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Spicer’s Tuesday press briefing was Trump-directed ‘middle finger’ to the media: White House insider

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President Donald Trump sent out Sean Spicer to give today’s press briefing as a “middle finger” to the White House press corps.

“Spicer wanted to do it, and Trump was good with it. I’m not sure how often he’ll do it from now on, but today was to give the middle finger to you guys.” a Republican close to the White House told Politico.

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The perception of White House reporters was not flattering for the embattled White House, Politico reported that, “the strain on the man who has to explain it all showed during a combative briefing on Tuesday.”

Spicer’s combative press briefing occurred the same day as the resignation of Michael Dubke as White House Communications Director.

“He derided the press as ‘fake news,’ excoriated the use of anonymous sources, and defended the president’s dissemination of a story that relied on a single, unidentified source. At one point, he scolded Peter Baker, the New York Times chief White House correspondent, for shaking his head,” Politico published. “And, when he abruptly ended the briefing, he left the stage to angry shouts and continued questions from the assembled press.”

Earlier today, Raw Story reported the White House issued a bizarre statement touting Trump’s “magnetic personality” that “exudes positive energy.”

“President Trump has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy, which is infectious to those around him,” the statement from White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks read. “He has an unparalleled ability to communicate with people, whether he is speaking to a room of three or an arena of 30,000. He has built great relationships throughout his life and treats everyone with respect. He is brilliant with a great sense of humor … and an amazing ability to make people feel special and aspire to be more than even they thought possible.”

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Even Fox News host Shep Smith blistered white House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Tuesday afternoon for refusing to put the bombshell Jared Kushner contacts with the Russia story to rest.

Spicer was publicly humiliated by the president on Trump’s recent oversea visit.

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Rep Ocasio-Cortez blasts complexity of health care marketplace: ‘No one should go through this’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the complexity of the health care marketplace on the day of the deadline to sign up for 2020 coverage.

Health care has been a major topic in the 2020 Democratic primary, with some moderate candidates defending the Affordable Care Act passed under President Barack Obama, while progressive candidates push for Medicare for All.

"Members of Congress also have to buy their plans off the exchange," she explained. "That means I get to 'choose' [between] 66 complex financial products."

"This is absurd. No person should go without healthcare, and no one should go through this, either," she argued.

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Hallmark Channel reverses course and apologies for caving to anti-LGBTQ group

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The Hallmark Channel reversed course after a boycott resulted from the network caving to an anti-LGBTQ group.

On Saturday, #BoycottHallmark trended on Twitter nationwide after the network refused to show ads featuring two women kissing after being married.

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How to take down a cult leader

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Do you focus on shaming them for the damage they’re doing? Do you try to expose their lies and hypocrisies? Do you remind them of our common values? Do you try to prevail with your values? Do you try to prove that they’re factually incorrect? Do you curse them for being bad people?

Any of these moves could be useful for swaying onlookers to resist the cult, but that’s a different matter. The question here is how to cut them, making the cult and its leaders show blood.

Not once in Trump’s entire political run has he shown blood, been left speechless, stunned, or stalled. Remember Dan Quale’s face when Lloyd Benson told Dan Quayle, “You’re no John Kennedy”? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYAZkczhdMs)  or Reagan’s “there you go again”? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN7gDRjTNf4) Or Chris Christys cut  Rubio over his “25 second sound bite”? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkdpzRDxTXU) Or the classic, Joseph McCarthy cut by Joseph Welch’s “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?”(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8llS0ZkLVGA)

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