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Zack Ford
1. Just listened into the WH briefing on tomorrow's EO. It SOUNDS like it will not be the anti-LGBTQ order that was leaked in February.
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Zack Ford May 3
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2. But there were plenty of dog whistles in the call too, so I'm not holding my breath until I see the text.
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Zack Ford May 3
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3. The EO, for example, will declare that the Trump administration makes "protecting religious liberty" a priority.
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Zack Ford May 3
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4 It was also direct the IRS to ""exercise maximum enforcement discretion to alleviate the impact of the Johnson Amendment."
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Zack Ford May 3
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5. In other words, if preachers want to endorse candidates at the pulpit, the Trump administration will turn a blind eye.
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Zack Ford May 3
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6. The EO will also direct agencies to provide unspecified "regulatory relief" for Obamacare's preventive services mandate.
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Zack Ford May 3
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7. In other words, agencies will reconsider rules that groups like Little Sisters of the Poor objected too.
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Zack Ford May 3
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8. Those are supposedly the only components of the EO, not any of the FADA-like marriage beliefs stuff from the other leaked draft.
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Zack Ford May 3
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9. The official said it was not about discrimination, but also said the goal was to NOT discriminate against religious orgs (dog whistle).
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Zack Ford May 3
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10. Again, we haven't seen the text; this press call could have easily been a diversion from what will actually be in the EO.
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Zack Ford May 3
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11. After all, Politico's reporting suggested it looked largely unchanged from what leaked in February, so it doesn't all add up.
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Zack Ford May 3
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12. I'd recommend not drawing any conclusions about what the EO does or doesn't do until we see the actual text.
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Zack Ford May 3
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13. Here's the cliff notes that were handed out to reporters who were in the room:
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