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Rafael Cruz says God helped his son fight Houston’s mayor over an anti-discrimination ordinance

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Rafael Cruz, the father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R), recently described a prayer rally that his son organized with Houston pastors as the work of God. The rally was held last year amid a legal battle over the city’s new anti-discrimination ordinance.

In an interview with former Tea Party candidate Joe Miller published Monday, Cruz noted that the city of Houston passed an ordinance in 2014 to protect gays, lesbians and transgender people by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Or as Cruz explained it: “The mayor and the city council passed an ordinance that if a man — if he just felt like a woman today, he had the right to walk into a women’s bathroom. And if a woman in that bathroom objected, he could sue her for violating his civil rights. That’s crazy. That is absolutely crazy.”

Cruz warned that high school football teams would pretend to be transgender so they could harass or sexually assault women in the locker room.

Local pastors and Christian leaders launched a campaign to overturn the measure, and Houston ended up subpoenaing sermons from five pastors who opposed the anti-discrimination ordinance. “The pastors made their sermons relevant to the case by using the pulpit to do political organizing,” said Janice Evans, chief policy officer to the mayor, in a statement.

“As a result of this, pastors began mobilizing, because they wanted to take things to a referendum,” Cruz said. “Well, the mayor was not going to take this lying down… she demanded the sermons of all of those five pastors, and any email that referred to her or to the ordinance that she had passed.”

“You know, when this happened, the very next day my son called his pastor — and I’ll tell you, this is just such an inspirational story because it shows you how God works in the affairs of man — that same day, my son Ted called his pastor at First Baptist Church in Houston, and said, ‘Pastor, I want to have a pastor’s rally tomorrow at eleven o’clock, I would like to have it at our church to fight this outrageous position by this mayor.'”

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“And the pastor begins to laugh on the other side of the phone,” Cruz said. “And my son says, ‘Why are you laughing?’ He says, ‘You know, Ted, about three months ago about 50 pastors, we decided that we wanted to get together and pray for America, and pray for our city, and pray for our state, and we have that prayer meeting scheduled for tomorrow at ten o’clock in my office.”

“That was just the hand of God,” Cruz remarked. “So Ted went to his office with those 50 pastors. They all got on their knees and prayed for an hour, and then they went down to the sanctuary and held this rally at eleven o’clock. By that time, about 400 other people had gathered in the sanctuary. And all 50 of those pastors said if we are asked for our sermons we will not comply. The city has no right to violate our religious rights.”

“More and more pastors are going to have to take a stand,” he concluded. “If you’re going to put me in jail, put me in jail. But I am not going to prostitute my religious freedom. And you know what? The mayor backed down.”

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‘It takes a small mind to want to out a whistleblower’: Rachel Maddow blasts Trump and GOP

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In an analysis of the first day of impeachment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained to late-night comedian Jimmy Fallon why the impeachment hearings were a lot more rational than she anticipated.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) switched committees just to appear and ask questions and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) humiliated himself, but aside from that, Maddow said she was surprised there were reasonable questions, and everyone remained calm.

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Seth Meyers mocks Devin Nunes saying Dems wanted to find nude photos of Trump: ‘Literally no one wants that’

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"Late Night" host Seth Meyers ridiculed Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his absurd line of questioning that accused Democrats of the impeachment is the same as the Russia scandal.

Nunes said that Democrats want the world to forget about their efforts to obtain nude photos of Trump, something Meyers countered with actual sense.

"Hey man, I guarantee you no one wants nude pictures of Donald Trump," Meyers said. "I'm not crazy about clothed pictures of Donald Trump. Also, I have to believe that if there were nude pictures of Donald Trump, the first person to show them would be Donald Trump. He'd probably hold a press conference with a giant poster board."

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‘A real ugly turning point’: Ex-DOJ official predicts Republicans will ‘try to blow it all up’ after their defense strategy tanked

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MSNBC’s Matthew Miller, a former Justice Department spokesperson, offered an ominous prediction on Wednesday about Republicans’ strategy going forward after the first day of the public impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump.

Speaking on “Deadline: White House,” he observed that the day had been a bad one for the GOP.

“This is in a lot of ways, the day that all of the Republican defenses died,” Miller said.

He continued: “Today will mark a real ugly turning point in how the Republicans approach this going forward. They’re gonna realize they can’t have another day like today. They can’t have a hearing Friday that goes like today’s, they can’t have hearings next week that go like today’s. The president gets television very much — he’s going to know how bad this went today. And I suspect at the next hearing, we will see some increasingly desperate and very ugly tactics from Nunes and the rest of them. Maybe naming the whistleblower. Increased, stepped-up attacks on the civil servants who are coming forward.”

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