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‘The hypocrisy is staggering: Paul Begala slams Mike Pence for using an AOL email while criticizing Clinton

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Former Bill Clinton advisor Paul Begala found it “staggering” that then-Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) was using a private AOL email for official communication while simultaneously criticizing Hillary Clinton for using her personal email.

“I’m trying to choke down the vomit,” Begala began. “I’m sickened. It’s too spectacular. Irony has not only died, it drank a gallon of antifreeze and threw itself off the Washington Monument. There is no more irony in America.”

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He recalled that when the Clinton email scandal broke he said and still maintains that government employees should use government emails.

“I still think that’s right,” Begala continued. “He didn’t violate any federal laws, apparently. Gov. Pence, at the time, didn’t break any state laws. But the principle attack on Hillary, [from] the Republicans, was because she used a private e-mail. It was certainly not a crime. Right-wing Republican Jim Cohen said no prosecutor would take this case so we know she didn’t. I trust Gov. Pence didn’t. I don’t want to hound him. The hypocrisy is staggering. Words fail me.”

Prior to Begala’s comments, conservative Kayleigh McEnany swore that there were no similarities between Clinton and Pence and further this was a witch hunt.

“This is what the Trump administration is against, a hostile press who are going to any length to drown his presidency,” she claimed as the panel groaned. “Case and point, this article from the IndyStar, you find out, half way down, this isn’t a violation of state law at all. The Trump administration is going to have to learn how to navigate hostile reporters who discredit their own story.”

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Clinton using a private email server for her emails also isn’t a crime, according to Washington lawyers who specialize in national security as well as the FBI.

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Barr says Trump is ‘fully prepared’ to take military action against turkey — who is a NATO ally

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Speaking to CNBC’s Wilfred Frost this Monday, Attorney General William Barr said that President Trump is ready to take military action against Turkey for its incursion into northeast Syria in the event that such action is "needed."

“We prefer peace to war,” Pompeo said on Closing Bell. “But in the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action.”

Pompeo declined to give specifics, saying that he doesn't want to "get out in front of the president’s decision about whether to take the awesome undertaking of using America’s military might," adding that economic and diplomatic "powers" could also be used.

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WATCH: Ben Carson thanks God for Trump in bizarre prayer — and then asks Him to ‘Keep America Great’

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Monday opened up the White House cabinet meeting with a bizarre prayer that explicitly thanked God for the existence of President Donald Trump.

Carson began his prayer with a standard invocation thanking God for "the blessings that you have bestowed upon this country."

After that, though, Carson gave God a thumbs-up for the work He's done in putting Trump in the White House.

"We thank You for President Trump, who also exhibits great courage in face of constant criticism," Carson said. "We ask you give him strength to endure and wisdom to lead and to recognize you as the sovereign of the universe, with the solution to everything."

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Bill Barr sparks anxiety within the CIA as he investigates ‘origins’ of Mueller’s Russia probe: security analyst

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As the Justice Department, headed by Attorney General William Barr, investigates the origins of the Russia investigation, some CIA operatives who played a role in gathering intelligence for Robert Mueller's probe are hiring lawyers, according to NBC News national security reporter Ken Dilanian.

According to various reports, President Trump has granted Barr with "expansive powers" for the investigation and he's reportedly seeking to question CIA analysts.

Speaking to MSNBC's Morning Joe this Monday, Dilanian said that while it's not clear what Barr's intentions are, many in the CIA are "very rattled" at the news.

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