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‘I hope I get it right’: Caitlyn Jenner shoulders new duty as ‘I am Cait’ debuts

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“What a responsibility I have towards this community. I just hope I get it right.”

The words are spoken by Caitlyn Jenner in a particularly vulnerable and poignant moment at the start of I Am Cait, her eight-part reality TV series that begins at 8pm ET on Sunday. The gold medal-winning Olympian is shown sitting up in bed, dressed in a robe with no make-up, looking anxious and preoccupied.

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“I feel bad that especially young people are going through such a difficult time in their life,” says Jenner, 65. “We don’t want people dying for this. We don’t want people murdered for this stuff.”

She goes on: “Am I going to do everything right? Am I going to say the right things? Do I project the right image? My mind’s just spinning with thoughts.”

Americans will have the chance to reach their own conclusions about these questions with the launch of the E! docu-series. Billed as one of the most talked-about reality TV launches in years, I Am Cait has also faced its detractors.

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Jenner’s carefully choreographed public rollout as a trans woman – in a Diane Sawyer ABC News interview, then on the cover of Vanity Fair , followed by her first public appearance at the ESPY awards – was denounced by some as a publicity campaign to keep her star in the ascendant.

Jenner’s four children from her first marriage refused to participate in the show, with the oldest, Brandon, dismissing all E! reality series with a memorable putdown: “Every one of them is a circus.”

But critical response to I Am Cait has so far been generally positive, with Time magazine going so far as to wonder whether it might become “the defining reality show of a generation”.

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Certainly, Jenner has had it easy compared to many transgender women and men who struggle with extraordinary levels of attempted suicide and violence . With no problems when it comes to money or access to medical treatment, her experience is light years away from that of so many individuals suffering from gender dysphoria – the sensation that identity and physical form are out of sync.

But with every step in the unveiling of her new identity as Caitlyn, Jenner has become more outspoken about the plight of so many others with whom she is now associated within the transgender community. The growing strength of her opinions reflect the learning curve she has been on, exposed as she has been to a steady stream of letters from trans women sharing with her their struggles and hardships.

Related: ‘Prison within prison’: a transgender inmate’s years-long battle for basic care

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In the first episode of I Am Cait, Jenner explores the darker side of the transgender story when she visits the family of Kyler Prescott, who killed herself at the age of 14 on 18 May. Even though Prescott’s family was supportive of her desire to transition to a woman, the pressure still overwhelmed her.

Caitlyn Jenner’s family also comes across as deeply supportive. Her mother, Esther, continues to use male pronouns and the name “Bruce” but insists, somewhat paradoxically: “I want to do what he wants.”

Kanye West too speaks out in support of the transition of his wife Kim Kardashian’s stepfather-turned-stepmother.

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“I think this is one of the strongest things that have happened in our existence as human beings, that are so controlled by perception,” the rapper says. “You couldn’t have been up against more.”

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‘Left wing hack’: Fox News fans lose it after anchor calls Ukraine allegations ‘a problem’ for Trump

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Fox News viewers lashed out at the network on Sunday after host Arthel Neville grilled New York Congressman Peter King (R) about President Donald Trump's alleged effort to get Ukraine to help him defeat Joe Biden.

Neville twice asked King about Trump's Ukraine scandal, and both times he evaded the question by saying that Congress does not have a right to know the details of Trump's conversations with foreign leaders.

On her third attempt, Neville got to the point by noting Trump's alleged actions are "a problem."

"We don’t know that it’s true, we hope it’s not true," the Fox News host said of the allegations against Trump. "But if there is a possibility that our president used his office to put pressure on a foreign government -- president-elect -- to dig into his possible, potential political opponent, then that’s a problem."

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New York Times battered on MSNBC for pushing smear of Hunter Biden in order to maintain access to Trump

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An "AM Joy" panel jumped all over the New York Times for pushing a widely debunked smear of Hunter Biden promoted by Donald Trump, saying the newspaper is more interested in maintaining their access to the Oval Office than debunking the lie.

Speaking with host Joy Reid -- who noted that her producers asked for comment from the Times but were rebuffed -- MSNBC regular Maria Teresa Kumar scorched the Times, as well as reporter Ken Vogel, for the uncritical parroting of the president's smear.

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Ukrainian journalist throws down gauntlet after Giuliani smear: ‘I express my readiness to testify’

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A Ukrainian journalist said on Sunday that he would be willing to testify to Congress against President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

After Giuliani unleashed a bizarre rant on CNN accusing Democrats of trying to get help from Ukraine in the 2016 election, Ukrainian journalist Serhiy Leshchenko wrote an op-ed exposing the accusation as a lie.

In his op-ed, Leshchenko explains:

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the Manafort revelations would become fodder for the U.S. elections in 2020. President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, the mouthpiece of this campaign, is not only attempting to rehabilitate Manafort but is also working to undermine U.S. relations with Ukraine, which has been confronting Russian aggression on its own for more than five years. Giuliani and his associates are trying to drag our newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, into a conflict between two foreign political parties, drastically limiting Ukraine’s room for maneuver in respect to the United States, perhaps its most important international partner.

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