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Mike Pence: The press should be free until they fail to ‘maintain the decorum due at the White House’

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Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday defended the White House’s decision to ban CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins after she asked questions that upset President Donald Trump.

During a pool spray last week, Collins pressed Trump about whether he is disappointed that his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, had released an audio tape proving that the president knew about a hush payment for former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Collins was later told that her invitation to the president’s next event had been revoked.

In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Pence said he backed the White House’s ban on Collins.

“Let me say, this administration believes in the freedom of the press,” Pence told Bartiromo. “President Trump and our entire administration have provided extraordinary access to the media. The president answers so many questions. I can assure you we’ll continue to do that.”

The vice president added a caveat: “Maintaining the decorum that’s due at the White House is an issue. I’m very confidence with any network this will ensure the access of the American people to this administration. This is incredible progress.”

Bartiromo noted that Collins was working as a pool reporter for all the networks, including Fox News, when she was banned from the White House event.

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“I just remain very confident,” Pence replied. “Look the relationship between any White House and press corps is always, you know, it’s always healthy and robust and occasionally represents disagreements. I’m confident they will be able to work out the relationship in a positive way. Every network and news organization will continue to have access. We stand for the freedom of the press in this White House.”

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The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report

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President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.

A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.

“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."

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Pete Buttigieg says ‘statistically’ we’ve already had a gay president — meet President James Buchanan

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In an interview with Axios, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said that "statistically" it makes sense that out of the 45 presidents in American history, one of them was LGBT. Statistics aside, the reality is that former President James Buchanan has prompted historians to question.

The moment came when the Axios HBO show questioned what the young mayor would do when he's attacked for being "too gay."

"Republicans claimed that John Kerry was a traitor in Vietnam. That Barack Obama was a Muslim. If you were to win the nomination, they'll say you're too young, too liberal, too gay to be commander-in-chief. You are young. You are a liberal. You are gay. How will you respond?" asked Mike Allen.

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New biographer claims she knows how Kim Jong Un will die

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A new biography about Kim Jong Un by Anna Fifield is uncovering many of the unique moments in the childhood of the North Korean dictator. But one piece that isn't included in the book is her prediction for how the leader will die.

In a CNN interview with Brian Todd, Fifield explained that Kim's chain-smoking, drinking and consumption of rich and fatty foods would likely be his undoing. She doesn't anticipate he'll ever have a coup d'etat, but he could probably have a heart attack.

Other shocking observations she made include that Kim's parents had to bring in children so that he would have someone to play with him, effectively meaning his "friends" were paid for.

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