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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.”

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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.

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.”

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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.

[h/t Salon]


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French hospital halts trials of Trump-promoted COVID-19 drug due to worries about heart failure

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President Donald Trump's promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 has drawn criticism from medical experts who say much more work needs to be done before anyone can say it's effective at stopping the disease.

And now one hospital in France has stopped its testing of hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients over worries that the drug poses a "toxic risk" to people's hearts when taken in combination with other drugs.

French newspaper Nice Matin reports that Nice University Hospital "immediately stopped" its use of hydroxychloroquine in patients who exhibit "major risks" of suffering heart failure due to the drug.

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Economist who hoped for ‘V-shaped’ recovery now predicting a prolonged downturn even worse than the Great Recession

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Tim Bartik is among the economists who has described the type of “V-shaped” economic recovery he would like to see in the United States following the coronavirus pandemic. Ideally, Bartik has asserted, all the businesses that have been shut down by the pandemic would reopen quickly when it’s safe to do so and put millions of Americans back to work. But journalist Andy Balaskovitz, in an article published in MiBiz on April 8, explains why Bartik (a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, Michigan) now believes that predictions of a “V-shaped recovery” are wishful thinking — and why Americans are in for a lot of economic pain in the months ahead.

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‘Recipe for disaster’: Officials in Florida city say they face ‘unimaginable’ potential death from COVID-19

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Officials in the Florida city of Hialeah are warning that they are uniquely vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic and face the possibility of "unimaginable" death from the disease.

In interviews with The Daily Beast, the officials explained how their large population of senior citizens is at grave risk if Hialeah erupts as a major COVID-19 hotspot.

"I think it is going to get a lot worse," Hialeah Councilman Jesus Tundidor tells The Daily Beast. “The experts have been telling us to expect a peak [in Florida] near the end of the month. As we get more testing sites up and running, the more positive cases we will see. And that will create more fear."

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