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Trump signed Bibles. Heresy? Many religious leaders say no

"Though we don't have a national faith, there is faith in our nation, and so it's not at all surprising that people would have politicians sign their Bibles," he said. "Those Bibles are meaningful to them and apparently these politicians are, too." Donnie Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, said she was offended by the way Trump scrawled his signature Friday as he autographed Bibles and other things, including hats, and posed for photos. Presidents have a long history of signing Bibles, though earlier presidents typically signed them as gifts to send with a spiritual message. "For me, the Bible is a very important part of my faith, and I don't think it should be used as a political ploy," she said. "If it's meaningful to them to have signatures in their Bible, I'm willing to do that," he said. At the Providence Baptist Church in the Beauregard community in Alabama, the Rev. The president also signed her sister's Bible, Ingram said. Leonard said he would have viewed it as more problematic if the signings were done at a political rally. He doesn't see how Trump could have refused at the church.

Paul’s lawyers want his political views excluded from trial

Paul suffered multiple broken ribs in the 2017 attack, and the neighbor, Rene Boucher, pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress. Paul sued Boucher, and a jury trial set for Jan. 28 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, will determine the amount of damages the senator can receive. Paul's legal team says his political beliefs are "irrelevant" to the trial, noting Boucher has said the attack had nothing to do with politics. Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, said Friday he agrees that Paul's political views are irrelevant to the trial. Paul, who ran for president in 2016 and is now in his second Senate term, rose to political prominence as a favorite of tea party supporters. Also in their motion, the senator's lawyers said the condition of Paul's yard before the attack should also be excluded, arguing that it "has no bearing upon the damages he is entitled to receive." Baker said he will oppose that request because yard conditions at Paul's house are "what this has always been about." His lawyers said a biomechanics expert is prepared to testify that Paul's injuries were similar to those resulting from a 25 mph (40 kph) car crash. Boucher was sentenced to 30 days in prison for the attack. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

An Election About Everything

Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. [Get On Politics delivered to your inbox.] In 2014, pundits, strategists and reporters dubbed the midterms the “Seinfeld election” — as in, an election about nothing. But will these past few weeks drive even more Democrats to the polls? ____________________ In Texas, ‘every conversation matters’ The Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke may turn on how many inactive voters Democrats can get to the polls. Farah Stockman, who covers national political trends for The Times, sent us this dispatch from Dallas: If Texas ever turns blue, the Texas Organizing Project — or TOP — will almost certainly have something to do with it. This year, she said, the numbers may not add up for Democrats outside of the big cities. Candidates ____________________ Today in live polls: Iowa and New Jersey Image As the election nears, The Times’s live polling project is talking to voters in some of the closest races. We had Leonard Lance, the Republican incumbent, up by one point a month ago. Politics is more than what goes on inside the White House.