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‘You’re deflecting’: Tapper corners combative Trump lawyer for ‘downplaying’ Don Jr.’s Russia meeting

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CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday went head-to-head with Donald Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow, cornering the attorney for “deflecting” his questions while “downplaying” Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian emissary.

Tapper began the interview by pressing whether it was “okay” for Trump Jr. to willingly meet with a Russian lawyer under the pretense of obtaining damaging information about former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Sekulow countered that Clinton’s campaign obtained information from the Ukraine—an ally of the United States. “Nobody [from Ukraine] was meeting with any senior people of the Clinton campaign,” Tapper said.

Sekulow insisted it was equally as nefarious, prompting Tapper to press whether Trump Jr.’s meeting was “ethical.”

“This is not unique to Donald Trump’s campaign,” Sekulow argued, trying to cast the meeting as completely innocuous. Sekulow insisted the opposition research compiled in the infamous dossier on Trump was on par with Trump Jr.’s willingness to collude with the foreign adversary.

“I don’t know of any instance of [dossier author] Christopher Steele handing that information over to the Clinton campaign,” Tapper replied.

Trump’s attorney further tried to dismiss any allegations of wrongdoing, arguing that Trump Jr. released the emails in an attempt to be transparent, whereas Clinton deleted 30,000 emails from her private server. Tapper said Clinton was “wrong” to do that before pointing out that Trump Jr. only published the exchange after learning the New York Times had a copy.

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“I believe that the FBI did an investigation” about Clinton’s emails, Tapper said.

“Here you have a meeting where nothing transpired,” Sekulow shot back, prompting Tapper to retort, “You’re very good at the deflecting.”

“I think you are understandably downplaying the oddity of getting an email that says, ‘The Russian government want to help us,’” Tapper later said.

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Watch the back and forth below, via CNN:

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When de-aging De Niro and Pacino, ‘Irishman’ animators tried to avoid pitfalls of the past

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If you thought 76-year-old Robert De Niro and 79-year-old Al Pacino were done starring in blockbuster gangster films, think again.

Both assume lead roles in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” which chronicles the life of hitman Frank Sheeran and labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa over several decades.

Different actors weren’t cast to play the younger versions of Sheeran and Hoffa. Instead, Scorsese and his production team utilized “de-aging” technology to make De Niro and Pacino appear younger.

Moshe Mahler talks about animators’ struggle to avoid the uncanny valley.

To de-age actors, a visual effects team creates a computer-generated, younger version of an actor’s face and then replaces the actor’s real face with the synthetic, animated version.

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Angry hornets kill three in Indonesia

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Three people have been killed by swarms of angry hornets in Indonesia over the past two weeks, a health agency official said Friday, after hundreds of reported attacks in recent years.

An 11-year-old student died in West Java Wednesday after he and three other pupils tried to destroy a nest of lesser banded hornets -- a species notorious for its aggressive behavior and a sting that can trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction.

The fatal attack came after two elderly people were killed in hornet attacks this month in Central Java's Klaten city, which has seen a surge in victims.

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Brain activity predicts which mice will become compulsive drinkers

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Some individuals consume alcohol their entire adult life without developing an alcohol use disorder. Others, however, quickly transition to compulsive and problematic drinking. Can we determine what makes some people vulnerable to addiction?

Alcohol drinking is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and is responsible for millions of deaths per year worldwide. If the reasons why some people are susceptible to alcohol use disorder were known, it might be possible to more effectively treat this devastating disease, or even intervene before serious problems emerge.

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