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CNN finally notices string of black church fires: ‘Is it a hate crime’ or ‘is it bad wiring?’

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CNN host Ashleigh Banfield speculated on Monday that a string of fires that burnt at least six black churches in the South could be hate a hate crime or simply “bad wiring.”

A week after officials began investigating suspected arson at a Knoxville church, CNN finally delivered a report on the series of fires.

“Is this vandalism? Is this a hate crime over and over?” Banfield wondered in a teaser. “Is it bad wiring? And is it possibly all of the above?”

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Following a commercial break, CNN Justice Correspondent Evan Perez explained that federal officials were investigating because it would be a “heck of a coincidence for all of these things to be happening all within a week.”

Perez pointed out that one church in Tallahassee had, in fact, burned due to an electrical fire. But it had been caused when a tree fell on electrical lines, not because of existing “bad wiring.”

Another church may have been set on fire to cover up vandalism, the CNN correspondent reported.

In all, investigators have said that arson was suspected in at least three of the six fires.

Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast June 29, 2015.

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Former House lawyer explains new recording from Trump would add another ‘abuse of power’ to impeachment

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A recording was revealed Friday of President Donald Trump demanding that his staff "take out" former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Former House committee lawyer Jeremy Bash, told MSNBC that it would constitute another "abuse of power" charge.

"I think it would be another important branch and sequel to the abuse of power allegation if the president used the office, used his own authority to direct that a U.S. ambassador be either removed from that position because she was standing in the way of his political agenda -- but it seems like, from the recording, possibly even that physical harm or threats to her should ensue," said Bash.

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Trump’s spiritual guru claims prayer ‘statistically proven’ to reduce crime

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Prosperity gospel evangelist Paula White, who has long served as President Donald Trump's spiritual adviser, credits a statistical drop in crime with increased Christian prayer.

Right Wing Watch reports that White earlier this month delivered a sermon in which she said it was "statistically proven" that crime dropped after the September 11th terrorist attacks because Christians started praying more frequently.

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GOP senator blows off new evidence against Trump — days after whining that there was no new evidence

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An explosive report from ABC News on Friday morning detailed an audio recording purportedly of President Donald Trump demanding the firing of Marie Yovanovitch, in which the president instructs his henchmen to "get rid of her" and "take her out."

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), when asked by reporters about this new evidence Friday afternoon, blew it off as not a big deal.

"There will be new evidence every day!" he said in shrugging off the purported recording of the president. "There will be something new that comes out every day!"

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