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CNN panel destroys Trump’s mass arrest threat of millions as a wildly unrealistic Orlando rally stunt

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The panel on CNN’s New Day cast a jaundiced eye at a threat Donald Trump made on Monday night where he threatened mass arrests of millions of immigrant families as part of an ICE operation.

On Twitter, the president wrote: “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people.”

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According to one panelist on CNN, the president’s threat was timed as a political stunt, with the contributor Jackie Kucinich calling it “rally-fodder” before his Orlando campaign kickoff.

CNN contributor Phil Mudd was dismissive of the whole suggestion that millions could be rounded up saying it was not logistically possible.

“You’re telling people that we’re going to arrest millions of people,” the former CIA agent scoffed before adding, “Forget about the logistics of picking them up. Where are you going to house them? What are you going to feed them? You have to provide medical care for them, you have to provide treatment for women who might be giving birth when they’re in some sort of federal holding facility.”

“I think this is about the president saying we’re going to conduct an operation, maybe they pick up a few thousand people — a minor air gap between a few thousand and a few millions, “he continued. “This is about messaging, it’s not actually about a security operation. There’s no way you can pick up that number of people. No way.”

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Beto O’Rourke says religious institutions should lose tax-exempt status if they oppose gay marriage

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The Democratic presidential candidate gave an unequivocal answer Thursday night during a CNN town hall on LGBTQ rights, drawing intense criticism from Republicans and religious groups.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said religious institutions should be stripped of their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage, a position that sparked swift and fierce criticism from social conservatives.

The former El Paso congressman made the comment Thursday night during a CNN town hall on LGBTQ rights. Anchor Don Lemon asked O'Rourke, "Do you think religious institutions — like colleges, churches, charities — should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?"

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From Minnesota to Michigan, Trump aims to turn scandal into reelection fuel

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As impeachment pressure mounted on Donald Trump, the president left Washington for the second day in a row Friday to rally hardcore supporters in a bid to turn the scandal into fuel for his 2020 reelection.

Framing himself as the victim of a plot between "corrupt Democrat politicians" and the "fake news media," Trump galvanized supporters at a rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

In provocative comments to an enthused base Trump insisted his Democratic rivals -- who are leading the investigation against him in the House -- were "pursuing an illegal, unconstitutional, bullshit impeachment."

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After raising $4.5 million in third quarter, O’Rourke says he needs to ‘break through’ now more than ever

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The Democratic presidential candidate improved on his second-quarter haul but remains in the lower third of candidates who've released their latest numbers so far.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke raised $4.5 million in the third quarter, his campaign announced Friday as he acknowledged it was more urgent than ever to "break through" in the still-crowded primary.

The third-quarter total is an improvement over the $3.6 million that the former El Paso congressman took in during the previous quarter, and it came despite a halt to fundraising for roughly two weeks in August after the deadly El Paso shooting. Still, the total puts him behind a majority of primary rivals who have released their third-quarter figures so far, including two leading candidates who each raised around $25 million.

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