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The Trump administration Wednesday unveiled a proposed rule that would greatly expand the exemption that allows religious entities to ignore anti-discrimination laws by broadening the definition to include federal contractors that declare themselves to be religious.

The Department of Labor said the rule is proposed in order to provide “the broadest protection of religious exercise” for companies that compete for federal contracts.

LGBTQ advocates decried the proposed rule and said that it would permit companies to decline to hire lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, in addition to individuals who do not practice their religion.



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Former Kentucky governor under fire for controversial pardons

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Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued 428 pardons and commutations before leaving office, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Among them: a man convicted of raping a 9-year-old and a man who killed his parents.

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Fisheries war: Ireland condemns UK over hard Brexit trade deal – ‘Unmitigated disaster’

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IRELAND has warned the UK if it doesn’t agree a free trade deal with the European Union within 12 months, a hard Brexit is inevitable and would be an “unmitigated disaster” for the Irish fishing industry.

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Calling impeachment a ‘scam,’ Trump toggling between self-pity and combativeness

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The weight of impeachment appears to be weighing on President Trump.

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