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Trump aide: ‘Sexist’ Jake Tapper used Kellyanne Conway as a ‘punching bag’ because she’s a woman

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Sebastian Gorka — the aide to Pres. Donald Trump who was recently outed as having lied about being an expert witness in the Boston Bomber trialtold TheHill.com in an interview that Kellyanne Conway’s disastrous appearance on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper last Tuesday was all due to Tapper’s sexism and the desire to “treat a woman as a punching bag.”

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Gorka, a former editor for white nationalist and neo-Nazi online hub Breitbart.com, said that his interview on Tapper’s program The Lead was relatively smooth sailing, although he definitely felt that Tapper had an agenda.

On the other hand, when dealing with Conway, Gorka told The Hill’s Joe Concha, “The tone was very disappointing. It was trying to treat a woman as a punching bag, really. It was clear.”

On Sunday, CNN released a statement saying that Gorka is off-base.

“If Gorka or anyone else from the administration had been on The Lead that day they would have received the same interview. It’s disappointing to see any administration retreat into false claims of addressing the issues at hand,” the statement said.

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Unlike Gorka, Conway’s appearance on The Lead came after weeks of tussling between the network and the Trump administration over her habit of stating obvious falsehoods during her interviews.

At one point, Conway announced that the Trump White House would be shutting CNN out, calling the network “fake news.” Gorka’s appearance came the day after it was announced that the administration was freezing out CNN.

There was yet another flap when Trump aides peddled Conway to CNN the following Sunday without consulting Conway first, creating more chaos.

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Gorka is a self-proclaimed expert on Islamic extremism. He claimed for years to have been an expert witness in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, when in fact he never took the stand at any point during the trial and the materials he submitted for the prosecution’s review were never consulted or used in any way.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Massachusetts told Fusion.com, “Gorka never testified at the trial and prosecutors didn’t rely on his expertise in preparing or presenting their case.”

As Raw Story reported earlier this week, “Gorka has maintained his false role as an expert witness of the Tsarnaev trial on various platforms, for instance here, where he claims to have ‘served as an expert witness in the Boston Marathon bombing trial,’ here, and here in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.”

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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Japan wants to dump Fukushima radioactive water into ocean

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Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.

"It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's comments earlier in the day.

The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is storing more than one million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

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