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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.

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.”

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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.

“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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Hope Hicks told Congress that Trump was ‘serious’ about accepting foreign help: Jerry Nadler

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks told Congress on Wednesday that President Donald Trump really does welcome foreign assistance to help him win elections, according to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

In a statement released Thursday, Nadler revealed that "Ms. Hicks made clear that she understood the President to be serious when he said that he would accept foreign interference in our elections" and "she also made clear that even she knew that such foreign assistance should be rejected and reported to the FBI."

Nadler then put Hicks's testimony in the broader context of Trump telling ABC News' George Stephanopoulos last week that he would welcome the help of a foreign government who came to him and offered him dirt on a political opponent.

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‘It’s a disaster — and it’s getting worse’: House GOP members in a frenzy over 2020 prospects as fundraising flounders

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According to a report in Politico, GOP House members are angry with their own National Republican Congressional Committee, claiming it is doing a poor job of fundraising and is making horrible decisions that could impact the party in the run-up to the 2020 election.

The reports states that Chairman Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) was forced to attempt to calm the waters at private caucus meeting Wednesday and allay members' fears by saying the internal problems were being inflated by Democrats and the press.

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Ex-prosecutor slams Congress for not jailing subpoena violators in the Trump administration: ‘It’s incomprehensible’

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House Democrats have been blocked at every turn from their lawful oversight functions as President Donald Trump's administration directs its members to ignore subpoenas for information on a variety of topics, from the Russia investigation to the census.

On Thursday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner castigated Democrats for their unwillingness to use their biggest weapon in the subpoena fight: inherent contempt.

It’s incomprehensible that Congress appears unwilling to use its lawful inherent contempt powers to force the issue of administration members ignoring properly issued subpoenas. Like a football team refusing to pass the ball, forever running up the middle, gaining zero yards. https://t.co/AaWvEsJvk2

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