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Perry touts endorsement of pastor who called Statue of Liberty ‘demonic’

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who is flirting with a presidential bid, has issued a “call to prayer” for a nation in “historic crisis” due to what he claims is a lack of humility before the Christian deity.

To facilitate this, Perry has announced plans to convene a meeting of evangelicals next month at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, for a “solemn gathering of prayer and fasting for our country.” He’s calling it, “The Response” — and clearly hoping the event will help shore up the religious conservative base.

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Among Perry’s prominently-featured endorsers of “The Response” is a pastor who may have Rev. Wright-like consequences for Perry should he decide to seek the presidency, thanks to recently uncovered video of a bizarre sermon about the Statue of Liberty.

That pastor is Dr. John Benefiel, founder of Church on the Rock in Oklahoma City. In his sermon, Benefiel suggests that Lady Liberty is actually a “demonic idol” meant to distract Americans from their only true source of freedom: the Christian savior.

The Statue of Liberty, a national monument intended to commemorate the ideals of freedom, was a gift from the French after America gained its independence from Britain. The National Parks Service calls it “the most recognizable symbol of democracy in the world.”

Perry’s friend appears to believe otherwise.

The video below is from Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s “The Response” website.

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Gov. Perry’s Invitation to The Response from The Response USA on Vimeo.

This video of “The Response” endorser John Benefiel is from YouTube, first snipped by the Right Wing Watch blog.

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This video, featuring other endorsers of “The Response,” is from Right Wing Watch.

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Mitch McConnell may let Republicans write Senate impeachment rules without Democratic votes

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting to shut out Democrats on impeachment if a bipartisan compromise on rules for the trial can't be reached.

The Kentucky Republican said this week that he hopes to reach an agreement on rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he's also readying a "backup plan" in case he can't reach an agreement with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, reported Vanity Fair.

“The first thing Sen. Schumer and I will do is see if there’s a possibility of agreement on a procedure,” McConnell said. “That failing, I would probably come back to my own members and say, ‘Okay, can 51 of us agree how we’re going to handle this?’”

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Fresno Bee burns Nunes to the ground in scathing editorial

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"As has been true for nearly all of Trump’s first term, Nunes has relinquished his proper role as an independent representative of Congress and has instead acted like a member of the Trump 2020 re-election team," the editorial states.

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Republicans blundered badly as their own impeachment expert witness wrecked their defenses of Trump: columnist

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pinned their hopes on George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, their sole expert witness on the panel at the hearing on Wednesday, to discredit the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump.

But as anti-Trump conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote for the Washington Post, even Turley's testimony ended up damaging the GOP more than Democrats, because he undercut one of the GOP's most solid narratives in defense of the president: that trying to extort Ukraine with military aid would not be impeachable even if it was proven.

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