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Michelle Wolf blasts CNN’s head for hugging it out with Kellyanne Conway at White House dinner

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In an interview with New York Magazine, comedian Michelle Wolf said she has no regrets about the controversy she is accused of creating at the White Correspondents’ Dinner back in April, saying what she saw backstage was much more appalling than anything she said.

In an excerpt from the interview — captured by the Vulture — the comedian said that the press and politicians are in bed together, putting on an adversarial show for money and ratings, and treating conflicts as a game.

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Asked about reactions to her withering jokes about White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Wolf said she saw equally combative Trump official Kellyanne Conway hugging it out with CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker — despite the Trump adviser’s continuous attacks on his cable news network

“It was gross! Like, I saw Jeff Zucker hugging Kellyanne Conway, and it was just like, ‘Oh! You’re all in this together! People are really getting hurt, and you guys are just celebrating your money,'” Wolf explained.

Wolf then slammed the symbiotic relationship between the press and the pols.

“It’s all a game, nothing more than ‘How will we best profit off of this?’” she explained. “It was icky.”

Wolf also made the point that her material about Sanders was specifically written to draw talk about appearances, but the media twisted themselves to make it about woman bashing.

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“Before we started writing, we made a conscious decision to not make fun of any woman’s looks,” Wolf remarked, “because then that’s all anyone will hear. So we didn’t do it, and then it was like, ‘Oh, it’s all about the looks,’ but it wasn’t! It was about abilities! But I guess as soon as you’re making a joke about women, it’s heard as a joke about her looks.”

You can read more from the interview here.


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Texas conservatives lose their minds after GOP Gov. Greg Abbott mandates masks in public

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Texas' Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott finally acknowledged that there is a serious problem as COVID-19 takes down the state's population.

It was just a few months ago that municipalities were deciding for themselves when and if they would reopen. But Abbott shut it down, saying that his orders "overrule any local jurisdiction."

In April, "Abbott and the state’s other Republican leaders have blasted local officials in Dallas and Houston for what they called overzealous enforcement of COVID-19 regulations, first zeroing in on Democratically led Harris County’s decision to fine residents for not wearing face masks, a penalty Abbott banned in his April 27 reopening order," ProPublica reported. "The fights came to a head this month with the arrest of a Dallas hair salon owner who refused to shutter her business, an act of defiance that was supported by a right-wing group that launched a GoFundMe campaign a day before she reopened that raised $500,000 before it was disabled."

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Unemployment may not return to pre-COVID levels for a decade: Congressional Budget Office

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Fired SDNY prosecutor to testify before House Judiciary Committee — behind closed doors: report

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Geoffrey Berman will testify after the bizarre sequence of events that preceded his ouster from the office. AG Bill Barr announced that Berman was resigning, with the SDNY denied. He was then fired by President Donald Trump.

NEW: Fired US Attorney for SDNY Geoffrey Berman will appear next week before House Judiciary behind closed doors next Thursday, according to a congressional aide

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