CNN producer caught admitting its Trump coverage is bogus


James O’Keefe of Project Veritas has been embarrassing the left with his surreptitious videos.  Now he has recorded CNN supervising producer John Bonifield ridiculing journalistic ethics and admitting that they are “witch hunting” Trump.

After the jump, read an account and watch the video.

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Murder by text


Seventeen-year-old Michelle Carter had a boyfriend, Conrad Roy, who was 18.  Conrad was plagued by suicidal thoughts, which he talked over with Michelle, particularly via texts.  Michelle urged him to do it.

One night he took a gasoline-powered water pump into his pickup truck and rolled up the windows.  He started it, intending to die of carbon monoxide poisoning.

But then he had second thoughts.  He got out of the vehicle.  He texted Michelle.

She replied, telling him to get back into the truck.  He did.

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Lutheran church wins Supreme Court case

Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) of Columbia, Missouri, won its case at the Supreme Court.  The state of Missouri had denied its application for a program to use shredded rubber to make its playground more safe, invoking a state law against taxpayer money going to a religious institution.

Said Chief Justice John Roberts in the decision, “the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution all the same, and cannot stand.”

The vote was 7-2, with Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg dissenting.

This was the second Missouri Synod congregation to successfully petition the Supreme Court in an important church/state case.  In 2012, the court ruled that Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran Church could define its “ministers” as it wishes, throwing out a discrimination suit from a teacher in its school who was fired.

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Supreme Court lifts stay on travel ban & will hear the Wedding Cake case


The Supreme Court re-instated President Trump’s travel ban, in part, and will hear the case in October.

The court also agreed to hear the case of the Colorado baker who was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage.  The baker claims that his religious liberty and his freedom of expression were violated.

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Paying to upgrade your accommodations in prison


Convicted felons in California can often upgrade their prison cells–for a price.  For $100 a night, the cost of an inexpensive hotel, prisoners can serve their time in a city jail that will offer them a flat screen TV, new beds, and the use of a computer.  Not to mention less brutality.

Letting prisoners pay for improved conditions is not new.  In jolly olde England, those who could pay could be attended by their servants and fed haute cuisine, while lower class criminals rotted in the dismasted ships that served as “prison hulks.”  The nobility could stay in the palatial prisons of the Tower of London, until a courteous Executioner introduced them to Death, that great leveler.

But it’s strange to hear about such arrangements in a nation dedicated to equality before the Law.

Do you think this so-called “pay-to-stay” program is a legitimate way for the criminal justice system to save money on expensive incarcerations?  Or is it a two-tiered justice system favoring the wealthy?

Read about the details after the jump.

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