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HUD emails: Ben Carson and his wife "picked out" $31,000 dining set

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and his wife, Candy, "picked out" a $31,000 dining set for a dining room at HUD, according to internal emails obtained by CNN after a FOIA request by liberal watchdog American Oversight. A HUD spokesman had previously stated that the Carsons had "no awareness" about the set's purchase and Carson himself issued a statement that he was "surprised" about the price.

Why it matters: Trump Cabinet officials — from VA Secretary David Shulkin to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke — are currently facing a stream of damaging stories over spending issues.