U.S. State Department

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• Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson has been banned from entering the country of Jamaica because of his extreme anti-LGBTQ views.  

• Two married men are suing the U.S. State Department after one of their twin babies was denied citizenship despite being born from the same surrogate just minutes apart. 

• The State of Indiana, one of only 5 states with no hate crime laws, voted down again this week proposed hate crime legislation.  This almost guarantees that the state will loose their bid to be host of Amazon’s new HQ2 facility.

During the Cold War, the U.S. State Department started sending jazz musicians overseas with the tactical aim of using their hot licks to thaw relations with Eastern Bloc countries. Jazz great Dave Brubeck recalls how Louis Armstrong, a.k.a. “Ambassador Satch,” won international hearts and minds with his trumpet. Band member Arvell Shaw saw Armstrong literally disarm Russian guards in East Berlin. Meanwhile, fear of nuclear war with the Soviets infiltrated American popular consciousness resulting in gospel, bluegrass and pop odes to and protests against atomic weapons.