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Ben Carson: We could have caught Osama bin Laden earlier if we had been energy independent

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Three of the top GOP presidential contenders dipped back into the past this week by discussing 9/11 and its aftermath, but it was retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson who made the most bizarre claim, saying the U.S. could have captured Osama bin Laden earlier if the nation had taken steps toward becoming energy self-sufficient.

With Donald Trump saying 9/11 might not have happened if he was president at the time, and Jeb Bush defending his brother’s inaction, saying “It’s what you do after that matters,” Carson addressed a suggestion he made at a recent GOP debate about nabbing bin Laden.

“Declare that within five to 10 years, we will become petroleum independent. The moderate Arab states would have been so concerned about that, they would have turned over Osama bin Laden and anybody else you wanted on a silver platter within two weeks,” he said at the time.

This Week host George Stephanolopolus pressed Carson to explain his thinking.

“How would that have worked? How would you have gotten the moderate Arab governments to turn over Osama bin Laden in two weeks?” the host asked.

“Well, I think they would have been extremely concerned if we had declared — and we were serious about it — that we were going to become petroleum independent, because it would have had a major impact on their finances,” Carson offered. “And I think that probably would have trumped any loyalty that they had to — to people like Osama bin Laden.”

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An incredulous Stephanopolous challenged Carson, saying, “But they didn’t have any loyalty to Osama bin Laden. The Saudis kicked him out. He was their enemy.”

“Uh, well, you may not think that they had any loyalty to him, but I believe otherwise,” Carson said without further explanation.

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Chuck Schumer caught on tape doing a happy dance leaving the White House — what does it mean for war with Iran?

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were caught on video doing a strange motion after their meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump over the Iran conflict.

It's unclear what was happening just from observing, Pelosi was seen applauding and Schumer seemed to be raising the roof, or at least dancing like no one was watching.

It could mean that there was a positive resolution about Iran or if the two Democrats were simply talking about the Congressional softball match Wednesday night.

Schumer later said that he told the White House that they needed to get approval from Congress. When the press asked about the incident Schumer said his mother was just released from the hospital.

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Trump ‘lit his own house on fire’ by pulling out of Iran nuclear deal: International relations expert

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Kelly Magsamen, the VP of National Security and International Policy for the Center for American Progress explained during an MSNBC interview Thursday that the president is causing his own problems with Iran.

Speaking to host Ali Velshi, Magsamen said that it was Trump who "lit his own house on fire" when he breached the Iran treaty known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"I think we are definitely in the middle of an escalatory (sic) cycle, and how do we get out of it," Magsamen told the host. "And unfortunately, the White House has left itself very few options in terms of escalating or de-escalating and same for the Iranians, frankly. [The Iranians] probably perceive this as an attack from their perspective."

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Matt Gaetz gets laughed at after his attempt to derail Mueller hearing hilariously backfires

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tried to turn the latest hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election into a hearing on border security -- and then got hilariously shut down by one of the panelists.

During his allotted time, Gaetz changed the subject away entirely from the Mueller report and decided to grill one of the witnesses for her views on border security.

In particular, Gaetz asked Carrie Cordero, a Robert M. Gates senior fellow and general counsel at the Center for New American Security, about her work writing about the security problems posed by Mexican drug cartels.

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