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The White House on Monday restored press access for CNN reporter Jim Acosta, ending a legal fight that had so far gone against the Trump administration. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement the press pass for Acosta, which was revoked after a contentious Nov. 7 news conference with President Donald Trump, was restored but reporters who ignored new rules for news conferences could have their credentials taken away. The White House Correspondents' Association said it had not helped craft the White House's list of rules for news conferences.
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"We have created these rules with a degree of regret," Sanders said in a statement.
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Trump is stepping up the attacks on the free press. CNN reporter Jim Acosta had his press credentials for the White House fully restored Monday after they had been pulled in response to his critical questioning of President Donald Trump about his anti-immigrant smears.A court had already ordered the credentials to be restored, issuing a preliminary finding that the White House had violated Acosta's right to due process. The White House had considered only restoring the pass temporarily for the time required by the judge, but it caved and issued a full restoration Monday. However, in addition to the restoration of Acosta's pass, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued new draconian rules for the press corps: A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists;At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up...
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A future Trumpian world, including possibly a shattered and increasingly “nationalist” Europe, is no laughing matter. Whatever you may think of President Trump, it’s important to be fair to him. You might have noticed that, on his recent trip to France (“five days of fury”), officially to mourn and praise America’s war dead on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, he managed to miss his first scheduled ceremony. It was at a cemetery where some of those American war dead were buried. He skipped it, thanks to a little uncomfortable rain, and came late for the second of those events at the Suresnes American Cemetery just outside Paris (this time complaining publicly about the rain). As TomDispatch regular Rajan Menon reminds us today, such acts brought a good deal of derision upon the president in Europe and here (or rather in the world of everywhere that we know as the Internet). What went unreported amid the mockery and the presidential excuses (the preside...
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While being interviewed by her dad on Fox News, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about revoking Jim Acosta's press pass.
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said late Friday that her team is working on establishing "standard practices" for reporters for future press briefings, adding that "if certain reporters like [CNN's] Ji...
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The White House withdrew Acosta's credentials on Nov. 7 in an escalation of the Republican president's attacks on news organizations, who he has called enemies of the people. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, who is hearing CNN's lawsuit challenging the revocation, said Acosta's credentials must be restored while the network's case is pending. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Acosta's credentials would be temporarily restored.
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Nearly every media outlet repeats this idea constantly, but it's just not true. With unemployment near record lows, President Donald Trump deserves substantial credit for the strength of the economy, right?This is a common refrain — and not just from Trump's allies. Many in the media point to the economy as a sign of Trump's strength, though these claims are often vague and unsupported.And the voters seem to believe it, too, despite the GOP's poor performance in the 2018 midterm elections. According to new polling from Pew Research Center, the American public largely prefers Democrats' positions and views on national issues to Trump's views — except when it comes to jobs and the economy.But there's a big problem with crediting the president with the success of the "Trump economy" — and it's that there's no such thing.Critics of the president often argue, when this topic comes up, that the success of the Trump economy is actually the success of the Obama economy. Presid...
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His love for veterans is a transparent charade. President Donald Trump drew a lot of criticism when, during his post-midterms visit to Paris, he missed a celebration honoring U.S. soldiers who were killed in combat during World War I. The reason: rain. More criticism followed after Trump returned to the U.S. and missed a Veteran’s Day ceremony at Arlington Cemetery near Washington, DC—and during an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, he didn’t do a very good job of explaining himself.When the conservative Wallace asked Trump why he didn’t attend the Veteran’s Day event, he responded, “I should have done that. I was extremely busy on calls for the country. We did a lot of calling, as you know.”Wallace interjected, “But this is Veteran’s Day”—to which the president responded, “I could have done that….I was extremely busy because of affairs of state, doing other things.”And when Wallace asked, “Why?,” Trump responded, “But I would have. I woul...
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She's been accused of working as an undercover spy for the Kremlin. Federal prosecutors and lawyers for accused secret Russian agent Maria Butina submitted court documents Friday indicating that the parties are negotiating a potential plea agreement, according to a new report from NBC News.The filing reportedly requests more time before the case goes in front of the judge again because the parties could reach a "potential resolution" of the charges against Butina.Butina stands accused of secretly working as an agent from the Kremlin in the United States and attempting to infiltrate American political institutions such as the NRA. Reports also suggest that she may have been in contact with President Donald Trump's campaign.The charges being brought against Butina came from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., and it does not appear that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has been involved in the case. Butina has denied working as a spy for Russia.  Rela...
