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‘That’s just false’: Jake Tapper corners a flailing Kellyanne Conway on Trump’s ‘offensive’ lies

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CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday over the president’s claim that the “very dishonest press” refuses to report on terror attacks, at one point telling the top Donald Trump adviser “it’s offensive” to the journalists currently risking their lives to cover these tragedies.

After discussing the moral equivalency the president drew between Russia and the United States, Tapper turned his attention to the president’s controversial attack on the media, which Trump continued Monday at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

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“[Terrorism] is not even being reported,” Trump said during that speech, arguing “in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it”

“They have their reasons and you understand that,” the president added.

“After he said that, the White House released a list of the attacks that he was supposedly referring to as, in his words, not even being reported, I want to put some footage of CNN reporters covering attacks that were on that list,” Tapper told Conway, rolling several videos of he and his colleagues on location during these events.

“Saying that we don’t cover terrorism, that’s just false,” Tapper said.

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Conway tried to argue the issue is that people shouldn’t become inured to before complaining about the inordinate amount of coverage Trump received on the campaign trail.

“That’s a lovely spin, but that’s not what he was saying Kellyanne,” Tapper shot back, noting the president was alleging the media is purposely avoiding talking about these attacks.

“It’s offensive given the fact that CNN and other media organizations have reporters in danger right now, in war zones, covering ISIS,” Tapper said.

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The CNN host then turned to the hypocrisy over Trump not mentioning the deadly attack last month at a mosque in Quebec City, that was carried out by a white nationalist supporter of Trump.

“President Trump has not said or tweeted one public word about this,” Tapper noted, asking, “You want to talk about ignoring terrorism, why hasn’t the president offered his sympathy to our neighbors in the north?”

The conversation continued with Tapper pressing Conway to explain why Trump continues to rage against the media, why she pushed the false “Bowling Green Massacre” narrative to bolster Trump’s immigration ban, and whether she considers CNN to be “fake news.”

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Watch the contentious interview below, via CNN:

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(Part two)

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Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu have offered new clues about its composition, insights that will help scientists understand the formation of our solar system.

The German-French Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) hitched a ride on Japan's Hayabusa2 spaceship, touching down on the 900-meter (3,000 feet) wide asteroid, whose orbit lies mostly between Earth and Mars, on October 3, 2018.

Ryugu's gravity is 66,500 times weaker than Earth's, and the forward motion of wheels would have launched MASCOT back into space.

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Ex-Trump official bashes White House ‘apologists’ who haven’t quit yet: ‘There’s not much hope for them’

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A report on the silence coming from first daughter Ivanka Trump and her White House advisor husband Jared Kushner after Donald Trump attacked American Jews turned to the future of White House aides who are either complicit in the president's policies or stand idly by as he lurches from controversy to controversy.

In an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, former Trump adviser J.W. Verret pointed out there are still some "adults in the room" with Trump, but CNN's Kaitlan Collins first pointed out that -- as of late -- Ivanka and Kushner are not among them.

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That's a nightmare scenario for Republicans in Congress, whose districts are determined by population. The Republican Party has worked diligently to ensure gerrymandering can protect their rural members as the population shifts toward the suburbs.

One key component of the Affordable Care Act went to subsidizing rural hospitals to prevent them from closing. Most of that has been defunded by Republicans if the states were even willing to allow Medicare/Medicaid expansion in the state, to begin with. A Navigant report out earlier this year showed that more than one in five rural hospitals have closed so far.

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