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Esquire: After the Filibuster

For example, Bernie Sanders, whose presidential campaign first hit a pothole on the issue of gun control, wasn’t even in town. He was resting up back in Vermont. Ben Sasse, the Republican from Nebraska, apparently “joined” merely for the opportunity to ask questions, but equally conservative Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania joined in full support of the proposed legislation. But the undeniable star was Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who was the most eloquent spokesperson that Murphy had on his side. The first openly gay member of the Senate, Baldwin spoke first as a member of the LGBT community:

HUFFINGTON POST: First Openly Gay Senator Wants Everyone To Remember Orlando Massacre Was A Hate Crime

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who in 2012 became the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, wants to remind people that Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was a hate crime.

Flanked by her fellow Senate Democrats — as well as the family members of people who died last year in the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, and San Bernardino, California — Baldwin explained on Thursday why the shooting in Orlando, which left at least 49 people dead, fit the criteria of a hate crime.

The House erupted in chaos Thursday morning with Democrats crying foul after Republicans hastily convinced a few of their own to switch their votes and narrowly block an amendment intended to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination. It was an unruly scene on the floor, with Democrats chanting “shame!” after GOP leaders […]

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