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What would make him doubt the vice president? Despite publicly asking Vice President Mike Pence last week to be his running mate in 2020, President Donald Trump is secretly harboring doubts about the man first in line to the Oval Office, according to a new report from the New York Times.Citing nearly a dozen White House aides and Trump allies, reporters Maggie Haberman and Katie Rogers find that Trump has been repeatedly asking many of his advisers about Pence's loyalty. The question has come up so much, they say, that some of his advisers have become "alarmed.'The marriage of Trump and Pence's public images was always one of convenience — for both sides. Pence was initially critical of Trump's bid for the presidency, though he was careful to hedge his bets. Reports suggest that, after picking Pence to be his running mate in 2016, Trump had regrets about not picking Chris Christie.But Pence turned out to have significant upsides. His credentials with the evangelical community h...
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The attempt to silence Jim Acosta was decisively blocked. CNN thoroughly and fittingly embarrassed the White House Friday when a federal judge ruled that it must return reporter Jim Acosta's press pass after it was summarily taken away last week following a combative press conference with President Donald Trump.Acosta had pressed Trump about his lies about Central American immigrants, prompting the president to become angry and to try to move on to another reporter. When Acosta refused to pass the microphone on, a White House intern tried to grab it out of his hands. The White House later revoked Acosta's press pass, and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders claimed he had "placed his hands" on the young woman, sharing distorted video in an attempt to bolster this claim. (Even this altered footage showed that the brief contact between the two occurred because of the intern's grab, not Acosta.)After U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ruled Friday that the White House must return Acosta's...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will temporarily reinstate access for CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, after a U.S. judge restored Acosta's press credentials for the time being, saying they had been revoked without due process. "We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future," White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said in a statement. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Lisa Lambert)
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The White House has been ordered to reinstate the press pass it stripped from CNN reporter Jim Acosta by a federal judge, handing a broadcaster frequently criticised by Donald Trump a legal victory.  Timothy Kelly, a US district court judge, announced on Friday that Mr Acosta should have his credentials reinstated immediately so he can enter the White House and carry out his job.  The temporary restraining order requires the reporter’s access be restored until a full hearing on the case is made. The judge was appointed to the bench by Mr Trump last year.  The press pass had been stripped from Mr Acosta after a heated exchange with Mr Trump at a press conference, which saw the US president called the reporter a “rude, terrible person”.  CNN sued the White House over its move, citing both America’s first amendment right protecting freedom of the press and the fifth amendment, which addresses the right to due process. The judge found that taking the pass from Mr Acosta, the...
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From the first day of Donald Trump's presidency, with outsized claims and edited photos of his inauguration's crowd size to the recent tweet by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders of a doctored video showing a "karate chop" by CNN reporter Jim Acosta on an intern, propaganda is on the rise.
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One of America’s most senior national security officials has been forced out of the White House after Melania Trump, the US president’s wife, publicly called for her departure through a spokesman.  Mira Ricardel, the US deputy national security adviser, only took up the post six months ago but will now be moved to a new role in the Trump administration. Widespread US media reports cited a row between Ms Ricardel and Mrs Trump’s team about the First Lady’s trip to Africa last month as a contributing factor. The New York Times reported that Ms Ricardel was frustrated she had not been allocated a seat on Mrs Trump’s plane and threatened to withhold resources for the trip as a result. Clashes with other key officials were also reported.  Ms Ricardel, 58, was appointed by John Bolton, the US national security adviser who took up the role in April, and moved into the position from the Commerce Department.  First lady Melania Trump pauses as she speaks to media during a visit to...
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He felt the statement backed him into a corner. First Lady Melania Trump issued a stunning statement this week, directly calling on her husband to oust top national security aide Mira Ricardel. And according to a new report from CNN, President Donald Trump is not happy about it.“It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, said of Ricardel in a statement Tuesday. Animosity between two reportedly arose over a dispute about Melania Trump's visit to Africa. But issuing a statement calling for an administration official to be fired before any such announcement has been made by the White House was an extraordinary move, regardless of personal tensions.CNN reported that the first lady's statement caught the president off guard and that he was "furious" she put him in this position. He thought it "made him look like a bossed-around husband," Jake Tapper r...
