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Bakari Sellers drops hammer on Tom Price’s ‘severe allergy to ethics’ after costing taxpayers $1M in private jets

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) accused Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of doing exactly what Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is doing now with the government’s private jets. However, host Erin Burnett smacked down the Santorum commentary by playing previous attacks on Pelosi by Price, calling it hypocrisy.

“I don’t think we have to argue about Nancy Pelosi and what she did or didn’t do,” Burnett said. “We have Tom Price saying what he thought of Nancy Pelosi at the time, which brings up hypocrisy.”

Recent findings revealed that Price’s use of private jets has climbed to $1 million. According to Burnett, President Donald Trump was furious when learning the news. Price announced Thursday that he intends to reimburse the government for just over $50,000 of the $1 million, saying it covers the cost of “my seat.”

She went on to play multiple cases of Price attacking Pelosi of using the private jet to “fly over people.” Host Anderson Cooper followed Burnett’s show playing the same video and quipped, “ahh the magic of video.”

“He should have never been hired,” said Bakari Sellers. “Let’s not forget between 2012 and 2016, this same person, Secretary Price, traded over $300,000 worth of stock related to 40 companies he had legislation that affected these companies. He’s had an allergy, a severe allergy to ethics. Now that the tab is over $1 million and he’s writing a check for $52,000, the Trump White House are inept at handling crisis. He is not refunding what the private or charter jet would cost. He pulled the wool over our eyes once. He’s trying twice. The swamp is not being drained, the alligators are being replaced.”

Daily Beast editor John Avlon agreed saying that it was outright hypocrisy.

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“I’m not calling for Tom Price to resign,” Avlon explained after Santorum’s accusations. “I’m talking hypocrisy in politics. In the case of Nancy Pelosi, she was using the same jet Dennis Hastert did when he was Speaker of House. She asked for a larger jet because she lived in California and there were refueling concerns. It’s not parallel at all.”

Pelosi was also known for carrying many of the other members of the California delegation on the plane. Sellers noted that many members of former President Barack Obama’s administration were seen on commercial flights. He specifically cited a case in which he saw former Labor Secretary Tom Perez stuck in a middle seat on a commercial flight.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman called it “ironic on two levels.”

Anderson Cooper later said that Price is literally flying over the swamp that Trump promised to drain.

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“This is continuing the swamp on a private plane,” Haberman responded.

Price has attempted to claim that the HHS Department is searching for the leakers revealing the information like the use of the private jets and chartered planes. Sellers shot back that this story isn’t about the leaks but rather it’s about the corruption.

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Revealing gruesome new details of Khashoggi murder, UN report says ‘inconceivable’ crown prince not involved

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In a thorough and damning report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi released Wednesday, United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard found that Khashoggi was "the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing" that was likely orchestrated by top officials in the Saudi government, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Evidence points to the 15-person mission to execute Mr. Khashoggi requiring significant government coordination, resources, and finances," Callamard wrote. "Every expert consulted finds it inconceivable that an operation of this scale could be implemented without the crown prince being aware, at a minimum, that some sort of mission of a criminal nature, directed at Mr. Khashoggi, was being launched."

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Critics lament as 126 House Democrats join forces with GOP to hand Trump ‘terrifying’ mass domestic spying powers

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Privacy advocates and civil liberties defenders are expressing outrage after the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night voted down a bipartisan amendment designed to end, as one group put it, the U.S. government's "most egregious mass surveillance practices" first revealed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In a final vote of 253-175, it was 126 Democrats who joined with 127 Republicans to vote against an amendment introduced by Rep Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) that would have closed loopholes in Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that critics charge has allowed the NSA to abuse warrantless surveillance capabilities and target the emails, text messages, and internet activity of U.S. citizens and residents. See the full roll call here.

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Pilots, including Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, tell US Congress more training needed on 737 MAX

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US pilots called Wednesday for enhanced pilot training on the Boeing 737 MAX before the aircraft is returned to service after being grounded worldwide following two deadly crashes.

The pilots -- including Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III, who famously landed a damaged plane on the Hudson River in New York in 2009 -- pushed back against the aviation giant's assurances that pilots will only need to review the 737 MAX modifications in a computer program.

Daniel Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, told a congressional panel he was encouraged by changes Boeing made to a flight system seen as a factor in both the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes that killed 346 people.

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