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Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:00:08 -0600
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February 28, 2014

 

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Ted Cruz's Aide Is Booking Rafael Cruz's Controversial Speaking Gigs

By David Corn

Last October, Sen. Ted Cruz's father, Rafael, was thrust into the spotlight when Mother Jones revealed that the septuagenarian businessman-turned-pastor had made a series of inflammatory remarks during several speaking engagements. These comments included the assertions that the United States is a "Christian nation," that President Barack Obama is an "outright Marxist" who seeks to "destroy all concept of God" and should be sent "back to Kenya," and that "social justice is a cancer." At the time, Sean Rushton, a spokesman for Sen. Cruz, a Texas Republican, said, "Pastor Cruz does not speak for the senator." But documents obtained by Mother Jones show that an aide to the senator serves as a scheduler for the elder Cruz and books his speaking gigs, including those for which Rafael Cruz might be paid. [READ MORE]

 

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Did US Taxpayers Fund the Ministry Behind Uganda's Anti-Gay Law?

By Mariah Blake

This week, when Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni approved a harsh new bill making "aggravated homosexuality" a crime punishable by life in prison, he cited a recent report from the Ugandan Ministry of Health's Committee on Homosexuality, which concluded that same-sex attraction is mostly a learned impulse. "Since nurture is the main cause of homosexuality, then society can do something about it to discourage the trends," Museveni said. "That is why I have agreed to sign the bill."

This pronouncement creates a quandary for the United States. American officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, have vehemently condemned Museveni's decision, but millions of US taxpayer dollars are flowing to the the agency that the Ugandan leader used to justify signing the legislation, according to records from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [READ MORE]

 

 

THIS WEEK'S NEWS ROUNDUP

Discrimination Nation

America spent most of this week debating whether allowing businesses to refuse service to gay people was discrimination or religious freedom. Read Dana Liebelson's story about Georgia for more.

House Republicans unveiled a new tax reform plan, which was both (a) surprisingly good and (b) dead on arrival.

The most ridiculously expensive Olympics ever wrapped up Sunday.

A South Dakota Republican explained that the state has to ban sex-selective abortions because Asians live there now.

The great Harold Ramis died.

Libertarians have built a real-life Galt's Gulch…in Chile. [READ MORE]

 

CHART OF THE WEEK: Hollywood's White Dude Problem [READ MORE]

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Tax Reform Is Dead on Arrival [READ MORE]

 

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