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Donald Trump's administration has argued in legal documents that it does have a constitutional right to ban CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House. Lawyers for the US justice department contended that the administration has "broad discretion" to regulate press access to the White House complex. It was a response to CNN's legal request for a temporary restraining order restoring Acosta's access. A judge is due to hold a hearing on Wednesday on CNN's complaint. Responding in court documents the justice department said: "The President and White House possess the same broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists (and other members of the public) that they possess to select which journalists receive interviews, or which journalists they acknowledge at press conferences." Acosta was banished following a particularly contentious press conference with the president last week. He has repeatedly clashed with Mr Trump and pre...
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded to a lawsuit filed by CNN after Jim Acosta's press pass was suspended.
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“It is not just President Trump. It’s John Kelly, Sarah Sanders, Bill Shine, the head of the Secret Service and the officer who actually took away the hard pass last week. “ CNN’s Brian Stelter on Tuesday explained why the network is suing the White House for stripping press credentials from reporter Jim Acosta, and named specific White House staff accused of violating Acosta’s First Amendment rights.“This is a historic moment for press freedom in the United States, a lawsuit by CNN and Jim Acosta against President Trump and several other top aides,” said Stelter, saying the suit “demands” that Acosta’s credentials be returned immediately. “CNN is asking for a hearing today or tomorrow, some time this week to get a temporary order to get Acosta’s press pass back right away, then CNN will also seek permanent relief so this doesn’t happen again in the future.”“There is no case like this that we have found,” he added, saying that the White House’s m...
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US network CNN has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his aides after its reporter had his press pass revoked by the administration. Jim Acosta, the broadcaster's chief White House correspondent, found his entry to the White House barred after a heated exchange with Mr Trump during a press conference last week. The White House said it had revoked Mr Acosta's pass because he placed his hands on a White House intern, a claim he denied. In a statement, CNN said it had filed a "lawsuit against the Trump administration this morning in DC District Court" demanding the return of their journalist's White House credentials. The court filing accused Mr Trump of violating CNN and Mr Acosta's constitutional rights which protect freedom of the press and the right to due process. The lawsuit names six defendants: Mr Trump, his chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, Secret Service dir...
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CNN is suing President Donald Trump and various White House aides over the administration's ban on chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta. CNN's lawsuit alleges that Acosta and CNN's First and Fifth amendment rights are being violated by the ban. Named in CNN's lawsuit against the White House are Donald Trump, John Kelly, Sarah Sanders, Bill Shine, Joseph Clancy, and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta's hard pass away. "While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone," the network said today. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials." The lawsuit seeks the immediate restoration of Acosta's access to the White House. CNN sues President Trump and top White House aides for barring Jim Acostahttps://t.co/5GsAmQOZDF — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 13, 2018 Bulletin: @CNN is filing a lawsuit against President Trump and sever...
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Well, the definition of the word "altered" now seems to be up for debate — at least if you work for the Trump administration. After last week's testy exchange at the White House between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and President Trump, Kellyanne Conway weighed in Sunday on the controversial video shared by the White House press secretary. Appearing on Fox News, Conway conjured up some alternative facts by saying that the video shared by Sarah Huckabee Sanders (after it had been tweeted out by an InfoWars editor) wasn't altered but, rather, like a sports highlight: “Oh, well that’s not altered. That’s sped up. They do it all the time in sports to see if there’s actually a first down or a touchdown.” Read more...More about Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Jim Acosta, Culture, and Politics
 
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President Donald Trump discussed several key issues with Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a lunch at Élysée Palace, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
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United in the rain, world leaders walked slowly up the Champs-Elysees in Paris to mark a century since the end of World War I -- but there were two notable absences, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. The line of black-clad leaders was reminiscent of another moment of unity: after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo jihadist attack, when senior officials from more than 40 countries marched through Paris to denounce terrorism. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump, who wore a cornflower -- France's war remembrance flower -- in his lapel, had arrived separately "due to security protocols".
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On this weekend’s broadcast of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” show cast member Kate McKinnon got at least one more chance to showcase her Jeff Sessions impersonation. Sessions resigned from the attorney general post of the Trump administration’s Department of Justice earlier this week. McKinnon’s Sessions was forced to relinquish his White House badge to Aidy Bryant’s Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary. Also making appearances in the cold open were Beck Bennett’s Vice President Mike Pence, Alex Moffat’s Eric Trump, Mike Day’s Donald Trump Jr. and Robert De Niro’s Robert Mueller. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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President Donald Trump ripped CNN's Jim Acosta for being "very unprofessional" Friday, saying that the way he treats Sarah Sanders is a "disgrace."
