Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) on Tuesday got into a contentious exchange with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson over his department’s budget cuts that she says are harming safety in public housing.
During a hearing held by House Financial Services Committee, Pressley aggressively questioned Carson about the importance of living in safe housing for young children.
“Given your medical background, perhaps you could weigh in on the health consequences of failing to invest in safe housing,” she said. “Yes or no: Is stable and safe housing a social determinant of health?”
“It sounds like you have not been here and heard most of the testimony,” Carson replied.
“Please just answer the question,” she said. “Is stable and safe housing a social determinant of health?”
“There is no question that it is important…” Carson began.
“Yes or no?” Pressley insisted.
“No question that it’s important,” Carson replied.
“It is well documented that health problems such as lead poisoning, asthma, and injuries from trips and falls — especially among our senior population — can be linked to substandard housing conditions,” she continued. “Yes or no: If left unaddressed, do you believe the substandard public housing conditions pose a risk to tenants’ physical, mental and emotional health?”
“Yes or no, can you answer me some questions yourself?” Carson replied.
“You don’t get to dictate what my line of questioning is!” Pressley shot back. “You’re a very smart man, you understand the question, please answer it.”
“You already know the answer,” Carson replied. “Reclaiming my time.”
“You don’t get to do that!” Pressley replied.
“Oh,” said Carson.
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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’
Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.
"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.
Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.
The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."
"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.
Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists
On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.
"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."