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Dem strategist slams media obsession with Elizabeth Warren’s ‘likability’ on CNN: ‘It’s not about running for prom queen’

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No sooner had Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced she’s running for president and headed to Iowa than mainstream political reporters started talking about her possible “likability” issues.

Politico published a massive feature about how Warren is battling “the ghosts of Hillary” by a reporter who did extensive reporting on former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s personal email server.

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Warren is headed to Iowa this weekend after announcing she started a 2020 exploratory committee. Warren declined to run in 2016 despite aggressive lobbying by supporters and has spent the last two years on the armed services committee learning about foreign policy.

Jess McIntosh, a former outreach coordinator for Hillary Clinton, appeared on CNN Wednesday to discuss Warren’s decision and the coverage that followed, attacking the media obsession with her “likability” as a code word for sexism.

“I think Elizabeth Warren has done a good job over the last couple of years of solidifying a base across the country,” she said. “If we are going to have a field of 30 people, grassroots fundraising is going to matter a lot. Having real support on the ground in all 50 states is going to matter a lot. And she had to do a lot of campaigning. She knows she needs to be in Iowa now to talk to the voters. She has not done that retail politicking that is more transparent for a presidential run than other candidates have.”

Host Alisyn Camerota asked McIntosh if Warren declined to run in 2016 “out of some deference” in 2016.

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“I think if Elizabeth Warren would have wanted to run, she would have,” McIntosh said. “I think that there was a sexist positioning of Elizabeth Warren as the woman who was not Hillary Clinton. You heard a lot of ‘I would be happy to vote for a woman for president if Elizabeth Warren was in the race…’ Well, it’s 2019 now, and Elizabeth Warren is in the race and I want to know if that tone has changed?”

McIntosh said the media needs to do a better job covering Warren than it did Clinton.

“In the very beginning, as we just start to see women candidates coming through, I want to be cautious that we don’t fall into the sexist trap of talking about their likability exclusively,” she said. “It’s not about running for prom queen, it’s about running for president, and we need to make sure we are treating the women in the race the same as the men.”

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CNN’s John Berman tears apart leaked GOP anti-impeachment talking points piece by piece

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CNN's John Berman on Tuesday tore apart Republicans' new anti-impeachment talking points and expressed astonishment that this was the best they could come up with to defend President Donald Trump.

Referring to talking points first reported by Axios, Berman went over the GOP's arguments line by line and showed why they are unlikely to convince anyone of the president's innocence.

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White House aides want Trump to stop saying his Ukraine phone call was ‘perfect’: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said President Donald Trump's aides were frustrated with the president's defense of his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he apparently tried to use military aid to extort political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Furthermore, there is fear in the White House that some Republicans may defect and vote to impeach the president — which would wreck their narrative.

"I just spoke with a source close to the White House a short while ago who objected to the president continuing to say that his phone call with the leader of the Ukraine was 'perfect,'" said Acosta. "Nobody really is echoing that message on behalf of the president. It doesn't seem that anybody here in Washington, except for the most partisan of partisans feels, that the president's phone call with the leader of Ukraine was perfect."

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House Democrat smacks down Trump’s claim of ‘doctored’ transcripts: ‘Those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses’

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," during a discussion of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's legal situation, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) trashed President Donald Trump's claim that the transcripts from the impeachment hearings were somehow falsified.

"I will say that the craziness continues," said Connolly. "For the president today to assert, based on nothing, the transcripts were doctored and don't really reflect the deposition of the witnesses we heard from — and by the way, those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses and their attorneys before they're released for accuracy — but secondly, of course, to have the chief of staff of the president actually suing his own White House to get a decision about whether or not he's required to respond to congressional demand for testimony or the White House directive really brings us into all-new territory in terms of craziness. And it's really disturbing to watch."

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