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‘Alternative facts are lies’: CNN on-screen graphic destroys Kellyanne Conway in four words

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CNN minced no words in an on-screen graphic that accused the White House of spreading “lies” in response to Trump aide Kellyanne Conway’s insistence that falsehoods were actually “alternative facts.”

On Sunday, Conway came to the defense of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer after he blasted the press for reporting that the crowds at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration were significantly smaller than those at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

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“They’re saying it’s a falsehood and our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that,” Conway insisted to NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday.

During coverage of Conway’s remarks later in the morning on CNN, the network’s lower-third graphic offered a four word condemnation.

“‘Alternative Facts’ Are Lies,” the chyron read.

“Paving the way of this situation are movements like the birther movement that was embraced by Donald Trump,” Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet explained. “So if they want to look at the foundation of where this started, they could look in the mirror.”

Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Jan. 22, 2017.

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‘We don’t have a Dr. Fauci problem’: Lindsey Graham defends top scientist after White House smears

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) this week defended the federal government's top infectious disease expert after President Donald Trump and the White House put out statements defaming him.

At a press event on Tuesday, Graham was asked about the attempts to smear Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The Republican senator praised Fauci as "one of the smartest people I know."

"Has he been right all the time? No," Graham said. "We don't have a Dr. Fauci problem. We need to be focusing on doing things to get us where we need to go. So, I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci."

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Cop shoots and kills man who stabbed an elderly store customer for asking him to wear a mask

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A Michigan man has been shot and killed by an Eaton County deputy on Tuesday after he stabbed an elderly man who confronted him in a store for not wearing a mask, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Sean Ernest Ruis, 43, was confronted by a 77-year-old male customer for not wearing a mask inside the store. The argument continued outside in the parking lot, where Ruis stabbed the man and then fled on foot. The victim, whose name has not been released, is reportedly in stable condition.

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No vaccine, no carnival, Rio’s samba schools warn

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Some of Rio's biggest samba schools say they will not participate in next year's Carnival unless a coronavirus vaccine is widely available, Brazilian media reported Tuesday.

Five of the 12 top samba schools, including Mangueira and Beija Flor, told Brazil's O Globo newspaper they would vote to postpone the parades at a meeting set for Tuesday.

"It's simple. If there's no vaccine, there will be no samba," said the head of the Sao Clemente school, Renatinho Gomes.

"How can you gather crowds without collective immunity?"

The mayor of the northwestern city of Salvador de Bahia, where festivities also attract thousands of tourists, has proposed postponing the carnival season nationwide until April or June.

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