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The doctored video of the interaction between CNN's Jim Acosta and a White House intern, which was posted by the Trump administration and originated from Infowars, hardly pleased many of us, including Jimmy Kimmel. "She should be forced to resign for that," Kimmel said on Thursday. "She intentionally disseminated doctored video footage to discredit a reputable journalist ... Sarah Huckabee Sanders should be fired and sent to live in a JOANN's Fabrics store." Also in the line of fire was Kellyanne Conway, who also took the side of the intern. It's "so ridiculous," in fact, that Kimmel decided to take his qualms straight to Conway herself. Read more...More about Politics, Trump, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Entertainment
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Late show hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel have both referred to Sarah Huckabee Sanders' decision to share a doctored video as a fireable offence. Colbert tore into the White House press secretary on The Late Show Thursday for tweeting the doctored video of the moment during Trump's "press tantrum," when CNN's Jim Acosta held onto the microphone when an intern was dispatched to try and take it from him. Acosta's press pass was revoked, with Huckabee Sanders accusing the reporter of "placing his hands" on a White House intern during Trump's press conference. Acosta called it a blatant lie, as did CNN, and Colbert. Read more...More about Donald Trump, Stephen Colbert, Trump Administration, Jim Acosta, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders
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White House defends revoking correspondent Jim Acosta’s credentials as critics detect manipulation in video.
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders seized on a misleading video apparently first posted by a far-right personality associated with fringe media organization InfoWars as a basis for indefinitely suspending the press credentials of CNN's chief White House correspondent.
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A video distributed by Sarah Sanders to justify revoking the press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta was altered in ways that made it misleading.
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Meghan McCain refused to listen to Sunny Hostin's explanation for why it was a White House intern, not Jim Acosta, who committed battery. The two conservative co-hosts on “The View” blamed CNN’s Jim Acosta for a tussle over a microphone that got him banned from White House press briefings — but former prosecutor Sunny Hostin explained why they’re wrong.President Donald Trump called Acosta a “rude, nasty person” for asking questions during a news conference, and a White House intern tried to grab the microphone from his hand — and press secretary Sarah Sanders accused the reporter of inappropriately touching the young woman.“I don’t like it when men touch me, in general, without asking for permission,” said co-host Meghan McCain. “If I were handing that and some man went like this, I wouldn’t like it. Is it assault? I don’t think it goes to the level of assault. Is it inappropriate — 100 percent.”Co-host Joy Behar said the video shows Acosta pu...
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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday night shared a video of CNN reporter Jim Acosta that appeared to have been altered to make his actions at a news conference look more aggressive toward a White House intern. The edited video looks authentic: Acosta appeared to swiftly chop down on the arm of an […]
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been accused of sharing a "doctored" video of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s interaction with a White House intern that resulted in the reporter’s press pass being revoked.
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Trump on Wednesday called Jim Acosta a "rude, terrible person" for questions during a press briefing. A former FBI special agent says White House press secretary Sarah Sanders libeled CNN reporter Jim Acosta by sharing an altered video of his interaction with an intern during a presidential news conference.Asha Rangappa, a CNN contributor and former counterintelligence agent, said Sanders had met the standard of proof for libel — publishing a false statement to damage a person’s reputation.“.@PressSec you are seriously tweeting out an obviously doctored video – from InfoWars no less – to substantiate a false accusation of assault against a journalist???” Rangappa tweeted.“The standard for libel against a public figure is acting with ‘actual malice,’ and your tweet is Exhibit A,” she added.The White House revoked Acosta’s access to the White House after President Donald Trump called him a “rude, terrible person” for asking questions during the...
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The White House on Wednesday revoked Jim Acosta's "hard pass." Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a clearly-doctored video to falsely accuse CNN reporter Jim Acosta of "inappropriate behavior" and "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern."The White House Press Office, reportedly under the direction of President Trump, revoked the press pass of CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Wednesday, after he pressed the president for answers during a rare yet off-the-rails press conference.We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018As many, including those who work in video editing noted, the clip is doctored and appears to be the one released by an editor who works for Alex Jones'  fake news and conspiracy theories website InfoWars. CNN's Brian Stelter a...
