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Jesus, presumably telling someone to chill out and think for themselves, via Wikimedia Commons

Conservatives scrambling to explain why the Bible is negotiable for refugees, not for same-sex marriage and abortion

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This week’s been a madder-than-usual dash away from Jesus on the right.
Ted Cruz, via Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

Ted Cruz wants you (to pray for him)!

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There are a few ways to incorporate religion into your campaign. An Evangelical prayer team sends a clear message.
Donald Trump, via Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

Donald Trump doubles down on fascism, “would certainly implement” Muslim database

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He’s going to keep going until he pays an electoral price. Which is to say, he’s going to keep going.
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Ted Cruz calls Obama administration support for trans teens “lunacy”

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He can’t think of a not-horny reason why someone would want to use a bathroom corresponding to their identity.
Steve Beshear, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Kentucky Governor Beshear hints at executive action on voting rights for non-violent felons

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Even Matt Bevin, the incoming Tea Party governor, supports rights restoration.
Donald Trump's historical precedent, via Wikimedia Commons

Donald Trump won’t rule out mass surveillance, special IDs for Muslims

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Nazi comparisons should be reserved for the most extreme circumstances. This is one of them.
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Duane Carridge, Ben Carson’s anti-Ben Carson foreign policy adviser, is bad news

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If this guy says you don’t know anything about foreign policy, consider it a compliment.
Not even kids "under the age of five," right Chris Christie? (Image of interned Japanese children saying the Pledge of Allegiance via Wikimedia Commons

Mayor of Roanoke, VA invokes Japanese internment, says city won’t help resettle refugees

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Yes, this debate reminds us of Japanese internment…but in a bad way, not a good one.
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Connecticut Democrats propose suspending Clean Elections Fund to balance state budget

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77 percent of successful campaigns in Connecticut in 2012 were publicly financed.
Is $35 billion enough for David Koch? He'd tell you no.

The Koch brothers don’t just have their own political party, they have their own spy network

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There is no liberal analog to the Kochs. Not even close.
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November 1978: The month San Francisco unraveled

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Natural disasters aside, the city has never gone through a more turbulent time.
Thomas Jefferson, via Wikimedia Commons

Conservative plans for holy war are (obviously) un-American

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Religious pluralism in US foreign policy predates the Constitution.
Mark Obenshain.

Virginia election officials don’t know how Virginia’s photo ID law works, causing confusion at the polls

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When the governor is illegally questioned over his address at his polling place, you’ve got problems.
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