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Ben Carson tells Bill O’Reilly: ‘I’m not sure’ that domestic violence is widespread

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Fox News contributor Ben Carson drew raised eyebrows from Bill O’Reilly on Thursday when he expressed skepticism over the frequency of domestic violence in the U.S.

While discussing former NFL running back Ray Rice’s hitting his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, this past February, O’Reilly asked, “You know how many millions of men do that? It’s not an isolated deal. It’s a terrible plague.”

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“I’m not sure that’s true,” Carson told a surprised O’Reilly. “To have a man who is an NFL star who is very, very bulked up against a –”

“I’m telling you, battery against women in this country and around the world is just out of control, doc,” O’Reilly interjected.

As Vox reported on Monday, data from the Department of Justice shows that 51.9 percent of U.S. women report experiencing physical violence during their lifetimes. And 1.3 million women each year say they have been attacked by an intimate partner.

Sidespin also reported that 56 players have been arrested for domestic violence since Roger Goodell became commissioner of the league eight years ago. Between them, those players were suspended for 13 games, a figure that does not reflect Rice’s indefinite suspension levied this week.

Carson, who earlier this week said people should stop “demonizing” Rice, told O’Reilly that he did not feel he should go unpunished for hitting Palmer, who later married him.

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“What I’m saying is, for someone to do something like that who has everything going for them, it means that there’s some real deep psychological issues,” he explained.

“No doubt about it,” O’Reilly said. “I hope that Mr. Rice gets the treatment he needs — but again, I want to send the message that I do believe this is a plague, this violence against women all over the world.”

“No question,” Carson said, seemingly backtracking. “It’s a big problem.”

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Watch the discussion, as posted online, below.

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‘They’ll get away with it’: Strategist explains how GOP federal judges will help Trump steal election

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President Donald Trump will remain in power if he narrowly loses the 2020 presidential election, with conservative judges poised to help him "steal" the election, a longtime Democratic Party strategist warned on Tuesday.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed James Carville about the Supreme Court vacancy and how it could impact any legal wrangling about counting the votes.

"James, that's a pretty neat trick, the president is gaslighting out in advance voter fraud that he is promoting, ergo the need for nine justices on the court, which doesn't exist in law. The court has functioned just fine with eight during times of a death or a recusal," Williams noted. "Be that as it may, if Trump fills this seat before the election, in your view, how does that change the dynamic of the election?"

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‘It’s a beautiful sight’: Trump glorifies violence against reporters at Pennsylvania MAGA rally

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday glorified violence against reporters during a re-election campaign rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.

"They were grabbing them left and right," Trump said. "Sometimes they'd grab -- they grabbed one guy, 'I'm a reporter, I'm a reporter.' Get out of here. They threw him aside like he was a little bag of popcorn."

"I mean, honestly, when you watch the crap we've all had to take so long, we you see that it's actually -- you don't want to do that -- but when it, it's actually a beautiful sight," Trump insisted.

"It's a beautiful sight," he repeated.

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Trump let slip 3 damning admissions — but there’s been almost no outcry

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In a series of campaign stops, President Donald Trump has in recent days let slip disturbingly candid and revealing admissions on at least three different issues, each one of which would be a stunning revelation and scandal for any other president. But for Trump, the outrages and scandals are so constant that they just fade into the background noise. So these three moments didn’t receive much widespread outrage, though they did garner some media coverage.

It’s worth focusing on each of them, though, because they’re important for understanding the president and the current state of American politics — even if we’ve lost the capacity to be shocked by Trump.

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