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White House photography association slams Sarah Sanders for sharing ‘manipulated’ video of Acosta’s interaction with intern

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The White House News Photographers Association on Thursday slammed press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for sharing what appears to be a manipulated video of CNN’s Jim Acosta allegedly mistreating a female intern.

“The White House News Photographers Association is appalled to learn that the White House spokesperson may have shared a manipulated video of CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s interaction with a White House intern during a news conference,” Whitney Shefte, the organization’s president, wrote in a statement.

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“As visual journalists, we know that manipulating images is manipulating truth,” the statement continued. “It’s deceptive, dangerous and unethical.”

“Knowingly sharing manipulated images is equally problematic, particularly when the person sharing them is a representative of our country’s highest office with vast influence over public opinion,” the statement concluded.

Former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa noted after Sanders shared the video on Twitter that it appears to have come from InfoWars.

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Tagging Sanders, Rangappa asked if the press secretary was “seriously tweeting out an obviously doctored video – from InfoWars no less – to substantiate a false accusation of assault against a journalist.”

“The standard for libel against a public figure is acting with ‘actual malice,’” the former FBI agent wrote, “and your tweet is Exhibit A.”

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‘They’re crushing us’: GOP House leaders in panic over Democratic fundraising

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On Tuesday, Politico's Jake Sherman reported that House GOP leadership expressed serious alarm about their prospects for reclaiming the majority in a closed-door strategy meeting at the Capitol Hill Club, citing disastrous fundraising numbers at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

"They're kicking our ass," said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who noted that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has outraised them by $40 million, and several individual Democratic House challengers are outraising GOP incumbents — not only dimming their hopes of taking back the House, but raising the possibility they could lose even more seats.

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BUSTED: These 10 GOP senators said Ukraine quid pro quo was a red line before Bolton bombshell

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The Washington Post's Philip Bump has tracked down statements from ten different Republican senators who in the past indicated that impeachment charges against President Donald Trump would be far more serious if it could be proven there was a quid-pro-quo agreement that involved exchanging the release of foreign aid to Ukraine for the investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

All of the statements flagged by Bump came before this week's bombshell revelation that former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book will reportedly say the president directly linked Ukraine aid to the Biden investigation.

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Law professor slams Trump team’s ‘distortions of facts’ as they try to shoot down congressional subpoenas

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Writing for The Atlantic, University of Missouri Law professor Frank Bowman excoriated the White House legal team for their rationale against honoring congressional subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.

"On Saturday, Trump’s lawyer Pat Philbin tried to extinguish any flickers of enlightened self-interest among Republicans by arguing that Trump was entitled to stonewall the House because the House hadn’t properly authorized its own subpoenas," wrote Bowman. "Like so many contentions of the president’s defenders, this is malarkey thinly draped with plausible-sounding distortions of facts, rules, court opinions, and the Constitution itself."

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