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Sean Spicer takes Skype question from radio host who wants ‘aggressive logging’ to prevent fires

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday short-circuited the White House press corps and took questions from a group of conservative journalists via Skype.

As promised, Spicer debuted what the White House is calling “Skype seats,” which circumvents the independent White House Correspondents’ Association and allows the press secretary to take questions directly from hand-picked sources.

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The third question from the “Skype seats” on Wednesday came from conservative radio host Lars Larson, who referred to the press secretary as “Commander Spicer.”

“It’s a pleasure,” Larson declared. “Thank you for your service to America.”

The radio host began his question by complaining that the federal government “owns two-thirds of a billion acres of America.”

“I don’t think the founders ever envisioned it that way,” Larson said. “Does President Trump want to start returning the people’s land to the people? And in the meantime… can he tell the Forest Service to start logging our forest aggressively again to provide jobs for Americans, wealth for the treasury and not spend $3.5 billion a year fighting forest fires.”

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According to the press secretary, the U.S. had “counted too much on foreign sources of energy.”

Spicer promised that the Trump administration would “utilize the resources that we have that the federal government owns.”

A subsequent question from the “Skype seats” pressed Spicer about when the Trump administration would reduce regulations on mining and burning coal.

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“The president has clearly stated that clean coal is an issue that’s so important to our energy as well as job creation,” Spicer replied. “So whether Kentucky, West Virginia or Pennsylvania or so many other places that rely on coal, bringing clean coal back is good for independence, our economy and job creation.”

Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Feb. 1, 2017.

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Russian disqualified from Tango competition for punching his partner

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A Russian participant in the World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires has been disqualified for violence towards his partner, the organizers said Wednesday.

The incident happened after the duo, a husband and wife, took part in the semi-final of the competition on Tuesday in the Argentine capital.

Organizers condemned the assault plus "assisted the victim and made the decision to disqualify the dancer," said a source with the Championships who declined to be named.

Officials did not name the couple in order "to preserve the identity of the victim who declined to file a complaint."

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‘His mommy should have told him she loved him a little bit more’: CNN analyst eviscerates Trump over ‘chosen one’ comments’

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," analyst Gloria Borger laid into President Donald Trump for his bizarre press conference anointing himself "the chosen one."

"'I am the chosen one,' and that comes after the president re-tweeted a conspiracy theorist radio host who said that he is like the second coming," said host Brianna Keilar. "So what do you make of all of this?"

"I think maybe his mommy should have told him she loved him a little bit more," said Borger. "I don't know. It is hard — it is hard to know what to make of this. Some people will say, as Trump says, 'Oh, I was only joking when I said all of that stuff.' But the truth of the matter is that he does this all of the time, and talks about how wonderful he is, and if you recall during his speech at the convention when he talked about the problems the country was facing he was saying 'I alone can fix it.'"

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Trump’s ‘fake concern’ for Jews doesn’t mask his anti-Semitism, say critics

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"By his continued encouragement of white supremacy and his daily racist attacks on immigrants and people of color, Trump is making the American Jewish community less safe by the day."

President Donald Trump doubled down on his accusations of disloyalty to Jewish-Americans who vote for Democrats during an impromptu press conference Wednesday, prompting a fresh round of recriminations from critics.

"If you want to vote Democrat, you are being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel," the president said during remarks to reporters on the White House South Lawn.

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