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Lewis Black backs Bernie Sanders — and says Donald Trump’s candidacy is ‘already a punchline’

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While his long-standing alienation from presidential politics continues, comedian Lewis Black said, things have gotten to the point where he doesn’t have to “write funny” about the latest batch of conservative candidates.

“They’re going give me the stuff. They’re gonna hand it to me,” Black told the Daily Beast. “‘Donald Trump is running for president.’ That’s already a punchline. That’s the joke! The joke’s done!”

At the same time, the self-identified Socialist said he could get behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, even though it was “a little upsetting” to him that Sanders, an independent, is campaigning for the Democratic Party nomination.

“I wish he’d just say, ‘F*ck em,'” Black said of Sanders. “But that’s the way of the world.”

Black also scoffed at what he called a fear of Socialism engulfing US politics, calling the idea “a form of dementia.”

“We have no party,” he said. “There’s like seven of us.” I’ve got no meetings to go to. So I’m excited. I’m mostly excited that [Sanders is] just stating stuff that needs to be reiterated that the [Democrats], basically, don’t reiterate. And it’s in terms of financial inequality.”

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Black told the Daily Beast that he wished the US would just “extract” itself from Iraq, while also mocking GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham’s recent statement that, if elected president, he would fire military leaders who didn’t back his plan to send 10,000 more troops into the country.

“As scared as I am of ISIS, I’m as scared of the people who think they know what to do,” the longtime Daily Show contributor said. “Lindsey Graham, the Joint Chiefs — I don’t think they know what to do anymore. Lindsey Graham, we’re gonna go over there? What? What are you gonna do, Lindsey?”

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Lock him up? Democrats are pushing prosecution for Trump — but those calls alarm some law enforcement vets

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President Donald Trump -- whose rallies are still punctuated with "lock her up" chants" -- may face turnabout from his Democratic rivals.

Some Democratic candidates are openly threatening Trump with prosecution once he's out of office, and those taunts are alarming to some law enforcement veterans, reported Politico.

“Presidents aren’t supposed to suggest there be investigations or prosecutions of particular people, let alone their political rivals,” said Matt Axelrod, a former Justice Department senior official under Obama. “President Trump has flagrantly and repeatedly violated that norm, but that doesn’t mean the norm has been obliterated.”

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WATCH: Alabama GOP official berates reporter about Sodom and Gomorrah after she questions his anti-LGBT rant

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Republican Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson defiantly told a reporter from a local news station to read the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah when she came to ask him about his recent anti-LGBT rant that he posted on Facebook.

The controversy surrounding Benson started when he reacted angrily to a story about a bakery getting sued for refusing to serve an LGBT wedding.

"Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy," Benson wrote on Facebook in response to the story.

Local news station NBC 15 sent out reporter Andrea Ramey to question him about his remarks, and he tried to insist that she read Chapter 19 of Genesis, which details the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah over their tolerance of homosexuality.

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Charitable giving drops after GOP tax ‘cut’: report

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that charitable giving dropped 1.7 percent last year, adjusted for inflation, even as the economy surged.

The likely culprit? The GOP tax law, according to a report from Giving USA.

Although corporate donations rose 2.9 percent and foundation gifts rose 4.7 percent in the previous year, charitable donations from individuals — which is where the bulk of actual charity takes place — dropped 3.4 percent, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis.

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