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Hispanic Congressman moved to tears in Puerto Rico: ‘You’re costing lives, Mr. President’

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) may not represent Puerto Rico, but his visit to the island territory after Hurricane Maria caused him to break out into tears on live TV all the same.

When asked by host Jim Scuitto how things were on the ground in PR, Gutierrez, who has family living on the island, paused before diving into what he saw.

“They’re handing out maybe a bottle of water and one meal to a family of five or six,” he explained, “and that was after eight days. Some towns, not even that.”

Referencing the president’s claim that his administration has done a “great job” responding to the Puerto Rican crisis, Gutierrez was unequivocal in his condemnation.

“I think it isn’t a good job,” he said, “It’s a disgraceful job. The United States of America is the most powerful, wealthiest country in the world, and this is not a response that’s demonstrative of our power and wealth.

“I’m tired of the president always talking about how much it’s going to cost,” he continued. “It’s costing lives, Mr. President -of children, and the elderly and the infirm.”

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Watch his emotional description of the devastation in Puerto Rico below, via CNN.


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Lock him up? Democrats are pushing prosecution for Trump — but those calls alarm some law enforcement vets

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President Donald Trump -- whose rallies are still punctuated with "lock her up" chants" -- may face turnabout from his Democratic rivals.

Some Democratic candidates are openly threatening Trump with prosecution once he's out of office, and those taunts are alarming to some law enforcement veterans, reported Politico.

“Presidents aren’t supposed to suggest there be investigations or prosecutions of particular people, let alone their political rivals,” said Matt Axelrod, a former Justice Department senior official under Obama. “President Trump has flagrantly and repeatedly violated that norm, but that doesn’t mean the norm has been obliterated.”

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WATCH: Alabama GOP official berates reporter about Sodom and Gomorrah after she questions his anti-LGBT rant

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Republican Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson defiantly told a reporter from a local news station to read the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah when she came to ask him about his recent anti-LGBT rant that he posted on Facebook.

The controversy surrounding Benson started when he reacted angrily to a story about a bakery getting sued for refusing to serve an LGBT wedding.

"Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy," Benson wrote on Facebook in response to the story.

Local news station NBC 15 sent out reporter Andrea Ramey to question him about his remarks, and he tried to insist that she read Chapter 19 of Genesis, which details the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah over their tolerance of homosexuality.

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Charitable giving drops after GOP tax ‘cut’: report

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that charitable giving dropped 1.7 percent last year, adjusted for inflation, even as the economy surged.

The likely culprit? The GOP tax law, according to a report from Giving USA.

Although corporate donations rose 2.9 percent and foundation gifts rose 4.7 percent in the previous year, charitable donations from individuals — which is where the bulk of actual charity takes place — dropped 3.4 percent, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis.

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