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Rick Santorum: Media ‘perversion’ of Indiana law was rammed ‘down the public’s throat’

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In what is likely a prelude to yet another presidential run, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (R) spoke to members of the of the Iowa state legislature, touting his history of anti-gay rhetoric as a sign of his leadership qualities, in video captured by Caffeinated Thoughts.

Speaking to members of the legislature in the state that holds a defining straw poll in the year preceding a presidential election, Santorum defended Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), blaming the “firestorm” of criticism of the anti-gay legislation on the media because “leaders didn’t lead.”

“I know you all as state legislators have seen what happened in Indiana and Arkansas.  What happened there was the media creating a firestorm and leaders didn’t lead,” Santorum said. “I have been through that firestorm.  I can go back 13 years when I was in the United States Senate and stood up and said if the Supreme Court decides a case this way  then all of these bad things are going to start happening and I said we would have same-sex marriage in 10 years.  I was wrong – it was five.”

He continued, “I always say when it comes to religious liberty now or the marriage issue or a whole bunch of other things we are losing these arguments simply because we are not making them.  We’re not making them because we are intimidated from making them.  That’s just a… if that continues then life as we know it, particularly the family, is going to be on a very, very bad track in the world.”

Santorum went on to promote himself as the leader the Republican party is looking for because he was  “fighting for the truth and not the perversion that we saw the media try to ram down the public’s throat about what Indiana and Arkansas were doing,” during the RFRA controversy.

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Hatch Act hearing erupts in chaos as House Republicans fume over threat to subpoena Kellyanne Conway

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A House Oversight Committee hearing erupted in chaos after Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) angrily defended Kellyanne Conway from allegations that she broke federal law by advocating for GOP candidates during TV appearances.

The independent Office of Special Counsel sent the Trump administration a letter earlier this month detailing Conway's "numerous violations" of the Hatch Act, which forbids most executive branch employees from using their positions for political advocacy, and recommended her firing by the White House.

"Mr. Chairman, this subpoena, one, is not necessary," Meadows told committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD). "Quite frankly it is not following the law. I can tell you that what we have here is a political spectacle. We're talking about keeping politics out of government. This subpoena is nothing more than a political spectacle. We are better than this, Mr. Chairman."

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GOP’s Jim Jordan gets shut down after raging at Trump appointee who called for Kellyanne Conway’s firing

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Wednesday got absolutely shut down by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) after he interrupted the testimony of Henry Kerner, whom President Donald Trump appointed to lead the Office of Special Counsel.

During his opening statement ahead of Kerner's testimony, Jordan bitterly complained about the way conservatives are purportedly "censored" on social media and he said Kerner's recommendation that Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway be removed from office for repeated Hatch Act violations was an effort to "silence" an effective surrogate for President Donald Trump.

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Trump attacks his own Fed chairman in unhinged Fox interview: ‘Nobody ever heard of him before — I made him!’

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President Donald Trump bitterly attacked Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for refusing to cut interest rates during an interview with Fox Business's Maria Bartiromo.

When asked about the state of the economy, Trump claimed that the economy is doing terrific but he said that Powell should nonetheless aggressively pump money into the economy via rate cuts.

"We should have [European Central Bank President Mario] Draghi instead of our Fed person!" the president said. "We have a man who doesn't do anything for us!"

Bartiromo then noted that Powell has made a point of preserving the Federal Reserve's political independence by refusing to obey the president's orders to lower rates, but Trump replied that Powell should just do what he's told.

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