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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.

The GOP tax law significantly changed how the standard deduction works, making it much harder for middle-class families to take advantage of itemized deductions — something that even before the tax law, were disproportionately taken out by the top 1 percent of earners.

Even Republicans acknowledged the tax law was likely to prevent some households from using charitable deductions, but suggested that the economic boost from the tax law was likely to boost charitable giving overall. This was not the case, and new reports indicate the changes have had way less impact on economic growth than the GOP promised.

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Things are not looking good for Republican Senator Susan Collins’ reelection

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Things are not looking good for Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who is up for reelection in 2020.

Collins has made a series of votes that are far more conservative than the people in her home state. Collins is one of very few Republicans willing to say that she is pro-choice. Planned Parenthood eve awarded her with an ally award.

When she met with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, however, she said that he believed Roe v. Wade was the law of the land, making her believe that he would never act to undermine it. Then Kavanaugh ruled to allow such strict abortion laws in Louisiana that it would leave just one clinic left for the entire state.

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Pastor claims he was sucking demons out of sexually assaulted men

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Multiple victims have come forward to accuse a New Jersey pastor of sexually assaulting them as part of exorcism rituals.

"Three men have come forward claiming Rev. Dr. William Weaver performed sex acts on them when they came to him for private counseling at Linden Presbyterian Church," Newsweek reported Thursday. "Weaver, 69, would allegedly tell the men that he needed to 'suck' out demons through their semen, citing Native American rituals and a verse from Ephesians telling Christians to 'put on the full armor of God.'"

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Fox News’ Napolitano joins chorus of people telling Trump his attacks are ‘xenophobic, racist and hateful’

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Fox News Judge Andrew Napolitano is one of the few conservatives on the network willing to stand up to President Donald Trump for telling four Congresswomen of color to "go back" to where they came from.

Trump's campaign and advisors have tried to say that Trump was really just saying "love it or leave it," as in love America or leave America. That talking point got dashed again when Trump's rally crowd chanted "send her back" about Somali immigrant Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). But Napolitano didn't buy it.

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