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Hannity admits he ‘misspoke’ about age of sexual consent — then doubles down on attacks against ‘Fake Jake’ Tapper

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Reacting to allegations that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore had “relationships” with a teen girls when he was in his 30’s, Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared to deflect criticisms on the former judge because he reportedly had sexual contact with a 14-year-old “consensually.”

Soon after, CNN’s Jake Tapper fact-checked him, saying that legally, 14-year-olds cannot consent to sexual contact.

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In response, Hannity attacked Tapper, calling him “Lazy Fake Jake.”

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During his show on Fox News later that night, Hannity claimed he “misspoke” about the age of consent — but then doubled down on his attacks against the CNN host by criticizing former President Barack Obama and praising himself for “reserving judgement.”

“One of the reasons I have been right and so many of my bratty friends in the media that are overpaid and lazy like fake Jake Tapper is they rush to judgement — I don’t,” Hannity said on-air. “Jake, listen to the whole two hours of my radio show tonight. It’s one of the reasons we have been more right than wrong.”

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Watch Hannity’s pseudo-defense below.

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Mississippi GOP governor takes break from pandemic response to declare ‘Confederate Heritage Month’

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has declared April "Confederate Heritage Month" even as the state responds to a growing number of coronavirus cases.

Reeves, a Republican, said in an order that this April marks "the month when, in 1861, the American Civil War began between the Confederate and Union armies, reportedly the costliest and deadliest war ever fought on American soil."

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‘Follow the money’: MSNBC contributor blows the lid off Trump’s personal stake in drug he’s pushing as COVID-19 cure

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President Donald Trump has been raising questions by his dogged endorsement of an unproven treatment for the coronavirus -- and his motivations appear to be more financial than medical.

Trump admits he's not a doctor -- which, of course, he's not -- but MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson are among many wondering whether the president is trying to boost the market for the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine.

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Submerged by debt: Emerging economies at risk from virus

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The COVID-19 pandemic has piled pressure on the finances of many emerging countries, leading to calls for some debt payments to be postponed or cancelled altogether.

Last month, Lebanon declared a default on debt payments, and this week Argentina said it would delay payment of almost $10 billion in debt.

Many emerging economies were already in dire straits before anybody had heard of COVID-19.

"Even before the new coronavirus arrived, we were seeing public debt close to historic highs in almost all emerging regions," noted Julien Marcilly, chief economist at the French credit-insurance group Coface.

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