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CNN’s April Ryan slaps back at Trump’s ‘loser’ insult: I’ll still be here ‘after he’s gone’

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Veteran WH correspondent April Ryan. Image via screengrab.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump held a press conference to address the midterm elections, in which Democrats took the House. Trump had several antagonistic interactions with reporters, including CNN’s April Ryan, who he told to sit down after refusing to answer her questions. Trump also revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass.

On Friday, President Trump threatened to yank more press passes and called April Ryan a “loser” who “doesn’t know what the hell she is doing.”

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Ryan phoned in to CNN to respond to the President’s comments.

“First of all, thank you for being kind enough to understand that those words are terrible for a sitting United States President versus someone who’s been covering presidents from before him and will probably after he leaves” Ryan said. She pointed out that she’s done her job for more than two decades.

“I’ve had a great working relationship with all three Presidents, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Hussein Obama.”

“Reporters are the underpinnings of this nation,” Ryan added. Even though she may have clashed with former administrations, she notes that she was always respected.

“Guess what? At the end of the day it was part of the American process, what our founding fathers put in place for accountability of the United States,” she said. “And this President doesn’t like that, so I’m a loser?” she asked incredulously.

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She says that she’d been asking about voter suppression, a far more serious problem than voter fraud.

“He heard my voice and his response, he tells me to sit down, in a condescending, very ugly manner.”

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The Arab uprisings were weakened by online fakes

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The Arab uprisings a decade ago were supercharged by online calls to join the protests -- but the internet was soon flooded with misinformation, weakening the region's cyber-activists.

When Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in January 2011, rumours and uncertainty created "panic and hysteria", said ex-activist and entrepreneur Houeida Anouar.

"January 14 was a horrible night, so traumatic," she said. "We heard gunfire, and a neighbour shouted 'hide yourselves, they're raping women'."

As pro-regime media pumped out misinformation, the flood of bogus news also spread to the internet, a space activists had long seen as a refuge from censorship and propaganda.

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Dr. Fauci warns of post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge in US

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The United States is the worst-affected country, with 266,074 Covid-19 deaths, and President Donald Trump's administration has issued conflicting messages on mask-wearing, travel and the danger posed by the virus.

"There almost certainly is going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel," Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union."

Travel surrounding Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday made this the busiest week in US airports since the pandemic began.

"We may see a surge upon a surge" in two or three weeks, Fauci added. "We don't want to frighten people, but that's the reality."

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Sidney Powell’s new election lawsuit cites election experts she won’t even name: legal expert

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President Donald Trump's former election lawyer, Sidney Powell, has filed her lawsuit in Georgia suing Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) for what she says is a fraudulent election.

But lawyer Mike Dunford explained that it doesn't exactly work that way. Reading through Powell's court document "Emergency Motion for Declaratory, Emergency, and Permanent Injunctive Relief and Memorandum in Support Thereof."

"If you want emergency relief it is very helpful to be as clear and concise as humanly possible," he explained. "Pointing the court back to your 100+ page complaint with its 29 exhibits isn't how that is best done. To put it very mildly."

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