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Ted Cruz teams up with right-wing extremist who called for the execution of abortion doctors

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is teaming up with an anti-choice activist so toxic that he was banned from Australia.

The Republican presidential candidate launched a “Pro-Lifers for Cruz” coalition Wednesday that includes anti-LGBT activist Tony Perkins and anti-abortion extremist Troy Newman, reported Right Wing Watch.

Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, will chair the group, while Troy Newman of Operation Rescue will serve as one of its 10 co-chairs.

Newman and other Operation Rescue officials coordinated a “sting” last year against Planned Parenthood using deceptively edited undercover videos produced by a front group, Center for Medical Progress.

Two members of that group, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, were indicted this week by a grand jury in Houston, Texas, for tampering with a governmental record after declining to indict Planned Parenthood.

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Newman used the lesser-known Daleiden and his group to obscure Operation Rescue’s involvement in the videos.

But Cruz asked Newman to help steer abortion foes to his campaign, highlighting the anti-choice activist’s co-authorship of the 2000 book, “Their Blood Cries Out,” which calls for the execution of abortion providers.

“The United States government has abrogated its responsibility to properly deal with the blood-guilty,” wrote Newman, along with two other anti-abortion activists, Cheryl Sullenger and Father Frank Pavone. “This responsibility rightly involves executing convicted murderers, including abortionists, for their crimes in order to expunge bloodguilt from the land and people.”

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Newman now says he rejects violence against abortion providers, but his book caused officials in Australia to deny him entry last year to take part in a “save the babies down under” event.

Newman has blamed legal abortion for the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and drought in California.

Perkins has also warned that America will face God’s wrathful judgment for legal abortion and same-sex marriage.

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“It is deeply disturbing that Sen. Ted Cruz referred to Troy Newman as a ‘true inspiration’ in his press release,” said Michael Keegan, president of People for the American Way. “The book by Newman referenced in Cruz’s release, Their Blood Cries Out, specifically calls for the government to execute abortion providers. This isn’t politics as usual — it’s a dangerous attempt to excuse and normalize threats and intimidation aimed at medical professionals. Cruz’s decision to embrace Troy Newman and other extremists is indefensible.”


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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Trump ignored being condemned by Congress and instead praised Republicans on Twitter for defending his racism

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President Donald Trump celebrated on Tuesday night despite the House of Representatives having voted earlier in the day to condemn his racist statements.

By a final vote of 240 to 187, Congress voted for a resolution saying, "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The resolution said Congress “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn’t made. It’s as though his saying something makes it true — even though everyone except his most naive devotees can clearly see that he’s either hallucinating or lying. In June, for example, at a rally launching his reelection campaign, he retrumpeted an old campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” assuring the adoring crowd that “that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.”

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