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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines

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Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.

"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.

More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.

At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.

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Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy

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In a progressive welcoming move, Chief Justice John Roberts issued his New Year's Eve annual report urging his fellow federal judges to stand up for democracy.

"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."

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Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why

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According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.

As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."

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