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Evangelicals have gone from being moral crusaders to enablers of the ‘porn star president’: political scientists

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Trump-loving evangelicals have completely changed their views of the importance of a president’s personal morality in the time between Bill Clinton was in the White House and now, two political scientists argue.

Writing in the Washington Post, Notre Dame professors David Campbell and Geoffrey Layman say that evangelicals’ shifting views of personal morality have been shockingly abrupt and they coincide with Trump’s political rise from a reality TV star to the presidency.

“In 2011, a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the Religion News Service found that 60 percent of white evangelicals believed that a public official who ‘commits an immoral act in their personal life’ cannot still ‘behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life,'” they write. “But in an October 2016 poll by PRRI and the Brookings Institution… only 20 percent of evangelicals, answering the same question, said that private immorality meant someone could not behave ethically in public.”

While there have been shifts among other religious groups over that period, they write, none of them has been as sharp as the shift among white evangelicals — which explains why they aren’t phased when Democratic candidates such as Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg call Trump the “porn star president.”

“In short, party loyalty is the driving force here,” they write. “White evangelicals as a group are less concerned about private immorality when Trump is involved than when Clinton is involved because they are overwhelmingly Republican.”

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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