SiriusXM's Town Hall With HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, Hosted By Armstrong Williams
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Ben Carson Says He Thinks Poverty Is A "State Of Mind"

"You take somebody with the wrong mindset...they'll work their way right back down to the bottom."

In a town hall interview for Sirius XM, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said that poverty is more of a "state of mind."

According to The Washington Post, Carson said that a certain "mindset" is a contributing factor in whether someone lives in poverty.

"I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind," he told the host Armstrong Williams. "You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they'll be right back up there...you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they'll work their way right back down to the bottom."

The former neurosurgeon and one-time Presidential hopeful also said that a negative mindset is also a result of poor parenting habits.

"There's also a poverty of spirit," he continued. "You develop a certain mindset. I think the majority of people don’t have that defeatist attitude, but they sometimes just don’t see the way, and that’s where government can come in and be very helpful. It [the government] can provide the ladder of opportunity, it can provide the mechanism that will demonstrate to them what can be done."

The interview was recorded on Tuesday (May 23) and it will be released in full later tonight on Sirius XM (May 24).

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Barack Obama, Bill Clinton React To Death Of George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush has died, his office confirmed Friday (Nov. 30).  The 94-year-old former president, who had been battling health issues as of late, died in Houston. The cause of death was not specified.

Former President George W. Bush shared a statement on behalf of the Bush family calling their father “a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.” Bush Sr.’s wife, Barbara Bush, died earlier this year.

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton reacted to the death with lengthy messages pointing to Bush’s service to the country. “America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush,” Obama tweeted. “While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example.”

Clinton, who defeated Bush in the 1992 presidential election wrote, “Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship.” Clinton added that he was “grateful” for his moments with the elder Bush.

The World War II veteran born in Mitlon, Mass. in 1924, served as vice president to Ronald Regan from 1981 to 1989. The 41st president held office from 1989 to 1993. He advocated for a “kinder and gentler” nation but during his time in office, Bush Sr. fended off his share of criticism over the Gulf War, appointing Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court despite sexual harassment allegations, his speech on “restoring order” during the L.A. Riots, the failed “no new taxes” promise and more.

The Sr. Bush is one of two presidents in history whose sons also took office. He was also tied with Jimmy Carter as the oldest living former president.

Read Obama and Clinton's statement on Bush Sr. below.

America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018

Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship. I am grateful for every minute I spent with him and will always hold our friendship as one of my life’s greatest gifts. https://t.co/1CYdrIeKmz

— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 1, 2018

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Barack Obama Suggests Donald Trump Has "Mommy Issues"

Barack Obama may not have mentioned Donald Trump's name during a recent speech, but the critique of the president was no less obvious.

During the Obama Foundation's second annual summit in Chicago, the former president spoke to the crowd about why the country's problems haven't been solved, and what he thinks can be done to bring about needed change.

“We are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, and mommy issues,” Obama said to a crowd that erupted in laughter. “We are fraught with stuff, and so if that is the case, then the single most important thing we have to invest in is … people. We have got to get people to figure out how they work together in a cooperative, thoughtful, constructive way.”

Now that the midterm elections are over and the Democrats have taken control of the House, Obama's jabs at Trump will remain nameless, but no less subliminal.

“You literally can remake the world right now, because it badly needs remaking,” Obama said making another critique at the Trump administration.

According to a Politico article examing Trump's relationship with his mother Mary Anne Trump, the author writes how the Scottish immigrant's inability to bond with her son had a profound effect on him and seeped its way into the many failed relationship he's had with women.

The article states Trump's mother sustained an unspecified life-threatening illness when he was a child, prohibiting them from developing a relationship. Trump's father Fred was absent from the home as he was building the Trump real estate empire. Young Donald was in awe of his father and was reportedly detached from his mother.

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Stacey Abrams To Sue Georgia For “Gross Mismanagement” Of State Elections

Stacey Abrams has ended her bid to become governor of the state of Georgia, but she’s not slowing down. During a speech from her Georgia headquarters Friday (Nov. 16), Abrams thanked supporters and announced plans to file a federal lawsuit against Georgia for “gross mismanagement” of state elections.

Abrams made it clear that she wasn't conceding the race to opponent Brian Kemp. "Concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper," she explained. "As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that. But, my assessment is the law currently allows no further viable remedy.

"Now, I can certainly bring a new case to keep this one contest alive, but I don't want to hold public office if I need to scheme my way into the post," Abrams continued. "Because the title of governor isn't nearly as important as our shared title -- voters. And that is why we fight on and why I want to say thank you to those of you who organized your community and shattered records."

In a series of tweets Friday, Abrams reiterated her plan to take legal action.“Today, I announce the launch of Fair Fight Georgia, an operation that will pursue accountability in Georgia’s elections and integrity in the process of maintaining our voting rolls,” Abrams revealed. “In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections from unconstitutional actions.”

The statement aligns with the Democrat’s campaign against her Republican opponent, whom she called out for voter suppression tactics against disenfranchised communities.

Kemp was Georgia’s sectary of state at the time of the campaign, and was in charge of overseeing the same election that he ran in against Abrams.  The 55-year-old politician resigned from the position one day after declaring himself the “clear and convincing” winner in the November 6 midterms.

The governor's race triggered a recount of previously rejected absentee ballots, which a Georgia state judge ruled had to be counted before the winner could be determined. Since Abrams ended her campaign, Kemp is the automatic victor.

Read Abrams’ tweets below.

Because of your support, a little Black girl from the Deep South was within striking distance of a sitting Republican Secretary of State to be Georgia's 83rd Governor.

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 17, 2018

The movement we built together is only the beginning. We must keep fighting for the people who have always felt left behind, and for the communities whose security and status are now in question.

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 17, 2018

In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections from unconstitutional actions. #gapol

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 17, 2018

Because these votes are our voices. We are each entitled to our choices. As Georgians, we have always been at the forefront of speaking truth to whatever power may lay claim to leadership – if only for the moment. We will win because we are Georgia. And we WILL get it done. - SYA

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 17, 2018

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