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Michael Knowles: McConnell, Obama, Harris – The fundamental question at heart of our reparations debate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s, R-Ky., great-great-grandfather owned slaves, which according to NBC News invalidates his opposition to reparations for the great-great-great-great-grandchildren of black slaves in America.

“McConnell has opposed paying reparations to descendants of slaves, though census records show his family, like many others, benefited from their labor,” reads the report. The “though” reveals the reporters’ hand: you can either descend from slave-owners or oppose reparations, but you can’t do both – at least according to NBC.

If our ancestry determines the validity of our political opinions, does this rule cut both ways? California senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has endorsed some form of reparations for the descendants of slaves. But, like McConnell, Harris, too, descends from slaveowners.

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“My roots go back, within my lifetime to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown’s Town),” writes the Harris’ father Donald in a post for the Jamaican Global. If Mitch McConnell’s slave-owning forebears invalidate his opinion of reparations, how can the same not be true for Kamala Harris?

My own forefathers arrived in America in 1620 on the Mayflower. Two of them fought with the Patriots at Bunker Hill.

Simon Knowles lived on to spend the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge with George Washington. In October 1864, George Cobb Knowles gave his life at the Battle of Boydton Plank Road fighting with the Union Army to free the slaves.

The character of one’s ancestors has no bearing on the validity of one’s political opinions or the merit of one’s arguments.

Do the admirable feats of my forebears validate my own opposition to present-day Democrats’ radical, redistributive reparation schemes? If McConnell’s and Harris’ morally compromised ancestry leaves the question of reparations in a stalemate, does my opposition – thanks to my estimable progenitors – break the tie?

Barack Obama, the first black president, descends from two slave-owners. According to a report from Ancestry.com, he may also descend from one of the earliest African slaves brought to colonial America. Does his opinion count only insomuch as his enslaved ancestors outweigh the slave-owners?

Of course not. The character of one’s ancestors has no bearing on the validity of one’s political opinions or the merit of one’s arguments. Obama himself recognized the impossible complexity of the politics of historical grievance, which might explain why he has consistently opposed reparations.

“The bottom line is that it’s hard to find a model in which you can practically administer and sustain political support for [reparations],” Obama explained. “And what makes America complicated as well is the degree to which this is not just a black/white society.”

Recent immigrants might object to funding payouts for the descendants of men against whom their own ancestors committed no wrongs.

Adding to the complexity is the historical irony that the first officially recognized owner of an arbitrarily declared slave-for-life in America was a black man: Anthony Johnson of Virginia. Would Johnson’s descendants be entitled to reparations?

Native Americans of the Five Civilized Tribes owned black slaves at similar rates to neighboring whites and held them for longer since the 13th Amendment didn’t apply to the Indian nations. If the federal government embraces reparations for historical wrongs, would the descendants of those Natives find themselves on the paying or receiving end on that program?

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In a self-governing republic such as ours, legislators craft laws through argumentation, persuasion, and deliberation. Reparations opponents such as Obama and McConnell have offered clear arguments for their position.

Reparations supporters have not because they cannot. That’s why they’d rather we talk about Mitch McConnell’s great-great-grandpa.

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Former NHL great Jeremy Roenick drives ball off tee hanging out of caddie’s mouth

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Former NHL great Jeremy Roenick is among the former celebrities and athletes taking part in the American Century Championship this weekend in Lake Tahoe.

One caddie put his complete trust in Roenick’s arms Thursday and let nine-time NHL All-Star drive the ball from a tee that was in his mouth.

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According to TMZ Sports, the caddie was really nervous about the stunt and kept moving as Roenick was getting ready to swing. The ball fell out of the caddie’s mouth multiple times.

The 49-year-old former center then crushed the ball down the seventh-hole fairway.

Roenick is among a few hockey players who are taking part in the tournament. Joe Pavelski, Mike Modano, Tyler Seguin and T.J. Oshie were also listed as competitors.

Roenick has a 15-1 shot at winning the event, according to oddsmaker Sportsbetting.ag.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has the best odds at 5-2.

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Romo won the event last year. Roenick finished in seventh.

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Joy Behar says Alex Acosta can now defend R. Kelly: ‘He has the skill set’

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“The View” host Joy Behar tore into Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Friday’s episode, joking that his retirement would allow him to move onto to defending another alleged sex offender.

“He’s kind of free to defend R.Kelly now, isn’t he?” Behar asked, referring to the singer arrested Thursday on child pornography and other charges. “He has the skill set.”

Co-host Meghan McCain seemed slightly disturbed, remarking, “Oh God…” When Behar asked McCain if she was too rough, McCain didn’t respond.

