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Fox host: Churches that encourage health insurance are ‘violating separation of church and state’

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Fox News contributor Dr. Robert Jeffress, who is head pastor of one of the most prominent megachurches in Texas, insisted on Monday that Jesus would not have wanted his church to promote health insurance that provided comprehensive birth control coverage for women.

Host Steve Doocy pointed out on Monday’s Fox & Friends that the Department of Health and Human Services had recommended that churches encourage their members to get coverage under the Affordable Care Act before the end of the open enrollment period.

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A press release from the Washington, D.C. insurance marketplace even quoted the Bible: “The body is a temple and must be ensured.”

Doocy asked Jeffress to explain why he “refused to partner with Obamacare.”

“You know, when most people come to church, they come to hear a timeless word from the Lord, not the latest word from Washington, D.C.,” Jeffress opined. “And I realize that many bureaucrats confuse themselves with the Almighty, but there really is a difference between the two.”

“The problem I have with this is Obamacare is not an idea or a suggestion, it’s a governmental mandate, and if you don’t participate, you get fined. If you don’t pay the fine, you go to jail. And I just don’t think the Church of Jesus Christ ought to be an extension of the federal government to enforce it edicts.”

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Doocy said that the “political left” often charged that conservative policies “were a violation of the separation of church and state.”

“So, now the state is asking the church, ‘Hey, we need to boost these numbers, you got to help us,'” the Fox News host quipped.

“That’s right,” Jeffress agreed. “And I want to remind people that many of us have a problem with Obamacare because it provides for abortifacients, abortion-inducing [birth control] drugs. In fact, it’s not just secular employers, this administration was trying to push religious organizations to provide abortion-inducing drugs, and they would have done so if the Supreme Court hadn’t slapped their hand in the Hobby Lobby case.”

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“I think people do need health care,” the pastor added. “The body needs to be more than insured, it needs to be protected against destruction and death. I just think it is ironic that the most pro-abortion administration in history would cite a [Bible] verse that extols the virtue of life.”

The Fox & Friends segment did not mention that the DHS “Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action Toolkit” proposed that churches put on a health insurance fair on December 14, 2013 — which was over two years ago.

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Feb. 16, 2015.

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Democrat mocks Trump for being the wrong person to lead the charge on mental illness

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President Donald Trump may not be the best person to focus on mental health in America, a Democratic senator explained on MSNBC.

"All In" host Chris Hayes interviewed Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) before a live studio audience.

The two discussed Trump's focus on mental health instead of gun control following the latest mass shootings in America.

"I saw this article about the mental health proposal being floated. I gotta say, the more I hear him talk about mental health, the more freaked out I get, honestly," Hayes explained. "It seems like — like sci-fi dystopia. They want to do something like DARPA, the notorious Pentagon research association called HARPA. It’s going to develop 'breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence...The document goes on to list a number of widely used technologies it suggests could be used to help collect data, including Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home."

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Obama’s chief economist warns of ‘a very high chance’ Trump’s trade war could cause 2020 recession

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The former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama warned of "a very high chance" of Trump's trade war with China resulting in a recession -- "just in time for 2020."

Austan Goolsbee was interviewed by MSNBC's John Heilemann on Friday after the DJIA closed down over 600 points after the trade war escalated on Friday.

"Just give us, if you would, Austan, your sense of what has unfolded today and how bad it is," Heilemann asked.

"Yes, it’s terrible, I'm phoning from a bunker as we speak," Goolsbee replied.

"There hasn’t been a day like this in a very long time. Yes, the markets sell a lot but the fact we’re going to have an escalating trade war, the president of the United States is publicly declaring the head of the Fed an enemy of the state and, oh, by the way, 40% of the Amazon is on fire and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being treated for pancreatic cancer," he continued. "If this is on a Friday, it makes it bad for Monday."

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MSNBC anchor blasts Trump’s ‘lunacy’ after ‘a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling’

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The New York Stock Exchange closed down over 600 points on Friday as President Donald Trump's trade war with China escalated.

MSNBC anchor John Heilemann said, "we’re hours away for the president taking off to the G7 summit in Bairritz, France, where allies are bracing for the Trump-fueled mayhem that is now 100% certain to ensue, with Trump like a drunken traveler in the departure lounge about to take a trip that he dreads, already sewing global chaos, days-long public meltdown typically moved from words to actions."

"Donald Trump beginning this day with a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling, closing down more than 600 points today and escalating his trade war with China with these norm-shattering, power-abusing words in this tweet," he said, putting the tweet on-screen.

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