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LISTEN: Sean Spicer speaks at briefing after barring several outlets from attendance

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The Washington Post on Friday released audio of the meeting between White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and select members of the news media.

The recording followed reports that several media outlets, including CNN, the New York Times the Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed and others, were barred from a meeting with Spicer, replacing the scheduled daily briefing.

Cable networks including NBC, ABC and Fox News attended, as did conservative sites including Breitbart and the Washington Times. Though permitted to attend, the Associated Press and Time declined in protest.

In the audio from that scrum (“gaggle”), Spicer can be heard providing Donald Trump’s schedule and fielding a question about the president’s upcoming meeting with Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) (Q: Will they discuss Trump not attending the Republican National Convention? Spicer: “It’s not for me to decide the president discusses or what Gov. Kasich decides to talk about.”)

The next question asked of Spicer pertained directly to the unusual format of the day’s briefing.

“Housekeeping wise, can you just say why you decided to do this today off-camera and then can you talk about some of the information that has come out … regarding the pushback with the New York Times reporting that was on background?” a reporter asked.

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“I literally have said since day 1 that we would have some sort of gathering everyday, the president spoke today … We put it on the schedule yesterday that we were just going to gaggle,” Spicer replied.

“Our job is to make sure that we’re responsive to folks in the media,” he continued. “We’re here everyday.”

Later in the briefing, reporters asked Spicer to respond to the New York Times reporting that Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff, asked an FBI official to go on-record and dispute allegations that associates for the Trump campaign were in “constant contact” with Russian officials.

Spicer defended the request, saying it wasn’t like the White House “did something wrong or nefarious,” the merely took the “opportunity to push back on what actually happened and why it happened.”

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“I’m really having a tough time understanding the logic of your question,” Spicer told a reporter at one point. “The story gets printed in the New York Times—

“But do you understand what I’m asking,” the reporter countered.

“No, I don’t, I think it’s insane,” Spicer replied.

Listen to the audio below, via the Washington Post:

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Joe Biden promises to answer questions about his son’s overseas business dealings — after he’s elected

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Joe Biden refused to answer questions about his son's overseas business dealings.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner has been criticized for conducting diplomatic work as vice president in countries were his son, Hunter Biden, was engaged in business, but he refused at two campaign stops Monday to take questions about the controversy, reported ABC News.

Instead, his campaign promised that Biden would issue an executive order "on his first day in office" to "address conflicts of interest of any kind."

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‘Come heavily armed’: Oregon GOP lawmaker threatens state troopers over dispute with Dem governor

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On Wednesday, The Oregonian reported that GOP state Sen. Brian Boquist threatened to kill state troopers if they try to keep him in the Senate chamber to debate climate change legislation.

"I'm quotable, so here's the quote. This is what I told the [police] superintendent," said Boquist to reporters outside the Senate chamber. "Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I'm not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It's just that simple."

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has made passing a climate change bill one of her top priorities. While Democrats control Oregon's legislature, Senate Republicans have enough votes to block legislation by walking out and denying a quorum — which they have done to stonewall this legislation.

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Nightmare scenario: Trump could lose by 5 million votes — but still win re-election by one electoral vote

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President Donald Trump could potentially win re-election next year by a single electoral vote.

In that nightmare scenario for Democrats, the president could lose the popular vote -- again -- but still narrowly eke out an electoral win by holding onto four states he carried in 2016, reported Axios.

Even if Democrats flip Michigan and Pennsylvania, increase their vote totals in California and come close to winning Texas -- which could give them 5 million more votes than Trump -- their candidate could still lose if Trump narrowly wins Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

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