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Ben Carson: When I said Obamacare was worse than slavery, I should have said worse than 9/11

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In an interview with The Daily Beast, Republican presidential hopeful and Fox News contributor Ben Carson said that the Affordable Care Act — also known as “Obamacare” — is worse for the U.S. than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Carson made headlines last fall when he told the assembled crowd at the 2013 Values Voters Summit that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

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The conservative darling was promoting his new book One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future when he agreed to speak to the Beast’s Evan Gahr, who asked, “You said Obamacare was the worst thing since slavery. Why do you think it was worse than 9/11?”

“Because 9/11 is an isolated incident,” Carson replied.

Gahr was attempting to interview Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon turned conservative activist, in the Sirius XM studios of talk radio host Armstrong Williams, who is reportedly acting as Carson’s business manager. The Daily Beast writer portrayed the discussion with Carson as being frequently interrupted and derailed by Williams’ interjections.

“Who do you think caused families more pain — Obamacare or Osama bin Laden?” asked Gahr.

Carson: “Let me explain.”

Williams: “Let him answer the question!”

Carson: “Things that are isolated issues as opposed to things that fundamentally change the United Sates of America and shift power from the people to the government. That is a huge shift.”

Me: “Right. But what do you think caused specific families more pain — Obamacare or Osama?”

Carson: “You have to take a long term.”

Me: “You’re not answering the question.”

Carson: “Will you listen? You have to take a long-term look at something that fundamentally changes the power structure of America. You have to be someone who reads. Who is well-read. I want you to go back tonight and pull out what Saul Alinsky says about health care under the control of the government.”

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At that point, Williams abruptly ended the interview.

At last weekend’s Republican Leadership Conference, the party’s straw poll chose Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as the party’s avatar for the 2016 race. Not far behind Cruz, however, was Carson.

Factoring in the party establishment’s pointed disdain for Cruz, one could easily make a case that Carson might find himself anointed to run in 2016 against the Democratic nominee, who many presume will be former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.

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Kentucky Tea Party Sen. Rand Paul (R) and Fox News host Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) finished fourth and fifth in the conference poll.

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured phones that were vulnerable to Russian surveillance: report

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On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has communicated with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani via unsecured and unencrypted phone lines that are potentially vulnerable to interception and monitoring by Russian intelligence officials and other hostile foreign powers.

"Trump is not identified by name in the House phone records, but investigators said they suspect he may be a person with a blocked number listed as '-1' in the files," stated the report. "And administration officials said separately that Trump has communicated regularly with Giuliani on unsecured lines."

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