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Tennessee Democrat hemorrhaging supporters after coming out in support of Brett Kavanaugh

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Tennessee Senate candidate Gov. Phil Bredesen

Democrats running in red states frequently walk a tight-rope between the need to reassure independents and moderates while appeasing many supportive partisans. Such was the case for Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen, running for U.S. Senate against Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

After coming out in support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, volunteers have been canceling on the campaign, Politico reported.

“I watched it very closely and finally I just came to the conclusion that all things being equal, I did not think that those allegations rose to the level of disqualification from the Supreme Court,” Bredesen said.

“As a woman voter in Tennessee, I felt torpedoed by the statement,” Memphis volunteer Rhonda McDowell told Politico. She’s been volunteering twice a week to help the campaign.

“I was so conflicted about it for a while but the more I think about these candidates who are down the ballot, the more I think I don’t want to cut off my nose to spite my face here,” she said.

The site quoted Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), whose seat Bredesen is running for, saying that the Democrats’ floor speeches and the hearing has hurt the Democrat in the race.

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“I told [Chuck Schumer] I felt the Kavanaugh hearings themselves had been very detrimental to Gov. Bredesen and very positive for Rep. Blackburn. I wasn’t doing it to poke at him,” Corker said. “That was certainly very, very beneficial to Rep. Blackburn because people saw and they said: Do we really want these people in charge?”

Corker is actually a close friend of Bredesen’s, though he endorsed Blackburn.

“If it’s a political decision, that means he’s compromising his values, and if it’s not a political decision, that means he doesn’t share the same values I do,” said Vanderbilt graduate student Wil Morse. “That makes it difficult to keep volunteering and being as supportive as I was.”

President Donald Trump was in Tennessee to campaign for Blackburn last week, but pop-star Taylor Swift posted a significant endorsement for Bredesen on Instagram to her millions of fans. FiveThirtyEight said that Republicans could actually lose the seat in Tennessee if they’re not careful. The race stands at a toss-up.

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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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