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Jindal and Graham turn question on Texas Muslim teen into Kim Davis rants

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GOP presidential candidates Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) largely punted on Tuesday on a question regarding Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim Texas teenager who was arrested over a “hoax bomb.”

During the first CNN Republican debate on Tuesday, the Louisiana governor initially responded by saying Muslim leaders are not doing enough to criticize terrorists, before criticizing President Barack Obama’s policies on terrorism.

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Host Jake Tapper pressed him, telling him he did not answer the question about “striking the difference between vigilance and discrimination.”

“He was released — I’m glad that police are careful,” Jindal said of Mohamed. “I’m glad they’re worried about safety.”

Jindal then veered off, saying the “biggest discrimination” in the country was suffered by Christian business owners who oppose same-sex marriage, and alluding to Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.

The senator then jumped into the discussion, saying he was more worried about “radical Islamic terrorists who are already here” than her.

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“Here’s the reality: young men from the Mid East are different than Kim Davis,” Graham said. “And we’ve gotta understand that.”

Watch the discussion, as posted online on Tuesday, below.

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Trump is ‘running out of game plan’ as damning facts pile up: Former GOP House Intel chair

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Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who previously served as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that the Trump White House's angry attacks on ambassador Bill Taylor reek of desperation.

After CNN's Jim Sciutto read the White House's statement accusing Taylor of being a "radical unelected bureaucrat," Rogers dismissed the statement as the act of a cornered administration.

"Bill Taylor is a well respected diplomat over his decades of service to the United States," he said. "When you go on this kind of extreme shouting, hair-on-fire criticism, you are running out of game plan. That's exactly what that tells me."

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‘This is simply indefensible’: Two former GOP lawmakers clash over Ukraine testimony

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "New Day," former GOP Reps. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Sean Duffy (R-WI) argued vehemently about the significance of the testimony from Ukraine envoy William Taylor against President Donald Trump.

"The dam is barely holding on. Because look, very persuasive," said Dent. "I don’t know how any Republican member can look at this thing or any member of Congress cannot be alarmed by this. The quid pro quo was stark. And the president is insisting on using, you know, official resources to dig up dirt on his opponent. This is simply indefensible."

"Charlie and I weren’t in the room yesterday for the hearing. And neither were you or your viewers," replied Duffy. "We had more Democrats rush to cameras and with their perspective give us their take on what happened ... I think in America we should open this process up, let every American see Bill Taylor."

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Impeachment is happening behind closed doors to keep Trump from corrupting the process: House Dem

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President Donald Trump has raged against the closed-door testimonies in his impeachment inquiry, but a Democratic lawmaker explained why that's necessary to preserve the integrity of an investigation into a possible criminal conspiracy.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that these hearings must be held in a room beneath the Capitol to protect classified information and quarantine witnesses from one another.

"It's three floors below the Capitol, no cameras inside, no phones allowed inside," Swalwell said. "Any classified notes stay inside, classified conversations stay inside. It's to protect the information, and in this case there was no special counsel, there was no special prosecutor."

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