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How Republican presidential candidates are getting away with denying evolution

GOP and evolutionA neurosurgeon who believes the human brain is too complex for anyone but God, an ophthalmologist who refuses to talk about the age of the Earth, and a Harvard-trained lawyer beloved by creationists are running for president of the United States, raising the prospect of an election without science.

Retired doctor Ben Carson joined senators Rand Paul (the ophthalmologist) and Ted Cruz (the Harvard alum) on the campaign trail on Monday, vying for the Republican nomination against each other and other confirmed and likely candidates including Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.

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New York Senate Leader and Son Taken Into Custody By FBI In Corruption Case

NYS senate leader arrestedNew York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam B. Skelos were arrested on federal corruption charges this morning. The charges include conspiracy, extortion, wire fraud, and bribery. They surrendered at the FBI's office in lower Manhattan.

No one is quite sure whether Skelos plans to resign as leader of the Senate Republicans. Sheldon Silver, who was charged with corruption earlier this year, stepped down from his role as speaker of the New York State Assembly in January.

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Former CIA deputy director rejects Republican Benghazi claims

Michael MorellFormer Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell said Republicans politicized and repeatedly distorted the agency's analysis of the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

The allegation that the U.S. military and CIA officers "were ordered to stand down and not come to the rescue of their comrades" is not true, Morell wrote in his book The Great War of Our Time, set for release later this month.

Morell wrote there was no evidence supporting the claim that there was a conspiracy between the CIA and the White house to spin the Benghazi story in a way that would protect the political interests of the president and" of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Carson, Fiorina Jump Into 2016 Race

Carson- The Republican field of candidates continues to widen. Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is expected to make a major announcement at an event tomorrow in his hometown of Detroit. But in an exclusive interview tonight, Dr. Carson tells our National Correspondent Jeff Barnd he is in the race for the White House in 2016.

“I’m willing to be part of the equation and therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States of America.” With that, Dr. Ben Carson is off and running. He rose from poverty in Detroit to the head of the pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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FEC Chair Says Agency Is 'Worse Than Dysfunctional' At Regulating Money In Politics

FEC Ann RavelThe chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission says she's largely given up hope of reining in abuses in raising and spending money in the 2016 presidential campaign and calls the agency she oversees "worse than dysfunctional."

In an interview with The New York Times, Ann M. Ravel says she was determined to "bridge the partisan gap" and see that the agency confronted its problems when she became its chair last December. She said she had now essentially abandoned efforts to work out agreements on what she saw as much-needed enforcement measures.

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Bernie Sanders calls for 'political revolution' against billionaire class

Bernie SandersHeralding what he called “the most unusual political career in the US Senate”, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday called for “a political revolution” against “the billionaire class”.

He then seemed to include the overwhelming favourite for the Democratic nomination, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, in that “billionaire class”.

Appearing on ABC at the end of a week in which he declared a run for the Democratic nomination well to the left of Clinton, the independent senator from Vermont said on his first day as a candidate he had attracted 100,000 supporters and raised $1.5m in donations at an average donation of $43.

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Media Matters founder goes on the warpath against anti-Clinton book

David BrockDavid Brock on Tuesday slammed media coverage of a forthcoming book detailing foreign donations made to the Clinton Foundation, calling into question how major news outlets are covering the May 5 release of “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.”

“I think this is a political put-up job, and I can smell it from a mile away,” Brock said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

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