Cristina Cabrera

Cristina Cabrera is the social media editor at TPM based in New York. Previously, she worked for Vocativ and interned at USA Today and New York 1 News. She received her B.A at NYU. Follow her on Twitter @crismcabrera

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On Monday night, Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) office noticed a not-so-small error on Google’s search results for the Utah senator. The search engine said Hatch, who is very much alive, had died in September 2017.

“Hi…@Google? We might need to talk,” the office of the not-dead senator tweeted.

They then provided proof that Hatch is still among the living.

Still, Hatch apparently managed to stay productive from beyond the grave.

And the office posted another photo on Tuesday morning, just in case there were still any doubts:

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Pastor Paula White, chair of President Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board, defended Trump’s child separation policy earlier this week by claiming that Jesus did not live in Egypt illegally, and that “he would not have been our Messiah” if he’d broken the law.

After gushing over how “amazing” the child detention center she visited was, White addressed immigration advocates’ point that Jesus himself was a refugee.

“Yes, he did live in Egypt for three-and-a-half years,” the televangelist told CBN News. “But it was not illegal.”

“If he had broken the law, then he would have been sinful and he would not have been our Messiah,” White added.

In fact, Jesus was famously crucified specifically for breaking the law by claiming to be the son of God. Before that, he was persecuted by religious leaders and the Romans for violating laws like resting on the Sabbath.

Several Christian leaders weren’t having it with White’s take:

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Illinois GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday declined to endorse the incumbent Democrat running for Congress against a neo-Nazi GOP candidate, instead calling for the Nazi to drop out of the race.

Arthur Jones, who describes the Holocaust as “the biggest, blackest lie in history,” is running against Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), a moderate pro-life Democrat.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed Jones as a “bigoted fool” on Friday, and called on voters to either write in another candidate or vote for Lipinski.

When WCIA reporters asked Rauner if he would do the same, the answer was “no.”

“The one thing I will say is the person, that guy, Johnson or whatever his name is, should not be on the ballot,” said the Illinois governor.

Rauner is locked in a tough fight to keep his seat against billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzer. The governor first condemned Jones back in February, saying that “there is no room for Neo Nazis in American politics.”

After state Republicans failed recruit anyone to challenge Jones in the primary and missed several other opportunities to kick him off the ticket, the neo-Nazi crowed over his victory.

“I snookered them,” he told Politico.

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A woman called the police on Oregon state representative Janelle Bynum (D) as she was canvassing in a neighborhood in her district, according to Bynum’s Tuesday Facebook post.

“Big shout out to Officer Campbell who responded professionally to someone who said that I was going door to door and spending a lot of time typing on my cell phone after each house — aka canvassing and keeping account of what my community cares about!” Bynum wrote in her post.

The legislator said she asked the policeman to connect her to the person, whose race is unknown, who called 911. Bynum wrote that “the officer called her, we talked and she did apologize.”

Later, Bynum told the Oregonian that while she understood the woman’s concern, “when people do things like this, it can be dangerous for people like me.”

In several recent incidents, bystanders have called the police to report on black people engaging in innocuous activities including holding a barbecue in a public park, waiting in a Starbucks, and, in the case of one eight-year-old girl, selling water.

Read Bynum’s full post below:

Live from the mean streets of Clackamas!!! Big shout out to Officer Campbell who responded professionally to someone who…

Posted by Janelle Bynum on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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