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Unregulated religious daycares get millions in tax funds — despite evidence that children have died under their watch

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Religious daycares across the country take million in government subsidies — and due to a “God Loophole” based in complaints regarding the separation of church and state, they’re often exempt from typical regulation and even licensing that keeps the children that attend them safe.

As flagged by David McAfee at Patheos’ “The Friendly Atheist,” a recent investigation by The Virginian-Pilot found that in Virginia alone, religious daycares received at least $6.8 million through the state’s Child Care Subsidy Program.

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“Licensed day cares have to undergo frequent inspections, background checks and staff training, much of which religious day cares can avoid,” the Virginian-Pilot report reads. “Centers that take subsidies have to comply with some, but not all, of those rules.”

As McAfee notes, however, the issue is far from contained to Virginia — and the dangers of such unregulated centers were exposed more than 18 months ago in an April 2016 exposé by Reveal News.

Reveal found that six states are the “most hands-off” culprits that take advantage of the loophole: “Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia offer religious day cares the most leeway.”

In many cases uncovered by Reveal, daycares were understaffed and did not comply with typical state regulations requiring specific rations of children to workers, causing single workers to be forced to take care of up to 16 children themselves. This neglect comes with many results — children left in dirty diapers so long “their bottoms became blistered and bloodied,” soaking in their own vomit and wandering off onto highways. In a Missouri case from 2013, workers laughed about drugging kids with Benadryl to get them to fall asleep.

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In one particularly egregious instance in Indiana, one-year-old Carlos Cardenas drowned in a baptismal font in 2012 after workers at Indianapolis’ Praise Fellowship Assembly of God lost him. Though typical regulation requires childcare workers to be “within sight and sound” of the children under their watch, Praise Fellowship was “absolved from most of the rules designed to keep kids safe” because it was attached to a church.

Carlos’ father Juan intended to take the boy out of the daycare after he picked him up in full darkness, and when he questioned the peculiar lack of light, an employee responded “Do you want to pay for the lights?” Inspection of licensing records revealed the daycare received over $143,00 in subsidies from 2010 to 2012. In the aftermath of Carlos’ death, courts determined that the church’s “lack of a supervision policy” resulted in his death, and no individual was held criminally responsible.

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Trump Organization boasts about India towers just days after Eric Trump says family doesn’t do international business

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The Trump Organization undermined Eric Trump's lie about the president's family ending its international business dealings.

President Donald Trump's second son falsely claimed last week to Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he and his siblings "got out of all international business" after their father took office.

"The difference between us and Hunter (Biden) is, when my father became commander in chief of this country, we got out of all international business," Eric Trump said.

However, the Trump Organization run by Eric Trump and his older brother Donald Trump Jr. sent out a tweet Monday morning promoting the Trump Towers in Pune, India.

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Trump wants to ‘wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds’: US official tells NBC News

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A source reportedly told NBC News on Monday that President Donald Trump wants to "wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds."

NBC correspondent Richard Engel reported the remarks on Monday morning.

"US officials tell me Trump wants to wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds," Engel wrote on Twitter. "The US mil/gov gave Kurds REPEATED assurances of protection. US even asked Kurds to REMOVE defenses BEFORE the Turkish offensive. Kurds complied and now being displaced. WH says not our problem."

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US officials tell me Trump wants to wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds. The US mil/gov gave Kurds REPEATED assurances of protection. US even asked Kurds to REMOVE defenses BEFORE the Turkish offensive. Kurds complied and now being displaced. WH says not our problem.

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Steve Schmidt: Trump’s ‘corruption’ is dragging America into ‘banana republic territory’

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On Monday's edition of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," former George W. Bush and John McCain adviser Steve Schmidt laid into President Donald Trump's "corruption," warning that it is undermining the foundations of the rule of law.

"The corruption is just unbelievable," said Schmidt, who recently left the Republican Party to become an independent. "And if you look back to the Republican convention, Joe, when we talked about it at the time, the chants of lock them up — what I said about it at the time was it was banana republicanism."

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