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Former altar boy Charles Pierce delivers epic televised lecture of Speaker Ryan for firing Congressional chaplain

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Former altar boy and Esquire writer-at-large Charles Pierce slammed Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for politicizing the office of Congressional chaplain during a Friday appearance on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”

“Democrats and Republicans in the house are outraged after Paul Ryan’s unexplained dismissal of the chaplain about the House, 148 members today sent a letter about the forced resignation of Patrick J. Conroy, the first ousting the House chaplain in congressional history,” Hayes noted. “Ryan’s office won’t say on the record why Conroy was effectively fired.”

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“I just don’t think there’s anything more Paul Ryan can screw up in this job,” Pierce argued. “Firing the chaplain?”

“You know, it should be a nonpartisan position, that does seem like a pretty clear like needling and if you think that the House chaplain is using his position to kind of like subtly, you know, orate against your legislative priorities, like, I can understand being angered by that,” Hayes suggested.

“You asking me this question?” Pierce wondered. “I think it’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard.”

“The guy is a priest, he’s there to pray,” he continued. “He’s drawing his prayer, as near as I can tell, strictly from the gospels.”

“You know, there’s an old saying among we former altar boys, ‘if a sermon is uncomfortable, figure out why it makes you uncomfortable’ — don’t blame the person delivering the sermon,” he concluded.

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“I mean, this sounds like the Republicans want to have a primary for the next chaplain,” Pierce observed. “It really does.”

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Joe Shapiro’s wife disputes Mary Trump’s claim her husband took SATs for Trump

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Mary Trump's upcoming tell-all book alleges that President Donald Trump's sister did his homework and friend and fellow University of Pennsylvania graduate, Joe Shapiro, took his SATs for him.

ABC News reported Wednesday that Pam Shriver, Shapiro's widow, said that he would never have done something like that.

"He always did the right thing, and that's why this hurts," said Shriver.

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Kayleigh McEnany says she has no ‘data’ on whether Tulsa rally increased COVID — but city official says it likely did

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At Wednesday's White House briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was confronted with the fact that President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma led to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. Her reply was to plead ignorance: "I have no data to indicate that."

However, according to a health official in Tulsa, the pattern of cases indicates it is "likely" that it did just that.

"President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests 'likely contributed' to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday," reported Sean Murphy for the Associated Press. "Tulsa County reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day record high, and another 206 cases on Tuesday. By comparison, during the week before the June 20 Trump rally, there were 76 cases on Monday and 96 on Tuesday."

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New Hampshire Republican officials aren’t interested in attending Trump’s upcoming rally

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President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that was supposed to be massive, but one of the main problems that came up for the team is that thousands and thousands of people signed up for tickets, who never attended. This time, they think they've figured it out, said the New York Times.

"Campaign officials believe they will be able to prevent the kind of ticket prank that helped turn Mr. Trump's rally last month," the report said, noting that the crowd was a "far smaller event than expected — but they still can't say for sure."

"Registering for a rally means you've RSVPed with a cellphone number, and we constantly weed out bogus numbers," campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh said. "These phony ticket requests never factor into our thinking. What makes this lame attempt at hacking our events even more foolish is the fact that every rally is general admission — entry is on a first-come-first-served basis, and prior registration is not required."

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