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‘El Camino’ Wasn’t Meth-ing Around With These ‘Breaking Bad’ Reunions

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Spoilers ahead for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” on Netflix.

All “The Bachelor” tell-all episodes combined don’t have anything on “El Camino,” which is essentially a two-hour-long “Breaking Bad” reunion special.

Long-dead characters are brought back to life in flashbacks, storylines are finally given closure and, yes, the coup de grâce includes the return of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) for some surprisingly meaningful moments as we learn the next chapter in Jesse Pinkman’s (Aaron Paul) life.

Here are the “Breaking Bad” cameos you can expect to see in “El Camino”:

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4 dead, 3 more injured after shooting at NYC club, police say

Four people are dead and three more were seriously injured after shooting erupted at an after-hours nightclub in New York City early Saturday morning, police said.

NYPD responded to a social club on Utica Avenue in the Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn just before 7 a.m. over reports of shots fired.

MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY OF FIVE FOUND DEAD INSIDE THEIR HOME FROM APPARENT ‘GUNSHOT WOUNDS,’ OFFICIALS SAY 

Once on the scene, police located four dead males and two more men and a woman who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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Police say a shooting took place at 74 Utica Avenue in the Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn just before 7 a.m. Four people were killed and three more were injured. (Google)

Police listed an address of the crime scene, which corresponded to a private social club, but they did not immediately describe the type of building in which the shooting took place.

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While no arrests have been made, a report from the New York Post cites sources who say two people were brought in for questioning in connection with Saturday’s shooting.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Richard Fowler: Churches should be more focused on God than the IRS

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Churches and other religious institutions should be more focused on God than the IRS, Fox News contributor and Democratic strategist Richard Fowler said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend,” Fowler told host Jedediah Bila that he doesn’t agree with 2020 Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who took aim at churches and other religious institutions that oppose same-sex marriage.

“There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us,” O’Rourke said at a CNN town hall Thursday.

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“So as president, we’re going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans,” he told CNN’s Don Lemon.

In O’Rourke’s “Plan to Pursue Equality for LGBTQ+ People and Ensure They Can Live Openly Without Fear of Discrimination or Violence,” he lists reversing the Trump administration’s “attempt to expand religious exemptions in order to enable discrimination or harm others.”

President Trump has championed religious liberty, largely winning the evangelical vote in 2016, and earlier this year, his administration launched a global effort to decriminalize homosexuality.

“I really don’t think it’s a question for these churches or these institutions about…should they be worried about the IRS?” Fowler said. “I think they should be having a bigger conversation with their maker.”

“I grew up in church my entire life and one thing that God taught — what I was taught from day one — is that Jesus is love and his love is limitless,” he told Bila. “And so, if you are going to limit Jesus, I think you’re doing more harm to your faith than good by excluding a certain group of people.”

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Fowler said he doesn’t agree with O’Rourke’s methodology.

“I don’t think a lot of voters do and the polls reflect that,” he said. Adding: “I think this issue around whether or not churches should have tax-exempt status — everybody could take a different position on it.”

“My position as a Democrat is sure you could keep your tax-exempt status because I think the problem’s with your maker,” Fowler concluded.

Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.

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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge becomes first person to shatter 2-hour marathon barrier

Superstar runner Eliud Kipchoge broke the elusive 2-hour marathon barrier Saturday—an achievement once considered beyond a human’s reach.

The Olympic champion and world record holder from Kenya clocked 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna.

“Today we went to the Moon and came back to earth!” Kipchoge said on Twitter. “I am at a loss for words for all the support I have received from all over the world.”

He pounded his chest in triumph at the end of the race set up for the attempt.

SUPERSTAR MARATHONER SECONDS FROM 2-HOUR RECORD TO TRY AGAIN

“That was the best moment of my life,” he told reporters before adding that he trained four-and-a-half months for his extraordinary race against the clock. “The pressure was very big on my shoulders. I got a phone call from the President of Kenya. I am the happiest man today.”

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Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya celebrates under the clock after crossing the finish line of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge after 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. He is the first human ever to run a marathon under two hours. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Kipchoge pointed out his mission went beyond athletics.

“We can make this world a beautiful world and a peaceful world,” he said. “The positivity of sport. I want to make it a clean sport and an interesting sport.”

