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Corey Lewandowski luring clients by bragging about access to Trump’s Twitter account: report

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A recent BuzzFeed report reveals that four sources allege that a former top aide to President Donald Trump turned lobbyist has been bragging to clients about his access to the president’s Twitter account.

In discussions with Facebook and a financial company, The Blackstone Group, Corey Lewandowski said that he still had access to the account as a selling point to hiring his new lobbying firm. It’s unclear what other companies received similar pitches.

Lewandowski flatly denied the allegations as well as the claim that he met with anyone at either company.

I know facts don’t matter to buzz feed but it’s not true,” Lewandowski wrote to BuzzFeed via email. When asked if he met with Facebook, he said, “Never.” When asked about Blackstone, he replied, “I never met Blackstone. Please make sure you accurately report that! I doubt you will.”

The White House categorically denied that Lewandowski has any access to the president’s Twitter account.

One of BuzzFeed’s sources explained that it was unclear whether Lewandowski was promising access to the account or simply that he has the ear of the president and the digital staffers. Sources explained that they expected a detailed government relations plan and were shocked by the claim.

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“It wasn’t a question of whether they believed him or not,” a source said. “It was as weird as him walking into the office and saying, ‘I like chocolate.’”

Ed Brookover, who joined the lobbying firm, said that he’s never heard Lewandowski make such a claim and refused to say what was pitched in any of the potential client meetings.

Facebook declined to comment to BuzzFeed on whether they met with Lewandowski but did clarify that he is not contracted by the company. The Blackstone Group also said they have not retained his services.

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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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