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As a woman, you face challenges related to your health every day. You are ruled by your hormones that fluctuate over the years, dropping dramatically as you approach menopause. Keeping your weight under control can be a struggle. If you want to trim your body down to your ideal weight and maintain it, you need to drop some bad habits that are working against you. Once you get your body on the right track, you can watch those unwanted pounds melt away.


Brewery Makes Beer from ‘Toilet Water’

Would you drink beer made from toilet water?

The brewers at one popular brewery in California are betting you would.

Stone Brewing of San Diego unveiled a new beer made from water that “comes from the toilet,” according to </span>ABC 10 News in San Diego.

Granted, the water for the brew, called Full Circle Pale Ale, is not made from water directly from the toilet, but it does use recycled water from the Pure Water San Diego program, the channel reported.</span>


Trump Welcomes Iraqi PM Ahead of Coalition Meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Iraq’s prime minister and a large Iraqi delegation to the White House on Monday, for talks aimed at further coordinating efforts to defeat Islamic State extremists in northern Iraq.

As the meeting opened, Trump praised Iraqi government efforts to face down the extremist group, and then told Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that he hoped to discuss the “vacuum” created when IS fighters seized control of large swaths of northern and western Iraq in 2014.


FBI Director Debunks Trump Claim that Obama Wiretapped Him

FBI Director James Comey has debunked President Donald Trump’s explosive claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him in the weeks before last year’s presidential election and also confirmed that his agency is investigating whether Trump campaign aides criminally colluded with Russian interests to help Trump win.

“We don’t have any information that supports (Trump’s) tweets” claiming that Obama eavesdropped on him at his Trump Tower headquarters in New York, Comey told the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.


IRS, States and Tax Industry Warn of Last-Minute Email Scams

IRS, States and Tax Industry Warn of Last-Minute Email Scams

IR-2017-64, March 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned both tax professionals and taxpayers of last-minute phishing email scams, especially those requesting last-minute deposit changes for refunds or account updates.

As the 2017 tax filing season winds down to the April 18 deadline, tax-related scams of various sorts are at their peak.


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Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf yesterday reminded Pennsylvanians to prepare for the coming winter weather, and assured residents that state agencies are taking steps to ensure they and local communities are ready to respond and prepared for the worst.


Facebook Founder, Wife Expecting 2nd Child Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are expecting their second child.

In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg says his wife Priscilla Chan is pregnant with a girl. The couple already has a 1-year-old daughter.

In his post, Zuckerberg writes that he’s happy his first daughter, Max, will have a sister. Zuckerberg says he grew up with three sisters and they taught him to learn from smart, strong women. He also says his wife grew up with two sisters.

Zuckerberg says he and his wife can’t wait to welcome the baby and do their best to raise another strong woman.</span>


Asia Trip Poses Numerous Challenges for Tillerson U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, making his first trip to Japan, South Korea and China as the top United States diplomat this week, is expected to expand the effort to find new options for dealing with North Korea and the nuclear and military threat it poses to the region and to the world.

Pyongyang’s provocative gestures, such as firing multiple missiles into the Sea of Japan this month, have been so strident that Washington said it is “moving farther away” from considering the option of a direct engagement with the North Koreans and their mercurial young leader, Kim Jong-Un.


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Superfoods For Your Heart

In America, heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. The most important thing you can do for your heart and your general health is to eat well. In countries where almost no processed food is eaten, heart disease is extremely rare. Your risk of heart attack and stroke is lowered by 35% if you consume a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. Here are some of the most heart-healthy superfoods you can eat.

Oranges

Oranges are full of vitamins and minerals that are great for heart health.


California Governor Announces Appointments

GOVERNOR BROWN ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments:

Aimee Barnes, 35, of Alameda, has been appointed senior advisor to the Governor in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Barnes has been a partner at Allotrope Partners since 2016. She served as deputy secretary for border and intergovernmental relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2013 to 2016.


Sessions Would Recuse Himself from Trump-Russia Probe If Appropriate

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says if it is “appropriate” he would recuse himself from his agency’s wide-ranging investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.

