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Sarah Palin has a ‘crush’ on far-right French politician Marion Marechal-Le Pen

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Sarah Palin (left) admits she was seduced by Marechal-Le Pen's "devout Catholic" faith and anti-abortion positions (AFP)

Sarah Palin has confessed to having a “political crush” on far right French politician Marion Marechal-Le Pen, whom she likened to Joan of Arc.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate heaped praise on the young National Front deputy Sunday as her anti-immigrant party went down in defeat in the second round of regional elections in France, after dominating in the first round.

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“I have a political crush, but one I couldn’t vote for today ?- because she ran for office in France,” Palin wrote in the conservative Breitbart news website.

Marechal-LePen is a granddaughter of NF founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, and latest generation of the political family to make its mark on France.

She became the youngest lawmaker in modern French history in 2012 when she was elected to the National Assembly at age 22.

“As Marion faces the political battles ahead, I wouldn’t be surprised if she says a prayer to France’s Patron Saint, for Marion is a reminder of her – Joan of Arc,” Palin wrote.

The former Alaska governor, a darling of the ultra-conservative Tea Party branch of the Republicans, said she was seduced by Marechal-Le Pen’s “non-establishment” rhetoric, as well as by her “devout Catholic” faith and anti-abortion positions.

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“When Marion Marechal-Le Pen speaks of France’s 16 centuries of Judeo-Christian history and heritage, her rhetoric isn’t about ‘hate’ or xenophobia. It’s about love – that deep love of country we call patriotism,” Palin said.

Palin, who was John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 US presidential election, compared the National Front’s rise in France to the success of Republican candidates like Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, also known for their far right positions.

“Call it the rise of the populists,” she said.

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Racist goes berserk when Muslim asks him to keep aggressive dog on a leash

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A Pennsylvania man attacked his Muslim neighbor in a dispute over his aggressive dog.

Farrukh Abbas said he was walking through his apartment complex Sept. 7 in Upper Merion Township when a neighbor's dog ran up to him barking and growling, and he asked the owner to put the animal on a leash after it tried to attack him twice, reported WPVI-TV.

That's when the man, identified later as William Butler, started swearing at Abbas and telling him to go back to his country.

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A Republican witness gets humiliated when the author of a study he cited refutes him

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During a hearing on Thursday, September 17, Bharat Ramamurti of the Congressional Oversight Commission questioned Republican Chris Edwards on the benefits of federal aid to states. Edwards, during the hearing, questioned the benefits of that type of aid. But Ramamurti skillfully used a study that Edwards cited to make a case in favor of federal aid to states — not against it.

Ramamurti, a Democrat who was appointed to the Congressional Oversight Commission by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier this year, noted that Edwards has claimed that a 2019 study by economics professor Valerie Rainey of the University of California shows that a dollar of federal aid to states results in less than a dollar of economic growth. And Edwards responded that yes, Rainey’s study did show that.

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