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Controversial advisor claims he ‘did not resign’ — even tho he no longer works at White House

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Late Friday night, controversial White House advisor Sebastian Gorka leaked his resignation letter to The Federalist, claiming he could help President Donald Trump better from outside.

The White House is disputing that account.

“Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House,” was the official statement the pool received. The White House requested the quote be attributed to “a White House Official” (sic).

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That too, is now in dispute.

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Politics lacks precise language to describe a situation where somebody is clearly no longer employed, but there is debate as to whether the cause was a resignation or a firing. Hollywood, however, has long dealt with such situations and has created it’s own terminology.

The Variety Slanguage Dictionary describes ‘ankle’ thusly, “a classic (and enduring) Variety term meaning to quit or be dismissed from a job, without necessarily specifying which; instead, it suggests walking; ‘Alan Smithee has ankled his post as production prexy at U.’”

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This is not the first time there has been a White House dispute over whether someone was fired or quit.

Last week, every single member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest over Trump’s Charlottesville response.

When the White House subsequently claimed that they had planned on eliminating the department, actor Kal Penn laughed off the claim on MSNBC.

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“We broke up with him first,” Penn noted, with a grin. “He is not allowed to break up with us after that, I learned that in fourth grade.”


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Trump’s latest attack on Joe Biden is stunningly delusional — even for him

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Few ever accuse President Donald Trump of subtlety. But in a new speech in Cleveland on Thursday, he let loose with a particularly wild rant against his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, that was over-the-top, even for him.

It’s worth just quoting in full:

He’s following the radical left agenda. Take away your guns. Destroy your Second Amendment. No religion! No anything! Hurt the Bible! Hurt God! He’s against God! He’s against guns! He’s against energy, our kind of energy. Uh, I don’t think he’s going to do too well in Ohio.

Many people pointed out that there’s much more evidence that Biden is a committed Christian than there is for Trump. But almost that seems to miss several key points about how wild this is:

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Angst-ridden Republicans should have acted when Trump put his reelection above national security concerns: conservative columnist

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Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, columnist Jennifer Rubin says that Senate Republicans are in serious trouble, especially in light of the stimulus bill they rolled out this week.

According to Rubin, the Senate GOP is in dire straits because "they have allowed the anti-government, anti-science Trump sycophants to disclaim any interest in the bill, thereby handing the reins to Democrats."

Rubin writes that some Republicans saying they want to see essential workers being taken care of in the bill are speaking up too late. "If only they they had some power in February to remove the unfit and corrupt president from office, instead of leaving him there to purge witnesses from his administration, seek vengeance on foes, force out inspectors general and botch the response to the coronavirus," Rubin writes.

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Facebook removes network of fake accounts that posed as Trump supporters

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Facebook said Thursday it took down accounts running a deceptive campaign out of Romania pretending to be Americans supporting US President Donald Trump ahead of the coming election.

The leading online social network removed 35 Facebook accounts, three pages, and 88 Instagram accounts as part of an ongoing fight against "coordinated inauthentic behavior," according to security policy head Nathaniel Gleicher.

"The people behind this network used fake accounts to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage pages including some posing as President Trump fan pages," Gleicher said.

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