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White House press vows to ‘cover the sh*t out of’ Trump’s ‘ridiculous and abnormal’ rules

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According to The Daily Beast, President Donald Trump’s relationship to the press tasked with covering him continues to be strained after recording was barred at a press briefing for the second time in a week on Monday.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s often-invoked “no recording” rule caused CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta to accuse the White House of “stonewalling,” and he later told fellow host Brooke Baldwin that he doesn’t know why the network covered Monday’s press gaggle.

“If they can’t give us the answers to the questions on camera or where we can record the audio, they’re basically pointless,” Acosta said.

Another correspondent who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Beast that they find the White House’s “reliance on off-camera briefings to be very frustrating.”

“If I can’t include video of my questioning, it makes me wonder why I shouldn’t just skip the briefing and rely on email to get answers,” the correspondent said.

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New York Magazine‘s Olivia Nuzzi told the Beast that instead of skipping the no-recording briefings, press poolers should report when they’re not allowed to record.

“I think that’s what they’re hoping for—an easy out from doing their job of informing the public by answering to a free and independent media,” Nuzzi told the Beast. “If the White House is going to continue to attempt to avoid the press in favor of communicating through press releases and presidential tweets, let’s cover the sh*t out of that and highlight, as often as possible, how ridiculous and abnormal this is becoming.”

Read the entire report on the Trump White House’s strained relationship with their press poolers via The Daily Beast.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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