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Phil Robertson of ‘Duck Dynasty’ to GOP: Bibles in classrooms can prevent school shootings

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The Republican Leadership Conference kicked off Thursday night with speeches by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson, and controversial future Nebraska senator Ben Sasse.

After Jindal’s speech, the Times-Picayune reported, former vice presidential candidate and half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin came on stage to introduce Phil Robertson. “I was just in the neighborhood and I heard a duck calling,” she said. “It was mixed up with a little tune of common sense — and some major going rogue.”

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She then joked that “maybe he should be not just the Duck Commander — How about a Duck Commander in Chief?”

Robertson began by apologizing for his attire — he was wearing camouflage pants and a polar fleece — by saying that “I have on the very best clothes I own. I never got around to buying a suit. Louisiana Tech gave me one for traveling ball games i dont know whatever happened to it — I just never really found the need for one. I’ve never owned a ring or a watch or a cell phone. And I’ve never turned on a computer in my life.”

When the crowd laughed, he pretended to be offended. “I’m a C+ man — smarter than half of you! And some of you are saying are you some kind of idiot. Actually I’m a multimillionaire and I’m famous so shut up and sit down.”

As to the question of why he was speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference at all, he said that “I’m not a political person I guess the GOP may be more desperate than I thought to call somebody like me.”

Robertson then quickly turned serious, addressing the separation of church of state. He quoted John Adams, who wrote that “[i]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles on which freedom can securely stand…You lose your religion, you lose your morality, and you lose your freedom.”

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He then quoted James Madison, who wrote that “[r]eligion is the basis and foundation of your government,” before complaining about the exclusion of the Bible from public school classrooms.

“Education is useless without the Bible,” he said, before speculating that many crimes could be prevented if the Bible was allowed back into the classroom. “If children were taught to ‘love thy neighbor,'” he said, maybe they wouldn’t consider shooting up their schools.

“Separation of church and state?” he asked. “I’m telling you right here what the founding fathers said. Does it sound to you like separating God almighty from the United States of America?”

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He concluded by giving the GOP advice on to how to turn the country around: “Get godly!”

After his speech, Robertson sat down with Fox News’s Sean Hannity for an interview, which can be viewed in its entirety below.

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CIA ignores request to brief GOP senators trying to dig up dirt on Joe Biden’s son: report

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On Wednesday, Politico reported that the Central Intelligence Agency is ignoring a request to brief the Republican senators mounting an investigation into Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine.

"The spy agency’s resistance comes amid intelligence officials’ deep skepticism of the probe, which is being led by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and focuses on Hunter Biden’s role on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma," reported Andrew Desiderio and Natasha Bertrand. "Democrats argue the investigation is based on Russian disinformation aimed at tipping the outcome of the election toward President Donald Trump — a charge that Johnson rejects."

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Bill Barr has a ‘tell’ that reveals exactly what he will do to win Trump the election: Former Justice Department spokesperson

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Former Justice Department lawyer Matt Miller said that Attorney General Bill Barr has a "tell" that Miller thinks reveals what Barr will do about his new attempt at a GOP-run Russia investigation.

The MSNBC panel discussion looked back at Barr's testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, where he admitted that the White House government appointees have discussions about the 2020 campaign during Cabinet Meetings. Conducting politics under the government is strictly prohibited.

"He has a tell, and the one that you just showed is an example, where there's an answer where you expect the attorney general to give," Miller began. "In the confirmation hearing, the answer you expected him to give was that he would recuse himself from the Russia investigation because of his previous writings on the topic, a memo he had written that was seen as the audition for the job. And he didn't give that answer, and I think we found out why shortly after, it was because he wanted to interfere in the Mueller probe. He's wanted to go back and then discredit it afterward."

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Devin Nunes had another one of his lawsuits thrown out — this time by a Trump judge

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) lost another of his efforts to sue the media.

According to the filing, this suit was against Ryan Lizza, who wrote an expose on Nunes' family moving their family farm from Nunes' district in California to Iowa. Nunes, who has claimed his occupation as a "dairy farmer" was outed for not having a dairy farm just months before the 2018 election. Nunes was quick to sue, as he has with Twitter accounts who mock him online for being a "farmer" without having a farm.

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