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CNN’s Dana Bash scalded for Kellyanne Conway feature promoting her as a ‘badass’: She defends ‘the world’s greatest liar’

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CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash was harshly criticized by Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple after glorifying White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

The column occurred the day after Bash featured Conway on CNN’s “Badass Women of Washington” series.

“Conway, as we all know, is one of the steadiest faces of the Trump administration, forever appearing on cable TV — including CNN — to deflect the president’s often offensive, often mendacious statements and activities,” Wemple noted.

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He pointed to one of Bash’s lines in particular.

“Fighting for Trump on TV is valuable currency for a cable news-obsessed president but sources say she wields more power than people know in private,” Bash said.

Wemple thought the statement was absurd.

“What a ridiculous instance of puffery: What, exactly, is ‘more power than people know’?” he wondered.

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“When it comes time to address Conway’s critical role in the Trump White House — which is to say, enabling the world’s greatest liar — Bash includes a formulation worthy of the Studied Neutrality Hall of Fame: Though Conway is known for staying on message, ‘she is heavily criticized for sometimes taking it too far, entering the realm of ‘alternative facts,'” the column continued.

“That the Conway profile sparked a backlash on Twitter shouldn’t surprise anyone. There’s a problem with including Conway in a series that celebrates feminism,” Wemple noted.

The problem for Wemple, in short, is that Conway simply is not a badass.

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“The problem is that Conway shatters the ‘badass’ template. You can do an inspiring portrait of Pelosi’s ascent to power,” he argued. “You can do inspiring portraits of that sort for many other Democratic and Republican women.”

“You cannot do likewise for Conway, because there’s nothing inspiring about her role in defending presidential racism, misogyny and dishonesty,” he concluded. “The old rules of balance, both-siderism and bipartisanship don’t work with this crew, a lesson that CNN has been slow to grasp.”

Read the full column.

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‘It’s treachery if not treason’: Harvard’s Laurence Tribe destroys Trump’s claim he’s above the law

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Legendary constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe explained the legality of President Donald Trump's claim to be above the law during a Thursday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

The host played a notorious clip of Trump.

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters. Okay? It’s like incredible," Trump argued.

"And now he has gone beyond that," O'Donnell noted. "Now the president is sayin, 'I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I cannot be prosecuted for that crime. Or any crime.'"

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Marine Corps unit busted planning to hold a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort: report

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President Donald Trump is facing yet another corruption scandal after a Marine Corps unit was caught planning to hold a party at the commander-in-chief's Mar-a-Lago resort.

"At a time when taxpayer and foreign-government spending at Trump Organization properties is fueling political battles, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida hopes to hold an annual ball at a venue that could profit the commander-in-chief," the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

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Internet blown away by Giuliani’s ‘pants-sh*tting panic’ freak out on CNN’s Cuomo

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received harsh reviews of his Thursday evening appearance on CNN with anchor Chris Cuomo.

Many people worried about Giuliani's mental health after watching the interview.

Here is some of what people were saying about Trump's defense attorney.

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