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Kipchoge’s barrier-breaking run won’t count as an official world record because it was not run under open marathon conditions, according to reports.

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Eliud Kipchoge runs on his way to break the historic two hour barrier for a marathon in Vienna, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Eliud Kipchoge has become the first athlete to run a marathon in less than two hours, although it will not count as a world record. The Olympic champion and world record holder from Kenya clocked 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds Saturday at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, an event set up for the attempt. (Jed Leicester/The INEOS 1:59 Challenge via AP)

Kipchoge was helped along by three dozen pacemakers in alternating groups.

The 26.22-mile race also featured a pace car with a laser beam, projecting the ideal position on the road. Cyclists supplied drinks so runners wouldn’t have to slow down.

Running at an average pace of 4:33.5 minutes per mile, Kipchoge was 11 seconds ahead of schedule halfway through his run. He then maintained his tempo until the pacemakers left him for the final 500 meters, where he sped up.

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In this photo made available by The INEOS 1:59 Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, Eliud Kipchoge celebrates as he crosses finish line and makes history to become the first human being to run a marathon in under 2 hours. (Bob Martin/The INEOS 1:59 Challenge via AP)

“I was really calm, I was just trying to maintain the pace,” said Kipchoge, adding he was never in doubt about breaking the barrier. “For me it was not 50-50, it was 90 percent.”

Hundreds of joyous Kenyans brought traffic to a standstill in the middle of the capital, Nairobi, as they gathered to watch the end of the run on a large screen.

In May Kipchoge came close to running a marathon in under 2-hours in the U.K.

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He holds the official world record of 2:01:39 set in Berlin 13 months ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump Impeachment Crisis Tees Democratic Candidates Up For Chaotic Fall

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic presidential race that had been largely static through the summer has tumbled into a chaotic fall, shaped by unpredictable events and the deepening impeachment crisis surrounding President Donald Trump.

Less than four months before voting begins, front-running candidates are facing urgent questions about their ability to challenge Trump, prompted by a health scare for Sen. Bernie Sanders, an uneven response by Joe Biden to the president’s efforts to tie him to the impeachment inquiry and nagging questions about liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s electability. Lower-tier candidates are struggling just to be heard.

The uncertainty is heightening anxieties among Democrats desperate to defeat Trump in 2020. Although impeachment could imperil Trump’s presidency, the process has also highlighted Trump’s skill at discrediting his opponents, sometimes with baseless conspiracy theories. And Democrats appear no closer to sorting out what tactics, what ideology and what person is best-suited to overcome that.

Progressive candidates like Sanders and Warren are surging in fundraising and drawing support from a wide swath of voters, according to polls, but face opposition from moderates who question whether now is the time to start the kind of sweeping — and divisive — economic and societal reforms they are pushing. It’s a concern some moderates say has only increased against the backdrop of impeachment.

“The divisions we have in the country threaten the health and stability of our democracy. President Trump has fractured so many norms,” former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said in an interview. “Like a patient getting over an illness or injury, we have to first heal the nation’s divisions and reestablish our norms before we have the needed strength to successfully embrace and implement an array of big ideas.”

Vilsack, a longtime friend of Biden’s, has not endorsed anyone in the 2020 race. He’s been courted by, and consulted with, numerous candidates, and has spoken regularly with Warren.

The Massachusetts senator has energized voters with a menu of detailed policy proposals, a folksy, relatable way of explaining them and a swell of small-dollar donations that brought in more than $24.6 million in the most recent quarter. That’s increasingly turning her into a target for candidates who see her calls for overhauling health care and rebalancing wealth in America as outside the mainstream.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is trying to break into the upper rung, has focused in particular on Warren’s health care plan, the Sanders’-authored “Medicare for All” single-payer system that Buttigieg describes as a “my-way-or-the-highway approach.”

But it’s more than the policy Buttigieg is arguing against.

“We have to be able not only to thrill a debate audience or a Twitter following but actually make something happen, which tells us that having the smartest policy is only half the battle when it comes to what will actually make a difference,” Buttigieg said in an interview.

For now, Warren advisers are happy to have Sanders still in the race to help absorb those blows rather than becoming the sole target of the attacks.

“Politically, it’s good for Warren and Sanders to have each other in the race,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “They bolster each other’s ideas.”

