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This Paper Just Broke Up With Marco Rubio Because Of Donald Trump

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The Senate race in Florida is heating up and the Miami Herald just added more fuel to the fire. The newspaper, which has long been on Marco Rubio‘s side, threw their support behind Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy. What can be more embarrassing than losing the support of your hometown newspaper? Not a lot. Here are just some of the reasons that the Miami Herald is backing Rubio’s opponent.

Marco Rubio just lost one of his biggest allies: the Miami Herald.

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The newspaper claims that they have always supported the politician since the beginning of his political career. However, the debate on Oct. 17 changed their mind, and they are now officially endorsing Rubio’s opponent Patrick Murphy.

Why? Well, here are some of the reasons they mentioned.

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He is disastrously anti-LGBTQ, but wants to use the Pulse shootings to catapult his political career.

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Rubio made his re-election announcement after the Pulse Nightclub shooting that killed 49 LGBTQ people and allies, mainly Latinos. Yet, he has been vehemently anti-LGBTQ rights. He has voted against marriage equality, tried to ban same-sex couples from adopting children in Florida, and he voted against discrimination protection for LGBTQ Americans in the workplace. So, how is it that he cares at all about the LGBTQ community?

He is also pretty pro-Second Amendment despite being “moved” by the Pulse Nightclub massacre.

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Rubio voted against a bill that would ban all people on terrorist watch lists from gaining access to guns because it was drafted by a Democrat. He then turned around and voted in favor of a bill that would not ban people on no-fly lists unless a court ruled that they are a risk within three days of applying for the gun.

Rubio is opposed to the Affordable Healthcare Act and wants to repeal it despite it being proven to work.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a lengthy and detailed study proving that the ACA was working for Americans. Not only are costs for healthcare going down, the number of people being insured are steadily rising.

“The evidence is clear when it comes to access, affordability, and quality the Affordable Care Act is working,” the HHS states.

The Miami Herald understands, as does Patrick Murphy, that climate change is something that needs to be addressed.

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Rubio spent a lot of his time during his failed presidential campaign denying that climate change is real. Now, he isn’t the only politician that is denying climate change, and he isn’t the only politician in Florida denying climate change. However, scientists and science have unequivocally destroyed all the arguments put forth by climate change deniers. Not to mention that Florida is one of the states that will be hardest hit by flooding if climate change continues to get worse.

He is proud of being one of the politicians crippling the U.S. justice system by blocking a Supreme Court nominee.


“He has joined the Senate majority in the scandalous move to block any consideration of the president’s nominee for a Supreme Court vacancy,” reads part of the Miami Herald‘s scathing endorsement announcement. “He has unilaterally blocked other meritorious presidential nominations for purely political reasons, including confirmation of a judge he himself had once recommended.”

The editorial board of the newspaper even went after Rubio’s continued support of Donald Trump.

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As they mention, they can’t understand how he could be supporting Trump. Not only because he is a dangerous and offensive presidential candidate, but because Rubio is sticking to the GOP nominee solely for political gain.

“Mr. Trump’s candidacy is a test of character, and Sen. Rubio is failing that test,” the Miami Herald editorial board states. “How can voters believe he’s sincere when he says he does not share Mr. Trump’s awful views on Mexicans, immigrants, Muslims, women, etc., yet — at the same time — stands by his endorsement of the New York billionaire?”

For those, and other reasons, one of Rubio’s longest allies and hometown staples is backing his opponent, Patrick Murphy.


Murphy, according to the Miami Herald, has proven that he would do all these things differently than Rubio, and those actions are something they can stand behind.


READ: Marco Rubio Is A Hypocrite And Here’s Why

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After Racist Chants At A Trump Rally Directed At Rep. Omar, Cardi B Has Come Out Supporting The Congresswoman

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After Racist Chants At A Trump Rally Directed At Rep. Omar, Cardi B Has Come Out Supporting The Congresswoman

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As President Trump continues to lead a national racist attack on progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar, Cardi B showed her support for the Minnesota congresswoman with a simple Instagram post.

Within hours, #IStandWithIlhan was trending on Twitter, with public figures and fellow politicians weighing in.

Cardi B was one of the very first people to show her support for Omar.

In typical badass fashion, the “Press” singer quoted Beyonce when posting in support of Omar on Instagram, sharing a photo and writing, “You know you that b**** when you cause all this conversation.”

This is not the first time this week Cardi B, born Belcalis Almánzar, has weighed in on politics. The Bronx-born rapper tweeted Tuesday that she was “really sad” that Democratic voters “let down” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the 2016 presidential primary.

She wrote that the senator has “been fighting for equal rights, HUMAN rights for such along time.”

“Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign,” she added.

Cardi B’s appreciation post comes after a disgusting rally where Trump continued with his racist rhetoric.

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Trump held a “Make America Great Again” rally in Greeneville, North Carolina. During the rally, Trump continued to rant against Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressly and Rashia Tlaib, who have become known as “the squad.”

“Let ’em leave… they’re always telling us how to run it, how to do this, how to do that. You know what? If they don’t love it, tell ’em to leave it,” Trump said of the congresswomen.

