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‘He doesn’t read!’: CNN panel hammers conservative for putting a ‘nice spin’ on Trump’s ‘intellectual curiosity’

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Of the many revelations from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, one stuck out to CNN panelists on Wednesday afternoon: that President Donald Trump reportedly does not read.

“Here, arguably, was the central issue of the Trump presidency, informing every aspect of Trumpian policy and leadership,” Wolff wrote. “He didn’t process information in any conventional sense. He didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semi-­literate.”

According to Kevin Madden, a Republican CNN political commentator, “all of that comports with what we’ve heard previously.”

“He’s not somebody who ran as a policy expert,” Madden said — at which point host Jake Tapper cut him off.

“You’re putting a nice spin on it, Kevin,” Tapper said. “He doesn’t read!”

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“What I’m saying is he’s not an intellectually curious person,” Madden said, but Tapper wouldn’t let up.

“You’re being nice about it!” the host quipped.

The GOP commentator tried to say “we knew that,” at which point Tapper and Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden objected.

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“A short one-pager is different from like, ‘I don’t read the briefings that I get every morning from the CIA,'” Tanden concluded.

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‘Devastating, illegal, and unethical’: Trump denounced for imposing sweeping attack on abortion rights nationwide

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Warning of "severe" consequences for reproductive healthcare, critics condemn the Title X gag rule as "blatantly coercive and a violation of medical ethics and patients' rights."

After President Donald Trump's administration announced Monday that it would immediately begin enforcing a ban on abortion referrals at clinics that receive federal tax dollars, outraged reproductive rights advocates warned about the impact on healthcare nationwide and vowed to keep fighting against what they call the domestic gag rule.

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Not one Republican votes to allow debate on resolution condemning Trump’s racist attacks

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Not a single House Republican on Tuesday voted to proceed to debate on a Democratic resolution condemning President Donald Trump's racist attacks on progressive Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib.

The resolution (pdf)—which is on track to pass by Tuesday evening—"strongly condemns President Donald Trump's racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."

The procedural motion to begin debate passed by a vote of 233-190.

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GOP congressman demands Pelosi’s House floor statement be ‘taken down’ after she denounces Trump’s racist tweets

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday took to the floor of Congress to read a statement denouncing President Donald Trump's recent statements telling four congresswomen of color to go back to their home country.

"The comments are racist," Pelosi said. "How shameful to hear him continue to defend the offensive words. Words we have heard him repeat not only about our members but about countless others. Our caucus will continue to forcefully respond on these attacks which reflect a fundamental disrespect for the beautiful diversity of America. There’s no place anywhere for the president’s words which are not only divisive but dangerous and have legitimatized an increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."

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