It’s On: Rubio Vs. Rand
(Daily Caller) – It’s a term Rand Paul has rejected when applied to his own foreign policy.
But on Friday, the libertarian-leaning Republican senator referred to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a potential opponent in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, as an “isolationist.”
Discussing their differing opinions on Cuba, Paul wrote on Facebook: “Seems to me, Senator Rubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat. I reject this isolationism.”
“Senator Marco Rubio believes the embargo against Cuba has been ineffective, yet he wants to continue perpetuating failed policies,” Paul said. “After 50 years of conflict, why not try a new approach? The United States trades and engages with other communist nations, such as China and Vietnam. Why not Cuba? I am a proponent of peace through commerce, and I believe engaging Cuba can lead to positive change.”
Added Paul: “Finally, let’s be clear that Senator Rubio does not speak for the majority of Cuban-Americans. A recent poll demonstrates that a large majority of Cuban-Americans actually support normalizing relations between our countries...(MORE)
DOJ Announces Civil Rights Act Now Applies To Transgender Employees
(Daily Caller) - In a landmark decision released Thursday, the Department of Justice has announced it will apply the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect transgendered government employees from discrimination, according to a recent memo.
Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing that Title VII, the section dealing with gender identity discrimination, also implicitly includes individuals who identify with a different gender than the one assigned them at birth. For Holder, the move has some precedent, given that courts have in the past interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to apply when individuals were discriminated against for failing to conform to traditional gender stereotypes.
“The most straightforward reading of Title VII is that discrimination ‘because of … sex’ includes discrimination because an employee’s gender identification is as a member of a particular sex, or because the employee is transitioning, or has transitioned, to another sex,” Holder stated in the memo.
Holder added that Congress’ intentions at the time of the legislation’s passing is irrelevant to the interpretation of Title VII. Instead, interpretation is supposed to be based purely on the text’s plain meaning, which in this case entails that discrimination based on gender identity is prohibited...(MORE)
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