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Fox host begs viewers to go easy on Ben Carson: ‘He’s just getting used to the housing authority’

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“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade offered an all-out defense of Ben Carson’s obvious ignorance of the basics of his job as secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) and other House Democrats exposed Carson repeatedly during an Oversight Committee hearing Tuesday, where the HUD secretary infamously confused an acronym for foreclosures with Oreo cookies.

Kilmeade came to Carson’s defense the following morning on Fox News, saying the executive branch official should be more focused on the immigration system and homeless veterans than enforcing housing laws.

“I don’t know if you noticed but you go into major cities, we’re overwhelmed with Americans homeless, many of which are veterans, that should be the priority,” Kilmeade said.

Many of Carson’s critics were surprised by his basic lack of understanding of his job after more than two years at HUD because he is a retired neurosurgeon, but Kilmeade said that should essentially make him immune to questions about his job preparation.

“For those people to make disparaging remarks about Ben Carson — he is one of the world’s elite brain surgeons,” Kilmeade said. “He is so much smarter than everybody else in Washington. He’s just getting used to the housing authority, so easy with the comments — unbelievable.”

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The View piles on Dem hopeful Marianne Williamson for ducking anti-vaxx questions: ‘You’re making people paranoid!’

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Panelists on "The View" hammered Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson for giving ambiguous answers about mandatory vaccinations.

The long-shot candidate has apologized for describing vaccination mandates as "draconian" and "Orwellian," saying she believes vaccines are important but understands public skepticism, and co-host Meghan McCain asked her to square those views with her advocacy for children.

"This sounds a lot like Trump, just so we're clear, this is his message," McCain said. "You're talking a lot about children of America, the children, how much you care about children, you also just came out as the anti-vaxxer candidate."

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Senate delivers stinging bipartisan rebuke to Trump — and blocks Saudi arms sales

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The Trump White House suffered a stinging defeat on Thursday when a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers voted to block sales of American arms to Saudi Arabia.

The vote in favor of blocking the arms sales received affirmative votes from all Senate Democrats, as well as votes from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Todd Young (R-IN).

Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump's staunchest allies, said he voted for the bill because he believed the United States could not ignore the behavior of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, as well as the Saudi government's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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UN Khashoggi report piles pressure on Saudi crown prince

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Saudi Arabia has sought to move on from the scandal triggered by journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, but a UN expert's report implicating its crown prince has heaped pressure back on the kingdom, analysts say.

UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard's report, released Wednesday, insists there is "credible evidence" to warrant further investigation and financial sanctions against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over Khashoggi's murder last October.

The 101-page document, which details the dissident's murder by Saudi agents at the country's Istanbul consulate, has cast a renewed spotlight on the case just as the de facto ruler appeared to be emerging from the scandal.

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