that we did on the National Day of Prayer, it’s something that we have chosen to do as well on another landmark day later this year on September 11. Our nation has seen judgment not once but twice on September 11. That’s why we’re going to have ‘9/11 Pray’ on that day. Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than to humble ourselves and to pray to an almighty God?

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She may be doing more than that later today after Minnesota's vote on marriage equality.

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Rachel Maddow on Benghazi and the Relentless Republican Desire to Impeach Obama: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow last night took an incredible look at how Republicans have been trying to "impeach Obama for something, anything" since the first day he was in office, ticking off the list of reasons that have been offered up by various lawmakers, yet haven't stuck.

"Republicans and the Right love talking about impeaching President Obama even when they're not sure exactly why. It's almost like an involuntary tic. They sneeze and a little 'impeach Obama' just squeezes out without them meaning to."

Benghazi is just the latest, and it's Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) who's leading the charge.

Maddow dissects the GOP arguments, and the outrage.

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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Agree That Hillary Clinton Made the GOP Look Like 'Weenies' Yesterday: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart praised Hillary Clinton's skills as a 'finger point Magneto' at yesterday's Benghazi hearings, refusing to absorb attacks from Republicans eager to score political points.

And Stephen Colbert expressed his anger and disappointment that Clinton's feet weren't held to the fire: "Congressional Republicans proved definitively that they suck at their jobs."

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