The confidence Sanders’ campaign felt last week after announcing a $25.3 million haul in the third quarter — the highest in the race — was lessened after the 78-year-old senator suffered a heart attack. He told reporters this week that he planned to scale back his campaign, then said he had misspoken. He’ll return to the campaign on Tuesday for a debate in Ohio.

His advisers privately acknowledge that the timing of the heart attack — which came just as the impeachment inquiry was escalating — may have helped limit the political fallout because attention was focused elsewhere. But they also understand that he will have to more directly address lingering health concerns.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ chief strategist, dismissed any long-term concerns, noting that the 2020 contest includes several older candidates, including the 73-year-old Trump.

“There are a number of older candidates in the race, including the sitting president of the United States, and I can tell you with confidence, there’s only one we can say with assurance whose arteries are completely open,” Weaver said, referencing the stent procedure designed to clear Sanders’ clogged arteries.

Biden, 76, stands as the strongest obstacle to Warren and Sanders, fundamentally opposed on policy and pitching a more conciliatory approach to governing.

The former vice president was already facing questions about whether he was out of step with the party’s activist liberal base and up for the challenge of taking on Trump before he got pulled into the impeachment inquiry, which centers on Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate the former vice president and his son.

Although Trump’s allegations against Biden are so far without foundation, the president and his allies have aggressively pressed the charges. Biden responded forcefully this week, but only after days of hand-wringing among supporters and advisers who worried he appeared ill-prepared for combatting the kind of asymmetrical political warfare at which Trump excels.

Still, Biden backers contend that the mere fact that Trump has appeared focused on trying to take down Biden allows the former vice president to strengthen his electability argument by previewing what a one-on-one race with the president would look like.

“He’s able to go out there every day and make this Biden vs. Trump argument,” said John Anzalone, a pollster for Biden.

That’s the fear for some lower-tier candidates — that the head-to-head fight between Trump and Biden, and the grassroots support of Warren and Sanders, block out their opportunities for a late surge.

Everyone is at risk, including those who have had flashes of success in recent months but are now languishing in the single digits in many polls, including California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

Buttigieg said there is no secret strategy for those candidates seeking to break out during this intense fall stride toward the first votes other than engaging in a “respectful and robust” debate of ideas.

“Where there’s an important difference, people need to understand that,” he said.

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Discussion Thread: Louisiana Gubernatorial Primary – October 12, 2019

Introduction

Today, voters in Louisiana head to the polls (or have already voted) in the gubernatorial jungle primary. Louisiana is one of 5 states (the others being MS, KY, VA and NJ) which elects its Governor in odd year elections, with elections for Governor and other row offices in Mississippi and Kentucky, as well as legislative elections in New Jersey and Virginia occurring next month. As a further quirk that is somewhat common in Southern states, Louisiana has a jungle primary – voters today will vote in a general election and, if no candidate obtains at least 50% of the vote, the top two candidates will face each other in a runoff election on November 16.

The incumbent, Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, is seeking reelection. Edwards was elected in 2015 after defeating then-US Senator David Vitter, prominently attacking Vitter’s involvement in the DC Madam scandal in the runoff. He faces two major Republican opponents, Congressman Ralph Abraham (LA-05) and businessman Eddie Rispone, who are each vying for a chance to face Edwards in the runoff election. President Donald Trump won Louisiana by a 58-38 margin in the 2016 presidential election, but polling has shown Governor Edwards competitive in both the primary, and the runoff election.

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Voter Information

Candidates*

*3 other candidates, Democrat Oscar Dantzler, Republican Patrick Landy, and Independent Gary Landrieu will also be on the ballot. Public polling does not show these candidates garnering more than 5% of the vote.

Polling

*Pollster reaches this result by assuming that 90% of undecided black voters will support Gov. Edwards, and that black voters will account for 27% of the electorate.

**Internal poll for Congressman Ralph Abraham.

Results

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Tulsi Gabbard Wants A New Job. A Primary Challenger Wants Her Current One.

As she makes a long shot bid for president, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is facing a serious threat at home: a primary challenger who has raised more money and received more high-profile endorsements than she has. 

Hawaii state Sen. Kaiali’i Kahele (D) launched his primary bid against Gabbard, who has represented the state’s 2nd Congressional District since 2013, in January. 

