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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.

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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.

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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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate

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Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.

From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.

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Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate

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Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.

The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate:

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