The former senator was recently sworn in as the country’s top law enforcement official, after being one of President Donald Trump’s top surrogates during Trump’s run to the White House. Sessions is facing calls from some lawmakers, both opposition Democrats and Republicans like Sessions, to resign or at least recuse himself from the investigation because of his denial at his January Senate confirmation hearing that he knew of any Trump campaign communications with Russian officials.</span>


Accountants Blamed for Oscar Mistake Will Not Work Ceremony Again

The organizers of the Academy Awards said Wednesday that the two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants behind the mix up that saw La La Land incorrectly named best picture before Moonlight was declared the real winner, will not work the Oscars ceremony again.

A spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said PwC accountants Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz would no longer tabulate Oscar votes and hand out envelopes containing winners’ names at Hollywood’s most prestigious awards ceremony.


Florida Governor Rick Scott Announces New Appointment

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Carlos Beruff as Chairman to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). The other 14 members appointed by the Governor to the 37-member Commission will be announced in the coming days. The CRC convenes every 20 years to review Florida’s Constitution and propose potential changes to be approved by Florida voters. Any potential changes to the constitution proposed by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission will be on the ballot to be voted on by Florida residents in November 2018.


White House Backs Renewal of Spy Law Without Reforms, Official SaysThe Trump administration supports renewing without reforms a key surveillance law governing how the U.S. government collects electronic communications that is due to expire at the end of the year, a White House official said Wednesday.

“We support the clean reauthorization, and the administration believes it’s necessary to protect the security of the nation,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

The law, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), has been criticized by privacy and civil liberties advocates as allowing broad, intrusive spying.


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Is Your Gallbladder Healthy?

It’s an important part of the body that most people never thing about. It’s the gallbladder, a 4-inch, pear-shaped organ located in the upper right side of the abdomen. The gallbladder collects bile, a combination of fluid, fat, and cholesterol that helps to break down fat in the intestine. Even when the bile isn’t working as well as it should and gallstones develop, most people are unaware of a problem. That’s because, unlike the heart or kidneys, for instance, the gallbladder isn’t necessarily vital to keeping a body healthy and functioning.


Tips for Making Healthier Meals for Weight Loss

Cooking healthier for weight loss is all about making smaller changes over time. As you move through these tips don’t attempt to implement them all at once. Instead, add in one new strategy a week and make sure you master that one before moving on to another.

Pack Your Food With Veggies

This one is fun and easy to do. Every single recipe you make you should try and find ways to pack it full of nutritious and filling vegetables.


Ways to Manage Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious, chronic illness that affects approximately 30 million Americans, approximately 10% of the population. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder wherein the body fails to produce enough insulin to adequately regulate blood sugar levels.

Formerly known as “sugar sickness” or “sugar diabetes,” diabetes is classified by scientists into two main types. Type 1 is a birth condition that affects only a small percentage of diabetes sufferers.


7 Foods for a Healthy Immune System

Supporting your immune system with the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients can give your body a fighting chance against flu, colds and other infections that run rampant this time of year. Don’t forget that in addition to these super immune supporting foods you should also:
Eat a varied diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Wash your hand frequently.

1. Yogurt

Greek or European yogurt contains a whole host of probiotics or “good” bacteria that can help keep your gut healthy and running smoothly.


Army Strategist Named as National Security Adviser

U.S. President Donald Trump named a new national security adviser Monday, picking Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, a military strategist who has spent his entire career in the U.S. armed forces.

Trump called the 54-year-old McMaster “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”

The president, making the announcement from his Florida retreat Mar-a-Lago along the Atlantic Ocean, said that retired Army Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg, who had been his acting adviser, will now serve as chief of staff of the National Security Council.


Senior Trump Appointee Fired After Critical Comments

A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Donald Trump’s policies and his inner circle of advisers.

Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington.

A senior White House official confirmed that Deare is no longer working at the NSC and has returned to the position he previously held at the National Defense University.


