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Who Won, Lost GOP Debate
 Who Won, Lost GOP Debate 

Who Won, Lost GOP Debate

This could be curtains for Carson, pundits say

(Newser) - Thursday night's GOP debate in South Carolina may have been the last good chance for low-polling candidates to shake things up a little—but while it was a feisty affair, it was short on surprises, with front-runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz dominating. Here's what the pundits are...

Carson Reveals Reasons for Campaign Shake-up

He's now got a retired general running the show

(Newser) - Ben Carson says last week's shake-up of campaign staff was because he is "in a different ballgame" now—and the previous campaign leaders apparently weren't ready for the big leagues. The candidate told ABC 's This Week that the campaign always had good ideas, but lacked...

Carson Campaign Turmoil: 2 Top Aides Quit

Campaign manager and communications chief are gone

(Newser) - Signs of trouble in the Ben Carson campaign Thursday: His campaign manager and his communications chief quit effective immediately, reports CNN . Both were clashing with conservative radio host and Carson adviser Armstrong Williams about the direction of the campaign, reports the New York Times . “Dr. Carson is back in...

Larry Flynt Offers $1M for Dirt on Carson Adviser

Porn kingpin says candidate is a 'hypocrite'

(Newser) - Ben Carson is a hypocrite who is "partnering with an accused sexual predator" while attacking same-sex marriage, according to Larry Flynt, who's offering up to $1 million for proof that Carson campaign chief Armstrong Williams sexually harassed men. In an ad to be published in the Las Vegas ...

CNN's GOP Debate Lineup: Good News for 2 Candidates

Christie returns as Paul saves himself

(Newser) - CNN has released the lineup for its debate Tuesday night in Sin City, and it's good news for two Republicans aspiring to sit in the Oval Office. Chris Christie, who failed to qualify for the main stage at Fox Business' debate last month, will make a return to...

How Trump Reacted to Obama's Speech

He wasn't happy about the podium or the acronym

(Newser) - Donald Trump live-tweeted President Obama's rare Oval Office address Sunday night, and the criticisms began early: "The podium in the Oval Office looks odd," Trump grumbled. "Not good, but the words will be the key." After Obama began speaking, Trump retweeted comments about stopping all...

'The Doctor Sinks' in New Quinnipiac Poll

Ben Carson falls 7 points to 3rd place, with 16% to Trump's 27%

(Newser) - While nothing seems to be able to topple Donald "Teflon Don" Trump, Ben Carson isn't enjoying the same kind of luck. The former neurosurgeon plummeted 7 percentage points in a newly released Quinnipiac University poll , falling to third place with 16%, Politico reports. Meanwhile, Trump absorbed 3 points,...

Carson Unswayed by Refugee Camp Tour

They should stay in Middle East, he says

(Newser) - Ben Carson said Saturday, after visiting a camp for Syrian refugees , that the displaced should stay in Middle Eastern countries, with the international community sending aid and "encouragement" to the host nations. Carson toured the Azraq camp in northern Jordan under heavy Jordanian security, with journalists barred. Carson's...

Surprise: Carson Visiting Syrian Refugees

We're guessing he won't call any of them 'rabid dogs' in person

(Newser) - Ben Carson will try to prove he has a handle on foreign affairs during a surprise visit with Syrian refugees in Jordan on Friday. "I find when you have firsthand knowledge of things as opposed to secondhand, it makes a much stronger impression," Carson told the New York ...

Trump on 9/11 Claim: 'I Have the World's Greatest Memory'

He demands apology after account questioned

(Newser) - The big issue on the campaign trail on Monday was what Donald Trump claims he saw on TV news 14 years ago. Trump continued to insist that he saw "thousands" of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey during the 9/11 attacks and said he had received hundreds of phone calls...

Trump Calls for Mandatory Database on US Muslims

'I would certainly implement that,' he says

(Newser) - Donald Trump voiced support Thursday evening for creating a mandatory database to track Muslims in the US—the latest in an escalating series of responses following the deadly attacks in Paris. "I would certainly implement that. Absolutely," Trump said between campaign events in Newton, Iowa, according to video...

Adviser Says Carson Can't Get Grasp on Foreign Policy

The briefings aren't sticking, former CIA agent says

(Newser) - Ben Carson is finding it very difficult to get a grasp of foreign policy, according to at least one of the advisers that have been trying to explain it to him. "Nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information...

Ben Carson Thinks We Should Pray for Trump

Carson responds to Trump's attack

(Newser) - Ben Carson responded Friday to Donald Trump's attack Thursday night, and it looks like he's taking the "turn the other cheek" route for now:
  • First, Carson's business manager responded to CNN, per Reuters : "When I spoke with Dr. Carson about this yesterday how we should

Trump, Carson Call Out Mizzou Protesters

Top GOP candidates say student protesters are 'disgusting' and 'infantile'

(Newser) - The two leading GOP presidential candidates don't think much of the students continuing to protest the University of Missouri's handling of racial incidents. NBC News reports Donald Trump called the protesters "disgusting" and "disgraceful" during an interview Thursday. He accused them of being unreasonable, saying, "...

Story Questions Carson's Close Ties to Felon

Health care fraud a no-no in Carson's eyes—except when it comes to his pal

(Newser) - "Next to my wife of 32 years, there is no one on this planet that I trust more than [Alfonso] Costa," Ben Carson said at a 2008 sentencing hearing for the man he calls his best friend. "We discovered that we were so much alike and shared...

5 Dubious Claims From the GOP Debate

Fact-checkers say welders don't make more than philosophers

(Newser) - As long as politicians keep speaking, fact-checkers will have work to do—and Tuesday night's Republican debate kept them as busy as ever. Some of the more dubious claims from the candidates, via the AP , the Washington Post , and the New York Times :
  1. Marco Rubio: "Welders make more

Carson to Media: Find a Real Scandal and We'll Talk

Candidate says he can't sit and watch unfairness he's treated with

(Newser) - Ben Carson kept up his drumbeat against the media , saying he faces an unprecedented level of scrutiny about the veracity of his life story and questioning whether the issues dogging him over his autobiography are important to the nation's search for the next president. "The whole point is...

Ben Carson Slams 'Desperate' Media

He wonders why Obama didn't get same 'vetting'

(Newser) - Ben Carson is not enjoying the level of scrutiny he is receiving from the media—and he certainly doesn't remember Barack Obama receiving the same degree of "vetting" when he was running for president. He called the media "desperate" at a Friday conference, accusing reporters of talking...

Ben Carson Admits His West Point Story Is Untrue

School says he never even applied

(Newser) - Ben Carson claimed in his 1990 memoir Gifted Hands that he met Gen. William Westmoreland in 1969, when Carson was 17 and Westmoreland had just finished leading the US forces in Vietnam, and that soon after Carson was offered a full scholarship to West Point. Well, it turns out the...

Carson Alone in His Unusual Pyramid Belief

'This is not an academic topic of debate,' says biblical archaeologist

(Newser) - Ben Carson on Thursday stood by his belief that Egypt's great pyramids were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain, an assertion dismissed by experts who say it's accepted science they were tombs for pharaohs. Video posted online Wednesday by BuzzFeed News shows Carson explaining his...

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