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Pruitt or Zinke?: Maddow predicts who will be voted off the island next

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Following ten days of scandal about the use of government-funded private and military jets, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned from the Trump cabinet on Friday.

As Rachel Maddow pointed out in the hours after his resignation went public, he’s far from the only member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet to resign — and there’s no telling who will be next.

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“This really is a very deep, deep theme in this administration,” Maddow said, listing off the other four cabinet members embroiled in similar corruption scandals.

First was Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who was denied his request to use federal funds to charter a private jet for his European honeymoon but who did fly on a military plane to Fort Knox to “inspect the gold” and watch the solar eclipse in August.

After the first news about Price’s lavish government travel spending broke, soon after came reports that Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt chartered $14,000 worth of private jets around his home state of Oklahoma. He also signed a contract for a $25,000 soundproof booth for his office, which his staff said he needs for “security.”

Then came news that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who Maddow noted is in the process of trying to sell off federal lands to oil prospectors, used government money to hire private jets to attend conferences in the Caribbean and to fly a short distance from his home in Montana.

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And finally, a mere few hours before Price resigned, the Washington Post reported that Veteran Affairs head David Shulkin and his wife used federal funds to go on a “work trip” to Europe that included a visit to four castles and the women’s tennis championship finals at Wimbledon. As Maddow noted, he did so after instructing staffers to make sure “employee travel in their organization is essential” with the hopes of decreasing their travel time.

“After Tom Price resigned today, the president chose to display his personal disapproval of Tom Price’s terrible taxpayer-funded conspicuous waste flying to his golf resort in New Jersey,” she concluded.

Trump’s family has also been accused of wracking up major travel costs, including reports released the same day as Price’s resignation that Trump’s daughter and son-in-law Ivanka and Jared Kushner have spent nearly $400,000 government dollars on ski trips since he became president.

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Watch Maddow track the Trump cabinet’s travel spending problem and try to figure out who’s next to go below, via MSNBC.

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Netanyahu refuses to concede after he falls short — blames media instead

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Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to concede after being down in the election night polls. Like the last election, Netanyahu is claiming his own personal victory and blaming the media for all of his woes.

Senior Diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid, at Channel 13 News in Tel-Aviv, was live-tweeting the election results late Tuesday night.

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"Netanyahu says Israel needs a Zionist government that is committed for Israel as a Jewish state. No government can be based on support from Arab parties," Ravid said.

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Mitch McConnell crony running for Kentucky AG is ineligible for office: lawsuit

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On Tuesday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a new lawsuit seeks to remove Daniel Cameron from the ballot as the Kentucky GOP's nominee for state attorney general.

According to the lawsuit, filed by retired union worker and "concerned citizen" Joseph Leon Jackson Sr. in Jefferson Circuit Court, Cameron does not meet the office requirement of having practiced law for eight years — because although he was admitted by the Kentucky Bar Association in 2011, he spent two of the following years clerking for U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove.

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Trump lashes out at Lindsey Graham after he accuses the president of showing ‘weakness’

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President Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham, once bitter enemies, have become close allies since the 2016 election as the South Carolina Republican realized it was in his personal interest to cozy up to the White House. But on Tuesday, fractures emerged between the two in public over a key issue for Graham: Iran.

Graham is on the severely hawkish wing of the Republican Party, and he clearly wants a war with Iran. He began a series of tweets Tuesday by praising Vice President Mike Pence’s briefing that day about the recent attack on Saudi oil infrastructure, saying he believes that “such a sophisticated attack could not have occurred without Iran’s blessing and direct involvement.” He called it an “an act of war” and lauded the Trump administration’s “efforts to create a regional coalition, thoroughly brief the Congress on the actions taken, and come up with a plan of action to restore deterrence against an evil regime in Iran.”

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