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“The View” hosts have been critical of Acosta, calling for his resignation amid news that Jeffrey Epstein faced an indictment on sex trafficking charges. Acosta has been accused of giving Epstein a “sweetheart” plea deal in 2008 when he was a U.S. attorney in Miami, Florida.

Co-host Sunny Hostin, for example, accused Acosta of allowing “new victims to be victimized.” Acosta announced his resignation on Friday morning while appearing alongside President Donald Trump.

“Over the last week, I’ve seen a lot of coverage about the Department of Labor,” Acosta said, noting news headlines have been focusing on the Epstein scandal — “I do not think it is right and fair to this administration’s Labor Department to have Epstein as the focus rather than the incredible economy that we have today.”

“And so I called the President this morning. I told him that I thought the right thing was to step aside,” he added.

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Co-host Ana Navarro said that she hoped Acosta’s resignation wouldn’t be the end of his legal troubles. “He needs to be held accountable and we need answers,” she said.

President Trump, on Twitter, praised Acosta and called out the way the press treated him.

“Alex Acosta informed me this morning that he felt the constant drumbeat of press about a prosecution which took place under his watch more than 12 years ago was bad for the Administration, which he so strongly believes in, and he graciously tendered his resignation,” he said. According to Trump, Acosta’s deputy, Pat Pizzella, will replace him.

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Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Brooke Singman contirbuted to this report.

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Oakland Athletics’ ad in Australian newspaper congratulating All-Star appears to have derogatory meaning

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Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks appeared in his first All-Star Game on Tuesday and to celebrate the team took out a full-page ad in The Australian newspaper to congratulate him — but something went awry.

What the Athletics thought was a harmless ad seemingly had a more cheeky meaning.

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The ad in the newspaper read: “Green and Gold in Oakland. Perth’s Own Liam Hendriks” with the hashtag #RootedinOakland at the bottom of the page.

The ad also included some of Hendriks’ key stats and accomplishments.

The term “rooted” in Australia is slang for the f-word and it appears Hendriks had taken notice.

Press Democrat reporter Phil Barber noted in the beginning of the season that Hendriks was getting a kick out of the campaign.

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Barber tweeted that the term “rooted” was a “very, very naughty word in Australia.”

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Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien told officer he struck his wife after incident in car: report

Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien acknowledged to a Washington state officer late last month that he had struck his wife during a domestic dispute, according to a police report.

Rypien pleaded not guilty on July 1 to a charge of domestic violence against his wife, Danielle. He was charged with four-degree assault and was released without bail. The former Washington Redskins quarterback allegedly struck his wife in his car while in Spokane on June 30, a witness told police.

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Rypien acknowledged hitting his wife and told officers that his wife covered his eyes as he drove and she got the “wind knocked out of her” after he pushed her hands away, The Spokesman-Review reported, citing a police report.

Later when his wife laid in the grass holding her stomach and struggling to breathe, Rypien reportedly demanded that she told the truth.

“Did you hit her?” Spokane officer Todd Brownlee asked Rypien, according to the report.

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Former Washington State quarterback and Superbowl MVP Mark Rypien appears alongside defense attorney Chris Bugbee via video conference for a hearing presided over by commissioner Kristin O’Sullivan on Monday, July 1, 2019, in Spokane, Wash. (Libby Kamrowski/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

“Yes, I did,” Rypien replied.

Chris Bugbee, Rypien’s attorney, told the Associated Press in an email Thursday that his client struck his wife in self-defense.

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“He shoved Danielle back into the passenger seat with his right arm and elbow hard enough to ensure that he would move her out of the way,” Bugbee said in a statement. “So when the officer informed Mark that a witness had seen a man strike Danielle in the car, he told the officer that he was the person. There is no doubt that he struck her when he moved her.”

Mark and Danielle Rypien both said they were cooperating with authorities.

Rypien, who played for five different teams over 11 NFL seasons, said last year that he believes he has Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) caused by repeated concussions he suffered during his years playing football.

“I suffer from a complex stew of mental health conditions – dark places, depression, anxiety, addictions,” he said in an interview with KHQ6 last year, “brought about from dozens of concussions and thousands of subconcussive injuries.”

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Rypien said that in the past he has attempted suicide and hired prostitutes as a result of his condition. He was a lead plaintiff in a successful lawsuit brought against the NFL by thousands of former players for its handling of head injuries in 2013.

Last year, Rypien told the Spokesman-Review that he was also involved in a domestic violence incident with his wife in 2017, saying he “got angry and I threw her on the bed a couple of times.” He and his wife blamed a medication change for his behavior.

