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Wednesday, January 14, 2015


National Review's Jim Geraghty and host Greg Corombos discuss current events. Today's topics: The 2016 GOP presidential field takes shape, al-Qaeda in Yemen takes credit for the Paris terrorist attacks, and Virginia voters re-elect a tainted state delegate.

Bush's fundraising host ripped GOP's 'fixation' with Christian agenda
Emerging Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, kicking off a West Coast fundraising effort, is opening the door to criticism from skeptical conservatives by attending one event hosted by a former moderate GOP senator who blasted the party for giving in to the Christian right's agenda.
A Bush fundraiser Thursday in Indian Wells, Calif., is being hosted by former Missouri Sen. John Danforth, one of a group of former Republican lawmakers who have criticized the party for shifting focus to a Christian social agenda.
In advance of the country club fundraiser for Bush's Right to Rise PAC, critics distributed a 2005 op-ed Danforth wrote for the New York Times in which he slapped the party for moving away from fighting deficits to opposing gay marriage. And he accused the GOP of becoming a "political arm" of Christians.
"Our current fixation on a religious agenda has turned us in the wrong direction," he wrote, adding, "Republicans have transformed our party into the political arm of conservative Christians."
Bush has been criticized by conservatives worried about his positions in support of immigration reform and common core education standards and another line of attack, this time from evangelicals, could be damaging...
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