Vatican frowns on alliance of ‘hate’ between hard-line American Catholics and evangelicals

Two allies of Pope Francis have authored an article taking aim at ultraconservative American Catholics for teaming up with American evangelicals in an alliance of “hate.” The essay argues that hard-line Catholics in America are too fixated on divisive political battles that represent “a poor and abusive perversion” of religious experience. Honestly, if you can get past some of the more formal language, it’s a pretty satisfying read in the sense that it represents a “shot across the bow” from the Vatican at American fundamentalism. The New York Times writes:

The authors, writing in a Vatican-vetted journal, singled out Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, as a “supporter of an apocalyptic geopolitics” that has stymied action against climate change and exploited fears of migrants and Muslims with calls for “walls and purifying deportations.”

The article warns that conservative American Catholics have strayed

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Vatican frowns on alliance of ‘hate’ between hard-line American Catholics and evangelicals

Two allies of Pope Francis have authored an article taking aim at ultraconservative American Catholics for teaming up with American evangelicals in an alliance of “hate.” The essay argues that hard-line Catholics in America are too fixated on divisive political battles that represent “a poor and abusive perversion” of religious experience. Honestly, if you can get past some of the more formal language, it’s a pretty satisfying read in the sense that it represents a “shot across the bow” from the Vatican at American fundamentalism. The New York Times writes:

The authors, writing in a Vatican-vetted journal, singled out Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, as a “supporter of an apocalyptic geopolitics” that has stymied action against climate change and exploited fears of migrants and Muslims with calls for “walls and purifying deportations.”

The article warns that conservative American Catholics have strayed

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Vatican frowns on alliance of ‘hate’ between hard-line American Catholics and evangelicals

Two allies of Pope Francis have authored an article taking aim at ultraconservative American Catholics for teaming up with American evangelicals in an alliance of “hate.” The essay argues that hard-line Catholics in America are too fixated on divisive political battles that represent “a poor and abusive perversion” of religious experience. Honestly, if you can get past some of the more formal language, it’s a pretty satisfying read in the sense that it represents a “shot across the bow” from the Vatican at American fundamentalism. The New York Times writes:

The authors, writing in a Vatican-vetted journal, singled out Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, as a “supporter of an apocalyptic geopolitics” that has stymied action against climate change and exploited fears of migrants and Muslims with calls for “walls and purifying deportations.”

The article warns that conservative American Catholics have strayed

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Senate leader Mitch McConnell goes to war—against fellow Republicans

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t fire the first shot in his war with hardline Alabama conservatives, but he’s going to make damn sure he gives ten times as much pain as he receives. McConnell has tasked himself with defending newly appointed Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, who may or may not be crooked, against Strange’s even harder-right Republican primary opponents, Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks and the Talibanesque yet-again-former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. If that means emptying his super PAC’s coffers against the pair and sabotaging whatever existing base of power they have, so be it.

[I]n a highly unusual step, one of McConnell’s top political lieutenants has begun quietly advising a long-shot Republican primary candidate running for Brooks’ House seat. The move is designed to get in the congressman’s head and dissuade him from emptying his campaign war chest in the race for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’

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House Republican Chris Collins: ‘This has been a great week’ for Trump!

Let’s check in with House Republicans to see if Donald Trump’s Bud Light Lime Hold My Beer And Watch This Worst Week Ever, Poochie Plus One Edition is making any of them rethink their unwavering support for a barely functioning idiot manchild with a moon-sized ego and the management skills of a rabid squirrel duct-taped to a Roomba and set loose in the Roosevelt Room.

How do you rate Trump’s week, stalwart Trump supporter Rep. Chris Collins?

“This has been a great week for the President,” Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), a staunch Trump ally, said on CNN Monday morning.
“I was at the jamboree, you know, 40,000 Boy Scouts shouting ‘We love Trump, we love Trump.’ Banning transgenders, which is probably supported by the vast majority of Americans,” he said. […]

“On Friday we were in New York City talking about ms-13 (gangs), something that is the scourge

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Latest House Republican effort to derail Trump-Russia investigation cribbed from conspiracy group

Gone almost unnoticed during last week’s healthcare battles, House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee last Wednesday pulled the latest in their ongoing effort to block investigation of Russian election hacking and its potential connections to the Donald Trump campaign and administration. Specifically, they blocked a Democratic amendment asking for more information about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, replacing it instead with an amendment demanding more investigation of … Hillary Clinton.

By the next evening, Twitter sleuths had identified where the text of that House Republican amendment had been cribbed from: a pro-Trump Reddit conspiracy subgroup.

Thursday night, three Twitter users discovered that a staffer for one of the resolution’s sponsors attempted to crowdsource a number of the resolution’s salient points from r/The_Donald, a subreddit notorious for playing host to unfounded conspiracy theories and anti-Islam tendencies. In other words, not a conventional source of legislative inspiration.

The frequent r/The_Donald visitor

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Get ready: ALEC plans to bring their brand of legislation-by-lobbyist to your own city council

The American Legislative Exchange Council is the most influential “conservative” business interest group in America. They write “model legislation” that is then distributed to various hard-right state legislators, who reliably cross out the ALEC logos and present the legislation in their own names. Throughout the entire process everyone pretends each bit of legislation is about “freedom” when in fact they are most typically the result of industry lobbyists writing down client wishlists to be laundered through the “Council” as a means for giving plausible deniability to elected officials enacting them.

The group is now seeking to expand their reach into the nation’s individual cities, which are considered entirely too liberal these days. The model for how to do it remains the same: Have industry lobbyists write the legislation, wrap it with some conservative-sounding phrases, and see which suckers might bite.

Though the group is still young, it’s notched some significant

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