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Paul Ryan’s pro-Trump challenger: It’s time to consider deporting every Muslim — including citizens

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Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan is up for reelection and his campaign to retake his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has become an unexpected battle ground in what NBC News called a proxy war between the Republican party establishment and its presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

The controversy has highlighted Ryan’s opponent, Paul Nehlen, a businessman now tangling with the current Speaker of the House. Nehlen is a Trump supporter who parrots many of Trump’s views, including a ban on Muslims in the U.S. — a position Ryan has shunned.

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It’s also highlighted an unusually bitter aspect of the rivalry. Ryan has endorsed Trump, but Trump has refused to endorse Ryan.

This week, Nehlen was interviewed by Chicago’s Morning Answer where he criticized Ryan, saying he is helping Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Nehlen advanced Trump’s call for barring Muslims from entering the country with discussion of deporting U.S. citizens who are Muslim.

Nehlen told hosts Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson that he believes Sharia law is in opposition to the U.S. Constitution and that any Muslim who wishes to abide by it should be forced out of the country, regardless of citizenship.

“So are you suggesting we deport all of the Muslims in this country?” Proft asked.

“I’m suggesting we have a discussion about it, that’s for sure,” Nehlen answered. “Here’s what we should be doing. We should be monitoring every mosque. We should be monitoring all social media.”

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Proft then pointed out it was unconstitutional to punish people for “thought crimes.” He then challenged Nehlen as to whether he wanted the central government to hold the power to prosecute people who have done nothing wrong but hold certain beliefs.

Nehlen admitted that he didn’t want that, and that “I don’t know the answer to this, I struggle with it, I really do. I’m a Christian.”

Listen to the entire interview, as posted to YouTube, here:

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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