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Texas Dem clowns pro-abstinence GOP lawmaker: Did you remain a virgin by choice — or was it chosen for you?

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A Texas Democratic zinged a Republican colleague who claimed he waited to have sex until marriage if he had remained abstinent by choice – or whether it was chosen for him.

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R-Kaufman) successfully pushed an amendment Tuesday to pull $3 million from HIV and STD prevention programs to pay for abstinence education instead, reported the Texas Tribune.

Democratic lawmakers lined up to question Spitzer, a physician, on his budget proposal.

Spitzer told the lawmakers that he believed abstinence education was both fiscally and medically prudent, the newspaper reported.

Texas schools may determine their own sex education curriculum, but they are required to spend more time teaching abstinence than other methods of birth control or STD prevention.

State Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) pointed out the state had one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the U.S. and the highest rate of repeat teen pregnancies, and Spitzer admitted the current abstinence program was not working well.

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“Were you taught abstinence education?” asked state Rep. Harold Dutton Jr. (D-Houston). “Did it work?”

Spitzer told the lawmaker he had remained a virgin until he married at age 29.

“I’ve only had sex with one woman in my life, and that’s my wife,” Spitzer said.

“Since you brought it up, is that the first woman you asked?” Dutton said.

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Spitzer said he wasn’t sure that was an appropriate question, and the meeting had to be called back to order.

The Republican lawmaker said he felt like his Democratic opponents were trying to corner him and make him look like a hypocrite.

“This is my first year here, and I’m not sure what is normal — but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t usually devolve into discussion of a person’s sexual history,” Spitzer said.

Dutton said his questions were appropriate because Spitzer had held himself out as an example.

“When he injected that abstinence had worked for him, and that he had his first sexual encounter when he was 29 — I thought it was appropriate to ask,” Dutton said. “Was that the result of abstinence, or was it that no one said yes?”

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Iran says new ‘mentally retarded’ Trump sanctions mean ‘permanent closure’ of diplomacy

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Iran said Tuesday that new US sanctions targeting its supreme leader meant a “permanent closure” of diplomacy, while the country’s president labelled the White House “mentally retarded” as tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions against Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week.

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‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames

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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?

A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.

While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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