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Harvard professor: Rick Santorum misusing my work to smear poor men as ‘sexual predators’

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A Harvard professor apologized for suggesting that Rick Santorum had called all black men “sexual predators” – but he still believes the likely Republican presidential candidate is misusing statistics he compiled in a book on families.

During a speech last week to the socially conservative Cornerstone organization, Santorum cited data from political scientist Robert Putnam’s book, “Our Kids,” to argue that the breakdown of families had turned many poor men into “sexual predators.”

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Santorum said Putnam’s book showed the majority of out-of-wedlock children are born today to couples who live together but are not married, and he said the researcher found that fewer than 2 percent of those children will ever get married.

“He compared it when he was growing up in the 1950s and when children were conceived out of wedlock, what happened in the 1950s,” Santorum said. “We all know what happened in the 1950s and here is the amazing thing, this is Putnam saying this, 80 plus percent of these marriages succeeded, and children were raised in stable homes.”

“Now these fathers leave the home, and not just father children with that particular women – they father a child with another women, and another and another,” Santorum added. “We have created predators, sexual predators particularly where, again, Putnam (found) – low-income America.”

Putnam bitterly disputed Santorum’s interpretation of his findings.

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“I’m a progressive and I think the evidence is that first of all, there has been a collapse in the working family class family, black and white, and that’s bad for kids,” Putnam said.

“But there is a presidential candidate who yesterday quoted me as saying therefore — he’s quoted me as saying all black men are sexual predators,” Putnam continued.

The scholar said Santorum selectively cited statistics from his book and misattributed other statistics to his research.

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However, Putnam “unreservedly” apologized Tuesday to Santorum, saying he had “seriously misquoted” the former U.S. Senator, after a Weekly Standard article labeled his remarks as “slanderous.”

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Former George W. Bush aide reveals why Republican talking points on Syria are complete crap

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During the weekend news shows, President Donald Trump's aides and allies took to televisions to justify the United States allowing Turkey to kill U.S. Kurdish allies.

"New Trumpist talking point," former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum began. "The only way to stop Turkey['s] massacre of Kurds is to go to war against Turkey."

That's an inaccurate framing, Frum explained.

"Turkey never believed that: that's why they asked Trump's permission to invade," he said. "All he had to do was say No. He said, Yes. Why? All the plausible answers are corrupt."

https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/1183446682492637184

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John Dean laments Trump probably should be registered as a foreign agent

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While many of President Donald Trump's campaign staffers, advisers or friends have been outed for doing foreign work while being an unregistered foreign agent, one former White House counsel thinks Trump should also probably register.

"In addition to other impeachable offenses, Trump should be charged with failing to register as a foreign agent under FARA," said Twitter user Connie Gruen.

Dean noticed the tweet and retweeted with his own note that it's "sadly" probably true.

"Sadly, this is probably true," agreed Dean. "Mueller did not investigate if Trump is, in fact, a Russian agent. Barr does not believe a POTUS can be investigated for anything, so the FBI is not. Because he acts like a RU agent Congress should be investigating his consistently pro-RU behavior!"

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Kanye ripped for latest Trump defense: Always someone willing to write a check to ‘a black person defending white supremacy’

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A panel discussion on recent concerts put on by Kanye West in Salt Lake City and Howard University turned to his new recent comments he made defending his support for Donald Trump -- with one panelist saying the rapper is getting paid on the side for siding with the president.

Speaking with host Kendis Gibson, guests Danielle Moodie-Mills and Clay Cane were harshly critical of West trying to drum up black support for the president as well as his recent comments on slavery.

"What is going on here?" Gibson began. "So you saw the pictures of Kanye West in the middle of Salt Lake City. He drew about 10,000 people here at Howard University, it was a smaller crowd because they didn't get the e-mail about it until 6:00 a.m. on homecoming weekend. Largely, a lot of people who are going to these shows are black folks. These are some of the scenes in Salt Lake City, so people are wondering: is he sort of like Trump's secret weapon, a secret outreach to the black community? "

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