Although Trump spent time going after each woman individually, only his attack on Omar elicited an offensive chant from the crowd.

“Omar smeared U.S. service members in ‘Black Hawk Down.’ She slandered the brave Americans trying to keep peace in Somalia,” Trump said of Omar.

Trump paused his speech to let the chant continue.

The president also claimed Omar blamed America for the economic crisis in Venezuela and she refused to condemn Al Qaeda. As the president ripped into Omar, people in the crowd began chanting “send her back” in the same way that they chanted “lock her up” during his campaign against Hillary Clinton.

After, Omar responded to the chants at the rally by tweeting, “I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal!” along with a photo of her on the House floor.

Cardi B fans have been stanning extra hard after her post.

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To see this strong woman of color come to defend one of Trump’s most vocal opponents sent me any people into a frenzy. Her tweet was simple yet totally summed up what so many of us are thinking and feeling.

I mean she quoted the Queen Bey in her post. Like OMG.

That is some mad stanning right there. Quoting Beyonce lyrics to support a woman of color suffering racist attacks from the President of the United States and his supporters…it doesn’t get more powerful than that.

Cardi B’s favored presidential candidate always weighed in on Trump’s remarks about Omar.

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Cardi B has been pretty vocal about her support of Bernie Sanders for president. She recently said about Bernie, “Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign.”

READ: Cardi B Stands Behind Bernie Sanders Because Of His Desire To Fight For All People And Their Rights

The Domestic Workers Bill Of Rights Is For Women Like AOC’s Own Mami

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The Domestic Workers Bill Of Rights Is For Women Like AOC’s Own Mami

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After over a decade of lobbying, The National Domestic Workers Alliance’s (NDWA) work is on the verge of paying off. This week, Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced legislation that would establish the first-ever National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. 

The bill would effectively include domestic workers as worthy of the same rights as other American workers–including “paid overtime, safe and healthy working conditions, meal and rest breaks, earned sick time, and freedom for workplace harassment,” according to NDWA.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal is leading the charge to ensure this bill is passed into law.

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“Did you know most domestic workers are not covered by federal anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws? Well we’re pushing back to change that,” tweets Rep. Jayapal. “My #DomesticWorkersBillofRights will give domestic workers the protections they deserve!”

The bill would grant basic worker’s rights to 2.5 million people in the U.S.

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Of those 2.5 million people, 91 percent are women, mostly women of color. Given that domestic workers aren’t required to be paid even minimum wage, and that their work doesn’t include benefits like health insurance, it’s important to make sure every worker earns a living wage. According to NDWA, 70 percent of domestic workers are paid less than $13 an hour.

The workers who do the heavy lifting in the shadows of our economy may finally be recognized as worthy of rights.

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NDWA has worked hard over the years to make it easier for domestic workers (home care workers, nannies and house cleaners). They even created a web app that would allow clients to contribute to a PTO and benefit fund for domestic workers. This bill would ensure that the government is advocating for every worker, so that domestic workers don’t have to fight so hard to advocate for themselves.

Members of the group broke off to meet with their representative.

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“We had a powerful meeting with @timkaine where our members in Virginia shared stories about abuse and exploitation in the workplace,” the organization tweeted. “Every single worker deserves to work safely and with dignity. Onward to a National #DomesticWorkersBillOfRights!”

The group met with AOC, who opened up about how the bill would help “little girls like [her].”

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“My mom was a domestic worker,” she tells the group. “As a child I grew up reading books on the staircases of other people’s homes, and doing homework on other people’s dinner tables, because my mom was pursuing domestic work so that I could go on field trips and have a future.”

For AOC, this bill is about reparations for a group of people who often go unseen in this world.

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She praised the group for their advocacy, saying, “When you all are fighting for this, you’re fighting for little girls like me. You’re putting a shirt on a little girl like me’s back. I can’t tell you the reparations it has to see people who are used to being unseen and that’s what this bill does.”

The group also live-tweeted a conversation between several domestic workers and Rep. Jayapal.

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The stories were shocking. A nanny named Thaty shared her experience, saying that “being a nanny takes so much hard work. I don’t know many people who can handle caring for 5 kids under 5 years old! But our work is still considered unskilled. We need to bring our work out of the shadows — so everyone can know what we do and how hard we work.”

Jayapal touched on something deeper than granting legal rights–this issue is about overdue respect.

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So many families rely on domestic workers to come home to a clean home, safe and cared-for children, and more. They’re often not seen as employees but rather, “the help.”

But “The Help” encounter medical issues and injuries while on the job, without any legal protections.

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Domestic workers are not included in federal protections for workers injured while on the job. So when Sylvia shared that she never fully recovered from a bad fall on the job, and though it impedes her ability to continue to work, she just has to grimace through it.

That same Sylvia is an inspiration. She told Rep. Jayapal that her experience “meeting workers who felt too vulnerable at work to raise their own voices forced me to be brave enough to raise my own voice, for me and for them. That’s why I’m part of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.”

We’re rooting for you!

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As Latinos, so many of our own moms, tías or abuelas have driven this industry that, frankly, serves as the backbone to our economy. They offer support to middle and upper-class families who have money but don’t have time, and their work supports our families. Time to give some respect.

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