POLITICS 06/15/2018 07:04 pm ET “It goes against pretty much the entire Bible in the ethos of Jesus, and it’s deeply un-Christian.” By Jennifer Bendery WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems to think Jesus would love his policy of separating immigrant families at the border. Christian leaders say otherwise. “While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and as a society, to find other ways to ensure that safety,” Cardinal Daniel Nicholas DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement. ”Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral.” “Disgraceful,” the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the late and influential Rev. Billy Graham and a supporter of President Donald Trump, said in a Tuesday interview. “It’s terrible to see families ripped apart, and I don’t support that one … [Read more...] about Christian Leaders To Jeff Sessions: The Bible Does Not Justify Separating Families
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U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota’s firebrand liberal with a national prominence, decided not to run for re-election Tuesday and instead dive into a crowded race for state attorney general. That was the top notable development as Democrats scrambled to file for office in a chaotic rush that gave even seasoned observers a case of politico-vertigo-whiplash as the deadline for filing approached Tuesday. Republicans sought to shine a spotlight on what state House Speaker Kurt Daudt called a trending “DFL dumpster fire” that began over the weekend when three-term Democrat Attorney General Lori Swanson failed to lock up the endorsement of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in the first ballot and suddenly dropped out, announcing Monday she was running for governor instead. Whether the flurry of activity will have any real bearing on how Democrats and Republicans fare as a whole in November’s general election is anyone’s guess. But the turn of events will … [Read more...] about Keith Ellison decides to leave Congress, run for attorney general in last-minute DFL election-filing mayhem. Republicans just watch.
Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson heads toward one of the most important weekends of his political career knowing he can't offer the fundraising power or name recognition of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, nor is he a fresh face like Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens. But the longtime Hennepin County commissioner, who is banking his statewide political ambitions on winning the GOP endorsement at this weekend's state Republican convention in Duluth, is convinced that he's the best candidate to win over voters and clinch the pivotal governor's race for Republicans. "I really think that most Republicans, and most Minnesotans, are looking for frankness and honesty," Johnson said. "Carefully poll-tested messaging and pretending you didn't hear the question ... People see through that and they're just tired of it. And they're unwilling to elect politicians who do it." Johnson, 51, stepped into this governor's race with the same platform as four years ago, when he lost to DFL Gov. … [Read more...] about Jeff Johnson heads to GOP convention with momentum, but bigger test looms
Rod Rosenstein stands ready to fall on his sword.The deputy attorney general, facing flak from President Trump and right-wing media, has told confidants this week that he is ready to be fired, knowing that he has executed his job with integrity and honesty, according to a report."Here I stand," Rosenstein has told trusted aides, according to NBC News, referencing the stoic Martin Luther quote, "Here I stand, I can do no other."On a relevant side note, then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey repeated the very same quote when he told President George W. Bush that he was prepared to resign over a legally dubious wire-tapping program in 2004.The sources said Rosenstein is fully comfortable with the fact that he may soon lose his job. Previously, Rosenstein grew anxious every time Trump attacked him or the Justice Department over Twitter, but those days are now far behind him, according to the sources.The Justice Department declined to comment.The White House has made it no secret … [Read more...] about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he’s ready to be fired, as Trump attacks continue: report
Jim Salter, Associated Press Updated 4:05 pm, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Photo: Jeff Roberson, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks in Palmyra, Mo. Attorneys defending Greitens against an invasion-of-privacy charge are raising doubts about the testimony of a woman with whom he had an affair. In a court filing dated Sunday, April 8, 2018, his attorneys say the woman testified she never saw Greitens with a camera or phone on the day he is accused of taking a partially nude photo of her while she was blindfolded and bound. less FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks in Palmyra, Mo. Attorneys defending Greitens against an invasion-of-privacy charge are raising doubts about the testimony of a woman ... more Photo: Jeff Roberson, AP … [Read more...] about Woman’s attorney accuses governor’s team of ‘smear campaign’