Ted Cruz’s Virginia Campaign Co-Chair is Arguably More Radical Than He Is

With questionable claims, ranging from the invented (Muslims celebrated 9/11 in New Jersey) to the downright bizarre (pyramid grain storage, anyone?) seeming to hint at an end to the extended fifteen minutes of fame of GOP luminaries Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson, conservatives seem to be eying Ted Cruz for his turn.



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Missouri Legislator Proposes Bill to Make Buying Guns as Difficult as Obtaining Abortions

Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman, a Democrat, pre-filed a bill (HB 1397) that would force gun owners to go through the same process that women in her state are subjected to when they want to obtain an abortion.



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Once Again, Congressman Jim Himes Introduces Darwin Day Resolution in House of Representatives

For the past few years, a member of Congress has introduced a resolution in the House to honor Charles Darwin on his birthday. Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) did it in 2011, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) did it in 2013 and 2014, and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) did it last year.

Yesterday, Himes once again introduced the resolution, officially known as House Resolution 548. It designates “February 12, 2016, as ‘Darwin Day’ and [recognizes] the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.”



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Conservative Columnist Peggy Noonan Decries “Prayer Shaming” After the San Bernardino Terror Attack

Did you know that “prayer shaming” is the latest scourge to hit America? And did you realize this unacceptable behavior is a gross attack on the First Amendment?

Peggy Noonan, in the Wall Street Journal, would like to educate everyone on how serious it’s getting, with a column entitled “The First Amendment Needs Your Prayers.”



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Why “Prayer Shaming” is Justified After the San Bernardino Shootings

As usual, the Right found a way to take a tragedy and make it all about them.

It really took hold after the New York Daily News published this fantastic — and fair — cover yesterday:

Why is that a fair cover? Because it’s criticizing politicians who love to toss out prayers and platitudes after a shooting tragedy but do nothing substantive to fix the problem. They’re using prayer as a substitute for producing and passing meaningful legislation that could prevent these massacres in the future.

Emma Green at The Atlantic called this criticism “prayer shaming,” and I thought that made sense, until I saw conservatives using the phrase as evidence of Christian Persecution. Nancy French, writing on her Patheos blog, took it a step further by calling it a “war on prayer.”

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