He believed her absence from the district she is representing and her sometimes polarizing stances — Gabbard only belatedly and seemingly reluctantly supported an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, for example, and drew criticism earlier this year after she refused to condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — would give him an opening.

“What I really think is important is that we have leaders that are decisive, have some resolve, and are not motivated one way or another to go where the political trade winds blow,” Kahele told HuffPost, alluding to Gabbard. 

In the first two quarters of 2019, Kahele raised $399,000 in campaign contributions, more than quadruple Gabbard’s $83,000. Three former Hawaii governors have endorsed him. And there are signs of trouble for Gabbard: A recent Public Policy Polling survey found that a majority of District 2 constituents support her dropping out of the congressional race altogether. In the same poll, she led Kahele 48 to 26 in a head-to-head matchup, but the fact that 27% of voters in the district were undecided shows that he has a clear path to victory in next year’s primary. 

“Constituents do not feel that local or national offices are responsive to their concerns, or available when they need them,” Kahele claimed. “My first and foremost concern is to make sure that the people of [our district] are well represented.” 

‘Putting The Priorities Of Hawaii’s Residents First’ 

Kahele, who goes by a Kai, a nickname based on his first name, joined the state Senate in 2016 at age 42. A Hilo-based commercial pilot and Air National Guard major, he hadn’t envisioned getting into politics so young. But “unfortunate circumstances presented an incredible opportunity,” he said.

In early 2016, Kahele’s father, the late state Sen. Gil Kahele, suffered a heart attack. Fighting for his life, Gil asked Kai for one thing: to take over his seat in the state’s first district. Kai agreed. Two days later, his father died. 

Gov. David Ige appointed Kai to the state Senate in February 2016. He finished out his late father’s term, then ran two successful campaigns in 2016 and 2018, winning each with close to 90% of the vote. 

Kahele believes he’d do a better job than Gabbard has serving Hawaii’s diverse 2nd Congressional District, which is made up of several islands — some big and booming, others small and rural. The district encompasses all of the Hawaiian islands except for the southern half of Oahu, where Honolulu has its own representative. 

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Justin Sullivan via Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) takes the stage at a debate in July.

Some of the most pressing issues in the district are education access and health care for veterans and rural communities on those neighboring islands. Despite its annual rankings as one of the country’s healthiest states, rural Hawaiians struggle to access health care, with only 14 rural hospitals across the entire state. 

Kahele witnessed the lack of access after his father’s heart attack in 2016, when Gil Kahele had to be taken in a medevac helicopter from the Big Island to the island of Oahu because the local medical centers couldn’t accommodate the procedure he needed. Like many candidates in a post-2016 political landscape, Kahele said he’s running on a platform of unity: “bringing teamwork and collaboration to the Hawaii delegation,” he said. “We have four out of 535 members in Congress, 5,000 miles away … We need a delegation that’s working together, that’s putting the priorities of Hawaii’s residents first.”

That includes working across the aisle: “We should all be Americans first,” he said. 

‘That’s An Impeachable Offense’

But Kahele doesn’t plan on participating in both-sides-ism. He’s seized on Gabbard’s past resistance to an impeachment inquiry, and he’s hammering her on it. 

For months, Gabbard said she would not support an impeachment inquiry, calling it “terribly divisive” — even after a whistleblower alleged that Trump urged Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

The news prompted Kahele to respond, tweeting that impeachment wouldn’t “tear this country apart” any more than Trump already has. 

After the whistleblower complaint prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to launch an impeachment inquiry, Democratic support for impeachment shot up to 81%. A few days later, Gabbard backtracked and released a statement in which she begrudgingly supported the inquiry. Kahele said he was glad Gabbard reversed her position. 

“I hope it was due to the facts presented, and not about how the trade winds were blowing,” he said.

But he doesn’t understand how she hadn’t gotten to that position sooner, he added. 

“It was clear to me from reading the Mueller report, the whistleblower report and Ukraine memo, that the president asked a foreign leader to dig up dirt on a political rival and mess with the 2020 elections,” Kahele said. “That’s an impeachable offense.” 