Rypien played six seasons with Washington and was named the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXVI when he threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Redskins over the Buffalo Bills, 37-24. It was the franchise’s third Super Bowl under then-head coach Joe Gibbs and their most recent title.

CTE can only be diagnosed by examining a person’s brain after their death. Individuals who play football or other contact sports, as well as some military members, are thought to be at the highest risk for the condition due to repeated blows to the head, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Numerous NFL players have reported a wide variety of problems related to CTE, including homelessness, erratic behavior, suicide and other early deaths.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Brazilian president considering his Trump-supporting son to be U.S. ambassador

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has indicated that he may nominate his son, Eduardo, to be the ambassador to the United States.

Eduardo Bolsonaro is currently a congressman in Brazil, and has indicated that he would serve if his father desired him to do so.

President Bolsonaro said at a news conference that nominating his son is, in his words, “something on my radar. Yes, it’s possible.”

His son, who is 35, has told reporters that he would accept, “if it is a mission given by the president,” according to The Guardian.

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The younger Bolsonaro noted that filling the post, which has been vacant since Jan. 1, when Jair Bolsonaro became president, will not happen until he discusses it with his father and Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo.

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro salutes during the swearing-in ceremony for the newly-named Secretary of Government, Army General Luiz Eduardo Ramos, at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, July 4, 2019.  (AP)

Once that occurs, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee must vote on it and, if approved, the full Senate would vote on confirmation.

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Last November, Eduardo, who advises his father on foreign policy, attended meetings at the White House and wore a “Trump 2020” hat.

Some of the conservative president’s other sons are also steeped in politics. Flavio is a senator, while Carlos is a councilman in Rio de Janeiro.

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In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, left, takes a “selfie” during a swearing-in ceremony, at the National Assembly in Brasilia, Brazil.  (AP)

President Bolsonaro said that Eduardo is a friend of President Donald Trump’s children, speaks English and Spanish and has experience abroad.

The president said the nomination “would be the perfect message to Washington.”

Critics, however, say that it would violate laws against nepotism. They also argue he is not qualified.

President Bolsonaro has presented himself as someone who tells it like it is while promising to dismantle a dysfunctional political system and seeking to capture the imagination of many citizens afraid of losing their place in an increasingly diverse and inclusive society.

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Bolsonaro has often depended on his three eldest sons to float ideas, and deny critical press reports. Bolsonaro has one other son, from his second marriage, and a daughter, from his third and current wife.

This report contains material from The Associated Press.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s private Caribbean island had mysterious safe, former employee claims

An employee who reportedly worked at Jeffrey Epstein’s secluded Caribbean island claims the wealthy financier – who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls – kept a mysterious safe inside the main residence.

The revelation comes as Little St. James Island in St. Thomas is going under the microscope in the wake of Epstein’s recent arrest. The 66-year-old was known to frequent the lush property in the U.S. Virgin Islands – and the employee, speaking to Bloomberg, suggested that a steel safe inside his office there may have stored more than just cash.

Outside of rare visits by housekeepers, no one – the employee claimed – was allowed to enter the room where that steel safe was said to be located.

Epstein started transforming Little St. James Island after he bought it more than two decades ago — clearing the native vegetation, ringing the property with towering palm trees and planting two massive U.S. flags on either end.

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A view of Little St. James Island, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, a property owned by Jeffrey Epstein. (AP)

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He also built a stone mansion with cream-colored walls and a bright turquoise roof surrounded by several other structures, including the maids’ quarters and a massive, square-shaped white building on one end of the island. Workers there, the Associated Press reports, told each other it was a music room fitted with a grand piano and acoustic walls, whose gold dome flew off during the deadly 2017 hurricane season.

The employee that spoke to Bloomberg said when Epstein would visit the property, he would walk around shirtless in shorts and flip-flops, and had a rule that he should never catch sight of the staff that maintained the place.

Sometimes, the employee added, women would sunbathe topless or in the nude around a pool near the island’s main residence.

Many people who worked for Epstein on the island told The Associated Press this week that they had signed long non-disclosure agreements, and refused to talk. One former employee who declined to be identified said Epstein once had five boats, including a large ferry in which he transported up to 200 workers from St. Thomas to his island every day for construction work.

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An aerial view of Little St. James Island and its buildings. (AP)

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The man said he saw a handful of young women when he was on Epstein’s property but he believed they were older than 18.

“When he was there, it was keep to yourself and do your thing,” the man recalled, adding that Epstein paid well and would give away older machinery and surplus including lumber to his employees.

