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Dan Rather slams Bannon’s media attack: ‘We’re not going to shut up — now answer the damn question’

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Dan Rather sounded an alarm about President Donald Trump and his administration’s relationship with the press during an appearance on “The Tonight Show.”

The longtime CBS News anchor has become a social media sage in recent months, sharing his experience in the media business to help younger readers put the Trump campaign and administration into perspective.

“No, I haven’t seen anything like it, and neither has anybody else,” Rather told host Jimmy Fallon. “We’ve never had anything approaching this.”

He urged reporters to remain focused on the White House in the face of attacks by administration officials, including the president himself, and their supporters on social media.

“Stay steady, stay respectful,” Rather said. “But also, be relentless and remain aggressive. That’s the proper role of the press.”

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Rather appeared troubled by a challenge issued by Trump’s chief strategist, who described journalists as “the opposition party” and urged the media to “keep its mouth shut.”

“Steve Bannon recently said, almost directly, ‘the press needs to shut up,'” Rather said. “Well, our answer to that has to be, ‘With respect, sir, no, we’re not going to shut up. Now answer the damn question.'”

Rather said Trump’s ban on travelers from some majority-Muslim nations damaged the United States’ reputation and provided “fuel to our enemies,” but he urged Americans to resist.

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“Don’t get afraid, don’t be scared — that’s the natural inclination,” Rather said. “Organize and get to the polls, try to find common ground. That’s the way we come together.”


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‘Bond is dead’: White dudes flip out over casting of a black woman as next Agent 007

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On Monday, the Daily Beast reported that the new 007 -- the special agent in the James Bond series -- will be portrayed by the black actress Lashana Lynch.

The announcement set off predictably racist and sexist reactions.

Perhaps the most prominent right-winger to voice his displeasure was Ben Shapiro, who complained that it didn't make sense for Bond to be a woman because of the character's signature seduction moves.

"Bond is about the guns and the girls," Shapiro said, noting that a woman in a seductive role was not realistic.

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REVEALED: The government just ‘dramatically’ expanded its investigation of Jeffrey Epstein

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Federal investigators have been able to “dramatically expand” their investigation into financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as prosecutors bring sex trafficking charges against him, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said in court on Monday.

The government revealed the expansion of the case at the day’s bail hearing. In searching the defendant’s house, investigators found an old passport with Epstein picture and a fake name that listed Saudi Arabia as the location of his residence, the prosecutor said.

The judge was surprised at this revelation, NBC News reported, asking the attorney, “Say again?”

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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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