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Trump undercuts Bill Barr again and says he has the ‘legal right’ to meddle with DOJ

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It took less than a day for President Donald Trump to undermine Attorney General Bill Barr’s efforts to clean up the mess he made with his handling of the Roger Stone case.

Barr on Thursday told ABC News that Trump’s tweets about the Department of Justice made his job “impossible” because they made it look like he was taking orders directly from the president whenever he made a decision.

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Trump on Friday kept insisting that he had the absolute right to meddle in DOJ affairs in an early morning tweet.

“This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!” he wrote.

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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 involved 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.

This sounds like abuse of power and treasonous activity, impeach him again. https://t.co/iMhCbA3wMI

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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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Trump suggests Blagojevich was framed by Comey: ‘He did not sell the Senate seat!’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday insinuated that disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was set up by former FBI Director James Comey.

"Rod Blagojevich did not sell the Senate seat," the president wrote on Twitter. "He served 8 years in prison, with many remaining. He paid a big price. Another Comey and gang deal!"

While Trump is technically correct that Blagojevich did not succeed in selling a Senate seat to the highest bidder, he neglects to mention that it's only because the former Illinois governor was caught in the act of doing so.

Trump this week commuted the prison sentence of Blagojevich, who was convicted in 2011 on 17 different corruption charges that included charges of wire fraud, extortion, and bribery.

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