Government documents and ledgers show Little St. James Island was once known as Mingo Cay. In April 1998, a company called L.S.J. LLC bought it for $7.95 million. Additional documents showed that Epstein is the sole member of L.S.J., with his signature reminiscent of an infinity loop.

Epstein later bought neighboring Great St. James Island, which once was popular with locals and tourists for its main attraction, Christmas Cove, a place where you could hang out and order pizza and have it delivered via boat.

“He wasn’t well received,” recalled Spencer Consolvo, a St. Thomas native who runs a tourist shop near a large marina. “People think he’s too rich to be policed properly.”

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Locals recalled seeing Jeffery Epstein’s black helicopter flying back and forth from the international airport in St. Thomas to his helipad on Little St. James Island, where he built a cream-colored mansion with a bright turquoise roof surrounded by several other structures including the maids’ quarters and a massive, square-shaped white building on one end of the island that some say is a music room fitted with acoustic walls.

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According to public records obtained by the AP, the island was once worth $3 million and owned by a woman who died in a chalet in Switzerland. The island had been divided into parcels and given to three people and was later sold to Epstein.

Federal authorities consider the smaller of the two islands to be Epstein’s primary residence in the United States, a place where at least one alleged victim said in a court affidavit that she participated in an orgy, as well as had sex with Epstein and other people. She said she saw former U.S. President Bill Clinton on the island, but that she never saw him having sex with anyone. A Clinton spokesman has issued a statement saying he never visited there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Olivia Culpo shares emotional photos showing her battle with depression, personal struggles

Model Olivia Culpo got candid in a lengthy and vulnerable post about her personal struggles with depression.

The 27-year-old former Miss Universe and model took to Instagram on Thursday where she poured her heart out over a series of two photos. The first being a recent snap of herself and the second from a time she claims she was in a low place in her life.

“Looking at the difference between these two photos today, and thought it was important to share something with all of you,” Culpo began her post. “2nd photo, a few months ago: I was depressed. I had no appetite, was drinking way too much, smoking, couldn’t sleep, and couldn’t eat. But I was still taking photos on social media and pretending everything was great.”

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She continued: “I was going through a difficult situation that left me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually bankrupt and it had taken its toll physically. The feeling of despair is a relatable one, so I feel a responsibility to anyone else going through something difficult to say that it’s ok to not be ok.”

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Model Olivia Culpo got candida bout her personal issues in a lengthy Instagram post.  (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

The star went on to explain that the first photo is from this week and she says she feels and looks different now that she’s taking care of her body and has her appetite back. Culpo noted the “highlight REEL” of Instagram and explained that fans should know what goes on behind-the-scenes.

“I’m sharing this because 1. I want to emphasize what we already know: Instagram is everyone’s best version of themselves and their lives. It can trick us into thinking everything is perfect in other’s worlds. Which is NOT true. We are all more alike than we think, navigating life with similar ups and downs; good times and bad. We never really know what someone is going through, so it’s unfair to judge/compare,” she explained. “2. I hope this helps others who might be going through a hard time and feeling like they need to “have it all together.” Social media can create a crazy amount of pressure to live up to an idealistic standard of “perfection” (which obviously doesn’t exist!). Hard times happen and the most important part is putting one foot in front of the other, knowing the moment will pass, and being patient with yourself.”

The comments come months after Culpo’s ex, NFL player Danny Amendola, lashed out at the former Miss Universe on social media after she was seen cuddling with Russian-German DJ Zedd at Coachella.

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In the post, which has since been deleted, the 33-year-old slammed Culpo, 26, for her “fishbowl lifestyle,” explaining that he chooses to nail up picture frames of the people he loves the most inside his home to protect them from ridicule rather than post about them online.

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NFL player Danny Amendola and model Olivia Culpo attend The 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images))

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“Olivia chooses and wants to be noticed on the internet and in Hollywood to make money,” Amendola said, claiming her need for media attention was hard for him to understand because he plays ball “for one reason and that’s RESPECT.”

Fox News’ Jessica Sager contributed to this report.

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CNN ‘making things easier’ for Democrats with odd debate guidelines, Washington Post media critic says

CNN’s crummy week continued on Thursday when liberal Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple questioned why the struggling network is “making things easier” for Democrats who plan to participate in the upcoming debate.

CNN announced that its two-night event on July 30-31 won’t feature the news-making, show-of-hands questions that have been the highlight of past debates on MSNBC and Fox News. CNN will also punish any candidate who constantly interrupts by reducing their time, and down-the-line questions won’t be asked, either.

