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Conservative Hugh Hewitt gets pummeled after dismissing Trump’s White House scandals as mere ‘West Wing drama’

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According to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, the more than week-long scandal surrounding an alleged domestic abuser being granted interim security clearance in spite of the allegations being known to the White House is little more than typical Washingtonian drama.

When asked if the public can trust anything that comes from the White House press podium given how many times their story has changed regarding the timeline of disgraced ex-staffer Rob Porter’s allegations, Hewitt equivocated.

Press secretaries are always the last to know some things,” he said.

Hewitt argued that during his time in the Reagan White House counsel’s office, “more knives thrown in that West Wing than in a carnival show when someone’s on a spinning wheel.”

“There’s a reason there’s a drama known as The West Wing,” he said, referencing the popular 1990’s television show. “There’s always drama in the West Wing.”

“Is it always like this?” host Peter Alexander mused.

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Hewitt then referenced President Bill Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky scandal twice, saying it was “the all-time high for drama.”

“You always have periods of drama and periods of calm,” he said, noting that the Iran-Contra scandal took place in his time in the White House and “that was pretty damn bad too.”

“I just can’t agree with that,” Elizabeth Gore, a special assistant to President Clinton, argued.

“Hugh mentioned that there are periods of chaos and periods of calm,” she continued. “I haven’t seen any periods of calm with this White House.”

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Impressionism’s ‘forgotten woman’ shines in new Paris show

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The first major show of Berthe Morisot's paintings in France in nearly 80 years puts the forgotten woman of Impressionism back at the centre of the movement she helped found.

One damning review of the first exhibition by the group that would revolutionise art blasted that it was no more than "five or six lunatics of which one is a woman ...[whose] feminine grace is maintained amid the outpourings of a delirious mind."

That 1874 show included such soon-to-be art giants as Monet and Manet, whose brother Eugene later married Morisot.

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Scientists find earliest clues of Parkinson’s in brain

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Scientists said Thursday they had found the earliest signs of Parkinson's disease in the brain years before patients show any symptoms, a discovery that could eventually lead to better screening for at-risk people.

Parkinson's, a neurodegenerative disorder that causes patients movement and cognitive problems, is estimated to effect up to 10 million people worldwide.

It is diagnosed by a build-up in the brain of a specific protein, a-synuclein, the cause of which is unclear.

However some people are born with a genetic mutation that makes them almost certain to develop the disease at some stage in their life.

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‘Out of his depth’: Trump holding back on Iran because he understands it’s harder than ‘swinging’ at a primary foe

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During a discussion on news that Iran has shot down a U.S. drone over international airspace on CNN, New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman explained that Donald Trump is in no rush to respond militarily because, for once, he knows he's "out of his depth."

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Habermann said that the president will likely get advice from national security adviser John Bolton to push back militarily, but that Trump doesn't seem interested in taking on as large a task as going to war.

"He usually responds to a provocation when it's a smaller thing that he can punch and knock down," Haberman explained. "He's pretty aware he can't actually do that with Iran. So I don't think you're going to see the typical, you know, as if he were swinging back at a primary foe. I think he is going to actually be a little more careful in what he says."

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