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Buy Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren’s New Diet Book To Exorcise Your Fat Demons Away



Prop 8 supporting Pastor Rick Warren thinks homosexuality is like “arsenic” and “punching a guy in the nose,” thinks same sex marriage would “weaken” the church, and claims he had nothing to do with Uganda’s “Kill The Gays’ Bill.

One thing Pastor Rick Warren does know, though, is how to make money.

The evangelical founder of the Saddleback megachurch in Orange County, California — the seventh-largest church in America — currently has 51 hardcover, paperback, Kindle, and audio books, and DVDs for sale on Amazon. And his Amazon bio claims Warren “wrote the #1 all-time bestselling hardcover book, The Purpose Driven Life,” which is ironic, since we always thought “the #1 all-time bestselling hardcover book” was the Bible.

Now Warren has launched a new business venture: Using Christ to help Americans not be fat.

Pastor Warren’s new book officially launches today — just in time for christmas! The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life takes its title not from co-author Daniel Amen, but from the Bible’s Book of Daniel, because, Jesus.

Warren, who is not a medical doctor, not a chef, not a personal trainer, and has no professional training that we know of in any of those disciplines, is using his Doctor of Ministry degree to suggest he is a doctor like the medical doctors he’s teaming up with, including TV’s Dr. Oz, to “transform your spiritual, physical, and emotional health,” through “faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.”

The Daniel Plan

There is, of course, an accompanying The Daniel Plan website, which offers inspiration, like, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, Philippians 4:13 (WEB),” and devotions like “God Wants Us To Chew On His Word,” written by Warren January 25, 2012.

“I can remember hearing great sermons or in-depth Bible teaching and wondering how the teacher found all those great nuggets of truth in God’s Word. That’s why I wrote my first book 35 years ago: to help people like me. Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methodsshares 12 methods of Bible study, such as the chapter summary method, the topical method, and the verse-by-verse method.”

Sounds like a pitch to sell more books, but heck, I’m not a marketing genius like Pastor Doctor Rick Warren.

Pastor Doctor Rick Warren is also marketing his The Daniel Plan to “Pastors and Leaders” — people who have thousands of followers who will buy his book. And he’s offering “free marking resource files [that] will help you promote and customize The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life for your church. Please take advantage of these resources as often as possible to educate and motivate your congregation and to encourage participation.”

Of course, there’s also a Facebook page.

USA Today notes that “Warren was inspired to create the plan after he baptized more than 800 people one day in November 2010. After lowering more than 145,000 pounds of weight into the water, Warren says he thought, ‘Wow! Everybody’s fat!'”

One Gawker reader commented, “It should be noted that 145,000 divided by 800 people is only 181.25 lbs per person. If they were all adults and half of them were men, that’s really pretty good. Me suspects that in reality Warren is also bad at basic math.”

(Gawker also points to a 2009 column where Pastor Doctor Rick Warren compares same-sex marriage to incest, pedophilia, and polygamy, and denies it.)

It’s amusing that the religious right has spent years mercilessly attacking First Lady Michelle Obama for trying to help Americans — especially children — live more healthy lives, without her making a dime from it, but they’ll support this obvious money-making venture (the book alone lists for $24.99, and there are other versions, including a Daniel Plan cookbook that lists at $29.99) because it’s from Pastor Doctor Rick Warren, and God.

Given that the people in America who struggle most with obesity are the poor, thanks to things like McDonald’s Dollar Menu, if Pastor Doctor Rick Warren really wanted to help Americans lose weight, maybe he could have cut some of the fat from the price of his weight-loss-through-Christ book?


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Trump Lawyer’s ‘Critical Evidence’ Will Help DOJ Make Decision to Charge ‘Without Significant Delay’: Former Prosecutor



Donald Trump‘s attorney Evan Corcoran, who allegedly directed another Trump attorney to draft the false statement claiming all classified and sensitive documents had been returned, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury and hand over documents and records to Special Counsel Jack Smith in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal investigation.

Trump appealed U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s decision ordering Corcoran to testify and hand over documents, including handwritten notes. The Appeals Court in light speed mode, rejected Trump’s appeal.

Corcoran will be testifying before the grand jury on Friday, CNN reports.

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One former top DOJ official, Brandon Van Grack, says the “Special Counsel is about to get access to the most critical evidence in the case. Should allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”

He did not define what “without significant delay” means in terms of days, weeks, or months.

Van Grack served at Main Justice for eleven years, including as a lead prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and later, as the Chief of the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.

“The announcement from a panel of three judges in the appeals court – less than a day after Trump sought to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold – adds momentum to the special counsel investigation as it seeks to secure evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump,” CNN explains. “The Justice Department has successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that they can pierce the confidentiality of the conversations between the two.”

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‘National Security Implications’: Former DOJ Official Speculates on Ruling Ordering Trump Attorney to Hand Over Docs



A former top Dept. of Justice official says a federal judge’s expedited ruling ordering an attorney for Donald Trump to testify against his client before a grand jury and hand over documents very well may be related to “national security.”

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith had successfully made the case Donald Trump may have committed a crime, via his attorneys, in his classified documents case. That finding allowed her to invoke the crime-fraud exception, and order Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to testify before the grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents.

Former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who also worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and headed the DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section, Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC said it’s possible Judge Howell’s expedited decisions were related to national security.

Tuesday night Judge Howell ordered DOJ to provide information by 6:00 AM Wednesday.

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Trump appealed Howell’s ruling, and Wednesday afternoon the Appeals Court denied his appeal related to the documents, Politico reports.

“I’ve never seen anything that quick. It’s very hard to know why. I have to say, to me, when I think about what can be a plausible reason– and this is pure speculation – is that there must be something in the papers that gave the judges concern about national security implications, because it’s such a short timeframe.”

“The reason this is a bombshell is you could end up with Evan Corcoran as a key, fundamental witness against Donald Trump in an obstruction of justice case and a false statements case,” Weissmann adds.

According to Politico, Wednesday’s appeals court ruling “effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump’s attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.”

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This article was updated to correctly spell Andrew Weissmann’s last name.

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Trump Appeals After Judge Agrees With Special Counsel on Crime-Fraud Exception and Requires His Attorney to Testify



Donald Trump’s attorneys have appealed a ruling that requires one of his lawyers to testify before a grand jury investigating his unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return classified documents from the White House.

Attorneys for the Special Counsel “said there is evidence of a deliberate effort not to turn over all the material covered by the subpoena,” The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had reportedly agreed with Special Counsel Smith that there is sufficient evidence proving Donald Trump may have committed a crime via his attorneys, and ruled his attorney must testify before a grand jury. The ruling, which was not made public, was handed down Friday night, NBC News reported Wednesday afternoon.

Judge Howell “ruled in favor of applying the ‘crime fraud’ exception to Trump’s attorney-client privilege and ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before the federal grand jury.”

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Trump’s attorneys have already appealed the ruling.

“People familiar with the matter said an appeals panel has already begun reviewing the decision, after Trump’s lawyers appealed,” The Washington Post adds. “The extraordinarily quick timeline suggests that the judges — all nominated by Democratic presidents — intend to rule swiftly.”

Trump could take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but The Post says it’s “not clear he would have a much better chance of success there.”

According to an NBC News report from October, Corcoran directed another Trump attorney, Christina Bobb, to sign the letter claiming a thorough search of Mar-a-Lago had been made and all classified or “sensitive” documents had been returned. That was proven untrue after federal agents, executing a search warrant, recovered hundreds of documents with classified markings.

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