RECALL: Multiple Vitamin

Licata Enterprises Asks For Volunary Recall of Multiple Vitamin Because of A Possible Fish Allergen Health Risk

For Immediate Release

February 14, 2017

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Consumers

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Announcement

Licata Enterprises of Huntington Beach, California is recalling its The Supreme One / Theravits 100 multiple vitamin (all lots) due to the discovery of a confusing labeling issue which could cause cause individuals allergic to fish oils to ingest the product in error.


Apartments Forest Virginia You Have Access To

Apartments Forest Virginia You Have Access To

You can work with our tips if you’d like to become familiar with apartments Forest Virginia choices. Some people put places on the market that you won’t like. Or, you may find out how to avoid missing out on something you’ll enjoy when all is said and done.

Out of all of the apartments that are out there, some of them will be older. Will it be best to live in a place that has character and is not as new? Would you prefer a home you know will be efficient with up to date fixtures throughout it? Apartments are very different if they are old or new. Some people figure it’s worth it to save on living anywhere older but check out both kinds of places and see what you think is the best for you.

Maintenance requests are a must to make if you have anything wrong in the apartment you’re in. Sometimes, you can find a lot of problems out right when you move in. If you can walk through the apartment at first, then you should try everything out and should ask a lot of questions. Find out if you can contact someone if something is not working and get to know what they will do to fix it. It may be more trouble than it’s worth to do business with this apartment complex or it could be that they just don’t care about residents.

Some people write reviews when they are mad about something they did. Maybe they are writing about an apartment after they got evicted for not paying the rent or for trashing their place. It’s easy to find people that complain and are in the wrong because they won’t say anything at all that details their overall experience beyond that they hated it. A review that is good to trust is one that talks about how they felt the whole time they were living there. You want to learn about the pros and cons, not just one or the other!

Apartments Forest Virginia is able to offer you will be great for the most part. This is an area that a lot of people love to be in and that’s why you should check it out. Even if you already live there, it’s good to get a new place that you want and not what you have to get.

At Liberty, Gillespie tells students how faith helped him rebound from setbacks

At Liberty, Gillespie tells students how faith helped him rebound from setbacks

Ed Gillespie, front-runner for the GOP nomination for governor, told Liberty University’s convocation on Monday how his Catholic faith has sustained him through personal disappointments and professional setbacks.

Liberty is an important campaign stop for national and statewide GOP hopefuls seeking support among evangelical voters. Rather than talk about hot-button issues, Gillespie reflected on lessons he learned while bouncing back from rejection.

Gillespie cited Romans 8:28, which says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

He added: “As I look back on my past, the first part of this verse explains a lot to me — all things, including defeats and unpleasant experiences, work for the good.”

Gillespie said that while “the Atlanta Falcons are having a hard time seeing that today,” it is true in his life. “You see, some of the most disappointing moments in my life have resulted in the best things that ever happened to me.”

Gillespie recalled that when he was a senior in high school, he set his sights on an elite liberal arts college in New England.

“In retrospect, given my grades and SAT scores, it was beyond my reach. But I’d convinced myself I could get in. I didn’t, and I was devastated.”

He ended up going to The Catholic University of America in Washington where he fell in love with a student whom he thought he would marry. He said they dated for a while, but the young woman transferred to another school when they were sophomores. On one of his visits to her school, Gillespie said, the woman broke up with him.

“I was heartbroken. Despondent,” he recalled. “Thought I’d never be able to be truly happy.”

He threw himself into his studies and his work. He moved up from Senate parking attendant to an internship, and, to ultimately, a full-time job for a member of Congress.

Following President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election, Gillespie interviewed with two incoming members of Congress for a press secretary job. He did not get the job with one member of the House, whom many expected to be a rising star but then ended up losing his next election.

Instead, Gillespie got the job with a “somewhat nutty professor,” Dick Armey of Texas, who rose through the ranks to become the first GOP House majority leader in 40 years.

Gillespie said his work with Armey for more than a decade prepared him to become chairman of the Republican National Committee and ultimately, White House counselor to President George W. Bush.

In Washington, on a congressional league co-ed softball team, Gillespie met Cathy Hay, his future wife. The Gillespies will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in May.

