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Arizona man who led anti-Muslim rally now angry at Walmart for pulling Confederate merchandise

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The man who led an anti-Muslim rally at a Phoenix mosque in May, only to later launch an ill-fated attempt to raise $10 million online after he claimed his life was in danger, showed up for a pro-Confederate flag rally at a local Walmart.

According to AzCentral, Jon Ritzheimer made an appearance at a noisy protest Sunday in Phoenix to denounce Walmart for pulling Confederate-flag merchandise from its shelves.

Ritzheimer’s rally last May fizzled,but he used the opportunity to sell “F*ck Islam” t-shirts, landing him a spot on CNN with Anderson Cooper who criticized the protest organizer for bringing guns to the mosque.

On Sunday, Ritzheimer joined an apparently confused “patriots” group waving both American and Confederate flags while chanting “U-S-A” at the Walmart location before the store management asked them to move their protest elsewhere.

Counter-demonstrators confronted the group and Ritzheimer got into an altercation with one man, wrestling away an American flag the young man was standing upon after shouting that it was disrespectful to veterans.

Ritzheimer then dusted off the flag and flew it alongside a Confederate flag as cars drove by honking their horns.

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According to police about 100 protesters showed up for the flag display, with one woman — a recent transplant from Georgia — saying she was surprised by what she saw.

“I didn’t know it was a hatred show,” she said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if this happened in Georgia, but I was shocked to see it in Arizona. It’s very sad.”

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QAnon authors in a fight over doing an audiobook — because they think their followers can’t read

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that the authors of a popular book for believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory are in a bitter fight over whether or not to release an audiobook version.

QAnon: An Invitation to The Great Awakening came out last year and peaked near the top of the Amazon bestseller list in March. One of the book's co-authors, Dustin Nemos, is publicly attacking another co-author, who goes by the name of "JoeM," for his "petty and hostile and paranoid" refusal to help produce an audiobook, and notes that it is necessary because a disproportionate number of QAnon believers are elderly, have bad eyesight, and may not be able to read the book as text. JoeM, for his part, has accused Nemos of being a "grifter" who is trying to make a buck off of true believers.

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Missouri governor appoints judge who fundraised for crisis pregnancy center to help decide Planned Parenthood’s license

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On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO) has appointed former Macon County Associate Circuit Judge Philip Prewitt to the Administrative Hearing Commission, a state agency that oversees disputes between the state and organizations seeking licensure.

Prewitt, a former Republican candidate for office, once fundraised on Facebook for Ray of Hope Pregnancy Care Ministeries, a "crisis pregnancy center" that masquerades as a health care facility in order to trick women seeking abortions into listening to anti-abortion propaganda. In 2015, the Missouri Supreme Court reprimanded Prewitt for the post encouraging people to donate, saying that it violated judicial ethics rules.

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Trump being a ‘compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus’ is why he failed on Iran: Conservative columnist

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President Donald Trump's highly-criticized decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has resulted as was warned, with the country reviving its nuclear program, a conservative columnist explained in The Washington Post on Monday.

Conservative Max Boot took a victory lap in the hard-hitting column, reminding that he had signed a March 2016 letter by 121 Republican foreign policy analysts warning about Trump's approach.

"I wish we had been wrong, but we were all too right," Boot wrote.

"Trump has shown no ability to grow in office; but then it’s hard to learn if you all you read is Fox News chyrons. He is today the same compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus he was at the start of the 2016 campaign," Boot said. "Only now, the stakes are much higher."

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