Indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas made it abundantly clear he was in contact with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), one of President Donald Trump’s point men in Congress for fighting the impeachment investigation. Nunes, who initially denied any contact with Parnas, has recently suggested they did talk but that he “didn’t know his name,” went back and checked the record later, and still vehemently denies they discussed removed Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
On Thursday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” national security analyst Jeremy Bash was incredulous.
“Now you go back and figure out where you were? What is this guy talking about?” said Bash. “Obviously, the key question for Devin Nunes is, if what the president did here was fine, if it was upstanding, if it was lawful, why are you so eager to cover it up? Why are you lying in plain sight? That’s the question, I think, that needs to be posed directly to him.”
‘Empty the Pews’ chronicles the ‘nurtured insanity’ of a fundamentalist upbringing
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.
‘Impeach him again!’ Assange sets off bombshells with Trump pardon claim
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.
Religious leaders need ‘Empty the Pews’ — which chronicles the darker side of the ‘Nones’ phenomenon
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.