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Fox host: Georgia’s plan for school-sanctioned prayer ‘drags us back to the era of sanity’

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Fox Business host Stuart Varney praised Georgia lawmakers on Tuesday for bringing the state “back to the era of sanity” with a plan to legalize school-approved prayer.

Georgia House Bill 816 — which is known as the Georgia Student Religious Liberties Act of 2016 — aims to permit “religious activities or religious expression before, during, and after the school day.”

Although civil libertarians have warned that the Supreme Court would likely strike down the measure if it becomes law, demonstrators rallied outside the state Capitol on Monday urging lawmakers to pass the bill.

“(In) 1962 the Supreme Court made this ruling and, what we’ve noticed since the Supreme Court ruling, there has been an increase in violence, murder, teen pregnancy, divorce rate,” Legislative Clergy Council spokesperson Sabrina McKenzie said. “If you don’t think prayer is the answer, then what is the answer?”

Varney lamented to judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano on the Tuesday edition of his Fox Business show that the Supreme Court would find the bill “profoundly unconstitutional.”

“The Supreme Court has ruled so consistently,” Napolitano agreed. “We’re talking about young people, people 17 years of age and younger. Some could be 18. And the Supreme Court has said, ‘When you force them to make a choice, religion or non-religion, listening and paying attention to the prayer or not listening and paying attention to the prayer — the forcing of them to make a choice is what touches the conscience of young people. And government may not do that.”

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“What we’ve done in America is we’ve gone too far in the other direction,” Varney complained. “I have no problem whatsoever with a group of kids who want to hold Bible study on school property after school.”

“The law is very, very clear,” Napolitano pointed out. “The use of public assets for an openly, notoriously religious purpose is not permitted by the First Amendment.”

“Suppose the Georgia law, which is probably going to be struck down, but maybe it drags us back to the era of sanity where you can mention Jesus in your classroom,” Varney opined.

“You can mention that in a literary or artistic or historical way,” Napolitano noted.

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“A religious sense!” Varney shot back. “Come on!”

“The Supreme Court has said not on government property,” Napolitano concluded. “And quite frankly, these people in Georgia should know that.”

Watch the video below from Fox Business, broadcast Feb. 9, 2016.

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Lawrence O’Donnell aired hard-hitting expose on Trump, Jr — and the president tweets ‘presidential harassment’

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MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday broadcast a hard-hitting segment on Donald Trump, Jr. for defending his father against claims of rape -- despite the fact his own mom made similar allegations.

The host attempted to understand why Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Trump, Jr. are so obedient to Trump when they both used to despise him.

O'Donnell noted a tweet by Trump, Jr. on the latest allegations against his father.

https://twitter.com/DonaldJTrumpJr/status/1143330206498852867

Moments after the segment ended, the president tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1143709133234954241

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Robert Mueller subpoena isn’t a ‘friendly’ one: Intelligence Committee Chair tells Maddow

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Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined with Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in subpoenaing former special counsel Robert Mueller. But according to Schiff, this wasn't exactly an agreement the committees came to with Mueller or the special counsel's investigators.

"We consistently communicated our committees' intentions to issue these subpoenas if necessary and we now understand it is necessary to do so. Should we see this as a friendly subpoena that Robert Mueller believed had to be issued before he could accept an invitation to testify?" asked MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

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Mueller agrees to testify in public about Russia investigation after House Democrats issue subpoena: report

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On Tuesday evening, CNN reported that former special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify in public about the Russia investigation, following subpoenas from House Democrats.

"The House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee announced ... the special counsel has agreed to appear in public on July 17th in an open session to testify about what he found as a part of his two-year investigation into Russian interference, as well as potential obstruction of justice in the White House," said CNN reported Manu Raju. "Now, they say in this letter, both the chairmen of these committees, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, that they have subpoenaed Bob Mueller and he's agreed to testify under subpoena."

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