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Cable network announces ‘live exorcism’ from house that inspired classic Linda Blair film

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Somewhere between science and superstition, the Destination America cable network is promoting what it calls a live exorcism to be aired on Oct. 30, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The network announced the program on Thursday, saying it would emanate from the St. Louis home that was the inspiration behind the William Peter Blatty novel The Exorcist, which genuinely disturbed audiences when it was released in 1973.

“By actually exorcising this iconic house live, Destination America will do what it does best — bringing never before seen experiences to television,” the network’s general manager Marc Etkind said following the announcement at the Television Critics Association’s summer press event.

The “exorcism” will be conducted by the “Tennessee Wrath Chasers,” the paranormal investigative team featured on one of the network’s regular programs, Ghost Asylum. They will be joined by New York-based psychic Chip Coffey, and the network said it is trying to recruit a Catholic priest to take part in the event.

Destination America also reportedly plans to interact with viewers online during the broadcast by posting live feeds from throughout the house, in which a boy later identified as “Roland Doe” was reportedly the subject of exorcisms by Roman Catholic Church priests. The purpose of the October event is to see whether there are “lingering spirits” on the property.

As the pop-culture site Nerdist reported earlier this year, the film, considered a horror classic, confounded moviegoers upon its initial release.

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“When the movie hit theaters, audiences were just not prepared for this movie,” Eric Diaz wrote. “Many people walked out of the theater, absolutely terrified, and some even fainted because what they were witnessing.”

According to Tribune Media, the network reaches just over 57 million homes in the US.

Watch footage from some of the early showings of the film, as posted online, below.

[Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the property was currently vacant.]

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The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report

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President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.

A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.

“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."

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Israel’s Netanyahu just christened a building named after Trump — that doesn’t even exist

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent his Father’s Day dedicating a new Trump Tower-type building that hasn't been built in a town that doesn't exist.

Standing in front of a large sign saying "Trump Heights," Netanyahu, who is being forced back into another election, announced the building before planning even began, Axios reported.

A great day on the Golan. PM Netanyahu and I had the honor to dedicate “Trump Heights” — first time Israel has dedicated a village in honor of a sitting president since Harry Truman (1949). Happy Birthday Mr. President!! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/fdYWzokFLK

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This graphic explains why Speaker Pelosi is resistant to impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has told her caucus that they can do investigations into the president without impeachment. The difference, however, is that there are fewer legal benefits available to Congress in their oversight role than in impeachment.

Theoretically, it should enable Democrats to do the research they need, but the White House is taking the bold step to defy the oversight the Constitution outlines. The only option open to the Democrats has been to go to court with their case outlining how the White House is breaking the law. Thus far, they've won two lawsuits about their investigations, and they will likely gain more.

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