2024 Elections

Evangelical insider thinks he knows how to break up Trump and the church

Salon columnist Nathaniel Manderson is searching for ways to break up Donald Trump and the evangelical community that followed him. The introduction of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has given some churches the opportunity to support a candidate that isn't tied to over two dozen sexual assault accusations. But some evangelical pastors are refusing to abandon the former president.

Manderson mentioned DeSantis' war against LGBTQ people, which was once a strong link between Republicans and the far-right religious community. But as public opinion has changed, the fight against LGBTQ equality means Republicans risk alienating younger voters.

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'The stuff of nightmares': Former prosecutor raises alarm over Trump trial

Reacting to a report from NBC that a grand jury convened by special counsel Jack Smith looking into possible criminal actions committed by Donald Trump will meet this week, former prosecutor Glenn Kirschner issued a warning that the former president could possibly be put on trial after winning re-election which could be very problematic.

Stating that would be uncharted territory, Kirschner raised the specter of a re-elected Trump attempting to get his prosecution shut down.

Speaking with MSNBC host Jen Psaki, Kirschner said the time between a grand jury indictment and a trial can take a year, thus putting a Trump trial uncomfortably close to election day 2024 and beyond.

"I want to ask you something on the timeline as former FBI Director James Comey said, because he indicated that there could be a rush to try to get these indictments out, if indictments are going to be made, in order to finish the trials before the election. Do you think that timeline is possible?" host Psaki asked.

"Yeah, the timing scares me a little bit, Jen," Kirschner admitted. "Because the Speedy Trial Act in federal court says that from the day you are indicted until the day you are supposed to go to trial, 70 days. Do we ever take a federal case to trial in 70 days? The answer is no, never, because the defense asks for continuances and there are motion schedules set."

"The rule of thumb is about a year from the time of indictment to the time of trial, so where does that put us?' he continued. "Summer of 2024, kind of on the cusp of the 2024 election."

"What keeps me up at night is the case is still pending against Donald Trump and hasn't gone to trial; Donald wins the White House and now, what? He orders his own prosecution dismissed. Now courtesy of the Office of Legal Counsel memo we now cannot prosecute a sitting criminal president. That is the stuff of nightmares and fiction novels," he warned.

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Fox News host nails 'squirming' GOP rep. who won't say FBI docs could 'exonerate' Biden

Fox News host Arthel Neville accused Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) of "squirming" after he was asked if FBI documents requested by Republicans could exonerate President Joe Biden.

In an interview on Sunday, Neville reported the FBI would present a document on Monday that Republicans suspect will show criminal dealings between Biden and foreign countries.

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Former U.S. attorney cites 2008 court ruling that sticks a knife in key Trump documents defense

In a series of tweets on Sunday morning, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance poured cold water over a possible Donald Trump defense strategy to avoid prosecution for taking sensitive government documents with him after he lost re-election.

With a grand jury reportedly convening this week and special counsel Jack Smith appearing to be on the verge of filing indictments for obstruction and possible violations of the Espionage Act, against the former president, Vance said a defense strategy deployed by lawyers for a former NSA staffer was shot down 15 years ago and won't be of help to Trump's lawyers now.

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Mary Trump hands GOP presidential contenders a tip on how to 'humiliate' Donald at the debates

During an appearance on MSNBC's "The Katie Phang Show" Mary Trump, the niece of former president Donald Trump offered up a way to "humiliate" him to his 2024 GOP presidential nomination rivals.

Speaking with the host, the now-indicted former president's niece called him a "loser" and then related a story about his childhood that, she claims, still irks him to this day.

Asked by the host if Trump rivals should "Take a page out of Donald Trump's playbook and go for the jugular?" Mary Trump shot back, "Katie, it amazes me that they have not done that yet."

"Again, I think it's because they're restrained by their fear of his stranglehold on the base -- I guess they should be," she conceded. "You know, if they were serious people, they would understand that they have a huge opportunity to take Donald out without having to contradict him in terms of policy as if there is such a thing these days or politics."

"Just call him what he is: he is a loser, he loses constantly, he has never legitimately won anything in his life," she continued. "He is a thin-skinned baby who has nothing to offer but white grievance."

"If I were one of these candidates, I would simply show up to a debate with a bowl of mashed potatoes because that was his very first experience of humiliation was when he was being a total brat before my grandmother put dinner on the table," she recalled. "My dad had just ordered to shut him up and stop him from tormenting his little brother Robert. Took a bowl of mashed potatoes, dumped it on Donald's head."

"He hates that story," she added. "He has never been able to laugh at himself in a healthy way. It's really not difficult to get under that extraordinarily thin skin of his."