Gabbard and Kahele have yet to face off publicly ― Hawaii law forbids Gabbard from running for two public positions simultaneously, so she hasn’t yet announced a reelection campaign. She’s given no indication she plans to give up her seat if she doesn’t win the presidential nomination, but Kahele remains optimistic about his campaign efforts. Hawaii has consistently produced one of Trump’s lowest approval ratings — dipping as low as 29% — and 65% of registered voters in the state think he should be impeached. The longer Gabbard took to condemn his actions, the more Hawaiians seemed to disapprove of her, too. This isn’t a new problem for Gabbard, either: Her polling numbers among Aloha State voters dropped after she met with Trump prior to his inauguration in 2017.

Gabbard did not return HuffPost’s request for comment for this piece. 

“She’s got a fucking tiger on her tail, and she’s gonna be in trouble,” Kai told VICE News in June. (He later apologized for swearing, and said he thought he was speaking off the record.) “It’s a different Hawaii than what she’s used to, and I’m a completely different candidate than anything she’s ever faced.”

“It’s time for a change in the White House,” he told HuffPost. “And it’s time for a change in District 2.”

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Family of US citizen imprisoned in Lebanon pleads for his release: ‘This is a cry for help’

DOVER, N.H. – A New Hampshire family is pleading for President Trump to secure their father’s safe return from Lebanon, where he is being detained without charges and his family says he was physically abused by Lebanese authorities.

Amer Fakhoury, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested in his native Lebanon during a family trip last month after a Hezbollah-backed newspaper accused him of torturing Hezbollah and Palestinian prisoners in the 1980s and 1990s.

His family says Lebanese authorities seized his American passport at the airport in Beirut, claiming they needed to do a routine background check because Fakhoury had not returned to the country in 20 years. He was told to pick it up a few days later on September 13. Before that day came, Hezbollah-backed newspaper Al-Akhbar published the article making the accusations.

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“He knew he was an innocent man and didn’t have anything to fear, that’s why he went to the appointment just like they told him,” his daughter Guila Fakhoury told Fox News in an exclusive interview.

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Amer Fakhoury at his daughter’s graduation.

That was the last time Fakhoury’s family heard from him. Within days, former inmates of Khiam prison and Hezbollah supporters were picketing in the streets, calling for Fakhoury’s public hanging. Lebanese Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, a Hezbollah ally, also tweeted that the Lebanese people “will not forgive” those who tortured them.

Under pressure from the U.S. Embassy, Fakhoury was transferred to a military prison on September 14, where he was allowed an evaluation by a medical doctor. Fox News has seen the report, which includes photographs showing signs of torture. His attorney believes he was strangled and beaten before his prison transfer. A preliminary hearing set by a military court was never held, and his family is worried he will be killed.

Fakhoury’s daughters, all graduates of the University of New Hampshire, say people have also made online death threats against them, their mother, and Fakhoury’s 3-year-old granddaughter.

“One person commented ‘Just one bullet.’ It was on a picture of me, my sister, and my mom,” Macy Fakhoury said.

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Amer Fakhoury after getting U.S. citizenship.

Amer Fakhoury was once a commander in the South Lebanon Army, a mostly Christian force allied with and supported by Israel, which fought to contain Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists during Israel’s occupation of Southern Lebanon until 2000.

Fakhoury’s attorney said his role at the Khiam Prison was strictly logistical, and he was never involved in any torture. His family fears for his safety, saying he is being used as a political pawn by the corrupt government.

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Hezbollah’s influence in Lebanon has grown massively over the years and in the May election, it increased its number of parliament seats to hold some key ministries. The SLA, of which Fakhoury was a former member, was set up to fight Hezbollah’s influence and was funded by the Lebanese government until 2000.

Hezbollah has been backed to the tune of billions of dollars over the years by Iran and was listed by the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) in 1997.

“We don’t trust the judicial system in Lebanon,” Guila Fakhoury said. “We don’t trust the corrupted government. This is a cry for help because he is an innocent man.”

Following Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon, Fakhoury was charged along with thousands of other SLA members for working with Israel, but his record was cleared in 2018 of any wrongdoing. His family points out previous charges against him were for working with Israel, not for torture.

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Amer Fakhoury is a faithful supporter of President Trump, is active in the New Hampshire Republican Party, and even attended a campaign event where he was snapped in a photo with the president, giving a thumbs-up. 

