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Louisiana Republican claims Obama giving TSA waivers to Muslims

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Appearing on conservative talk radio Monday, Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) made up a startling claim about the Obama administration that appears to have gone a bit further than just wading through the political fever swamp. Instead, it seems he completely imagined a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program that lets Muslim passengers through security without even so much as a sideways glance.

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And of course, it’s all President Barack Obama’s fault.

Oddly, Rep. Landry added that he’s perfectly fine with letting Muslims through security checkpoints via “special status or waivers,” so long as it means that the president will end his attacks on people of his own faith.

“I think the biggest problems that a lot of Americans are having out there is the hypocrisy of this administration,” Rep. Landry told conservative talk radio host Jay Sekulow. “Remember, this is an administration who has no problem granting special status or waivers to Muslims as they go through TSA screenings. Look, as they believe that there is a need to grant them special rights as they go through the TSA screening based upon their religion, that’s fine, I’m ok with that. But then don’t turn around and attack Christians when they stand up and say ‘listen, we believe that the policies you’re putting in place violate our religious freedoms as well.'”

Rep. Landry later bragged about the interview on his Facebook page, urging supporters to tune in for a discussion about “our fight against the HHS mandate] on contraception.”

The TSA gives no waivers, special rights or exceptions based upon religious beliefs. The only people who get special treatment are those willing to pay for it by submitting to a pre-screening process. Minorities, such as Muslims, Sikhs and people who appear to be from the Middle East, have typically reported facing even greater scrutiny by TSA agents than other passengers.

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Rep. Landry appears to have invented the claim as a way of illustrating another imagined controversy: that Obama is secretly punishing people of his own faith because of his spiritual preference for Muslims.

“I got to tell you, my hat’s off to the Catholic bishops around America, they have gotten to the point where they understand that this exercise that is going on with the federal government is a dangerous one,” Rep. Landry added, referencing recent religious objections to a rule requiring private health insurers cover contraception for women. “If they allow this to happen, if we allow this to happen as Americans, as Catholics, as Christians, there is no limit to where the government goes from here.”

Rep. Landry’s aides did not respond to requests for comment.

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Although leading U.S. Catholic bishops strongly objected to President Obama’s contraception rule, other groups like the Catholic Health Association, which represents hundreds of Catholic hospitals, refused to take a similar stand. The president ultimately crafted a compromise in the rule that allows religious groups to claim an exception and avoid sharing any costs for contraception products.

Polling found that about two-thirds of Americans support President Obama’s contraceptive coverage requirement. Interestingly, the Public Religion Research Institute also noted that Catholics are actually even more likely than other groups to favor Obama’s plan. The survey claimed that only groups of Americans who remain mostly opposed to contraception coverage are white evangelical protestants and Republicans.

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This audio was broadcast Monday, June 5, 2012 on Jay Sekulow Live, as snipped by Right Wing Watch.


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New Hampshire Republican officials aren’t interested in attending Trump’s upcoming rally

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President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that was supposed to be massive, but one of the main problems that came up for the team is that thousands and thousands of people signed up for tickets, who never attended. This time, they think they've figured it out, said the New York Times.

"Campaign officials believe they will be able to prevent the kind of ticket prank that helped turn Mr. Trump's rally last month," the report said, noting that the crowd was a "far smaller event than expected — but they still can't say for sure."

"Registering for a rally means you've RSVPed with a cellphone number, and we constantly weed out bogus numbers," campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh said. "These phony ticket requests never factor into our thinking. What makes this lame attempt at hacking our events even more foolish is the fact that every rally is general admission — entry is on a first-come-first-served basis, and prior registration is not required."

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New Lincoln Project ad tells voters to remember the Republicans who enabled Trump’s ‘circus of incompetence’

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In their latest ad, the anti-Trump conservative group The Lincoln Project targeted not the president, but Senate Republicans who have sat by and enabled him.

"Some day soon, the time of Trump will pass," said the narrator. "This circus of incompetence, corruption, and cruelty will end. When it does, the men and women in Trump's Republican Party will come to you, telling you they can repair the damage he has done. They'll beg you to forgive their votes to exonerate Trump from his crimes. Ask you to forgive their silence, their cowardice, and their betrayals as Trump wrecked this nation."

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One-third of Americans couldn’t pay their rent or mortgages this month

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On July 1, 32 percent of Americans weren't able to pay their mortgage, CNBC cited a survey from Apartment List.

The high unemployment rate has turned into people being unable to afford to pay their bills anymore, and the stimulus checks seem to be gone.

"About 19 percent of Americans made no housing payment at all during the first week of the month, and 13 percent paid only a portion of their rent or mortgage," said the report.

To make matters worse, it's the fourth month in a row of record-high numbers of Americans who couldn't pay their housing bills on time or in full. It was 30 percent in June and 31 percent in May.

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