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White missionary couple: We’re so pro-life we adopted black embryos

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A white evangelical couple revealed on Friday that they are the parents of black triplets, who they adopted as embryos, and were born this past Sunday.

“There is something beautiful and enriching being the only white face sitting and chatting with some of my African-American friends as my son gets his hair cut on a Saturday morning,” Aaron Halbert said in an op-ed published by the Washington Post. “There is also something wonderful in the relationship that is built as my wife asks a black friend on Facebook how to care for our little biracial daughter’s hair.”

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Halbert explained that he and his wife Rachel Halbert were already raising other children — a three-year-old black boy and a two-year-old biracial girl, both adopted as infants — when another couple convinced them to try adopting embryos that were created through in-vitro fertilization. The embryos had been harvested by a Christian facility, the National Embryo Donation Center, which stockpiles excess embryos from such procedures.

“We live in a world with hundreds of thousands of embryos frozen in the United States alone. Most who aren’t selected by their biological parents are donated to science or destroyed or kept frozen,” he wrote. “If Christians — or others — really believe life begins at conception, it follows that we should respond by being willing to support embryo adoption and even take part in it ourselves.”

After implanting two embryos last fall, he wrote, they were informed at a hospital in Honduras — where they are working as missionaries — that one of the embryos split off, giving the couple triplets instead of twins.

Halpert said that though he and his wife both believe strongly in adoption as a part of their faith, they wanted to adopt non-white children after observing that it was harder for them to find homes in the US. He argued that “if the Lord wanted us” to have a white child, it would happen through traditional conception.

However, he said, neither he nor his wife are people who “think race doesn’t exist, or [don’t] see it, particularly in Mississippi, where they grew up.

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“There will always be the older white woman in Walmart who stared at us with sheer disgust, or the African-American mother who looked at us and just shook her head,” he wrote. “However, there was also the young black girl who wept when we told her this little boy with her skin color was our son, and the older white doctor who lovingly prayed over him and held him so tenderly.”


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#GOPCoverup trends on Twitter as Senate Republicans are blasted for ‘sham’ impeachment trial

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Senate Republicans were blasted for repeatedly voting against documents and witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

Multiple vulnerable Senate Republicans will face voters in 2020, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) himself, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

The hashtag #GOPCoverup trended nationally on Twitter on Tuesday, here's some of what people were saying:

Every single @GOP senator who is complicit with the #GOPCoverup in this #ImpeachmentTrial needs to be voted out of public office. @realDonaldTrump is not above the law.

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Businessman who challenged AOC to debate him on union law agrees to settle with Labor Board for violations

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Last August, Dave Portnoy, the founder of the blog Barstool Sports, got into an internet feud with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) after she pointed out to him that his online threats to fire "on the spot" any employee who speaks with a union organizer were against federal labor law.

Hey @aoc welcome to thunder dome. Debate me. https://t.co/XEmEvt12N4

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Did vulnerable Republican senators just agree to take the fall for Trump in 2020?

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A slate of vulnerable Republican senators voted against witnesses being heard in the impeachment trial when they were given the opportunity Tuesday.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) filed an amendment to the rules outlined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and when Republicans were given an opportunity to vote in support of allowing witnesses, all 53 voted against it.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who is among the endangered Republicans up for reelection in 2020, tried to hedge her bets, saying that she was "likely" to support witnesses in the future, but she made no promises. It further poses the question, if Collins is "likely" to support witnesses tomorrow, Thursday, or next week, why isn't she willing to do it today?

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