“As it’s turned out, those feelings of devastation, heartbreak and rejection earlier in my life — while not fleeting — were temporary,” Gillespie said. “And every one of them led to lasting acceptance, love and fulfillment.

“Of course, I didn’t know then what I know now. I wish I did. And I wish I had then the relationship with the Lord that I have now, because I would have had greater acceptance and much more peace in trying times,” he said.

Gillespie said he “suffered another rejection in 2014,” when he lost a squeaker to U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

“But I am a better person for having made that race. And I am a better candidate now because of that experience.”

Gillespie said he loves the passage from Romans “because it puts our past in context, and helps rid us of the corrosive effect of living with regret. And it inspires us with hope for a future in accordance with God’s will.”

Gillespie is one of four Republican hopefuls for governor in the June primary, along with state Sen. Frank W. Wagner, R-Virginia Beach; Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and Denver Riggleman, co-owner of Silverback Distillery in Nelson County.

Two candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination: Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam and former Rep. Tom Perriello, D-5th.

Appomattox to get nearly $880k for tornado recovery

Appomattox to get nearly $880k for tornado recovery

Thanks to a state grant of almost $880,000, about a dozen Appomattox County homeowners may be able to rebuild or repair their houses damaged by a tornado in 2016.

 “I think [the grant money] is absolutely welcome. A lot of prayers were answered. We had a lot of people that were uninsured, and it will really help those folks out,” said Sam Carter, chairman of the Appomattox County Board of Supervisors.

The grant money will go directly to the tornado recovery fund, managed by the Appomattox County Long-Term Recovery Group, according to Carter. The money is part of more than $4 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) being distributed among 10 projects in nine Virginia localities, according to a news release by Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office Monday.

“Now we can really, really move forward with helping more folks and those that had to put up [recovery costs] with their own money,” Carter said. “This right here is a pure blessing.”

Nearly four dozen Appomattox Countyhomes suffered major damage Feb. 24, 2016, when a tornado packing winds of up to 165 mphleft a path of destruction 13 miles long and 400 yards wide through the community of Evergreen.

According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, 30 houses were destroyed, and 12 houses sustained major damage.

Shelia McCoy was in Lynchburg planning for her mother’s funeral when the tornado destroyed her mobile home on Berry Lane behind Central Baptist Church, which also was leveled by the tornado.

 “I feel very lost … my kids have kept me going, they’ve been by me,” said McCoy, who has been living with her daughter for almost a year,  by phone Monday afternoon.

She said she hopes to rebuild her house but on a new piece of property on Red House Road and has been in contact with the Appomattox County Long-Term Recovery Group through Lynchburg Community Action Group, which is handling the case management for the recovery group.

The group, a coalition of volunteers from churches and area nonprofits as well as county government officials, collaborated with the Region 2000 Local Government Council in seeking the grant.

The application for $973,265 was earmarked for six houses that need to be rebuilt and to repair another 10 damaged houses. A portion of that money also will go to community cleanup like stump removal.

First priority for the funding would be uninsured and underinsured families, with eligibility determined on a case-by-case basis and evaluated by Region 2000.

The CDBG program provides funding to plan and implement projects that address critical community development needs, including housing, infrastructure and economic development, according to the news release. Other localities to receive grant funding include Wythe County, the town of Waverly, Buchanan County, the town of Exmore, Floyd County, the town of Dungannon, Wise County and Essex County. 

Crowd protests Trump policies in Lynchburg

Crowd protests Trump policies in Lynchburg

Carrying brightly colored signs and waving American flags, a large crowd at the “No Ban, No Wall” protest spread out along the roundabout at 5th and Federal streets in Lynchburg, their chants of “No hate, no fear. Refugees are welcome here,” echoing around them.

More than 200 gatherers united Sunday afternoon to take part in a demonstration against President Donald Trump’s recent policies, including the Jan. 27 immigration ban that has stirred protests throughout the nation and his plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.

“I was a ninth grade high school teacher. [Trump’s] behavior would not have stayed in my classroom,” said Gloria Simon, a retired Heritage High School English teacher. “We didn’t bully, we didn’t make fun of, we didn’t taunt and we respected. … I’ve got someone leading my coun-try who doesn’t behave as well as a teenager.”

