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Anti-LGBT activist who was ditched for another woman wants $25,000 to promote ‘pastor protection law’

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The head of an evangelical activist group in Texas is asking supporters to donate $25,000 so he can promote a law that has already been passed, Towleroad reported.

“America today is occupied territory,” Texas Values head Jonathan Saenz wrote in a fundraising email. “The enemies of religious freedom occupy every power center from government to academia. Everyone [sic] except its spiritual core.”

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Saenz is seeking the money in order to inform more clergy members about Senate Bill 1065, which was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) this past June. As the Texas Tribune reported at the time, the law allows pastors to opt out of marrying same-sex couples, and will go into effect on Sept. 1.

In his email, Saenz said pastors were “leaders of the resistance” in the state, and warned that the LGBT “occupying army” was out to identify “resistance leaders” and break their spirit. The funds would be used to inform state clergy of their right under the new law.

“This is why your pastor is truly in the cross-hairs [sic],” he wrote. “Armed with not only the recent egregious Supreme Court same-sex ‘marriage’ decision but a host of lower-court rulings and guidelines, the pro-homosexual left is scouring Texas — America’s last stronghold of resistance — seeking ‘weakest link’ communities and churches for a pre-emptive strike.”

Saenz made news last year after it was reported that his wife left him for another woman. He took over Texas Values six months later. He later complained that his ex-wife was allowed under the law to leave him “way too soon.”

He has also accused LGBT activists of wanting to create “concentration camps” to punish bakers who would not want to prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples.

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‘Russia is delighted’: Maddow says the elephant in the room is ‘rearing up and stomping its feet’

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC broke down how all of President Donald Trump's decisions in the Ukraine scandal primarily benefited Russia.

"We are in the middle of this impeachment now and it is still unfolding and there is still more to learn and tomorrow is going to be — tomorrow should be a big deal," Maddow noted. "Even just the news tonight is a big deal."

"But even after one day of public hearings so far, the elephant in the room here feels like it’s rearing up and stomping its feet, because who benefits with all these things Trump has done?" Maddow asked. "With all of them. With all this stuff in the middle of the impeachment, but all the other stuff he’s doing simultaneously."

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Trump begs Louisiana for a ‘big win’ after his last-minute rally in Kentucky backfired

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At his last-ditch rally in Louisiana to help the struggling gubernatorial candidacy of GOP businessman Eddie Rispone, President Donald Trump boasted — incorrectly — that his rally in Kentucky narrowed the gap for Gov. Matt Bevin, who lost the race, by 19 points. He then begged voters to give Rispone a "big win."

"We elected everybody," said Trump. "The governor got brought up, in a few short days, 19 points. I went, we made a speech, the whole ticket was there, everybody won big. Governor's a really good guy. But 19 points is a big thing, and he lost by just a few thousand votes. And the headlines next day, Trump took a loss — I lifted him up a lot. But Trump took a loss. So you gotta give me a big win, please, okay? Okay?"

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Roger Stone’s health in question as prosecutors have him ‘dead to rights’: NBC reporter

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Jurors deciding the fate of longtime Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone did not reach a verdict during their deliberations on Thursday and will reconvene on Friday morning.

But there were fascinating details from the courtroom revealed by NBC News correspondent Ken Dilanian.

"What about Roger Stone, does he look like he’s about to burn here?" MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews asked. "Does he look like he’s going down?"

"He does," Dilanian replied.

"And also, physically, he doesn't look well at this trial. He’s walking around the courthouse kind of unaccompanied, shambling around," he continued. "He doesn't look like a happy warrior, which is usually his persona."

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