Fakhoury has still not been charged with any crime and has been held for more than a month.

“Right now he’s illegally detained. He was mentally and physically tortured or abused. We have medical records. We have pictures of the abuse. We really need to get him out of there as soon as possible,” Fakhoury’s attorney, Celine Atallah, told Fox News.

A source within the Lebanese government familiar with the case told Fox News on condition of anonymity that there’s, “No legal basis whatsoever for this case, it’s all fabricated.”

The Mideast Coalition for Democracy also tells Fox News that Fakhoury’s detention signifies the extent of Iran’s influence in the region.

“Because of his service, he was forced to flee his country of birth, Lebanon, through Israel and ending in the U.S., where he became a citizen and a business owner in New Hampshire,” co-director John Hajjar said. “Now, after returning to Lebanon he’s been imprisoned and interrogated for his prior service proving that Lebanon is now under near full control of the terrorist Hezbollah organization and their sponsors, the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

The State Department told Fox News it is monitoring the situation and takes seriously its responsibility to assist U.S. citizens abroad. Meanwhile, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said she is in communication with the U.S. ambassador on the ground in Lebanon in regards to her constituent. A request for comment from the U.S. embassy in Beirut has yet to be answered.

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Fakhoury’s daughters are hoping their cries for help reach the Oval Office. Their father is a faithful supporter of President Trump, is active in the New Hampshire Republican Party, and even attended a campaign event where he was snapped in a photo with the president, giving a thumbs-up.

“President Trump, if he can help us, that will be great. We want my dad to be back home. Whoever can help, this is the time to do it,” Guila Fakhoury said.

Since 2006, the United States government has provided more than $3 billion in aid to Lebanon, although Congress and the Trump administration have enacted sanctions prohibiting financial transactions that benefit Hezbollah.

Fox News producer Ben Evansky contributed to this article.

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Warren’s viral answer at town hall might have stemmed from question asked by supporter

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., received a chorus of praise on Thursday after she dunked on traditional beliefs about marriage — but was the proverbial pitch grooved to her by a friendly donor?

The man who asked that question was Morgan Cox III, who sits on the Board of Directors for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). HRC is the organization that cohosted CNN’s “LGBTQ Town Hall” on Thursday and happens to be one of the nation’s foremost advocacy groups on the issue.

Donor data also revealed that a man matching Cox’s profile donated at least $5,400 to Warren in 2017 and 2018: A Morgan Cox III from Plano, Texas, gave Warren $2,700 to Warren in July of 2017, $1,000 in April of 2018, and another $1,700 that same April.

When Cox was introduced on Thursday, CNN described him as someone tied to a “real estate investment firm in Dallas, Texas.” Both Cox’s Linkedin profile and HRC’s website say he’s based in Plano, Texas. His Linkedin profile also notes that he works as a partner at Marquis Group, a real estate firm based in Texas.

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Cox, on Thursday, prompted a catchy response from Warren after he asked her: “Let’s say you’re on the campaign trail … and a supporter approaches you and says, ‘Senator, I am old-fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman.’ What is your response?”

“Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that,” Warren told Cox, drawing laughter from the audience. “And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman.'”

After more laughter and applause, Warren let loose an apparent jab at the hypothetical supporters. “Assuming you can find one,” she quipped, turning and rubbing her hands together.

Online, Warren experienced an outpouring of support. “Elizabeth Warren had a perfect zinger at CNN’s LGBTQ town hall when asked about gay marriage,” New York Magazine declared on Friday.

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HRC is perhaps most well-known for its simple equality logo which features a a yellow “equals” sign against a blue backdrop. Its mission statement reads: “HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.”

The group has clashed with conservatives on issues surrounding religious liberty. It previously lambasted certain laws as “cruel” because they allowed religious adoption agencies to obtain exemptions from serving same-sex couples. In an op-ed from August of 2018, the organization’s president compared Trump’s Religious Liberty Task Force to oppressive tactics African-Americans faced during the Civil Rights era.

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That task force was announced by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a way to protect people like the Colorado baker who was sued after refusing to serve as a same-sex ceremony.

“The DOJ has a duty to uphold the rights of all Americans — not curtail them based on the extreme ideology of a few,” HRC president Chad Griffin said.

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