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Jeb Bush Calls For New ‘Spiritual Awakening’ To Fix ‘Crumbling Of Our Moral Foundation’ (Video)



Watch as Jeb Bush says America needs a “spiritual awakening” like those that brought prohibition and tent preachers.

After surviving a terrible week during which he changed – four times – his answer to whether or not he would have invaded Iraq like his brother did, Jeb Bush what all embattled Republican likely presidential candidates do: he turned to religion, literally and figuratively.

Bush, in an interview published Sunday, sat down with Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network and in a three part interview, discussed same-sex marriage, the nation’s “crumbling” moral foundation, and the rights of wedding cake bakers to refuse service to same-sex couples.

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In the video above, Bush, a Roman Catholic, portrays himself as more of an evangelical searching for some of that old time religion.

The 62-year old former Florida governor tells CBN’s David Brody he believes America needs yet another new spiritual awakening, like the Second Great Awakening that brought hellfire-and-damnation preaching, along with prohibition.

“When I talk to pastors all across the country, at least in evangelical world they talk about how this country needs a spiritual awakening,” Brody said. “Do you believe something like that?”

Bush was only too quick to walk through that door.

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“I do. I do,” he reassured Brody, who speaks for millions of Christian evangelicals as CBN’s top religion reporter. “In fact, I’ve read about it because it’s of concern. I don’t think we can impose a spiritual awakening from Washington, D.C. by passing a law,” Bush offered.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen but we have the crumbling of our moral foundation in our country that is quite disturbing,” the as-yet-undeclared GOP presidential candidate lamented. “If you read our history there have been times where there have been awakenings. The Great Awakening in the 19th century where this massive move westward created real dislocation in family life, communities were kind of torn us under, there was a lot of drunkenness and infidelity.”

Bush was speaking directly to evangelical Christians, who are enamored with that “Great Awakening” and the soaring increase in Americans who embraced religion, as opposed to the dramatic drop Christianity in America has seen since 2007.

“Whatever happened there there was a spark by Presbyterian ministers in Western New York that created a wildfire that truly created an awakening that brought us the abolition movement, the suffrage movement, the women’s suffrage movement, the prohibition of alcohol, all of that started in the 1820’s and 30’s and it was clearly not a government deal. It was a spiritual awakening. I don’t know what the catalyst of that is but I think for our country and for the future of our children and grandchildren it would be worth having,” Bush suggested.

In March, in a similar comment advocating for a spiritual awakening, Rand Paul told David Brody that America needs “tent revivals” to heal the “moral crisis” created by same-sex marriage.



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Video and image screenshot via CBN/The Brody File

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‘Start the Kevin McCarthy Death-Clock’ After Biden Wins Debt Ceiling Battle: Rick Wilson



Appearing late Saturday night on MSNBC after it was announced that President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had reached an agreement “in principle’ on a budget deal, former GOP strategist Rick Wilson claimed this could be the beginning of the end for McCathy’s speakership.

Sitting in on a panel with guest host Michael Steele, Wilson suggested that McCarthy’s decision to compromise with the president to avoid a default that would spin the economy into chaos will not go over well with far-right members of his House caucus who could make a motion to “vacate the chair” to express their displeasure.

Asked by host Steel about what comes next, Wilson stated it was a win for the White House which will not make conservatives happy.

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“Great night for Joe Biden, great night for the White House even though I think their messaging has been kind of tentative the past few weeks” the Lincoln Project founder began. “I think though we are now going to start the Kevin McCarthy death-clock. He has certainly got a very angry part of his caucus tonight who probably burning up his phone no matter how good it is for the country not to default.”

“It’s not going to please the chaos caucus in the GOP,” he added.

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Debt Ceiling: McCarthy Faces ‘Lingering Anger’ and a Possible Revolt as Far-Right House Members Start Issuing Threats



As House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) continues to negotiate a deal to avoid a debt crisis, members of the far-right Freedom Caucus are growing furious with him over broken promises he made to them.

According to MSNBC political analyst Steve Benen, with a slim GOP majority in the House, McCarthy is walking a tightrope to get a budget deal passed and may need help from House Democrats if members of his caucus refuse to go along with him.

As Benen points out, in order to win the speakership McCarthy agreed to an easier path for a motion to “vacate the chair” which could end his tenure as Speaker. That could come into play if the Freedom Caucus stages a revolt.

“… as the negotiations approach an apparent finish line, the House Republicans’ most radical faction is learning that it isn’t likely to get everything its members demanded — and for the Freedom Caucus, that’s not going to work,” he wrote in his MSNBC column.

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Citing a Washington Times report that stated, “[Freedom Caucus members] want everything from the debt limit bill passed by the House last month plus several new concessions from the White House,” Benen suggested far-right House Republicans are now issuing veiled threats.

In an interview, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) stated, “I am going to have to go have some blunt conversations with my colleagues and the leadership team. I don’t like the direction they are headed.”

With Politico reporting, “The [House Freedom Caucus] was already unlikely to support a final bipartisan deal, but lingering anger with Kevin McCarthy could have lasting implications on his speakership,” Benen added, “If this is simply a matter of lingering ill-will from members who come to believe that GOP leaders ‘caved,’ the practical consequences might be limited. But let’s also not forget that McCarthy, while begging his own members for their support during his protracted fight for the speaker’s gavel, agreed to tweak the motion-to-vacate-the-chair rules, which at least in theory, would make it easier for angry House Republicans to try to oust McCarthy from his leadership position.”

Adding the caveat that he is not predicting an imminent McCarthy ouster he added, “But if the scope of the Freedom Caucus’ discontent reaches a fever pitch, a hypothetical deal clears thanks to significant Democratic support, don’t be surprised if we all start hearing the phrase ‘vacate the chair” a lot more frequently.”

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Prosecutors Tell Trump They Have a Recording of Him and a Witness: Report



Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s Manhattan criminal trial have notified the ex-president’s attorneys they have a recording of him and a witness. The notification comes in the form of an automatic discovery form, CBS News reports, which “describes the nature of the charges against a defendant and a broad overview of the evidence that prosecutors will present at Trump’s preliminary hearing or at trial.”

CBS reports prosecutors have handed the recording over to Trump’s legal team.

It’s not known who the witness is, nor are any details known publicly about what the conversation entails, or even if it is just audio or if it includes video.

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According to the article’s author, CBS News’ Graham Kates, via Twitter, prosecutors say they also have recordings between two witnesses, a recording between a witness and a third party, and various recordings saved on a witness’s cell phones.

Trump is facing 34 felony counts in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case related to his allegedly unlawful attempt to hide hush money payoffs to a well-known porn star by falsifying business records to protect his 2016 presidential campaign.

See the discovery form above or at this link.

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