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Ted Cruz goes off the rails: ‘ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights?’

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Sen. Ted Cruz clashed with reporters on Tuesday, accusing them of focusing too much on marriage equality, the Texas Tribune reported.

“Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?” the Republican presidential candidate said after a fundraiser in Beaumont, Texas. “ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals.”

Cruz reportedly complained after getting multiple questions regarding same-sex marriage, telling reporters that Islamic State “ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”

He also criticized one reporter, saying they were cribbing their questions from MSNBC.

“They have very few viewers and they are a radical and extreme partisan outlet,” the senator said.

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However, Cruz told KBMT-TV that he had no animosity toward LGBTQ Americans, while defending the state ban against same-sex marriages.

“Scripture commands us to love everybody. And what I have been talking about, with respect to same sex marriage, is the constitution, which is what we should all be focused on,” he said. “The constitution gives marriage to elected state legislatures. It doesn’t give the power of marriage to a president or to un-elected judges to tear down the decisions enacted by democratically elected state legislatures.”

According to a new Gallup poll, Cruz’s views run counter to that of an increasing majority of Americans. As Agence France-Press reported, the survey shows 60 percent of respondents supported marriage equality, an all-time high.

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t even a competent investor: report

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There can be no doubt that high-powered hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein would rather the public know him for his prominence and success as an investor than for the allegations of child sex trafficking, for which he has now been indicted and faces life in prison. And there has for years been mystique surrounding Epstein's business — his wealth fund is so exclusive that it reportedly requires a billion dollars up front from clients.

But according to the Dow Jones' periodical Barron's, Epstein may not even be good at that.

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