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The White House is spreading fake news. On Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out an apparently doctored video of a testy interchange between President Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a post-election press conference. The video she tweeted originated from an editor at InfoWars, Alex Jones' much-maligned far-right publication known for trading in outlandish conspiracy theories and outright lies.  Sanders shared the video late Wednesday night in an attempt to justify the White House's decision to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials after he sparred with Trump. It purportedly shows the moment a White House intern attempted to take a microphone from Acosta during a heated exchange with the president. Sanders alleged that the video showed Acosta acting in an "unacceptable" manner toward the young woman. Read more...More about Donald Trump, White House, Jim Acosta, Infowars, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is facing accusations that she shared an edited video of the exchange between CNN correspondent Jim Acosta and an administration aide at President Trump's post...
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CNN correspondent Jim Acosta was denied entry to the White House on Wednesday evening following a heated row with President Donald Trump, who called him a "rude, terrible person" during a press conference.  Mr Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, said he was informed by Secret Service officers that he could not enter for his scheduled 8pm broadcast. Officials later confirmed that his credentials had been revoked. The episode will reignite fears that Mr Trump has scant regard for press freedom and is intent on limiting space for critical coverage. Hours earlier Mr Acosta found himself in the president's line of fire during a news conference called to trumpet Republican success in Tuesday's midterm elections, but which quickly turned hostile when Mr Trump opened the floor to questions.  Mr Acosta asked the president about his reference to migrants travelling towards America as an "invasion".  "Honestly, I think you should let me...
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Trump's assault on the free press is getting more egregious by the day. On Wednesday, hours after his party was dealt a crushing blow in the House, President Donald Trump lost control as CNN's Jim Acosta questioned him.In response to Acosta telling him that the migrant caravan was not an "invasion," Trump angrily replied "I consider it an invasion," and "Do you think they were actors? They weren’t actors. They didn’t come from Hollywood." He then said "That's enough," as his aides tried to pull the mic away, and after Acosta asked him about the Russia investigation, he completely snapped. "CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN."“You are the enemy of the people,” Trump says as a CNN reporter argues for more time questioning him about the caravan “invasion.” pic.twitter.com/sJylMGlFFD— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 7, 2018Far from apologizing for their behavio...
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CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass to access the White House was suspended "until further notice" Wednesday, hours after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with President Trump. 
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Donald Trump and CNN’s Jim Acosta clashed at the President's post-midterm press conference. Trump lashed out at Acosta, saying CNN “should be ashamed” of him and he's been horrible to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Read Full Article at RT.com
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U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a news conference on Wednesday morning, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a post on Twitter, following results from Tuesday's midterm congressional election.
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U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a news conference on Wednesday morning, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a post on Twitter, following results from Tuesday's midterm congressional election.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a news conference on Wednesday morning, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a post on Twitter, following results from Tuesday's midterm congressional election. The news conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. (1630 GMT) at the White House's East Room, Sanders said. (Reporting by Susan Heavey)
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U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a news conference on Wednesday morning, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a post on Twitter, following results from Tuesday's midterm congressional election.
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The president called Democrat Speaker-in-waiting Nancy Pelosi, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says the President will work with whoever comes into office.
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters "I certainly don't think that there's a blue wave."
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In his efforts to narrow the gender gap Republicans face in Tuesday's midterm elections — in which women voters strongly favor Democrats —  Donald Trump brought three of the top women in his administration to a rally in Fort Wayne, Ind.: senior adviser Ivanka Trump, counselor Kellyanne Conway and press secretary Sarah Sanders.
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"That's why I work for this president because I care about our kids future, and I care about the future of our country," she said.
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President Trump continues to scream his racist, anti-semitic, and homophobic slogans; Sarah Sanders says he didn't say that. From the NYT: Right-wing extremists — a catchall category for a messy constellation of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, crypto-fascists, nihilists and attention-seeking trolls — vary widely in style and ideology. Some congregate out in the open, on forums like 4chan and Reddit as well as public platforms like Gab, the Twitter-like social network used by the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Others communicate in private channels on Discord, a chat platform, or over encrypted messaging apps like Telegram or Wire. Some are ardent supporters of Mr. Trump, while others oppose him on the grounds that he is not extreme enough. What they have in common is a feeling of empowerment — a sense that the boundaries of acceptable speech are widening in the Trump era, and a suspicion that when they talk, Mr. Trump, or those with access to him, may be listeni...
