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Bill Maher: Did Jeb Bush become a Catholic to ‘play the margins’ with Florida voters?

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Real Time host Bill Maher followed up on his recent criticism of ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) by suggesting that he may have converted to Catholicism in order to curry favor with voters.

“Jeb Bush converted to Catholicism in 1996 – 22 years after marrying his Mexican-born wife, Columba, — and conveniently between the first time he ran for governor (and lost) and the second time he ran, and won,” Maher wrote on the show’s blog on Tuesday. “The Bushes play election hardball, but they also play the margins. They look for every little edge. So is there something to this?”

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Maher argued that Bush’s brother, former President George W. Bush, “coincidentally” became an evangelical Protestant before being elected governor of Texas, where those voters outnumber Catholics by 10 percentage points.

Similarly, Maher wrote, “Jeb noticed his wife was Catholic after 22 years” before running in Florida, where 26 percent of voters are Catholic, one percentage point more than evangelical Protestants. As the Washington Post reported in 2003, Bush became a Roman Catholic like his wife Columba in 1996, two years before being elected governor.

“Now, of course, who am I to question God’s power to work wondrous change?” Maher wrote. “I’m just saying the Bush boys tend to believe in whatever juju the locals do.”

Maher also accused Jeb Bush of “d*cking around with Terri Schiavo” using religion as an excuse, while approving the executions of 21 prisoners during his tenure as governor. Last Friday, he called Bush a “cynical turd” for pushing jail-only anti-drug laws as governor while making an exception for his own daughter.


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Protesters give Donald Trump a one-finger salute as Marine One flies over DC protests

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President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC on Saturday as large crowds of protesters fill the city's streets.

Trump had flown to Florida to see the launch of the SpaceX Starship and returned as the sun was going down.

BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall captured a picture of Marine One approaching the White House -- and being welcomed back to town with raised middle fingers.

Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.

Protesters flipped off the president’s helicopter.#dcprotest #MAGANIGHT #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/EMgCaOof1J

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Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report

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President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he intends to let Russia attend the next Group of Seven summit.

Since 2014, Russia's membership in the organization has been suspending in response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea. That changed the name from the G8 Summit to the G7 Summit.

The announcement came from pool reporter Gabby Orr of Politico, who said Trump will also invite South Korea, Australia and India to the next summit, which he is postponing until September.

More via pooler: “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,’ he said. Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”

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Seattle mayor imposes emergency curfew — set to begin only 14 minutes after her announcement

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The mayor of Seattle announced on Twitter that she would be signing an executive order imposing a curfew.

"I will soon be signing an emergency order and the city of Seattle will be imposing a 5 pm curfew soon," Durkin tweeted at 4:46 p.m. -- only 14 minutes before the order was set to go into effect.

"Crowds need to disburse from downtown immediately," she ordered.

"While many individuals gathered peaceful, some individuals have started fires and are destroying buildings. There are multiple fires downtown and it is an extremely dangerous situation. @Seattelfire (sic) does not have access to buildings," she continued.

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