The demonstration served as the first event of new Lynchburg organization the Seven Hills Progressive Society (SHPS), which was founded in November following the election.

SHPS (pronounced “ships”) was created as a grassroots response to the current political cli-mate by several members in the Lynchburg community who felt the government was not re-sponding to their needs, said Nick Castanes, a founding member and organizer of Sunday’s demonstration. The group’s mission is to create a network for communication among those in Lynchburg who feel they are at risk and disadvantaged under the new administration.

“Rather than waiting for the government to deliver or protect our rights, why don’t we take it upon ourselves to see what the needs are in the community and see if we can address that on a local level?” he said.

Sunday’s protest, Castanes said, came together with about a week of planning. By Sunday morning, the hastily organized event on Facebook had about 75 confirmed to attend.

The turnout was more than double.

Some came together in groups, with globes carrying the words “no borders here” and banners calling for an end to white supremacy. Sam Crowder, age 7, and 6-year-olds Oliver McGovern and Madeline Yarzebinski held a sign reading, “Refugees in Trump out,” as they stood with their parents and joined a chant of “no justice, no peace.”

A few people joined when they saw the crowd, parking their cars in nearby lots and rushing up the sidewalks to file into the group. Several motorists shook their heads, seemingly in disa-greement, and a few yelled criticisms, but many simply beeped their car horns in solidarity as they drove along the roundabout.

For the crowd, which cheered at every honk, the gesture was enough.

“Even though I feel like I’ve stepped back 40 years to have to march again for rights, it’s very heartwarming to see so many people of different colors, different ages, different religions all together for one reason,” Simon said.“That we want a better country.”

The protest followed on the heels of an announcement from the Office of the Virginia Attorney General the state would move forward in its lawsuit against the immigration ban.

“President Trump’s unlawful, unconstitutional, and un-American immigration ban is causing real harm as we speak to Virginia families, students, businesses, and our colleges and universi-ties,” Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement that accompanied the Feb. 3 an-nouncement.

According to a news release, the state will argue in favor of a motion for a preliminary injunc-tion during a hearing this Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

“The legal issues in this case are complex, but in many ways this case gets to the heart of who we are as Americans,” Herring said in the statement. “We are a country and a Commonwealth that are welcoming and open. We do not discriminate based on religion, race or national origin. That is why we will continue to fight.”

SHPS plans to continue Sunday’s momentum by setting up free food pantries and getting in-volved with local soup kitchens and national organizations such as Food Not Bombs in addition to creating discussion groups and more demonstrations in the area.

“It’s very encouraging,” said Castanes as he looked out on the crowd as marchers continued to chant and wave their signs. “The fact that we’re in Lynchburg, Virginia, speaks volumes about what we’re witnessing now. If it can happen here — if we can organize a grassroots resistance in Lynchburg — it can happen anywhere.”

Virginia May Be A Better Place To Live

Virginia May Be A Better Place To Live

I have lived in New York City all of my life and I have never considered moving until now. The hustle and bustle of the Big Apple is becoming far more than I want to deal with at this point in my life. My daughter is also getting older and I am worried about raising her in a place that has a much better school system. A friend of mine lives in Virginia and she suggested I consider moving there. Southern living has always been something that frightens me, but I think that I may just take a leap.

I do not want to live in a city like Richmond since it can be just as busy and active as a larger city. I would prefer to move to a town that is far quieter. With that said, I want to make sure that I am able to reach the city quickly since the nature of the work I do means I will have to make frequent trips to a metropolitan area. I will have to do some research in order to pinpoint a city that meets all of my needs and those of my child.

Falwell expounds on support for repealing Johnson Amendment

Falwell expounds on support for repealing Johnson Amendment

In a Thursday proclamation at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump promised to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, which restricts tax-exempt entities — including churches — from engaging in partisan politics, such as donating to or endorsing a political candidate or campaign.

