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CNN’s Jim Acosta smacks down Trump Jr in Twitter war over wall

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President Donald Trump’s closest advisors were fixated on CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Thursday.

At issue was a video Acosta posted showing a section of border with steel slats, but saying there was no “national emergency situation.”

The White House claimed the video proved their point that fences work. Critics, however, pointed out that such an argument showed the sufficiency of current border barriers while undermining Trump’s claims of a “crisis” or national emergency along the border.

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First, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders featured Acosta in a tweet — in a way he said was “twisting his words.”

Then Acosta had to answer Donald Trump, Jr.

The president’s eldest son accused Acosta of “one of the best self-own videos ever.”

“It’s a little strange Don. You guys seem to be saying the current measures in place are working,” Acosta shot back.

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“Does that mean your dad should reopen the government and get federal employees back to work?” he asked.


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A veteran teacher explains why Trump is incapable of learning

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While dyslexia has been mentioned now and then as one of the reasons Donald Trump is so ignorant of what it takes to govern in a free society, I want to explore it as foundational to his inability to learn and grow while in office—and also as a way to link disparate troubling elements in his makeup.

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Right-wing activists call on Mitch McConnell to stop blocking election security bills

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing renewed pressure to take up election security legislation, from a pair of unlikely sources: Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, and FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon.

Norquist — who once famously said that he wanted to slash government to a size where he could "drown it in a bathtub" — called for hand-marked paper ballots, and urged Congress to pass something similar to the bipartisan Secure Elections Act, which would have given states incentives to switch to secure voting methods and promoted data-sharing to identify threats. The measure was first introduced in 2017 by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), James Lankford (D-OK), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), but never came to a vote.

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DNI whistleblower complaint stems from promise Trump allegedly made in phone call to foreign leader: report

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On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the source of the whistleblower complaint currently being suppressed by the Director of National Intelligence is a phone conversation between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader.

According to the report, the whistleblower became aware that the president made a "promise" to this unspecified foreign leader, and was so disturbed by the nature of that promise that he or she filed a complaint through channels set up to help whistleblower claims involving classified information.

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