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Trump team revs up attacks on media: Corey Lewandowski says NYT top editor ‘should be in jail’

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Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski targeted the press at a Harvard University conference on Thursday. Pointing to the New York Times’ partial release of Trump’s 1995 Income Tax Records, Lewandowski said executive editor Dean Baquet “should be in jail,” according to Politico.

During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump waged a war on the media and journalists, bashing the press at rallies, claiming, “They will slander you, they will seek to destroy your career and your family.”

Trump was at a separate event on Thursday night — the first stop of his “Thank you” tour. However, taking the stage in Cincinnati, he very much followed the same narrative, calling the press “extremely dishonest,” and “brutal.”

While Lewandowski has not yet been named as an adviser to the Trump campaign, he resigned from his post at CNN immediately following the election and was spotted at Trump Tower that same day.

His comments about Baquet were in reference to a September forum at Harvard University.

The New York Times editor joined a panel, including Intercept co-founder Laura Poitras and Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward. Poitras asked if either outlet would publish Trump’s tax returns — if they ever received them — even if it meant they’d face jail time. Both responded yes.

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Speaking of this exchange at Thursday night’s event Lewandowski said,  “We had one of the top people at the New York Times come to Harvard University and say, ‘I’m willing to go to jail to get a copy of Donald Trump’s taxes so I can publish them.’”

“Dean Baquet came here and offered to go to jail” he continued. “You’re telling me, he’s willing to commit a felony on a private citizen to post his taxes, and there isn’t enough scrutiny on the Trump campaign and his business dealings and his taxes? It’s egregious. He should be in jail.”

During his campaign, Trump blacklisted a number of media outlets — including BuzzFeed, Politico, and the Huffington Post — who were barred from receiving press credentials to cover his rallies.

The Committee to Protect Journalists even released a statement earlier this year calling Trump a “threat to the rights of journalists and to CPJ’s ability to advocate for press freedom around the world.”

 

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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