Locally, that idea has the support of Jerry Falwell Jr., an early and ardent Trump supporter and president of Liberty University, the world’s largest Christian college with 100,000-plus enrolled.

“[Trump’s] just sticking to his word on every single promise that he made. [The Johnson Amendment] was something he talked about when he visited Liberty a little over a year ago. When he first heard about it, he couldn’t believe that there was a restriction on free speech in the United States,” Falwell said.

Candidate Trump visited Liberty in January 2016, and Falwell personally endorsed him shortly thereafter.

In an interview Thursday, Falwell described the Johnson Amendment, a provision in the U.S. tax code, as an unconstitutional infringement on free-speech rights that he claimed is selectively enforced to mute conservative voices.

“It’s used as a club, by the [Internal Revenue Service] and the left, to silence conservatives,” Falwell said.

However, others — such as the Freedom from Religion Foundation — fear a repeal of the Johnson Amendment will flood the political climate with untraceable dark money and turn the pulpit into a partisan environment, blurring the line between the separation of church and state.

“It’s going to turn houses of worship into political action committees,” said Andrew Seidel, an attorney with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a national nonprofit based in Wisconsin.

For the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the Johnson Amendment is not a new issue. In 2012, the organization sued the IRS, alleging it had not enforced the legislation. The lawsuit ended in August 2014, when both parties filed for a joint dismissal of the case.

Seidel noted churches, unlike other 501(c)(3) organizations such as United Way Worldwide or the Salvation Army, are not required to file financial paperwork with the IRS. Nonprofits, though tax exempt, are required to file a Form 990 detailing financial information, such as donations received and how money was used by the organization. Since churches do not file Form 990s, Seidel believes repeal will open up an outlet for dark money.

“We would have no idea who would be putting money in, and where that money would be going. There would essentially be this informational and financial black hole for mega-donors to give money to and funnel to politicians tax-free, and then write it off,” Seidel said.

Falwell argues an easy fix to avoid creating outlets for dark money would be to impose a limit on how much of a nonprofit’s gross receipts can go to supporting or opposing political candidates.

“It would provide free speech, but it would keep churches and colleges from becoming organizations that are not operating according to their charters by being too involved with politics,” Falwell said.

Seidel, however, thinks Trump’s push to repeal the Johnson Amendment is a ploy to create a funding source to funnel money into races the Republicans need to win in 2018 to retain majority control.

“It’s definitely a source of power for churches, and I think that’s one of the reasons you’re seeing this push to repeal [the Johnson Amendment],” Seidel said.

Furthermore, Seidel expressed concern about the “unique power” churches have over followers and suggested an attempt to turn the pulpit partisan would lead to “spiritual blackmail” as pastors urge parishioners to vote for candidates they, and the church, openly support for office.

Falwell also expressed the belief the IRS allows other nonprofits — such as universities — a pass on enforcement of the Johnson Amendment and that only conservatives are targeted. As evidence, he pointed to the cancellation of classes at some universities the day after Trump was elected.

“Any time a president upholds the Constitution and guarantees free speech, it has to be something that the people will applaud. I can’t imagine anybody being upset except the far left, who want to use this Johnson Amendment to silence conservatives,” Falwell said.

Seidel dismissed free-speech concerns, noting the government can attach strings to tax exemption.

“Freedom of speech is a right, for sure, but tax exemption is not,” Seidel said.

The Johnson Amendment bears the name of its author, President Lyndon B. Johnson, who wrote the legislation in 1954 while in the Senate and as a reaction to a nonprofit supporting a political rival.

Though the Johnson Amendment prohibits partisan political activity by nonprofits, it does allow “political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner,” according to the IRS website.

Nonprofits can conduct voter-registration efforts, get-out-the-vote drives, host public forums and publish issue-based voting guides as long as these actions remain nonpartisan in nature.

Though the Johnson Amendment is in the spotlight due to Trump’s recent comments, a Pew Research Center survey from August noted 64 percent of adults surveyed heard from the pulpit on issues such as religious liberty, homosexuality, abortion, immigration, environmental issues and economic inequality. However, only 14 percent reported a candidate being endorsed from the pulpit.