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HBO’s CEO finally admits they ‘screwed up’ on ‘Confederate’ series — but still won’t cancel it

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In July, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss announced plans for a new HBO series, titled Confederate, that would chronicle an alternate history in which the Confederacy won the Civil War.

The backlash was immediate and forceful, with many claiming that promoting such a series in light of the battle over Confederate monuments (which lead to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia less than a month later) was inappropriate and tone-deaf.

Speaking directly about the announcement’s poor timing, HBO CEO Richard Plepler said the network “screwed up in an important way,” Deadline reported.

Plepler said the show intended to unite rather than divide, and showcase “what we call the thin line, the thin veneer of civilization–that’s what we were meant to explore.”

“Where we screwed up was we tried to explain a complicated subject in a press release in three paragraphs,” he said at Tuesday’s Vanity Fair summit.

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The series is still slated to premiere after Benioff and Weiss finish working on GoT after it’s finale in 2018 or 2019.


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Former FBI Director James Comey outlines the burning questions he’d ask Robert Mueller

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Former FBI Director James Comey has written a lengthy post at the Lawfare blog outlining the most important questions that Democrats need to ask of former special counsel Robert Mueller.

Although many of the questions outlined by Comey are simply asking Mueller to rehash the findings of his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he does ask some questions designed to get Mueller to offer up his own analysis of President Donald Trump's actions, such as, "Did you find substantial evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?" and "Did you reach a judgment as to whether the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?"

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Republican running against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had lavished praise on her great leadership

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Only one year after her historic victory over Rep. Joe Crowley, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might face a challenger.

The New York Daily News reports that a Queens Republican who used to support AOC is mounting an election bid to unseat Ocasio-Cortez.

Scherie Murray is a Jamaican immigrant who lives in Queens. She runs an advertising company and identifies as a Republican, the News reports. Murray, in announcing her challenge, accused Ocasio-Cortez of seeking fame at the expense of her constituents.

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Ivanka bashed by CNN guest for jumping into Trump’s racism scandal late and trying to make herself look good

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Appearing on CNN, the author of a piece in The Atlantic on Ivanka Trump's disappearing act whenever her father, President Donald Trump, does something offensive, said the first daughter likes to pick her spots when she can be "part of the show."

Speaking with CNN host Ana Cabrera, journalist Elaina Plott said Ivanka's influence on her father has been overstated since the beginning of his presidency and she moves into the public eye when it benefits her.

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