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‘Let’s play it again’: CNN’s Cooper brutally fact-checks ex-Trump adviser with president’s own words

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A former Trump campaign adviser was fact-checked with his candidate’s own words Friday evening when attempting to downplay remarks President Donald Trump made about his former staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned Wednesday amid allegations of domestic assault.

Ex-Trump adviser Steve Cortes initially began his defense of the president with a tangent about how well he thinks Trump has done with Latinos.

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“As a brown man, who the president has, by the way, not only treated me incredibly well, but that’s really besides the point,” Cortes said, “he’s treated my community incredibly well.”

He went on to tout record lows in black and Latino unemployment.

“This continual idea that we’re going to paint the president as a racist because we’d rather not talk about policy,” the former adviser said, but Cooper cut him off.

“I didn’t say he’s a racist,” the host noted. “He does defend white abusers.”

Steering the conversation back to the domestic abuse allegations against Porter and Trump’s statement, which mentioned neither his former staffer’s ex-partners who he allegedly assaulted nor survivors of domestic violence in general.

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“I think he could have been more explicit about the victims of domestic abuse and how domestic violence is never okay,” Cortes said. “Please put yourself in his shoes for a moment. He doesn’t know Rob Porter in that way. [White House chief of staff John] Kelly didn’t know him in that way. They knew him in a professional setting where apparently he was exceptional.”

“Do you need to go out of your way to then praise them for their actions in a professional setting?” Cooper queried.

“I have gone over his statements,” the one-time adviser shot back. “He said it is sad for people in the White House and he knows that Rob Porter is sad as well. and that is it.”

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The host was not having it, however, and said “let’s play it again” before his producers ran the clip of Trump speaking about Porter.

“It’s obviously a tough time for him,” Trump told reporters earlier in the day, “He did a good job when he was in the White House, and we hope he has a wonderful career.”

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He later suggested reporters must take into account that Porter “says he’s innocent.”

The day prior to his Friday night meltdown, Cortes also attacked The Nation‘s Joan Walsh and told her she is “not fit to shine John Kelly’s shoes” after she criticized the chief of staff for twice defending Porter.

Watch Cooper take down the former Trump adviser below, via CNN:

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When de-aging De Niro and Pacino, ‘Irishman’ animators tried to avoid pitfalls of the past

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If you thought 76-year-old Robert De Niro and 79-year-old Al Pacino were done starring in blockbuster gangster films, think again.

Both assume lead roles in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” which chronicles the life of hitman Frank Sheeran and labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa over several decades.

Different actors weren’t cast to play the younger versions of Sheeran and Hoffa. Instead, Scorsese and his production team utilized “de-aging” technology to make De Niro and Pacino appear younger.

Moshe Mahler talks about animators’ struggle to avoid the uncanny valley.

To de-age actors, a visual effects team creates a computer-generated, younger version of an actor’s face and then replaces the actor’s real face with the synthetic, animated version.

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Angry hornets kill three in Indonesia

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Three people have been killed by swarms of angry hornets in Indonesia over the past two weeks, a health agency official said Friday, after hundreds of reported attacks in recent years.

An 11-year-old student died in West Java Wednesday after he and three other pupils tried to destroy a nest of lesser banded hornets -- a species notorious for its aggressive behavior and a sting that can trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction.

The fatal attack came after two elderly people were killed in hornet attacks this month in Central Java's Klaten city, which has seen a surge in victims.

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Brain activity predicts which mice will become compulsive drinkers

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Some individuals consume alcohol their entire adult life without developing an alcohol use disorder. Others, however, quickly transition to compulsive and problematic drinking. Can we determine what makes some people vulnerable to addiction?

Alcohol drinking is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and is responsible for millions of deaths per year worldwide. If the reasons why some people are susceptible to alcohol use disorder were known, it might be possible to more effectively treat this devastating disease, or even intervene before serious problems emerge.

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