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Marco Rubio destroyed for his ‘silly talk’ by Watergate figure John Dean

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Former White House counsel John Dean blasted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) during a CNN interview on Saturday.

Anchor Ana Cabrera read a recent tweet by Rubio, who was defending President Donald Trump’s “Friday Night Massacre.”

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“John, what’s your reaction to that?” Cabrera asked.

“Well, you know, that certainly doesn’t apply to Vindman’s brother, who did not testify and who is guilty by association — by blood,” Dean said with a chuckle.

“So, you know, that’s the kind of silly talk that a guy like Rubio will use to justify this kind of action,” he explained.

“He knows as well as anybody that it’s revenge, that he was a vital person on the national security council, that they’re in the process of hollowing out the National Security Council, they’re removing maybe 50, 60, 70 people who they have slight suspicions might be leakers and might not be Trump supporters,” Dean continued. “So they don’t care what’s going to happen.”

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“And they’re gutting one of the vital processes that assists a president,” he warned. “If Trump is out in November, the next president is going to have great difficulty with the damage he’s doing at both the State Department and the National Security Council.”

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

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

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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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