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The San Diego Zoo’s 11-week-old panda cub is “making progress” and has started crawling, according to a video update released Thursday.

“Certainly the front legs wanna get up and go,” said Senior Veterinarian PK Robbins. “The back legs sort of got a litle bit left behind, but he’s definitely learning. He’s getting those skill-sets that he needs, and he’s a pretty active little dude.”

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The male cub, born July 29, is the sixth cub born to 21-year-old Bai Yun. Bai Yun, the still-unnamed cub and his five siblings, as well as Bai Yun’s regular mate, Gao Gao, will be in San Diego thru next year as part of an exchange program.

As of this week, the cub is 21.6 inches (55 centimeters) long and weighs 7.2 pounds (3.3 kilograms), but Robbins said he is becoming more active.

“I would say he’s making progress,” Robbins said. “He’s kind of at that awkward toddler status where some limbs work better than others.”

Watch video of the young panda learning to getting around, released by the San Diego Zoo Thursday, below.

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[h/t KNSD-TV]


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WATCH: Trump flees Bedminster press conference after reporter busts him for lying about veterans

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President Donald Trump held his second hastily arranged press conference in two days at his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey on Saturday.

Trump began the press conference by falsely claiming credit for the Veterans Choice bill that was signed by President Barack Obama.

CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale has recorded Trump lying about the bill more than 140 times.

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But this time, CBS News reporter Paula Reid challenged Trump on his lies.

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Trump’s refusal to bail out cash-strapped cities will blow up in his face at election time: economist

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On CNN Saturday, University of Michigan economist Justin Wolfers said he was "baffled" by President Donald Trump's flat refusal to allow coronavirus stimulus to go to city governments, ostensibly because they are being mismanaged by Democrats and don't deserve more money.

"I took calls from journalists throughout the last two or three years saying, what is it Trump is going to do in late 2020 to artificially goose the economy to get re-elected? And people were thinking of all sorts of ideas," said Wolfers. "The Democratic Congress has sent him a $3 trillion bill and he's refused to sign it."

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GOP strategist shut down by CNN’s Blackwell for fear-mongering about deficits after Republicans handed out tax cuts to the rich

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On CNN Saturday, Republican strategist Brian Robinson tried to claim the Democratic coronavirus stimulus proposal was a nonstarter because of deficit spending — and was immediately smacked down by anchor Victor Blackwell, who reminded him his party forced through a 12-figure unpaid-for tax cut for corporations and billionaires in 2017 over Democratic objections.

"$3.4 trillion dollars is where [Democrats] started. That's not a place we can start," said Robinson. "We have to fix our short-term problems. We've got to help people in need. We've got to help people not be evicted from their homes. Those are all important. But, it's not the only consideration. We already added $3 trillion to our national debt in the last few months. That's never happened in our nation's history. There is a limit to how much we can do. Republicans aren't pinching pennies, they're trying to use common sense."

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