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‘The devil is delighted’ to see evangelicals defending Trump and the GOP at all costs: Christian writer

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An evangelical Christian writer finds herself increasingly wary of fellow Christians who see it as their duty to defend President Donald Trump and the Republican Party at all costs.

Writing at AL.com, evangelical Dana Hall McCain says that too many Christian leaders have become infatuated with maintaining power within the federal government, which is corrupting their duty to serve God and Christ above all else.

“When we believe that government — rather than our own submission to Christ and evangelism — is the whole ballgame, or even the most important facet of it, we become vulnerable to all sorts of compromises needed to win and maintain power,” she writes. “Truth is no longer what we pursue at all costs–power is, because we believe we can’t live without it.”

McCain then calls out evangelicals for not being more compassionate on helping out undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, and she believes Christian teaching would mandate trying to find a solution that would let these people stay in the United States without fear of deportation.

She also says that she can’t stay silent when Trump says things that are baldly dishonest, even if she appreciates some of the policy wins that he’s given to evangelical Christians.

“We’ve lost the guts needed to take our own people to the woodshed, because we’ve believed that our primary job is to beat Democrats instead of the Devil,” she writes. “The Devil is delighted by this misunderstanding.”

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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