Ben Carson Clarifies, Then Doubles Down on Comments About Poverty Being a 'State of Mind'

In late May, Ben Carson, our Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who thinks the Egyptian pyramids were giant silos, went on Sirius XM radio to discuss how Trump’s plans to slash benefits like food stamps would actually help the poor. There he expressed the controversial idea that “poverty to a large extent is…

Trump Praised Philippine President For Murdering Civilians in Phone Call 

  • The Intercept published a full transcript of the “very friendly” April phone between Donald Trump and his strongman crush Rodrigo Duterte, in which he congratulated Duterte for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem” in the Philippines. Duterte, who has overseen thousands of extrajudicial killings of alleged…
  • Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown Attempt to Explain Why They Backed Ben Carson for HUD

    Ben Carson—a man who, like most of Trump’s cabinet nominees, appears to know nothing about the department he has been nominated to run—is one step closer to becoming America’s next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Perhaps more appalling than Carson’s complete lack of experience, however, is that the Senate…

    Watch Elizabeth Warren Beautifully Grill Ben Carson on Trump's Ethics Conflicts

    In the never-ending wave of a great time that are Trump’s cabinet confirmation hearings (which we’re liveblogging right here), Ben Carson is currently giving testimony about why he should lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, despite (somehow) being a neurosurgeon who seems to think poor people should…

    Both Dumb and Terrifying: We're Liveblogging Another Round of Senate Confirmation Hearings 

    As we strap into another morning on the I Can’t Believe This Is Happening Express (a rickety bobsled careening into an icy gorge), it’s time for three more Senate confirmation hearings for appointees to Donald Trump’s cabinet. One of them has yet to complete his ethics and financial disclosures, but that’s just how…

    Ben Carson Changes His Mind, Is Now Qualified Enough to Accept a Cabinet Nomination 

    Dr. Ben Carson, who once referred to anti-housing discrimination laws as “communism,” has accepted Donald Trump’s nomination for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. In place of listing Carson’s qualifications for the job, which do not exist, Trump noted in a Facebook post that his nominee has a “brilliant…