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Donald Trump once claimed black people were "too stupid" to vote for him and regularly used explicitly racist language before coming into office, his former lawyer has claimed.  Michael Cohen, who served as the president's lawyer and fixer for a decade, claimed he witnessed Mr Trump making derogatory comments about black people throughout the 2016 election campaign. Cohen has publicly split from Mr Trump since he was charged with  campaign finance violations and tax fraud earlier this year.  He pleaded guilty to several charges this summer, claiming he violated  election laws at the direction of Mr Trump, to pay a porn star in a hush  money agreement. In his first interview since his guilty plea, Cohen told Vanity Fair Mr Trump said "black people are too stupid to vote for me" after he made an observation that crowds at the candidate's rallies were largely caucasian. Cohen, who once said he would 'take a bullet' for the president, made a ser...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to receive his final briefing on election security Thursday before polls close next Tuesday. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump asked for a “status update on the security and integrity of Tuesday’s election.” Sanders says top homeland security and intelligence officials will be present, including […]
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In an interview, one of Fox News' conservative commentators revealed her thoughts about the president's animosity toward the media. President Donald Trump has been at war with the media for his entire time in office.From calling negative stories about himself "fake news," to saying the media is the "enemy of the people," to threatening to "open" liberl laws to sue journalists, to barring reporters from mainstream sites from meetings while allowing right-wing ones, to praising a congressman for physically assaulting a reporter, Trump has made clear that he does not care for the Fourth Estate.It has gotten to the point where even his conservative allies in the media are uncomfortable.In an interview with POLITICO's Women Rule podcast, Martha MacCallum, Fox News' midterm elections reporter and anchor of the primetime show "The Story," made clear that she is sympathetic to Trump's frustration with the media, saying that reporters "don’t give him credit for anything" — b...
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Eddie Glaude Jr. condemned Trump for continuing the same rhetoric and behavior that is whipping domestic terrorists into a frenzy. With the midterms now a week away and President Donald Trump staring down the risk of a crushing loss in the House, he appears to be panicking — and doing more and more Trumpian things, from deploying troops at the border to threatening to repeal the 14th Amendment. And all the while he continues to hold rallies where he charges people up with the same fiery rhetoric, stroking his own ego.Trump may believe that these actions will excite his base and persuade them to turn out in greater numbers. But racially charged appeals to the far right look particularly irresponsible after a week of domestic terrorist attacks.Speaking to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace on "Deadline: White House," Princeton history professor and Center for African-American Studies chairman Eddie Glaude, Jr. blasted Trump for pouring gasoline on the nation's tensions and expressed his...
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They must smell trouble ahead. Every White House and presidential administration is forced to grapple with frequent staff turnover due to the nature of the job, but under President Donald Trump, the country has seen a historic amount of resignations and dismissals.And after the 2018 midterm elections, the problem is almost certain to get worse, as multiple reports indicate.A recent report from Politico found that five Cabinet officials (Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen) were likely to leave the administration after the November election.And on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that one of the investigations of Zinke has been referred to the Department of Justice as a potential criminal probe, raising the likelihood that he'll depart. The Post also confirmed that he is only "one of multiple Cabinet members who may leave after the midte...
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We're all waiting for the next bombshell to drop. In the high-anxiety Donald Trump era, the focus of one’s attention can change very quickly. A crisis or controversy that dominates the 24-hour news cycle one day can easily disappear the next day—or at least be sidelined—when another crisis or controversy comes along or there is a shocking new development. And the events of the past week have been a perfect example, with one act of domestic terrorism after another vying for the public’s attention.Last week on October 25, residents of Lexington, Kentucky were horrified by the random killings of two older African-Americans (67-year-old Vickie Lee Jones and 69-year-old Maurice Stallard) in what appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime at a Kroger supermarket. Surveillance footage showed that only a few minutes before the shootings, the suspect (a white man with a long history of racism) tried to forcibly enter an African-American church. But as horrific as that inc...
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2 weeks ago
Republicans say they care about the constitution — unless it does something they don't like. With the 2018 midterms less than a week away and many political analysts saying that Republicans are likely to lose their majority in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump is going out of his way to fire up his far-right base—and that includes railing against immigrants. Trump, in an interview with Axios this week, promised to end, by executive order, birthright citizenship for “anchor babies” (children born in the United States to non-U.S. parents). But according to many constitutional scholars, Trump doesn’t have that right—as it would be a blatant violation of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.During the Axios interview, Trump complained, “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States…. with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous....
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