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Mike Huckabee thinks Jay-Z is ‘arguably’ pimping Beyonce

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) apparently believes singer Beyonce’s career is controlled by her husband, rapper Jay-Z, according to an excerpt from his latest book posted by U.S. News & World Report on Thursday.

“Beyonce is incredibly talented – gifted, in fact. She has an exceptional set of pipes and can actually sing,” Huckabee writes. “She is a terrific dancer – without the explicit moves best left for the privacy of her bedroom. Jay-Z is a very shrewd businessman, but I wonder: Does it occur to him that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object?”

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Huckabee, who accused Republicans last October of giving up in the face of judicial rulings striking down state bans on marriage equality, seems to waver in his opposition to same-sex couples in the book, calling the conservative idea that it would destroy society “greatly overstated.”

“Marriage as an institution is not so much threatened by same-sex couples as it is by heterosexuals’ increasing indifference to it,” he states in one chapter. However, he still expresses support for laws against same-sex marriages, saying “we simply don’t have enough reliable accumulated data” to gauge the impact of repealing them.

At the same time, however, Huckabee — who said two years ago that he was “neither a homophobe nor a hater” — misrepresented bisexuality in his argument against same-sex marriages.

“Shouldn’t a bisexual be able to have both a male and female spouse?” he wrote. “Wouldn’t restricting that person access to both genders be denying the bisexual his or her marriage ‘equality?'”

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Huckabee announced last week that he was stepping down from his position at Fox News in order to gauge interest in a potential presidential campaign. A CNN survey of Iowa Republicans taken last September indicated early support for him, as he amassed support from 21 percent of supporters, the most among potential GOP candidates.

[h/t Right Wing Watch]

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Andrew Yang 2020 — but not for president

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After the fourth Democratic presidential debate last week, I realized the only enthusiastic endorsement I could make this far out was for Andrew Yang — but not for president. Instead, Yang should lead the Department of Commerce under whomever gets elected. because he has a 21st-century, visionary grasp of economics.

This article first appeared in Salon

American capitalism is a dead man walking, but don’t count on the corporate news media to tell you as the staggering continues before the final collapse. Signs of the existential crisis are as clear as the flaming orange kleptomaniac who occupies the White House. Rest assured, the business press dominated by the Wall Street pyramid builders will tell you that nobody saw it coming. They always do that after a crash comes.

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Multiple NSC officials are ‘rolling the dice’ and running to House investigators against Trump’s wishes: Politico reporter

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Speaking with MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart, Politico Legal Affairs correspondent Josh Gerstein said Donald Trump's troubles may get worse this week as several National Security Council officials will be speaking with congressional investigators against the president's wishes.

Gerstein's reveal caught the MSNBC host by surprise.

"One thing to look forward to later in the week, a couple of NSC national security officials are to be interviewed this week as well," Gerstein stated. "The NSC is the White House, it's part of the White House, right there in the West Wing and the Eisenhower Executive Office building. So I'll be looking to see do those people also take that same approach and go in and give their testimony despite basically a direct marching order not to do that -- that would be an amazing rebuke."

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White supremacists view escalating tensions in small North Carolina town as an opportunity to radicalize armed neo-Confederates

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Neo-Confederate activists and antiracists clashed briefly in Pittsboro, NC, a town west of Raleigh, on Saturday, when a man wearing a “Trump 2020” hat and a face mask attempted to drive a front-end loader festooned with Confederate flags down a street where the two groups were facing off.

After antiracists blocked the driver, a local man identified as Sam White, neo-Confederate activists spilled into the street demanding that he be allowed to pass. Neo-Confederates, at least one of whom was armed with a holstered pistol, and antiracists engaged in shoving and grabbing before police separated the two groups and cleared the roadway.

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