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Ben Carson calls Obama a psychopath in GQ interview because he looks ‘elegant’

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Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson called President Barack Obama a “psychopath,” a moment captured in a GQ Magazine profile of him published online on Tuesday.

According to correspondent Jason Zengerle, Carson insulted the president while watching this year’s State of the Union address with his business manager, Armstrong Williams. Zengerle wrote:

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As the two men turned to the TV, they began dissecting Obama’s performance.

“He looks good,” Williams said. “He looks clean. Shirt’s white. The tie. He looks elegant.”

“Like most psychopaths,” Carson grumbled. “That’s why they’re successful. That’s the way they look. They all look great.”

Zengerle also quoted Williams telling Carson, “We don’t have to call him a psychopath. I don’t want you to go to CNN with that kind of mood” before CNN interviewed Carson following Obama’s speech. The story also quotes Carson comparing foreign combatants in the Syrian civil war to “the troublemakers in Ferguson” during a visit to Israel a month earlier.

“He’s taken the same sincere up-by-the-bootstraps message that he once preached to black children and grafted it onto a worldview promulgated largely on conservative talk radio, validating many of the most provocative sentiments popular on the far right by repeating them in his mellifluous tone,” Zengerle wrote of Carson. “He’s that rarest of breeds: a soft-spoken demagogue.”

Carson announced on March 3 that he was forming an exploratory committee for a possible presidential campaign. Zengerle reported that two political action committees supporting the former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon have raised $19 million between them.

Two weeks later, Buzzfeed reported that one of his committee members, Jim Dornan, scrubbed a Twitter account filled with insults toward Obama, including one post in which Dornan called him “a complete sociopath.”

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Carson finished fourth in this year’s straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), one percentage point behind Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who announced his candidacy for the presidency on Monday.


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Trump’s claim impeachment ‘nullifies’ 2016 election blown up in new House Judiciary Committee report

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On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released their report outlining the offenses committed by President Donald Trump, and the legal framework for impeachment — which clears the way for Congress to write and approve articles of impeachment against him.

One of the key issues examined by the report is the claim, repeatedly made by the president and his supporters, that impeachment would "nullify" the 2016 presidential election and the popular will — which is already a weak claim given that Trump never won the popular vote, and that impeaching Trump would still install Mike Pence as president. But the report more broadly rejects the entire claim that an election result immunizes a president from punishment for official misconduct.

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READ IT: House Judiciary Committee releases report defining Trump impeachable offenses

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On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released a report outlining the impeachable acts committed by President Donald Trump.

"Our President holds the ultimate public trust," said the report, titled "Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment," in its introduction. "A President faithful only to himself—who will sell out democracy and national security for his own personal advantage—is a danger to every American. Indeed, he threatens America itself."

The report clarifies the procedures for impeachment, analyzes whether president can be "impeached for abuse of executive powers," and "whether it is preferable to await the next election when a President has sought to corrupt that very same election."

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Trump hammered by ex-intel officials for sucking up to the Saudis after Florida naval base shooting

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President Donald Trump is taking heat from former U.S. intelligence officials for taking a very soft tone with the Saudi government after Friday’s shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.

Not long after the shooter was identified as a second lieutenant in the Saudi Arabian military, the president tweeted out words of sympathy from the Saudi king after a phonecall, writing, "The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people."

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