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Charles Blow shoots down possible Spicer replacement Laura Ingraham: ‘Not that smart or honorable’

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CNN commentator Charles Blow on Monday torched Donald Trump’s surrogates for trying “to make rational something that is not rational,” arguing what the president asks his staff to do “is impossible.”

“You cannot deliver truth to the the press if the man who is delivering the truth to you is lying,” Blow said on “AC 360.”

“All of his surrogates are basically put in this position where they have to try to make rational something that is not rational,” Blow continued. “They have to try to make sense of something that simply does not make sense. And they have to make him look good, while continuously makes himself look bad.”

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Blow said Trump’s surrogates “try to put a good face … to make him seem cogent and adroit and he simply isn’t.”

“The embarrassment they experience is because they’re simply trying to do something that cannot be done,” Blow argued. “In the West Wing, maybe that works—that everybody simply flatters the king. But in the real world, when you’re facing real reporters who have done this for their entire lives, it just doesn’t fly. When you’re facing the american public and they know you’re lying, it simply doesn’t fly.“

Blow addressed reports that current White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer might be removed from his current role, arguing he people floated to replace him will face the same obstacles.

“Even if it’s Laura Ingraham–you guys might Laura, I don’t like Laura at all, and I don’t think she’s all that smart, and I don’t think she’s that much of an honorable person.”

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“Anybody who has to step into this role has to already assume you’re taking on the baggage of not being an honorable person. You have to go out and convince somebody who is lying, and that’s a problem,” Blow added. “There’s no way to get around that.”


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Israel’s election outcome remains unclear — but the ‘ultimate loser’ will be Palestinians

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Israel is facing political turmoil as Tuesday’s election remains too close to call. With 92% of the vote counted, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and ex-military chief Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party appear to be nearly tied. Both leading candidates aiming to be prime minister had run on platforms vowing to take harsh measures targeting Palestinians. Netanyahu promised to annex nearly a third of the occupied West Bank, in violation of international law, if he won re-election. Earlier this year, Gantz had threatened to bomb Gaza back to the “Stone Ages.” On Tuesday night, Gantz said he had fulfilled his mission by preventing Netanyahu’s outright re-election, while Netanyahu did not claim victory or concede defeat in a speech to supporters. From Jerusalem, we speak with Palestinian attorney Diana Buttu about the significance of the snap election. “It’s not clear who will be the ultimate victor,” Buttu says. “I can tell you who will be the ultimate loser, and that’s the Palestinian people.”

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‘Just like Brett Kavanaugh’: GOP candidate who pleaded guilty to sexual battery claims he was the real victim

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A GOP congressional candidate in Utah is comparing himself to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — favorably — to explain away his guilty plea to two counts of sexual battery, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Cory Green, an Army Reserve and Navy veteran and private security officer running for Utah's 1st Congressional District, was charged with forcible sexual abuse in 2010 after he allegedly brought two teenage masseuses to a Motel 6, performed a sex act with an escort in front of them, and then paid one of the teenage girls for sex. He insists that the girl lied about her age and that his victim extorted him.

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Trump orders ‘substantial increase’ in Iran sanctions over Saudi oil field attack

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to "substantially increase sanctions" imposed on Iran, amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran.

He did not give details on the move, which follows weekend attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that some U.S. officials blamed on Iran. Iran has denied those allegations.

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group claimed responsibility for the strikes on a Saudi oil field and the world's largest crude processing plant. The attacks disrupted global oil supplies.

Saudi Arabia has said oil production would be fully recovered by the end of the month.

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