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Ben Carson’s ‘jumbled’ schedule reveals few meetings — and three-day Florida weekends

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Ben Carson hasn’t generated much news as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and an examination of his schedule shows he hasn’t spent much time on the job.

The retired physician held senior staff meetings once a week, had lunch with the My Pillow founder and the author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” and often left work early on Fridays to fly to his South Florida mansion, reported NBC News.

The network examined Carson’s daily schedule for a 31-week period in 2017 and found the secretary worked a traditional eight- or nine-hour day on about half of the Fridays, but took off five Fridays and left before 2 p.m. on another five Fridays to visit his $4.3 million Florida home.

For the remaining six Fridays, he had no scheduled appointments after 3 p.m.

The HUD’s senior staff met just once a week, according to the schedule, while previously posted schedules from the departments of Transportation, Treasury and Labor showed daily senior team meetings or multiple meetings a week.

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The American Oversight watchdog group has been seeking the schedule since November 2017 and eventually sued for the release a year ago, and HUD finally provided three different calendars — with months of appointments out of sequence.

“While I can’t say whether the jumbled calendar was the result of innocent processing system or an effort to obscure information,” said the group’s executive director Austin Evers, “the net result was that this is some of the most challenging transparency we have encountered.”

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This explains why Trump picked a fight with the four Congresswomen of color: analysis

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On one hand, President Donald Trump almost certainly chose to mark out Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) because of his own deep-seated racism.

But there is likely another reason he is doing it, wrote Aaron Blake of the Washington Post's "The Fix" on Wednesday: because his core voters hate them as much as he does.

Blake cited a new The Economist/YouGov poll of 2016 Trump voters' opinions on several politicians. "As you peruse it, it becomes clear that the conventional wisdom about why Trump picked these targets is right: They were ripe for motivating the GOP base ... All of them are better known among Republicans than Democrats, which suggests that a steady stream of coverage in conservative media has elevated them as potential Democratic bogeywomen. Trump is tilling fertile soil. And in fact, they might already be his most effective foils."

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REVEALED: Jeffrey Epstein used his fake passport to enter multiple countries

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Prosecutors revealed that the fake passport Jeffrey Epstein had among the items seized by investigators had been used.

According to NBC News, he used the passport to enter multiple countries in the 1980s, including the U.K, Spain and Saudi Arabia.

The passport was found in the safe of his New York home along with $70,000 in cash and 48 diamonds. There was a different name used on the passport and it had already expired, but it listed the residence in Saudi Arabia.

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House holds Bill Barr and Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress

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The House has officially voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress.

Both men refused to abide by a subpoena from the House for documents so they that could investigate actions by both departments.

The last person to be held in contempt of Congress was Bill Barr when he was held in civil contempt, but this was a criminal charge.

In the case of Ross, he is accused of lying under oath to Congress and they requested documents to prove it. Ross refused to provide the information necessary.

Ross has called the contempt charge "political theater" and of no real substance. If that was true, he shouldn't be afraid to provide the documents. Still, he refused.

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