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John Bolton leveled for running to Axios to bash Trump — but refusing to testify in impeachment trial

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Appearing on CNN on Christmas morning to discuss the coming impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, former prosecutor Elie Honig said it was time for former national security adviser John Bolton to finally come for forward and tell what he knows about the president.

Noting that the Bolton sat down with Axios to discuss the president’s dealings with North Korea, Honig says he needs to do more.

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Speaking with “New Day” fill-in host Alison Kosick, Honig was asked about what Bolton has to offer.

“Former national security adviser John Bolton sat down with Axios earlier this week bashing the stance on North Korea,” Kosick began. “What do you think? What message does this send?”

“It certainly tells us that John Bolton is not toeing the party line here,” Honig replied. “Obviously he’s left the administration, but Bolton is the most important potential witness out there. We know from the witness testimony from one of the witnesses who testified in the House, Tim Morrison, that John Bolton had a one-on-one conversation with Donald Trump trying to convince Trump to release the [Ukraine] aid.”

“We don’t know exactly what was said and what happened during that meeting.” he continued. “John Bolton knows. We know when Bolton came out, he said — he meaning trump — he’s not ready yet. That’s a crucial conversation. Really there’s only two people who can tell us what happened there: Donald Trump, who I would not count on ever testifying and John Bolton.”

“Bolton needs to get serious here,” he added. “Enough with the book deals, enough with the Twitter. If he has something to say and he clearly does, let’s get him under oath and hear what he has to say, for better or worse for Republicans, for Democrats, whoever it may help or hurt — let’s get some truth here.”

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‘Empty the Pews’ chronicles the ‘nurtured insanity’ of a fundamentalist upbringing

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There is a great exodus taking place in Christian circles. Can it be called a loss of faith? I don’t think so. It is rather a loss of confidence in everything at once. Christianity has always been about “the Word,” but these days, words don’t seem to matter. They’ve lost their power to describe and convince in the face of horrible deeds, from climate-change denial to the persecution of trans people to the wholesale abandonment of Christ’s teachings in favor of abusive meanness. The hard-right white evangelical voter gave us Trump. The church sat silent as industrial oligarchs ruined the earth.

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‘Impeach him again!’ Assange sets off bombshells with Trump pardon claim

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claims President Donald Trump dangled a pardon through a Republican lawmaker if he agreed to cover up Russia's involvement in 2016 election hacking.

Assange's lawyer Edward Fitzgerald told a London court Wednesday that former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher had passed along the offer in exchange for testimony that Russia had nothing to do with DNC leaks -- and the allegation shocked legal experts and other social media users.

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Religious leaders need ‘Empty the Pews’ — which chronicles the darker side of the ‘Nones’ phenomenon

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Empty the PewsEdited by Lauren O’Neal and Chrissy StroopEpiphany Publishing (November, 2019)

In 2020, the rise of the so-called religious “Nones”—those who claim no religious affiliation—has evolved from a story of interest to a small niche of readers into an entire genre on the religion beat. While the term None has some usefulness as a blanket descriptor, we are beginning to understand that most individual stories about religious disaffiliation are far more complicated than just checking “none of the above” on a survey. Stories about the decline in Gen Z, Millennial and Gen X believers are a regular feature in secular news—Religion News Service even publishes an entire column dedicated to statistical data on Nones, compiled by the sociologist Ryan Burge—and a growing number of books exploring the narrative stories of Nones have appeared in recent years, including a book of my own.

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