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Christine O’Donnell: School shootings caused by lack of Bible and prayer studies

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The newest Republican nominee for US Senate has been called “nutty” by even Karl Rove – and yet another controversial statement from her past has appeared.

Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell, who routed longtime Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) in the Delaware Republican primary Tuesday night, years ago claimed that school shootings are caused by a lack of Bible and prayer studies in class.

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“We took the Bible and prayer out of public schools, and now we’re having weekly shootings practically,” O’Donnell, then a Christian activist, said in August 1998 during an appearance on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect.”

She didn’t cite any sources and defended her statement when host Bill Maher and other guests scoffed. She prefaced: “My point is there are consequences to our actions, and if we as a nation tolerate sin, generations to come will reap the effects.”

O’Donnell is a fiercely pro-gun candidate who this month won the endorsement of the National Rifle Association for her Senate candidacy.

Tuesday’s victory for O’Donnell, who is widely viewed as unelectable in November, elevated tensions within the Republican establishment. It dramatically diminished the GOP’s chances of winning a seat that pollsters say would have been a virtual shoe-in if Castle were the nominee. She will now face Democratic nominee Chris Coons in November, who has emerged as the favorite.

The former Christian activist has been mocked and criticized for other remarks such as comparing masturbation and viewing pornography to adultery; and arguing that it is “spinning with words” to describe AIDS sufferers as “victims.”

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O’Donnell, who is largely unknown to the public, saw her candidacy escalate after winning the endorsements of conservative firebrands Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).

Her stunning upset marks an impressive victory for Tea Party groups but has escalated speculations that the fledgling movement is hurting the Republican Party’s chances to win back power in November as Democrats sink in the polls.

The following video, of O’Donnell’s remarks, was uploaded to YouTube by NaughtButEddie.

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GOP Senate candidate suspended football player for one game — for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl: report

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On Thursday, in an op-ed, the conservative Washington Examiner reported on an incident from Alabama Republican Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville's career as a football coach for Auburn University in 1999.

"When Clifton Robinson, the short but quick receiver from Naples, Florida, returned to the Auburn University football team in August 1999 after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor to avoid going to trial after being charged with the second-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl, first-year head coach Tommy Tuberville pledged to figure out the right punishment for him," wrote Siraj Hashmi. "'Clifton is back on the team,' Tuberville said. 'He and I will sit down today, and I'll tell him that we do things right around here, so he can expect there will be some punishment. What it is, I don't know yet.' That punishment ended up being a mere one-game suspension from the team's Sept. 4 season opener against Appalachian State. Auburn won 22-15."

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Arizona Republican attacks Fauci and Birx for ‘undermining’ Trump with COVID-19 facts

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona set a record on Thursday, but one of the state's Republican representatives in Congress went to Fox News to urge the end of President Donald Trump's Coronavirus Task Force.

"I think that Birx and Fauci have gone well past their, their -- they've expired, their time of usefulness has expired," Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said.

"What they do, is when the president comes out and makes a policy -- because he is the president, he is the policymaker. When they come and make these statements that they make, they engender panic and hysteria and undermine what the president's doing. That's what I think's critical," they argued.

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MSNBC’s Dr. Gupta blasts ‘weak leadership’ of GOP governors: ‘It’s too little too late’

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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "Meet The Press," medical analyst Dr. Vin Gupta laid into Republican governors' mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic as new cases explode across the country.

"Dr. Gupta, we have the governor of Texas issuing an order for Texans to wear masks. Not seeing the same thing in Florida," said anchor Katy Tur. "What is your medical take?"

"I think it's too little, too late. Both in Texas and Florida," said Gupta. "Florida especially, given what is happening with day-to-day caseloads. If I was Governor DeSantis, you need to be thinking about how to save lives. That's bringing in portable ICUs, making sure you have enough dialysis nurses. This is potentially even mobilizing National Guard. I know we are not talking about military forces, reserves."

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