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Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple questioned by CNN moderators won’t be allowed to ask certain questions of 2020 Democratic hopefuls.

“What?” Wemple wrote. ”Even if CNN decided that it doesn’t like the theater of such questions; even if CNN decided that it doesn’t want its debates to make headlines; even if CNN decided that it didn’t want to put the candidates on the spot regarding contemporary controversies; even if CNN decided that it didn’t want good ratings; even if CNN decided that, somehow, these sorts of questions were journalistically corrupt, why would it broadcast this limitation in a public release?”

Wemple went on to ask why CNN would “crimp its moderators… plucking a wrench from their toolboxes?”

The media blogger – whose face appears on the coffee mug awarded to the weekly “Final Exam” winner during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” — then listed questions that he asked CNN: “Was that the idea of CNN or of the candidates/DNC? Did anyone other than CNN suggest this restriction? Why limit the sorts of questions that your moderators may ask? Aren’t yes-or-no questions sometimes critical for journalism?”

“It was a decision made by CNN,” a CNN spokesperson told the Post.

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“Questions seeking a show of hands or one-word answers, to be sure, come off as cheesy stunts made for cable news. They also have a knack of focusing a debate and pushing blathering politicians off their talking points. Which of you would use military force against Iran — yes or no? Which of you would sign such-and-such a bill? The Democratic candidates prepping for Detroit should feel relieved that they won’t have to contend with any such queries,” Wemple wrote.

Wemple is typically a staunch critic of Fox News but gave a glowing review of the inaugural Fox Nation fan summit in Scottsdale, Ariz. back in May.

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Candidates were asked to raise their hands if they would provide healthcare for undocumented immigrants during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News last month. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

While Wemple hammered CNN for going easy on Democratic candidates, DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall has criticized other elements of the upcoming debate, such as selecting “CNN Tonight” host Don Lemon to moderate alongside Dana Bash and Jake Tapper.

“CNN is planning a live lottery [to determine the lineup], which looks like a game-show gimmick. CNN is also putting commentator Don Lemon on the panel of questioners, which opens up CNN to the same kind of criticism NBC got when it put Rachel Maddow on the debate panel,” McCall said.

CNN insists Lemon is an anchor, but media watchdogs and even some CNN staffers are aware that he offers his own opinions on a nightly basis and debate moderators are historically nonpartisan.

“To pretend he’s not an opinion host is lunacy,” a CNN employee told Fox News.

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CNN’s upcoming debates aren’t the only things that have been criticized this week, as the network’s on-going ratings issues have caught the attention from everyone from rank-and-file employees to President Trump.

A dismal second quarter was followed up with “the network’s lowest average since 2015” when it comes to primetime viewers among the key demographic of adults age 25-54 during the first week of Q3, according to TVNewser.

“The marketplace is speaking to CNN and CNN has not been listening. The ratings struggles at CNN reflect that news consumers are losing confidence in the organization. The primetime lineup has failed to deliver ratings and the heavy ideological thrust of prime time could well be dampening viewership for the more newsy daytime shows,” McCall said. “CNN may have overplayed its Trump fascination over the last two years, particularly in prime time. Even CNN founder Ted Turner chimed in last fall suggesting that CNN needed a more balanced agenda.”

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New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera reveals why he supports Israel

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Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera revealed in an interview Tuesday he’s a big supporter of Israel and explained how his Christian faith helped him develop a deep connection to the Jewish state.

Rivera told the Washington Examiner about the bond he’s developed with Israel.

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“As a Christian, I do believe that the Lord gave us the Bible,” he told the newspaper. “The Bible speaks about Israel. Everything — from New Testament, Old Testament — it’s all about Israel and the relationship his people have. So as a Christian, I understand that the chosen people of God is Israel — Jewish Israel. The country was made by him. All the other countries were made by men. This country was built by him for his people.”

The New York Yankees legend told the Washington Examiner he became enamored with Israel after making two trips to the country with a church group and friends who are rabbis.

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“Every time that I go to Israel, it blows my mind,” Rivera said. “I wanted to see more, I wanted to understand more. I wanted to learn more. The Bible comes to life when you’re there.”

Rivera was asked whether he was concerned about his stance and whether he had received criticism over it.

“If I do, I’m OK with that,” Rivera replied. “I know what I stand for: That won’t change. So, to me, criticism is more motivation to keep going forward — to push forward — for what I believe, for what I stand for. And again, that will make me even stronger.”

He added that his support for Israel is faith-based.

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“They are the people of God,” Rivera said. “They are the chosen people, so I’m not going to be against God.”

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