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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.

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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Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.

"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"

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9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’

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Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.

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‘I don’t have to do it, legally’: Trump says he can invade Iran without Congress’ permission

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On Monday, CNN reported that in a new interview, President Donald Trump said that he can invade Iran without congressional approval — and that although he would "like the idea" of keeping Congress in the loop, he doesn't "legally" have to do so.

"I like the idea of keeping Congress abreast, but I wouldn't have to do that," said Trump. In response to the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said he must obtain congressional approval first, Trump said, "I disagree. I think most people seem to disagree."

"I do like keeping them — they are intelligent people," added Trump. "They will come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress which I think were helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it, legally."

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