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Kevin McCarthy busts Fox News host: 'Maria, you're saying things that are not true'

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Sunday defended Republican gains in a debt ceiling deal.

During an interview on Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo pushed McCarthy to explain why Republicans did not get more from debt ceiling negotiations.

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'America First' candidate Vivek Ramaswamy rips Trump for 'politics of vengeance and grievance'

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy took a shot at former President Donald Trump for damaging America with "politics of vengeance and grievance."

During an interview on ABC's This Week program, host Martha Raddatz asked the candidate how he would win over "America First" voters who support former President Donald Trump.

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Rachel Campos-Duffy slams Dems for trying to 'perfect' Earth when Heaven is better

Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy blamed the differences between Republicans and Democrats on religious beliefs about Heaven.

On Sunday's Fox & Friends program, co-host Pete Hegseth argued religion was liberating because people could realize they aren't perfect. A video clip of the moment was shared on social media.

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'Fasten your seat belts': Indictment rumors swirl amid report that Jack Smith’s grand jury is reconvening

Late Saturday night, NBC News dropped a potential bombshell when it reported that the federal grand jury that has been examining evidence in the United States Department of Justice special counsel Jack Smith's investigation into former President Donald Trump's mishandling of classified documents will reconvene this upcoming week.

"Prosecutors face two central legal questions: 1) Did Trump wrongfully retain classified documents after he left the White House? 2) Did he later obstruct the government’s efforts to retrieve them?" NBC noted. "If Smith decides to indict Trump, it would be the first time a former president has been charged with a federal crime. Though Trump has already been charged in New York with state crimes related to hush money payments, the cases differ dramatically."

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Trump's inability to find missing military document 'may strengthen' Jack Smith's case: legal expert

Speaking with MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin, legal analyst Melissa Murray claimed Donald Trump's inability to come up with a top-secret government document he is heard discussing with an assortment of people lacking security clearances in a tape the DOJ now possesses has increased the chances of his indictment.

Reacting to the bombshell report that the former president was bragging and "showing off" the sensitive document -- and now it has disappeared -- Murray stated the special counsel Jack Smith can add that to his case that may include violations of the Espionage Act.

"If the material is still missing, how does that impact the case?" the MSNBC host pressed.

"I think it is really important here, if you cannot find this document, if it is still missing, you still make the case that something has not been turned over properly -- it has gone missing" Murray responded.

She then added, "Which might strengthen Jack Smith's case about the retention of documents issue."

"It's not simply that the retention of these documents, their careless handling poses real concerns for national security in terms of those in the field who might be compromised because this is handled so loosely; it also, and again, the losing of this document, it may underscore this," she continued, "meaning our allies cannot trust us with this kind of information going forward."

"It makes it much harder for members of the intelligence community to function, to work with foreign intermediaries to keep us safe, so there is a lot here," she elaborated. "All of it goes to those questions around the nature of this act, which is about preventing national security information from being carelessly handled, compromising national security. More broadly, focusing on the idea that those in control of these documents have to control them safely, they cannot withhold them willfully or knowingly."

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There was a noticeable candidate missing from Joni Ernst’s 'Roast and Ride'

Presidential candidates worked to balance promoting their ability to unify the country while highlighting their fight against the “woke” left while speaking to Iowans gathered Saturday for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s “Roast and Ride” fundraiser at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife, Casey, took their children to get ice cream and sit up in a John Deere truck. Businessman Perry Johnson signed copies of his books and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott shook hands with those seated for lunch as event attendees waited for speeches to start.

Candidates set out to prove their retail politics prowess, speaking with voters and taking photos while competing to sign up Iowa Republicans to volunteer for their campaign and support them in the 2024 Iowa caucuses.

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'No child of mine will ever attend': Meghan McCain slammed for attack on 'woke' schools

Meghan McCain recently railed against so-called "woke" universities, and said she will be teaching her children to avoid them as they reach the appropriate age.

McCain, in her most recent article for the Daily Mail, argues against “woke” colleges and universities, calling them “modern academic cesspools” that “no child of mine will ever attend.”

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Ex-wrestler proves he's not Lauren Boebert's dad – after decades of hounding from her mom

A retired pro wrestler has passed a paternity test proving he’s not the father of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) – after decades of having been accused that he was by her mother, the Daily Beast reported Saturday.

Boebert confirmed to the Daily Beast that she and a man who wrestled as “Stan Lane” both took DNA tests in the past month that confirmed he was not her father. Lane, whose real name is Wallace Stanfield Lane, had been the subject of a paternity suit and public accusations by her mother – Shawn Roberts Bentz – dating back to the mid-1980s.

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