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REVEALED: Pope Benedict busted up ‘powerful’ gay lobby at the Vatican

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Pope Benedict XVI, who retired in 2013, has admitted that he once busted up what he called a “powerful” gay lobby within the Vatican in a memoir to be published on September 9, reports The Huffington Post.

The ex-pope, who lives in seclusion at a convent inside Vatican City, is one of few popes to step down from what, for most, is a lifetime position within the Catholic Church.

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The now 89-year-old pontiff was replaced by the much more liberal Pope Francis who has done more to embrace the LGBT community, recently saying the church should apologize for its past policies towards gays, saying: “Who am I to judge?”

According to HuffPo, German journalist Peter Seewald worked with Benedict to compile the memoir called, “The Last Conversations,” in which he covers his years at the Vatican.

In an excerpt published in Italian national daily Corriere Della Sera, Benedict confirms that there was a powerful “gay lobby” of four to five key people within the Vatican who attempted to influence key decisions made by the church with regards to the gay community.

Upon taking over for Benedict in 2013, current Pope Francis also acknowledged the existence of a pro-gay faction within the church, stating, “In the Curia. There are holy people. But there is also a stream of corruption. The ‘gay lobby’ is mentioned, and it is true, it is there. We need to see what we can do.”

Benedict resigned under a cloud, with many speculating he was forced out by a church that needed new blood. According to the ex-pontiff, he resigned for health reasons, stating he was “exhausted” while admitting that he had poor management skills due to a lack of a “resoluteness in governing.”

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If Democrats fight right-wing ‘fake news’ fire with fire, we all lose

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Democrats are increasingly worried about losing the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump. The party is in seeming disarray from the botched Iowa caucuses and the failure of an "electable" frontrunner to emerge early in the primary season. Trump's fundraising and digital operations are humming, buoyed in part by his acquittal at the Senate trial which refused to remove him from office for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 elections and obstructing the House's investigation of it.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Soledad O’Brien shames 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team for photo-op with Trump while wearing MAGA hats

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In an early Sunday morning tweet, award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien expressed her dismay with members of the 1980 Gold Medal-winning Olympic hockey team for celebrating their historic win over the then-Soviet Union -- dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" -- with Donald Trump while wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.

According to O'Brien, seeing them hand Trump a photo-op filled her with "disappointment."

Taking to Twitter, she wrote, " Ugh.... so disappointed by the @1980MiracleTeam . I loved watching that game as a kid with my dad. Loved watching the movie with my kids. To see them on a stage, in maga hats—kinda crushing I have to say."

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‘Nice deflection, Mr President’: Adam Schiff busts Trump for trying to blame him for his leaky administration

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) took a shot at President Donald Trump on Sunday morning after the president tried to blame him for the leak describing a classified meeting lawmakers had with an intelligence official who warned the bipartisan group that the Kremlin is trying to help the president get re-elected.

As the president prepared to leave the White House for India, he told reporters that Schiff was to blame for the leaked meeting story, with the president insisting he personally had not been briefed on the report explosive report.

Responding to a 'Meet the Press" clip of the president making his accusation, Schiff tweeted back: "Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one. You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020. Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it. You’ve betrayed America. Again."

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