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Kristin, Shane and Alex regroup this week to discuss the Hillary Clinton email scandal sweeping the news, which key donors Republicans are fighting to win over- while Jeb Bush has already started to turn away money- and how this Congress is making life difficult for Republicans with eyes on the White House. Ben Carson also announced his exploratory committee this week, and the opinions he's expressed are starkly dividing- to say the least.
Stories mentioned in this episode:
National Journal: The New, Scary Question Facing Democrats: If Not Hillary Clinton, Then Who? by Emma Roller
National Journal: Clinton Mum on Email Controversy, by Emily Schultheis
National Journal: White House to Reporters: Don't ask us about Hillary Clinton Email Use, by Priscilla Alvarez
National Journal: The Draft Ben Carson Movement is Having a Great Day, by Emma Roller
National Journal: The GOP's Lost Agenda, by Daniel Newhauser
National Journal: Here's How Hillary Clinton Can End the Email and Foreign Donor Scandals, by Ron Fournier
National Journal: Think Clinton's Having a Bad Time Now? Wait Until She's a Candidate, by Josh Kraushaar
National Journal: Rand Paul: Sheldon Adelson Isn't Planning to Attack Me in 2016, by Shane Goldmacher
National Journal: The GOP's Plan to Isolate Rand Paul, by Time Alberta
Politico: How John Boehner Might Rethink His Speakership, by David Rogers
And the top 5 Ben Carson quotes of all time:
Ben Carson on if being gay is a choice - "Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."
Ben Carson on Political Correctness - I mean, [our society is] very much like Nazi Germany. And I know you're not supposed to say 'Nazi Germany,' but I don't care about political correctness. You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe."
Ben Carson on AP History class - "I think most people, when they finish that course, they'd be ready to go sign up for ISIS."
Ben Carson on veterans dying waiting for medical care from the VA "I think what's happening with the veterans is a gift from God to show us what happens when you take layers and layers of bureaucracy and place them between the patients and the health care provider," Carson explained. "And if we can't get it right, with the relatively small number of veterans, how in the world are you going to do it with the entire population?"
Ben Carson on Obamacare - "The worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery..In a way, it is slavery, because it is making all of us subservient to the government."
Honorable mention - Ben Carson on the importance of the GOP winning the Senate in 2014 - he can't be sure "there will even be an election in 2016" if they don't win and his wife says they're keeping their son's Australian passport handy if the election doesn't go their way.