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Fox Business host Stuart Varney lectures Pope Francis about capitalism and religion

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Fox Business host Stuart Varney expressed his displeasure with Pope Francis on Wednesday, claiming the pontiff was wrong to attack “deified markets” and the idolatry of money.

“Capitalism, in my opinion, is a liberator,” he said. “The free choice of millions of people is the essence of freedom. In my opinion, society benefits most when people are free to pursue their own self-interest. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it is not. When individuals are free, we collectively are better off in every way, financially and spiritually.”

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Varney said Pope John Paul II understood that free markets were necessary because he grew up under a communist regime. Varney insisted that “markets work well for everyone.”

The Fox Business host also criticized the pope for mixing politics and religion.

“I go to church to save my soul,” Varney said. “It’s got nothing to do with my vote. Pope Francis has linked the two. He has offered direct criticism of a specific political system. He has characterized negatively that system. I think he wants to influence my politics.”

Pope John Paul II condemned communism and defended private property rights in no uncertain terms. But he denied the fall of communism left capitalism as the “victorious social system.”

“The Marxist solution has failed, but the realities of marginalization and exploitation remain in the world, especially the Third World, as does the reality of human alienation, especially in the more advanced countries,” he wrote in Centesimus Annus. “Indeed, there is a risk that a radical capitalistic ideology could spread which refuses even to consider these problems, in the a priori belief that any attempt to solve them is doomed to failure, and which blindly entrusts their solution to the free development of market forces.”

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‘Was he sober?’ MSNBC’s Mika ‘absolutely speechless’ after Larry Kudlow says it’s ‘cool’ to work during pandemic

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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski was left speechless after watching a clip of White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow telling Fox Business that going back to work during a pandemic was "cool."

Kudlow appeared Thursday on Charles Payne's program on Fox Business, where he suggested that Americans were staying home from work during the coronavirus outbreak because they were lazy.

"For a whole bunch of years, you can see it in the labor numbers, people didn't want to work," Kudlow said. "I think, if I may, it's cool to work. Your neighbor, your brother-in-law, you know, the guy down the street, working has become cool again. If you looked, one of my favorites was the millennials, the youngsters. Their participation rates and job increases were phenomenal before this virus came in. You know me, I also think work is a virtue. It is a godly virtue, as well. I believe it's been cool to work, and people are going to want to come back."

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Doctor busts Trump’s plan to reopen economy May 1: ‘All the hard work Americans are doing will have been wasted’

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A public health expert begged President Donald Trump not to reopen the economy too soon, and then explained how the coronavirus lockdowns can safely end.

Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that prematurely ending stay-at-home orders -- as Trump has signaled he wants to do -- would risk new infections, endanger more lives and waste all the efforts Americans have taken so far.

"We cannot open up our economy without adequate testing," Jha said. "Let's think about what would happen if we did. Let's say May 1 we opened the doors, everybody is back to work. It'd be great for a few weeks. For a few weeks, we wouldn't notice it at all. Then you'd see massive flare-ups of cases across the country. All the hard work that Americans are doing will have been wasted. We will have to shut down again, and we will shut down for much longer."

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Trump’s press conferences reveal nothing more than his ‘relentless self-pity’: presidential historian

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Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," historian Jon Meacham expressed disgust with Donald Trump's daily press conferences that are ostensibly about the COVID-19 crisis that is ravaging the country but have instead become a showcase for the president's out of control narcissism.

Speaking with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski, Mecham got right to the point after host Scarborough noted that the president does nothing but lie when addressing the public.

"Look, the briefings are now experimental theater in weaponized narcissism, right?" Meacham replied. "It''s just this relentless self-pity. He's let the world see exactly what goes on in his head, he's an open synapse of these things. He cannot, in fact, seem to learn from his mistakes."

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