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St. Louis couple wins $32.4 million over illegal Bible-thumping robocalls voiced by Mike Huckabee

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The promoters of a Christian film hawked by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) via robocalls have been hit with a $32.4 million judgement by a federal judge.

According to the Riverfront Times, a St Louis judge found in favor of a local couple along with 3.2 million others as part of the suit.

At issue was a robocall in 2012 featuring the voice of the evangelical Huckabee promoting a film called “Last Ounce of Courage,” described as a film about “faith, family and freedom.”

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In his ruling, U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber said that the judgement “reflects the severity of the offense”  under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, but that he could have imposed even more — as much as $1.6 billion.

“The amount of damages prescribed by the statute are so severe and oppressive as to be wholly disproportionate to the offense and obviously unreasonable,”  Webber wrote, while adding that the TCPA is designed to have a “deterrent effect and to account for unquantifiable losses including the invasions of privacy, unwanted interruptions and disruptions at home, and the wasted time spent answering unwanted solicitation calls or unwanted voice messages.”

Webber previously ruled that Gabriel Joseph III, of Virginia, and his affiliated companies had violated the act, but withheld a ruling on damages until this week.

Joseph claimed that it was his understanding that he had consent to call the households in the campaign with his lawyer adding after the ruling that Joseph’s two companies were unlikely to have any money for the judgement since they are going out of business.

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Damage control: Eugene Robinson explains why beating Trump won’t be the next president’s greatest challenge

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Democrats have spent months fighting over the tiniest details of each policy during the handful of Democratic debates and forums. While they may agree on 98 percent of the policies, it's the two percent that campaigns are zeroing-in on. The reality, however, is that few if any of the policies or campaign promises will ever come to fruition. As Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson explained in his latest column, the greatest challenge of any Democratic leader post-Trump will be fixing the things the president broke.

In his Monday column, Robinson demanded to know not just how Democrats plan to actually beat Trump, but how they'll repair the damage he'll leave. He doesn't doubt Democrats can accomplish the goal of kicking the president out of the White House, but the aftermath is another matter.

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‘Fire and fury is upon us’: Columnist explains why attack on Saudi oilfield brings us closer to war

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On Monday, Saudi oil facilities were hit with a drone strike that U.S. intelligence is claiming originated with Iran.

If this is true, it would be one of many instances in recent months of escalation of tension between Iran and U.S.-allied countries. But as Christopher Dickey warned in The Daily Beast, this event could bring America closer to war than it has yet been.

"Ever since Donald Trump became America’s commander in chief and started creating diplomatic crises around the world, the question has loomed: how will he react if he faces a violent challenge that appears to demand a military response?" said Dickey. "Well, that’s happening right now. The attacks on Saudi Arabia early Saturday morning, cutting its oil production in half, have us on the brink of a huge new Middle East conflict, a massive surge in oil prices, and a global recession."

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‘Saudi Arabia pays cash’: Trump admits ‘unlike other presidents’ he’ll be renting out US troops for military action

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President Donald Trump has been banging the drums of war in recent days, pointing the finger at Iran for a massive drone attack on Saudi Arabia oil fields that caused the price of oil worldwide to spike.

But on Sunday, President Trump admitted – even bragged – that U.S military forces are “locked and loaded.”. Trump also made clear he would be more than happy to order a strike on whatever country the Saudis tell him to hit.

That’s not how the U.S. Military has ever been used. They are not soldiers of fortune, they are not mercenary forces.

We, Trump said, “are waiting to hear from the Kingdom [of Saudi Arabia] as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!”

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