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WATCH: Utah Dem lawmakers walk out during vote on critical race theory ban



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As the Utah state legislature geared up to vote on a ban on critical race theory in schools, it faced protests from Democratic House members and senators. Ultimately, despite protests, both chambers passed the resolution Wednesday to ban critical race theory.

Leading up to the vote, Sen. Kathleen Riebe (D-08) made an amendment to the Senate resolution to include a ban of QAnon conspiracies in schools. In the resolution, she called the group “a discredited, far-right conspiracy theory” that contributed “to the failed insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.” So, she wrote in an attempt to ban it alongside critical race theory. However, in the end, she didn’t sponsor her own amendment, making it look like a rhetorical statement rather than a serious attempt.

Then, Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost (D-24) made a similar amendment in the House resolution. But she took it a step further, attempting to also ban “the big lie” that “the 2020 presidential election was illegitimate due to baseless claims of voter fraud.” In her attempt she proposed to ban all discussion of the instances of voter fraud from public schools’ curriculum.

In a comment to, Dailey-Provost explained that, like Riebe, it wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. “I definitely wanted to make a point about how strongly I felt about the inappropriate nature in which [the resolution banning critical race theory was] created and put forward, as well as to make a point,” she said.

But she knew that her amendment was a moot point. “The amendment never would have stood a chance in the House if it had been moved and voted upon,” she said.

“In the end I did not have to decide whether to propose my amendment because my colleagues and I all left the House floor at the beginning of the discussion to protest the content and process that was at hand,” Dailey-Provost said. The walkout was captured on tape.

So, without any Democrats in the room, the resolution passed. The resolution also passed in the senate, with only six votes against.

There has been no evidence of critical race theory or QAnon conspiracies being taught in Utah schools. Instead, Senate President Stuart Adams told local reporters that they are listening to their constituents. “It’s really important to my constituents that everyone be treated equally, that no one because of the color of their skin be treated differently,” Adams said.

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Army’s First Trans Officer Indicted for Spying for Russia



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The U.S. Army’s first transgender officer and his wife, a Maryland doctor, are making headlines. No, not for breaking any ideological woke barriers; for “allegedly attempting to transfer confidential military medical information to Russia.”

The two were charged in an eight-count indictment on conspiracy charges Wednesday. Major Jamie Lee Henry, who lived with his anesthesiologist wife Anna Gabrielian, was granted his request to officially change his name in accordance with his gender preference in 2015.

Henry and Gabrielian allegedly volunteered to “retrieve private medical records from the United States Army and Johns Hopkins in order to assist the Russian government.”

National Review reports:

The pair are accused of stealing patient health files from Johns Hopkins and Fort Bragg and giving them to an individual they believed to be working for the Russian government. They aimed to show that they could access classified information and readily provide it to Moscow to demonstrate their allegiance, according to the indictment.

However, the individual to whom they hoped to deliver the information was an undercover FBI agent. At a covert August 17 meeting, Gabrielian told the agent that she was devoted to helping Russia’s cause even if it cost her her job or landed her in prison. She arranged a subsequent meeting with Henry and the agent, still believing him to be affiliated with the Kremlin.

That evening, in the agent’s hotel room, Henry expressed that he was committed to supporting Russia and had considered enlisting in the Russian army after the invasion of Ukraine. However, he told the agent he was disqualified because he didn’t have any “combat experience.”

“The way I am viewing what is going on in Ukraine now, is that the United States is using Ukrainians as a proxy for their own hatred toward Russia,” Henry reportedly told the agent.

“Prior to Henry’s case, identifying as a sex different than the one on one’s birth certificate made a soldier unfit for military service, warranting discharge” writes National Review.

Gabrielian worked at the Johns Hopkins school of medicine, and Henry worked as a staff internist stationed at Fort Bragg.

If convicted, the two could face up to five years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge, and a maximum of ten years in federal prison for each count of publishing secret military medical records.

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